Posted in hiphop | music on September 26, 2011

Jay Z

As previously mentioned, Jay-Z will help publicize the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn by playing there. The Daily News wrote this morning that eight shows are planned:

The superstar, who owns a small piece of the soon-to-be renamed Brooklyn Nets, will perform at eight concerts to celebrate the grand opening of the arena - where all-access passes are going for up to $15,400 a season.

Jay-Z likely will be joined by his wife, Beyoncé - who by then will have given birth to the couple's first child - at one of the shows, and will bring on a series of other performers, sources said.

Jay-Z has since said "Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three" concerts. "And it will be officially called the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z said. Dates for his concerts have not been set. But he promised: "Definitely more than one."

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Comments (21)

horray for gentrification!

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 4:16 PM

Brooklyn Netropolitans?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 4:17 PM

I went to this event this morning- or at least the outside and wrote about the connection between this and the protests on wall street

http://battleforbrooklyn.com/post/10691744267/bread-and-circuses

Posted by michael | September 26, 2011 4:17 PM

your wifes a whore.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 4:24 PM

He should give away (or sell cheap) tickets to Brooklyn residents, especially ones from Bed-Stuy or Brownsville. Would be a nice gesture to the folks who supported his music from before he was a mega-super-star.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 4:30 PM

while jz is performing who will be boning beyonce?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 4:36 PM

To add to 4:30. Hiphop was created and made popular by kids from the ghetto. Now kids from the ghetto can't afford to see people like Jay-Z at $150 a ticket. Hope he does right by the people who made him big.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 4:37 PM

thank you 4:17.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 5:00 PM

All the Knicks have to do is rise up to being at least a consistent .500 team and the Nets will regret ever having thought of leaving Newark. They will be an incredible after-thought

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 5:06 PM

Hell yeah he should give free tickets to the community, but it won't do much good. The arena isn't being built for the people of Brooklyn. It isn't about bringing jobs or housing to the city - it's about making rich people richer. Co-owner Jay Z has made it clear what side he's on.

Michael (4:17), thanks! There is a for sure connection to be made between the Wall St protests and this Jay Z media "event." The mainstream media make the protest seem like dumb kids playing carnival, but they swallow this crap cause it's backed by corporate money and a celebrity.

Malcolm Gladwell has a pretty interesting take on the arena too: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7021031/the-nets-nba-economics

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 5:18 PM

The protests are being covered because they have no unified objective and one person doesn't even know why the other is there next to him protesting. Its moronic. Its like:

"Hey look at all the protests in the Middle East! Let's do that too? We can get mad at those crazy fat cats on Wall Street! Cuz they caused all the worlds problems! "

Great, I'm sure your protests will yield loads of results.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 6:20 PM

^, sorry, "not being covered"

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 6:21 PM

Fair point, but there is a lot of discontent with the economic and political system right now, and many people (especially young, educated people) are unemployed, angry, and looking for new ideas. A few hundred "moronic" idealists could quickly grow into something larger and more coherent, once it's clear that we have the same problems and enemies and that shit really needs to change. Some would say it's already growing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 7:38 PM

"He should give away (or sell cheap) tickets to Brooklyn residents, especially ones from Bed-Stuy or Brownsville. Would be a nice gesture to the folks who supported his music from before he was a mega-super-star."


BWAHAHAHA So racist.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 8:19 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 10:45 PM

7:38 - 6:20 here. Thanks for the thoughtful response. I see your point, even if it doesn't apply so much to the current protest.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2011 10:59 PM

who gives a shit

Posted by texas | September 26, 2011 11:25 PM

Just what We need...more rapping black guys...does ticketmaster take EBT cards?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 7:18 AM

8:19 is it racist, though? Is it wrong to say that many people of African American descent that live in the community where he came from, probably can't afford to pay $150 a ticket or more to go see him in concert, and that he should do right by the community where he came from.. the people that supported him from day one?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 9:09 AM

@7:18 fuck off bigot
Anyway, I don't care who plays this place I'll never be stepping foot inside of it. If Jay-Z really cared about Brooklyn he wouldn't have supported bull dozing homes and businesses. And for what? To bring arguably the worst team in the NBA here. I hope this thing fails so hard!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 1:05 PM

Less niggers? Thumbs up Jay Z

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2011 4:49 PM

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