Jay Z treated longtime fans and Tidal subscribers to two exclusive B-Sides concerts over the weekend in an effort to promote his new music streaming service.
It was the Brooklyn MC’s first live performances since purchasing Tidal’s parent company, Aspiro, in March, and was only open to members of the service who created a Tidal playlist of songs and shared it on Twitter with the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ.
What made these concerts unique was the fact that Jay promised and delivered a set of songs he hasn’t performed in years or never performed at all – including classic cuts such as “Dynasty (Intro),” “Can I Live,” “Dead Presidents” and a host of other songs created in the early days of the Roc.
But in order to really re-capture the spirit of that time, he brought out Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel and Freeway – a few of the notable members of the Roc-A-Fella family – to perform fan favorites like “You, Me, Him and Her” and “What We Do.”
Young Jeezy and Jay Electronica also hit the stage, with Jeezy performing “Go Crazy” and “Who Dat,” and Electronica performing “Exhibit C” and “We Made It Freestyle.”
But one of the biggest takeaways from the event was Hov’s new, yet controversial freestyle in which he took shots at Youtube and music streaming rival Spotify, and addressed the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Freddie Gray.
Check out some of the photos from the weekend below.
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