The King Returns, Jay-Z Wraps Release Week With NYC Shows
In front of a sold out hometown crowd, Hov and his hypeman Memphis Bleek performed classics like "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and "99 Problems" as well as new joints like "Lost Ones" and the Jim Jones diss "Brooklyn." [see photos here]
"Y'all needed some real hip-hop back, huh?" Jay asked the crowd, referring to early reports that predict his album will sell 850,000 units in its first week. "Looking at them Kingdom Come numbers, and y'all really needed that real hip-hop."
Proceeds from the concert, which sold out in three minutes, will aid in raising awareness of PlayPumps International, a clean water initiative. "Once again, I want to thank everybody," Jay said towards the end of the 30-plus song set. "We raised $250,000-it's a beautiful thing." [see photos here]
The following night (November 25), the Brooklyn, NY native played the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
For those who missed the Roseland show, it will continue to be available to fans for free, on-demand at AOL Music.
Kingdom Come is in stores now.