10 Songs Jay-Z Must Perform At Barclays Center

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    Tonight (September 28) Jay-Z will christen Brooklyn's new Barclays Center with the first of eight concerts. The string of shows, which will go all the way until October 6th, leaves anticipation at an all time high for fans and fellow Brooklynites alike. For what's sure to be an historic couple of nights, <em>XXL</em> thought of records that we'd like to see the BK rhyme slinger perform. Check them out here...<em>XXL</em> (@XXL)
  • Jay-Z “U Don’t Know (Remix),” <em>The Blueprint 2: The Curse</em> (2002)
    Jay-Z “U Don’t Know (Remix),” <em>The Blueprint 2: The Curse</em> (2002)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0eq7cJO5q7g?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0eq7cJO5q7g?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>While some may argue Jigga’s reign in rap remains prevalent, many believe the era of Roc-A-Fella’s dominance was when Jay-Z shined the most as a rapper. With the then partner Dame Dash acquiring M.O.P. to the Roc roster, a Marcy and Brownsville collabo was evident. With the young Just Blaze injecting steroids to the previously unveiled “U Don’t Know,” and turning it into a monstrous anthem, the record perfectly highlighted the roaring thump of the Mash Out Posse. Picture Lil Fame and Billy Danze knuckled up and rocking a set with Jay. Just makes you want to smack, rob, and roar don't it?—<em>Jaeki Cho, Online Editor</em>
  • Jay-Z “Where I’m From,” <em>In My Lifetime, Vol. 1</em> (1997)
    Jay-Z “Where I’m From,” <em>In My Lifetime, Vol. 1</em> (1997)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WG0KKqsZaZM?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WG0KKqsZaZM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>15 years ago, if someone told Jay-Z he’ll be performing for a sold-out crowd, in a Brooklyn-based stadium that he co-owns, Jigga Man probably wouldn’t have believed it. Now, after years of staying on top of the hip-hop world, Hova will be repping for his hometown at a level he’s never done. While glitz and glamour surround him now, Jigga’s still from Marcy, and where he’s from cats still cough up a lung. The song may not incite sing-alongs from “Empire State of Mind” fans, but Brooklyn, by any means necessary, requires this record to be performed. “I’m from many places, but I’m Brooklyn’s own.”—<em>J.C</em>
  • Brooklyn Go Hard (2008)
    Jay-Z "Brooklyn (We Go Hard)" (2008)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUGAmDTLPY0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUGAmDTLPY0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>This one's a must. To quote the late grate BK wordsmith, Biggie Smalls, "We did it Brooklyn!" With the opening of the Barclay Center and the NBA season tipoff only a month away, Jay-Z has proven to be the black Branch Rickey; with some help from Bruce Ratner and the tall Russian, of course.—<em>Jayson Rodriguez, Executive Editor</em>
  • Jay-Z "Empire State of Mind," <em>Blueprint 3</em> (2009)
    Jay-Z "Empire State of Mind," <em>Blueprint 3</em> (2009)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0UjsXo9l6I8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0UjsXo9l6I8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Although this one's tailor made for the Garden, what better way to christen King County's new palace than a performance of Hov's only number one hit, dedicated to the the Big Apple.—<em>J.R</em>
  • Jay-Z ft. Beanie Sigel & Scarface "This Can't Be Life," <em>The Dynasty: Roc La Familia</em> (2000)
    Jay-Z ft. Beanie Sigel & Scarface "This Can't Be Life," <em>The Dynasty: Roc La Familia</em> (2000)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7SDrmbv6q1g?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7SDrmbv6q1g?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>As Jay has taught us, it is cool to dream big. While I can't remember ever seeing this record performed in it's entirety ever, it would be exhilarating for Hov to give us his magical, trepidation filled verse over Kanye West's soul epitomizing track.—<em>Shaheem Reid, Editor-at-Large</em>
  • Jay-Z "Jigga My Nigga," <em>Vol. 3... Life & Times Of S. Carter</em> (1999)
    Jay-Z "Jigga My Nigga," <em>Vol. 3... Life & Times Of S. Carter</em> (1999)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/C9ctBA4fFkA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/C9ctBA4fFkA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Classic Hov! Street heavy slick talk, over Swizz Beatz's melodic thump. This record perfectly time transposes you back to the time when Jay first captured hip-hop's crown in the late 90s and will undoubtedly make the Barclay's Center feel like infamous NYC nightclub The Tunnel.—<em>S.R</em>
  • Jay-Z "What More Can I Say," <em>The Black Album</em> (2003)
    Jay-Z "What More Can I Say," <em>The Black Album</em> (2003)
    Seriously...at this point in Hov's storied career, what more can he say? From Marcy to Madison Square...to the Barclays Center. How real is that? The fact that Jigga is about to perform in the arena that he had a hand in helping to bring to Brooklyn just takes this string of shows to an entirely other level.—<em>Mark Lelinwalla, Senior Editor</em>
  • "Can't Knock The Hustle"
    Jay-Z ft. Mary J. Blige "Can't Knock The Hustle," <em>Reasonable Doubt</em> (1996)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2n7P7OAFr3Q?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2n7P7OAFr3Q?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Even Jay's list of "short-term goals when the weather folds" probably didn't include the birth of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center. Yet, Hov did it on the strength of the hustle. Where's MJB? Hit the hook because you can't knock the hustle, forreal!—<em>M.L</em>
  • "Brooklyn's Finest"
    Jay-Z ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "Brooklyn's Finest," <em>Reasonable Doubt</em> (1996)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HNe4vE5Zels?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HNe4vE5Zels?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Not only would it whet the thirst of those hoping for a technological B.I.G. resurrection but, the concert's in Brooklyn for crying out loud. What better way to christen the arena than with a performance of this classic ode to the 718.—<em>Ralph Bristout, Editorial Assistant</em>
  • Jay-Z "There's Been A Murder," <em>Vol. 3... Life & Times Of S. Carter</em> (1999)
    Jay-Z "There's Been A Murder," <em>Vol. 3... Life & Times Of S. Carter</em> (1999)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QDgSkI1LINM?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QDgSkI1LINM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>There's a number of joints off Jay's <em>Vol. 3</em> that almost perfectly captures the soundbed of BK's Marcy and Nostrand Aves. This gully banger would <em>murder</em> that Barclays stage.—<em>R.B</em>