On Saturday, Jay-Z capped a remarkable run of shows to open Brooklyn's Barclays Center with a performance that was live-streamed online just in case any future NBA free agents weren't aware yet of who their team's owner is.
All kidding aside, the show was absolutely incredible. 'Hova played everything (save tracks from "Watch the Throne"), Beyonce did not look like what normal human beings look like after they have a kid, and the crowd was loud and knew every word to every song—even the deep Reasonable Doubt era jams.
3:45: An intro video showing important dates in Brooklyn history (including, naturally, the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Nets), culminating in Jay-Z opening with his Marcy Projects anthem "Where I'm From"
16:45: Blueprint standout track "U Don't Know." This is when his band really starts to shine.
23:40 - 35:30: Unreal four straight songs, including two of the best from The Black Album: "99 Problems," "Run This Town," "On to the Next One," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder."
43:10: Beyonce, baby. Take note of the moment during "Crazy in Love" when Jay-Z gets away with slapping her butt.
1:06:50: He finally takes a break to talk to the audience for a bit, pointing out specific people in the crowd to thank them for knowing every word/dancing along with him. Is he bullshitting when he says he can notice this? I have no clue. I do know, though, that all 19,000 people are hoping he'll specifically mention them.
1:14:10: Concert closer "Encore." But we're, of course, not really done.
1:28:15: "H to the Izzo," and then "Jigga What, Jigga Who," which features one of the fastest raps Jay-Z has ever done on an album. Keep in mind, he's on his eighth straight show, is in his 40s, and is an hour-and-a-half into his set. He raps every single word.
1:44:00: Beyonce comes back to sing Mr. Hudson's verse from "Forever Young." As a closer, it's a sappy choice, but we're not complaining.
And with that we're done. Brooklyn, he went hard.