We all know Jay-Z to be one of the reigning kings in hip hop. That statement has been heavily debated and I welcome all those who wish to dispute my opinion. But, when it comes to the number of accomplishments Jay-Z has racked under his belt,(clothing, music, record labels, basketball team, charity, etc.) it’s hard to think of many other hip hop artists who have attained the same amount of success. And, might I add, being the first hip hop artist to headline his own concert at Carnegie Hall, Jay is standing in a league all by himself right about now.
And, no, I don’t think that Watch the Throne had anything to do with him being chosen as the headliner. If that was the case, then Kanye would be standing right next to him. Jay has been elevating the standard of hip hop for years whether its been through his hard-core, yet clever lyricism, smart business acumen, or charitable causes.
Jay is at a point in his career where he does not have to prove that he’s the best. He’s putting on this show so that young kids can further their education. This concert will be benefiting the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and United Way of New York City. For a kid who did not graduate from high school and who grew up in poverty, education is more than a big deal to Jay-Z.
He may have succeeded without college, but he is making sure that others can get more opportunities than he did while growing up.
So, if anyone deserves to break down some barriers and rock out Carnegie Hall hip hop style, then it’s Jay.
And, to be honest, this moment is not just about Jay-Z being the first hip hop artist to headline a show at Carnegie.
This moment is historical because, for the last 120 years, no form of hip-hop music has been played at Carnegie Hall. For hip-hop to be embraced in a place where classical, jazz, and world music have reigned for so long is a true honor and hopefully we will be seeing some more hip hop artists headline the shows in the future. Perhaps, they may even ask Kanye one year.