Posted in hiphop | movies | tour dates on December 9, 2011

Jay-Z

Jay-Z, who is in the middle of his Watch the Throne tour> with Kanye West, announced via a press conference (video below) that he will perform at NYC's Carnegie Hall on February 6 and 7 to benefit the United Way of New York City to help expand the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, and that tickets will be sold privately on December 12 with a limited amount of public tickets going on sale January 30 at 11 AM. Private tickets will range from $500 to $2500.

Jay also spoke to MTV about plans for a new album in 2012 (via Fader):

"It depends on how this thing finishes up," Jay said in reference to his and Kanye's current Watch the Throne Tour. "We -- I say 'we' because I'm in Throne mode -- we're in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year. You know, we're really in a great place creatively. We really found our zone."
All dates and video below...

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Jay-Z at Shawn Carter Foundation Press Conference

Jay-Z -- 2011/2012 Tour Dates
12/09 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena*
12/10 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion*
12/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center*
12/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center*
12/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center*
12/14 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavillion*
12/16 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome*
12/17 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena*
12/18 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena*
02/06 New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
02/07 New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
* - The Throne aka w/ Kanye West

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Comments (50)

OK, if the private tickets are 500 to 2500, then how much will the public ones cost? 3,000 to 4,000? Would love to see this show, but these ticket prices wont be worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:47 PM

500 is probably worth it, given the fact that you will be able to re-sell that ticket for over 1,000 dollars.

all the white people will wanna say they say jay-z at carnegie hall, truth.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:50 PM

Jay-Z sure did practice didn't he

Posted by Paul | December 9, 2011 1:50 PM

private ticket onsale link?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:51 PM

This is a benefit show. It's not about the show being worth it or not. I can't afford it either, but hope they'll get as much money as they can.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:51 PM

i thought he, like, retired or something

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:53 PM

Philanthropy is fine and all, but dont dangle a carrot in front of average people's faces and expect to pump them dry to benefit your charity. Make it an exclusively private event with no public tickets then. There's plenty of great shows that happen that way, but at least it's a more honest way of doing business.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:55 PM

kinda weak that the benefit tickets are onsale so far in advance of public onsale tix.

you should sell to the public first. don't make your die-hard fans buy a $500 ticket because they're paranoid they won't get tix in the general onsale.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:56 PM

I agree with 1:56. Also, to 1:51, the tickets are being sold on the Carter Foundation website, and are referred to as "benefit packages"

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 1:59 PM

I wouldn't see this nigga even if he was playing (puts sunglasses on)....in paris


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5NQlpZp238

Posted by Pablo | December 9, 2011 2:01 PM

So let me get this straight. Jay-Z is selling extremely expensive tickets to the wealthy, and then - once January 30th come and no more people are buying expensive tickets for a show that's one week away - he will release the remaining tickets to the public? So there is a chance that no tickets will go onsale if the rich men buy all the expensive tickets?

That seems to be what's going on.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:03 PM

2:03 yep, i wouldn't expect those 'public tickets' to be anything short of shitty leftover balcony seats. sure it'll be a steal for people who bleed for jay, but not worth it IMO

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:05 PM

I mean, he could just play MSG again and give all that money to charity or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:13 PM

@213 this will generate more money than his MSG show did, given the $500-$2500 price range, and the crowd that Carnegie attracts as opposed to MSG.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:17 PM

2:13 nails it

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:17 PM

Acoustics and sightlines at Carnegie hall are shit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:23 PM

Didn't he retire?

We won't he please go away?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:29 PM

Colored Peoples music

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:31 PM

Pretty sure 2:17 part 1 nails it. Do the math, 2:13 is wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:32 PM

MSG show:

200 x 20,000 = $4,000,000 (not including venue/promoter fees)

Carnegie show:

$500 + $2500 / 2 = $1500 avg price per ticket.

