44 Four’s

Props to clashic for the video. Check out more clips from last night here.


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88 Responses to “44 Four’s”

  1. 911 Says:

    Damn I neva been to a Hova Concert …but shit if it happen again the concert that is, I gotta find a way….not her boob some shadows and shit……but I do have a better pic when I…..yeah don’t worry bout that…GOOD LOOKIN RDL…1

  2. RDL Says:

    Correction it wasnt a bentley but a 96 Lexxus he stepped out of
    which of course makes sense lol

    http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/statusainthood/archives/2006/06/jayzs_reasonabl_1.php

    nice review and Beyonce definately did murder it! I really hope
    he releases a dvd or live cd cause shit sounded amazing

  3. hovadagod Says:

    the closest ive ever been at a concert was watching the fade to black dvd!

  4. Gumsy McDraw AKA Jibber Jabber Says:

    shanti good lookin’ out on tha http://mp30day.blogspot.com/ hook up!! Does any of y’all kno of any otha gud sites 2 dl shizznit frm? thx

  5. Nasir Says:

    i wont rest till your on one knee, you want war, then its war its gonna be
    ^^^^^^blueprint2z a hot song i no im a lil late lol

    MAN! is he wearing a dipsets sweater?
    ^^^^^^^fuckouttahea

    and wow at Bz wardrobe malfunction just WOW lol
    i wanna hear bz version of cant knock tha hustle tho
    wens tha dvd comin out? scream at me

  6. Nasir Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxwI2oj8dg8

  7. RDL Says:

    Gumsy McDraw AKA Jibber Jabber Says:
    Does any of y’all kno of any otha gud sites 2 dl shizznit frm? thx

    http://albumbase.com/ is a good site too
    u need to register but it only takes a second

  8. bary bonds Says:

