Jigga what? Jigga who? Sorry NFL but it doesn’t look like Jay-Z is performing for you. The word is going around that Jay-Z backed out of performing for the halftime show of the 2018 Super Bowl game. During this months Meadows Music & Art Festival, he dedicated the song “The Story of O.J.” from his 4:44 album to a well known football player. That player is none other than Colin Kaepernick who has been exiled for speaking against police brutality and social injustices.
Jay gave his support saying: “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…” Now, it is still unconfirmed whether or not Jay-Z has actually rejected the slot, but the NFL has recently released a statement. However vague, the NFL stated that “No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists,” “Along with Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.”
It probably doesn’t matter to most whether or not Jay-Z does do the halftime show, but if he doesn’t, that is a hit that the NFL isn’t willing to take; hence their statement. I hope people with a platform continue to use it as others have done.