After a minor setback, rap mogul Jay-Z‘s seemingly overnight Live In Brooklyn EP is finally available and takes diehard fans into his recent publicized Barclays Center concert series.
Rather than provide a few live tracks, Jigga’s new EP also features some visual goodies.
If you thought Jay-Z’s celebration of Brooklyn ended with his eight-show Barclays run then you don’t know Hov. On Thursday, H-O dropped Live in Brooklyn, a specially released digital EP featuring eight live songs and eight video clips from his October 6 show at the newly minted Barclays Center. “Is Brooklyn in the house?” Jay asks on the EP-opening “Empire State of Mind.” It’s impossible for any live recording to completely duplicate the concert-going experience, but the audio mix on Live In Brooklyn perfectly blends Jay’s unassisted vocals with his Roc Boys backing band, his DJ Young Guru and of course the 19,000 fans in attendance. So, when Jay-Z spits his “[If] Jeezy’s payin’ LeBron” lyric on “Empire,” the crowd’s “I’m payin’ Dwayne Wade” response comes through crisp and clear. (MTV)
Combined, fans can expect songs like “Empire State of Mind” and visuals of “’03 Bonnie & Clyde.”
The tracklisting and new cover art has been unveiled and includes some of Hov’s biggest hits such as “Empire State of Mind,” “Run This Town,” and “Give It to Me.” Live in Brooklyn Tracklisting: 1. “Empire State of Mind” 2. “Run This Town” 3. “On to the Next One” 4. “Give It to Me/Big Pimpin'” 5. “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” 6. “Crazy in Love” (Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z) 7. “Public Service Announcement” 8. “Young Forever” (feat. Beyoncé) Videos: 9. “Empire State of Mind” 10. “Run This Town” 11. “On to the Next One” 12. “Give It to Me/Big Pimpin'” 13. “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” 14. “Crazy in Love” (Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z) 15. “Public Service Announcement” 16. “Young Forever” (feat. Beyoncé) (Rap-Up)
The unexpected EP finally landed on iTunes Thursday (October 11).
Jay-Z is giving a special gift to his fans who weren’t able to make it out to his eight shows at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center. “Live in Brooklyn,” an eight-song collection of live cuts, is scheduled to hit iTunes on Thursday (Oct. 11). As of Tuesday, the album’s track list had not yet been revealed, although it will include eight songs and eight videos. “Live in Brooklyn” will be Jay-Z’s first live album since “Jay-Z: Unplugged,” which was released in 2001. (Billboard)
Initial reports claimed the EP would arrive two days prior.
Jay-Z will be releasing an EP of his concert series at the Barclays Center, the rapper announced Saturday afternoon. The album, Live in Brooklyn, will be available through iTunes on Tuesday, October 9th. The “optic EP” will include both audio and visual material recorded at tonight’s final concert of Jay-Z’s eight-night run at the new Brooklyn stadium. The EP is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. While the track listing on the pre-order site is blank, it indicates that the album will include eight tracks and eight separate videos. (Rolling Stone)
Check out a portion of Jay-Z’s concert series below: