Hov swoops to Buffalo on Magna Carter World Tour - VIDEO
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • September 06, 2013 @ 11:36am
Jan. 30 is deep within the bowels of Buffalo’s winter. The bleak days of February—when there’s precious few hours of daylight—still lurk ominously in the future, and seasonal depression begins to rear its ugly head.
Don’t fret though, Buffalo. Worldwide rap icon Jay Z, whose brand now extends far beyond the hip-hop realm, has scheduled a trip to the First Niagara Center for Jan. 30 as part of the North American leg of his Magna Carter World Tour.
Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $125, and they go on sale on Sept. 12.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Jay Z announced his tour dates roughly an hour after Kanye West detailed his Yeezus Tour—maybe an attempt to thieve some attention from who many consider to be hip-hop’s new king (or maybe to respond to a Kanye diss—you never know with Jay Z).
Nicknamed “Hova,” Jay Z has recently toured with Justin Timberlake—bopping over to Toronto in July—and after spending September and October around the world, Jay Z will return with Kendrick Lamar to the Queen City. Lamar most recently headlined UB’s Spring Fest in April.
Touring in support of his 12th studio album—“Magna Carta Holy Grail”—Jay Z reflects on the hazards of fame. After all, Hov’s most recent album has already gone double-platinum, he’s sold his stock of the Brooklyn Nets in order to focus on his new hobby as an agent for NBA players, he’s hanging out in Spain with Beyonce, his wife, and their child, and .
According to Forbes.com’s Ruth Blatt, the perils of popularity are ever-present. (Must be tough to have that problem!)
Jay Z’s song [“Holy Grail”] brings up the hazards of success. But he doesn’t stop there. He steps back and looks at his problems in perspective. “Why you mad / Take the good with the bad / Don’t throw that baby out with the bath water / You’re still alive.” Which is why “Holy Grail” isn’t about how difficult it is to be successful, but how hard it is not to lose yourself in your success, to adapt to it, and to appreciate its benefits.
When Billboard.com reviewed “Magna Carta Holy Grail” in a detailed track-by-track piece, author Jeff Rosenthal criticized Jay Z for being too “safe” with his album. Here’s a snippet:
Jay’s trying to be a lot of things to all people, as one does when as big as he is. And while it’s unfair to measure Jay against others, we’re living in a world where Yeezus has risen, and it feels like Jay’s dipping a toe rather than fully diving in. When Kanye is heaving bombs from across the court, you can’t clap so loud when Jay lobs lay-ups.That’s not to say it’s not good - it is - sometimes you just want to see some sweat.