Jay-Z and Kanye West appear to have another hit on their hands. Musically, the two titans have accomplished just about all there is — #1 LPs, top Billboard singles, Grammys, gold and platinum plaques, and high-grossing world tours. So when the pair embarked on their Watch the Throne Tour as an official duo, the expectations were no doubt high.
The reviews are in, and with its grandiose stage design, ginormous set list and striking onstage chemistry, it is clear that the Watch the Throne Tour does not disappoint. After two dates in Atlanta, Georgia (the tour’s opening October 28 date and another the very next night), the critics sung the two rap heroes an overwhelming praise.
“Many in the high-energy crowd remained standing — and swaying and dancing and singing — for the entire 2½-hour show. At one point, as Jay-Z and West performed ‘N—as in Paris’ from their hit Watch the Throne CD, West exhorted the audience to ‘Bounce! Bounce!’ The resulting stomping had Philips Arena rocking and shaking in a way that it hasn’t for the Hawks in a long time.” — USA Today
“The Watch the Throne concert totally surpassed anything you would expect. From the 50-foot cubes, to the laser show and spectacular visuals, and in-and-out mini sets, the pair moved like a duo that has performed consistently for years.” — AllHipHop.com
“Their enjoyment sharing the stage was obvious as they led the crowd through the refrain of ‘Run This Town’ and chanted over the heavy, chest-rattling bass in ‘Monster’ as more video of wild animals played behind them.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“The kings of hip-hop, Jay-Z and Kanye West, descended upon Atlanta on Friday and Saturday nights to begin their Watch the Throne tour reign and the two couldn’t have been more regal during their performances.” — XXLMag.com
“While there was virtually no way a concert featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West could ever be a dud, we have to say the duo lived up to our high expectations with last night’s kick-off of their Watch the Throne tour. The hip-hop monarchs performed at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, with an epic set list that featured selections from each artist’s own behemoth catalog of hits as well as their Watch the Throne collaborations.” — Idolator
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