Jay-Z Delivers A Message To Critics During His Performance At Barclays Center

Jay-Z says he doesn't take the recent criticism he's received personal, speaks to the audience at Barclays about achieving great things.

Hip Hop icon turned businessman Jay-Z chose to no longer hold his tongue when it came to criticism he’s received recently in regards to his ownership percentage of the Brooklyn Nets. During his third show at Barclays Center yesterday (September 30), Jay-Z took a few minutes between songs to address the critics.

After speaking on how “historic” the opening of Barclays Center was, the rapper spoke directly to the audience about those trying to diminish his accomplishments.

“We still got a long way to go because everybody wanna diminish your accomplishment,” said Jay-Z in a video posted on RapRadar.com. “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.”

Following his remarks, Jay-Z then asked the audience to put one middle finger in the air for those trying to hold them back and went on to perform “99 Problems.”

Jay-Z will perform another five shows at Barclays Center before concluding with a show on Saturday, October 6.

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104 Comments

  • www.beatsfor20.com

    He's making money...he could careless...the REAL question is...did he actually remember the words to his song on this performance???

  • Anonymous

    Fact is Jay Z doesn't own, coach or play for the Nets. His name is simply being used as a promotional tool to draw better players to the city. It's a smart business move. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Anonymous

    "Except for the fact that he helped spear head a clean water system in Africa. What have you done for black people?" I started a petition to make sure Soul Plane got released on Blu Ray.

  • Calvin

    The people that hate Jay-Z (not the people that simply don't like his music) are jealous. They would rather see him broke, not being a success in life. "Sensitive thugs y'all need hugs"

  • Tbones

    Cosignee @ the few people that have not been hoodwinked by all the facade. Dumb fans and even peeps that should know like Trevor Nelson thinks Jay actually owns the Nets when it doesnt require a rocket scientist to see that hes just a pawn/brand being used by big boys to market a wack team that has not made the playoffs in a long time and wont make it any time soon. The sad thing is yall dumb folks are prolly gonna get poorer by being sheeps and following blindly while the big boys and Jay albeit a pawn will continue to get rich. U got a nigga like Kanye rapping about how he can make Jay drop K Humphries even though jay does not have any say in d running of the team as evident in K Humphries re upping his deal. Listen dumb folks, you all prolly still believing that Jay owns the following too; (A) Defjam, very laughable, he was just an appointee just like Joie Manda; the current president is at the moment. (B) Brooklyn Net, only dumb stans n ignoramuses believed this in d first place. (C)Budweisers Made in America festival headlined by Jay has turned into Jays made in America festival. (D) D Usse cognac by Bacardi and cosigned by Jay has turned into Jays new venture, just as ace of spades. LMAO. I can go on about the foolery but i know the smart ones get ma drift. The moral of the story is the powers that be got d stans n the dumb folks by the balls, all they gotto do is pay Jay an endorsement fee and watch you all jump on the bandwagon with illusions of inspiration by Jay. LMAO

    • BKSha

      What do you own fams,cuz u sound real mad that he gettin paid.To the dumb fu@%s who love to hate him,you still have to wake up and see urself in the mirror.We are not fooled by Jay,we just not obssesed like you are.And what the fuck have you done in life that is even worth discussin?

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ people talking shit about this when they probably don't even own 1% of their household.

  • Anonymous

    Well, nobody in history of mankind has ever capitalized greater off such a small percentage. This is exemplary for Jay's business acumen.

  • Anonymous

    He actually told the whole your shit is dumbed down!

  • Well....

    I'm happy for his accomplishments. I mean a kid from the projects to be were he is quite remarkable. I respect that. I just wish he didn't rub it in people's faces when he doesn't acutely have power in the team. He's just a figure head which is cool, but don't get mad when people talk about your money when all you talk about is your money.

  • Sco*

    ...."first they love you, then they hate you, then they love you again".. as long as one is successful this is a continuous process...

  • Anonymous

    just as Bradley replied I'm surprised that some people can earn $7443 in four weeks on the internet. did you read this site (Click on menu Home more information) http://goo.gl/4CIGK

  • Fuck Marcy

    Nigga thinks he's Malcolm X or some shit. What a fucking bitch. Stick to making pop corny shit with Rihanna, cause you don't belong talking about inspiration or anything relevant.

