Before the show started Hov sipped on some Dusse with Atlanta’s mayor Kasim Reed like a BOSS!!
The crowd waited a hour and 40 something minutes for Jay to touch the stage. Jay Z knocked out a two dozen-plus song set Friday night at Philips Arena, where he last played solo in February 2010 during his BP tour.
“I’ve been looking forward to this date since they announced the tour. We’ve been in L.A., we’ve been in Houston, but Atlanta is one of those special dates tonight,”
Jay Z said at the start of the 110-minute show, and for once, an obligatory fill-in-your-city-here comment sounded genuine.
Beyonce and some of Atlanta’s marquee names – Cee Lo Green, 2 Chainz, The-Dream and former tour mate Young Jeezy – came out to support him likely prompted Mr. Carter to add a little more zip to classics such as “U Don’t Know” and “On to the Next One” and the generous handful of songs from his latest, “Magna Carta…Holy Grail,” an album that is decent in studio form but whose songs sizzled live.
Backed by a four-piece band, including ace producer Timbaland on keyboards, Jay Z, 44, relied on their chameleonic abilities to churn out the rubbery funk undertones of “Crown” and “Picasso Baby” as he flashed grins between head-spinning verses.
Clad in various forms of black throughout the show – including a T-shirt emblazoned with Tom Ford’s name across the back, athlete-style, and his backward Brooklyn Nets cap – Jay Z sauntered across the stage with effortless cool, his swagger inclusive rather than an arrogant disconnect from the sold-out crowd.
He’s the type of performer who expresses more with the flick of his wrist than some of his peers do with elaborate sets and play acting. Via Melissa Ruggieri
A lot of people were pissed cause they felt like his show was too short after he started so late. He told the crowd goodnight and everyone had the WTF face then he came back out and performed Encore.
Trey Songz, JD Daughter
After the show Jay Z and Beyonce snuck in the back door of Reign with a bunch of security.