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Jay Z ‘turns up’ Atlanta’s Philips Arena

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Jay Z sure knows how to get the crowd hyped. Atlanta loves Jay Z and from the sound of it, the Brooklyn-bred rapper and music mogul returns the affection. “I’ve been looking forward to this date since they announced the tour. We’ve been in L.A., we’ve been in Houston, but Atlanta is one of those special dates tonight,” he says before his nearly two-hour performance. Atlanta’s very own finest in hip-hop showed him that southern hospitality like Cee Lo Green, 2 Chainz, The-Dream and Young Jeezy by coming out. Jay Z had his own entourage of supporters in tow: Beyoncé and producer Timbaland, who manned the keyboard as he performed the all-time classic “Big Pimpin'”, “U Don’t Know,”  “On to the Next One,” “Picasso Baby,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”,  “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” “Encore,” “[Brothers] in Paris,” and on and on.

Sporting a snapback by Trapstar  – one of the UK’s leading urban/youth culture labels where he recently became a partner – Mr. Carter was dressed in all black. He owned the stage dressed in an ornate, custom leather jacket until he disrobed down to a signature Tom Ford tee, a gold medallion and cargo pants. Concert-goers were captivated by the “Empire State of Mind” rapper who reminded them that he’s true to his fans before leaving the stage.

(Photos by Robin Lori for Steed Media Service)

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