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Jay-Z and Kanye West bring ‘Throne’ to Verizon Center

Chart-topping rappers Kanye West, left, and Jay-Z perform Thursday at Verizon Center. (Kyle Gustafson/for The Washington Post)

Full review now posted: Jay-Z and Kanye West triumphant at Verizon Center

Touring behind their stellar collaboration album, “Watch the Throne,” Jay-Z and Kanye West wanted every retina in Verizon Center watching closely on Thursday night.

It worked. This was one of the most visually stunning pop concerts assembled in years. Hulking video screens felt menacing, glowing with slow-motion footage of mushroom clouds and killer sharks. Beams of light sliced the air with a stately elegance not usually associated with lasers. West wore a black leather kilt and looked like the coolest man on Earth.

And the performance was even more compelling. Opening with a handful of cuts from “Throne,” the rap royals spent the rest of the two-hour concert playing hot potato with their biggest singles, matching the tour’s visual razzle-dazzle hit for hit, beat for beat, rhyme for rhyme.

Did you attend Thursday’s concert at Verizon Center? Share your take in the comments below and come back to Click Track Friday morning to read our full review.


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Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about Adele's sadness, Kendrick Lamar's fury, Young Thug's genius and T-Pain's vulnerability.


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