With a lengthy setlist, Kanye's
planned unpredictable moments of ad-lib and notable wardrobe choices, the Watch The Throne tour has proven to live up to the hype and be worth the earlier delays. By all accounts of the show—including our own—the encore exists as the epitome of the two-hour spectacle, a showcase for two heavyweights who can get away with playing the same song ("Ni--as In Paris") three times, one of whom is diplomatic enough to share a moment of fan appreciation on the quintessential finale anthem "Encore" with his little brother. What feud? Anyone lucky enough to be in the nosebleeds has reason to brag, but those in attendance at New York's Madison Square Garden on Monday night are probably walking a little taller today, having witnessed a never-ending succession of hits that has yet to be topped on Throne stops thus far.
"These people don't wanna go home, 'Ye," Jay-Z explained after their normal four-song encore. What followed looked like a casual hangout between two friends, just goofing off and trading song choices back and forth. The Black Album's "Lucifer" was quickly interrupted by West, disapproving boos be damned, before Jay urged the DJ to "drop something." Because when you're Jay and 'Ye, you can just gesture to your hired help and have an entire 20,000-seat arena in the palm on your hands, even when it's approaching 12 a.m. on a school night. This led to "Money Ain't A Thang," with Yeezy playing the part of Jermaine Dupri, followed by a rapturous audience participation-heavy version of "Can I Get A..." Sadly, Brett Ratner still has some place in the pop culture lexicon. No one seemed to care that Kanye was a little fuzzy on some of his own lyrics, as he made minds explode by going deep into The College Dropout with "Get 'Em High." And as fans prepared to hunker down and camp out in the Garden for the night, the two had a brief pow-wow with the DJ before final track "Why I Love You," rationalizing that they can't leave without proper exit music. It's the least the MSG crew could do, really.
Watch the insane crowd reaction to the night's third "Ni--as In Paris," followed by the impromptu jam session below.