Jay Z Shakes Up Brooklyn at the Shiny New Barclays Center
Jay Z’s concert last night, the 5th of a series of 8 inaugurating Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the new Brooklyn Stadium, was jam packed with Brooklynites, hip hop enthusiasts…and then everyone else wishing for a little of the action.
An hour and a half after showtime, Jay Z graced the stage alone, save for his elevated band, which was incorporated within a racked stage where images of Brooklyn in years past were artfully projected. The man held his own. No opening act. No hype man. No dancers. No crew. Just Jay and the mic. Impressive.
He brought a show focused on Brooklyn, past and present, embodying the journey of the borough as well as his own journey from ghetto to prosperity. Indeed, the borough has evolved over the last 17 years since the creation of Roc-A-Fella records, shifting from gritty and violent to the glitz of having a shiny new stadium. With the Net’s big move to Brooklyn, and with Jay Z as part owner, the borough is in for even more amazing changes. So when Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind moved the crowd into elated euphoria, you can bet that Brooklynites and non-Brooklynites alike felt the earth move beneath their feet.