By Rob Markman
The streets said Jigga can’t go back home, or so he rapped on his 2000 track “Streets is Talking.” Well on September 28 (and the week that followed) Jay-Z proved that the doubting sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth when he christened BK’s Barclays Center with eight sold-out shows in his hometown.
The homecoming of 2012 was well-documented on MTV News and just about every music outlet imaginable, but on December 4, Jay’s 43rd birthday the God MC dropped “Where I’m From: JAY Z Barclays Center Documentary,” a 24-minute film on his Life + Times YouTube channel.
The film follows Team Hov as they prep his Barclays run starting from back in 2011, while construction for the arena was still underway. “This is a long, long journey to get here,” Jay said from the stage of his very first Barclays show.
The film crew captures Young as he marvels at his state-of-the-art stage, which doubles as a full-scale projection screen. “It’s the f---in’ craziest sh-- you’ve ever seen,” Jay brags before questioning: “Where do you go from there?”
In the days leading up to the show Jigga juggles his set list trying to perfect his run down adding songs like G.O.O.D. Music’s “Clique,” Mya’s “Best of Me” Remix and Rick Ross’ “3 Kings.”
Director Dustin Nakao Haider does a great job of blending never before seen behind-the-scenes footage with concert clips and in one key moment he captures a light-hearted conversation between the rap superstar and an unsuspecting straphanger as Jay rides the Brooklyn bound R train to his eighth Barclays show which took place on October 6.
“Are you famous,” asked the elderly looking Ellen with silver hair, glasses and a bright purple top.
“I make music,” Jay responded with the understatement of 2012.
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