Last night (February 6th), Jay-Z put on what is being described by many as a legendary performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Kicking off the show with his song “Public Service Announcement,” Jay-Z “reintroduced” himself to the sold-out crowd and pulled out all the stops for his fans.
In the first of a two-night set in New York City, Jay-Z stunned the crowd of 2,800 people by performing most of his classic songs and then bringing out surprise guest, Nas. Alicia Keys also performed with Jay-Z, getting behind the piano for thier hit, “Empire State of Mind.”
In addition, he later performed an ode to his newly born child with the song “Glory.”
Dubbed as a charity event, the concert’s proceeds were donated to the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
Jay-Z, dressed in a tux and holding champagne in hand, rocked the crowd with a 36-piece orchestra that included ?uestlove of the Roots.
Other notable highlights from the show included Jay-Z standing on a seat in the balcony and performing “Money Aint a Thang,” and “Can’t Knock the Hustle,” along with approximately two dozen songs.
While celebs Liz Minnelli and Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia were said to be in attendance, the performance marked the only the second time that a rapper has performed at Carnegie Hall. In 2001, Wyclef Jean performed at the historic venue as well.
Jay-Z will perform again tonight (February 7) to a sellout crowd, despite the steep price of tickets ranging from $1,500-$2,500.