Jay-Z to Rap for NY at World Series

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The New York Yankees pumped up to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" during the playoffs -- and now they're getting the real deal for the World Series!

The hip-hop star will perform the song live with Alicia Keys to kick-off Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, when the Bronx Bombers take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jay-Z tells AP that the opportunity is a "once in a lifetime experience," adding, "Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee."

The World Series will air on FOX.

17 Facts about Jay-Z


Jay-Z’s given name is Shawn Corey Carter.


Jay-Z was born on December 4, 1969.

Jay-Z's Millions

Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of $150 million.

Other Projects for Jay

He co-owns the New Jersey Nets and the 40/40 Club.


Jay-Z is the creator of the highly successful Rocawear clothing line.


Jay-Z is one of three original founders of Roc-A-Fella Records.

Top of the Charts

He is the current holder of the most number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart.

Says It like It Is..

Jay-Z is famous for saying: "I'm not a businessman... I'm a business, man."

Tough Childhood

Jay-Z Grew up in the projects of Brooklyn.


At the age of 12 he shot his brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry.

Mom's Gift

His passion for rap peaked when mom Gloria bought him a boom box for one of his birthdays.

Famous High School Friends

He attended the same high school as Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.

Graduation Day

Jay-Z did not graduate from high school.

Sleepless Nights

He used to wake up his siblings and mother because of his "drumming" on the kitchen table.

The "Power Couple"

Jay-Z and Beyonce were named a "Power Couple" in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2006.

Beyonce's Bling

Jay-Z spent a whopping $5 million on Beyonce's wedding ring, designed by Lorraine Schwartz.


Jay-Z is involved in various philanthropic activities.