Jay-Z, Nas, amp Alicia Keys Historical Hip Hop Charity Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall

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I saw this video on youtube showcasing the Jay Z, Nas, and Alicia keys during their charity benefit concert at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. -www.jaxsprats.com

I always wanted to say this in Carnegie Hall, Jay-Z said last night, midway through the second of his two charity shows this week at the hallowed New York institution. Is Brooklyn in the house?

The roar he received in response suggested that his home borough was well-represented among the finely attired patrons of the arts who had handed over as much as $15,000 to be there. All proceeds went to fight poverty via United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, organizations that help secure good educations for low-income students kids like Shawn Carter once was back in Brooklyn.

But that was ages ago. More than any rapper before him, Jay-Z has become part of America`s cultural royalty in the past decade hobnobbing with Oprah and Obama, publishing a book exploring his lyrics intricacies, and, oh yeah, selling out arenas whenever he feels like it. Headlining Carnegie Hall was just one more coronation moment in a career full of them.

Dressed to the nines in a tux and dark shades, he brought a thoroughly satisfying selection of old and new classics to life nothing from his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, or last years Kanye West collab, Watch the Throne, but the best of everything in between with help from a 40-piece orchestra and the Illadelphonics, led by the Roots Questlove on drums. The set list was more or less the same carefully honed hit parade hes delivered at Coachella, Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium and countless other venues in recent years. As always, he defined effortless charisma as he recited the well-known lyrics with a little extra energy on this special night. The audience, which included Chris Rock, Jay-Zs mother Gloria Carter and other luminaries, was in the palm of his hand the entire time.

Alicia Keys came out early on, as she had the previous night, to assist Jay on a thrilling rendition of Empire State of Mind. It sounded better than ever in that room one of the worlds sweetest acoustic spaces and Jays pride in the moment was clear. Next up was a mini-set by Nas, who tore though N.Y. State of Mind and If I Ruled the World with Keys on piano and vocals. On the former song, Jay actually served as hypeman to his onetime archrival, a remarkable sight for anyone who was paying attention to rap in 2001.

Im supposed to talk at this part, Jay-Z said a few songs later, during the elegant orchestral interlude that followed Run This Town. But I just want to take it in for a second. I cant believe were in this building tonight. With that, he launched into 2007s triumphant Roc Boys, given extra heft by the orchestras brass section. The hits kept coming: Dirt Off Your Shoulder, I Just Wanna Love U, Hard Knock Life, Izzo. After a titanic 99 Problems and an insouciant Girls, Girls, Girls, he reached the evenings most emotional stretch, with the regretful 2001 cut Song Cry followed by Glory, his heartfelt tribute to newborn daughter Blue Ivy Carter. When the song was over, he let the orchestra ride its mellow beat for a while longer, soaking it in. Thank you, New York City, for letting me share that moment with you, he said.

Following a brief encore, he returned to the stage once again finally ascending to an upper balcony, where he stood among the faithful and teased them with quick bits of a few more favorites, plus a reverent a cappella tribute to a fellow Brooklyn poet who didnt make it this far. My homeboy aint here to rock these halls the way he would have, he said before rapping a verse each from the Notorious B.I.G.s Juicy and Mo Money Mo Problems. We gotta sing so loud for B.I.G.
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