    I hate to do it just as bad as you hate to see it done.
    History is written by the winners. Reasonable Doubt is a truly great debut album, but so is Doggystyle, and Snoop Dogg did exactly nothing to commemorate the tenth anniversary of its release. Illmatic is an absolute masterpiece, and I can’t imagine any situation in which Nas would get a chance to perform it with an orchestra behind him. The difference is that Jay-Z is a rare case: a rapper who made a great debut and then went on to live up to the potential it showed, both artistically and commercially, to the point where his success story has grown to absurd levels and he can hang out with Bill Clinton and Prince Charles and Bill Gates and shit, to the point where he’s modern royalty. In fact, Jay has grown to become such a massive public figure that Reasonable Doubt doesn’t really have all that much to do with what he is today, except that he still considers it his finest artistic achievement and brings it up in every interview. So he gets to have his own special night at Radio City to celebrate its anniversary, but it’s not really because of the album’s greatness; it’s because he does whatever he feels like and he felt like doing it. Still, it is a great album, and its stately elegance works perfectly with what Jay did at tonight’s show. Illmatic might be the better album, but “Halftime” would sound ridiculous if an orchestra played it. “Can I Live” doesn’t.
    Jay announced the show about three weeks ago, but I’m pretty sure he’d been planning it for a lot longer. Everything about the show was truly opulent and meticulously planned out. The venue itself had a lot to do with the big-event air; it’s nowhere near the size as his usual stomping grounds, but Radio City Music Hall looks simply breathtaking, to the point where I felt weird and out of place even being there, to the point where I was almost relieved to see a roach in the urinal before the show started. But then, the Roots played two shows there last month, and the one I saw was just OK, virtuosic as always but also messy and thrown-together and disapponting considering all the hype that went into it. And Radio City is famous for its sound, but the mix at the Roots show was muddy and indistict enough for me to be a bit nervous when ?uestlove was announced as the musical director for the show.
    I shouldn’t have worried. Jay is better at making entrances than any performer I’ve ever seen, and his introduction at this one may have even trumped the fake Oval Office and the forty-foot jets of flame from the I Declare War show last year. The show started with a not-brief-enough DJ set from Funkmaster Flex, who played a few seconds of about a million songs for maximum adrenaline effect, but that was really just to let people know they should find their seats. When the curtain came up, we were looking at a huge orchestra: nine horns, about thirty strings, a grand piano, ?uestlove, Just Blaze, a hot female conductor, a fucking harp. I tried to count the musicians onstage at one point, and it was around fifty. Jay came to the stage in a 96 Lexus. The whole orchestra wore matching blak tuxedos, but Jay wore a white one, and that is what we call attention to detail.
    Jay had said that he’d be doing Reasonable Doubt in its entirety, but he hadn’t said that he’d do them in order. He ended up coming up with a better idea: doing the songs in reverse, starting with “Regrets” and ending with “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” And it worked perfectly, keeping the album’s sense of arc but building up to an honest-to-God climax. Before the show, it was fun to speculate on how he’d put everything together: Would Al Pacino show up to do the Carlito’s Way skits? Who would do Biggie’s part on “Brooklyn’s Finest,” Guerilla Black? But one of the few real questions was whether Jay-Z’s mentors-turned-foes Jaz-O and Sauce Money would show up to do their verses on “Bring It On.” Sauce Money showed up, not really a surprise considering he’d been at the I Declare War show. Jaz-O didn’t, but it didn’t much matter. Memphis Bleek strained the night’s sartorial uniformity a bit by showing up wearing a goddam baseball cap with his black suit, but he made up for it by doing “The Come Up” almost as musical theatre, he and Jay facing each other at a forty-five degree angle and subtly acting out the lyrics. Foxy Brown, back from hearing-restoration surgery, ran out dressed like a gangster’s moll to do her verse from “Ain’t No Nigga,” and it was pretty great to see her again, even if she didn’t sound that great. “Obviously, the surgery was a success,” Jay said afterwards, but it wasn’t completely obvious, though it’s likely that she was just amped to be out in front of a crowd for the first time in a minute. Even if she’s not yet back on her A-game, you have to admire her courage in coming out like that. The big surprise, though, was Beyonce, who sang “Can’t Knock the Hustle” instead of Mary J. Blige and just murdered it, sounding even better than Mary. The Reasonable Doubt set ended with that song, and it was an ending worth building up to.
    But even so, the guests weren’t really all that important to the success of the show. Musically, Reasonable Doubt is a lush and restrained piece of work, and the orchestra sounded amazing playing this stuff, building the swells of the songs without cluttering up the beats too much. Occassionally, it would edge into Vegas territory (the pizzicato string plucks on “Cashmere Thoughts,” the too-wobbly bass on “Ain’t No Nigga”), but more often, they nailed their parts. The horn-stabs on “Can I Live” were some straight-up James Bond shit, and the extended big-band jazz-vamping at the end of “Feelin’ It” made perfect sense. When the beat of “D’Evils” switched to “Murder Was the Case” on the last verse, it somehow became even more epic. More importantly, the orchestra (Jay kept calling them the “Hustler Symphony Orchestra”) wasn’t there as stunt casting. It wasn’t like the violin players would just hit a couple of notes every song and let the DJ do the rest of the work; every instrument was fully integrated into the show. Even the harp.
    And Jay himself was magnificent. He barely talked between songs, just moving from one track to another fluidly. The night before, he’d done a warm-up show at the Nokia Theatre to iron out any kinks. I’d intentionally avoided reading any accounts of the show, but I’d been told it was alternately great and, um, not-great. But he never once fucked up or forgot his lyrics tonight. He’s a born showman, of course, Clintonian in his effortless charisma and fully capable of holding down a stage without ever depending on a hypeman. “Brooklyn’s Finest” made for an awkward situation, since there’s no real way to do a smooth and flawless live version of a song when that song is a back-and-forth tag team with a dead rapper. But Jay did it with a minumum of fuss, doing both his own parts and Biggie’s while footage of Biggie played on the screen behind him and ending everything with an old Biggie verse. The best part of the show, though, came after Jay did the first verse of “22 Two’s.” Instead of doing song’s second verse, he had the orchestra stop playing, and he debuted a new one: “44 Four’s,” a total jaw-dropping feat, the screen behind him counting up every “four.” If Jay is still writing verses like this, we’ve got even more reason to hope this fake-ass retirement doesn’t go on too long.
    So the Reasonable Doubt part of the show was truly dazzling, and it seemed a bit anticlimactic when he came back to the stage in street clothes a few minutes after “Can’t Knock the Hustle” ended. His second set was about a half-hour, almost all of it after Radio City’s 11:00 curfew. He had Memphis Bleek in tow and Just Blaze DJing, and he did the same set he’ll probably do in Poland or Ghana or wherever else he’s going on this world tour he just announced. After the Reasonable Doubt stuff, it was funny hearing Jay do some of his most crass and popular tracks: “Money Ain’t a Thing,” “Jigga My Nigga,” “I Just Wanna Love U.” He even did a few seconds of “Excuse Me Miss,” and I don’t know anyone who likes that song. But Jay-Z on autopilot is better than virtually every other rapper giving their best. And this second set included maybe the fucking amazing one-two punch “P.S.A.” seguing directly into “U Don’t Know” while slow-mo footage of Kurt Cobain trashing the stage at the 1992 VMAs played on the screens. That was a total goosebump moment, but Jay seems to come up with stuff like that in his sleep. When Jay finally decides to stop figuring out how to market Tru Life and goes back to being a full-time rapper, the world will be a better place.
    There were cameras all over the venue, and apparently they’re going to release a DVD of the show. You should maybe buy it.

