The NFL’s Super Bowl halftime is usually a performance that is one for the books. Many iconic music artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, U2, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce & etc. have taken their talents to the Super Bowl to bless the billions of viewers with an amazing performance. The NFL had their eyes on legendary hip hop artist Jay-z to perform at Super Bowl LII’s halftime show next year on February 4 2018 & add on to the list of mega stars that have blessed the stage for the NFL. Unfortunately for them the Jigga Man has no interest in being a part of that list.
It was recently reported by The Source that Jay-Z turned down the NFL’s offer to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime. According to The Sun Newspaper, a close source to Hov stated that “He really has no plans to do the half-time show.” The reasoning for Jay’s rejection to the NFL hasn’t been reported, but many believe that it was a to support former QB Colin Kaepernick who has been ostracized by the football league because of his silent protest against the police brutality & the unjust killing of African Americans. Though these beliefs haven’t been confirmed it’s hard not to believe this reasoning to be true, especially after Hov gave Kapernick a shout out last week on September 15th during his performance at Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. According to the XXL, the Brooklyn MC dedicated his performance of his 4:44’s second track “The Story of OJ” to both the young QB & the late comedian/activist Dick Gregory stating ““I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight.I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame.”
Whether people give him credit or not, Jay – Z has always been socially conscious throughout his music career. Even on the Footnotes for “The Story of O.J.”, Jay talked about how as black people we tend to separate ourselves from the culture once we get to a place of success & acquire riches that we aren’t used to having. Again it hasn’t been proven that Jay-Z’s rejection to the NFL’s offer to perform at Super Bowl LII’s halftime show was because of his support for Kaepernick. However, if it’s shown that the reason is true, then it’s great to see Hov being a man of his word by showing that he is still conscious of race in America regardless of his success.