Concert Review: “On The Run”-The Carters

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DISCLAIMER: IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO THE CONCERT AND DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE SURPRISE STOP READING NOW!

BeyHive & Roc Boys Rejoice!

The Carters converged upon Atlanta, GA on July 15, 2013 at the Georgia Dome and we were not worthy! Before I get into the concert review let me tell you how good God is, and how the Creole God’s smiled down upon me! So…Ticketmaster/Georgia Dome sends me an email 2 days prior to the concert alerting me that the seating configuration on the floor had changed! SO YOU ALREADY KNOW *Big Freedia Voice* I was like, the f*ck!?! I really didn’t want to have a misunderstanding at the GA Dome. So the day of the concert arrives, I am freshly shaved and have on my best sh*t. I am ready to go see the greatness that is The Carters. The news had cautioned everyone to use MARTA to go the concert because traffic and parking was going to be a hot ass mess. I have never taken the MARTA in my 5 yrs in Atlanta( I know, I know, I know), but I swiftly downloaded the MARTA On The Go App from the Apple Store so I could figure this shit out. Surprisingly it wasn’t as complicated as I first thought, and actually was much easier than trying to find parking downtown, and I will be using it again. When I tell you MARTA got their damn money on Tuesday night I think everyone opted to use the MARTA, the platform and trains were packed.

So I arrive at the GA Dome and I am directed to Gate A because I had a floor seat. So I get through security and I am directed to a table where they are passing out pink bracelets for people with floor seats. This was unorganized chaos, and I was getting rather annoyed with the GA Dome staff. I finally get my bracelet and I head for the stairs to get to the floor seats, and I stopped by an employee and I was informed that their was only one entrance to the floor seats *side-eye* at this point the devil is busy, and I trying not to let him steal my joy! So I walk over to the “only” floor entrance, which was on the other side of the venue *side-eye* I finally get onto the floor and I am looking for my seats, and I can’t find it *side-eye* so I ask an employee working the floor where my seat is? She indicates that my seat doesn’t exist and I have been given a better seat *does a back flip into the cabbage patch dance*

 

She directs me to a table to pick up my new tickets. Originally my seat was Section D Row 24 which was a good seat, but my new seat was Section D Row 7! Look at God!! #wonthedoit.  So I head to my seat and I am one section from the stage! * Diddy Bops*

So…after all the chaos I am finally seated and ready for the greatness that The Carters are about bestow upon me. At 8:50 PM the light are lowered and then lowered again at 8:55 pm, and like clock work at 9:00 PM the light go off and a visually stunning video comes on the screen similar to the ON THE RUN trailer and then it happens! The Carters make their grand entrance onto the stage Jay-Z in black pants/blazer/ and t-shirt & Queen Bey in a black ensemble with her face covered in a lace ski mask! At this point I am losing my mind! All leading up the show I purposely did not watch any concert footage or look at any pictures so I could be in awe at the concert, and I was just that when they hit the stage. The opened show with 03 Bonnie & Clyde, which fit right in with the theme of the tour.

The Caters came ready to play! I won’t go into detail about each song that was performed during the concert, but what I will do is say that production was well put together. When the tour was first announced I was curious as to how they were going to transition between Bey and Jay. When I previously saw Jay-Z in concert with Mary J. Blige they kind of went back and forth where performances were concerned. The transitions between Jay and Bey were seamless, and they mixed Jay’s music in with Bey’s to make the transitions very smooth. The video interludes were visually stunning, Bey’s wardrobe was awesome, Jay’s wardrobe was awesome as well. The Carters performed something like 41 songs during the show, which adds up to like almost 3 hrs of performance impressive!

Check out the set list below:

  1. “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”
  2. “Upgrade U”
  3. “Crazy in Love”
  4. “Show Me What You Got”
  5. “Diamond Is Forever”
  6. “Niggas in Paris”
  7. “Tom Ford”
  8. “Run the World (Girls)”
  9. “Flawless”
  10. “Yoncé”
  11. “Jigga My Nigga”
  12. “Dirt off Your Shoulder”
  13. “Naughty Girl”
  14. “Big Pimpin'”
  15. “Ring the Alarm”
  16. “On to the Next One”
  17. “Clique”
  18. “Diva”
  19. “Baby Boy”
  20. “U Don’t Know”
  21. “Ghost” / “Haunted”
  22. “No Church in the Wild”
  23. “Drunk in Love”
  24. “Public Service Announcement”
  25. “Why Don’t You Love Me”
  26. “Holy Grail”
  27. “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”
  28. “Beach Is Better”
  29. “Partition”
  30. “99 Problems”
  31. “If I Were a Boy”
  32. “Ex-Factor”
  33. “Song Cry”
  34. “Resentment”
  35. “Love on Top”
  36. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”
  37. “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”
  38. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
  39. “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”
  40. “Pretty Hurts”
  41. “Part II (On the Run)”
  42. “Young Forever”
  43. “Halo”

The set list was set up in such a way that it told a story, leading many speculate that divorce is on the horizon for The Carters, NOT SO! this is entertainment folks. The Carters are strategic and I wouldn’t be surprised if SolangeGate was all apart of the promotion for this tour.  It clearly worked because the GA Dome was sold out, putting to bed all those rumors of low ticket sales. THE F*CK OUTTA HERE!

