Everybody here in NYC is still buzzing about last night’s sold-out show at Carnegie Hall, featuring Jay-Z, Nas and Alicia Keys all getting their tux on for a triumphant joint performance backed by Questlove & the Illadelphonics, all to raise funds for scholarships via the Shawn Carter Foundation and United Way. Among other highlights, Jay performed “Glory”–his new song dedicated to the experience of first-time fatherhood–live for the very first time (him and Beyoncé had a baby named Blue Ivy Carter in case you just woke up from cryogenic storage or sup’m). Jay’s top billing appearance is generally being reported as “history-making” because he is the first rapper to perform at the historic venue although technically (ahem) I think Mos Def (now Yasiin Bey) kicked down that particular door and waved his lyrical .44 back in 2008 with the Carnegie appearance of the Mos Def Brass Band. But we are not trying to throw salt on anybody’s victory lap. Always nice to see hip-hop get its institutional propers and in this case the three NY giants brought down the house for an excellent cause. Enjoy “Glory” (above); “NY State of Mind” and feel a little extra crowd-love after the jump.
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