The Norman Transcript

Local news

December 19, 2013

Jay Z brings 'Magna Carter' tour to Oklahoma

Iconic rapper puts on two hour show at the Chesapeake

OKLAHOMA CITY — To say Shawn Corey Carter (Jay-Z) has won in life would be an understatement.

To travel from the streets of New York to become a Grammy winner, CEO, entrepreneur, philanthropist, friend to President Barack Obama and husband to Beyonce, he has definitely made his mark in his 44 years on this earth.

In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter’s net worth at nearly $500 million.

Despite the various hats Jay-Z now wears, he is still first and foremost a rapper. And he showed that Wednesday when he made a stop at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the Magna Carter World Tour.

“I’ve heard legend of how loud it gets in Oklahoma City,” Jay-Z told the sellout crowd. “My man Kevin Durant is here tonight. He told me y’all are loud as (stuff). I told him we shall see. We are about to have a legendary night in here tonight.”

For the most part, Jay Z kept his word. Despite not taking the stage until almost 9:30 p.m., it took a little bit for the crowd to really get into the show. Many were still trying to make it to their seats. So the start had a disjointed feel to it. That included Durant and most of the members of the Oklahoma City Thunder who caused just as much of a hysteria when they took their seats in the section in front of the stage.

But by the time Jay-Z got to his latest hit, “Holy Grail” off the Magna Carter album, everyone was on their feet and it stayed that way for the rest of the night.

Unlike most acts that have performed at The Peake this year, Jay Z didn’t have an opening act, a crew of dancers or any other side shows. Dressed in all black and white, it was just Jay Z, his band and a microphone on stage. It was a very old school approach that his fans engulfed.

“Let’s take this night to another level,” Jay Z said. “I still think we can take it to another level. Y’all want to take it to another level in here tonight?”

That led right into his performance of “99 Problems,” which had his fan base going wild.

Jay Z took one break during the entire night. This allowed Timbaland to shine. Perched on one of the high risers, he went through a melody of songs he has produced from artists such as Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliot and Aaliyah.

Since Jay Z has been around since the mid-90s, his catalog of songs is seemingly infinite. That allowed him to move from one album to another throughout the night. But he got his biggest reactions from the fans anytime he did performed anything from Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blue Print (2001), The Black Album (2003).

“I need a little confusion in here,” Jay Z said. “It’s too clean. The isles are clean. I need some people in the isles. I need some dancing and (stuff). I need a little chaos. Y’all are being too polite in here tonight. Hey security, stand down. It’s OK. They paid a lot of money for these tickets. If you want to stand in your seat, you do what you got to do to make sure you have a great time tonight. Every body in the isle. Stand on your seats. Let’s do this right.”

After almost an hour and a half, Jay Z said good-bye as he walked off the darkened stage. But the fans weren’t fooled. They knew he would be coming back for more. He bolted back on stage to his song “Encore.”

The last half hour of the show included him stopping the music and giving several shoutouts to fans he noticed who had really been into the his performance or had on unique clothing. He gave them all a little camera time.

“A special shout out to my man KD in the building (KD is part of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency),” Jay-Z said. “I told him when he walked into the room, this is my building tonight. He said slow down.”

Then, just when you thought it was over, Jay had one last song left in him. He dedicated “Forever Young” to the late Nelson Mandela and asked for everyone in the arena to bring out their cell phones and lighters.

“No matter how many Grammies; no matter how many No. 1 record, nothing beats this sort of feeling right here,” Jay Z said. “I love this. I appreciate every single person in this building. I will never get jaded. I will never get tired of this feeling.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Nova Pettigrew Music community bands together to raise money for 2-year-old’s battle with rare form of cancer

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coaches Luncheon Mixon question off-limits at coaches luncheon

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived Wednesday at Journey Church....

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mixon will not participate in practice

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today. Freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there. The school announced the decision Wednesday night....

    July 31, 2014

  • Sales tax-free weekend set to begin this weekend

    When stores open Friday morning, shoppers may be waiting. Oklahoma’s annual sales tax holiday is slated to run this weekend with the special exemption beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ending at midnight on Sunday....

    July 31, 2014

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Randall Lee Sherrill, 34, possession of juvenile pornography · Dewey Leon Kinsey, 37, possession of controlled dangerous ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Tuesday: · 12:14 a.m. burglary report, 3000 block of Pheasant Run Road · 5:58 a.m. larceny report, 3900 block of Journey Parkway · 6:52 a.m. larceny report, 2600 block of ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Candle ruled as cause of house fire

    Slaughterville Fire Department extinguished a structure fire seconds after responding to the call around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at 10701 Maguire Road....

    July 31, 2014

  • Sam Noble museum welcomes Oklahoma Storytellers

    From Sept. 19-21, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History visitors can share their museum experiences with StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing stories of people from all ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Nova Pettigrew Deli plans benefit Thursday night for young cancer patient

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then crawling.
    Pettigrew had never heard of RMS, a rare form of cancer that affects nerves and has hampered Nova’s ability to move, but almost immediately, when doctors at OU Children’s Hospital started intense rounds of chemo, he quit his job to be by his daughter’s side.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo