If there's one thing that is true in the music world, it's that you should never bet against [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist]. Last week, the veteran rapper had plans to perform a surprise live set on the marquee of New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, the home of the "Late Show With David Letterman." But when word leaked of the surprise show, [article id="1641890"]the whole plan was iced[/article] over concerns about crowd safety and logistics.
On Monday, Jay performed anyway. Flanked by [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] (who played a [article id="1642045"]surprise show of his own later at Bowery Ballroom[/article]), Jigga took to the roof of the building housing the Ed Sullivan Theater and ripped off a performance for about 100 hard-core fans who earned the right to see the pair live by winning contests on Facebook and Twitter, according to the New York Post.
The pair did not need a permit for the show because the roof of the building is technically private property. Though some of the show was audible to the surrounding neighborhood, the performance was invisible to anybody walking by.
The duo's performance will air on this Friday's episode of the "Late Show With David Letterman" and will promote the pair of upcoming shows the rappers will co-headline at the end of the summer. There will be one show in each of [article id="1639075"]Jay-Z's and Eminem's hometowns, New York and Detroit[/article]. The pair will play Comerica Park in Detroit (home of the Detroit Tigers) on September 2 and then appear at Yankee Stadium on September 13.