Jay-Z Rocks Bonnaroo

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Brooklyn was in the house Saturday night at Bonnaroo, when [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm] took to the What Stage for his late-night headlining set. Jay treated the “cool hippies” to a monster show that bridged the gap between rock and hip-hop, with his ten-piece band jamming as hard as any of the rock acts that preceded him.

Jay paid respect to Saturday’s other main stage artists (“[lastfm]Jack White[/lastfm], I see ya boy, I see ya”) and then launched into a medley of tunes off his latest album The Blueprint 3. With [lastfm]Memphis Bleeck[/lastfm] at his side he performed hits new and old, including “99 Problems”, “H to the Izzo”, “On to the Next One”, “Big Pimpin’,” and “Empire State of Mind.”

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Each song led into the next, and before long Jay had used up nearly all of his two-hour time slot. Taking a quick breather before his last tune, he asked fans to put their lighters up and busted out his latest single “Forever Young.” Pausing mid-song to riff on Obama, Jay told the crowd, “Our generation changed the world!”

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“Encore” was Jay’s choice for his own encore, the rock-infused track that he also released as a mashup with [lastfm]Linkin Park[/lastfm]. With the guitars blaring and the distortion turned way up, Jay-Z reminded the Bonnaroo masses that he’s bigger than hip-hop, bigger than any one style of music. Which is the core idea behind all of Bonnaroo - that good music is universal.

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