Jay-Z says America is 'way more sexist than racist' during speech to young girl mid-concert

Mythili Sampathkumar
Rapper Jay-Z paused during a concert to speak to a child in the audience in Cleveland, Ohio: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Jay-Z has stopped a concert to give a special message to a young girl in the audience, telling her that she should believe she can be "be the next president" despite America being "way more sexist... than racist".

He was in Cleveland performing on his 4:44 tour when he gave the inspiring talk to the nine-year-old girl in the front row.

“You can be anything that you want to be when you grow up,” Beyonce's husband and father of three said.

“And I’ll tell you something: At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist. Now you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States. You believe that. You understand?” he said to loud cheers from concertgoers.

He then asked the girl, who was seen bouncing in joy on the big screen in the arena, to countdown to his next tune.