Tonight, Jay-Z will kick off his eight-night residency at the brand new Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, where the NBA's Brooklyn Nets will play starting this year. Jay is a minority investor in the venue, and he wants its grand opening to be a celebration.
"I pretty much have sing-alongs at the concert and I want to encourage that even more," he told Billboard at a launch event at his Manhattan restaurant, the 40/40 Club, for NBA 2K13, a new video game whose soundtrack he executive produced. "It's like a gift to Brooklyn to have this, to all us Brooklynites, to have this arena and this team. We just want to celebrate this team since it's the first since the Dodgers."
Jay also told reporters that there will be no surprise guests showing up onstage during the residency. "No one's appearing, no one's performing," he said, according to Rolling Stone. "It's Brooklyn! This is my one chance to be selfish. Can't I be selfish? Thank you. Just for these eight shows – then I'll get back to my 'Jay-Z and Friends' shows."
The rapper also spoke about putting together the soundtrack for the NBA 2K13 game, which includes his own songs such as "On to the Next One" and "Run This Town," as well as G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy," the Meek Mill and RickRoss hit "I'ma Boss," and Mobb Deep's 1994 classic "Shook Ones Pt. II." The soundtrack is due in stores on October 2. In addition to that project, Jay hopes to bring back his Made In America festival next year. This year's event took place in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend.
"Oh yeah, we'll do it again," he told the press, before countering, "Well, we want to do it again. I don't know if it'll actually happen, but probably."