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Kanye West and Jay-Z – Watch The Throne in Stockholm

June 30, 2012

First thing, it was outstanding. Perfect. Yes, pretty close to perfect.

Fourth time I see Kanye and I said it probably would be the last. Now I doubt it.

It was about a month ago. If I hadn’t been there to experience it in person, I would have regretted it for the rest of my life, maybe. At least for a while.

So, it all started in 2008 when I went to my first Kanye concert in Bournemouth. His mother had just died and it was very emotional. It’s always very emotional with Kanye but that time it was special and he brought something extra, which wasn’t there the second or third time I saw him. A bit of humility, maybe.

Obviously, my little crush started with Through the Wire and it got deeper with Jesus Walks. College Drop-out was just great. I was listening to it back-to-back for a long time. It still is on my iPod. Late Registration was good. But I didn’t and I haven’t listened to it as much.

Fact is, there isn’t one bad Kanye album. They’re all good and some are great. Graduation was great. First concert and where I learned to like Stronger because it was so much better live. I wasn’t very fond of it before. Good Life, my favourite because it always makes me happy and wanting to jump. And when he performed Hey Mama… it had to be hard.

808 & Heartbreak was different as we all know, I guess. With the Auto-Tune. It got great with time and I listened to it a lot. Concert number two was at Wireless in Hyde Park. Actually, being outside, in the sunset, summer breeze, it was a great setting for that music.

Then Power, Monster and Runaway came from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which I never learned to remember so I just copied it from Wikipedia. I haven’t actually listened to it that much but the video to Runaway was beautiful. The long version. 32 minutes something. And the dancers wore the same costumes at the concert at Way Out West in Gothenburg.

Prince, who performed the night before, stole the show so Kanye kind of ended up in the shadow. I thought he was trying too hard, there were the controversies, his arrogance but I realised later that the performance wasn’t that bad. Just not as good as Prince.

My little crush, or big crush wasn’t as deep anymore. I was getting more annoyed. Watching the Throne was already in the making and I didn’t bother much. There was some hype about that Otis song. Didn’t care much.

It took me a long time to actually listen to the album after it was released. It was only when I heard rumours of the tour coming to Sweden that I thought, oh well let me listen to it then. February, March sometime.

And when I did, one late night, I thought, I listen to a few songs and the rest at another time. No, I just kept on listening until the end. Like reading a book cover to cover, not being able to put it down. Another great one. Amazing. Arrogant. Powerful. Very powerful with great beats and rhymes.

With those lyrics, the pressure was on. They had an obligation to deliver. My expectations before the concert were really high, and I was prepared to get disappointed. Prepared for it being the last time I see Kanye. Not so sure anymore.

Suddenly, after about a 45-minute-wait, me expecting a supporting act, the lights turned off and they started playing the beat to Niggas in Paris, which changed to H.A.M and the show was on. There was no supporting act. But they didn’t really need one. I had hoped for something British though.

Kanye and Jigga came standing on one platform each on each side of the arena. The platforms slowly started raising higher and higher. Them standing on their own throne, sort of.

They performed almost all the tracks on the album and many others too of their own stuff, taking turns performing by themselves. I liked that. It was better to have two rappers to look at than just one.

Jay-Z kept it old school. It was more about the rapping while with Kanye it was more about giving a good show. I liked the variety.

It’s quite obvious that I’m not much of a Jay-Z fan. Never understood the point of him having a farewell tour or show, or why anyone has it. Just to to do a come-back a few years later. Anyway, he’s done some good stuff throughout the years, I’ve enjoyed the singles, listened to a few of the albums and it was awesome to see him do Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Big Pimpin, 99 problems, Dirt Off Your Shoulder and some other ones.

And it was nice to see Kanye do all of his singles, pretty much all of them. He could have skipped a few but if he hadn’t done Good Life I would’ve been a little disappointed, so good for him. I’m crushing again.

I can’t really say that Kanye or Jay-Z was better than the other. Wouldn’t have liked to see any of them on their own at that moment. They’ll made a good duo.

