Jay Z Joins Jay Electronica At Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest: Watch
Jay Z surprised the Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest crowd last weekend during Jay Electronica‘s headlining set. Jay Z also made the impromptu set feel like a proper homecoming, having been raised in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects. “Feels so good to be home!” he yelled to the crowd. Still, watching Hov perform did feel a little surreal, considering Jay Z has become such a household name. After all, he stopped by the festival in between dates of his and Beyonce‘s On the Run tour, now the premise of an HBO special.“Young, Gifted and Black,” he compares himself to Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, who recently criticized the liberal use of the n-word at Hot 97’s Summer Jam – hip-hop’s most well-known festival. However, during their remix of Soulja Boy‘s “We Made It,” Hov crows of his Forbes cover, where he was pictured next to businessman and billionaire Warren Buffett. Jay Z also performed 2003’s “Public Service Announcement,” a song that details his drug-dealing past (“I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z”) but has since been blared as walk-on music in sports stadiums. His eyes lit up not when he rapped of being part of a counterculture, but of the mainstream culture.
“I’m not a pop star, rock ‘n’ roller,” Big Daddy had declared in “Young, Gifted and Black.” Meanwhile, Jay Z seems to take pride in being called precisely that. Watch him perform with Jay Electronica up top.
[via Rolling Stone]
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