Jay-Z gives us a sincere behind the scenes look at the days leading up to his eight-show Barclays Center concert and stadium opening with a short film titled, Where I’m From: JAY-Z Barclays Center Documentary.
Directed by Dusty Nakao-Haider, the film documents everything from the construction site, to stage preparations and band setup a year later, to the frenzy Jay caused by riding the subway to his last show. He even gets into a cute exchange with a subway passenger named Ellen, who isn’t quite sure who he is.
As Where I’m From.. concludes, Jay-Z borrows a fan’s baseball jersey bearing the name of African-American baseball and civil rights legend Jackie Robinson, whose team — the Brooklyn Dodgers — was supposed to have a stadium built at the same location as Barclays.
The billion dollar stadium’s story is just beginning, as it will not only house the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders (NHL), but also a bunch of major musical events scheduled for 2013 including Jay-Z and Coldplay‘s New Year’s Eve Concert, Swedish House Mafia‘s One Last Tour, Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way Ball and Rihanna‘s Diamonds World Tour.