Jay-Z / Mary J. Blige | 04.03 | Boston

Images by: Peter Keeling

Jay-Z / Mary J. Blige
04.03.08 :: TD BankNorth Garden :: Boston, MA

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whodoyoudo Tue 4/8/2008 11:23AM
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whodoyoudo Tue 4/8/2008 11:24AM
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but for real jayz is alright and my wife likes mary j blige.....

nsafay Tue 4/8/2008 11:30AM
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Hey man...."You Can't Knock the Hustle."

Zarathustra024 Tue 4/8/2008 11:30AM
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that pic of jay from the waist up with a mic to his mouth is pretty ill, but why post 8 copies of the same pic? oh wait....i guess they are all slightly different, but nonetheless

moethug Tue 4/8/2008 11:49AM
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these pics all look way too similiar for my liking

bill15 starstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 11:53AM
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was this a fashion show or something, they shimmer well.

bill15 starstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 11:55AM
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PS, be wary of your negative comments, JayZ personally and physically responds to "flame wars"

nuke_ticketbastard star Tue 4/8/2008 12:11PM
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their futures are SOOOO bright......they gotta wear shades !

adster Tue 4/8/2008 12:46PM
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great job with the pictures, you really captured the emotions of the performers as well as the crowd, really superb pictures, each one tells a completely different story and pieced together you have a masterpiece that takes you right into the intensity of the performance, so much so that just looking at one of those pictures is almost like being there myself

aquariumdrunk starstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 12:47PM
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Some cool pictures, but, as others have said, some shots outside of that 60 second window that these were all popped in would probably make it a little more appealing.

adster Tue 4/8/2008 12:50PM
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also if Jay Z does read this - dont claim retirement to promote the black album when you have no intention of acutally retiring. retiring means ending your career, not stopping for a day, releasing an album with linkin park, and then going right back to releasing your own stuff again. if you thinks its cool to do cause michael jordan did it - its not - jordan shouldnt have come back, he tarnished his legacy, and Jay, you did the same

gmoo Tue 4/8/2008 12:56PM
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Are there shots of the crowd? I feel I don't get much from these pics. Big ups for the shiny material though.

nickname star Tue 4/8/2008 01:21PM
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This is the worst story I have ever seen on JamBase..... Period.

foadser star Tue 4/8/2008 01:26PM
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STEG187 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 01:39PM
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Glad to see another Hov sighting on Jambase. You intellectual giants that are posting this garbage are exactly what the 'jamband' fan stereotype is all about. These are two of the dopest, most relevant, and culturally important music performers of our era, two rare artists whose catalogues actually back up and solidify their larger-than-life personas.

Mary at the 02 Grammys = greatest award show performance EVER.:


Jay and Mary Unplugged- GOAT ish:


Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow.

jazzfester Tue 4/8/2008 01:51PM
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I think that these are celebrity impersonators. How can we know the truth with those shades on.

Muffinman1 Tue 4/8/2008 02:02PM
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WHAT? Why is this here, This would have been a great article for April 1st, but seeing how this is the 8th, this is not very funny jambase.

silent_J star Tue 4/8/2008 02:20PM
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"These are two of the dopest, most relevant, and culturall important music performers of our era"-steg187 Are you for real? Mary maybe but Jay-Z, highly overated and even looked down upon by most of his peers for pulling that retirement crap...

groovesharer Tue 4/8/2008 02:24PM
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A lot of people on here need to get out of their myopic little fish bowl worlds. The constant b.s. about who is or isn't a jamband or who should or shouldn't be on jambase is against the entire spirit of the scene. Oh, and if you ever had the opportunity to ask your favorite artist who they listen to, I guarantee it's almost entirely music from other genres. Which is exactly why the best jambands pull from every type of music. They listen, appreciate, and interpret. Open your ears and your minds everyone.

joda2 star Tue 4/8/2008 02:37PM
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Most likely Jambase's photographer only got to shoot the first song or possibly the first 60 seconds, that is usually how the big shows go.

