Sep 28 - Online Review: Jay-Z & Guests at the Royal Albert Hall
|Sep 28 - Online Review: Jay-Z & Guests at the Royal Albert Hall|
Online Review: Jay-Z & Guests at the Royal Albert Hall
Thursday ,28th September 2006
Whilst industry heads have been ringing all of their contacts, eBay auctions have been inundated with bids, RWD had what they were all after, tickets to the UK music event of the year. And we ain’t talking MOBOs. Fast forward one week and the same historic venue hosted the biggest name in hip hop as he brought the UK leg of his world tour to a dynamic close.
Jay-Z was to be the first hip hop artist ever to headline a night at the world famous Royal Albert Hall since it’s opening in 1871. And last night the grade 1 listed building was shook from its very foundations to its dome peak.
Known for his famous concerts including Fade To Black at Madison Square Garden, I Declare War at the Continental Airlines Arena and the Reasonable Doubt 10th Anniversary Special at Radio City Music Hall, anyone who had managed to get their hands on a golden ticket knew that they were in for a one off special evening, and with Jigga bringing out a slew of guests as well as performing his hits to the backdrop of a 30 piece orchestra, it undoubtedly went off.
The support acts alone would have been the envy of any concert bill with Akala, Kano, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross warming up the already excited crowds with hits including Shakespeare, Ps & Qs, Kick Push and Hustlin’. But the moment everyone had bought, begged and borrowed to see was imminent when the huge black curtain draped across the stage dropped to reveal the Hustler Symphony Orchestra who immediately went into an epic buildup piece which culminated with Russell Crowe’s famous words from the movie Gladiator echoing around the arena, “Are you not entertained?” It was finally time, Jay-Z had arrived.
The audience erupted as the spotlight came up on Jay, who savoured the reaction for a moment before launching into What More Can I Say, before amping the crowd even more by delivering a slew of his most brash songs; Public Service Announcement, U Don’t Know and 99 Problems. Everyone’s hands in the hall bounced along with every bang of the bass on P.S.A. before Jigga brought out Memphis Bleek to accompany him in running through his immense catalogue. As if the gathered mass didn’t know who he was already Hov ran off a list of tracks reminding everyone who he was with Jigga My N…, Jigga That N…, Hola Hovito, Hovi Baby and the hit single Izzo (H.O.V.A) before dividing the crowd to[..]ist him with Jigga What, Jigga Who.
With every track, the reaction from the fans was raised an echelon as they partied in the aisles to Dirt Off Your Shoulder and Memphis Bleek’s Do My and Is That Yo B*tch, during the later of Bleek’s hits Jay delivered a k!ller blow to the UK[..]embly as DJ Green Lantern switched the Timbaland beat to the Forward Riddim. Jigga spat his breakneck flow over the Dexplicit banger as the orchestra accented every note on the grime anthem. Now that Jigga had the onlookers right where he wanted, he kept it moving with Can I Get A…, his remix of Panjabi MCs Beware Of The Boys, Change Clothes and I Just Wanna Love You (Give It To Me).
After telling the audience that he was done with partying and wanted to get grimy he went into his Marcy tribute Where I’m From. As Jay delivered the classic lyrics; “I from where n****s pull your car/ and argue all day about/ who's the best MC's/ Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas…” the Queensbridge native’s name echoed around the hall and then the familiar gunshots from Made You Look spewed from the speakers as Nasir Jones emerged from the side (rocking the biggest gold rope chain and pendant I’ve ever seen!) to perform his hit, before playing the classics If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) and Hate Me Now. Jigga who had disappeared backstage as Nas had arrived then came back out to receive daps and a hug from his one-time adversary before dueting on Dead Presidents, a track from Reasonable Doubt that sampled Esco’s voice. As the song drew to a close the pair stepped back to reveal that the haunting piano tones had actually been played by Chris Martin from Coldplay! Jay-Z and Nas going back to back on the mic as Chris Martin plays the keys? It don’t get much better than that!
