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(AllHipHop Features) The epic 'On The Run II' Tour invaded Los Angeles for an epic two-night residency at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena over the weekend.
Everything IS and WAS LOVE, and our living legends, The Carters, reminded fans, song after song, about how many classic and quality hits as well as new gems they have collectively and individually.
As card-holding, dues-paying members of the elite group known as the Bey-Hive and honorary members of Roc's extended fan family, fans traveled eagerly across the designated [huge] parking area to see the King & Queen.
DJ Khaled, once again, proved to be a genius selection of an opening act as he entertained the crowd as he brought out Ella Mai, YG, Fat Joe, and Tyga. He also warmed the crowd up with the hits, “Wild Thoughts,” “I'm the One,” and "For Free,". "The Father of Ashad" also mixed in some classics from DMX and the Notorious B.I.G.
Beyonce & Jay-Z's fans were enamored of the song selection, the wardrobe changes, and of course the choreography. If fans thought about sitting down for two seconds in between song selections, they couldn't help but to jump to their feet once again the minute they heard the intro on songs such as, "Apesh*t," "Crazy In Love," "Black Effect," "Upgrade U," "Diva," "Forever Young," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," "99 Problems," "Big Pimpin", "N*ggas In Paris,"Song Cry," "Beach Is Better," "The Story Of O.J.", "Resentment," "Ring The Alarm," "Irreplaceable," "Sorry," "Deja Vu," "Public Service Announcement," "Holy Grail," “Feeling Myself,” “Flawless,” “Naughty Girl,” and many more.
Hov & Bey delivered excellence for nearly three hours with Beyonce's perfect vocals, tone, prowess, range, emotion, and delivery, and Jay-Z's cadence, delivery, and flow. The pyrotechnics and the jammin' band of horns, guitars, and strings added such a nice flare to the great celebrations, partying, and storytelling that Jay-Z and Beyonce's music truly is.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are living proof that they are two of the most talented artists in music, and as they are the highest-profile couple in music currently.
The video montages and video interludes that flashed periodically on the screen were heartwarming as they featured the two filming each other in various settings.
No matter how many times I see The Carters live-in-action, I will forever be in awe of their greatness as individuals and even more of their greatness combined. When I wasn't singing and dancing, I was watching in amazement as how two people could be such phenomenal artists individually and dominate music for decades, and in awe of their union which married the greatness.
Another highlight for me was publicist Ernest Dukes' homage to and celebration off Beyonce's publicist, the QUEEN Ms. Yvette Noel-Schure.
Ernest wore a blue and white jacket with the words, "Beyonce's Publicist Is Black", on the back of it. What a statement that was! Not only is Beyonce's publicist black, but she is a shining example of excellence in public relations, media, and music. She is greatness personified.
Ernest's post spoke on how inspirational it was to see an artist of Beyonce's caliber have a phenomenal black woman as her publicist still to this day as Yvette and Beyonce have been together throughout Beyonce's career.