Tyler, The Creator crowdsurfs at Kanye West and Jay Z’s joint SXSW show

The two rappers played solo material and 'Watch The Throne' hits at their Austin Music Hall gig

Jay-Z and Kanye West performed together last night (March 12) at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

During their 35-song gig Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future could be seen crowd surfing on numerous occasions. The show was free to those in possession of a Samsung Galaxy with the Milk Music app installed and took place at Austin Music Hall. The gig was supposed to start at 10pm local time, but the two rappers, who in 2011 released their joint album ‘Watch The Throne’, began their two hour-long performance at 11.15pm. The show included joint performances of their ‘Watch The Throne’ tracks, such as ‘No Church In The Wild’ and ‘Niggas In Paris’, as well as the artists’ own solo hits, such as Jay Z’s ‘Big Pimpin” and ’99 Problems’ and Kanye’s ‘Gold Digger’ and ‘Runaway’.

The show started with the two rappers performing atop two large metal boxes on opposite sides of the intimate venue, onto which videos were projected. The pair opened the set with ‘HAM’, the first single from ‘Watch The Throne’, with Kanye appearing first, followed by Jay Z halfway through the track. A video of a Rottweiler appeared on both boxes’ large screens at the end of ‘HAM’. For the second song, ‘Who Gon Stop Me’, this was replaced by a video of a shark.


The pair then disappeared inside their respective boxes before arriving on the main stage together for ‘Otis’, which saw them performing in front of a video projection of the Stars and Stripes flag. They then played ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ to huge cheers, to which Jay Z responded: “Oh, we’re just getting started.” Red and blue lazers criss-crossed the venue throughout the show.

Jay Z then played a run of his own material, including ‘FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt’, ‘Beach Is Better’ and ‘Tom Ford’, followed by his wife Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’, on which he guests. The track saw Beyonce’s vocals played back on tape. Kanye arrived back onstage to accompany Jay Z on ‘Drunk In Love’. Jay Z then left the stage, and Kanye performed ‘I Don’t Like’ and his hook from Rick Ross’s ‘Sanctified’ before ‘Black Skinhead’ and ‘New Slaves’ from last year’s ‘Yeezus’. Jay Z returned during ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone’ before breaking into ‘Public Service Announcement’, asking the crowd: “SXSW are you having good time tonight?” ‘Izzo (HOVA)’ and ‘Empire State of Mind’ followed, with Kanye later re-appearing at the top of the metal box to perform ‘Runaway’.

The show finished with ‘No Church In The Wild’ and ‘Niggas In Paris’, the latter of which was played three times as an encore. Jay Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ remains their only collaborative album, and no new material was debuted last night.

Jay-Z and Kanye West played:

‘Who Gon Stop Me’
‘Welcome To The Jungle’
‘Gotta Have It’
‘Beach Is Better’
‘Tom Ford’
‘Drunk In Love’
‘I Don’t Like’
‘Black Skinhead’
‘New Slaves’
‘Jesus Walks’
‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’
‘Public Service Announcement’
‘U Don’t Know’
‘Run This Town’
‘Good Life’
‘Izzo (HOVA)’
‘Empire State of Mind’
‘On To The Next One’
‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’
‘I Just Wanna Love You’
‘All Of The Lights’
‘Big Pimpin”
‘Gold Digger’
’99 Problems’
‘No Church In The Wild’
‘Niggas In Paris’