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December 17, 2011 at 9:16am

LIVE REVIEW: Jay Z & Kanye West - The Throne Tour

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Tacoma doesn't get many victories. So, when something big comes to the Tacoma Dome and Seattle and the rest of the state has to come here, it's a win for us. There is no more Kingdome, so "The Dome" finally does refer to our house. We've seen Lady Gaga, Brittany Spears, and now  -- last night - the Watch the Throne Tour with Jay-Z and Kanye West. 

For argument's sake I'll say Jay-Z and Kanye West are considered by many to be the biggest rappers alive. So what kind of tour and show could these two put together? Is it worth $20? $100? Absolutely nothing? Well, here's what I experienced.

The city was celebrating the arrival of the two behemoths. On my way to the show -- I shit you not - I heard people bumping Jay-Z with their windows down. Mind you it was dark, 6:30 p.m., and I was still on S 9th and M.L.K.

I arrived upon a sort of modern-day hip-hop side-show carnival. There were street-preachers, B-Boys, signature gatherers, the Save Our Sonics Guy, voter-registration booths and scalpers galore.

The ticket said the show started at 7:30 p.m. It did not. It started at 9:15 p.m. Who was the opening act, you ask? THERE WAS NONE. So I just drank $7 beers and walked around playing "Spot the Local-Rapper."

At long last the lights flashed and the show began. There were two stages and parts of the stages raised and lowered - at times the two rappers were a couple stories in the air. Behind the stage on big walls and on the platforms there were different projected images throughout the night. In the air, above the crowd, were lasers and smoke. Pyrotechnics shot big-ass fire balls from the stage up into the air and from the ceiling down toward the crowd. I could feel the heat from the flames reach my seat. A huge American Flag came down from the ceiling when "Otis" dropped.

Jay and Kanye went back and forth for two hours and 45 minutes. They never took a break. They barely took a breather. The two mixed their hits interchangeably throughout the set, and both stayed up there together often. In the end I felt truly entertained. The two showmen did deliver.

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IntuiSEAN said on Dec. 17, 2011 at 12:32pm

Did any one notice mrs. Jigga in the building?

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TacomaJustin said on Dec. 17, 2011 at 2:04pm

The show was more than likely delayed by issues fitting both of their egos inside the dome.

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Josh Rizeberg said on Dec. 17, 2011 at 8:34pm

Believe me, I would've loved to see Beyonce but I didn't nor did I hear anyone chattering 'bout seeing her there.

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steph said on Dec. 17, 2011 at 9:04pm

The concert itself was amazing. I love J. Kanye I think took it too far when he was gonna kick that whle row out for a business card thrown on stage. Luckily hova did great crowd control. Next we need to get TI to seattle!

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Ron said on Dec. 17, 2011 at 9:17pm

Its common for musicians to play late.
Often times they do it for the fans who can't get there on time because of commitments like work or being stuck in traffic.

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Bari said on Dec. 19, 2011 at 2:06am

Best. Show. Ever. I didn't even care that they started 1.5 hrs late and no one else seemed to, either, cuz we were all so hyped to see these two legends! We just drank and made new friends. I've never been to Tacoma but I must say, the crowd was amazing! From the first row to the very last, every single person was jumping and puttin' diamonds in the air...it was a beautiful thing! They did over 36 songs...that shhh cray! And Kanye's little stunt was but a bump in the road...but I have a correction, he wanted to put the whole SECTION out...yeah, right! There would have been a riot, glad my boy Jay kept it movin'!

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Josh Rizeberg said on Dec. 19, 2011 at 8:50am

Here's the Kanye/Business-card incident, www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhod2XvXzXeXQ861M3

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therodt said on Dec. 19, 2011 at 1:30pm

That show was pretty amazing. Even thought the Tacoma dome is not really set up for it but they rocked it. I really enjoyed it and was worth the hassle i had with tickets and prices

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