After his guests had retired backstage Hovi addressed the female contingent with Girls, Girls, Girls, Excuse Me Miss and Song Cry, at the culmination of which Jay delivered yet another surprise as he revealed that the sultry vocals being heard were coming from Chris Martin’s other half Gwyneth Paltrow! The actress held her own and her notes as she closed the track and Jigga stated that it was her birthday. Asking for a cheesy moment the crowd began singing Happy Birthday before S. Carter cut them off after one line, stating “That’s enough,” before breaking into laughter.
When the following had calmed down the Def Jam president broke out into a freestyle that ended with the line, “I’m the same old G/ I understand the difference between a b*tch and a B,” before the opening guitars to ’03 Bonnie & Clyde began playing and the crowd sang back the first two lines, they were again cut out by the blaring horns of Crazy In Love as Beyoncé herself strutted out. The couple then performed the hit single as well as their newest chart topper Déjà Vu as the beautiful B dressed in a sparkling green and black number danced around her man.
Momentarily switching the focus back to himself Jay recited Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) once Beyoncé had left the stage before delivering a tribute to fallen soldiers The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Jam Master Jay, Big L, Big Pun, Easy E, Lisa Left Eye Lopez and Aaliyah. Requesting the crowd put their two’s up he got them to sing Biggie’s One More Chance and Mo Money Mo Problems as well as Pac’s Hail Mary and Ambitionz Az A Ridah, before Green Lantern scratched up Run DMC’s Peter Piper with Aaliyah’s Miss You with Jay rapping his verses to the remix.
Jay-Z then brought back Chris Martin who he has worked with on his comeback album Kingdome Come, to[..]ist him with Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love). The Coldplay frontman sang the hook whilst Jigga spat his verses. After momentarily feigning the end of the night, Hova returned to perform Big Pimpin’ before closing the evening with Encore. The satisfied followers chanted ‘Hova, Hova’ as they threw up their diamonds, as Lantern switched between Kanye’s original and Linkin Park’s Numb remix. The monumental evening had officially ended. So was it worth the £50+ that most of the audience had paid to be there? Jay-Z, Nas, Chris Martin, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Memphis Bleek, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Kano and Akala all on one stage? Are you dumb!?! A classic night in hop hop history, Dacre you missed out punk!!!
Immense review brought to you by Raj Kapone
|Latest News Hot Topics »||share this topic »|| |
|09-28-2006, 11:33 AM||away - #2|
Hell yeah, that !! was worth it. Damn much more songs than he did at the Tweeter Center in the Chi when he presented Kanye and gave Twista the chain! I had good seats for that, but it was half the songs he did at this one...
|09-28-2006, 05:08 PM||away - #3|
Wow....sounds like a good one.
| No More Fruit Loops For Me |
New reply 9 seconds ago - 146 comments - by blaznfor20
| Sony Possible Confirms Ps 4 Price Then Removed Post |
New reply 14 minutes ago - 67 comments - by Da Ill One
| MMA Ufc On Fx: Belfort Vs Rockhold Official Discussion Thr... |
New reply 1 minute ago - 279 comments - by Zaosyn
| NBA Dwyane Wade Takes His Biggest Groupie To Prom (pic) |
New reply 22 minutes ago - 101 comments - by joshdogg26
| NFL Nfl Rookies In New Digs (pics) |
New reply 11 minutes ago - 81 comments - by Got Cheeve?
| Luke Cage - Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson Contin... |
New reply 33 minutes ago - 68 comments - by bigscore
| What Hip Hop Slang Is Exclusive To You City Or Hood |
New reply 11 minutes ago - 133 comments - by SavageMitten
| May 17 - Toronto's Mayor Caught Smoking Crack And Hang... |
New reply 35 minutes ago - 56 comments - by Walt Thizzney
|Join us on Facebook. Check out the BX fan page and hit the Like button.||Follow BX on Twitter to get instant hot topic alerts.||Enter your email address below and receive a daily hot topic newsletter.|
|5,306 fans of BX and 2 new today||4,286 following | none new today|