Jay Z and Kanye West’ s Watch the Throne Concert
Who knew the same song over and over again would become the highlight of the night, bringing more excitement and energy with each run?
An undeniable stage chemistry, accompanied by extra bright colourful lights, an over the top performance and enough energy to light up the whole of London, this live show was far more than just a concert.
Neither strangers to the stage, both rappers have toured the world successfully as solo acts, with Jay Z offering an orchestral-abetted extravaganza at many a shows, and Kanye performing live with athletic dancers and three-act structures in previous shows. This tour was somehow different. A three piece band barely visible amongst the bright lights, two dudes flowing back to back,’ Watch the Throne’ did not need any extra effects to add to it.
Kicking off the show with “H.A.M.” , the arena was plunged into darkness with the only visible light coming from people waving their mobile phones. Halfway through the song, the two finally emerge from opposite sides of the stage facing off against each other on what looked like rising tower blocks.
The co-headlining equality of the double bill is unmistakable throughout the show, with collaborative portions mixed with solo performances from each as they blow their way through an impressive catalogue of hits. Jay-Z belting popular hits such as “99 Problems”, “Hard Knock Life” as well as the pop smash “Empire State of Mind,” while West graced the stage with tracks such as“Stronger,” roll out “Jesus Walks,” and blast off “All Of The Lights”.
Forty songs performed in two full hours, each a formidable presence on their own, both artists successfully demonstrated why they both dominate the charts year after year. With critics stating how the collaborative album does not boast their best work, there is no doubt that as they embark on a worldwide tour, with such energy and stage presence, that wont seem to matter. With the deliverance of the face off, chemistry showing us they are having fun, engaging the audience as well as playing their individual hits, Watch the Throne is certainly a concert not to be missed.