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Jay-Z and Beyonce Return to Miami for On the Run II Tour

Locals in South Florida had a really good start to their Labor Day weekend.

On Friday, Jay-Z and Beyonce performed at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens for their On The Run II tour. The music couple performed an array of their individual hits along with material that they had together. Overall, people left the show with high enthusiasm and ready to go “Ape Sh**.”

The couple’s last On The Run Tour was in 2014—it was a 19-city tour that kicked off in Miami on June 25, 2014. The co-headlining tour grossed over $5 million a night, according to Forbes, and it made on the top-10 highest grossing tours of 2014. Now, the Carters are going on a 30-city tour with music from Lemonade, 4:44 and Everything is Love to perform for fans.

The On The Run II tour continues the theme of Bonnie and Clyde running from the law. It connects with their first song together “03 Bonnie and Clyde.” Videos of Jay-Z and Beyonce smoking Cuban cigars and laying in bed in a room full of currency plastered on the wall were projected on the huge screens that filled the stage. The first song they performed was “Holy Grail” from Jay-Z 2013 album Magna Carta. Two songs later, they performed “03 Bonnie and Clyde,” which had the crowd going wild. You heard all the women in the crowd sing Beyonce’s verse in unison.

Toward the end of that song, Jay-Z went off stage, the stage went black, and more footage of them “On the Run” played. You see footage of them in ’70s-themed suits running towards each other on the beach, then it cuts to Jay-Z and Beyonce in a crossed-shaped pool. Jay-Z is carrying Beyonce a float like a child learning how to back swim. The screen goes black and opening melody of “Drunk in Love” comes on. Halfway during the song, Beyonce and her backup dancers start moving left to right as the music mashes up her song with “Swag Surfin”. During that mash up, the middle screen opened up to reveal a whole orchestra dressed in red. It provided that live band sound to the rest of the songs played in the evening.

Two songs later, the opening piano keys of “Everybody Mad” came on, and Beyonce went into her dance routine—the song is by rapper OT Genasis, but Beyonce did an amazing dance routine at Coachella this year that went viral and made people create choreography videos to it. The show allowed everyone to get their moment.

Besides the two headliners performing their material, the orchestra had a mean jam session that lead into Beyonce’s “Deja Vu”. The dancers did a routine that led into Jay-Z’s “You Don’t Know.” One of the best performance of the night was “Forever Young”, a single off of Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 album. People turned on their cell phone flashlights and lit up the stadium. As the Carters performed the song, footage of them actually vacationing and Beyonce post-pregnancy projected on the screen, including the Carters’ newborn twins, Rumi and Sir, on the screen. The Carters did the same thing on the last tour, showing footage of newborn Blue Ivy in 2014.

Beyonce and Jay-Z perform on the ‘On The Run II’ tour at Hard Rock Stadium on August 31, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup)

The concert concluded with The Carter’s current single “Ape Sh**” off of their joint album Everything is Love.

The only critique you can really have about the show is song selection. Jay-Z performed “The Story of OJ,” which has an important meaning behind, it but it didn’t bang as hard as “Izzo (H.O.V.A)” from Blueprint 1 could have. Members of the Beyhive who were at the show could have been disappointed that Beyonce didn’t perform “7/11” from her 2014 self-titled album. Outside of those issues, The Carters put on a great show. Having arguably the best rapper ever in the same show as the best performer ever is a something not to miss. The next stop for the On The Run II Tour is Austin, Texas.

Set list

  • Holy Grail
  • Part II (On the Run)
  • 03 Bonnie and Clyde
  • Drunk in Love
  • Diva
  • Clique
  • Getting to the Money
  • Dust your Shoulder Off
  • On to the Next One
  • FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt
  • Flawless
  • I’m Feeling Myself
  • Partition
  • Big Pimpin
  • Nice
  • Run This Town
  • Baby Boy
  • Bam/ Black Effect
  • Sorry
  • 99 Problems
  • Ring the Alarm
  • Let it Be
  • I Still Care
  • Song Cry
  • Family Feud
  • N***as in Paris
  • Formation
  • Girls
  • PSA
  • Story of OJ
  • Deja Vu
  • Show Me What You Got/ Dangerous in Love
  • Freedom
  • You Don’t Know
  • Forever Young
  • Ape Sh**

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