Tidal X: Jay-Z B-Sides
It was a night to remember in New York City on May 16, 2015, as Jay-Z, one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, blessed several of his lifelong aficionados with an awesome show at the Terminal 5, a music venue located at 610 West 56th Street, west of 11th Avenue, for his Tidal X: B-Sides concert. This was Jay-Z’s first concert since the On the Run Tour, which he co-headlined with his wife Beyoncé.
Jay-Z’s B-Sides show was live streaming for Tidal subscribers and it definitely kept them in awe. Jay-Z took his audience down memory lane by revisiting a plethora of classic b-sides songs from his very impressive musical catalog. The concert began with the “Dynasty Intro” from Jay-Z’s fifth studio album, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia that had the audience pumped up. They had their lights up ready to see arguably the greatest rapper alive. Jay-Z hit the stage and performed two songs from his S. Carter Collection mixtape:“Young Gifted and Black (freestyle)” and “Pump It Up (freestyle)”. Then he did “Streets Is Watching” from his second studio album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The whole night was a celebration of all his b-sides from all of his twelve studio albums from Reasonable Doubt to Magna Carta Holy Grail. Some of the songs I enjoyed that Jay-Z performed were “Can I Live,” “Imaginary Player,” “Go Crazy,” and “Ignorant Sh*t”. Jay-Z even paid a tribute to Queens rapper Chinx who died that night.
The highlight of the show was when Jay-Z brought out his Roc La Familia that included Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, and Young Gunz. They performed the street anthems “You, Me, Him, and Her,” and “What We Do”. Jay-Z did a special rendition of “Clique” with them. The fans finally saw Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel embrace after having a fallen out years ago. Another highlight of the concert was Jay-Z addressing Tidal critics such as Spotify and YouTube with a freestyle rap. He compares Tidal with Apple and Nike and notices that Tidal has been subjected to hypocritical criticism. He positions the criticism as having a racist component saying, “The only one they hating on look the same as you.”
The concert was great and Jay-Z proved why he is still the best rapper alive.
By Shamarie, 19th May 2015