Jay-Z gave a shout out to Colin Kaepernick and the late Dick Gregory at the rapper’s New York City concert on Friday.
The “4:44” rapper performed his first headlining show in three years in Queens at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field. Jay-Z name dropped two activists while performing his song “The Story of O.J.”
“I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” before adding. “I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame.”
NFL player Kaepernick was the subject of intense controversy for sitting and kneeling during the U.S. national anthem in protest of police brutality. Gregory, who died last month, broke racial barriers in the ’60s.
Jay-Z also performed “Numb/Encore” — his mash up with Linkin Park — in honour of the late Chester Bennington. “If you know this song, I want you to sing it so loud he can hear you in heaven,” he said while holding the microphone close with both of his hands.
Several times throughout the show, the rap mogul told the crowd that “love always trumps hate.” Adding, “If anybody got a dream, you chase that [dream] with everything you got.”