While fans are going wild for Jay-Z‘s Carnegie Hall shows where he is the first MC to perform in the celebrated and storied New York venue by himself — Mos Def and Gil Scott-Heron performed there last year —others are drooling over Beyoncé.
The new mother of daughter Blue Ivy Carter looked great in a sparkly blue dress and velvet Chanel bag, that reminds me of a muff. You know, those hand warming items? Anyway, Beyoncé looks fantastic, refreshed and not like most new mother’s I’ve seen. The ones I’ve seen glow, but they’ve got tired eyes and are wearing a spit-stained t-shirt with stretch pants.
Elsewhere Jay-Z gave a commanding performance, according to Rob Markman at MTV News.
“As he’s done most of his career, Jay continued to stomp out the misconceptions that rap can’t be considered highbrow art as he tore through radio hits and street favorites like “U Don’t Know” and “Where I’m From.” Jay did balance things out when he invited Alicia Keys onstage for “Empire State of Mind” but got extra-gritty on the very next song, making way for Nas to perform his own “N.Y. State of Mind” from the Queensbridge MC’s 1994 classic Illmatic. There was a perfect juxtaposition throughout. The biggest musical clash came when Jay performed the “Annie”-sampling “Hard Knock Life.” Jigga rapped the song’s verses, while the wealthy crowd song the downtrodden chorus. By the time Hova rolled into the set’s next song “Izzo,” a marijuana smell filled the air. That must be a first for Carnegie.”
The proceeds from Jay-Z’s two day Carnegie Hall performance series will benefit the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation in an effort to put low-income NYC students in a position to attend college.