Jay Z has a megaphone that can reach the masses, but sometimes he prefers to make his moves silently, behind the scenes. He decided to take that approach, according to a report, to help out protestors in Baltimore who had been arrested in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.
"When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protestors, I...hit up Jay, as I had for Ferguson, [and he] wired tens of thousands in mins," tweeted dream hampton, who has worked with Jay throughout his career, including on his 2011 book "Decoded."
It wasn't just in Baltimore, though, and it wasn't just Jay, according to hampton. Hov and Beyonce apparently wrote a "huge check" to help the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
"When [#BlackLivesMatter] needed infrastructure money for the many chapters that [were] growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check," she added in another since-deleted tweet, which was captured by Complex.
Hampton has spoken about her interactions with Jay on political and social issues before.
Then late last year, following the death of Eric Garner, she worked with Jay and NBA players to coordinate their wearing "Black Lives Matter" shirts on the court. Last summer, at a California concert, the rapper came out in support of Prop 47, a state law meant to reform prisons and punishment.
"Many of you know that I’ve joined with #VoteYeson47 and @mrmikedelarocha push through a California ballot initiative, Prop 47, that will change petty, nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and reallocate prison spending to prevention and schools," she wrote at the time. "Thousands of poor people will no longer have felony convictions for petty crimes. Tonight, after many recent conversations about mass incarceration, Jay Z stood with us, from the Rose Bowl stage."
Just like last summer, Jay decided to get vocal during a concert on Sunday night, when he shouted out Chinx, who was killed earlier that day.
“A young man got killed in Queens, his name was Chinx,” he said. “I can’t understand; that we are seriously under attack like never before, like never before. Rest in peace to Chinx.”