8 Highlights From Brooklyn's Star-Studded TIDAL X Concert With JAY-Z, Stevie Wonder, Cardi B & More
“Hip-hop was started with blacks and Puerto Ricans hand-in-hand. Hip-hop has to be a huge supporter of Puerto Rico because it doesn’t exist without them,” Vic Mensa told Billboard prior to Tuesday night’s (Oct. 18) TIDAL X concert for disaster relief at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. When artists come together and use the power of music to heal, the unthinkable can be reached. All ticket proceeds were donated to a handful of foundations to help those victimized in the recent natural disasters.
The star-studded lineup boasted nearly 40 acts as the uplifting celebration that preached positivity spanned over five hours of tuneful hits from a diverse range of artists and a plethora of special guest appearances. Anytime a concert can be closed out by JAY-Z in his hometown and Stevie Wonder, that’s going to make for an incredible once-in-a-lifetime type of experience for fans.
As nearly 20,000 TIDAL glow-sticks lit up the Barclays Center for a memorable night, let’s narrow down the top eight highlights from last night’s gathering for a great cause.
8. TIDAL Announces 500,000 Pounds of Goods Shipped to Puerto Rico
TIDAL took it upon themselves to help in time of need for those less fortunate. The popular JAY-Z-owned streaming service teamed with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort in early October to send goods to Puerto Rico. After holding multiple donation drives with the help of Americans and artists, the collaborative effort resulted in TIDAL chartering three separate planes to San Juan and Aguadilla. The jets carried water, solar lamps, diapers, dry food, wipes, tarp, rope, shoes and much more to those in need.
7. Jessie Reyez's Voice Is Larger Than Life
If you’re not familiar with the Colombian songstress, then get familiar. Jessie Reyez hit the stage earlier in the night, but left the crowd shook in amazement. Small in stature, the woman’s voice is anything but. She performed the cathartic “Figures” and “Gatekeeper” from her debut EP, Kiddo, which has amassed over 30 million streams since its April 2017 release and drew one of the largest ovations from the crowd. Don’t sleep on the 26-year-old guitar playing artist, as she no doubt has a bright future ahead. Taking advantage of an opportunity to audition to new fans was not taken lightly by Reyez Tuesday night, who was draped in ripped overalls, a Selena t-shirt and her signature long, curly brown hair.
6. She’s Still "Jenny From The Block"
Jennifer Lopez, 48, never seems to disappoint. J.Lo delivered one of the longest and most complex sets of the night, as she was joined by multiple backup dancers on a 6 Line subway-inspired stage. With her Las Vegas residency locked down, Lopez looked refreshed to be back in her native New York City. She brought out all stops on her hit songs, climaxing with purple and white confetti falling from the ceiling for “On the Floor” and Fat Joe even rose from underneath the stage to join his fellow Bronx native for “Feelin’ So Good.” Fans had to be pleased with the vocals combined with dance moves that looked just as good as they first fell in love with the '90s heartbreaker.
5. It’s Cardi B’s World and We’re Just Living In It
One of the most anticipated performers of the night was none other than New York’s own, Cardi B. The Dominican artist is still riding the tidal wave -- no pun intended -- which began over the summer. Even though her set was short, she jam-packed a lot into just one song -- obviously none other than “Bodak Yellow,” which had people screaming at the top of their lungs bowing to their queen.
Cardi finished her set with, "Don’t forget who were doing this for, Puerto Rico! And shout out to my family country, Dominican Republic." As she walked off stage, she admitted into the mic, “My ass looks fat,” caressed underneath the red two-piece jumpsuit.
4. T.I. Was Best Dressed
T.I. -- who was not on the announced concert bill -- made a surprise appearance courtesy of DJ Khaled Tuesday night. The Atlanta native was on his grown man swag, undoubtedly taking home best dressed for the entire concert. T.I. donned a dapper Gucci fit from head to toe that included dress shoes, slacks and a red turtleneck.
Initially, the “What You Know” artist had a beige peacoat on, but once that came off it revealed an over-the-shoulder Gucci bag. Fifth Harmony came in at a close second with their skin-tight pink latex dresses.
3. DJ Khaled Brings All-Star Guests for the Ultimate Assist
Around midnight, DJ Khaled finally made his way to the stage, playing his usual hits in an attempt to get the crowd pumped up along with his classic humorous dance moves. Then, the Miami native called on day one friend Busta Rhymes, who performed his furious “Look At Me Now” verse.
Things were just getting warmed up when Swizz Beatz made his way to the stage and threw his graffiti customized denim jacket into the stands. Finally, they were joined by T.I. for the appropriate “Bring Em Out” and the Rihanna-assisted “Life Your Life” to cap off an all-star set for Khaled.
2. Stevie Wonder Closes Out The Barclays Center
At 1:30 a.m., the 67-year-old was escorted to his piano with a smile despite much of the younger crowd's departure. Still, the mature audience reveled in Stevie's presence, as they watched him deliver a soothing playlist which included classics like “Superstition” and “Love’s in Need of Love” to cap off a historic night in Brooklyn.
1. Jay-Z Is Ready To Tour Again
Even though it was nearly 1 in the morning on a weeknight, that didn’t stop the Brooklyn crowd from supporting their very own son. Hov used this set as a warm up for his upcoming 4:44 Tour he will be embarking on later this month, after playing a series of recent festivals as well. The 48-year-old graced the stage in a Saint Laurent black corduroy bomber jacket to “Empire State of Mind” after being introduced by radio legend, Angie Martinez.
The Grammy-winning artist really made it a point to interact with the crowd, as he even let fans sing the hook to “Heart of The City” and fill in punch line bars on “Bam.” Carter’s set was one of the longest of the night before ending with Watch the Throne’s “N---as In Paris.” Before he left the stage, he introduced Wonder to close out the concert as the eighth wonder of the world.