Jay Z is unbelievably awesome.
Shortly after releasing Magna Carta Holy Grail album, the king of New York announced a world tour to celebrate his twelfth album. The tour kicked off in Manchester at the Phones4U Arena where he played two nights, Thursday (3rd October) and Friday (4th October).
The rapper performed, ‘Tom Ford’, ‘Picasso’ and my favourite, ‘Somewhere In America’ from his twelfth album as well as old school tracks such as, ’99 Problems’, ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A)’, and ‘Encore’. Jay Z also performed tracks from the Watch The Throne album, ‘No Church In The Wild’ and ‘Who Gon Stop Me’. Producer Timberland made an appearance, beat boxing to the crowd and remixing it with snippets of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’ and Missy Elliot’s ‘Get Your Freak On’, which definitely got the crowd excited.
With an energetic performance and a mixture of old and new tracks it was unfortunate the packed out arena crowd wasn’t so into it. The vibe (of the crowd) was strange, people around me wasn’t rapping or dancing to his set, they were sat down, playing on their phones (tweeting, facebooking, snapchatting). Not having a care in the world, I was having the time of my life with a beer in one hand, other in the air, rapping and dancing all night! After all, Jay Z is my favourite rapper!
In June 2012, I watched the ‘Watch The Throne’ tour which Jay Z collaborated with Kanye West. Now this concert was the best ever. My favourite rappers in the same room with a booming crowd and a perfectly collaborated album, what more could anyone ask for?!
For those hardcore Jay Z fans, the Magna Carter World Tour is not one to be missed!