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Jay-Z participated in the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Barclays Center — the new home of the Brooklyn Nets. Bigwigs such as Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Rev. Al Sharpton also took part as well. Jay was accompanied by his wife Beyonce to the event and even gave a brief speech (@ 2:30 mark) where heeven gave a shout to the Notorious B.I.G. by quoting his phrase… check out the footage.

“What I stand here and represent is hope for Brooklyn, New York City. I’m a son of Brooklyn, I’m from Marcy projects.” Jay said. “I think about growing up in Brooklyn in the Marcy projects and shooting jump shots, thinking I can make it to the NBA. Now I stand here as an owner of team that’s coming back to Brooklyn. The pride in that, and bringing that dream so much closer for people, brings me so much pride I get a little nervous about it. But I’m very happy, very excited about this day. And we did it again Brooklyn — shout out to B.I.G.”

Hit the jump for pics of what the Barclays Center will look like


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