Jay Z pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at LA gig – watch

Rapper dedicates 'Young Forever' to former South African leader

Jay-Z payed tribute to Nelson Mandela during a concert in Los Angeles on Monday night, dedicating the song ‘Young Forever’ to the former South African president on the day before his memorial. Watch footage of the performance above.

The rapper was performing live at the Staples Centre in LA on December 9 when he introduced the song, taken from his ‘The Blueprint 3’ album, by saying: “We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. A great man, spent 27 years in prison, came out to be president. All dreams are possible.”

“Tonight I’m living my dream in front of y’all,” he continued. “So anyone out there who got a dream, y’all chase that motherfucker down as hard as you can.”

Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on December 5 at home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa. An anti-apartheid activist, he was jailed from 1962 until 1990 for sabotage, becoming the world’s most famous political prisoner.

A memorial for Mandela was staged at the 95,000-seat football stadium in Soweto yesterday (December 10) with musicians such as U2 frontman Bono, Annie Lennox and Peter Gabriel joining heads of state and dignitaries to pay tribute to the former leader. British Prime Minister David Cameron was also in attendance as was Nick Clegg and US President Barack Obama. A state funeral for Mandela will take place on Sunday (December 15).

Blogs: How Nelson Mandela Used Music To Change The World.