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Jay-Z to Play Carnegie Hall in February

By Ben Fractenberg | December 8, 2011 7:31pm

MANHATTAN — Jay-Z is gong to make history at Carnegie Hall.

The music mogul will become the first hip-hop artist to play the historic venue when he performs back-to-back charity concerts on Feb. 6 and 7, ABC News reported Thursday.

Jay-Z aims to raise money for the United Way of New York City and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation to help with their goals of improving on-time graduation rates for city public school students.

“I feel like they bent the rules so it could make sense for me right now, but I’ll take it!”  Jay-Z said at a press conference Thursday. “I believe all sort of music plays in all sort of venues, I’ve always believed that — from Yankee Stadium to Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall.  I think if music is great, it works in great venues.” 

Ticket packages go on sale Monday and a limited number of single tickets will be sold on Jan. 30. Ticket prices are expected to be steep, going from between $500 and $2,500 each.