Is Jay-Z trying too hard?
Jay-Z is still big, big, big. He does everything in a big way, and this weekend’s 24-hour, 7-city “hangar” tour was no exception (watch clips here). The recently un-retired rapper started at 6 a.m. in Atlanta and ended — after stops in Philadelphia, D.C., Chicago (pictured), and Los Angeles — at 6 a.m. the next day, in Las Vegas.
At least his stamina is admirable. MTV News and the Associated Press accompanied him on the tour, revealing what fan turnout was like, what modes of transportation Jay-Z and Co. used (“cream-colored leather seats” were involved), and what the changing wardrobe looked like (in case you were wondering, variations on a theme: hoodies).
In a word, zzzzzz.
It seems as though people still love Jay-Z. They line up by the hundreds to see him at any hour of the day. (Then again, Ricky Martin fans still line up by the hundreds to see him, too.) Still, I have to wonder if the concertgoers and millions of others will buy Jay’s record. Maybe, but he just doesn’t do it for me anymore. There’s a lot less edge. The retirement thing felt so obvious, and the photo ops in Africa felt contrived. When you start performing with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, I say my goodbyes. It’s a little sad, but what can you do? Life’s like that sometimes. Jay, I wish you the best of luck.
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