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Tue., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. 2017
Jay-Z’s on the comeback trail. After 2013’s dismal Magna Carta Holy Grail, longtime fans were left with little hope the Jay-Z they once knew would ever return. His armor had been cracked; the facade of money and fame he held together for decades had split apart. Beyonce’s Lemonade further damaged the emcee’s reputation, painting him as a conniving cheat of a husband. But Jay-Z has found a way back: honesty. His recent LP, 4:44, is a masterful return to form that functions like a career retrospective. It looks back at the arc of his career, and it lays bare his failings as both a husband and a role model. The LP, wrapped in dusty, soulful beats, is the best rapping we’ve seen from the artist in some time. The “hova” of rap is back at his sharpest, and he’s rolling through our city. This is a rare thing — don’t miss out.
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