As Jay-Z continues his eight-show run celebrating the opening of the Barclays Center, a newly released video captures the venue's construction dating back to its ground-breaking ceremony in March 2010.
Since it was first proposed, the Atlantic Yards project has been a lightning rod for controversy, with affordable housing advocates criticizing developer Bruce Ratner for what they believe has been a "monument built on broken promises."
Fast forward to this past Friday, a documentary titled "Battle for Brooklyn" premiered a few blocks from the first Jay-Z concert. Filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley discussed any grievances they may have with the rapper and Nets minority owner.
There's going to be a certain amount of protest, but certainly not aimed at the people going to see Jay-Z. It's really aimed at getting the media to pay attention to the fact that every promise was broken, and that the system is rigged against the average person. That's really what it's about. I have no problem with anyone going to see Jay-Z. I have no problem with anyone going to see the Nets. I do want them to know what happened, so that when this kind of thing happens again, people will have a little bit more knowledge and a little bit more ability to make it better for the public.
As for the highly-anticipated concert, Jay-Z paid homage to his hometown on Friday and said he was not any “different than anyone in here tonight.”
The Brooklyn-born mogul told the sold-out crowd, "I’ve been on bigger stages. I’ve been all around the world. Nothing feels like tonight. I’m really overwhelmed by the moment.”