    • Anonymous

      @ 2nd Anonymous And what YOU have done to black people?!?! You're not in a position of talking shit about someone else when you're full of shit yourself.

    • Mack

      I did my people a favor and made it out the hood. which is why I can spot a mindless dickrider like you a mile away. One thing doesnt work you reach for another. Bringing clean water is great but how about doing something to stop the exploitation of the african nation since you see clean water isnt giving them better education or jobs.

    • Anonymous

      Except for the fact that he helped spear head a clean water system in Africa. What have you done for black people?......crickets chirping....thought so!

    • Mack

      @anon in your world dickrider....

    • Anonymous

      Due to Reasonable Doubt alone, this man can say whatever the fuck he wants to say.

  • Anonymous

    niggas just dumb these days arguing about anotha nigga percentage of a national basketball team ?? fucking stupid, is this really what you dissin this man about ???

  • SDK

    I JUST WANNA HEAR JIGGA FLOWIN

  • j

    lets just say he owns 0% of the team..... 1) he is getting paid SOMETHING to be the marketing face of the team 2) is there some other rapper, singer, or otherwise who is opening an arena with 8 nights of shows? 3) is there some other entertainer who is selling out 8 nights of a new arena? 4) he designed the jersey, like the design or not 5) His clothing line and the lounge he partially owns are in the arena 6) he is from BK, and he got to bring all of this back, giving people jobs at the places he has his name on in the building 7) at some point this week, he can choose to fly Ye in and perform "Paris" 11 times if he wants to ....and ur favorite rapper is doing what? I only have one Jay album that I hardly listen to.....but when dudes just hate like oxygen is being generated, I feel like 'wow, yall really need a hobby."

    • Mack

      my favorite rappers are doing just that making music which is all I care about i'm glad your proud of Jay's acoonplishments......is he proud of yours?

    • Anonymous

      "You signed a 360 deal with Live Nation, you're using The Barclay's Center to pay that money back, how does that effect the artists you have signed?" ^ it's easy for him to get Will & Jada Smith at a Nets/Sixers game and Willow performs at halftime... which brings me back to I previously said...are you there to watch a NETS GAME...or to see which celebrities grace the arena? What happens when Jay isn't there and the Milwaukee Bucks are in town?

    • Anonymous

      ...he's maximizing his minority stake and there's nothing wrong with that...it's YOU dudes who make it out to be like he brought the whole franchise and is setting protocol...if I'm wrong then post how much he paid for the franchise...how did he broker the Atlantic yards deal...you will spend FOREVER looking because he DIDN'T DO IT...and IF his vision doesn't work, he can be bought out and the stores can be sold and the logo can be changed...all depends on how much kool-aid YOU drink...

  • Anonymous

    Wow, y'all acts kill me, ain't a fan of this character but respect game. I Remember the don dada 'Supercat'- a true soldier- stated that people would rather see him strung out and broke like another dance-hall artist at the time than enjoying success.

    • Anonymous

      But people do respect his business acumen, just don't like how the ignorant to the fact people make it more than it is. If you can comprehend that then we can enjoy the Brooklyn Nets compete without it being "Jay-Z' team".

  • Fuck Marcy

    1/15th of 1 percent. That's 1.5mil for you slow folks.

  • Anonymous

    ETK: Jay ain't gotta teach shit you idiots. Everybody makes success their own way, Jay doesn't have a fail-safe rundown on how to make it big. and why the fuck would he rap about his failed attempts at anything? That's nothing any of us can relate to, but his success.. which is still something we can't relate to, but can aspire to achieve or come close to. ^ you learn EXPERIENCE from a failed attempt. You can't relate to experience? You sound foolish ETK, I thought you were smarter than that. "but his success.. which is still something we can't relate to, but can aspire to achieve or come close to" ^ I get it. You're more inspired to emulate buying out the Hermes store on a shopping spree than a story about a situation in a boardroom with other investors trying to buy a business. You have a better chance of blowing cash in a Jimmy Jazz store than buying a failing Jimmy Jazz store with other people you know with some cash and a vision.

