Rap mogul Jay-Z, a native of Brooklyn who currently resides in Manhattan, will be forever affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Like many born and bred New Yorkers, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is a somber one, filled with memorial services and plenty of tears. On the tragic day’s eighth anniversary, Jay-Z will headline a benefit concert to honor the fallen at Madison Square Garden.
The Jigga just announced a 9/11 benefit concert which will funnel 100% of its proceeds to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, a non-profit that’s already doled out $114 million to the families of first responders from the NYPD, NYFD, Port Authority Police, and emergency medical services who perished in the terrorist attacks.
“This charity and concert encompass the true spirit of New York City,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “We are asking everyone to ‘answer the call’ and support and honor the families of those that lost their lives in the line of duty. There was true camaraderie and resiliency that this city showed the world in 2001, and we continue that today by taking care of our own.”
The concert will also be broadcast live and commercial-free on Fuse as the special Fuse Presents Jay-Z Live from Madison Square Garden: Answer the Call on September 11th at 9 p.m. While ticket information has not yet been announced, a pre-sale will be available for Citi card members and information can be found at AnswerTheCall.org.
Sept 11 also marks the release of his new LP, The Blueprint 3, as well as the eight-year anniversary of The Blueprint‘s release.