$1500 x 2804 (capacity) = $4,206,000

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:35 PM

2:35 and that's not including the $1,000,000 you know the 1%ers are gonna throw on top of their $2,500 ticket price just so they can ball so hard the IRS don't wanna fine them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:38 PM

I'm 2:13, my point was less about the actual money, and more about letting all the people that would want to see you see you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:39 PM

jay z is an ugly, ugly man. i'm talking about looks here.

and his 'music' ain't worth shit.

wanna hear some hip hop that matters? i refer you to public enemy, nwa, jungle brothers, a tribe called quest, leaders of the new school and even grandmaster flash and the furious five. they all have more talent in their pinkies (individually) than jay z has in his whole ugly self.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:39 PM

Jay-Z obviously fucked 2:39s girl...

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:41 PM

"Wanna hear hip hop that matters? Listen to all these hip-hop artists that haven't been culturally relevant for at least two decades" -2:39


you're like the guy who I tell to listen to St. Vincent, and he responds by saying, "that's shit. Here's Janis Joplin's first LP, it'll change your life, man." Tribe, NWA, grandmaster flash, jungle brothers, and public enemy are all 'ironic rap' at this point; it's like playing 80s music at a party. my parents listen to public enemy and think it's soft.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:42 PM

2:39 part 1, this isn't about everyone getting to see Jay-Z. This is about raising money. So, you don't have a point.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:43 PM

"Wanna hear hip hop that matters? Listen to all these hip-hop artists that haven't been culturally relevant for at least two decades" -2:39


hahahahahahahahaheheahaehaeae

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:44 PM

Jay-Z is as culturally relevant as the Black Eyed Peas

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:50 PM

Sure I do. Look, Jay-Z could PROBABLY fill MSG again so soon. People want to go, would pay the money. By those numbers the show nets $200K less, big deal. Jay could put that in himself, or stick it on the promoters tab, god knows they pay for enough other dumb shit.

Now, taking into account it's two shows, then yes, it makes sense as they'll raise $4M more than an MSG show. So yes, you totally showed me and my half-serious comment!! Blast!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:52 PM

Nas is way better then JZ.
JZ is nothing but lame bottle service club hip hop which is totally disposable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:53 PM

I'd go to this if I had the money. I wouldn't go to this though because I hate black people.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:53 PM

2:53 Yeah, Jay-Z at Carnegie Hall with thousand dollar tickets. I'm sure it'll be simply swarming with black people.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 2:58 PM

Who is this Shawn Carter, and why is Jay Z being so cool to him?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 3:04 PM

This nigga's an Uncle Tom.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 3:20 PM

Jay plays MSG and other NYC area venues/events frequently, everyone who has a little money can see him. This is a different thing. Good idea, it will generate millions for a good cause.

And just to be clear, this "nigga" ain't an uncle tom (whatever it is you mean by that...i'm not sure you understand the term) and yes, he retired ten years ago but then came back a couple years later. He is very popular, many people love his music and persona, live and let live please.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 3:56 PM

Yea...I'm pretty sure Jay-Z is the exact opposite of an Uncle Tom....

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 3:58 PM

So, so far from an Uncle Tom haha. The polar opposite. 3:20 failed out of Grammar School.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 4:14 PM

i am surprised c hall can get insurance for a show like this

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 5:41 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 6:04 PM

Brooklyn Vegan is my favorite site for obtaining hummus recipes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2011 6:11 PM

Jay-Z is a legend, but Dark Twisted Fantasy was some next level shit. Throne album just not that good.

Posted by nosparks | December 9, 2011 10:46 PM

What she order? Fish fillet?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2011 4:24 AM

^ no. She actually ordered the hummus platter.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2011 1:26 PM

Kanye will show, just so he can rhyme about how he played Carnegie Hall on his next LP.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2011 3:52 PM

On second thought, also probably why Jay-Z chose this venue.

Posted by 3:52 | December 10, 2011 3:54 PM

I am sure all the Money is all going to a good cause ... isn't it ?

Maybe another fucking block in Manhattan

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 8:22 AM

@822 it's a scholarship foundation, dumbass

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 8:47 AM

3:52/3:54 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 10:08 AM

2:42, you clearly are an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2012 6:39 AM

jay-z is amazing

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 3:16 PM

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