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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Jay-Z Concert from MSG via FUSE TV

(Jay-Z returns to MSG on Fuse TV concert)

Jigga man returned once again to the venue he's rocked several times over including his farewell Fade to Black concert before his "retirement" several years ago. This time rapper Jay-Z was back to form as he performed his new album hits, opening the show with singer Alicia Keys to perform "Empire State of Mind" in boisterous fashion as both the rapper and R&B diva boldly belted out their verses and chorus. After the opening cut, Jay gave a shout-out to each borough of NY, with Brooklyn getting the loudest ovation as expected. The rap star then launched into "Where I'm From" off his second album. Jay's 3rd track was the "Brooklyn Go Hard" song from the Notorious movie, complete with pounding drumline and singer Santogold.

The crowd erupted in a "HO-VA" chant right after Jay finished, then launched into "PSA" from The Black Album. The stage featured full band as well as digital graphics backdrop which changed to mirror the various tracks. Jay's wifey Beyonce also took to the stage doing her thing as well complete with her own dance crew to back her up. Rapper/producer Pharrel also showed up for the concert to get on stage for "I Jus Wanna Love U".

The concert was the "Answer the Call" 9/11 charity concert Friday night at Madison Square Garden. All proceeds went to the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Fund. Tickets cost just $50 a pop, (inexpensive for a Jay-Z show). Apparently the show sold out in under a minute, and that's no surprise at that price. Jay-Z's newest album was also released on Friday 9/11, "The Blueprint 3" which has received lukewarm reception from critics and fans. Some praise the latest work, while others say it's too much like Kingdom Come. Regardless of how the album itself ranks, this particular live concert shows that Jay-Z still knows how to rock a crowd and put on one helluva show!

Watch Jay-Z's "Answer the Call" concert footage here!

Get Jay-Z Blueprint 3 lyrics here

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