I’ve never been to a rap concert before. In the past, I’ve been to numerous R’n’B shows by artists like Ne-Yo, Jason Derulo and Trey Songz…but the Jay Z concert that I went to yesterday was in a different league.
Sitting VERY high up and at a slanted angle, I felt so small and insignificant in the immense O2 Arena. And yet, at the same time I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was a part of something legendary that night. I had something in common with every single person in that venue, all 20,000 of them! And that was a mutual admiration for Jay Z and good Hip Hop music. How often can you really say that? Sitting in a tube carriage on the London Underground, I rarely ever feel like I could possibly have anything in common with those sitting around me… so this experience was exhilarating! People of all different ages and races who I’d never thought would have even heard of the Hip Hop mogul were singing along, word for word, to ALL of his songs! It was amazing to witness! He truly is one of the most renowned Hip Hop legends of our time.
When the lights went down and he performed Forever Young, all I could see was a sea of tiny little white lights swaying to and fro: our mobile phones, which Jay Z instructed us to wave in the air for the duration of the song. It was like an indoor version of a starry night sky. Mesmerizing. Looking below and all around, I honestly felt like time had stopped. And I was in absolute awe. Everyone was singing the same lyrics in-sync; I was in a Hip Hop bubble that night.
High on energy… but I hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol… And I didn’t need to!
Most importantly, I was content to have shared this unique experience with the people that I love most in the world; two of my closest friends, who were grinning just as much as me and nudging each other and screaming every time Jay Z nonchalantly nodded towards our cluster of seats. And whenever he began one of his classic tunes like, H to the Izzo or Big Pimpin’, we remembered flashbacks from our youths, blasting such songs during the summer time… and this made us particularly rowdy! I’ve known them both since I was a child, so this was just another experience that we’ll look back on in years to come and add to the fat scrapbook of our friendship that’s already bursting at the seams!
It was truly an inexplicable feeling. So thank you Mr Carter, you entertained us well, do come back and visit us again soon 🙂