Jay Z - Jay-jay Z Honours Biggie At Brooklyn Homecoming Gig

Rap superstar and New York native Jay Z paid tribute to Brooklyn's other son, the late Notorious B.I.G., on Friday (28Sep12) as he kicked off his eight-night residency at the city's new Barclays Center venue.

The highly-anticipated show officially opened the new $1 billion home of Jay Z's Brooklyn Nets basketball team and 19,000 fans packed the arena to witness him in action as he christened the stadium.

He opened the sold out two-hour gig with the songs Where I'm From and Brooklyn Go Hard, before a huge image of B.I.G. was displayed across the stage backdrop as he performed covers of Biggie's Kick in the Door and hip-hop classic Juicy.

Jay Z, sporting the brand new Nets jersey and a matching black cap, then used the opportunity to boast about his minority ownership of the Nba team, rapping: "I got shooters on my team/No really, I got shooters on my team/Juan or Deron... Pick a arm (sic)".

His hits-packed set included tracks Empire State of Mind, Big Pimpin' and Encore, and Jay Z almost convinced the crowd that he would stick to his promise of having no surprise guest appearances - only to bring out legendary rap pioneer Big Daddy Kane towards the end of the show to perform Ain't No Half Steppin', much to fans' delight.

However, the Barclays Center's opening night wasn't championed by everyone - a handful of campaigners from various organisations, including the Occupy Wall Street movement, held a small street protest outside the venue in a bid to spoil the rapper's big night.

While some demonstrated against the building owners' failure to build affordable housing in the area around the Barclays Center, Occupy protesters staged a teach-in in an attempt to send an educational message to Jay Z after he recently confessed he had no idea what the anti-big business activists were fighting for last year (11).


Contactmusic

Tags: Jay Z


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Trailer Is Here: Was It Worth The Wait?

The moment Fifty Shades of Grey fans have been waiting for is finally...

The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Trailer Is Here: Was It Worth The Wait?

Alec Baldwin (Mostly) Off The Hook On Disorderly Conduct Charges

Alec Baldwin was in court on Tuesday, facing charges of disorderly...

Alec Baldwin (Mostly) Off The Hook On Disorderly Conduct Charges

Pitbull feat. John Ryan - Fireball

Pitbull drops his eighth studio album 'Globalization' later this year and...

Pitbull - Fireball Video

The British Film Institute: 'There Are Too Many Films'

The BFI have condemned the amount of films released in British cinemas...

The British Film Institute: 'There Are Too Many Films'

What The Critics Are Saying About Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy'

Early reviews of Scarlett Johansson’s new movie Lucy are piling up...

What The Critics Are Saying About Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy'

Dwayne Johnson Battles His Way Through Non-Stop Absurdity In "Hercules"

It’s Hercules time! So we know that Dwayne Johnson made a lot...

Dwayne Johnson Battles His Way Through Non-Stop Absurdity In
Advertisement

Arty Ft. Angel Taylor - Up All Night [Lyric] Video

Russian musician Arty has collaborated with Angel Taylor on his latest single 'Up All Night', released on...

Arty - Up All Night (Lyric Video) Video

Those Colin Farrell for 'Iron Man 4' Rumors Refuse To Die

Rumors are abound that seminal Iron Man actor, Robert Downey Jr, will not be...

Those Colin Farrell for 'Iron Man 4' Rumors Refuse To Die

Marvel Announces Release Date for Unknown Movie - What Could It Be?

Last week Marvel studios took the unusual step of announcing five upcoming...

Marvel Announces Release Date for Unknown Movie - What Could It Be?


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Jay Z Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jay Z

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All