Kanye West (check), Jay Z (check), sold out crowd (check), special surprise guests? Not necessary, the Watch the Throne tour rolled into South Florida for a two night stand, Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, and last night in Miami. With a tour of this magnitude you would think they would have a lot of big name surprise guests, or a pretty decent opening act, well none of that was needed to put on a hell of a show, and I’ll tell you why!
Now if you’re looking for a super in-depth review of the show, that is not what you are going to get here, I wanted to focus on enjoying the show so I didn’t take notes, but you will get a good idea of the show by reading this review. There is a lot to talk about so lets get to it! The show was awesome, and the execution was pretty flawless, I expected there to be a Jay Z set, a Kanye set, then a set by the two of them, in no particular order. The way the show was planned out and executed was amazing. They effortlessly moved from Jay and Ye performing hits from ‘Throne,’ to performing their own hits, to performing songs they worked on together that weren’t featured on ‘the Throne,’ which was the right way to go. The night started out with Jay Z and Kanye West, performing H.A.M., on dueling raised stages that had video screens on them that played various images during the show, starting with various animals while performing “H.A.M.,” and “Welcome to the Jungle.” Unfortunately I was heading back to my seat when they first came out onto the stage, so I didn’t see their initial entrance. While performing “Welcome to the Jungle,” there was a bit of an awkward moment, on the big screens they had a pack of cheetah’s hunting down a gazelle. Well at the end of the song they caught it, at the same time the song ended, so while everyone was cheering because the song ended, it looked as though they were cheering because the cheetahs got dinner.
They performed every song off their Watch the Throne album, except for “Murder to Excellence,” and only played the hook of “Lift Off,” and as stated previously they were woven in effortlessly, with each artist performing their own hits, which were way too many to name. So I will hit some of the highlights of the night, when Kanye performed “All of the Lights,” he did a skit with the lighting guy, where he gets mad because he wants “all of the lights,” in the arena going during the performance, so he restarted the performance three times, before finally getting on with the performance. There was also a funny moment during this time when Kanye was stopping the performance and he said “hold up,” to have the music stopped, and about three quarters of the crowd responded by saying “hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up,” from Kanye’s verse in Big Sean’s “Marvin & Chardonnay,” which just showed how on point the crowd participation was. Check out some video from Philly to see the skit:
They also did a dope exchange between the two of them when Jay Z performed, “Big Pimpin’,” with Jay Z also showing respect to the late Pimp C, and rapped his verse from the song. Kanye then talked about watching the video and saying how that he wanted his life to be like that video, but when he got it, it lead to him getting “Goldiggers.” Which lead into Kanye performing said song, followed by Jay telling Ye’, that he had “99 Problems,” but a b!+@# ain’t one. Check out some video from Atlanta to see how it went down:
Then finally the song that everyone was waiting to see, they ended the show with their current #1 single, “Niggas in Paris,” when this song dropped, that was the livest the crowd was all night! To Top it off they performed it THREE TIMES, they performed it once, decided to do it again, then the lights went down, and everyone was screaming for an encore so they did it a third time! Everyone was just as into the last performance as they were for the first one. “Paris,” was followed by Jigga performing “Encore,” sending everyone home extremely happy!
I partly wished they hadn’t added the Miami show, because I feel as though they left some of the special guests and surprises for that show, I partly expected a few guests to come out during the show, but I will say though I was fine with the show that I got, it was over two hours non-stop, the way the show was laid out eliminated the need for an intermission, as each artist got an opportunity to rest up while the other took the stage. Overall it was an AMAZING show, I left there happy with the show Kanye and Jay put on. I also left the arena with no voice, which is still sore as I type this, and overhearing many people talking about wanting to go to the Miami show the next night. Audience participation was also on point, everyone sang every word to every song, and whenever the music was lowered the crowd was right on point with the lyrics and very loud. You could tell that Jay and Ye’ were appreciative of that! This was a GREAT SHOW! If you were on the fence about going to the show, when it comes to your area I’ll tell you it is a must see and you should go buy your tickets NOW!
Check out some more pics from the show taken from my cell phone:
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