All in all, it started off with the perfect songs H.A.M, Who Gon Stop Me and Otis. And it ended with the perfect song. Niggas in ‘Stockholm’. How many times did they repeat it? I lost count after three. They could have repeated it ten more times and I’d still go crazy each time, and so would the crowd. They definitely were in their zone.

There was so much energy from both, they went H.A.M for over two hours. Absolutely unforgettable. They even said it “You will remember this moment for the rest of your life,” and I will. I want to say that I think it was the best concert ever, I think it might be…

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My summer of music, and what a summer it was

September 13, 2011

Prince - Purple Rain - Way Out West 2011

Janelle Monae - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011 The Hives - crowd sitting down at Way Out West 2011

The Streets - Mike Skinner floating on the crowd

Kanye West performing Runaway - Way Out West 2011

Music is always better when it’s live and 2011 has been a big year for me. Earlier this year I saw Sade, Adele and Blackstreet. And this summer, which is now over or is it still late summer, has been filled with music. Music makes my world go round.

It started with Busy Signal in July. Two days at the festival Way Out West in mid August. A night of hip hop in late August.

Highlights

Waiting for Prince (I have seen Prince) to come on stage. An unbelievable moment to see a legend like him, even though I’m not a big fan. And when he played Purple Rain and the air was filled with purple confetti.

Wiz Khalifa’s energy and cuteness. And that he got the crowd dancing to a house track at the end leaving the stage without hardly anyone noticing because we were all dancing.

First Janelle Monae and then The Hives, both in black and white, getting the crowd to sit down.

Feeling like I was 15 again jumping to Swedish hiphopper Petter’s 90s hits. Så Klart, Vinden Har Vänt, Mikrofonkåt.

The Streets being on their last tour. Brits are among the funnest people. And why I love that country so much. Mike Skinner was great, fun, crazy, joking and telling off some guys in the crowd that were fighting.

Disappointments

Busy Signal should have come back out for an extra. Santigold excusing herself for having a cold. T-Pain.

Kanye West. My direct reaction was disappointment. He performed his hits, he talked a little bit and that was it. It was the third time I saw him so expectations were higher than they should be. But then it feels like he promises a lot and considering he was headlining…

In reflection he was all right. It was good but he should have come out for an extra number. Can’t be easy to perform the night after Prince. Runaway was his best of the night, very emotional. Til next time!

Prince - Way Out West 2011Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Janelle Monae - Way Out West 2011 The Hives - Way Out West 2011

Wiz Khalifa - Way Out West 2011T-Pain - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

MF Doom - Way Out West 2011Timbuktu  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Robyn - Way Out West 2011Tallest Man On Earth - Way Out West 2011

The Streets  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011Santigold - Way Out West 2011

Kanye West - Way Out West 2011Veronica Maggio and Petter  - Yes! Open Air - All Star Stockholm Festival, Stockholm 2011

Busy Signal - KB, Malmö 2011

A day in the park

July 19, 2009

It’s been two weeks now since I had a great day in the park. Listening to great, and not so great music. Watching people strolling along and dancing. Best thing, my almost 60-year-old mum was with me rocking it big time. We even made our way to the front at the end surviving the pushing.

Hyde Park – Wireless 2009 – Sunday 5 July

Best: Q-Tip

Worst: Limited space in the Second Stage tent

Weather was better than expected, even a bit too hot. So no mud. Gates opened at 12, I was there for about 1. Opening act was on at 2 but naturally late by 20-30min. Not bad. Young Yeezy was great, a lot of energy. I’m not a big fan so it was good that he did Usher’s Make Love in the Club, where he raps to get the crowd going and the first MJ tribute of the day.

Had a look at the Second Stage. MPHO from South Africa. Listened to one song. I definitely will have to explore her music further because it sounded good. Even heard her on Jo Whiley’s Radio 1 show the day after.

