“Brooklyn’s own” showed up Friday night to surprise fans at the kick-off to Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Family Reunion tour.
Jay Z took the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with Diddy — Usher, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, and other unannounced guests were also there — to perform Diddy’s “favorite joint,” “Public Service Announcement.”
It all went down after Puff Daddy gave Jay a warm welcome. “Bad Boy’s celebrating 20 years of hits, but this is extended family,” he said, Jay Z standing next to him. “Whenever I get in trouble, this is the one I call. This is my strategist right here. This is my brother!”
You can see that performance in the video above, which also includes some behind-the-scenes footage and a small portion of Jay Z’s performance of “Where I’m From.” He reportedly also performed “Can’t Knock This Hustle” alongside Mary J. Blige.
Initially the Bad Boy Family Reunion was only supposed to be two nights in Brooklyn (there is a second Saturday night), but it manifested into a national affair after this weekend’s performances quickly sold out. Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, French Montana, Mario Winans, The Lox (Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch), Total (Kima Raynor, Keisha Spivey, Pamela Long), Carl Thomas, Mase, and 112 are among those hitting the road.
The tour picks up August 25 in Columbus, Ohio, wrapping up October 8 in Oakland, California.