Can New York City get an encore? Of course. On Saturday (July 20), Jay Z returned to a full house at Yankee Stadium for the second night in a row, along with co-headliner Justin Timberlake for their “Legends of the Summer” tour. Neither the heat, or threat of rain dampened the crowd’s energy during DJ Cassidy’s warm up set and when the two stars hit the stage they set off fireworks. Below, are our five favorite moments from the show.
Jay and Justin mashups: Both Hov and JT were allotted solo time during the show to perform their respective hits but after kicking off with “Holy Grail,” they blew our minds by melding the beats of songs like “Hov’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)” and “Rock Your Body” so smoothly that it all seemed to be a dream. Not to mention that watching Justin Timberlake kill his role as Jay-Z’s hype man on “Big Pimpin'” is one of those memories you don’t ever want to lose.
Role playing on “99 Problems”: The on-stage chemistry between Justin and Jay was undeniable, with them smoothly tossing back and forth to each other during the show, but Justin’s contributions to “99 Problems” really made the track come to life. JT put on his best screw face to rap the lyrics of the antagonizing cop, setting Jay up to make magic.
Justin Timberlake’s Sinatra moment: While Hov’s anthemic smash “Empire State of Mind” was bound to send the massive crowd at Yankee Stadium into fever pitch no matter what, Justin Timberlake’s assist on this one was a true home run. JT appeared on the far side of the stage, spotlight trained squarely on him, as he hit his best Frank Sinatra inflections on “New York, New York.” The solo ended when the beat dropped and Jay-Z began to spit his verses. Pandemonium.
Suit & Tie “toast:” The third, final and most elaborate outfit change of the night came in the final minutes of the show when both Justin and Hov threw on their suit jackets and loose bow ties, returning to the stage with their champagne flutes in hand. The “Legends of the Summer” sipped from their glasses as they matched each other in stride and energy, volleying back and forth on their hit single.
Trayvon Martin tribute: After attending a rally in honor of the slain Florida teen with his wife Beyonce in New York City on Saturday (July 20), Jay-Z closed the packed show by telling the crowd, “We’re gonna send this out to Trayvon Martin and his family,” before launching into The Blueprint 3′s “Young Forever.” Justin, of course, held down Mr. Hudson’s vocals on the track for the grand finale.