V Festival Fans flew in, helicopters had landed and us knowing Brits had our wellies at the ready to witness Jay Z’s only European set of 2017, P!NK’s prowess and the assorted line up of Weston Parks V Festival in the heart of Staffordshire.


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Jay Z If you could go back to the early 80s when Brooklyn’s Finest Shawn Carter was starting out in the newly evolving ‘rap game’ and tell him that by 2013 he would be one of the most financially successful hip hop artists, as well as selling close to 50 million albums worldwide, 17 Grammys, a successful entrepreneur, official NBA scout, CEO of record labels and clothing companies and not to mention he gets to wake up next to Beyoncé most mornings, he would of probably told you it was never beyond reasonable doubt. It was all part of his plans. Fast forward to the 8th October 2013 where he knows all this is true, but still graciously courts all this with a nostalgic mature head on his shoulders. Jay Z has a packed out area in Birmingham, 12,700 to be precise and he doesn’t look remotely phased by it.


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JAY-Z Is Jay-Z the best rapper ever? This was the topic of conversation between my friends and I on the way to the LG Arena Wednesday night. You see people always mention names like Eminem, Tupac and Biggie but people seem to sleep on the man born Shawn Corey Carter. Jay-Z is critically acclaimed within the whole of the rap industry, with 10 Grammy awards (and many more nominations) to his name whilst selling around 40 million albums worldwide. His latest album and 11th studio release “Blueprint 3” went straight to number one on the Billboard 200 last year (like each album before it), which was a record for a solo act in the history of the album charts, surpassing the late, great Elvis Presley who had 10. With the album sales, awards and even historical records piling up, surely Jay deserves to be mentioned as one of the greatest solo artists of our generation, never mind just the rap game?


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