During a press conference at Madison Square Garden, Jay-Z recalled the morning of the attacks. “On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in Los Angeles shooting video for ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ and my album [Blueprint, was due] to come out the next day and I got a phone call. A friend of mine said turn the TV on. … It [the terrorists attacks] looked like a movie to me, it didn’t look [like] it could be real. So the last thing I was thinking about was an album.”
“On Sept. 12, I saw footage of these heroic actions. People [were] running into buildings to save each other. I saw the strength of New York — it made me proud. This is my chance to do something to help out,” he said.
Tickets for the benefit go on sale Sept. 8 and will cost $50. Organizers hope to raise more than $750,000 for the charity. Also, Hova will release his Blueprint 3 album on Friday, Sept. 11. –yvette caslin