Jay-Z will perform two charity concerts at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

The veteran rapper announced the concerts will serve as fundraisers for United Way of New York City and the rapper’s own Shawn Carter Foundation – Two charities focused on promoting education in underprivileged communities.

Announcing the event Thursday, Jay-Z -real name Shawn Carter- said he hoped to give others the opportunities he missed out on while growing up.

“Education is super important. I don’t have a high school diploma or a college diploma, but still for me to articulate, I had to have some form of schooling to articulate my thought.

“The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs and great thinkers makes for a legendary night.”

The concerts are due to take place on February 6th and 7th, with tickets starting at $500.

Located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, the prestigious Carnegie Hall is best known as the former home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Jay-Z will be one of the first major solo Hip Hop artists to play in the venue’s 2,800-seat main auditorium, following Lauren Hill‘s Jazz festival performance in 2002, and Wyclef Jean‘s ‘All Star Jam’ in 2003.

Limited public tickets for the event will be available from 11am, 30 January 2012.

Watch the music video for Jay-Z’s ‘Forever Young’ below: