It’s been 12 years and one of the most talked about moments in hip-hop is Alicia Keys and Jay-Z’s 2009 VMA appearance, where Lil Mama made an unexpected gig. The moment returned to the topic of discussion recently during a Twitter Spaces conversation that was attended by both Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.
In the Twitter space conversation hosted by Genius’s Rob Markman, Jay-Z was asked if he had forgiven Lil Mama for crashing her performance 12 years ago. Jay-Z replied and said, “Of course, of course. Come on. Don’t do that … this is our sister. Man we love her. I would not recommend people to just jump on the stages of other artists … “
Still, Hov continued, “She’s a New Yorker, she was excited. Things happen … of course we love them. Yes, you are taken. It’s all love and it came from a place of love, it’s just … maybe she was a little too excited. “
Lil Mama got wind of the conversation and shared her appreciation for Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. She shared part of the conversation and said, “I am pleased to hear that part of last night’s conversation. It’s always been my attitude, dear. Love for my big brother, my big sister and my city. It brings clarity to all of us as a community to actually hear these words from our legendary leaders. “
She added, “Hip hop has always been a culture for me, not just music. So I believe that community is very important for cultural growth. Reaching out to say you can do better or even to say that you are doing great can make all the difference. Thank you Jay-Z and Alicia Keys for using your voices in this conversation. “
As before reports Alicia Keys was asked about the moment during a recent appearance on Drink Champs and she said, “In my head, I was such a gorilla at the time I … I’m going to destroy this record tonight. That was all I had in my head. “
Alicia went on to say that at that moment she “didn’t even testify” that Lil Mama was on stage at that moment, adding, “I went backstage and Jay said, ‘So you don’t see that.’ ‘And I thought’ what ‘. And he said,’ Nah, you don’t just see what just happened. ‘ And I was like, ‘Yeah, we killed it, that just happened.’
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