Yesterday, I had the fortune to get floor seats at the Verizon Center to see Jay-Z. I must confess, I usually avoid the sports arena concerts. I remember when I first started “going out” to clubs, a friend recommended that I attend events where people dress up because they are less likely to fight and mess up their good clothes. Even with all of that, I just prefer to watch artists in smaller venues. I love the intimacy of the experience. Even the more popular artists, I really try to catch them in a small venue. However, there are those artists like Jay-Z that have “stadium status”. You can’t avoid it.
So believe it or not, this was going to be the first time I attended a concert a the Verizon Center. So as I make it to my seat, I was impressed. I mean, folks from all walks of life were in attendance. It was truly a melting pot in there from the young professional to the middle-aged mom to the teenager. Everyone was representing. I always knew rap/ hip-hop was global, but to see it in this stadium capacity compared to the small venues I frequent can only be summed up in one word: POWERFUL. It was an amazing experience. This one man had a whole crowd dancing, reciting his lyrics, holding up the Roc diamond, chanting “Hova, Hova!” This was truly a testament to the power of music, and the power of Jay-Z. I couldn’t deny that what I was seeing was a reflection of the passion and hard work of Jay-Z, and for the most part, I liked what I was seeing- from the beautifully designed backdrop that displayed various dynamic images, to his wardrobe (I must admit I like how he now wears colorful, no doubt expensive beads instead of the iced out chains and medallions) to his well-crafted lyrics.
Ultimately, I hope it is powerful enough to motivate his fans to achieve greatness in their own right. If it is to have a family, to finish school, own a business, volunteer in the community, save money or buy a house, we are all capable of accomplishing our dreams.