Jay-Z keeps his edge on Kanye in the club

While we know for a fact that the concept of the supergroup peaked in 1982 with Asia, Jay-Z and Kanye West are making an admirable run at reviving the genre with their Watch the Throne album and tour. (OK, OK. We can’t say that with a straight face. Obviously, the concept of the supergroup peaked in 1990 when both the Traveling Wilburys and Damn Yankees had albums out, but we know how sensitive y’all are about “Heat of the Moment.”)

The duo did their gig at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 9, after which West popped up at The Bank about 1:30 a.m.—reasonably late to show up at a club when you want to make an entrance. So there goes Jay-Z rolling in at 3 a.m. Yeezy once made an entire Bonnaroo audience wait until dawn for him to go onstage. How irate do you think West was to get blown out of the lateness water?

The next evening, Jay-Z brought Beyoncé to go check out Cirque’s Michael Jackson show, Immortal, at Mandalay Bay, ducking backstage to greet performers, before a night of hosting at Tao.

He turned up at the Venetian club about 1 a.m. to a table of guys, whereupon he was greeted with a marching band parading by his table playing “Niggas in Paris” (which he did six times as an encore for the Dec. 9 show) to start the evening. We’re very much looking forward to the Jay-Z tour of 2015 where each stop is just “99 Problems” 99 times. Hit me.

Tao’s bottle fairy made multiple drops of—what else—Ace of Spades champagne during the evening, and Tao honcho Noah Tepperberg swung by to pay his respects. Hov didn’t leave until after 3 a.m., but not before stopping by DJ Ross One’s booth to thank him.

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