They dont want people in their face all night taking pictures, only their own crew

Muffinman1 Tue 4/8/2008 02:39PM
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The whole retirment thing totally fucked up his legacy. He had no intention of retiring. It was a cheap attempt to sell more albums, and totally makes me think differnt of him. He played a show at a club in B-more a couple months ago and charged over $100 for one ticket. That was before extra charges. Please dude, get off your high horse, you aren't a legend, you have a very basic style of RAP, not Hip Hop, and you sound just like every other rapper out there. I don't look on Jambase for this shit, I want music, not crap.

BrotherJoe1 Tue 4/8/2008 03:42PM
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Hip Hop with a live band is a good deal by me. JayZ seems to put a high priority on the sound, and that's good. The recent soul-style album he did has a great feel to it.

Lots of acts charge $100/ticket. Doesn't mean they're worth it, but they do.

Andrew Bruss Tue 4/8/2008 03:56PM
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Andrew Bruss

Agreed that there wasn't much diversity in the shots, but having photographed artists at that venue, I can tell you for sure that this guy had a maximum of 8 minutes to shoot in that photo pit. Standard is 3 full songs, but in a lot of cases they give you the first 5 minutes and then boot your ass.... with that in mind, i think its a job well done

leepnstof Tue 4/8/2008 05:06PM
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Suave starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 07:04PM
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I'd stick it in MJB

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 4/8/2008 08:42PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Remember that episode of Entourage where MJB fired Ari?

awhill34 Tue 4/8/2008 11:18PM
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8 minutes is 3 songs with Jay-Z. Thats why I love shooting jambnds. 3 songs can be the a majority of a set. Great work Peter, although I have to agree that you could of show a few less photos and get a stronger collection of images. But to be sure, you have some dynamic images there. Way to go!!

Muffinman1 Wed 4/9/2008 03:24AM
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leepnstof, you need to realize i don't give a shit what my favorite bands listen to. I'm not going to like something just because someone else likes it. You obviously don't feel the same way. Trey could listen to Lil' Jon for all I care, but that doesn't mean I'll listen to it. Have your own thoughts dude, They may make you different though, you might want to stick to only listening to what people say is "cool".

delaneyira star Wed 4/9/2008 05:21AM
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I cant believe how stupid these folks look. Im generally not one to talk shit about how a person looks but damn. They look like something out of a cartoon. Mary looks like a god damned clown. People used to make fun of steve tyler and mic jagger for big lips and mouth. Jayz clearly blows them out of the water. No pun intended. He looks like a large mouth bass dressed up by a 6 year old girl. It must have been tuff to look at with all that glare coming off the pattented leather.

nuff of that, i really wish jambase would just ignore these tools. They are a disgrace. I like some of jayz's stuff but honestly, their live shows dont deserve any attention. They dont even play any instruments. Cmon, have a little integrity jambase. You shouldnt waste your resources covering these tools, there are better bands that dont get coverage...

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They don't even play any instruments. <<<< a veryyyy relevant point.

I will not ever, go see anything with out a real band.

I was tricked once, by an old girlfriend, to go see KC and the Sunshine Band, with NO BAND!!!!! they sang to recorded music!!!! awful!!!

whodoyoudo Wed 4/9/2008 06:01AM
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^^^ Miles, thats terrible! who does that?!

GeorgieP Wed 4/9/2008 06:08AM
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Regardless of what Jay-Z looks like, he was giving Beyonce the business for a long time...and if you don't think she's dope, then you're just wrong.

And yes, the retirement thing may have tarnished his legacy, but who the fuck cares? I'm not trying to curate a Jay-Z museum. I just like listening to good music. Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, Jay-Z Unplugged....three examples of GREAT music.

Nick1257 star Wed 4/9/2008 06:13AM
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You guys are a bunch of babies... You complain about something that doesnt even close to involve you. Wah wah wah.. jay z sucks. Wah wah wah... he isnt a jamband. wah wah wah.. Hip hop isnt music anyway....

