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The Brooklyn Nets Gifted Jay-Z the Coolest Birthday Cake of All Time

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For Jay Z’s 48th birthday, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark gifted him an extravagant, discography cake. The five-tier edible confectionary highlights Jay’s roots and early life in addition to his successes, current tour, and wifey Queen Bey. Roc Nation’s Emory Jones shared a glimpse of the incredible dessert on Instagram while backstage at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York, where HOV performed December 2.

“Happy birthday to the big homie,” Jones said in a video showcasing the cake in 360-degree view. “The cake is amazing. This is how Nassau set it off already. Come on, man. Look at the detail in there.”

The cake was designed over the course of five days by Miriam Milord of BCakeNY in Brooklyn. It features a buttercream frosting infused with D’Ussé Cognac, a spirit partially owned by HOV. A price has not been disclosed.

Its top layer features a retro television displaying, “Happy Birthday Jay!” atop a beige tier representing the 4:44 album’s cover art. The third layer features imagery from “The Story of O.J.” music video, and the fourth and fifth tiers hold music video stills, concert photos, The Godfather artwork, and signs for Marcy Houses — the projects on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn where HOV grew up. Along the cake’s exterior are a Yankees cap, a gold chain, a watch, a Brooklyn Nets logo, and a Grammy Award (Jay has eight nominations this year).

According to Page Six, Beyoncé also threw the rapper a birthday bash in a private room at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. A total of 150 guests were in attendance including rapper Fabolous, actor Omari Hardwick, and radio personality Angie Martinez. Partygoers celebrated Jay with HOV’s “Ace of Spades” Champagne until 4 a.m. after a performance at the Barclay’s Center.

Beyoncé enjoyed an over-the-top, $3,500 birthday cake of her own in September courtesy of Philadelphia’s Cake Life Bake Shop. For more incredible desserts that look too good to eat, check out these 25 jaw-dropping wedding cakes.


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


Published: 02:12 BST, 30 September 2012 | Updated: 08:01 BST, 1 October 2012

Jay-Z was in a Brooklyn state of mind last night as he performed an inaugural sold-out concert at the borough’s new Barclays Center to uproarious response.

The rap star performed for an excited and rowdy crowd of 18,000, wearing a jersey that featured his last name, Carter, and the number four.

And his biggest fan, in the form of his wife Beyonce, was front and centre at the show and looked on proudly.

Scroll down for video

Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z performs to the sold-out crowd at the new Barclays Center in the New York borough

The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, eight months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D'USSE VIP Lounge.

Wearing a tight black v-neck top, gold belt and gold bracelets, the Grammy winning performer was 'front and center' a source told Us Weekly: 'She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.'

During the song Dirt Off Your Shoulder Beyonce had some fun by grabbing a flashlight from a security guard and shining it on people in the crowd: 'She was having fun a playing with people,' a witness told Us Weekly.

Number one fan: Jay Z's wife Beyonce was on hand to support her husband

As he opened the show a video highlighting some of Brooklyn's historical moments played in the background.

There were also pictures of famous faces who were born in the borough, from Michael Jordan to Al Capone to Aaliyah to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys.

Jay-Z 's first number at the show was the hometown anthem Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the nearby Marcy projects.

King of Brooklyn: The venue is also the home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part owner, and houses his new 40/40 nightclub

New York state of mind: Wearing a jersey from the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z put on a stellar show

Jay-Z said that performing in his hometown was better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: 'Nothing feels like tonight!'

He then went on to perform two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G and hold a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s Juicy played: 'Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven.'

Anticipation: Music fans arrive for the first of eight Jay-Z shows which will open the Barclays Center

Famous faces: Star Jones, left, and celebrity chef Mario Batali, right, were among the audience members

Freaky Friday: The Barclays Center welcomed fans of Jay-Z amid the haze of Friday night following a day of rain


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