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We can imagine that Jay-Z is very proud of himself!

The Brooklyn-born emcee has made it far beyond the world of hip-hop, having a hand in the opening of a sports and entertainment arena right in his hometown of Brooklyn. 

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The Barclays Center has finally opened and this technological wonder of a stadium is being christened with an 8-night run of Jay-Z concerts that are already in full swing.

A few months back however, there weren’t even windows up, and The New York Times – T Magazine got a chance to catch up with Hov as he went for a visit during construction. It may be an amazing sight now, but back then there was a lot of work to be done! However, all the rubble made for an amazing photo spread, with Jay wearing a host of leathers and Givenchy sweaters.

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You can check out the end result of that spread in the gallery above, but for a behind the scenes look, head over to the New York Times T Magazine website.