4

Last Night: Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige at Toyota Center

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

You could literally smell Mary J. Blige from like ten feet away. It was insane. It must have been all the product on her. If I didn't know what "fabulous”smelled like before, I do now. It was amazing, like a separate presence onto itself. She must summon that essence to hit her high notes, like Captain Planet.

Blige had actors come out and perform parts of her break-up songs, making me feel bummed about how none of my favorite groups ever do that. Come on, Mars Volta, try acting out your MadLib-esque lyrics. Also, that diamond-studded mike was kinda hot.

Jay-Z was great. No wedding or baby talk from the stage about Beyonce, even though in the back of all our minds we expected her to pop out sometime. He brought out Memphis Bleek a few times. The coolest thing was seeing Bun B and Jay do a tribute to the late Pimp C, so soon after his untimely passing.

There was a brief interlude for talk about Bush, post-Katrina politics and Obama. I will say I felt really white and nerdy. Each time Jay launched into a track, I started doing the dorky white guy hand movement thing. My girlfriend had to stop me a few times. But it was fun doing the Hova "Diamond" hand symbol with other people, rather than in my car on Highway 288 by myself. – Craig Hlavaty

Photos by Craig Hlavaty

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.