Saturday, September 22 was my first time at the Rose Bowl, and oh what an introduction. My love and I were on our way to see Beyonce and Jay-Z for On The Run II. For OTR, I neither had a bae or money to attend, so I saw it on HBO, like a lot of people. When I later found out from a source they were recording this stop for a new HBO special, I was stoked. No, I wasn’t front row so I wouldn’t be able to see myself on HBO (at least not yet), but I was just happy to be a part of the magic. And magical and spectacular it was.  This was my first time seeing Jay, but 6th time seeing Bey- so I knew I was in for a treat either way. I usually skip the openers unless I like them, and there was NO way I was going to miss my girls Chloe and Halle. They sounded flawless live, and their set list was great. The show started about 15 minutes early, but I didn’t mind because I knew it was going to be a long but wonderful night. I had no idea DJ Khaled was on the tour, so that was a fun surprise- he brought out a lot of LA people, along with one of my personal faves, Big Sean. Khaled’s set was dope and got the crowd hype, although I lowkey wished he had brought out his son Asahd.  By this time, the whole stadium was packed, and surprisingly we didn’t have to wait long for them to start their two and a half hour set. Yes, you read right- TWO AND A HALF HOURS OF PERFORMANCE FROM TWO OF THE BEST TO EVER DO IT. Beyonce was looking like a full meal and snack with every new look and outfit change.  Jay had on some swaggy ensembles as well, a very well dressed couple. And the show was electrifying to say the least. I finally got to witness the classics I’ve always wanted to hear live with the both of them: “Part II (On The Run)”, “Upgrade U”, and of course “Crazy In Love” are a few that come to mind. Contrary to some of the audience, I was rocking to the Jay-Z hits- it was dope to see him do his songs on stage by himself. My lifelong wish of hearing “Beach Is Better” and “Big Pimpin” live came true, and I was li-ving.  Hearing the songs off of “Everything Is Love” was, well everything. I especially loved how we thought the concert was over and then they did “Apeshit”. I think that was literally the best song to end on. The crowd’s energy was so amazing, and we all went wild in the stadium. Seeing them perform for two and a half hours was incredible, they definitely outlasted most of the audience. I noticed a lot of people sitting during Jay’s set (either from residual shade from the cheating scandal or just to conserve energy for Bey) but the crowd’s overall energy stayed throughout the entire night.  Beyonce still stands as one of the best performers of all times, and she showed her ass on Resentment. Those notes and those runs… Lawd. Even the guy in front of me and my boyfriend had to turn back to him and say “She’s good man, I ain’t even gone to lie.” She’s more than good, but I knew what he meant. He too is a believer now. You can’t deny that woman anything, and she will continue to step on our necks and collect our coins. I’m not mad at all sis, keep doing the damn thing.  I am so happy I got to witness this union and the love they share for each other on stage. And even more, I am glad I got to see Beyonce twice this year. I would say it was a good year for both me and Bey. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Saturday, September 22 was my first time at the Rose Bowl, and oh what an introduction. My love and I were on our way to see Beyonce and Jay-Z for On The Run II. For OTR, I neither had a bae or money to attend, so I saw it on HBO, like a lot of people. When I later found out from a source they were recording this stop for a new HBO special, I was stoked. No, I wasn’t front row so I wouldn’t be able to see myself on HBO (at least not yet), but I was just happy to be a part of the magic. And magical and spectacular it was.

This was my first time seeing Jay, but 6th time seeing Bey- so I knew I was in for a treat either way. I usually skip the openers unless I like them, and there was NO way I was going to miss my girls Chloe and Halle. They sounded flawless live, and their set list was great. The show started about 15 minutes early, but I didn’t mind because I knew it was going to be a long but wonderful night. I had no idea DJ Khaled was on the tour, so that was a fun surprise- he brought out a lot of LA people, along with one of my personal faves, Big Sean. Khaled’s set was dope and got the crowd hype, although I lowkey wished he had brought out his son Asahd.

