Facebook.com/JayZ Jay-Z fans will flock to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night to see the hometown hero kick off the first of eight shows he's doing to welcome the Nets to their new home base.
The night will be all about "celebration," Jay told reporters Wednesday night at the 40/40 Club in New York City, where he celebrated the launch of NBA 2K13, the video game for which he was executive producer of the soundtrack.
Jay, who is part owner of the Nets, encouraged the team to move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, and he says, "It's like a gift to Brooklyn to have this... to all us Brooklynites, to have this arena and this team and we just want to celebrate having a team since the Dodgers."
So what can concert-goers expect? "You know, I pretty much have sing-alongs at the concerts. But I want to encourage it to be even more," Jay says, considering the special occasion.
In the spring, Rihanna's Diamonds tour will make its way to BK, which shouldn't be a surprise. "There's a little nepotism in there... Rihanna's on RocNation, of course she's playing the Barclay," Jay joked, referring to the roster of acts that are set to headline at the new arena.
But while the RocNation boss has his favorites, Jay says he'll leave the booking to someone else. "I have enough jobs," Jay says. "But they still, they ask me my opinion on most things. But I don't want that job, I have enough jobs."
Last month, Jay brought together big names like D'Angelo, Drake, Jill Scott, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew for the Made in America festival in Philadelphia. Jay tells reporters that he wants to do the festival again. "I don't know if it'll actually happen, but probably," he says.
Jay-Z's Barclays Center gigs are set to take place Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday night, then pick up again on Wednesday, wrapping up on October 6.
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