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Jay-Z, Ciara, Fabolous All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., July 7, 8 p.m. 2009

Ever since Barack Obama came out as a Jay-Z fan, Hov has seemed hungry to upgrade his status from hip-hop’s CEO to something a little more statesmanlike. It was his version of “My President,” not Young Jeezy’s original, that everyone was quoting on January 20 (“Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk . . . ”), and his tribute to the first hip-hop president can actually give you a touch of the spine-tingling hope vibe that a good Barry speech does. On his latest single, “DOA (Death of Auto-Tune)”—from the upcoming The Blueprint 3—he goes straight past presidential to dictatorial, issuing decrees condemning not just Auto-Tune but ringtones and even iTunes over a greasy, jazz-funk-sampling track from Chicago producer No I.D. He may come off like a cranky old man when he goes off on the kids with their tight pants, but he’s a more complicated character than that—between his 2008 single with T.I. and Kanye, “Swagga Like Us,” which samples M.I.A., and last winter’s “Brooklyn Go Hard,” where Santigold sings the hook, he looks almost like a closet hipster. Ciara and Fabolous open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $25.75-$200

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