"Gentrify your own hood before these people do it," Jay rapped.
In 2017, New York suffered a loss when the iconic venue Webster Hall shut its door in what many believed was for good. However, it was announced earlier this month that Jay Z was lending a helping hand to restore the venue and on Friday night he kicked off the grand opening with a concert. The Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides or "B-Sides 2" performance featured the hip hop mogul taking to the stage as he performed unique or rare material for fans.
There was a huge Rocafella chain floating from the ceiling and Nas stopped by to join Hov on stage. Complex reports that people were re-selling tickets for up to $1,000, making this show the place to be in NYC Friday night. The Roc Nation founder also took to the stage to spit a few new bars in a freestyle where he dropped knowledge to fans about reclaiming their neighborhoods.
Gentrify your own hood before these people do it
Claim eminent domain and have your people move in
That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing
For anybody still confused as to what he was doing
Back in 2013, the late Nipsey Hussle dropped his album Crenshaw, a record that he sold for $100 a piece at a pop-up shop in Los Angeles. Nipsey later explained to MTV that Jay Z purchased 100 copies because he "respects the movement."
"I got a DM on Twitter from a respected hip-hop journalist and he was just like, 'Hov respects the move, salute,' " Nipsey said back then. "A little while later, I got an email that came through my team that was like, 'Roc Nation, on behalf of Jay Z wants to buy 100 units. Who do we pay? When can we get the shipment out?' "
"They sent us $10,000, we sent them 100 CDs," Nip added. "I didn't get a chance to holla at Jay, but through his people, he made it clear that he respects the movement and everything. I was humbled by it. I felt like it was a good risk, and it ended up working out."