Jay Z has shared the microphone with some major talent: Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, even his missus, Beyonce. But his latest duet partner is easily the most adorable yet.
And this kid's got some chops.
At Hov's concert Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, the hip-hop star spotted a 12-year-old boy in the audience holding up a sign that read, "Can I Rap for You?" And Jay Z decided to oblige.
The rapper invited the boy up on stage, where he confidently grabbed the mike and rapped the lyrics to the Jay Z-Kanye West hit "Clique."
The boy performed the verse a cappella, and when he got to an R-rated line about drug dealing that contained the F-word, Jay Z stopped the youngster, whispered in his ear and said into the microphone, "Not the drug dealing part. OK, 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.
"All the nerve," he said. "After all that he said, 'Can I meet you backstage?'" 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. The Greensboro gig was the latest stop on his Magna Carta World Tour, which has upcoming shows in Cleveland, Chicago, and New York.