Rapper Jay-Z rocked the stage at the Brooklyn Stadium launch during a sold-out concert on Friday night. The Brooklyn Nets’ owner kept the crowd entertained all night long with some of his famous songs and delivered emotional speeches inspiring people to accomplish their dreams, according to Reuters.
After months of preparations, the big opening of the much –awaited Brooklyn Stadium finally took place on Friday. The host of the evening was none other than the Nets’ minority stake owner, Jay-Z. He was impressed by the large number of people who have chosen to spend their Friday evening on the newly opened 18,000-seat stadium in New York, so he sprinkled his show with emotional speeches.
Jay-Z told people in the audience that he had come a long way and encouraged everyone to dare follow their dreams no matter how big and unattainable they may seem. The singer, who grew up just two miles away from the Barclays Center arena, confessed that being on the stage of Brooklyn Nets’ new home has made him more emotional than any other occasion, even though he had been on stages all over the world.
Beyoncé Knowles’ husband recalled that he started his career in Marcy Houses, a Brooklyn public housing project which was just 15 minutes away from the new stadium. He released his first rap album in 1996 and grew into being one of the most successful rappers around the world. He recently got involved in sports after acquiring a minority stake from the Brooklyn Nets basketball team.
The rapper has been more preoccupied about the promotion of the basketball team, lately, so he didn’t have time to release a new album. Nevertheless, he delighted the crowd with the recent single “Empire State of Mind”, as well as with hits from his debut album Reasonable Doubt. In the end, Jay-Z stated that he believes everyone was endowed with “genius level talent”, so people should apply themselves to whatever they are genius about and they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
The completion of the Barclays Center Arena has given Brooklyn Nets the possibility to return home after spending 55 years in Los Angeles. Many other celebrities including Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan and the Smashing Pumpkins will perform on this stage in the following two months.