photos by P Squared Photography
Jay Z @ Barclays Center - 1/12/14
The show didn't feature an innovative stage design, as on Drake's recent tour. Neither did it include bejeweled masks, fancy dancers or a Jesus impersonator, a la Kanye West's crazy "Yeezus" show. Nor did it boast the presence of Justin Timberlake, who acted as a slick pop foil for the rapper during their co-headlining show at Yankee Stadium last summer.Jay Z brought his Magna Carter World Tour to his hometown of Brooklyn for his first of two shows at Barclays Center (which he recently announced he'd be selling his stake in) last night (1/12). With roughly two decades of music including twelve studio albums and multiple collaborative recordings to pull from, Jay pretty much delivered hit after hit, with favorites like "99 Problems," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," "Izzo," "Big Pimpin'," "Hard Knock Life," "Niggas In Paris" and tons more. Pictures from the show are in this post.
For the first New York stop on Jay's "Magna Carter" tour, he played to his on-going strength - as a pure rapper, capable of fast-witted, and nuanced, verbal derring-do.
It wasn't just a smart move, it was probably a necessary one. At 44, the man born Shawn Carter doesn't have the young buck status Drake currently commands, or the cutting-edge outrage perfected by Kanye in his latest project. That leaves him to cut the precise figure he assumed at Barclays - as both an elder statesmen and a broad-minded observer of the world, refracted through the language of hip-hop. [NY Daily News]
Jay does it again at Barclays Center tonight (1/13), and his tour includes other area dates at Mohegan Sun (1/17), Nassau Coliseum (1/19), and Prudential Center (1/22).
More pictures, along with a video and the setlist from last night, below...
Jay Z - "Somewhere In America" at Barclays Center - 1/12/14
Jay Z at Barclays Center - 1/12/14 Setlist: (via Newsday)
U Don't Know
On to the Next One
Beach Is Better
Can I Live
No Church in the Wild
Somewhere in America
Where I'm From
Empire State of Mind
Can I Get A...
Nigga What, Nigga Who
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
I Just Wanna Love U
Niggas In Paris
Run This Town
Hard Knock Life