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Jay-Z: Brooklyn’s Finest And King Of New York

The man performed about two dozen songs, almost all of them smash hits.

The man performed about two dozen songs, almost all of them smash hits. How many rappers – or artists, period – can rep like that? Rappers? None. Other artists? Very few.

Jay's supplanted Frank Sinatra as the voice behind the Big Apple's theme song with Empire State of Mind; and he's SO Brooklyn that it's like you can't really be about Brooklyn on a large level without his direct or indirect co-sign. The eight-day residency is yet another notch on Jay's belt as he continues his middle-aged march up the ranks of all-time great music artists.

So, Barclays opens up in rarified air (and amid some protests). Soon, though, Jay-Z will drop the mic and the Brooklyn Nets – a good, but somewhat pedestrian squad – will take a permanent squat. Enjoy that greatness while you can, Brooklyn.