  9. iceberg slim Says:

    sounds like a dam good show

  10. spotrusherz Says:

    “He even did a few seconds of “Excuse Me Miss,” and I don’t know anyone who likes that song.”

    it’s one of my favorite jigga songs

  11. hovadagod Says:

    yeah,i like the video of that song

  12. coldplayReggaetonslasher Says:

    ^yea that video was tight, I’ve had my excuse me miss elevator moments, with some random bad ass chicks, then the day dream ends, and I realize I dont have G4’s or Bentleys.

  13. Fred Kruger AKA Plug Industries Says:

    “What’s sad is I love you ’cause you’re my brother
    You traded your soul for riches” nas

    AFTER THINKIN ABOUT THIS I THINK THIS STATEMENT COULD BE TRUE. HE CHANGED HIS NAME TO J HOVA THE gOD.

    “This is Holly war
    I wet cha all with the Holly water”

    “Lift up your soul or give the Holly ghost please
    I leave ya in somebodys Catedrial”

    “And if you feel in my heart that i long for revenge
    Please blame it on the sun of the mournin”

    “Travellin Mach 5, barrelin, my power can stop God”

    “If you don’t give me heaven I’ll raise hell
    ‘Til it’s heaven” Jay z

    exodus 20
    5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

  14. Pipe Dream Says:

    hova = goat

  15. Fred Kruger AKA Plug Industries Says:

    sorry I’m on some biblical ish this mornin……

    Back to business….

  16. Shanti Says:

    damn that was a good recap from bary bonds

  17. Foekist - GUnit = ONYX, Animated Aktaz Says:

    *spots bary bonds post*
    *stares at bary, while turning his torso to the right,in Plug’s direction*
    *Plug pulls out travel size baby powder out of his Carhart hoodie*
    *sprinkles power in Foekist’s hands*
    *continues staring at bonds*

  18. Fred Kruger AKA Plug Industries Says:

    Somebody do a recap on barry bonds recap.

