Music lovers got a special homecoming this weekend when one of Roc Nation's most elusive artists Jay Electronica brought out none other than Mr. Roc-A-Fella himself, Jay Z, as a surprise guest during his set at the 10th anniversary Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday (July 12).
Marcy's prodigal son and his New Orleans-bred, rapping/producing counterpart performed "Young, Gifted & Black," their remix of Soulja Boy's "We Made It," "Shiny Suit Theory" and Hov's "P.S.A. (Public Service Announcement)" for the crowd.
Hov happened to be in the area for a couple of dates with his wife, Beyoncé. Their On the Run tour, which will be coming to HBO later this year, had two shows this weekend at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.
Similarly, J. Cole, who is in New York for his Dollar and a Dream tour, resuming Tuesday, and Talib Kweli, another Brooklyn son, gave an impromptu rendition of "Just Begun" during Jay's set. Mac Miller flew in to be yet another surprise guest. He and Jay Elec delivered their cut, "Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes."
Jay Z's next scheduled New York appearance is the Global Citizen Festival in September. The Central Park concert is free with a bit of volunteer work to help end global poverty, so it seems Jay's presence really is charity, after all.
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