Watch the Throne: Chi City Style
As a native Chicagoan, it’s practically a requirement to see Kanye West perform in concert at every opportunity presented to me. So naturally, when the chance came to see a double feature of the two KINGS of rap, I seized it, high ticket price and the fact that I would have to get up at 6 the next morning for work be damned.
I apologize for the photo quality. My normal camera has been acting up, so my iPhone (and the ever-delightful Diptic and Instagram apps) were what I primarily used for the night:
I went with my bff Paulina to the concert at the United Center (home of da Bulls and the amazing Patrick Sharp — I mean Blackhawks), and while we were there we wound up meeting with some guy friends who also happened to get tickets. Drinks were quite pricey, though we were also quite picky and only drank Ketel One & soda, but they were strong. Nothing like getting a bang for your buck.
Our seats were stage left on the third level. Not quite the nosebleed section, but let’s just say that if I had tottered over the edge in my heels, I wouldn’t survive the fall. But once the concert started, it didn’t really matter where we were sitting — the view was AMAZING. Because we were towards the front, we could actually see Kanye and Jay-Z, and being high up meant that short little me didn’t have to crane over anyone’s head. Huge screens and a moving lighted platform took up most of the stage, projecting awesome and strange videos of wild cats in the jungle, and city streets, and great white sharks. But it was the light show that was really the coolest thing to watch in the end.
To give you an idea of the light show craziness, here’s a vid my friend Steve took of “Power.” Check out is YouTube channel here for more:
The only one complaint I had about the concert was the fact that at the end, Kanye and Jay-Z finished with “Niggas in Paris” — a record-breaking eight times in a row. NO JOKE. In other cities, four or five times was the average. But this is Kanye’s hometown after all, so of course we’d here it for longer. Just when you thought they were finished, they’d start all over again. And then they’d get off the stage until the crowd begged them to come back, and they would sing it. AGAIN.
I was funny (and awesome) for the first three or four times, but legit this went on for more than half an hour and the audience started to get tired.
Nevertheless, awesome time, and well worth the exhaustion and hangover at work the next day. If you haven’t seen them yet and they’re coming to a city near you, GO.