The rapper wore the jersey for his first performance of the episode, a rendition of 4:44‘s “Bam” that featured a guest appearance by Damien Marley, who also appears on the studio version of the track.
During Jay-Z’s headlining set at Queens, New York’s Meadows Festival in September, he dedicated his “The Story of O.J.” to Kaepernick, the first football player to protest during the National Anthem. The quarterback remains unsigned, likely due to his catalyzing of the demonstrations that have now swept through the NFL.
“I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” Jay-Z said at Meadows.
Jay-Z’s second SNL performance showcased the title track from 4:44, with the rapper delivering a subdued take on the confessional number: