Jay-Z has released a documentary showing his preparation and final performance at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn titled “Where I’m From.”
The famed rapper, who grew up in the Marcy Projects in the same borough, is now one of the top-paid rappers in hip-hop. Aside from rapping, he also has numerous endorsements and has stakes in numerous businesses, including Barclay’s Center and the Brooklyn Nets.
In the 24-minute documentary, Jay-Z shows personal footage from his eight performances at Barclay’s Center, including him riding on the subway train before his final performance. There are many touching and humorous moments, including when Jay-Z sits next to an older woman and she asks him, “Are you famous?”
Jay-Z, who is surrounded by security and screaming fans, looks at her and says, “Yes,” before reconsidering his answer and replying, “Not that famous. You don’t know me. But I’ll get there someday. My name is Jay, What’s your name?’ He asks her, before shaking her hand.
“Ellen. What do you do?” she asks.
“I make music,” he replies.
“Great did you just do a performance?” she follows.
“I’m on my way to a Brooklyn performance at the new Brooklyn arena.” Jay-Z responds.
Later Ellen says, “And you’re going by subway. ... I’m proud of you. Say your name again just so I get it.”
“Jay. Jay-Z,” he says.
“Oh, you’re Jay-Z. I know about Jay-Z,” Ellen says, causing both of them to smile.
Another touching moment is at the very end of the “Where I’m From” documentary, after Jay-Z performs his eighth and final concert at Barclay’s Center in front of 18,000 fans.
“Look how far we’ve come,” he says to the crowd.
“This whole run has been one of my finest moments. I’ve performed everywhere, Glasbury, wherever the [expletive], but this has been my finest moment performing, I thank y’all [sic]for that.”
Watch Jay-Z’s “Where I’m From” documentary below:
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...