  • &the?IS

    HAHA.. notice how JayZ doesnt deny that he owns very LITTLE of the team. You JAYZ fans are blinded by these demonic being.... He talks about HOW MUCH MONEY he has, but yet gives NOTHING BACK to Brooklyn or NY, or the world! Fuck this Satanic clown! Wolves come in sheeps clothing

    • Anonymous

      THIS IS WHERE N!GGAS START ARGUING FCUKBOI LOGIC LIKE "he created jobs in BK with this arena" THE RUSSIAN & BRUCE RATNER, THE REAL ESTATE MOGUL DID THAT, NOT JAY Y'ALL AIN'T QUICK 2 SAY JAY MOVED N!GGAS OUT THEY HOMES JUST SO THIS ARENA COULD BE BUILT BUT Y'ALL GIVE HIM THE CREDIT LIKE HE MANEUVERED EVERYTHING CONCERNING THIS TEAM ARENA & REAL ESTATE DEAL HE DOWN WITH THE TEAM, FCUKING GREAT DO U JIGGA BUT Y'ALL B REACHING WITH ALL THAT UNIFORMED BULLSH!T Y'ALL B TYPING

    • RealTalk

      What u mean he doesn't give back he created jobs in BK with this arena ...no matter what u do in this world it is never good enough

    • -

      obviously he doesnt own the whole team you fuckin tard. he's a rapper not a white ceo

    • Shut up with that nonsense!!

      "And no I am not a Christian, though I believe in God but I don't believe in the devil, my beliefs are odd. If we the people was given freewill from God, how could He give the people freewill without giving you E-vil?" - Jay-Z

  • kkk

    Hes a bit too hip pop to be on this site, he only has shares, he doesnt own the nets.

  • Anonymous

    Because Jay's actually ownership of the Nets was confirmed, people are hating? Whose hating? I guess the person who confirmed his ownership is hating hug. Who was that person. You guys sounds like robots using the term "hate" all the time. Nobody is hating on Jay and I don't know why Jay had to bring the issue at a concert. Please Jay, you belittled with that comment. You're a boss, bosses don't make moves like that.

  • billy bucks

    some people hate......

  • Yo

    I wish Jay-Z would just suck on this juicy cock with those big sexy lips. Mmmmmmmm.

  • Roc

    Jay-Z is the greatest rapper of all time. Better than Pac, Nas, Biggie, Rakim, etc.

    • Anonymous

      How is jay better then nas? Lets see. The only classic nas album is illmatic. Jay has at least three. Nas wins the battle they had..if you only count get my gun vs ether..the takeover buried nas and prodigy(even tho he was already buried)pretty good arguement for jay over nas..and come on bringin up canibus? Lmao.

    • SDK

      NAS JAY BIGGIE PAC RAKIM ALL LEGENDS

    • @McKay

      What the fuck are you talkin about? chino XL that nigga blows and is irrelevant. As pac said Chino XL fuck you too. And Jay is the G.O.A.T. He got the classics and the longevity that none of em Rakim, Kane & G Rap dont have.

    • Anonymous

      lmfao dude isnt even top 10 how the fuck is he better than NAS? LMFAO

    • Anonymous

      Chino XL? LOL He has punchlines but his catalog isn't better than Jay-z's. Also you mentioned Canibus? C'mon man he hasn't dropped an enitre album worthy of being called a classic! He only has classic freestyles and cameo verses on his resume.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ You shouldnt be criticizing someone for sounding the same on every record in the same post you praise Canibus in, thats a contradiction. That lil Ethiopian alien lookin nigga sounds pissed off every time he raps

    • McKay

      LOL in what universe is Jay better than Big Daddy Kane, Chino XL or Canibus... the fact alone that his voice sounds the same on EVERY record doesn't make him the best, period.

    • Anonymous

      YEAH JAy is better than Rakim.

    • Anonymous

      Jay better then Rakim? Give me a break.

