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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys Will Perform at World Series Game 2

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Oct 28th 2009 1:26PM
Jay-ZAlthough he was originally scheduled to perform at tonight's opening World Series game, Jay-Z has been bumped to Game 2. R&B songstress Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem, and prior to that, she'll join New York's reigning rap king Jay-Z on his current single, 'Empire State of Mind.'

Because of the soggy weather that's soaked the New York area in the last 24 hours, the thought is that a stage on the field could affect the playing conditions in some form.Jay-ZAlthough he was originally scheduled to perform at tonight's opening World Series game, Jay-Z has been bumped to Game 2. R&B songstress Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem, and prior to that, she'll join New York's reigning rap king Jay-Z on his current single, 'Empire State of Mind.'

Because of the soggy weather that's soaked the New York area in the last 24 hours, the thought is that a stage on the field could affect the playing conditions in some form.

Jay-Z has been a longtime Yankee fan and is currently riding high after the September release of his eleventh album, 'The Blueprint 3.' And it's been quite an active two months for Jay-Z on the small screen, dating back to a Sept. 11 benefit concert that was aired on Fuse. Recently, he's pushing the active role he plays in this week's release of 'DJ Hero,' the Guitar Hero-style game that lets one turn their television into a simulated turntable. Activision released the 'DJ Hero Renegade Edition,' which features exclusive material from both Jay-Z and Eminem.

Bringing Jay-Z to open the World Series speaks of the cultural impact he's having not only in rap but in a more mainstream sense, too. For years, it's been typical for big rock acts to open or play halftime at the Super Bowl -- even the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake fiasco a few years back hasn't deterred the NFL from weaving musical content into the sports since then.

But for Major League Baseball, it's a different story. This sort of thing doesn't happen that often. Even though Jay-Z 's professionalism should give the suits nothing to worry about, it's signaling that the sport might be trying to reach new, hipper audiences by tapping this New York icon for a non-national anthem, pre-game performance.

In the end, it makes sense: His persona is pretty much in line with those of Derek Jeter and A-Rod, in that they all own this town in one form or another.

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