On the 3rd night and 4th nights of Jay Z’s sold out Barclays Arena concert series, Hov took a few minutes out of his sets to address the backlash he received from press regarding his “minute” Brooklyn Nets Ownership.
Jay reminded the crowd to not “let anybody diminish your accomplishments”. He also shared a personal story about his own uncle not believing in his rap talent as a kid.
“We still got a long way to go because everybody wanna diminish your accomplishment,” said Jay-Z. “When I look at the paper and I see them talking, ‘Eh, he owns one-fifteenth.’ First of all, I don’t know where they get that number from. But I’m cool with it. I know it’s not about me, it’s about ya’ll. What I mean by that is it’s not personal to me. They know that if you see me standing here that you know it’s possible to achieve great things…Don’t let anybody diminish your accomplishments. It’s our motherfucking time now.”
“My first demo tape I played for my uncle, and he said “N**ga, get out! You never gon be better than LL Cool J,” Jay told the crowd at Barclays on night 4. “Now, LL Cool J is a bad m*thafucker… I’ll just leave that alone [laughs].
Watch Jay’s mini speeches from both nights’ below: