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What A Scream

Kanye Folks who settled in last night at New York's Madison Square Garden for the Screamfest tour got quite an extra surprise, thanks to appearances by Jay-Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent and P. Diddy.

After a set by Yung Berg, the show quickly segued into a battle between Yung Joc and Lloyd to see who could perform the best lap-dance on an audience volunteer. Pulling off his tank top to screams, Lloyd mimicked cunnilingus on his volunteer, but Joc didn't want to be outdone, so he proclaimed he'd "freak it in my own way!"

After singing a snippet of R. Kelly's "Bump and Grind," he then humped his blind-folded audience member into submission before bringing out P. Diddy for "It's Goin' Down." Dressed in jeans, a yellow jacket and his trademark sunglasses, Diddy launched into his own hit, "Last Night," as the 20,000-strong crowd sang Keyshia Cole's verse.

T-Pain started his set with a jail sequence, but he then "broke out" by emerging from the stage floor. He mainly sang songs on which he has appeared as a guest, including DJ Khaled's "I'm So Hood," Bow Wow's "Can't Get You Outta My System" and R. Kelly's "I'm a Flirt," but also played his current hit, "Bartender."

After a brief intermission, Ciara enticed the crowd with high-energy dancing. She and T.I. took turns on the T-shaped stage every 15 minutes or so, making transitions easy. Stalking a stripper pole, Ciara performed a sexy rendition of "Promise." Then, 50 Cent, her rumored boyfriend, surprised the audience by appearing to sing his part on "Can't Leave Them Alone." The pair coyly moved close to kiss but stopped short and smiled at the crowd. 50 then took over, launching into the street hit "I Get Money" while flanked by G-Unit's Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Mobb Deep.

Things really got interesting when Wyclef Jean appeared and played the National Anthem on electric guitar as a precursor to "You Know What It Is" and "My Swag." While DJ Drama began cuing up the beat for T.I.'s "Watch What You Say," the crowd shook the floor as Jay-Z sauntered out from backstage to perform his verse. Drama promptly began spinning Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing," and sure enough, West materialized.

As he performed the first verse, 50 Cent came back on stage, running laps around the other rappers with a mischievous smile on his face. Jay-Z looked at him as if to say, "you're not supposed to be here," and even T.I. looked a little surprised, but it all appeared to be in good fun. Diddy got into the jogging act, but 50 made fun of his signature moves behind his back.

The show wound down with Jay-Z performing "Encore," Swizz Beatz popping up for "Money in the Bank" and the entire crew, guests and all, joining in for T.I.'s "What You Know." Before signing off, the stage cleared and T.I. thanked the crowd for supporting his first headlining tour. And as he sunk into the stage and sparks fell from above, there was little doubt this was an evening of music only "the king" could conjure.

August 23, 2007 | Permalink

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