Justin Timberlake and Jay Z Delivered More Big Hits Than the Dolphins in Miami

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Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
Legends of the Summer Tour
Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Friday, August 16, 2013

For a second-rate basketball team, there were a disproportionate number of Brooklyn Nets jerseys at Sun Life Stadium last night. Well, until you remember that Jay Z, the co-headliner of the evening's Legends of the Summer tour, is a former minority owner of that NBA team.

His partner-in-rhyme Justin Timberlake still owns a stake of an pro b-ball team, the Memphis Grizzlies, even if no one was wearing that team's merchandise. Still, it all makes you wonder if their 12-city stadium tour might have been a scouting trip for the duo to purchase an NFL squad.

Because, if the rumors are true and they were both pocketing a million dollars a show each, they could soon afford a team. So why not buy Sun Life's main tenant, the Miami Dolphins?

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-Justin Timberlake's Priceless Miami Aftershow: A 50-Photo Recap

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In their two-hour-plus set, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z brought the crowd more excitement than the stadium has seen in years, delivering more big hits than a full season of the Dolphins' defense.

Twenty years ago, JT and Jay would have been an unlikely match, The Mouseketeer and the crack slinger. But on this evening, they were equals. From the first song, "Holy Grail," Timberlake took the left of the stage and Jay Z the right. They stood under screens displaying Greco-Roman sculptures. And they shared a massive backing band, set up in three tiers. There were no breaks between sets. A Jay Z song would segue into a Timberlake number.

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Now, Hova is known to be musically promiscuous, willing to collaborate with anybody. He has toured and recorded with partners such as Linkin Park, R. Kelly, and Kanye West, but there was more of a seamless harmony between Jay and JT than those previous mash-ups. If one of Justin's songs needed Jay Z's hype, Mr. Carter was right there. If "99 Problems" needed the guitar lick from Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," Timberlake was ready to show off his Guitar Hero skills.

It was said of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that he gave her class and she gave him sex. The Jay and JT partnership also produces a similar mutually beneficial symbiosis. But it wasn't until Justin Timberlake went into a rendition of Frank Sinatra's version of "New York New York" to introduce "Empire State of Mind" that it became evident of who their cultural ancestors are, Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

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-How Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Made It This Far
-Justin Timberlake's Five Easy Steps to Being Sexy
-Jay Z and Justin Timberlake at Sun Life Stadium: The 30-Photo Slideshow


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2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens, FL

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suchandsuch
suchandsuch

Wasn't that hot but it sure did suck to have no drink vendors on the floor other than that pretty sick concert.

Steve1234
Steve1234

How the fuck can you compare these guys to Sinatra and Sammy D?

Patrick Garcia
Patrick Garcia

Yeah, but there's an even better show tonight at KYI. No cover. Band at 12

Ken Taylor
Ken Taylor

I will opt for the Mobb Deep show tonight any day of the week.

Kathleen Pagan
Kathleen Pagan

Boycott or don't boycott... that's up to the individual.... but he said he would boycott and then didn't.... that's just hypocritical... booo

Bradley Tuyn
Bradley Tuyn

Agree with Carl - we were bathing in our own sweat. Not cool. And they clipped every tune to about 30 seconds, then nix into the next. Kind of annoying. We had fun but show wasn't anything special

Diana Shapiro
Diana Shapiro

It was a better show than I ever expected. If I had to say anything negative it was just their stage was set to far back and no use of the stadium jumbo screens. But overall the ground was shaking and the 2 plus hour standing crowd throughout was bouncing including us. #TomFord

Melody Simmons
Melody Simmons

I was in the upper level and the entire section was bouncing. Scary and awesome at the same time. Fantastic...SWEATY show

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Who would put on an outdoor concert in Miami in August? Hello! What's the next one, Minneapolis in January?

ian160
ian160

@Kathleen Pagan

Actually, neither artists publicly announced a boycott of Florida. They voiced their opinions on the stand your ground law, but did not boycott. The person who said that they were boycotting performing in Florida had no ties to them whatsoever.

Here are multiple sources that confirm they were not boycotting and were uncomfortable being named on a list of those boycotting Florida. http://www.complex.com/music/2013/07/jay-z-justin-timberlake-florida-concert-boycott-stevie-wonder

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2013/jul/23/instagram-posts/are-jay-z-justin-timberlake-and-rihanna-joining-st/

http://www.spin.com/articles/jay-z-kanye-west-justin-timberlake-florida-boycott-trayvon-martin-unsubstantiated/


ian160
ian160

@Kathleen PaganActually, neither artists publicly announced a boycott of Florida. They voiced their opinions on the stand your ground law, but did not boycott. The person who said that they were boycotting performing in Florida had no ties to them whatsoever.

Here are multiple sources that confirm they were not boycotting and were uncomfortable being named on a list of those boycotting Florida. http://www.complex.com/music/2013/07/jay-z-justin-timberlake-florida-concert-boycott-stevie-wonder

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2013/jul/23/instagram-posts/are-jay-z-justin-timberlake-and-rihanna-joining-st/

http://www.spin.com/articles/jay-z-kanye-west-justin-timberlake-florida-boycott-trayvon-martin-unsubstantiated/

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