Maybach Music Group’s Wale and J. Cole aren’t letting Colin Kaepernick‘s hard work go unnoticed. The hip-hop duo have acknowledged the publicized Black Lives Matter activist following JAY-Z‘s big NFL partnership.

Both Wale and Cole went to their Twitter pages to salute Kaepernick.

According to JAY-Z, he did talk to Kaepernick but details about his stance toward a new Roc Nation/NFL partnership remain unknown.

Jay-Z and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gathered with reporters for a press conference at Roc Nation’s offices on Wednesday to discuss their new entertainment and social-awareness partnership, which was revealed yesterday after news leaked. Jay and Goodell said that they both have had conversations with Kaepernick, but declined to reveal any details about those conversations, or what his stance on the partnership may be. Asked whether they plan to involve Kaepernick in the partnership, Jay said, “You’ll have to ask him, I’m not his boss. That’s for him to say.” (Variety)

The move also comes after yearly protests against the NFL for condemning players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

The N.F.L. is keen to portray the Roc Nation deal as a way to bring more high-profile entertainers to its events. It also represents an effort to quiet the long-running controversy over its handling of players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem — most notably by Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback — and to form a bond with its most vigilant and influential critics. (NY Times)

Over the past few years, JAY has publicly taken aim at the league for its treatment of players like Colin Kaepernick.

For years, Jay-Z was critical of the NFL’s handling of peaceful protests from various players like Colin Kaepernick, who decided to kneel during the national anthem to bring attention to various forms of police brutality. In 2018, Jay called Kaepernick an “iconic figure” on CNN’s The Van Jones Show and showed his support for the quarterback onstage and during performances on Saturday Night Live. (Rolling Stone)