Rapper Jay-Z Teams With United Way For Carnegie Hall Performance

Rap star/mogul Jay-Z has announced a pair of shows at Carnegie Hall, that will benefit the United Way.

Jay-Z made the announcement today (December 8 ) during a press conference held at the legendary concert hall.

The rapper will host the first ever solo Hip-Hop performance at Carnegie Hall on February 6 and 7.

“There was a ton of blue-collar jobs that no longer exist, and the gap is wider than ever, and the kids need to really know that and be prepared,” Jay-Z told The New York Times during an interview at Carnegie Hall. “To really succeed in this new America they are going to need an education. Not everyone can be entertainers and hit the lottery — that’s what I call it.”

Tickets for the United Way benefit concert will be sold mostly to wealthier individuals and private philanthropists, with ticket prices ranging from $500-$2,500.

The proceeds will benefit the United Way’s scholarship program, as well as another aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate in New York, in addition to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation non-profit organization.