Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Beyonce & Jay-Z’s On The Run II concert in Bey’s hometown of Texas and I’m not sure when my edges will grow back. Beyonce snatched them and they’re somewhere blowing in the tumbleweed at NRG stadium. If you know me, you know that I’m a fan of both Jay & Bey, truthfully, I was a fan of Jay-Z first. How crazy is that right? I attended my first Jay-Z concert solo in 2010 Madison Square Garden in New York City, and it was nothing short of amazing. The love the hometown had for the kid from Marcy was inspiring. I mean, he is the greatest rapper alive. *shrugs*
Fast forward a few years, Beyonce fever hit. For years I denied the greatness of Beyonce. I was blinded by loyalty to the other members of Destiny’s Child. I was mad the other girls got kicked out the group and I blamed Matthew and by extension Bey. As a teen, I grew up rocking the DC hits. The first and second albums, “Destiny’s Child” and “Writings On The Wall” were the soundtracks to my LIFE! I was devasted when the group split. I was BIG mad! Somehow I found my way back to reality and reconciled my love for Beyonce and we’ve been besties in my head ever since!
So, how was #OTRII, did it live up to the hype, was it better than #OTRI. How was it getting to see Queen B show up and out for her hometown? Let’s just say H-Town got love for the queen! Uh, uh, hunty! It was a show for the ages. It was everything you’d expect from two of the biggest entertainers in the world, who just happen to be married and madly in love with each other. I’ve seen JAY-Z six times in concert, Beyoncé five and each show eclipses the previous, this was the mother of all shows. I was unsure if I could be blown away, but those visuals, those vocals, those bars, those outfits, those transitions, that lighting, that moving stage, THE Club Carter section, epic! How does one have a moving stage and create a certified club atmosphere at a concert?
Someone asked me what was my favourite part of On The Run, and while there were so many memorable moments, like Beyonce,?? my favourite moments were seeing so many beautiful black people on that stage. From the dancers to the backup singers, musicians, it was a beautiful gift to the culture. At a time where diversity is lacking and oh so necessary, The Carters were able to celebrate us!
If you’ve never seen Beyonce in concert, do yourself a favour, go witness the greatest entertainer of our generation in action! #ISaidWhatISaid You won’t regret it.