By this time, the whole stadium was packed, and surprisingly we didn’t have to wait long for them to start their two and a half hour set. Yes, you read right- TWO AND A HALF HOURS OF PERFORMANCE FROM TWO OF THE BEST TO EVER DO IT. Beyonce was looking like a full meal and snack with every new look and outfit change. Jay had on some swaggy ensembles as well, a very well dressed couple. And the show was electrifying to say the least. I finally got to witness the classics I’ve always wanted to hear live with the both of them: “Part II (On The Run)”, “Upgrade U”, and of course “Crazy In Love” are a few that come to mind. Contrary to some of the audience, I was rocking to the Jay-Z hits- it was dope to see him do his songs on stage by himself. My lifelong wish of hearing “Beach Is Better” and “Big Pimpin” live came true, and I was li-ving.

Hearing the songs off of “Everything Is Love” was, well everything. I especially loved how we thought the concert was over and then they did “Apeshit”. I think that was literally the best song to end on. The crowd’s energy was so amazing, and we all went wild in the stadium. Seeing them perform for two and a half hours was incredible, they definitely outlasted most of the audience. I noticed a lot of people sitting during Jay’s set (either from residual shade from the cheating scandal or just to conserve energy for Bey) but the crowd’s overall energy stayed throughout the entire night.

Beyonce still stands as one of the best performers of all times, and she showed her ass on Resentment. Those notes and those runs… Lawd. Even the guy in front of me and my boyfriend had to turn back to him and say “She’s good man, I ain’t even gone to lie.” She’s more than good, but I knew what he meant. He too is a believer now. You can’t deny that woman anything, and she will continue to step on our necks and collect our coins. I’m not mad at all sis, keep doing the damn thing.

I am so happy I got to witness this union and the love they share for each other on stage. And even more, I am glad I got to see Beyonce twice this year. I would say it was a good year for both me and Bey. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

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Le Dirty Computer Tour

The beautiful Janelle Monae blessed Los Angeles with her presence at the Greek Theater on Thursday, June 28 and it was everything. The opener was St. Beauty, which I know of, but admittedly forgot to brush up on their discography before the concert. But they sounded good and were Gorgeous. The show started at 7:30pm, and a little bit after 9pm we heard Dirty Computer blasting from the speakers. We saw footage of the Emotion Picture, and then we saw the woman herself. She came out sounding like BUTTER.

She got right into the tracks on DC, but after Django Jane (throne included), she got into some of her classics. She did her popular songs like Queen, Tightrope, and my favorite- Primetime. I desperately wanted Miguel to come out to make a great night perfect, but instead her guitarist blew us away with an incredible guitar solo. He came out a few times that night, but it was magical when he paid homage to Prince at the end of Primetime. After that, JM came out with the iconic pussy pants for Pynk, and we all lived. By this time, she mixed up the order for the rest of the album. During Make Me Feel, she threw in a little mix of James Brown and did her notable funky dance moves to it. When she did Don't Judge Me (one of my top 3), it brought tears to my eyes. It is such a beautiful song, and to hear it with live strings and instrumentation, it almost felt like I had an out of body experience during that song.

With all of the jams in the mix, there was still realness in that show. She talked about loving who you want, being who you want, being proud to be different, gay rights, black issues, immigrant issues, and loving and being kind to each other in between her songs. I even saw some homies (Kamau, etc.) in her b-roll footage during one of the Black Lives Matter marches in DC sponsored by NBUF (National Black United Front), and that really hit home for me. She did a touching encore of So Afraid and Americans, and although there is SO much going on in the world right now (and the pain I hear and feel in the songs), I walked away feeling so hopeful.

Her performance was fun to watch, and the crowd's energy was nothing short of amazing. The crowd can sometimes make or break shows, but there was so much love in the air, it was one big Dirty Computer family. The love we all felt at that show that night definitely helped us feel less alone, and oddly enough, unafraid.

P.S. Such a great way to end my birthday month, shout out to bae for blessing us with these tickets <3