To commemorate reaching one million subscribers, Jay Z, the founder of Tidal music streaming, and a robust group of famous friends took over Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night (Oct. 20) for Tidal X.
Throughout the evening, each artist was given a small window to perform either a song or a handful of tracks, transitioning from one musician to the next and toggling between a main stage and an island centered in the middle of the arena.
The Tidal X performers all left the crowd wanting more. And with an all-star lineup squeezed into 3 hours it was no wonder Prince backed out of the performance as he can barely squeeze all his hits into his own 3 hour concert. In his defense: a Prince performance would have been like Shaquelle O’neil trying fit into one of Kevin Hart’s leather jackets.
In the night’s most poignant moment, Usher appeared to perform his new, Tidal-released single “Chains,” which addresses police brutality and racial injustice. Usher, German singer Bibi Bourelly, and a killer backing band decimated the stage, but the standout moment was Nas’ verse — his feud with Jay Z is long dead, but there’s still excitement in seeing the hip-hop legend perform at an event staged by his former rival.
Nicki Minaj kicked off her scorching set with “Truffle Butter” and “Moment 4 Life,” before tag teaming with Beyonce in “Feeling Myself”.
Beyoncé guested on “Holy Grail”
Jay Z and Beyoncé perform together but surprisingly they didn’t do their hit “Crazy in Love.” Instead the couple performed “Holy Grail,” the opening track off Jay’s 2013 album Magna Carta… Holy Grail that usually features vocals from Justin Timberlake but was substituted with Queen Bee.
Jay Z closed the evening with “Empire State of Mind”
“This is the Brooklyn I like to hear!” Jay remarked as he patrolled the Barclays Center stage. The Brooklyn native understood the gravity of the night — performing a benefit concert by the company he founded in the arena of which he once owned a part, all in the neighborhood where he began his self-proclaimed rags-to-riches story — and finished the festivities in the only way possible: a powerful rendition of the New York anthem “Empire State of Mind.”
Not only was the Tidal X a celebration and a way to thank subscribers for helping them achieve this milestone, it was a charity concert to raise money for the New World Foundation, an organization rooted in a long tradition of advancing an ever-expanding view of civil rights in America.
Above are the families of victims of police brutality.
Click here to watch full show on Tidal
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