Jay-Z Motivates and Inspires During Engaging Concert at the Q

There is an old adage suggesting that hip-hop is a young person’s game and that the pioneers and forefathers who paved the way for the new generation of upstarts should quietly make their way to the land of retirement — Jay- Z never got that memo.

The soon-to-be 48 year-old rapper and businessman recently released his 13th solo album, 4:44, to nearly universal praise from critics and fans alike for the album’s abundant peek into the personal life of Jay-Z. The 31-date North American tour pulled into the Q last night with support from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa.

The crowd was still filing into Quicken Loans Arena as Mensa went through a suite of about six or seven songs including “Didn’t I (Say I Didn’t).” Toward the end of his set, Mensa brought out renowned Chicago poet Malik Yusef and implored fans in the audience to put their lights up for the victims of mass incarceration.

See more photos from the concert right here. 

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