Miami: Last stop for JT and Jay-Z tour
Akilah Laster | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.
If any musical titans could bring South Floridians out on a swelteringly summer night, it would be legendary rapper Jay-Z and the the blue-eyed teenage heartthrob turned platinum solo artist, Justin Timberlake, for the culmination of their 14-city Legends of the Summer tour.
On a massive stage, framed by two larger-than-life monitors, the two prolific performers emerged to showcase an array of number one singles from more than a decade (two decades for Jay-Z) including hits from their 2013 album releases, Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta-Holy Grail. Both peaked at number one on the Billboard charts.
Commencing with the number one collaborative rap single “Holy Grail” by Jay-Z amidst the back drop of red lights and black and white images of Alexandros de Antioch’s statue, Venus de Milo, the crowd instinctively stood, flailing their arms in sync with the beat and the harmonic voice of Timberlake. That segued into a hit from JT’s early solo days, “Rock Your Body,” that moved back and forth between with Jay-Z’s party hit, “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it to Me).”
As the ping pong match of each artist’s hits rhythmically bounced into the next and JT gracefully glided across the stage, the audience was treated with surprise performances by Miami’s own Timbaland and Rick Ross who was accompanied by Jigga. Perhaps the most moving moment of the concert was a salute to the late Trayvon Martin, prompted by Jay-Z against the back drop of his melodic single “Young Forever” from his Blueprint 3 album.