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Jay Z Gets Out-Rapped by 12-Year-Old at His Own Concert

Sarah Flanigan
Yahoo Celebrity
January 7, 2014


Jay Z has mastered the rap game, but one 12-year-old boy gave him a run for his money on Sunday night during his "Holy Grail" concert in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The rapper spotted Maryland native Justin in the crowd, holding a sign that read, "Can I rap for you?" Jay Z brought the teen on stage. While Justin was certainly awestruck by Jay Z, he didn't let the moment get to him and managed to belt out his version of "Clique" to the best of his ability — and it's safe to say that he has a lot of ability.

The boy was certainly nervous when he got on stage, but as soon as he began the lyrics, Justin got right into character and belted out Jay Z's verse to the hit song. "Yeah I'm talking Ye, yeah I'm talking Rih, yeah I'm talking Bey," the 12-year-old rapped.

While Justin was ready to keep going, Jay Z cut in, requesting that he skip the drug dealing part because it wasn’t age appropriate and to "get back to the numbers." Of course, Justin was happy to do so and continued rapping and clearly impressing Jay Z.

Once Justin was done, he asked Jay Z if they could meet backstage. Jay Z smiled and said, “Yes, you can. Just because of the nerve.” Amidst all the applause for the 12-year-old, the hip-hop mogul then let the crowd in on what he was just talking about. “After all that, he said, ‘Can I meet you backstage?’”

Check out this video to see Justin's version of "Clique," and be sure to tune in tonight to "The Insider" on TV for the latest in entertainment news.