Throughout the evening, the Hip Hop luminary executed symphonic renditions of classics like “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World Is Yours,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park),” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.” The special is also peppered with interview clips featuring the Queens-bred MC and provides insight into his journey that started at the Queensbridge projects. “I worked on my thing,” he said in a clip. “I worked on my craft and I stuck to it. I hope that you can look through the dream with me and see the journey I took to be on this stage with an orchestra."
After having initially only released the project’s bonus tracks along with the physical copy of the album, JAY-Z has now freed them for public streaming on Tidal. The bonus tracks include “MaNyfaCedGod,” which features one of contemporary music’s most fantastically melancholic characters, James Blake, “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family” featuring JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s firstborn, Blue Ivy Carter, and finally, “Adnis,” which was teased via the platform’s website earlier this week. If you are not registered to Tidal, digital snippets of all three bonus tracks can be heard below.