Monday, July 21, 2014

Hurricanes Jay-Z and Beyonce` Hit New Orleans

The lights dimmed. The crowd went berserk. The big screen flickered with images of two of the most popular people on the planet. The crowd went berserk. The beat to “Bonnie and Clyde ’03″ filled the speakers. The crowd went berserk. July 20th, 2014, around 9:30 ish p.m., New Orleans was hit by yet another hurricane; two hurricanes. These hurricanes had more people smiling than crying, there were sound waves instead of water waves, and the hurricanes didn’t stay as long as the previous ones; they were On The Run.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé ripped through New Orleans like no other duo-act before. Now don’t get it twisted, there have been some big acts to bless the Superdome stage, but this one definitely claimed its spot in the top 5.

Jay-Z brought his Brooklyn swag all the way to the Dirty South, rolling out hit after hit from each of his platinum albums. The crowd swayed side to side on “Hard Knock Life," got sentimental on “Song Cry”, booted up on “Big Pimpin’, and mugged their imaginary enemies on “Clique.”

After all of that hoopla from Jay-Z, Mrs. Carter had to spice it up - and you know New Orleans loves spice!  She gave the crowd 250%!  She strutted and shook her fanny all across that stage.  She gave enticing facial expressions for each song, making the crowd feel each tune she spat out.  If her videos don't prove it, her live performances surely display that Beyonce` is a true performer at heart.  Let's not even start on her wardrobe for the scenes!  Our favorite look was her costume designed by Michael Costello (seen below this paragraph).  That girl knows she is fierce!       

Individually Jay-Z and Beyonce` are phenomenal, collectively they are a force!  When they performed their hits together or when Beyonce` sang hooks to Jay-Z’s songs, it seemed as if their union was truly meant to be.  Who else could make Jay-Z’s songs sound so soulful?  Who else could put a little gangster in Bey’s girlie, pop tunes?  No one! 

To make an already excellent show perfect, the Carters gave the crowd more insight into their difficult, yet normal lives.  On the big screen (during their costume changes), they shared not only fictional images, but real images of their loved-ones and most precious moments in their lives including their wedding day and the birth of their daughter.  The video assured the audience that those skillful creatures that just blew the stage up were real people, with real issues, and real love.  It was truly a heart-wrenching, relieving moment.  

If you haven’t experienced a Jay-Z or Beyonce` concert, add it to your bucket list immediately.  This concert is not only for the love of hip hop or music; it is for the appreciation of the craft and talent.  These two performers are serious about their art, and they have perfected it to please millions of people.  They deserve every accolade they receive. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and practice every dance move I saw Beyonce` doing.  Wish me luck!


  1. This review allowed me to vividly visualize what obviously was a Spectacular Event! Thank you for sharing.