Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Bring Their Legend to Candlestick Park, 7/26/13

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake

Friday, July 26, 2013

Candlestick Park

Better than: The (actually very fun) Uber ride I shared with four middle-aged drunk ladies when none of us could handle the thousand-person line for the bus to Candlestick from the Glen Park BART Station.

There was a moment Friday night, midway through Jay-Z's ferocious execution of “99 Problems,” when Justin Timberlake — light on his feet to the point of seeming skittish, blond tresses glinting in the night — hopped to the mic and screwed his face into a smirk to drawl the song's perfect asshole-cop lines: “Son, do you know why I'm stopping you for?”

All eyes were on JT, and this weird display of pop-culture camp (“He's playing the part of the ignorant white guy! Wait a minute”) for about 15 seconds, then boomeranged back to the other side of the stage, where Hova, in a backwards Nets cap, continued to pace, spitting lyrics with a dark, even-handed confidence. There would be no hopping around, and very little smiling.

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