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Jay-Z Dedicates Performance of “Story of O.J.” to Colin Kaepernick

September 17, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Jay-Z dedicated a performance of his song “The Story of O.J.” to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his New York City concert over the weekend. CBS Sports reports that the tapper, who performed his first headlining show in three years on Friday, dedicated the song to Kaepernick as well as the late comedian/activist Dick Gregory, who died last month.

The song, whose title references the racial division during the O.J. Simpson trial, is about racial inequality and and is off 4:44. It features a sample from Nina Simone’s song “Four Women,” about four black women who have different lightnesses in their skin tone but all struggle in the same way because they’re black.

“I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay Z said before the performance of the song. “I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame.”

Kaepernick has been unable to get signed to a team during the offseason and first two weeks of this season, which several individuals including Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett have point to as an example of punishment for his habit of taking a knee during the National Anthem. Kaepernick’s stance, which began last season in response to high-profile police shootings of unarmed black men, has drawn strong support and criticism both in and out of the sports world.

Video from the concert is available on Tidal.

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