Jay-Z dedicated a song to free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his concert in New York City on Friday, according to ESPN.com.
The rapper kicked off the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., an event that spans over three days. Jay-Z’s set lasted 90 minutes, where he performed many of his well-known songs and made political statements.
“I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” said Jay-Z before performing “The Story of O.J.,” a song from his new album, 4:44. The song is about being black and how to handle money and makes references to O.J. Simpson.
“I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” the music mogul added.
Kaepernick became a controversial figure last season when decided to kneel during the national anthem before NFL games. He spent last year with the San Francisco 49ers and became a free agent at the conclusion of the season, but he is yet to find a team.
Many believe that the 29-year-old signal-caller is being blackballed for his political and social views.
Kaepernick has drawn interest from the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens and had a workout with the former this offseason. However, he was never offered a contract.
He led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance after taking over for Alex Smith during the 2012-13 campaign.
Last year, the Milwaukee native played in 12 games and finished the season with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 59.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 90.7.