Saturday, April 17, 2010

Jay-Z Live At Coachella Day 1 Concert Recap

(photo courtesy of Rodrigo Peña / Riverside Press Enterprise)

Show recap via the Desert Sun

Jay-Z closed out the Coachella festivities Friday night (April 16) to massive crowd of cheering fans.

“Dude, it’s Jay-Z; he practically owns hip hop,” said Jennifer Boehmke, 33, of Santa Monica while she anxiously waited for the rapper to hit the stage.

The Grammy-award winning artist opened his set by rising from the stage floor around 11.10 p.m. with smash hit “Run this Town,” from his eleventh studio album “The Blueprint 3.”

Songs that followed include the enormously popular single “Empire State of Mind,” in addition to “Big Pimpin’,” “99 Problems,” and “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).”

A short video clip featuring President Obama played before Jay-Z launched the song “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” roughly midway through his set.

Leading up to the festival, rumors suggested rapper Dr. Dre, would perform with Jay-Z, but the former N.W.A. member was nowhere to be seen. Dre’s unreleased single off his highly anticipated album “Detox” features the Coachella headliner.

Around 12:30 a.m., after several minutes of shout outs to the crowd, Jay-Z’s equally famous wife, R&B artist Beyonce Knowles joined him on stage for the ballad “Forever Young,” also from “The Blueprint 3.”

Jay Z completed his set around 12:45 a.m. with the song “Encore” while the crowd danced and shouted along with the music.

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