“Roc-A-Fella Team Reunites at Jay-Z B-Sides Concert”
If you weren’t a subscriber to Jay-Z’s streaming app, Tidal, you definitely missed out on a special treat. On Saturday night, Jay-Z held a concert titled “Jay-Z’s B-Sides” that live-streamed exclusively on Tidal. The concert set-list was a product of playlists created by Tidal subscribers that consisted of classic hits that Jay had either never performed live or tracks that he hadn’t performed live in over a decade. Subscribers that created the winning playlists were rewarded with free tickets to the show, which was held at Terminal 5 in New York.
The show opened up with the “Dynasty Intro” to set the tone. Jay went on to perform a total of 46 songs, which included a freestyle that addressed Tidal backlash and police brutality and hits from way back when he was rhyming in oversized jerseys and navy blue bandanas. Hov also took a minute to pay tribute to the late B.B. King.:
"We just lost a legend. As you see, we're playing hip-hop, we're playing rock, we're playing blues. I mean, hip-hop incorporates all that shit. It's only music, it's all music; wejust use different instruments"
"We lost a legend, B.B. King. And I just wanted to play something for him real quick, just to give him a moment of silence. You can put your lighter in the air, you can put your hand in the air. Just stand there and let's get one moment of silence," he continues before playing a snippet of “The Thrill is Gone” by King.
There was much speculation about whether or not Beyoncé, or anyone for that matter, would make an appearance, but I’m almost certain that no one expected a complete Roc-A-Fella reunion to take place. Right when Hov was in the midst of performing “You, Me, Him, and Her,” Memphis Bleek, Hov’sformer right hand man appeared on the stage. Of course, the crowd when absolutely crazy, as it’s been years since we’ve seen the two on stage together. Okay, so we got Bleek and Jay on stage. Together. Nothing could be better than this, right? Wrong. As Bleek was finishing up his verse, out came State Property.The reunion was quite a monumental moment as there have been years of tension, dispute, and bad blood, but it’s safe to say that all of that has been laid to rest. There were even a few “thug tears” shed by Memphis Bleek, and Beanie Sigel even captioned the Instagram photo of he and Hov hugging with “Damn near cried...”
Jay-Z ended the show with “PSA,” in which he performed with his entire squad on stage, along with new signee Vic Mensa. He was also joined by Young Jeezy and Jay Electronica earlier in the show.
You can catch the entire concert in HD here: https://youtu.be/eKr7dw7RalQ