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Posted on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 5:55 a.m.

Jay-Z at EMU mega-guide: tweets, reviews, show info and more

By Chrysta Cherrie


Jay-Z performing live with Pharrell.

Flickr user MarkoShoots

The day has arrived: Jay-Z plays the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in a sold-out show tonight.

For those who missed's preview story last week, find it here. Meanwhile, here's some other good stuff to get you in the mood for the show:

Join in by using the hashtag #jayz and direct your tweet to the Jay-Z Twitter account by typing @JayZ.

RECENT PHOTOS: Watch a slideshow of Flickr images taken of Jay-Z in 2009.

RECENT SHOWS: • A few set lists are online at setlist.fmSeattle Weekly concert reviewSeattle Times concert blog review of Vancouver concertEntertainment Weekly review of Madison Square Garden concert last reviews

"THE BLUEPRINT 3":John Bush, All Music GuideMariel Concepcion, BillboardGreg Kot, Chicago TribuneLeah Greenblatt, Entertainment WeeklyJody Rosen, Rolling Stone

Listen to "The Blueprint 3"

YOUR TAKE: Join the conversation! Comment here, post on Twitter and vote in our poll.

  • "Can I Get a ... "
  • "Big Pimpin'"
  • "Girls, Girls, Girls"
  • "99 Problems"
  • "Show Me What You Got"
  • "Run This Town"
  • "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
  • "Hard Knock Life"
  • "Money, Cash, Hoes"
  • "What More Can I Say"
  • (other)
SHOW DETAILS: Who: Hip-hop superstar. Also with N.E.R.D., Wale and J. Cole. What: Tunes from his new CD, “The Blueprint 3,” and other hits. Where: Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti. When: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Wednesday, Oct. 21. How much: SOLD OUT. Info:, the EMU ticket office by phone at 734-487-2282, or Ticketmaster.

Come back to for full coverage of the concert.



Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 12:07 p.m.

This is funny.....people who know's jay-Z is a rapper, goes to listens to some of the lyrics of the song and then complain about the lyrics. Man, can we say not smart?


Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 11:54 a.m.

cool multifaceted preview with great links

Tort Reform

Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 11 a.m.

Mr. Collicott, I agree. I was just perusing some of Mr. Z's lyrics. They could not be posted here. If racism, obscenity, incitement to violence, and puerile cursing are what pass for talent, this "star" certainly is full of it. Once is done shamelessly promoting this spectacle, I (don't, actually) look forward to their also reporting the inevitable result of our community hosting something like this; things like "2 men shot near Rexall Place after Jay-Z concert"... "Edmonton Sun" - 14th October 2009


Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 10:08 a.m.

Try Smokehouse Blues on Washtenaw, just west of Golfside. Their Bar-B-Q Chicken nachos are great.

Duane Collicott

Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 8:11 a.m.

With the vulgar language in Tweets and album track list, not only do I feel like I've stumbled upon some schoolgirl's MySpace page, but is now NSFW (Not Safe For Work).

shawn smith

Wed, Oct 21, 2009 : 7:26 a.m.

nice roundup Chrysta, have any more tips? like good places to eat nearby, best time to arrive for parking, is rocawear mandatory?