Jay-Z will play benefit shows at Carnegie Hall in 2012.

Jay-Z has announced two shows at Carnegie Hall in New York, which will benefit the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The concerts take place February 6th-7th, with private tickets ranging from $500 to $2500. That money will be donated to both charitable foundations to help low-income students pursue an education in college.

This also marks just the second time hip hop has found its way into Carnegie Hall. Hov will join Wyclef Jean (who played there in 2001) as the only two hip hop artists to ever perform at the legendary concert hall.

“It’s every artist’s dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall […] 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.  I’m proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.”

Private tickets for the benefit shows go on sale December 12th, with a limited number of tickets open to the public on January 30th at 11 a.m. EST. Visit the Shawn Carter Foundation for ticketing options and more info on the events.