    Foe if you dont do it I will

  19. young vito Says:

    niggas wake up on my dick eat some breakfast first

    signed
    jayz

  20. Foekist - GUnit = ONYX, Animated Aktaz Says:

    ga head, Plug…

  21. Gumsy McDraw AKA Jibber Jabber Says:

    # RDL Says:
    June 26th, 2006 at 7:08 am

    Gumsy McDraw AKA Jibber Jabber Says:
    Does any of y’all kno of any otha gud sites 2 dl shizznit frm? thx

    http://albumbase.com/ is a good site too
    u need to register but it only takes a second

    >Gud lookin out RDL! Anybody else kno of any otha sites 2 dl frm? I can remember there is a mixtape site out there 2… just can’t remember tha name… Com on y’all… hook me up!
    Thx

  22. KLO Says:

    Damn Jay! From Marcy to Hollywood and back again! The GREATEST RAPPER ARTIST OF ALL TIME!

  23. coldplayReggaetonslasher Says:

    too much dick licking in this mofo, give the nigga his props but thats where it stops.

  24. Gumsy McDraw AKA Jibber Jabber Says:

    Nigga please, you ain’t start out from your trunk
    Then reach the roof, just to put your roof in your trunk

  25. Foekist - GUnit = ONYX, Animated Aktaz Says:

    >>too much dick licking in this mofo, give the nigga his props but thats where it stops.

    Thank you! Sheesh….

  26. blitzpro Says:

    Did he do 44 Fours last night too?

  27. Stephen Hawking AKA Plug Industries Says:

    Foe, post a link to that site that was talkin about how people sell there sole for money you sent it some time last year

  28. eskay Says:

    >>too much dick licking in this mofo, give the nigga his props but thats where it stops.

    you mad. smh @ Nas celebrating Illmatic’s 10 year anniversary with a bucket of KFC and a 6 pack of Bacardi Breezers

  29. tyronebiggums71 Says:

    ANYONE HATIN ON THIS VERSE SHOULD BE NEVER ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT HOV AGAIN. THIS VERSE IS SICK OFF THE WALL AND WHOEVER THE FUCK YOU THINK YOUR FAVORITE RAPPER IS, WEATHER NAS,LIL WAYNE,50 NONE OF THEM CAN COME WITH SOMETHING THIS NICE STILL, THIS BOY IS STUCK ON TOP OF THE GAME

  30. Gumsy McDraw AKA Jibber Jabber Says:

    Anybody else kno of any otha sites 2 dl frm? I can remember there is a mixtape site out there 2… just can’t remember tha name… Com on y’all… hook me up!
    Thx

  31. Nasir Says:

    we give dre his props but thats where it stops itz the roc-jay-z

  32. jmos Says:

    eskay>

    Your boy will takeoff like I’ve been stripping all my life
    That’s the type of 4s I write

    he actually says, “that’s the type of meta4s I write”

  33. RDL Says:

    Anybody else kno of any otha sites 2 dl frm? I can remember there is a mixtape site out there 2… just can’t remember tha name… Com on y’all… hook me up!
    Thx

    For mixtapes theres a few sites but off top all I can think of is-
    http://datpiff.com/

  34. D. Billz Says:

    eskay Says:

    June 26th, 2006 at 10:02 am
    >>too much dick licking in this mofo, give the nigga his props but thats where it stops.

    you mad. smh @ Nas celebrating Illmatic’s 10 year anniversary with a bucket of KFC and a 6 pack of Bacardi Breezers

    ^ Frickin’ hilarious.

  35. D. Billz Says:

    Btw…

    D. Billz aka Slyte Lee Hoff

    “Craaaaazy. Deraaaanged.”

  36. Damn_Shame Says:

    Come on RDL if you going to tell the story make sure you get it right. Jay did not step out of a white bently is was a 96 lexus. I paid 180 for my tix I need all recaps to be on point.

  37. BigMoney Says:

    i dont think her shit popped out, look more like a shadow from her necklace. when did he spit that 44 4’s? niggas already knew the words. i never heard it

  38. eskay Says:

    uhhmm no. you can clearly see her nipple.

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