When someone entitles their tour "Legends of the Summer," they better be prepared to deliver. No one would've been better suited (pardon the pun) for this task than the wonder that is the JAY Z-Justin Timberlake 2013 collabo. I don't know the exact number of people packed into Candlestick that night, but it felt like the entire bay area was there, crooning along with JT and bouncing at Jay's command. It all sounds so cliche, but I really felt like I was in witnessing greatness ("You're in the presence of a king; Scratch that-you're in the presence of a god"). The stage, even before the lights, videos, and special effects started, looked awesome, and you could tell some really mind-blowing shit was about to go down.
We were prepared for the quivering candlestick cold, but once we were on our feet dancing, even the periodic sharp gusts of wind couldn't hold us down.
You could say we were a little excited. Yeah, you could say that.
When they came out on stage there was this amazing surge of energy that pulsed through the thousands of fans. I think my start-of-show dance looked like I needed to pee because I just kept squat-bouncing and whispering "Oh My God" on repeat. The stage was brilliant, with bright glittering lights, statuesque "legend" figures, geometric patters, or images of Jay/JT shooting across the layered screens. So while the men themselves didn't physically reach great heights (they looked like tiny toy soldiers), the stage's greatness really compensated.
They sang almost every song we wanted (Jay, how you can skip '03 Bonnie & Clyde, c'mon), and kept the show going fluidly. They kicked off with "Holy Grail" and flowed into a combined set, with each putting their two cents into the other's songs. Then Jay Z took a short hiatus while Justin made us melt with his sultry tunes. Before you knew it, Jay was back with all his problems and empires and we went from swaying to bouncing again. Finally, for the encore, the two emerged suit-and-tie clad with champagne flutes in hand. They were so freaking nonchalant. Jay would just bob his head and sip while JT sang his heart out. I think when you look up the definition of "cool" in the dictionary it literally just says "Jay-Z". At least it ought to, because nothing else could describe that word better.
I took a ton of videos for your entertainment and my own reliving. I also have a good video of 99 Problems but I sounded like too much of a dork singing in the background to post it. Enjoy!
Like I Love You:
Empire State of Mind:
Suit & Tie:
My voice will never be the same after that much screaming, but it was well worth it. Oh, and today I bought tickets to JT's solo tour this winter. Obsessed much?