RECAP: #LegendsofTheSummer – Justin Timberlake + Jay Z

[Jay Z & Justin in NYC — Photo courtesy of ThisIs50.com]

Happy Friday!

Where, oh where do I begin.

Last night, I had the pleasure of rocking with the best at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland for the “Legends of the Summer” concert. I’m still so incredibly charged from last night’s performance, but I will do my best to keep this short and sweet.

What I Loved About The Show:

Without a doubt, the musicality of the show definitely impressed me the most. The band was completely electrifying from the jump, (shout out to those FINE brothas on the drums πŸ™‚ ) and really gave concert goers and live music enthusiasts like myself a well rounded experience. But I can’t speak just to the music — Justin and Jay did an amazing job keeping the crowd on their feet. The way Jay + Justin collaborated on certain songs (ex: the mashup of “Rock Your Body” + “I Just Wanna Love You”) was completely mind blowing; and while I had seen the set list prior to attending the show, hearing it live was a completely different experience. I think the support they gave one another was also awesome, and it was great to see Justin incorporated into some of Jay Z’s classic hits. And now for the ultimate stan moment: my dear Justin. For this being my first time seeing him live, I was absolutely blown away by his musical talent. Hopping from the piano, to the acoustic guitar, back to the piano and then jumping on the electric guitar– and singing at the same time, I was enthralled at how great of a performer he is. And while I would have LOVED to see him bust a few more moves, it was great to see him two stepping and pop-locking when he did. Additionally, Mr. Carter gave a great performance as well — really interacting with the audience and showing off his rapping skills to further support his claim as “The Best Rapper Alive”.

What I Thought Could Have Been Better:

While the overall collaboration of Justin + Jay Z was epic, after a while I felt like I was at two different concerts — which may have been the case for many attendees. As a fan of both artists, I did appreciate the solo time that each of them received. But it was almost as though I was on a musically inclined emotional roller coaster. I would be so hype from seeing JT and Jay perform together, and when they performed separately it was almost as if they took Β me on their own journeys. The beauty about music is that you can identify with it in many different ways, so I guess when I would become super invested in say Justin’s performance of “Until the End of Time”, Jay Z coming out on a different level to perform “Tom Ford” would trip me up a little bit. I would’ve appreciated more cohesive transitions (like the one from “Mirrors” to “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”) to keep the entire show in tact. And because their styles are different, I know that was probably a challenge, but for the most part they did a good job keeping the flow of the show going.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my “Legends of the Summer” concert experience — I danced, sang and jumped around to my heart’s content and had a really great time. I think the next step will definitely getting tickets to see Justin on his solo tour, especially since he will be releasing Part 2 of “The 20/20 Experience” at the end of September.

Did you have a chance to see the “Legends of the Summer” concert? If so, what did you think? Share you experience in the comments below.

Chasity

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