The rapper reopened New York City's legendary Webster Hall last night with a show of epic proportions.
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Jay-Z’s ‘B-Sides 2’ show was the first performancein nearly two years. Webster Hall closed its doors for renovations back in 2017. These renovations were expected to last only a year but more than a year and a half later, the venue has finally started to announce upcoming shows with Jay’s being the first.
The follow-up to 2015’s ‘B-Sides’ show that took place at New York’s Terminal 5, Jay-Z’s show last night saw him bring out an array of guests.
He was joined on stage by Nas for a rendition of the Queensbridge rapper’s ‘The World Is Yours’, taken from his classic debut album ‘Illmatic’, which then blended into a version of Jay-Z’s ‘Dead Presidents’, which actually samples one of Nas’ lines from the ‘The World Is Yours’. Nas also performed ‘N.Y. State of Mind’.
Jay-Z surprised many concert-goers by bringing out Cam’ron to perform their 2002 collaboration ‘Welcome to New York City’. It had long been known that the pair had a dislike for one another dating back more than 15 years, ever since Jay’s then business partner Dame Dash made Cam the Vice President of Roc-A-Fella Records in 2002 without his knowledge. With that said, last night’s performance had many fans excited.
Jay also brought out Cam’s longtime friend and Diplomat member Jim Jones for a rendition of the group’s ‘I Really Mean It’.
Paying tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z also spit a freestyle to fans about reclaiming their neighbourhoods that referenced the ‘Crenshaw’ rapper on more than one occasion. He rapped: “Gentrify your own hood before these people do it/ Claim eminent domain and have your people move in/ That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing/ For anybody still confused as to what he was doing.”
Watch the freestyle below, as well as a second freestyle he performed on the night:
The superstar pair were honoured during the organisation’s 30th annual awards, which “recognises and honours media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives”.