Thursday, November 8, 2007

Jigga What?

Last night, i had the opportunity to attend the "sold out in under a minute" jay-z american gangster concert. Needless to say, it was amazing. It was one of those things that you just HAVE to do if you are able. First of all, the house of blues chicago is the best venue to see a concert. There isn't a bad seat in the house, it is very intimate, and they sell less than 2,000 tickets, so the crowd is never too crowded or crazy. Of course, big names like jay-z always come with a large sticker price, but i couldn't put a price on seeing an artist who's music reminds me of my tender years through jr. high, high school, college... okay...his lyrics are not the most moral and ethically pleasing... but i don't think anyone can deny his lyric ability...the man doesn't ever write his lyrics down! He literally goes in a studio... makes up music and lyrics on the spot... remembers them... then makes another song....there is something quite genius about that..... As the concert progressed, his song selections vividly brought me back to so many different memories of my life... songs like:

"Big pimpin" (me and my older brother watching videos all day, summers in san antonio)

"Hard knock life" (heard for the first time while on the phone chatting with my biggest crush in high school, Brannon)

"Girls, Girls, Girls" (my all-time favorite jay-z song, heard countless times on a drive back to georgia, with micah, thanksgiving break, freshman year)

I can't do that with many artists... but he is definitely one of them....