Helping to kick-off pre-show festivities, Power's DJ Clue spun records as the seats in the IZOD Center filled up, leading the way for DJ Kid Capri who welcomed D-Block. Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch
dished out hits including "Good Love," "Blow Your Mind", "Kiss Your Ass
Good-bye" and "Knock Yourself Out," along with a new untitled song.
superstar Ne-Yo followed, entering the stage with "Sexy Love,"
proceeded by a string records including "Miss Independent," "Go On
Girl," and "Closer." Surrounded by female dancers, the platinum-selling
singer gave fans a few unexpected appearances by telling the crowd more
hip-hop was needed and calling out Jada, Plies and Fabolous to help perform hits like "Bust It Baby" and "Make Me Better."
As Weezy's set was being prepared, hip-hop legend and Power 105.1 radio personality Marley Marl kept the energy moving throughout the arena spinning records.
himself off as the modest and utterly self-proclaimed "Greatest Rapper
Alive," Wayne ascended to the stage bowing in every possible corner of
his set to show appreciation to the crowd.
"I said, how y'all feeling tonight," Weezy asked the screaming crowd before heading in to his chart topping single "Mr. Carter."
fans of next week's election asking, "How many of y'all are registered
to vote," Weezy electrified the building joined by Young Money artist Mack Maine
for the smash hit "Got Money" along with other club bangers like
"Fireman," "Lollipop," "A Milli," "Misunderstood" and "Comfortable."
Weezy then rewarded fans a few unexpected guests which turned out to be
Bobby Valentino as they performed "Mrs. Officer" and Birdman who sang his verse from "Pop Bottles."
As he prepared to make his way out, Weezy took the time to pay his respect to a few deceased emcees saying "Rest in Peace" to Biggie Smalls, Big Pun, Jam Master Jay, Big L and Pimp C. Exiting the concert in grand fashion, the rapper made sure to thank fans for their support and played Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" pointing at audience members throughout the arena.
Giving fans the experience of a lifetime with DJ AM
and an eight member band fully equipped with saxophones, drums, piano,
and guitars, the "King of New York" made his way to the stage entering
to "Say Hello," which quickly became "They Don't Know" alongside Memphis Bleek.
Performing a seemingly endless
amount of records including "Can I Live," "Swagger Like Us," "Song
Cry," "Dirt Off Your Shoulders" and countless others, Jay reminded
fans of next week's election.
"How many people
in here registered to vote," he asked. "I ain't telling y'all what to
do, I'm telling y'all what I'm going to do. I'm going for Barack Obama, that's what I'm doing. This is one of the most important elections of our lives. Rosa Parks sat so Martin [Luther King Jr.] could walk. Martin walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly. Let's get fly tonight, New York City!!!"
the crowd by doing a few more songs and then thanking everyone by
exiting with the lights out, Jay spoke from back stage saying "Y'all
not ready to leave yet?" returning to the stage next to DJ AM and
scrolling through his laptop filled with hits offering fans short
verses from classics including "What We Do" and "Dead Presidents."
However, Jay's highlight came when he played Beyonce's "Single
Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" followed by his wife coming to the stage for
a quick dance performance before showing off her ring and leaving.
time to thank everyone for their support by going throughout the entire
arena and commenting on numerous fans' attire, Jay bid farewell and
exited the event.
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