NEW YORK -- As Jay-Z transitioned from hit song to hit song at a Carnegie Hall concert Monday night, so did the lighting, changing from red to white to blue.
The veteran rapper then performed his latest hit, "Glory," about his 1-month-old daughter with Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter.
"I didn't think I was going to make it through that one," he said, sounding emotional. "That was tough."
It was one of the many jams Jay-Z performed at New York's famed venue, his latest achievement in music domination.
The rapper is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001 with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston.
Jay-Z was joined by fellow New Yorkers Alicia Keys and Nas. He was backed by an orchestra of 30-plus and a band that included Questlove of The Roots and neo-soul singer Bilal. It was one of two shows for charity planned this week.
Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund
Who's Eligible: Students pursuing undergrad degrees
Award Amount: Varies
Due Date: June
Before the fame, he was Shawn Carter, a kid who struggled to rise above his circumstances. To give back, the rapper now known a Jay-Z has created a scholarship program designed for undergrads with demonstrated financial need. On top of fulfilling basic scholarship requirements of maintaining a 2.0 GPA, Shawn Carter Scholarship recipients must also fulfill community service requirements to maintain their award. It is closed for 2011 but keep looking for the 2012 award.
Read more here: http://www.shmoop.com/college/shawn-carter-scholarship-fund.html
Photo Donald Traill