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Now it's Jay-Z's moment at Barclays Center

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The preliminaries are over, including the opening of his 40-40 Club at the arena, attended by most of the Nets. Sound and light checks are done. Barclays Center opens Friday night with the concert of the year, the first of eight by Jay-Z in his hometown. The long-awaited reveal of the Nets uniform, still shrouded in a (bit of) mystery, will take place during the night as well.

There is more than enough anxiety to go around, more than enough excitement, for this, Shawn Carter's moment. Everything he's ever done has pointed to this night. From Marcy Projects to the stage at Barclays is a hell of a long journey. Expect emotion from him, the crowd, the city. Forget the traffic snarls, the protests, all of it will be forgotten.

The question is, Where Brooklyn at? Right here, right now. "Yeah I think I'm the American dream," Jay-Z said this week. "That whole thing that you could come here and pull yourself up by the bootstraps, like that whole thing what America has always put up to the world that we represent. I feel that. Yes, I've lived that."

  • Jay-Z: Bringing Nets to Brooklyn an American dream - John Carucci - AP
  • Nets return major pro team sports to Brooklyn - Jeff Zillgitt - USA Today
  • Barclays Center To Boost Jay-Z's Bottom Line From Many Angles - Zach O'Malley Greenberg - Forbes
  • Jay-Z and Rihanna party like it's 40/40 (Video) - Michael Artsis - New York Post
  • Jay-Z Calls Barclays Concerts 'A Happy Time In Brooklyn' - Rob Markman - MTV
  • Jay-Z Welcomes Rihanna, J. Cole To New 40/40 Club In Barclays - Rob Markman - MTV
  • WATCH: Grand opening of 40/40 Club at Barclays Center - New York Post
  • Jay-Z Opens His 40/40 Club at the Barclays Center - Ace ShowBiz
  • Snarling traffic and high ticket prices for Jay-Z concert to christen Brooklyn's Barclays Center - Joseph Tepper & Reuven Blau - New York Daily News
  • Jay-Z brings Nets basketball team to Brooklyn - Bill Wilson - BBC
  • As Barclays Opens, Neighbors Still Grumble - Janet Babin - WNYC
  • Barclays Arena Spurs Parking Business - Allison Fox - Wall Street Journal