'Jay-Z' @ Xcel Energy Center
Posted by PJ Mudd on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM By PJ Mudd / December 3, 2013 Comment
Everything was black and white (mostly black) throughout the show save for a couple songs that were accented with blue or red strobe lighting. To provide us with some scale to how big Jay-Z is on his own, were the floor to ceiling screens flanking the stage which provided closeups and multiple simultaneous views of his performance. Seeing two giant Jay-Z's destroy the Xcel with nothing more than a microphone, was insane.
Moments later Jay returned to the stage and ran through "Big Pimpin," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," and "Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator 99)" before dropping one of the highlights of the night. "Niggas in Paris" started playing and the crowd went crazy. Jay stopped it a few seconds in to explain the "problem" with performing this song, which everyone assumed meant Kanye was about to step out to help, although Jay was quick to correct. Supposedly the two agreed to never perform this song solo, so in order to do so, we the crowd had to "earn" it. And earn it we did. Jay blazed through the song doing both parts himself and the crowd absolutely loved it. This was definitely the highlight of the show for me. Since Kanye is not coming to MN anytime soon, it'll be our little secret.
The show ended a little slower than it started with Jay-Z working the crowd like it was an open mic night at the Acme Comedy Club. He had a few zingers, but mostly it was a lot of "hey girl with that shirt, I see you" or "hey guy in that hat, I see you." It dragged on a little long if you ask me and unfortunately segued into the band introductions further delaying the whole reason we're all there.The fun finally resumed with the final songs of the night, "Empire State of Mind," "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Hard Knock Life," and "Young Forever."