September 11th will always be a day of remembrance and reflection for New Yorkers, but this year Jay-Z sent out a call and answered without a shadow of a doubt. New Yorkers made their way through the downpour of showers to Madison Square Garden to witness Hov deliver a knock out performance. The Jay-Z and friends concert proceeds were donated to the New York Police And Fire Widows’ And Children’s Benefit Fund providing awareness to this worthy cause as well as an additional boost of pride on the usual somber day.
The friends that came out for this show included Kid Cudi, Diddy, John Mayer, Memphis Bleek, Pharell, Kanye West, Rihanna, Santo Gold and Jigga’s wife, the diva Ms. Bey. The tickets sold out faster than a New York minute and thanks to Fuse those who were unable to witness the concert live were able to see the concert without interruption.
The energy that was circling at the Garden was crazy. The concert was a genuine celebration of every life lost in the 911 attacks. Every time another artist came out on stage the energy heightened. Everyone was rocking and singing along, it was the best representation of hip hop I have witnessed in a long time and made me realized why I loved this music. The Garden has played host to many events, this will undoubtedly rank in the top of all time. I just hope Jigga will give us an encore next year.