The DMV enjoyed a fantastic night of hip-hop music on Wednesday, November 29. One of the best rappers to ever grace the mic, Jay-Z made a stop at Capital One Arena for his highly anticipated “4:44” tour.
Opting to have a stage in the middle of the arena with eight screens that mimicked his movements throughout the night, was a wise move. No matter where you were sitting in the venue, you had a great view.
Gracing the stage at approximately 9:30 p.m. and not until nearly two hours later, the showed opened with images of Hov, across eight video screens. When Jay emerged from the lower platform, with all the confidence of a seasoned vet, I knew I was in for an excellent night.
Opening the show with “Kill Jay-Z,” from his thirteenth album, 4:44, Jay-Z shared his flaws with the audience as a man. The album which was released earlier this year is not only one of the best Jay-Z albums in years, but it’s also one of the best albums released in 2017. 4:44 can be seen as a companion piece to his wife’s Lemonade album, and shows how vulnerability can lead to success for an artist.
While Jay didn’t perform the entire 4:44 album, it was a treat to hear half of the songs from the album performed live including my personal favorites “Bam,” “Moonlight,” “The Story of OJ” and the album’s title track. Jay also took the time to revisit his songs from his expansive catalog.
Having a live band as opposed to a DJ, seemed to give Jay, a larger than life amount of confidence. Hearing classics such as “Big Pimpin,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Heart of the City” with a band backing him was one of the many highlights of the nights. While Jay gave the crowd what they wanted when he performed his classic material, I found myself identifying more with Jay when he performed the newer material.