Jay-Z performed on the season premiere of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and did so wearing a custom Colin Kaepernick Jersey — clearly a nod to the athlete’s protest movement.
The MC was joined by Damian Marley — who sported floor-length dreads — for a roof-raising version of “Bam” (which also displayed an Ethiopian flag throughout the entire song). Accompanied by three musicians, Jay performed before a camo backdrop, decked out in Nike kicks and a black Nike football jersey bearing the number 7, which he turned around to reveal “Colin K” on the back midway through the song.
The combination of social messaging with branding was a characteristically deft Hova move.
He stripped things down for the raw second song, “4:44,” possibly the most confessional song he’s ever done, wearing a plain white T-shirt and Pumas. Illuminated by three spotlights, he laid himself as bare onstage as he does in the song.
Both tracks are from his latest album “4:44”; the rapper begins a seven-week North American tour in California on Oct. 27.
Watch Jay-Z’s performance below!