Pazz & Jop’s winner for song of the year—you know, for the song about that town that’s way, way better than L.A.—needed a national #1 single like New York needs another pigeon. Jay-Z, hip-hop’s indisputable CEO, already has the best rhymes of the last decade, the ultimate rags-to-riches glory and business acumen, and a staggering income rivaled by few in the music world (besides his wife, Beyoncè, that is). He’s headlining Coachella this April and then—who knows?—maybe buying all of Southern California if he feels like it. But catch him at MSG for the most surely cathartic “Empire State of Mind” rendition imaginable.
Tue., March 2, 8 p.m., 2010