Man Of The People: Jay-Z Takes Subway To Final Brooklyn Gig
Even as Jay-Z grew into a superstar, the multi-platinum rapper never lost his connection with Brooklyn. Raised in the Marcy Houses and schooled at Eli Whitney High, the distinct sense of community he learned growing up still resides inside him, and over the past few years, it has shown in all his work for the Barclays Center. The state of the art venue will house the Brooklyn Nets, the borough’s first team since the Dodgers took off, and for the past week plus, it has played host to eight Jay-Z concerts.
Last night was the star’s final appearance, and in addition to a duet with his wife Beyonce, the rapper had one more surprise in store for fans. According to The New York Daily News, he took the subway to the gig. The R train has been a New York staple for a long time. It shuttles numerous residents to and from work, and yesterday, it took on a circus like atmosphere as Jay-Z made his own commute, chatted with fans, got off at his stop and walked to the arena.
Little things like this might not seem like a big deal in the long run, but they’re a key reason why Jay-Z is so beloved. He comes off like a really decent and genuine guy, the type you’d watch football with on Sunday’s or would ask you about your family and legitimately care.
By all accounts, the gesture went over almost as well as his performance, which most concertgoers left raving about.