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Last night, as Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce rocked Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with amazing performances at the TIDAL X: 1020 presentation amplified by HTC, celebrities, influencers, and VIPs were treated to a wonderful experience courtesy of the good folks over at D’USSE.

Beyonce, Nicki Minaj

I was blessed to be on hand and experience the whole thing. When I first got to the Barclays, I was ushered directly into the D’USSE Lounge, where all the artists and VIPs could gather while hanging out backstage. Kevin Liles and Memphis Bleek sipped D’USSE while they caught up on old times.

The room was filled with other big names, including Robinson Cano, Fabolous, Thomas Rhett, Meek Mill, Vic Mensa, Indochine, Justine Skye, Angie Martinez, Hit Boy, A$AP Ferg, DJ Reflex, Memphis Bleek, Bas, Cipha Sounds, Kevin Garrett, and Mack Wilds. After getting a few drinks, I decided to head out to the D’USSE Riser, the place where all the VIP guests got to watch the show. I even crossed paths with Beyonce and Blue Ivy heading to their dressing room!


Did Beyonce just smile and greet me? Either way, I tipped my D’USSE perfect pour in her honor and headed to enjoy the show. As I walked backstage, I saw a who’s who of people chatting it up in the hallways and enjoying D’USSE cognac. Robinson Cano was getting a brand new phone from HTC, while Mack Wilds and Justine Skye were back there hitting the dab.

Rick Ross, Jay Z

Once I finally got to the Riser, I had the perfect view of the show and as an added bonus, a beautiful waitress was there to hand-deliver us beverages so we wouldn’t miss a minute.

Meek Mill’s set was great, as Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and French Montana came out to get it popping, but as you all know by now, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Jay stole the show and brought the house down.

Afterwards, the D’USSE Lounge turned into the pre-party for the main afterparty, which D’USSE sponsored at Jay’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan. Most arrived around 1 a.m. after the festivities in Brooklyn. Guests at the 40/40 included Shawn Pecas Costner, Lenny Santiago, Angie Martinez, Skylar Diggins, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Tinashe, Lewis Hamilton, Tyson Beckford, Vic Mensa, Meek Mill, and Justine Skye. Angie, Pecas, and Lenny were also in the JAY Z Lounge playing a competitive few rounds of pool.

Nick Jonas arrived with Tinashe and they headed into the Corzo Lounge with friends, including Joe Jonas, who arrived shortly after. A bottle of D’USSE and Ace of Spades arrived at Nick’s table almost immediately.

Take a look at a few photos of the festivities in our gallery below.


D’USSE Had Tidal’s Backstage At Barclays Lit, If I Do Say So Myself  was originally published on