I’ve been to so many shows that have been so great in so many ways that I’d pretty much given up on the idea that I’d ever be able to identify a single show as Best Ever. But all that changed last night: Jay Z’s Magna Carta World Tour stop at Barclays Center in Brooklyn was hands-down, no questions asked the best show I’ve ever seen. It had everything: Great music, performed exceptionally well. Artist so psyched to be there and so obviously enjoying himself on stage in such an unlikely venue — just a few blocks from where he grew up. Crowd so absurdly hyped up that half the place was on its feet an hour before the show started, singing along and dancing to the (phenomenal) DJ spinning old school hip hop tunes. And of course, the best live song ever. After seeing JT perform it twice at Yankee Stadium this summer and then again at Barclays Center in November, I’d declared “Mirrors” the best live song ever. But I was wrong. I’d forgotten about “Ni**as in Paris”. *That* is the best live song ever. Check out this insane video, and trust me that it you’re ever in a building with Jay Z and/or Kanye West performing this song, you too will be jumping up and down with your arms in the air, just completely and totally losing your mind. It’s impossible to resist.
Best show ever. Can’t wait to do it again tonight!