Just because you're one of the most successful rappers - and one of the most famous people - on the planet doesn't mean you have to let it go to your head.

It seems like Jay-Z has always been down-to-earth and grounded, but he proved it again just the other day at his gig at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

He was there as part of his tour to support new album 4:44 - the 13th of his career and his first since 2013's Magna Carte Holy Grail - and noticed a woman near the front with a shiny, glittery sign that read:

"I beat cancer 2x 2 see u! I love u!!! Selfie or hug?"


The sign was held up by Christina Cruz, and the 48-year-old rapper paused the show while he read the sign out loud to the crowd, before asking people to help Christina onto the stage.

"'I gotta give you at least a hug," said the 48 year-old star, much to the crowd's delight, who started cheering. "Could somebody help her around please? Help her around!"

The pair hugged onstage while she held the sign in her hand as the crowd continued their warm reception.

Of course, these days, nothing's real unless it appears on social media - and this was definitely a moment worthy of that. In the days after the concert, Christina took to Instagram to express her delight at what happened - not just with her own photos, but on other people's, too.

On one Instagram photo taken by someone who witnessed the moment, she commented, "Thats me!!! Best night of my life!!! #blessed #dreamcometrue #christinacruz"

It's certainly a great gesture on Jay-Z's behalf. His tour is set to finish in two days at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and will round off a somewhat mixed year for Beyoncé's husband.

While his album has received critical acclaim, there was bad news for his Tidal streaming service, which - despite telecommunications firm Sprint buying a 33 percent stake in the company - reportedly has just six months of working capital left. The company lost about $44 million (£32.9m) before taxes in 2016.

Still, with an estimated net worth of $810m (£605m), Jay-Z probably doesn't need to worry too much just yet.

Words: Mischa Pearlman

Featured Image Credit: PA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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