Jay Z rocks the kok
Fresh back from retirement, Jay Z played BEC Tero Hall Wedsday night with Rhianna and Thaitanium. Jay Z is the latest of a pretty impressive list Bangkok concerts have been drawing on (Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, 50 Cent, the Black Eyed Peas). I’m sure this means Bangkok must have some drawing power for music superstars besides just the money; it’s notorious partytown reputation for one. For 3,000 baht a pop, the crowd was pretty impressive, but nowhere near the turnout he’s probably used to.
The hall was decorated with graffiti, a half basketball court and motorcycles to make it resemble an NYC hood (although not one that I’ve ever seen). There was a “Brooklyn,” a “Harlem” (where they were actually selling fried chicken, I don’t know if that was on purpose) and so on.
(I Gotta Represent!)
Rhianna, with legs up to her neck, opened to mediocre effect. But Jay Z’s songlist read like a Billboard’s Top 20 Hip Hop. People say they saw Beyonce watching from behind stage (which made me sad, because she didn’t come out to sing Crazy In Love!)
Jay Z’s sidekick Bleek sported this great T-shirt I’ve never seen before, but everyone in Bangkok should want!!