Jay-Z & Kanye West

I don't know if I'm old or if it's just 2011, but I'm not sure there's any performer I'd rather watch from the bunker bleachers of the Tacoma Dome than at home on Youtube. If there were, it would surely be one or both of this week's two titan-sized shows—Prince, and Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne collab. Oldsters and rockists will balk at two "mere" rappers being discussed in the same breath as Prince, but in terms of star-power, hits, and egos big enough to fill an arena, Jay-Z and Kanye together must be on something like equal footing with the Purple One, at least circa 2011. These are two world-eating, unrepentantly 1%-er rappers (to the point of seeing the Occupy protests as an opportunity to sell merch) who, if not at the top of their games, are still on some comfortably lofty plateaus. Even from the cheap seats, they should look huge. ERIC GRANDY

Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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