After hours of waiting patiently at our seats, the lights shut off at the Air Canada Centre. From the darkness, an instrumental interlude can be heard emanating from the stage. This alone is enough to send the crowd into a frenzy. I’ve been waiting my whole life for the moment to see Jay-Z and/or Kanye West live in concert, and here I was, seconds away from getting to see them both at the same time. As the lights come on, we see Kanye West and Jay-Z, facing each other from opposing platforms. As their platforms slowly rise, the beat to H.A.M. blares through the sound system. As the crowd cheers in approval, I mutter to myself, “Of all their songs they could have started with, they had to start with the one I hate the most.”
Would that statement be indicative of my feelings towards the rest of the show? Thankfully, no. I watched the throne, and it was a beautiful sight to see.
Shortly after performing my least favourite song off of Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West made it up to me by performing my most favourite song off that same album, “Who Gon Stop Me“. It was a nice touch to have Jay-Z finish off that song acapella, which was a great way to show off his insane flow on that track.
While this was the Watch the Throne tour, most of the show wasn’t focused on songs from that album. Instead, much of the stage time was devoted to Jay-Z and Kanye West performing their solo hits. As a huge fan of their solo works, it was awesome to see them do an incredible job performing all of their hits I love. Extra kudos to Jay-Z for digging a bit deep into his discography to perform “U Don’t Know” and “Public Service Announcment”, which are some of my all-time favourite songs of his. Kanye shined on his own as well throughout, particularly with his “Auto-Tune” section of the concert, even though those songs aren’t necessarily my favourites.
On stage together, whether it be for a Watch the Throne song or one of their previous collaborations, their chemistry and showmanship was top-notch. If you came into this not knowing that they weren’t a group from the beginning, you wouldn’t have guessed otherwise.
For a concert that was 2.5 hours, Jay-Z and Kanye West put on an amazing show from beginning to end, even if I hate the song “H.A.M.”. To be fair, they did a great job of performing that one, too, despite my personal distaste in the song itself. I had a blast at the show, and based on the amount of cheering, dancing and rapping along I saw, the rest of the crowd on hand felt the same way.