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Jay-Z Goes Back To Roots For Stadium Opening
One of the world's most successful rappers Jay-Z has returned to his home borough in New York where he played a concert to open a new basketball stadium.
The Barclays Centre is the base for the Brooklyn Nets - the team which the star co-owns.
During his show in front of 18,000 fans, Jay-Z talked about how far he had come and encouraged members of the crowd to try and achieve their own success.
He said: "I believe everybody in the world is born with genius level talent ... Apply yourself to whatever you're genius at and you can do anything in the world."
The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has been heavily involved in the promotion of the arena.
The venue took years to become reality partly because there were legal challenges and opposition from people in nearby residential areas such as Fort Greene and Park Slope.
He described his humble beginnings in Marcy Houses, a Brooklyn public housing project near the venue, adding "I can't believe that this day has come."
Jay-Z, who is also a successful businessman with his own clothing label, went on: "I've been on many stages all around the world and nothing feels like tonight."
He opened the show with the hometown anthems Where I'm From, a song about his upbringing in the projects complex, and Brooklyn Go Hard.
He also paid tribute to deceased rap star and fellow Brooklyn native Notorious B.I.G. by projecting an image of him on the stage and covering two of his songs.
Brooklyn hip-hop pioneer Big Daddy Kane appeared later in the evening.
The stadium, which started construction in 2009, will bring a major professional sports team back to Brooklyn for the first time in 55 years when the Dodgers baseball team moved away from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and became the LA Dodgers.
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