On The Run Tour: Queen B & Jay Z

A few days ago I made an impulse decision to see Jay Z and Beyonce in concert. I had been wanting to go since I found out they were touring together but I wasn’t sure how I would get to New Jersey and if I would be allowed to spend a lot of money on a ticket.

When my roommate Callie said she got a ticket and I conveniently found a seat directly in front of her I felt like it was fate. I bought my ticket online and didn’t look back (or at my bank account).

The ‘On The Run Tour’ concert was last Friday in East Rutherford, New Jersey in the MetLife Stadium. It was a bit of a trek to get there but I would travel great lengths to see Jay Z and Beyoncé in concert. We were running late and grabbed a smoothie and salad on our way down to the subway. We had to go from the subway, to the train station, then to a tram just to get out to the stadium.

We ended up missing the first train so we flew through Penn Station to catch the next one. A little nervous that we didn’t buy tickets, we hopped on the train and found some seats. I began to eat my gourmet meal on my lap but only got five bites into it before I had had enough. It was one of the strangest salads I had ever had and it’s probably because it was from a juice place that specializes in smoothies, only. It was some sort of kelp salad with carrots and other weird stringy ingredients. I was too excited to eat anyways, I was about to see Beyonce, the queen herself, in concert!

photo 5Callie nor I realized that the concert was being held in a football stadium. She thought it was at an area in NY and I just didn’t put two and two together when I read MetLife Stadium because I wasn’t familiar with it. Turns out, its the stadium that the Giants and Jets play in, which is pretty freaking cool.

Our seats were in the upper level but weren’t bad for last minute purchases under $200. It felt like it took a year for them to come out on stage but when they finally did it was amazing. They entered together in killer outfits and just stood in the middle of the stage with the fiercest looks on their face. The first song they sang was “Bonnie & Clyde” which got the entire arena pumped for the concert.

photo 2The concert was unreal and was like three concerts in one because I got to hear only Beyonce songs, only Jay Z songs, as well songs they’ve done together. It ranged from “Single Ladies“, to “Big Pimpin“, to “Drunk In Love.” It was everything from pop to rap and from the early 2000s to music that is currently playing on the radio. In other words, it was everything I ever wanted and more.

photo 3I came to two grand conclusions from the concert. One, Beyonce is the most beautiful human being ever and can sing and dance like no one I’ve ever met and two, as much as it breaks my heart to say, Jay Z and Beyonce are definitely getting divorced. They hardly interacted on stage and my friends and I were convinced that the songs they played were very carefully selected and arranged by one another. Beyonce would sing, “But I’ll be damned if I see another chick on your arm” then right after Jay Z would sing, “I’m on to the next one, on to the next one.” Beyonce also sang “If I Were A Boy” after Jay Z’s “99 Problems.” The entire time I just got the feeling that it was one “screw you” song after another.

Try watching this clip from the concert for more proof. I’ve never heard the song but all it is is Beyonce straight calling Jay Z out for cheating. She also changed the lyrics from “been ridin’ with you for six years” to twelve years, which is the exact amount of time they’ve been together. Fast forward to about 3 minutes and you will see exactly what I mean.

photo 4The stadium lit up for “Forever Young”

Overall though, the concert was absolutely amazing and I would go to it every night if I could. Beyonce really is the queen and even though I’m bitter toward Jay Z, for cheating on Beyonce, I still love him and his music.

Beyonce and Jay Z please don’t get divorced because you guys are the best power couple I have ever witnessed and I love the two of you together. Just stay together for Blue Ivy, and me.

On my walk out of the stadium I realized I had seen five huge artists perform within 24 hours. And people wonder why I want to permanently live in New York so badly.

