Published: Sep 28, 2012 10:55 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 29, 2012 6:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Jay-Z says performing in his New York City hometown at the opening of Brooklyn's Barclays Center is better than performing at the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella.

He yelled to the crowd of 18,000: "Nothing feels like tonight!"

The arena was full of exciting concertgoers, as the chaotic crowd made way to their seats after waiting outside to enter the building. Jay-Z emerged onstage Friday night as a video about Brooklyn's history played in the background.

He opened with his songs about Brooklyn with "Where I'm From" and "Brooklyn Go Hard." He also performed two songs from fellow Brooklynite Notorious B.I.G. He also held a moment of silence for the late rap veteran.

He told the crowd when B.I.G.'s "Juicy" played: "Sing loud so he can hear you in heaven."