(NEW YORK) — Jay-Z and Beyonce held court Monday night at the 10th anniversary of Jay’s 40/40 Club. It’s the same club he rapped about on the Black Album’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” throwing in a line in the 2003 song that he was chilling “at the 40/40 Club, ESPN on the screen.”
Little had changed Monday night in New York City. Taking a break from her Mrs. World Carter Tour, Beyonce — wearing a white Roberto Cavalli dress and bone-straight hair — sat next to her hubby while sipping champagne, laughing with friends and watching the oversized LED screens lighting the luxury sports bar.
Instead of being isolated in Jay’s VIP room, the couple sat in the heart of 40/40 as onlookers snapped photos.
Celebs and athletes alike filled the VIP sections surrounding hip-hop’s royalty, including T.I., who came with wife Tiny, New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire, Kylie Minogue, New York Jet Geno Smith, Bethenny Frankel, Busta Rhymes and Fabolous.
“My passion for sports led me to create an environment that was not only conducive to my lifestyle but would appeal to every sports fan that walked through the door,” Jay-Z said in a statement marking the club’s anniversary.
He is set to release his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, on July 4.
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