Jay-Z performs first show at NYC's Barclays Center

Jay-Z performs first show at NYC's Barclays Center

Rapper Jay-Z performs the inaugural concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday Sept. 28, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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by MESFIN FEKADU

AP

Posted on September 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jay-Z says performing in his New York City hometown at the opening of Brooklyn's Barclays Center is better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella.

He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: "Nothing feels like tonight!"

The arena was full of exciting concertgoers, as the chaotic crowd made way to their seats after waiting outside to enter the building. Jay-Z emerged onstage Friday night as a video about Brooklyn's history played in the background.

He opened with his songs about Brooklyn with "Where I'm From" and "Brooklyn Go Hard." He also performed two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G. He also held 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."

 

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