  • Anonymous

    fuck jay-z fuckin sell out and illuminati puppet

  • JMG

    WHO is Jay even talking about? People that have interest in his money? Does he ever wonder why, like, the fact that he says shit like "Your money too short, you can't be talking to me"? I mean, come on, Jay's messages nowadays is "I'm Rich, you're not" 99% of the time. When people start to dissect his richness, then he gets upset. Hip Hop is not for the CEO, it's for the artist. He is more CEO now than ever, so he should expect people to talk about his money when he talks about it so much. But again, why does he even give a fuck...he is rich and that is all that counts right??? Again "Your money too short, you can't be talking to me".............

    • Anonymous

      Oh wow. Someone was pushed at the awards show. Big deal.

    • Anonymous

      He's talking to your weak bitch ass. He can rap about whatever fuck he wants to rap about. And I'm happy he's not running around like a damn fool like the cats at the BET AWARDS doing DUMB SHIT!

  • Supes

    CRABS IN A BARREL.Niggas always want to tell someone what to do with the money they have.I'm not even a Jay fan like that.NOW ya'll niggas want positive music from him.NOW ya'll niggas want him to teach.NOW ya'll niggas have enough to tell a half a billionaire he ain't shit because of the % he has invested in a pro franchise.CORNY.He puts his money up for things others don't.And he don't have to.The dude went from selling crack to being rich instead of dead or in jail.That's good for me.

    • @ supes

      Calm down, people have been wanting him to upgrade the raps for a while. Now to frank, you little guys are happy with all the talk down to, I-got-money-f**k-you raps, but it would be nice to know... Who's the investment banker? I got bread to spend too and have had terrible people I fired. How do you handle the 40/40 Club daily operations? You signed a 360 deal with Live Nation, you're using The Barclay's Center to pay that money back, how does that effect the artists you have signed? Talk to the people Jay, not down at them. A couple of songs will do. Simple request, no hate or jealousy.

    • Anonymous

      I guess the New York Times are those crabs in a apples niggas. The New York Times newspaper released Jay's ownership percentage.

    • Anonymous

      Whose hating on Jay?

    • Anonymous

      I don't care if he NEVER was a gangsta. FUCK a gangsta. HOV is the man and he's his own man.

    • Supes

      I ain't bragging on another nigga shit or about hustling but it's common knowledge that he hustled.Well known.Never said he was a gangster at all.Just said he hustled.

    • Anonymous

      who said he really sold crack???? Dude is rapping since 1989! He aint a gangster and never was a gangster.

  • Anonymous

    Society hates a winner, the more you accomplish the more they try and deny it. If Jay wants to make people happy he needs to divorce his wife, burn all his money and move back into the projects. That's where the world likes to see you, at the bottom losing

  • Anonymous

    wtf jay z on hhdx for, he aint even hip hop gtfoh

    • Anonymous

      Jay is more hip hop then you can ever be. Reasonable doubt will contribute more to hip hop then your measly life could ever muster. Quit hating on the legends.

    • Anonymous

      shut the fuck up idiot, just cause you dont like an artist doesn't get them removed from the genre, get over yourself clown

  • the Grza

    No one is hating, but when Jay says stuff like "I'm parking at my own arena" but in reality owns less than 1% of the Nets it can rub people the wrong way. More honesty and less gloating and people will admire his accomplishments more.

  • Norman Oder

    For the record, the Dodgers did not want to "build on this very land." They wanted to build a replacement for Ebbets Field across the street, now site of the Atlantic Center mall. See "A Sports Myth Grows in Brooklyn" published by Columbia Journalism Review. Norman Oder/Atlantic Yards Report

  • Norman Oder

    For the record, the Dodgers did not want to "build on this very land." They wanted to build a replacement for Ebbets Field across the street, now site of the Atlantic Center mall. See "A Sports Myth Grows in Brooklyn" on the Columbia Journalism Review web site. Norman Oder/Atlantic Yards Report

  • Norman Oder

    For the record, the Dodgers did not want to "build on this very land." They wanted to build a replacement for Ebbets Field across the street, now site of the Atlantic Center mall. More here: http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/a_sports_myth_grows_in_brooklyn.php Norman Oder/Atlantic Yards Report

  • Anonymous

    Yo Jay with all that cash..... fix your big fat d**k suckin lips

  • dvbsdiov

    Most overrated rapper in hip hop history.

