The newly built Brooklyn Nets arena called “Barclays Center” was officially opened this weekend as Jay-Z christed the venue with concerts on Friday and Saturday. Rockin a Brooklyn Nets hat and jersey he serenaded the 18,000 deep crowd with past and present jams. Jay-Z was taken back with the joy of performing at his new home stadium “Nothing feels like tonight” Jay told the crowd multiple times.
As he emerged onstage, a video highlighting some of Brooklyn’s historical moments — like when it was named an official borough of New York City — played in the background. There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in Brooklyn, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.
Jay-Z opened the show with the hometown anthems “Where I’m From,” a song about his upbringing in Brooklyn’s Marcy projects complex, and “Brooklyn Go Hard.” He followed that with a tribute to one of Brooklyn’s icons: the late Notorious B.I.G. He performed some of the rap vet’s hit “Juicy” as the crowd joined in.
“Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven,” said Jay-Z, who also held a moment of silence for the rapper, who was shot to death in 1997.
Another Brooklynite — Big Daddy Kane — made an appearance, performing songs like “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” and “Warm It Up, Kane.” He received a roaring cheer from the crowd when performing old-school dance moves with two dancers in all white.
Jay Z Performing at Grand Opening of Barclays Arena
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