Jay Electronica performed at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on Saturday (July 12), and was joined on stage by Jay Z among other special guests.
First off, the rapper welcomed Mac Miller to perform ‘Suplexes Inside Of Complexes and Duplexes’, which ended with a freestyle section after Mac reportedly forgot his lyrics. Next, were J Cole and Talib Kweli, who performed ‘Just Begun. Finally, Jay Electronica’s Roc Nation boss Jay Z came on to join in with ‘Young, Gifted & Black’, ‘Shiny Suit Theory’, ‘We Made It’ and ‘P.S.A (Public Service Announcement)’. At the end of the set, Jay Z gave Electronica, who he signed to the Roc Nation label in 2010, a special Roc chain on stage. Electronica also performed ‘Exhibit A’, ‘Exhibit C’ and ‘The Announcement’ in his set.
Jay Z was in town as part of his tour with wife Beyonce. They were due to play their On The Run show at New Jersey’s MetLife stadium last night, and will perform there again this evening (July 13). The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and after initially taking place in a Williamsburg car park, it’s now one of New York City’s biggest hip-hop events, regularly welcoming crowds of more than 30,000.
Jay Electronica had initially been scheduled to headline the event, but was asked to go before Raekwon as a ‘mark of respect’. However, it’s now thought he played earlier to accommodate his long list of special guests.