As Pauly D would say, “That was the best day of my life!”
Yesterday will definitely go down in history as one of the best. First, we officially set a date and booked a venue.
On October 13, 2012, I will be marrying my best friend, on the water at the most perfect gorgeous venue ever. It seems like it’s so far away, but everyone tells me that it’s going to go by fast. I can’t wait! 2012 is going to be an amazing year!
Last night, Marcus and I saw Jay Z and Kanye West perform at the Verizon Center as a part of the Watch the Throne tour.
It. Was. Epic!
It was seriously the best concerts I have ever been to. For 2.5 hour Jay and Kanye tore it up. They rapped, they danced, they vibed with the audience. I cannot express how awesome it was.
They began the show on two cubes in the middle of the floor. When the lights went out in the Verizon Center, the crowd went bananas. Then suddenly, there they were, right in front of us, performing “H.A.M” of their Watch the Throne album.
From there they launched into “Who Gon Stop Me.” Marcus and I were on our feet, singing along and just generally freaking out the entire time. We kept looking at each other and saying, “Oh my God!” We were in awe from the first second.
After a few joint songs from the album, Jay launched into, “N—- What, N—- Who (Originator 99),” which got the whole crowd rockin. Jay left the stage and Kanye began a 4 song set.
What surprised me the most? How athletic and physical Kanye was on stage. He moved, danced, got on his kness. He was a straight performer. You could feel his passion for his music. There was no indication of cockiness. He was just happy to be on stage.
Jay joined Kanye again for “Monster” and they destroyed it. Kanye went right into “Power” after that. The energy was so high. Everyone in the crowd was sweating and screaming their lungs out.
They brought it down a little during the middle of the show to perform “New Day” (off the new album) and “Hard Knock Life.” They sat down side by side and totally connected with the audience and each other. You could tell they were really enjoying themselves.
After that, they went back and forth between songs. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, “Empire State of Mind”, “Runaway”, “Heartless”, “Stronger.”
Kanye killed it during “Stronger.” It was one of my favorite songs. After that, the lights started flashing and all you see if Jay with his hood up. Then the opening lines to “On the to Next One” started and it was ov-er. The crowd went berserk. And Jay, like the pro he is, just flowed so amazingly.
Next, was “Dirt off Your Shoulder” which was just beyond everything I’ve ever seen. This song was my anthem in college. I died.
*PS, these are not my videos. I found them on YouTube. We sat much higher. 😉
Jay did a few more songs, then Kanye mixed a few in between. Then suddenly we heard the opening lines, “All of the Lights.”Kanye brought it back 3 times then BOOM! all the lights on stage just went crazy and so did we.
Then came my favorite part of the show, “Big Pimpin” to “Gold Digger” to “99 Problems.” Ah-ma-zing! There is no words for how bananas the arena was. Jay and Kanye were pumped. We were pumped. The energy could have blown the roof off.
Ah, Jay Z’s flow is just perfection. I love him. There is no other way of putting it. He is magic. *Can you tell I’m reliving the concert right now?
After a few more songs. They end with “Paris” off the new album. They performed it not once, not twice, but three times. It was insane. They gave it their whole heart and so did the audience. I think we all felt love for Jay and Kanye at that point.
Of course they came back out for an encore and performed no other than “Encore” from The Black Album. I think we all could have died and gone to heaven after that.
At the end, the whole crowd was chanting HO-VA, HO-VA then Kan-ye, Kan-ye. They both stood on stage with their hands on their chests, looking up at the crowd. You could tell they were grateful for the love. It was the perfect ending for a perfect show.
I don’t think we could have had a better time. We both left the show with happy hearts and huge smiles. We talked about it the whole way home.
Jay Z and Kanye West were a class act. They performed well together. They showed love for their fans. They connected with us. They connected with each other. They had lots of energy and heart. You could tell they wanted to be there. I would gladly attend this show again and again.
Thanks mom for the tickets! Now when are they coming back to DC?!