JAYZ Gets Deep Into '4:44' on Tour's KickOff Concert in Anaheim, Calif.
publish date: 2017-10-28
"I need your energy tonight, Anaheim." That was JAY-Z's humble request as the rap icon launched his 4:44 Tour on Friday night (Oct. 27) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
And over the course of 90 minutes, Jay proceeded to rock the jam-packed venue from the rafters to the floor while internalizing a continuous stream of fans' cheers and "Hova" chants.
Those hoping for a generous helping of tracks from his critically acclaimed 4:44 album got their wish. From the start, as eight giant video screens flashed various images of the rapper that later burst into flames, the man himself dove right in with the album's opening track, "Kill Jay-Z."
Holding court on an octagon-shaped stage set in the middle of the Honda Center with the aforementioned screens suspended overhead, Jay performed more than half of the songs that comprise 4:44. In addition to the title track ("This song is so real; it's difficult for me to perform"), the selections included "Bam," "Family Feud," "The Story of O.J." and "Marcy Me."
As he strolled around the perimeter of the 360-degree stage, he weaved in a diverse array of selections from his career catalog. Among the flow master's string of choice cuts and perennials: "Oceans," "Heart of the City," "Run This Town," "Fuck With Me," "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Beach is Better," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," "Allure," "Hard Knock Life" and "Empire State of Mind."