Jay-Z Dedicates His Meadows Performance To Dick Gregory + Colin Kaepernick
H-to-the-Izzo, Jay-Z, used his first headlining concert in three years in New York City to dedicate it to the lives and legacies of the outspoken Dick Gregory and Colin Kaepernick.
Last night, Sept. 15, if you weren’t at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival or streaming it through TIDAL, consider yourself a lame. Jay-Z headlined his first concert in three years in New York City, and while he perform hits from his latest album 4:44, it was his dedication to two real legends that made the moment one to remember.
“I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” the Roc Nation CEO said right before performing “The Story of O.J.” to the packed crowds at Citi Field in Queens, New York. For those who still haven’t heard the song, “O.J.” makes strong references to blackness and managing money. “I want to dedicate this [song] to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” Jay added, revealing a personal touch that also can be found on 4:44.
Ché Hovito was in a revolutionary and political mood throughout his performance. In addition to saluting Gregory and Kaepernick, he chose his performance of the Kanye West-produced 2003 hit, “Lucifer,” to tell his young audience, “I promise we won’t take people out of this country.” Elsewhere, he said during his show, several times, that “love always trumps hate.” Wearing a white T-shirt featuring the artwork of the 1965 Beatles film and album, Help!, Jay-Z transformed the show in a rock ‘n roll angle by transitioning into dedications to the late Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park.
“If you know this song, I want you to sing it so loud he can hear you in heaven,” Jay said before performing “Numb/Encore”.
The Meadows, which is in its second year, will continue today, Saturday, Sept. 16, and Sunday, Sept. 17. Featuring performances from Kamaiyah, Nas, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run the Jewels, and more — you can tune in to all the action by checking out our livestream post here.