NG

 

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Braving Brooklyn

Last Thursday night at the Cine Magic Riverfront StudiosSamsung celebrated the launch of Milk Music’s new streaming music service and partnership with ADD52. Signing up for the event, I didn’t really know what to expect. All that I was told about it was that the event would feature a showcase of musical performances by up-and-coming artists through the ADD52 program and an exciting A-list headlining performance. One of my bosses informed me that Passion Pit was rumored to play but I had no way of knowing for sure. Either way, I was excited to check it out!

image001The invite

Getting to the event was a bit stressful because I left my apartment 20 minutes before the event was set to begin only to realize that it was being held in Brooklyn. On my way there I considered turning around and going home because as we crossed over the bridge into Brooklyn things began to look a little sketchy. I thought I was in the wrong place until we pulled up to a building with a slew of people outside and flashing blue, pink, green and yellow lights. I checked in with the press, was given a wrist band and walked on in. I was pretty nervous because I had no idea what to expect. To enter I walked under a light up circle entrance which then led me into a room that resembled a basketball court, with gratified walls and headphone stations. My first thought was, holy shit I am really in Brooklyn now. It was one of those ‘Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’ moments.

photo 2As I continued farther down the room I eventually ended up in a huge warehouse-like space that housed a stage, two open bars, more headphone stations, and servers with champagne and appetizers. I watched three performances by Tayyib Ali, 3D Na’Tee, and Love Dollhouse and I promise I didn’t just make up those names, they are real believe it or not. They all are ADD52 artists who Russell Simmons has taken under his wing. His publicist described them to me as his “babies”. They were interesting performances to say the least. My favorite was 3D Na’Tee’s, though she was a little hardcore, but I mean after all she is a rapper. I got to meet Russell Simmons and take a picture of him for Guest of a Guest’s website. He was very friendly and animated. He reminded me of a nice, hip, not ready to be a grandpa, but still a grandpa, kind of guy. photo 3Russell Simmons

Out of no where a group of drummers came marching into the room singing and dancing and drumming up a storm. They opened up a side of the wall that turned into an enormous door and had everyone follow them outside. We were led down a winding path, lined with huge colorful balls of light, and then into another gigantic open studio room. Inside there was a big stage with bright lights flashing everywhere, a huge open bar with a beautiful view of the city all lit up, and a roped off VIP section.

photo 5photo 6Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind made a short speech on stage before releasing the never before seen commercial for Milk Music’s ad-free radio service. Then Niykee Heaton kicked off the performances with her single “Bad Intentions“. I had no idea who she was or that she was known, but I quickly learned that every guy knew her and loved her, even the guy who I wanted to love me.

photo 10Niykee Heaton

For her next song she brought a rapper on stage to sing with her. I knew he must have been famous because the crowd went crazy but I didn’t know who he was because I’m not good at identifying rappers by their faces, I only know their music. He went on to sing a few songs by himself, but because he was singing songs like “Mercy” and “I Don’t Like”, that I know Kanye West sing, I couldn’t figure out who he was and I wasn’t even sure if he was famous anymore.

photo 13Turns out, this mysterious rapper was indeed famous and he was actually Pusha T. When I discovered it later that night while lying in bed I felt really stupid. It makes sense though because he is featured in all those songs, just not the main rapper. 

I had a similar experience when the next artist came on stage. The first song he sang was “Simple Things“, which I am currently obsessed with, but I thought that because he wasn’t introduced and I wasn’t told Miguel would be at the event, that it couldn’t really be Miguel. When he went on to play “Adorn” I freaked out and immediately pulled out my phone to Google search Miguel. When the images loaded I found myself looking at a picture of the man standing six feet in front of me. I’m a huge Miguel fan so the fact that I was watching a surprise performance by him seemed unreal.

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Miguel

It was very upsetting when Miguel left the stage, and my secret crush (that was standing next to me) left to go to the bar. Everything was made better though when Passion Pit entered the stage.

I had a front row view of Passion Pit’s performance. I had some how weaseled my way up to the front of the stage. They were great in concert but, at the time, my mind was elsewhere. I was scanning the room looking for the group of 6’foot tall guys who all looked like beautiful models.

photo 29photo 26Passion Pit

I still can’t understand it but for some odd reason, at the time, I thought it would be a good idea to leave 20 minutes early. Turns out it wasn’t a good idea because all I did was leave to go home and get in bed which was way less exciting than listening to Passion Pit. Also, it turns out that my crush looked like a model because he is a model. Also missed out on that one. So, I have a few regrets from the night but I cannot complain because overall it an awesome night!

NG