Jay-Z and Kanye West at BankAtlantic Center, November 14

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" Tour
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise
Monday, November 14, 2011

For a slide show from the concert, click here.

Better than: The "Best of Both Worlds" tour.

Jay-Z got pulled over in Sunrise, Florida, on Monday night. Fortunately, the rap mogul and the eventual father of Beyoncé's child kept a cool head under a Yankees cap that had a brim made out of some sort of dead animal and talked his way out of the situation. The infraction? "Doin' 55 in a 54," according to the arresting officer, who looked to be part of some Roman goth secret police based upon his outfit -- a leather fustan around his waist, tight black pants, a dark jacket that appeared to have a swirls of oil paint on it, and black high-tops with glow-in-the-dark soles. If there's any doubt what was going on, Hova and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" tour washed the BankAtlantic Center's mouth out with luxurious soap last night.

Between the two rap legends, Jay-Z is far-and-above the better performer. He's got the supreme rap catalog at his fingertips, and even as a 41-year-old, he's still got the "Big Pimpin'" breath control and stamina to go it alone onstage without a hype man. "On to the Next One," which was the 26th song of the relentless night, proved his dominance. Far from being Jay-Z's most popular single -- that statue goes to "Empire State of Mind" in spades -- the rapper hoisted "On To" onto another plateau by, one, literally standing on a giant green cube slowly rising skyward with his silhouette projected on its sides, and, two, delivering the song's message of constant innovation over a booming Swizz Beatz track like he was doing work on something new as we watched.
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Photo by Sayre Berman
But the great ones can only be great by surrounding themselves with other greats. Watch the Throne, as a concept, an album, and a tour, could have happened only with Kanye West playing cop on "99 Problems" and running through his sterling-silver collection of songs so that Jay could get an extra breath. It's Kanye West who loves making elaborate stage diagrams -- in this case, a pair of LED-covered cubes that could rise high enough to give folks in the nosebleeds a proper view and more lasers than a Catherine Zeta-Jones movie -- and it's Kanye West who loves putting things like birds of prey flying majestically on two Times Square-sized HD monitors behind the main stage, as he did to hilarious effect during "Touch the Sky."

Seeing these two interact onstage was a little like a couple of sparring partners in dramatically different weight classes. Here are "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" and "PSA":

Location Info


BB&T Center

1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL

Category: Music

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