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Jay-Z Tells Webster Hall Crowd: ‘Gentrify Your Own Hood Before These People Do’ [WATCH]

SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Day 2
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA – APRIL 27: Jay-Z performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER – Day 2 on April 27, 2019 in Virginia Beach City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Something in the Water)

*JAY-Z re-opened New York City’s famed Webster Hall on Friday night where he served up a collection of rare B-sides in front of a star-studded audience.

As we previously reported, this was Jigga’s first time playing the iconic venue in Manhattan’s East Village, which first opened in 1886. Webster Hall recently underwent extensive renovation to “preserve the iconic features of the venue, while modernizing it to meet today’s entertainment and guest experiences standards,” according to a statement, MSN reported.

The 4:44 rapper brought out Nas, Cam’ron, and Jim Jones to share the stage that was decked out with a massive Roc-A-Fella chain (see  theTwitter video embed below). Tickets were “going for upwards of $1,000 on the secondary market,” according to WABC.

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Jay also performed a new freestyle about gentrification while paying tribute to late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

The lyrics to the track have been shared online: “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,” he raps.

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Check out more moments from the show below.

Jay-Z previously performed a “B-Sides” concert at New York’s Terminal 5 back in May 2015.

In related news, Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water festival hit Virginia Beach this weekend, where Jay was a special guest. He performed a number of his biggest hits, including “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” and “La La La,” MTV News reports.

 

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@Pharrell & Friends ? THANK YOU VA BEACH. We’ll see you tomorrow! #SITWfest

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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