Concert Report: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and, Yes, Lil Wayne ‘Kill It’ at MSG (Updated with Video)
Editor’s Note: BroBible correspondent DJ Mighty Ror just sent us this dispatch from tonight’s Jay-Z concert at Madison Square Garden.
Tonight Jay-Z further cemented his legacy as not only one of the best rappers of his time, but one of the best performers. Tonight he lead off with a powerful intro set featuring “Run This Town, a “Diamonds Are Forever” medley, “One to the Next One” and “U Don’t Know.” The intro set not only got everyone excited for the night, but took the energy level from a 5 to a 10 in about 5 seconds. It’s obvious when an artist is feeding off the energy of the crowd, and tonight it contributed to a more passionate performance.
After running through favorites such as “99 Problems,” “Show Me What U Got,” “Jigga My Nigga,” and “P.S.A.,” he brought our Trey Songz to contribute to “Heart of the City.” Most artists continue to ride the highest moments of their performance, however Jay-Z possesses enough command to pass the mic off to Young Jeezy and not worry. Young Jeezy was visibly impressed with the scope of performing at MSG, however appeared to be a seasoned rap veteran in his delivery of his songs. Highlights included “Dey Know Freestyle,” “Put On,” “Trapstar,” “Go Crazy,” and “Real As It Gets” featuring Jay-Z. That alone would be considered a great set, but Jeezy impressed and shocked the Garden when he brought out Nicki Minaj, Drake, and yes… LIL WAYNE for “I’m Going In.” The rumor in the crowd was that Jay-Z must have set that courthouse fire this morning so that Lil Wayne could take the stage tonight.
After an appearance like that, most would be unable to recapture the crowd’s captivation and enthusiasm. However, Jay-Z not only did that, but gave the show a fitting ending. After coming out, Jay-Z acknowledged all of the “Blueprint 3 & American Gangster” crowd and told them that the rest of the night would be dedicated to those who have been fans since the days of “Reasonable Doubt.” With that being said, he lead into “Can I Live,” “Ain’t No Nigga,” and a run through of “Feelin’ It.” Taking it from “Money Ain’t A Thang” to the arena-wild celebration that was “Big Pimpin’,” Jay-Z reminded all of us that he is not only the best rapper of our generation, but the biggest rapper of our generation.
The Roc Boys exit and an acknowledgment of the entire crowd was icing on the cake. He killed it.