Jay-Z, photographed rehearsing with Nas, Beyoncé, his orchestral leader Rosie Danvers, and the Hustler Symphony Orchestra at London’s Terminal Studios on September 27, 2006.
Hov and the Orchestra had first joined forces earlier that year in June for the ten-year anniversary concert for his classic debut album Reasonable Doubt, performed at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
During his Water For Life Tour his London stop was held at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London. He was the first hip-hop artist ever to headline a night at the world famous venue since it’s opening in 1871. He performed the two-hour show backed by a 25-piece orchestra. Guest appearances during the intimate show included Beyoncé, Memphis Bleek, Nas, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, who was given the opportunity to sing the “Song Cry” chorus on her birthday. The official DVD release of the concert came packaged with a limited edition run of his ninth studio album Kingdom Come.