Jay-Z Back Back In Limelight With Huge Concert, New Album, 21-Date Tour

Jay-Z the rapper — not the producer, the mogul or hubby of Beyonce — is back.

The talent, whose latest album, The Blueprint 3, hits stores Tuesday, will play a Friday charity concert in remembrance of the eighth anniversary of 9/11. The native New Yorker will donate the entire intake from ticket sales and merchandise to the New York Police & Fire Widows And Children’s Benefit Fund.

“I’m humbled by this whole entire process,” Jay-Z told MTV last month. “Just my whole evolution coming to this place. It just all worked out this way. The first album came out on this exact day, I was in Los Angeles and couldn’t help out physically. For it to come full circle and us to be here and play Madison Square Garden and 100 percent of the proceeds going to [the charity]. I’m just humbled by the experience.”

The Hard Knocks Life singer’s fall tour officially kicks off Oct. 9 at Penn State University; for tickets check out www.LiveNation.com

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