Jay-Z played the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Friday night. You may have heard about it. The concert was the christening of a new NBA stadium and a coronation for the Brooklyn rapper. The Barclays Center seats 10,000, so for the other 300 million people in the U.S. who couldn't make it to the show (one of eight at the home of the Brooklyn Nets), here's a quick summary of what transpired last Friday.
What People Said
Brooklyn Vegan: "The first night at the new home of the Nets was mostly just Jay. He kept the special guests to a minimum apart from an encore appearance by Big Daddy Kane and a video tribute to Notorious B.I.G. earlier on."
The New York Times: "Even though this was a night filled with tremendous symbolism, in which a son of the rough end of Brooklyn took his place at the peak of the borough’s revival, it was almost subdued. 'I’ve been on bigger stages. I’ve been all around the world. Nothing feels like tonight,' Jay-Z said."
Rolling Stone: "Later, shortly after an authoritative '99 Problems,' he walked to a far corner of the stage and retrieved a glittering gold bottle, requesting respectful silence as he poured out a little bubbly for Biggie: 'See, you can stunt like that when you own the whole place.' He turned reflective, reminiscing aloud about his journey from the projects to this stage. 'You don't mind if I take my time? I'm really overwhelmed a little bit.'"
New Yorker: "Jay-Z was a more loose and jovial performer during last year’s Garden stop on the 'Watch The Throne' tour, and has appeared more charged at many other shows. When he said repeatedly, 'nothing feels the way tonight feels,' he wasn’t necessarily describing catharsis or ecstasy. He moved slowly and carefully around the stage in a limited edition S. Carter jersey and fitted cap, seeming to feel relief, a kind of wonder, and lots of responsibility."
Pharrell Williams: ".@S_C_ destroyed it tonight."
The New Verse
Jay-Z dropped a new verse that he introduced as "Rich Porter, Part 2" and in which he referenced players on the Brooklyn Nets, which he owns a small part of.
"This is Rich Porter, part two / You can stunt like that when you’re rich before your debut / Money and the murder, rapper or the trapper / Either way I’m gonna serve ya / Shooters on my team / No, really, I got shooters on my team / Juan or Deron -- / How you niggas want it, pick a arm?/ They call me Lucky Lefty / Ball so hard I don’t respect the fuckin’ referees."
The Special Tribute and the Special Guest
Early in the show, Jay-Z paid tribute to late Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G., performing Kick In The Door and Juicy. Then during his encore, Jay-Z brought out rap legend Big Daddy Kane for three songs.
According to HipHopDX: "BDK was instrumental in Jay's early career, including him on the single 'Show & Prove' and taking him on tour with him in the early '90s."
The Setlist (and More Videos)
Where I'm From
Brooklyn We Go Hard
Kick In The Door
U Don't Know
Run This Town
Empire State Of Mind
On To The Next One
Dirt Off Your Shoulders
Give It To Me
Can I Live
Hard Knock Life
Heart Of The City
Encore (see video below)
What More Can I Say
Do It Again
Ain't No Half Steppin' (Big Daddy Kane)
Set It Off (Big Daddy (Kane)
Warm it Up Kane (Big Daddy Kane)
Best Of Me
Money Ain't A Thing
Money Cash Hoes
Young Forever (see video below)
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