Jay Z gave a rare public statement recently, concerning Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to improve relations between police and civilians, revealed in Wednesday’s State of the State speech.

Last month, Hov along with hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and rapper/actor Common met with Cuomo, to discuss him reforming the state’s criminal justice system. Read the quote below:

The criminal justice reform package proposed by Governor Cuomo today is a huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system. I commend Governor Cuomo for his bold leadership in taking this issue head on at this critical time. This package presents comprehensive steps to protect and improve relations amongst all citizens. We cannot be divided, as every single human being matters. Together, we can move forward as a community, with mutual respect for each other and continue to make this great state stronger than ever before.