Jay-Z’s back-to-basics Detroit show draws LeBron James, Big Sean

DETROIT – “Oh I got a million of these,” legendary rapper Jay-Z told the audience an hour into his first show at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

The Brooklyn boy had already performed hits “No Church in the Wild,” “Run this Town,” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” but as he reminded the capacity crowd several times, he was just getting started.

Performing in front of thousands of adoring fans, Detroit rapper Big Sean and Cleveland Cavaliers players LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson, Jay-Z’ “4:44” tour featured a few songs off his new album, but mostly hits from his more than two-decade discography.

Jay-Z had the crowd on its feet throughout the raw, back-to-basics show. Throughout the fast-paced concert, he emphatically made his way around a luminescent, circular stage in the middle of the new arena.

There were lights, but not many and most of the time, the massive screens positioned above stage didn’t provide flashy graphics or visuals, but rather 1990s-style video camera footage of the legend on stage.

This is Jay-Z, after all. No smoke and mirrors needed. Just a beat, the lyrics and the stage presence fans have known since he burst on the scene with “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996.

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