After nine years of delays and controversy, the dream Jay-Z envisioned came to life in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. The son of BK officially christened the new billion-dollar Barclays Center on Friday evening with the first of eight concerts. The man who grew up in Marcy Projects, 15-minutes away from the arena, appeared on stage following an all-Brooklyn DJ set from Hot 97’s Mister Cee. In all-black, the moment Jay-Z appeared on stage was also an unveiling as for the first time he unveiled the Brooklyn Nets’ basketball jersey that players will wear this upcoming season in their new home.

His set opened up with the classic “Where I’m From” followed by “Brooklyn We Go Hard,” and a cover of Biggie’s “Kick in the Door.” After a crowd rendition of B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” Jay-Z got into his catalogue of songs including “Big Pimpin,” “Jigga My N***a,” “Dead Presidents,” “Can I Live,” and “Murda Marcyville.” At one point during the show, he debuted a new verse before getting into “99 Problems.” The night ended at first with “Encore,” but in classic Jay-Z fashion he returned for a second set that included “What More Can I Say, “Clique,” “Do It Again,” “3 Kings,” and more. Leading up to the night, Hov revealed there would be no guests at any of the eight shows, but last night brought out one. Big Daddy Kane, the man who gave Jay his first opportunity on the 1994 single “Show & Prove,” appeared on stage and performed his classics “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” “Set It Off,” and “Warm It Up Kane.”

Throughout the night plenty of celebrities were spotted including BeyoncĂ©, Pharrell, Magic Johnson, The-Dream, J. Cole, Dave Chappelle, Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, and the Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.

Related: Miss Info Reveals Details on the Special Stage, Plus Live Blog From Night 1

View photos and video form the historic night after the jump…..

Photos via NBA, Instagram and MTV News

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Irv Gotti at D’USSE VIP at Barclays + 40/40 Club After Party, hosted by Jay-Z. Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/Getty Images



Speech, Freestyle, Performance Recap, and Big Daddy Kane appearance


Footage via MTV, and RealTalkNY

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