BROOKLYN, New York — On Thursday, Jay-Z told MTV News he has grand plans to have major musical performances once the new Barclays Center — future home to the Nets, the NBA team Jay co-owns — opens in a couple of years. But the Jiggaman obviously still has love for Madison Square Garden. He's had numerous historic moments at MSG over the years, and last week was no different. His Blueprint 3 tour stopped at the venue, and along with Jay parading out his classic records, his tour guests Young Jeezy and Trey Songz brought out surprises: Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Fabolous all came out.
"It was fantastic," Jay said Thursday about his latest Garden adventure, the fond memory invoking a grin. "Again, any time you play the Garden is a special moment. It's special. Wayne, how that worked out, he was supposed to go away for a year. Somehow he was able to perform that last show. He came out to an incredible reaction. Then Drake, Nicki Minaj — all on Jeezy's set, which was fantastic. Then Trey Songz and Fabolous. It's one of those magical nights at the Garden. Once again, one of those magical nights."
Thursday in Brooklyn was a dream come true for Jay. He told the crowd how as a young boy in the nearby Marcy projects, he dreamed of playing basketball — and now as an owner of the Nets, he's bringing the team to his backyard. The groundbreaking ceremony for the team's new arena was attended by Jay-Z, Beyoncé, the Reverend Al Sharpton, New York Governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others.