Jay Z made the day – and maybe even the year – of a 12-year-old boy when he invited him on stage to rap at a recent concert. The hip-hop star reportedly spotted the boy in the audience holding up a sign that said, "Can I Rap For You?" and generously decided to grant his request.
Hov invited the boy on stage to perform in front of thousands of people at his Greensboro, North Carolina show. The boy confidently took control of the mic, rapping the lyrics to Jay Z and Kanye West's hit "Clique."
The boy performed the verse a cappella, and when he got to a line about drug dealing that contained the f-word, Jay Z stopped him, whispered in his ear and said into the microphone, "Not the drug dealing part. Okay go back to the numbers" – a reference to the lines "G.O.O.D Music drug dealing drug cousin, ain't nothing f----- with we/Turn that 62 to 125, 125, to a 250, 250 to a half a milli."
The boy wasn't fazed and continued rapping through the verse, finishing up when the band kicked in.
At the end of the boy's performance, Jay Z gave him a giant hug and shook his hand. While most kids probably would have left the stage at that point walking on cloud nine, the boy wasn't content to let his dream moment end there. He whispered something to Jay Z, which Hov then repeated back to the crowd.
"Just because of all the nerve," he said. "After all that he said, 'Can I meet you back stage?'" The hip-hop mogul laughed and added, "Yes. I've got something for you too."
As the boy climbed back into the audience, Jay Z thanked his fans for their patience. "I appreciate you all for indulging us," he said. This show was the latest stop on his Magna Carta World Tour, which will soon hit Cleveland, Chicago and New York.