December 7, 2012 | Daniella & Letisha Jones-EllisIt’s been a great week for Jay-Z. Not only did the iconic rapper celebrate his 43rd birthday on Tuesday, but his hometown of Brooklyn has recently seen the opening of a new Barclays Centre, the stage which he was honoured to perform on and can now be shared with the fans that missed out.
Adding a great monument to the borough’s history, the location is a great one as it’s situated on one of New York’s largest transit spots.
Capturing his recent performances and journey to the famously named centre on film, Jay-Z’s documentation of his arena appearances proved to be very close to his heart.
Hailing from Brooklyn himself and naming himself after the J/Z intersection on the subway circuit he used to take as a child, Jay made the sold out crowd aware of how special this moment was for him and even took time out to remember fellow Brooklyn rapper, The Notorious B.I.G., telling the crowd to make enough noise so that the rap legend could hear them all in heaven.
It’s no secret that Jay-Z is proud of his home, as not only does he tend to shout out his Bedstuy roots in his rhymes, (including the ‘New York State of Mind’ track with Alicia Keys), but he is also co-owner of Basketball team the Brooklyn Nets.
Jay’s short documentary which is featured on his site Life and Times shows behind the scene moments of his journey, as he prepared to open the centre. Check him out below in ‘Where I’m From’.
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Video Source: Life and Times