My favorite moments of the show were when Bey performed Lauryn Hill’s classic song, Ex Factor, which lead into Jay performing Song Cry, which lead into Bey performing Resentment. I was on my feet for the entire concert and I was trying to figure out why people were sitting down during portions of the concert. The Carters gave me everything I needed and more, and it was money well spent for the ticket. I don’t mind paying top dollar for concert tickets if I know the performer is going to give me my money’s worth. The Carters did just that. The most touching moment of the concert was the video montage with Blue Ivy, The Carters know how to tug at your heart strings. I was able to get video and photos of some the concert, which you can check out below, but of course my trusty iPhone 5 went dead mid concert, Apple doesn’t want me to be great!

Check out the videos(in no particular order) I was able to capture and take a look at the photo gallery below(in no particular order):

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The concert was truly amazing, and if you didn’t get a ticket no worries, The Carters will be coming to TV near you when they televise the concert on HBO! I was thoroughly entertained!

 

Final Rating: You Already Know! *Big Freedia voice* 5/5

Whut say you?

WARNING: SLANDER OF THE CARTERS IS NOT ALLOWED TAKE IT ELSEWHERE! 

 

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Concert Review/With Videos: Love & War Tour-Tamar Braxton [**UPDATED BETTER QUALITY VIDEO**]

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Tamartians Rejoice!

She! Me! Her! AKA Slaymar AKA Tamar & The Love & War Tour converged upon Atlanta last night at the Tabernacle. Tamar has to be one the hardest working women in the industry right now. First she toured with John Legend, then R Kelly, and now she is headlining her own tour. Tamar is successfully balancing marriage, motherhood, and career. So let’s go ahead and get into this review!

So…the concert was supposed to start at 7:30 PM, and we have learned from attending numerous other concerts, that these shows don’t start exactly at the time on the ticket. This gives people to time to get their seats, get food, and etc. So we weren’t too bothered that the concert didn’t start at exactly 7:30 PM, but after an hour of the DJ spinning records, we were ready to get the show the road! We are HERE for fashionably late, but come on  Tamar, this was excessive. We won’t hold that against Tamar because we love her, but in the future let’s try and be on time especially when you have a standing room waiting.

After waiting close to 1 hr and some minutes, they finally broke down the DJ’s booth, and it was finally showtime! The show opened with one of our favorite songs, She Did That, which Tamar didn’t actually perform, it was an colorful opening sequence. The audience was entertained by Tamar’s male and female dancers.

The opening sequence was very nice, and it was well worth the 1.5 hr wait! Tamer emerges onto the stage on a turning platform and jumps right into her smash single, The One

Then she slid right into, Tip Toe

Then she performed a song that we are not familiar with, it must have been a bonus track because we weren’t familiar with, but whatever the name of the song was we liked it. So of course after being turnt up for the first few numbers, Tamar had to catch her breath, so she slowed it down and performed some of her slower songs from her album. Tamar set the concert up in such a way that she explained the story behind each song, and then performed each song.

Pieces

Prettiest Girl 

Stay And Fight

Where It Hurts

Sound Of Love

During this song you can tell that Tamar is really not comfortable with a man other than her husband interacting with her in a sensual way, it was a good performance, but the seductive act needs a little work. After this Tamar did a quick outfit change and then she was ready to get to turn back up!

One On One Fun

Hot Sugar

Hot Sugar is one of our favorite songs off the album, and honestly the moment we were waiting for, during the performance Towanda, Trina, and Traci came out to turn up with their sister! This part of the concert had us turnt! Good job Tamar!

All The Way Home

White Candle

The thing that we love about Tamar is that she is well connected with her Tamartians(fans), and during the concert she picked people from the audience to help her sing, Love & War, she really knows the value of her fanbase. We honestly could have gone without this part, but it was nice of her to make that connection with the Tamartians.

Love & War

Close

After the initial annoyance of having to wait so long for the concert to start we were very impressed with the concert. Tamar didn’t disappoint with her vocals or performance. The show was awesome. We look forward to seeing what she will do when her budget is increased, we can clearly see that she is heavily influenced by the Queen Bey. We see that in the production, choreography, and costumes.  We figure hey if your going to be influenced by someone, why not The Queen Bey! Tamar gave her Tamartians a show to remember. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

*BONUS*

 

Final Rating 4.5/5

(Not Perfect Rating Because It Started Hella Late)

Whut say you?

