“Legacy and The Story of OJ” – In 2017, rapper Jay-Z released one of his most introspective albums to date entitled “4:44”. Two of the songs featured on the album were “The Story of OJ” and “Legacy”. “The Story of OJ” speaks to various plights in the black community including materialism, crime, and self-hate. Jay-Z uses the song to offer life-advice to the community in hopes that it will learn from the mistakes he made, “I coulda bought a place in Dumbo before it was Dumbo for like… 2 million. That same building today is worth like 25 million. Guess how I’m feeling – Dumbo.”
In Legacy, the rapper provides a much more empowering message, speaking to the wealth of opportunities that lie ahead for the black community. The song touches on topics such as generational wealth, financial freedom, and spiritual enlightenment. The painting, on two wooden doors, represents the contrasting messages and opposite directions of travel. “The Story of OJ” is a portal into the past - where we have been and the struggles we continue to have today. “Legacy” is a portal into a hopeful future with a flourishing, self-sustaining black community of entrepreneurs and leaders.