Jay-Z's history making night in Brooklyn contained a slew of epic moments. The biggest highlight may have came from a performance from Jay-Z's rap idol, Big Daddy Kane.The two Brooklyn titans stood tall at the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As Jay-Z ran through a performance of 'Do It Again,' BDK hopped on stage to join Jigga. For a smooth six minutes, Kane commanded the crowd like it was the 1980s all over again. Also, Jay-Z paid tribute to the fallen King of New York, The Notorious B.I.G.
Jay-Z said a B.I.G. verse only to big up his brother as he led a sold out crowd in a rendition of 'Kick In The Door,' that would've made Christopher Wallace proud. He also got off on a few of his newer verses including '3 Kings,' and 'Clique.' See all of the footage from the show down below.
The wins continue to pile up for Kasseem 'Swizz Beatz' Dean; this after the producer and artist was named as the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation's (HHC) global ambassador on Wednesday. Yesterday evening, Ambassador Beatz spoke for the first time in his new HHC role at the opening of the Mural Pavilion at Harlem Hospital-showing incredible humility while addressing attendees at the fundraising event.
The Bronx-born Beatz, decked out in business attire, took the podium and was seemingly struck by a moment of sincerity and humility. He was candid in speaking about not only his humble beginnings and bouts with poverty, but also how he remains motivated to excel despite his surroundings. Swizz Beatz also seized the moment to educate the youth on having an appreciation for the arts and chatted up the Mural Pavilion's important role in that process.
'Let's introduce them to something that's right in the neighborhood that they can come and get inspired,' said Beatz about the Pavilion, part of a $325 million rehabilitation of Harlem Hospital.
Swizz continued with, 'I know many people that came to this hospital for the wrong reasons. But now, to be able to come to this hospital and see all this inspiration, it can change the dynamic on Harlem Hospital. It gives people hope.'
Along with the pavilion, which will feature preserved murals by several Black artists, the six-story hospital gained a new emergency department, a burn unit, and will expand its health services locally. Swizz Beatz also promises to host events in the new space as its curator, and hopefully feature his own works.
Watch Swizz Beatz's speech below:
Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik, Xzibit, YG, Kurupt and E-40 all jump into the ring for a west coast edition of the BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher. The award show, which will air on October 9th, is being taped this weekend in Atlanta, GA.
To get you excited for the awards show, BET drops this 30 second preview of the cypher that will continue in tradition of past BET Hip-Hop Award Shows. Although DJ Premier is present at the cypher, the West Coast giants opt for a real old school vibe as DJ Quik takes it back to the lunch tables by letting his fists do the talking. If this is any indication, just like year's past we should be in for a real treat.