 

 

 

Concert Review: Magna Carta Holy Grail World Tour(Atlanta Show)-Jay-Z

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Jay-Z and The Roc Boys converged upon Atlanta, GA on December 27. Now if you follow this blog or know me personally then you know that Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is my favorite rapper. So it should come as no surprise that I attended this concert. When the dates were announced I already had my money ready to purchase a ticket. I must say that my seat was awesome! Floor seats are necessary for certain artists(Jay-Z, Bey, and MJB).

So…showtime was at 8:00 PM according to my ticket, but the concert did not start at that time. This is where Jay-Z and his wife differ. When Bey says the concert starts at a certain time, you can bet your bottom dollar it is going to start at that time, come hell or high water. So I will say that Jay-Z may want to consider an opening act for future tours if he doesn’t plan to start on time. This was an issue I had at the Watch The Throne concert Yeezy and Jay just kinda appeared on stage. But anyway I want to say Jay hit the stage at 9:30-9:45 PM. The stage set up wasn’t elaborate, but it was fitting for Jay. The imagery and lighting were all fitting.  Jay came out and ran through songs from the new album, and all his hits. I had completely forgot that Timbaland was on tour with Jay until he introduced him.

At one point in the concert Jay went to go change clothes, and left Timbaland on stage for what we’ll call an intermission. Timbaland was suppose to keep the crowd warmed up, but lets just say his intermission set needs work! He played a few of his classics and a song off his new album *yawns*  ATL wasn’t moved by his set, but hey I didn’t come to see him anyway. So Jay comes back out and runs through PSA, FuckWitMeYouKnowIGotIt, and other hits.

The shinning moment of the concert was when he went back and performed Dead Presidents and Can I Live, from his classic Reasonable Doubt album. If your not a die hard Jay-Z fan, then this part of the concert would have went over your head, but not me I was right there reciting every word #FanSinceDay1. Check out the clips below.

Dead Presidents

Can I Live

When he performed these songs, you could see the transformation from Reasonable Doubt to Magna Carta Holy Grail. Those were great moments. So after performing a few more songs, Jay says, “Peace and love, thank ya’ll for coming out,” and exits the stage. Now I am thinking to myself I know GOOD and GOTDAMN well this concert is not over! Especially after starting late! So I should have known this was a ploy to get the audience to chant “Hova” and of course we did! Of course Jay came back out and performed “Encore” and this was the point in the concert where my iPhone battery struggle takes over and my phones goes dead!(Should have bought that Mophie!). Anyway Jay runs through more of his catalog, and then come straight from the book of Bey, when he starts acknowledging fans in the audience and putting them on the monitor, and showing love. This was classic Bey right here, but it worked. He even gave his band “The Roc Boys” shine at the end of the concert he allowed the pianist, guitarist, and drummer time to shine. He thanked the audience and conveyed his love for his fans. He closed the show with Forever Young.

All in all it was great experience and great concert, Jay-Z always gives a good show, I can only think of one time I was disappointed with Jay-Z about a concert, and that was the time he didn’t show up for a concert in Detroit, but I forgave him. Check out the other clips I caught before iPhone battery struggle took over.

Holy Grail

99 Problems

F*ckwitmeyouknowIgotit

Blow The Whistle

Final Rating 5/5

Concert Review+Video: Mrs. Carter Show (Atlanta Show)

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Queen Bey and The Creole Gods converged upon Atlanta this past weekend, and how can I put it? Hell let me just put it! Queen Bey showed the entire f*ck out!

Luke James was the opening act for the show, I didn’t quite make it the arena to see his entire set, but I did see him perform “I.O.U” and “I Want You”. He did a great job with those, and he is an artist to watch. Be on the lookout for his forthcoming album ‘Made To Love”

Now on the main attraction, Queen Bey, now I didn’t get to sit as close as I have at previous Bey concerts, but sh*t any seat is good seat as long as you’re in the presence of the greatness that is her Bey!  I would have sat in the nosebleed above nosebleed section to see her.  I don’t mind spending my hard earned coins on B because I know that she is going to give me a show, and that is just what the f*ck she did! The opening video before she stormed the stage had my mouth on the floor, it was f*cking amazing! As a matter of fact all the videos, lighting, and animations were shitting on your favorite. Lessers sit down!

Bey gave you wind machine, costumes, vocals, choreography, and then she Super-manned your favorite and flew across the arena, and gave you even more! The band was awesome, the dancers were awesome, the Mama’s sang, it was all awesome! I wish she would have done a bigger arena, but hey I will take it. I enjoyed myself. At one point in the show Bey was letting audience sing Irreplacable, and this little boy was so busy taking pictures, he almost missed his chance(check out Bey’s sense of humor in the video below).

I was happy I was able to say Hey Ms. Carter! Because it wasn’t looking too good where tickets were concerned thanks Stub Hub your the best!

 

Check out a few clips I was able to catch:

 

 

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