Jay Z showed what he’s made of on Friday, Sept. 11. He performed to a sold-out crowd at Madison Gardens for his “Answer the Call” concert, which paid tribute to the police officers and firefighters who died responding to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Having seen Jigga perform last year, I was digging the performance even on TV.
The 911 Benefit Concert raised over 1 million dollars for the families & victims of the 911 World Trade Center attacks. Special guest performers included Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Pharrell, Diddy, John Mayer, Kid Cudi and Mary J. Blige.
The star-studded performances were amazing. Mary J. Blige, the queen of hip hop, performance made me Reminisce of 90′s hip hop, while John Mayer rocked out on his electric guitar making us all want to “get that dirt off your shoulder.” Beyonce dominated the stage with her swagger filled performance proving that she’s a Diva and the list goes on an on.
Jay performed over 30 songs from his repertoire. He had a song for everyone. Going as far back as 1996 to current (not everyone can say that they have 11 albums under their belt). It’s amazing to me that he remembers the lyrics from all of his songs! And not just remember them, but bring the swag that only Jay-Z can deliver.
My fav performance of the night would have to be “Run This Town” featuring Kanye West, Jay Z, and Rihana. The radio doesn’t give this song justice. The energy behind this song made me want to jump to my feet! The entire concert was insane from the sofa, so I can’t imagine what it was like in person.
During the 2 hour show, Jay held a moment of silence and made this touching statement, “They believed they would weaken us. They were sorely mistaken. We stand here tonight even stronger.”
One thing is for sure, The Roc is definately in the building!