If you would’ve told the 15 year old me that I would I spend my hard earned cash on a Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concert, I would most likely laugh at you. I mean according to the 15-year old me; I would’ve preferred a Nas/A.J. McLean show. Now as I walked into Soldier Field, I was glad I had came to my senses (unlike the parking attendees charging $49). The show started at 8pm; well that’s what the ticket said. The show really didn’t start until probably 8:20, with the opening act DJ Cassidy. The perfect blend of old school and new school tunes drown out the thought that you just paid $10 for a cup of Miller Lite. The atmosphere was great and then 9:15 came and it was show time. Here are some of my favorite moments of the night:
- Mash-Up: This wasn’t your typical, you go first and I go last show. This was both headliners on stage together blending their songs into one. Mainly because both artists’ work were primarily produced by Timbaland and Pharrell. I mean come on though, how can you not love Jay-Z’s “Give It to Me” turning into JT’s “Rock Your Body”
- The Set: The set was literally a work of art. The LED screens often portrayed old sculptures and a slithering snake. Now I want a ‘Picasso in my casa.’
- Energy and Chemistry: The energy and chemistry between Jay and JT was amazing. Artists of their caliber usually can’t tour together let alone be on stage together for 90 plus minutes. And I would like to know what type of energy drink they were on to stay so pumped during the whole show.
- Live Band: The best concerts are the ones with a band and live vocals. Who wants to sit for two hours and watch you lip-sing while the DJ just presses play in iTunes. That’s what makes this show so great. Justin Timberlake played the piano and the guitar.
- Awkward Dancing: Yes the awkward dancing is a highlight for me. There’s nothing like watching a 43-year old having so much fun at his job that he starts two-stepping like a child learning to walk. Or a white man who can dance his ass off, but can’t clap on beat to save his life.
All in all this was one of the best concerts I’ve been to in my life. Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake weren’t short of hits. With my short attention span and their energy, I loved every minute. And let’s add that it was outside and not in some stuffy arena, where you can smell the funk dripping off your neighbor. Besides the overpriced everything, the show was worth it. If you didn’t catch the show this summer, pray for a repeat next summer. Otherwise I’m sure there are plenty of videos on YouTube. So are Justin Timberlake and Shawn Carter truly Legends Of The Summer? Well until someone out does this show (Mrs. Carter doesn’t count), Yes. -Pooh Bailey
Jay Z & Justin Timberlake – “99 Problems” (Live)