Lights x Suspension (Acoustic)
.::Jay Z + Beyonce, 7.15.14::.
Featuring the reigning King + Queen of basically everything, Beyonce + Jay Z’s On the Run was the experience I had expected it to be. This would be the first tour stateside since the release of her surprise fifth studio album. This also meant we spent months brimming with jealously directed towards the European Beyhive as they got the chance to listen to the newest album during their tour dates. However, the animosity wouldn’t last long with the announcement of the On The Run tour. Armed with current projects + their legendary catalogue of hits, the show was more like an epic party. The couple have created this perpetual buzz around them based on their staggering talent + with that, a devoted fan base that’s comprised of all different cultures + ages. This was apparent as my friends + I took our seats in our section. An excited woman turned to me + quickly said, “What’s your name because we are about to be friends!” Of course, I thought nothing of it because sometimes this is what happens at concerts. The couple from Charlotte in front of us then turned to our row + we debated after concert options. Later on, that same husband would turn to a new bestie behind him + instantaneously start hugging during Jay Z’s “On to the Next One.” Ladies + gentlemen, this is the power of Beyonce + Jay Z…turning strangers into lifelong friends with just a couple of notes.
As soon as the stadium went black around 8:55pm, screams erupted + camera phones immediately went bright waiting for the couple. Video montages then appeared of outlaws on the lam, committing crimes left + right with that familiar never say die attitude. They both appeared shrouded in light (like angels) + appropriately began the concert with “Bonnie + Clyde ’03.” There was intertwining of their respective hits throughout the show, often seamlessly as one would take the baton from the other. There was a focus on the latest projects for both though Jay Z went further back with songs such as “Hard Knock Life,” “Song Cry,” (the guys in the audience really seemed to feel this one) “On to the Next One,” “Big Pimpin,” + “IZZO (HOVA).” Mrs. Carter stopped by to add her flair during “Tom Ford” + “Holy Grail.” Of course, there were the performances everyone was waiting for including “Partition,” “Drunk in Love,” “***Flawless” that included all the dance moves, Sasha Fierce attitude, + amazing vocals to boot. There were some fun surprises including “Love on Top” remixed with Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” + a beautiful cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor.” The latter featured a sizable portion of the female audience in attendance singing along with her.
The last act featured pairings, including “Part II (On The Run)” + another surprise. The finale featured “Forever Young” mixed with “Halo” as we got a look at the current state of the Carters including appearances by a one Miss Blue Ivy (we even saw her face!). They both watched arm in arm with us probably reflecting upon how amazing they are just like everyone else was doing in the stadium.
Love on Top x Beyonce #Beyonce #OTR #Atlanta
On To The Next One x Jay Z #Ontothenextone #JayZ #OTR #Atlanta
Ever since their colossal remix of Tove Lo’s “Stay High” (which is actually more widespread than the original song), people seem to jump every time they see Hippie Sabotage name. The California brothers don’t take their remixes lightly, and they only drop them off very sparingly; however, when you do see a new Hippie remix surface on…
This remix = love.
Because Justin Timberlake #justintimberlake #charlotte #willtravelforthiskid (at Time Warner Cable Arena)
OctaHate x Ryn Weaver
This November, James Vincent McMorrow (+ his beautiful voice) is coming to the U.S. for a series of dates. Check out his website for more info.
Maybe x Teyana Taylor f/Yo Gotti + Pusha T
OutKast @ CounterPoint Music Festival, 4.27.14
Photo by Jovan Julien
Drunk in Love/Perth (Cover) x Sidewalk Chalk
This Chicago-based ensemble combines vocals + instrumentals into a unique sound that spans several genres. Check out their jazzy take on Beyonce’s latest hit above. More info on the group here.