2. Beyoncé and Jay Z's "On The Run" tourFirst Take: VIBE wrote: "They’ve since progressed from being guarded to sharing measured, filtered intelligence reports on their marriage and (finally!) giving us the joint tour we always wanted. Their public affirmations of love have always been spilled with precision. They “secretly” marry. She finally calls him her husband. He friskily love-taps her booty during a performance. She makes a personal documentary for HBO, Life Is But A Dream, appearing without makeup and saying charming things like, “I think I need to go listen to ‘Make Love to Me’ and make love to my husband.” They simulate foreplay in a video for her very sexy song, “Partition.” They embark on a dual tour. It’s a controlled message, of course. But On the Run represents a peak PDA moment for the Carters, the pinnacle of every voyeuristic fan’s desire for Beyoncé and Jay Z domestic juice."
Second Opinion: The New York Times wrote: "Beyoncé and Jay Z, married since 2008, opened their sold-out Wednesday night show at Sun Life Stadium here — the beginning of their “On the Run” tour — with a string of those hits. “ ’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” “Upgrade U,” “Crazy in Love”: These are songs of diligent, enthusiastic, sometimes giddy love. From there, for almost two and a half hours, they traded control of the stage (approximately 20 times in all), giving each other space to be the center of attention and also helping out where needed in a show that acknowledged their two very different sorts of success without diminishing either one."
The Verdict: In a world where crushes are weekly Instagram shoutouts, the Carters give love a powerful name. That includes the adoration the Beyhive and Hovhive shower them with. Placing their couple's gig as a runner-up was a close call but Bey and Jay are always at the top of their game, whether on-stage or off.
2. Drake and Lil' Wayne's "Drake Vs. Lil' Wayne" tourFirst Take: VIBE wrote: "The Lil Wayne Vs. Drake tour might go down as the formal moment when the baton is passed from Weezy to Drizzy (if you don’t already think that’s the case). The quips and snaps cease by the end of the show, after the final vote is calculated via app and the night’s winner is announced (Drake took this night, easily, tying the tally for the whole tour at five victories each). The OVO leader calls Lil Wayne “the greatest rapper to ever do this shit,” an eyebrow raising-statement in the birthplace of Biggie Smalls, Shawn Carter and Nasir Jones. Wayne returns the favor by thanking Drake for helping to keep him relevant. Ultimately, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne is a fun, high-energy concert. But in the show’s competitive concept lies the one drawback: You wish you get to see the two rap titans performing more of their collaborative hits together, instead of trading songs. “Believe Me” and the night’s closing song, “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right),” are epic moments that leave you craving more. (“Miss Me” needs to be on that set list!)"
Second Opinion: L.A. Weekly wrote: "Last night, because God is good, Drake and Lil Wayne performed together at the Hollywood Bowl. For the L.A. stop on their current video-game inspired "Drake vs. Lil Wayne" tour, they rapped and told jokes and danced and put on what was basically a hip-hop variety show version of the Jerry Lewis telethon. Drake smiled a lot, and sometimes Weezy smiled too. At one point Drake flew over the audience on what Wayne thereafter referred to as a flying stripper pole. It was altogether magical."
The Verdict: Despite rolling out a Street Fighter-esque app where fans voted for their favorite Young Money champ in each city, no one lost at the "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour. Drizzy and Weezy's bromance, their collection of hits (both dolo and together) and the "surprise element" of crowning a winner made for a fight night we'd love to see again and again.