Picture it….Atlanta….Philips Arena…. overpriced concessions and t-shirt vendors approaching every concert goer. I sat in the 300 section, a view that allowed me to see just about everything going on, from the LED light displays to the rows and rows of seats packing the arena. Jay-Z and Kanye West entered the arena only as incredibly as the grandiose rappers they are, could. Two stages, two rappers, beginning a concert only as incredibly as ever imagined. No one knew what to expect from the concert, what the rappers would perform, who they would bring to the stage. Kanye came to the stage first, wearing a kilt that seemed incredibly hot considering it was leather. Jay-Z appeared on the other side of the arena, looking at Kanye and then the two played H.A.M. and had the crowd get just as hype as the name of the track.
After the opening song, an American flag dropped and the crowd got one of the tracks that levitated the album to a different platform; Otis. The sweet melody of “Try A Little Tenderness” warmed up the crowd and the beat drops with flames exploding on both sides of the stage. The positive energy that was being shared on stage was truthfully contagious. The brotherhood that was shown between Jay-Z and Kanye was a joy to watch and the crowd enjoyed it even more. Through the concert, as the crowd expected a special guest to appear alongside the hip hop “dynamic duo,” there wasn’t, and that was ok. It was all I really needed, and it seemed as though that’s all the crowd really wanted. The most exciting thing about the concert was combination of old and new hits that propelled both of the rappers to super stardom. I couldn’t even contain myself, jumping up and down like a mad man, leaving some of the concert goers to my left and right a little frustrated, but after the hits were played, my reactions and craziness were contagious.
Throughout the show, the two incorporated a bunch of special effects, videos, LED lights, and moving stages (yes I said it, MOVING STAGES!) The concert had an expectation of something grand occurring, and I can truthfully say it was nothing short of legendary. There was even a play on women that the two performed some of their hits to that only you’ll have to see to believe. All in all, Watch the Throne was nothing short of epic, and I hope that you get the opportunity to catch Jay and ‘Ye on their tour of greatness.
Check out some of the images that I took below: