I’ve only seen Jay-Z live in concert once, in 2014, on the “Magna Carter World Tour.” It was in support of what’s arguably his weakest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, but the man still cemented his status as a legendary rapper and performer—Jay brought a vigor to the classics that was missing on just about everything he’s released this decade. At one point during the show, he gave us the inversion of a Kanye rant: Jay paused for about 10 minutes to rattle off the names of people who inspired him, sign autographs, and pose in the background of fans’ selfies. It was kind of strange, and I kind of just wanted him to get on with it and play “Can I Live,” but, respect.
It looks like he did something similar in Cleveland over the weekend on his 4:44 tour (which is definitely doing just fine, he swears). He paused the show to address a nine-year-old girl who was leaning on the barrier, and gave her some important, motivational words that she won’t likely forget (via Consequence of Sound):
“You can be anything you want to be in this world,” he said. “At this very moment America is way more sexist than they are racist, but you young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States, you believe that.”
Given the current state of affairs in the White House, it’d be cool if someone created a constitutional loophole that allowed her to start today.