Jay-Z owns the Garden at this point. He might as well be a Knicks GM. Brooklyns finest pointed this out in the middle of his sold-out Blueprint 3 concert last night (March 2) when he proclaimed, Madison Square Garden is now the house that Hov built! Running through a torrent of hits, Hov was in typical form, but whether youve seen him once or a mil-li-on times, its always an experience. Dressed in all black everything, the motif for the night, the God MC spit a set that ranged from the newbies (Run This Town, Empire State Of Mind) to still fresh (99 Problems, U Dont Know) to classics (Can I Live, Big Pimpin) while sharing the moment with Young Jeezy and Trey Songz. After you scroll through VIBEs live Tweet session for a quick recap, check out these 5 great moments from the show. –Clover Hope
1. Is That Lil Wayne?
And Drake And Nicki Minaj in glittery lace tights Yes, the hypest point of the night was Young Jeezys surprise guests. Following Nickis Bedrock verse, Lil Waynewhose passionate stage stomps are unparalleledhopped, skipped and bounced on stage to the sounds of Im Goin In. In true golden child fashion, Drake wore all white and a gray t-shirt instead of black garb. It was a good day for Wayne, whose sentencing had been postponed earlier. Jeezy had jokes: How the fuck you come back from that shit? he asked as Wayne strutted off. Just kidding.
2. Trey Songz Gets His Shine
The R&B superstar-in-the-making opened with a roughly 45-minute set that included all those singles you hear incessantly on radio. He kicked off with Cant Help But Wait, I Need A Girl, Gotta Go and Last Time. No panties dropped that we know of, but the ladies were swooning as Trey performed Neighbors Know My Name and Invented Sex, then brought out Fabolous (and poured liquor down a chosen female concertgoers throat). But the biggest look was Trey returning to the stage later on to help Hov on the hooks to Already Home and Heart of the City. Miming the lyrics side-by-side with Jay-Z, Trey looked like he belonged there.
3. MSG Hearts Young Jeezy?During Jeezys set, Jay-Z reminded the crowd of the courtesy rules: they were to welcome the Atlanta trapper with open arms at all times. You got ’em? Hov asked Jeezy. I got ’em, my nigga So this is the Garden right chea? Heavily chained, Jeezy Hamilton then hit us with a bunch of energizing bangers, including Who Dat? Crazy World, his verse on Rihannas Hard and Put On. Afterward, Hov came back out and told the crowd: New York City, welcome Young Jeezy to the Garden! Now can he get on Twitter?
4. Barack Obama Cameo?After a Black President (Remix) duet with Young Jeezy, Jay-Z told the crowd to pause for a word from our president. No, Barack Obama couldnt make it in person, but the big homie was there in spirit. Hov stood in front of a huge screen that played brief footage of Obamas speech wherein he dusted off his shoulders. No better way to introduce the boastful Timbaland-helmed track.
5. Overtime FTW!?About five minutes before 11 p.m., closing time, Jay-Z joked about the strict Garden rules. I don’t know if y’all know about the Garden… Its like 80 million dollars a minute.” But he’s got money to blow. F**k it I’ll go into overtime. Jay advised the new Jay-Z fans that, This would be a good time to go home. And his eternal hypeman Memphis Bleek returned for the medley of classics, from Money Aint A Thang to Can I Get A to Hard Knock Life. Y’all cost me a little money tonight, but I dont mind, said Jay, capping the night with “Encore.” There were some famous friends (LeBron James, Shaq, Diddy, in the crowd). But no famous guest appearances Just the best lyricist.