  • YESSIR

    WHAT UP IT'S YA BOY YESSIR, AKA FAG BOY 6000, AKA SOFT, PILLOW CASE SWAG, AKA FRUIT ON THE BOTTOM YOGURT ASS BITCH, AKA HOMO SUPREME, AKA DICK IN MY MOUTH LIKE ALL DAY, AKA THE BIG DICKRIDER, AKA THE BIG CHUMP ON CAMPUS, AKA HOMO ASS BITCH.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah J is rich, made it from nothing to something, an example of black enterpreneural power. But at what expense, smashing other friends along on the way to the top.No one is perfect, that I accept, but when Jay talks about accomplishments he should also flip the otherside of the coin, what did it take for him to accomplish all this? All that Illuminati shit is not my concern, I choose not to believe it because there is no fact to back that up, but droping Dame, Beans(not standing for him in court) is prove that Jay is not exactly who he says he is.

    • Anonymous

      Next time choose a screen name like dummy cus you dont seem to be anywhere near common sense. If you apply common sense then your comment is lame. I did not say there was no secret societies out there, question is how do you prove that someone is an affiliate? youtube videos? I said it before I choose not to believe because i have not had any proves yet. Done my research if thats what you talking about, and all that shit is still speculations to me.

    • COMMON SENSE

      So you choose not to listen to reason? I bet you beleve in the creation story as well, huh? True, the Illuminati is dead, but you would be a FOOL to deny the existence of the Masons, the Bohemian Grove, the Bilderberg Group, the 13 bloodlines, the CENTRAL BANKS OF THE WORLD, David Rockefeller, etc. Those are no conspiracies. THOSE ARE REAL THINGS THAT PRODUCE THE SOCIAL FORCES AROUND YOU. Stop listening to the boneheads and actually do some research on these things instead of debunking it because of some Youtube video.

  • Omar Gooda

    Jay-z aka The rapper that got rich from investments and using his money wisely with good business moves. Instead of rapping about that and teaching other people how do what he did. He teaches them to sling drugs, pimp hoes and pop bottles.

    • Omar Gooda

      ^ If you aspire to get where he's at then wouldn't it be fair for him to tell you the truth to getting where he's at? If a person trading stocks becomes rich from it and decides to speak publicly about how they became rich. Would you expect them to tell the kids and people listening to get a job grabbing carts at Wal-mart if you want to understand how I got rich? Jay-z basically leads the people who don't know any better down the wrong paths by making them think they can hustle drugs and one day get to his level. He is an entertainer and I understand that so I don't care what Jay-z says in his music. But when you listen to conversations between other fans of hip hop and they argue back and forth over which mc sold the most dope....It just gets stupid.

    • ETK

      Jay ain't gotta teach shit you idiots. Everybody makes success their own way, Jay doesn't have a fail-safe rundown on how to make it big. and why the fuck would he rap about his failed attempts at anything? That's nothing any of us can relate to, but his success.. which is still something we can't relate to, but can aspire to achieve or come close to.

    • Anonymous

      ^ this while you little chumps run around talking about "stop hating on Jay, he got......". what Omar said is the elephant in the room you choose to ignore. Jay can rap about the failed Aqueduct deal, or the dividends on his bonds instead of his daughter's socks or hopping out the BM with someone's bm when we all know he's married.

  • BP

    It's sadly impossible, the more money a nigga has, the more haters he gonna get. For a while, the only thing haters could throw at him was that stupid Illuminati tripe, like really they had to create a god damn fictional man-behind-the-man group to demonize Jay-Z. It's some funny shit when you think about it. I'm not a big fan of Jay but I'm not gonna talk shit about him either when I got other things to do

  • Anonymous

    Sean Carter Nets = Front Jig, and I don't mean "JIgga." Give black folks a free fucking hat and he wants to believe that keeps 'em happy... And that it's a triumph for the "culture..." Bull motherfucking shit-- it's a triumph for WHITE $$$... corrupt real estate scumbags, state and local politicians, Russian oligarch.

  • Jay the G.O.A.T

    Jay got a lot of haters for no other reason then prolly cuz he rich. Niggas stop hating on Jay and go get ur money right. Jay got classic catalogue, hot jams, a hot girl and plenty of money. Yall need to stop hating.

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