Thursday, April 17, 2008

Huge Pimpin'

I read something recently about the loudmouthed Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame saying Jay Z shouldn’t be headlining Glastonbury this summer because the headliner should be more “guitar based.” I think it’s safe to say that if he was anywhere near the Hollywood Bowl last night he’d prolly change his mind.

Whitney and I hit the big Mary J. Blige and Jay Z show at the Bowl last night and it was crazy good. Oh yeah, and it ended with the best fireworks show I’ve ever seen that, from what I’ve read this morning, put the LA Philharmonic’s 4th of July show to shame. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

MJB came on first and Jigga joined her to lay down a little “Can’t knock the hustle” together before leaving her to do her thing for an hour and half of a lot of hits but sadly a few too many new tunes. Whitney’s done a good job of educating me on the back catalog but I don’t really know them new tunes. Seemed like a lot of people didn’t judging from folks sittin’ down. But damn if she ain’t the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

Rather than take a legit break after Mary's set, his HOVA-ness just hit the stage and proceeded to lay down the law with brute force. He dropped bomb after bomb, all blasting from one of the most amazing stage sets I’ve seen since Daft Punk: “Izzo (HOVA)”, “Jigga what, Jigga who”, “Dirt off your shoulder”, “Can I get a…”, “99 problems”, “Big Pimpin’”, “Encore”—you name it.

There were shout-outs to Tupac and Biggie, some Bush hating, and even an Obama lovefest that made you wonder how the guy could possibly lose. Curiously, he brushed his shoulder off today too, if you caught that. I’ve never seen the Bowl so full of people: the aisles, the walkways, the side parts, the parking lot, the street, pretty much everywhere there were people they were livin’ it up. That guy’s a force to be reckoned with. It’s no wonder he’s an empire.

Oh, did I mention there were fireworks during the final song when MJB came back out to close it down with Jay Z? ‘Cause there were.

Now, when I say these were fireworks I’m not just talking about some chintzy county fair lobbers. I’m talking designer fireworks. The type that don’t necessarily blossom so much as they defy your expectations of what fireworks can do. It was like the entire band shell was on fire. It was like daytime out there I tell ya. And just when you thought they were over they unleashed more. And then still more.

From what I’ve read, they apparently pulled out all the stops as this was the first time either of them had played the Bowl. Boy did they. That and fire season hasn’t started yet.

We’ll see if the Kanye "Glow in the Dark" fest on Monday can top it. Could be a tight race from what I hear.

Quote of the night from guy sitting next to us: "Man, this is some venue." Perhaps he'd not heard of the Hollywood Bowl before. Who knows.


Blogger krr said...

When did you become all hip hop and shit?

10:23 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Since Jay Z and Mary J Blige started playing the Hollywood Bowl. You can't miss that shit!

11:27 PM  
Blogger krr said...

I see. You're so LA.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

You would have gone too if you were here!

4:40 PM  
Blogger krr said...

I would have gone if it was FREE. I mean, I did see Britney, 98°, Jessica Simpson, etc for free back in the teen mag days.

7:45 AM  

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