Its funny that a community of people who are supposed to embrace and LOVE music so much, you people spurt so much hate about music you dont like. Get a life, and start to realize that Jerry wasnt the amazing technical guitarist that you all think he is. Fuckin noobs.

little womanski starstarstar Wed 4/9/2008 06:28AM
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little womanski

It took dating a guy who really appreciated rap music for me to come to realize that Jay-Z is definitely an important rap legend in our time and certainly an essential contribution to our era of music. However, I question whether trending toward including such mainstream acts on jambase is really the way to go? It seems like the exact same thing as what is happening with all the festivals. I am for it, but only as long as it doesn't come at the expense of neglecting the promotion of various hidden new music gems which was the aspect that drew me (and I suspect many of you) to jambase in the first place. PS. don't hate on Jerry this is the wrong venue.

mflatow starstarstar Wed 4/9/2008 07:19AM
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I can't believe how ignorant some of you people can be. When I read some of these posts, I feel like they're written by 13 year olds from the mid-west. I think you should all save your keen social commentary for your next Bisco show. (yeah. sarcasm, if you're too stoned to pick up on it.)

Sure the photos are a bit stagnant, but nice work Jambase.

AdkinsJ starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/9/2008 07:27AM
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Pathetic negative posts. One of the main reasons that I respect fans of the jam is that they are fans of MUSIC. If it's not for you, so be it. Doesn't mean it sucks. I'm not into the bluegrass thing, but that doesn't mean it's not important, relevant or intesting. Many people get their bones shaking to Cheese, RR Earth, etc. That's what it's all about. Same with hip hop, funk, soul, r&b, etc. If music, any kind of music, touches your soul, you're alright by me. Oh, and I do see a band in those photos.

One more thing - Jerry's guitar was not about technical wizardry. It was about emotion. NEVER hate on Jerry.

Ron Burgundy Wed 4/9/2008 09:23AM
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Ron Burgundy

To each their own.

Kayceman Wed 4/9/2008 10:54AM
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Just to be clear, for anyone stating that they don't play any instruments, or for those who may be upset that there is no band, Jay-Z tours with a full band: drums, bass, guitar, brass section and they kill it (you don't tour with superstars if you are not an incredible musician). So in fact, like lots of bandleaders, although they may not hold instruments in their hands, Jay-Z and Mary J. act as the singers. Figured it would be good to have the facts.

shonuff Wed 4/9/2008 11:31AM
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Anyone who rap like Jay-Z without every writing anything down deserves respect. Pick up the Blueprint if you get a chance.

shonuff Wed 4/9/2008 11:31AM
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Pickmusic Wed 4/9/2008 02:27PM
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Jay-Z may not be a "jamband" but he was good enough to sit in with Phish.

noapollyon Thu 4/10/2008 08:49AM
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I won't make too big of a deal about it, but come on! This is the kind of crap I never thought I'd see on this site!

petemora starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/11/2008 11:58AM
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These posts a hilarious. What an uproar Jambase has created. This whole "article" is a heading that states Mary J. Blige and Jay Z, the venue and date, and then a dozen or so pictures. Mary J is a crazy mama and she could probably smack the shit out of any of you skinny hippies that are dissing her. As far as Jay Z tainting his "legacy" with his retirement, to that I say: what "legacy"? This guy has more money than God. Do you think he gives a shit what a bunch of internet posters think? Every time the guy goes to his mailbox its filled with 5 and 6 figure checks. Which one of you would retire from that? " ooh I hope my legacy is still intact...NOT!" For the record I think most hip hop is overrated horseshit, but this is the USA where even the stupidist crapola - American Idol, Hip Hop, Garth Brooks, The 1980s, are celebrated. Let freedom ring. You guys sound like a communist censorship bureau. "We must silence non-noodle jam music promotion at once! Only bands with long stringy hair, sandals, cheap jewelry, 3 guitarists, 2 drummers, a percussionist, an out of tune chick singer, a B3 organist, fender rhodes, or mellotron player, a 5 string minimum on bass, can be mentioned on Jambase!"

mackadocious Mon 4/14/2008 05:55AM
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... whatever. JayZ has one very important CD: Reasonable Doubt. It is a masterpiece that features on of the last performances by B.I.Ggy.