Jay-Z doesn’t just bring the stars out onstage — earlier this month at New York’s Madison Square Garden , for example, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Diddy, Rick Ross and Gwyneth Paltrow were among the spectators taking in his BP3 show (and while Lil Wayne appeared onstage during Young Jeezy’s opening set , he probably caught some of Jigga’s show from backstage). And for Jay’s sold-out Saturday night show at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Stevie Wonder, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Fantasia, Adrienne Bailon, Robin Thicke and two of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita, were in the audience.
The show was a tough one for Memphis Bleek, who always performs with Jay. Bleek’s friend and artist G Baby died early Saturday morning after reportedly being shot in New York. Bleek tweeted about G Baby over the weekend, saying, “I’m in a mood I can’t explain. I lost a real n—a 2day. R.I.P. to my n—a G Baby who was like a bro to me!! G. Baby …”
Memph stayed strong through the show and helped Jay pull off another successful performance, as they brought the crowd to its feet with classics like “Big Pimpin’ ” and new hits like “Run This Town.”
Jay celebrated after the show at the Old Homestead restaurant in the Borgata, where he had a late dinner with Wonder and Thicke, a rep for the venue told MTV News. Jay — being the avid sports fan he is — took in the Manny Pacquiao/ Joshua Clottey boxing match on one of the big-screen TVs. Jay references the pugilist from the Philippines on Blueprint 3‘s “Thank You,” saying “On the tube, I’m just watching Pacquio box ‘em up.”
After the 12-round fight, Thicke went to Borgata’s club mur.mur, where Samantha Ronson had spun earlier in the night. Sam’s sister Charlotte Ronson, Angelina from “Jersey Shore” and Phelps were among the partygoers. Meanwhile, Jay hit the blackjack tables accompanied by Beyoncé, the venue’s rep said.