On Tuesday (Oct 20.), the Barclays Center served as the proverbial playground for a slew of marquee artists ready to perform for JAY Z’s Tidal X Concert. With JAY Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, & Lil Wayne spearheading the star-studded event, fans were overwhelmed by the immense talent that swarmed the arena.
After reaching one million subscribers on Tidal, JAY Z enlisted some of his celebrity friends to celebrate his monumental feat. To kick things off, Tidal’s Rising acts consisting of Alessia Cara, Hit-Boy, Justine Skye, Bas, Benjamin Booker, and Flatbush Zombies injected doses of nostalgia to a crowd feverishly waiting for the big names to hit the stage.
The 19-year-old Alessia Cara crushed her performance. With her single “Here” continuing to crescendo on Billboard, she definitely exuded a great deal of showmanship and range with her performance. Flatbush Zombies also did an amazing job repping their hometown of Brooklyn and keeping the crowd engaged.
As the night progressed, the bigger names began flooding the stages. Fans gushed at the sight of T.I. once his anthemic record, “About The Money” blared through the speakers. Sadly, the ATL star only performed that one record while assisting his protege Young Dro on his single “We in Da City.” Fans quickly became vexed because artists like Usher, Nick Jonas, and Vic Mensa only performed one record each. Baffled by the artists’ short window, many jeered at the lack of entertainment they were receiving.
As annoyance quickly pervaded the building, things changed once Meek Mill’s “Dreams & Nightmares” intro started playing. Donning a red skully and jacket, Meek walked on-stage and began rapping his classic record. Dismay escaped and smiles returned as Meek proceeded to bring out his mentor Rick Ross for their record “I’m a Boss.” Ross was well-received and kept the momentum going when he brought out French Montana and DJ Khaled. The tandem of Ross and Montana performed “Stay Scheming” sans Drake, and then French proceeded to perform several of his cuts, including “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’,” “Ocho Cinco,” and “Off the Rip.”
Fans were elated by the handful of records Ross and Montana were able to perform. After that, DJ Cipha Sounds kept the party rocking with a scintillating 15-minute set consisting of club bangers. “Swag Surfin'”, “F*ck Up Some Commas,” and “Energy” were some of the records that Sounds blasted to spike the energy of the crowd. Then, Brooklyn’s very own, Fabolous made his way onto the stage and performed “Lituation.” Though the crowd did enjoy his performance, things really escalated when he performed “Brooklyn” because he did the unthinkable.
To everyone’s surprise, Fabulous brought out JAY Z—who wasn’t expected to come out so early—to rap his verse from the 2007 cut. Enthralled by the sight of Hov, fans quickly threw up their Roc signs to signify their allegiance. JAY fed off the energy of the crowd and performed more records, most notably “Where I’m From” and “You Don’t Know.” The surprises didn’t stop there. As JAY jumped into his next track “Hello Brooklyn,” Lil Wayne leaped on-stage to rap his throwback verse. At this point, the fans were at the hands of the artists and were willing to oblige to anything. A super-engerized Wayne performed “No Worries” and left the stage for his artist Nicki Minaj to take over.
In terms of performances, Nicki Minaj toppled her male contemporaries. She delivered sharp performances of “Truffle Butter,” “Moment For Life,” and her Beyonce-assisted record “Feeling Myself.” When Beyoncé walked on-stage to give Nicki a helping hand for their infectious collaboration, the venue erupted. Girls clamored for more from Beyoncé in hopes that she would dip deep into her illustrious catalog and provide her fans with a sampler. Instead, Beyoncé provided a mesmerizing performance over JAY Z’s “Holy Grail” and allowed her husband to conclude the show with “Empire State of Mind.”
Even though fans weren’t able to fully enjoy the performances because of the time constraints, JAY Z’s star power and influence proved to be impeccable, as he was able to bring in grade A artists to appease his loyal fanbase.
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