By Rob Markman
When out on tour, traveling city to city, you got to play to the crowd and really get the people going. For New Yorkers a live rendition of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” should do the trick or when in Chicago Kanye West’s “Homecoming” will go over quite nicely. But when the Throne hit the stage in Paris, France on Friday and Saturday fans will be looking for one song and one song only: “N—as in Paris.”
“That may be the only song we do for the night,” Jay-Z joked to MTV News with his usual Jay-Z giggle. “That’s it, just a set list.” It may sound far-fetched, but considering that he and Yeezy dropped their ubiquitous hit multiple times during their North American tour, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Throne breaks a performance record for “N—as in Paris.” The duo rocked the song a whopping 11 times during their Vancouver, Canada, concert back in December.
The popularity of their catchy single isn’t the most surprising thing to Hov though. Jigga seems more jazzed at the number of folks who were traveling from the U.S. to France to see him and ‘Ye rock the mic. ” ‘Paris’ in Paris is gonna be insane. Everyone is traveling over there. I don’t know how we’re gonna fit everyone in this building,” the God MC told us back on May 14 when he was in Philadelphia to announce his Made in America music festival. “Every day another person comes up to me like, ‘Yo, I’ll see you in Paris,’ and they’re from here, they’re from all over the States. So I don’t know, I’m expecting a zoo in Paris.”
Famous friends like Spike Lee have been tweeting about the pilgrimage. “I’m About To Take Off From JFK With A Planeload Of Black Folks To See Kanye/Jay-Z Do N—as In Paris In Paris, France,” the “Do the Right Thing” director wrote on Thursday before takeoff.
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