Rap mogul Jay Z is the latest entertainer to pay homage to the legacy late global icon Nelson Mandela left behind after passing away at the age of 95 last week.
During a Los Angeles concert last night (December 9), the 44-year-old rap veteran paid tribute to Mandela.
Jay Z took his Magna Carter … Holy Grail Tour to Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he dedicated his set-closing “Young Forever” to the anti-apartheid South African leader who endured a 27-year prison sentence before becoming the first democratically elected black president in his country. “We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. Great man, who spent 27 years in prison, came out to be president. All dreams are possible,” Hov told the L.A. crowd on Monday as pictures of the man they called Madiba flashed on the arena’s screens. “Let that great man stand as an example of what you can do,” he encouraged the crowd. (MTV)
This week, West Coast rapper Game added fresh ink to his body in light of Mandela passing away.
The Game is keeping the memory of Nelson Mandela alive. The Compton MC tatted a photo of the late South African president on his body. After a seven-hour session, he showed off the finished piece on Instagram. “The finished ‘Nelson Mandela’ lookin out of the prison bars by @NikkoHurtado done on my side. 7 hour sitting…. Few more hours to tie in the tats around it & we solid,” he said. Game praised Mandela, calling him “one of the greatest leaders of our time.” The Mandela tat is the latest in a series that includes his three kids, Trayvon Martin, and President Obama. (Rap-Up)
Earlier in the day, rap star Kanye West paid his respect to Mandela’s family and denied making dishonorable statements about him.
“Respect to Mandela, his family and his legacy.,” Ye tweeted December 9.
“Despite recent media reports, I’ve never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders”
“I’d like to address the false stories and noise that have been engineered by the media.”
“At a young age my mother taught me the importance of his work. Mandela sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind.”
“Thank you, Mandela, for your life’s work and may it serve as a guiding light to illuminate our future.” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
According to reports, the global rights leader lost his life due to medical complications last Thursday (December 5).
The prominent political leader, whose life-long work to end apartheid in his native South Africa and subsequent election as the country’s first black president made him an icon and furthermore, a global symbol of peace and social change, died Thursday, the government of South Africa confirmed. He was 95. According to reports, Mandela died from complications due a recurring lung infection. He had been hospitalized since June 8. (E! Online)
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