At this point there’s nothing left for Jay-Z to do but run for mayor. Last night, he made history as the first rapper to grace the stage of Carnegie Hall after he performed the first of a two-night engagement at the historic arts and education center.
With ticket prices ranging from $150- $1500, the concert benefited The United Way of New York and The Shawn Carter Foundation with proceeds going towards raising awareness on the low graduation rates in the NYC school system, battle poverty, and help make college a reality for low-income students. And for $1500 you got your moneys worth. Backed by a mixture between his own Roc Boys band, his DJ and a full orchestra, Hov ran through much of his catalog. Guests Alicia Keys and Nas joined Jay for a couple songs. But the highlight of the night came when Jay gave the first ever performance of ‘Glory’, the song he recorded just days before the birth of his daughter Blue.
Check the performances after the jumpAs Blue Ivy’s cries filled the auditorium, the stage lights turned blue and Hov got quiet. Then he wiped his face and said, “My greatest creation was Blue…Man, that was tough. I didn’t think I was gonna make it through that one.”