HBO aired the “On the Run” concert last Saturday night, a masterful double bill, fusion of “Queen Bey” and her lyrical master husband Jay Z. The show was part Folies Bergère and Hard Knock Tour, full of pomp, circumstance and lots and lots of booty. The concert was a grand production, visually stunning in constant flux between motion, sound and sensuality a perfectly orchestrated merger between this equally gifted duo. Throughout their flawless performance the Hip Hop impresario, proclaimed to the audience, “dare to be as unrealistic as possible”, which was a take on his “Dream Big, Be Unrealistic” mantra which he’s echoed throughout his improbable career. The phrase so touched a nerve, that it prompted soccer superstar Davis Beckham to add the slogan to his menagerie of body tattoos. Initially the mantra might ring a bit hollow, like hyperbolic counsel from a self-important pop star. But if there is anyone in this world that can validate the call to be “unrealistic” it is Shawn Carter. Statistically the “reality” Jay’s biography suggests that he should be either in prison or dead. However, it was the unrealistic dream that Jay Z dared to dream that allowed him to transcend beyond his immediate circumstances, reaching beyond the Marcy Projects, while still respecting the unique set of values that the “hood” offers young black men who dare to believe they can escape the traps of poverty. He was able to push past the tumultuous partnership with Damon Dash, believing that sometimes tough decisions can create new possibilities. In severing ties with Dash, Jay became part owner of an NBA franchise then parlayed that into ROCNATION a full-service entertainment company and ROC NATION Sports management, which he partnered up with the prestigious Creative Artist agency (CAA). It was that defiant dream that allowed him to believe that he could someday stand on a stage in France, performing with his stunningly beautiful, extremely talented wife, rapping about the hard knocks that life gives to those of us growing up in similar circumstances. But Jay Z lays that cool on it… that polished veneer that only someone that’s made it through the grime with complete admiration for the process of achieving success. Only someone like that could brashly proclaim (while clutching his balls), the divine gospel of the hustler’s lifestyle to tens of thousands of adoring Parisians fans, dare to be outrageous, dare to me exceptional, dare be bold, dare to be whatever it is that your circumstances tells you that you can’t be, dare to Dream Big, Be Unrealistic.