The LG Arena in Birmingham, June 9th 2010 – The Mixup were at the Jay-Z concert for an great night from a great performer.
Kicking off the show in style, appearing from almost nowhere behind a plume of smoke and going straight into song. Jay-Z had the crowd hyped from the get go. Performing classic after classic and with over 11 albums to his name he has many to choose from.
The Crowd really burst into a clamour when “On to the Next One” started erupting from the speakers.
Jay-Z really knows how to work the crowd and really makes it a personal experience although your one of 20,000+.
I have been to many concerts in my time and have seen many artists try to involve the crowd – but no one does it quite like Jay-Z.
Pointing out member of the crowd right up in the top tiers of the arena, thanking them and even bringing one lucky chap up on stage with him to spit a few of Jay’s lines.
I have yet to witness such crowd involvement and the ability to make such large audience feel so personal from another artist.
This was the third time I had seen Jay-Z in concert and with every show I am still blown away by his performance.
Performing classics such as ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘Jigga What’, Jigga Who’, ‘Jigga My N***a’ to more modern affairs such as ‘Empire State of Mind’, ‘Forever Young’ and his UK Number one single ‘Run This Town’.
Jay-Z always comes across so appreciative and gave plenty of props and adulation to his band the Roc Boys and to the crowd, as well as to Memphis Bleek (who regularly appears next to Jay on stage) Bridget Kelly, who sung Alicia keys part on Empire State of Mind and of course the UK’s very own Mr Hudson whom he performed ‘Young Forever’ with.
His shows have grown and matured as has his ability on the microphone. Jay-Z effortlessly shows why he has transcended from being a hip hop star into a true pop icon if not the pop icon of modern music
Highly recommended. Catch him when you can.