“Dream on, dream until your dreams come true.”
The lyrics to Aerosmith’s famous power ballad must have struck a pretty powerful musical chord with a young JAY-Z. The rapper shared a new spoken word piece on Wednesday morning, which coincides with his upcoming Labor Day weekend headlining performance at Made In America Festival. The 90-second clip gives a look into Jay’s humble beginnings in what was once the rough Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn where the rapper turned businessman grew up.
As seen in the video above, Jay welcomes the viewer into what is assumed to represent the apartment within the Marcy Housing projects where he grew up. The poem’s inspiring theme is one that he’s clearly carried with him since he was a kid, always looking for any way he can achieve something better than the environment he started out in.
“You are what you say you are,” Jay is heard saying towards the end of the clip. “Turn any situation around. Who. Are. You.”
The clip is set to play before Jay’s headlining performance at his Philadelphia music festival this weekend, The Fader reports. The new clip arrives just days after it was announced that the rapper will also be the featured musical guest on Saturday Night Live’s season premiere when the show returns on Sept. 30.
Jay’s North American tour in support of his new 4:44 LP is set to kick off a month later on Oct. 27. Tickets for select shows on the fall run, including his concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.