New York rapper Lil Mama isn’t ready to put the JAY-Z salute away quite yet. The hip-hop diva has come forward to speak up on Young Hov’s birthday and growing past her infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards stage-crashing moment.

Mama jumped on Instagram last night (December 4) and shared some final words on her respect for Hov.

Yesterday, Lil Mama gave JAY a birthday shout-out with a pic of herself rubbing elbows with him.


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Back in 2015, Lil Mama reflected on crashing the stage during JAY-Z and Alicia Keys‘ “Empire State of Mind” performance.

“I went through a tough time,” she says. “I did it to myself, because I’m the one who went up there. But them [Jay Z and Alicia Keys] not saying anything or even caring about the backlash…it taught me to be stronger and understand this is a business. That no one is here to protect you. It’s sad when the people we look up to as mentors don’t take the time out to let us know—‘I was angry, you did piss me off, but I forgive you.’ When you’re a young person, you’re never forgiven for the things you do. It’s America.” (Complex)