Angelica Florio
September 24, 2017 10:55 am
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Chester Bennington’s death on July 20th stunned Linkin Park fans. That includes Jay Z, who collaborated with Bennington back in 2004. On Friday, and Jay Z gave a beautiful tribute to Bennington by performing one of their mashups, “Numb/Encore,” at BBC Live Lounge.

Because Bennington struggled with depression and ended up taking his own life, Jay Z also spoke to BBC Radio 1 about the importance of caring for one’s mental health.

Mr. Carter also got a little personal. He explained why he chose to perform “Numb/Encore” to honor Bennington.

It’s clear from the video of his performance that Jay Z is still affected by Bennington’s suicide. As the song starts, he says, “Dedicate this song to Chester. “It’s hard not to get teary-eyed while he raps the lyrics to his song “Encore” over the iconic Linkin Park song “Numb.”

Jay Z also opened up about how both performers and men specifically need to pay more attention to their mental health.

He even touched on how toxic masculinity and what we think it means to ‘be a man’ can get in the way of one’s self-care.

That’s powerful stuff coming from Jay Z. Male rappers are so often expected to be tough and infallible. We’re glad he’s showing his vulnerable side.

Watch the full interview here:

Jay Z’s tribute is so important and powerful. Chester’s widow, Talinda Bennington, recently shared her gratitude for all the tributes people made in his honor.

Hopefully, Jay Z’s message about needing to take care of oneself and seek help when you’re struggling will help to de-stigmatize depression. The more people talk about mental health struggles and self-care, the better. It’s not always possible to simply “get that dirt off your shoulder” and keep going.