Jay-Z Drags Out 'Made In America' Performance Until Teens Finally Recognize One Of His Early Hits
The tension in the air was palpable last night as Jay-Z dragged out his Made In America performance until the teenage crowd finally recognized one of his early hits.
Jay-Z, who was headlining his annual festival in Philadelphia, had just finished a medley of songs from his critically acclaimed album, 4:44. However, as he began the section of the performance for his "day ones," the entire energy shifted.
"He played this song about being a large pimp...It just really seemed regressive. Especially in the #MeToo climate, you know?" one audience member said.
Following the lukewarm reaction to "Big Pimpin," Jay-Z ripped off three of his certified hits: "Hard Knock Life," "Dirt of Your Shoulders" and "Izzo (H.O.V.A)." As each bar passed, the audience fell deeper and deeper into a state of indifference.
"I really felt bad for Beyonce's husband. He was doing his best and the crowd was just giving him nothing. He should have played 'Crazy in Love.'" said one of the stage security guards.
While performing "Izzo (H.O.V.A)," Mr. Carter held out the mic at the point in the hook where the crowd usually responds “V to the izz A" but was instead met with a unanimous silence.
After the tense 15 minutes of call and no response, a dejected Jay-Z finally went into "Empire State of Mind" and the crowd breathed a sigh of relief.
“I hate this song but at least I recognized it. I felt so young again." said another audience member who was born in 2004.