Back to the Main Stage for Noisettes. Missed the big hit Don’t Upset the Rythm but they were good, good performance. It’s a band? with a leading singer? whose name is Shingai Shoniwa. She was all over the place. Her beautiful, quite short dress ripped but the show must continue and she was still all over the place. A bit too much nonsense talk.

N-Dubz. Na Na Nii. They did their job. Nothing more, nothing less. Tinchy Stryder was around but didn’t help out when they did Number 1.

Got just in time to the Second Stage to see the end of Ironik’s performance. It was banging. Chipmunk who had been on just before was standing on the side and when he entered the stage again he stole the show. And when he went to greet the first row, all eyes were on him instead of on Ironik doing Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer).

Next on the Second Stage was Kid Cudi mostly famous for Day’N’Night. His stage presence wasn’t all that great. Listened a bit to Calvin Harris in the background who was made special guest. Don’t get it. Kelly Rowland was supposed to be there and it would have been a lot better to see her. Will have to wait for another time.

Got to see a bit of Diversity doing their Britain’s got Talent winning routine. Don’t know if they should have been there and on the Main Stage?

Back to the Second Stage to see Flo Rida they weren’t letting anymore people in until someone left. What a disappointment. And there were many other upset faces. Festival organisers, didn’t they understand that big acts should be on the bigger stage. Flo Rida vs. Aleesha Dixon. I was forced to see Aleesha.

I paid to be there and shouldn’t I be able to see and enjoy the singers that I like. No. Not a big fan of Aleesha’s music. Not very unique. Needs more of a personal touch. Liked the Misteeq bit and the grimey bits she did towards the end. She should incorporate that to her own stuff. She had a lot of energy though. Great performer.

So then, two acts left. Two big ones. Q-Tip. Kanye West. Made a squeeze towards the front. It’s bad being short. But there were some grumpy moody people, mostly girls. Pushing is to be expected so just deal with it and enjoy the show.

Q-Tip was my highlight of the night. Wearing a Michael Jackson red Thriller jacket he busted some dance moves. It was good to have a bit of old school in the house. Too bad not everyone appreciated it. Some teens in front shouted ‘who are ya, who are ya?’ Very embarrassing. One youngster behind asked another ‘do you know who he is?’ ‘No, neva heard him before.’ Sad, very sad. Hope they got home and did some googling.

The sun was setting and it was getting a bit chilly. Kanye’s stage was being set up. I was impressed. Didn’t expect that. Had seen a vlog entry beforehand with shiny golden rock like panels and a podium and the panorama screen behind as I had seen last time when I saw Kanye in Bournemouth. And it was all being set up.

I’m sorry but Mr West didn’t meet my expectations. He was good, really good. But seeing him once before, he was better that time (about 1,5 years ago). Obviously, it was before Heartbreak so the mood was different.

I think I just got a little bit bored of him standing on the podium throughout most of the show. The robotic gold-painted from top-to-toe models/dancers added to the decoration. Everything worked in synergy though, music, dancers, Kanye’s perfomance, the atmosphere, even the weather. The breeze came at the right time. It was all very emotional and powerful and that’s what 808s & Heartbreak is. And dark.

I was eager to see what Mr West was going to do with it, his new audio tune music. How he was going to work it. It worked. Maybe not what I like to see on stage, as I realised, but it worked.

Rhianna and Kanye West in Paranoid

June 3, 2009

It’s actually a cool video. Music videos aren’t what they used to be. Since they’re all on the Internet, I only see what I select and not what is shown on the music channels. The days when music channels were on in the background are long time gone and I don’t even have MTV anymore.

Anyway, so the rumour I heard about Rhianna and Kanye West being romantic with each other might have been made up from their video collaboration. True or false? As it is these days it can be enough with a cheek kiss, a smile and you in love, romantically involved.

I guess they would make a good couple, high profile. One beaten, one dumped. Just watch the video…

5 July, Hyde Park, Wireless festival, Kanye West is headlining and the rest of the line up is looking hot. I will be there so watch this space because I will probably have something to say.