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Barclays Center Protesters Got Creative With Jay-Z Lyrics

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  A protester stands in front of the new Barclays Center on opening night, which was to feature recording artist Jay-Z on September 28, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Dozens of protesters and curious onlookers converged on the new arena which caused debate and controversy when it was originally proposed nine years ago. The $1 billion arena will bring a professional sports team, the Brooklyn Nets, back to Brooklyn for the first time in more than a half-century.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Others went the 99 percent route.

While most of the thousands of Broolynites on hand for yesterday's opening of the Barclays Center were happy to be there, the Observer reports that a much smaller group of 150 or so showed up to do some protesting. Some held a candlelight vigil, others scolded Barclays Center developer Forest City Ratner for breaking his affordable housing promise, and several directed their anger at Jay-Z himself, who not only part-owns the Brooklyn Nets but also headlined last night's inaugural concert. One demonstrator held up a sign that read, "99 Percent Problems, and this Arena is 1 Percent." An Occupy Wall Street band of musicians released a mash-up of classic Florence Reece protest song "Which Side Are You On?" and Jay-Z's own "U Don't Know." Meanwhile a local community organizer reminded the singer of his rough-hewn Brooklyn roots: "We need to find a way to make it affordable for kids who grew up in the projects, like you did, J, to see a game."

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Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images