BACKSTAGE RIDER: Hip-Hop

Jay-Z '09

Jay-Z

When Jay-Z headlined at the University of Arizona in April 2009, the rapper banked a whopping $750,000 for his set. But the chart-topping performer did not get every perk requested in his concert rider, since the school does not provide artists with alcohol, tobacco, or $400,000 luxury vehicles.

As seen on these pages, Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) demands that promoters provide him with ground transportation while he is in town performing. Specifically, the rap star requires a late-model black Maybach (either the 57 or 62 model) with tinted windows. Carter's dressing room (72 degrees, please) must be stocked with Sapporo beer, vodka, tequila, and two bottles of $300 Champagne.

Oh, and the 39-year-old performer also needs two bottles (at $200 apiece) of 2004 Sassicaia, which his rider helpfully describes as a "Red, Italian Wine from Bolgheri Region."

Additionally, Carter requires "Good Quality" peanut butter and jelly, one martini shaker, 12 shot glasses, and a pack of Marlboro Lights. A marked-up copy of the Jay-Z rider, provided by the University of Arizona, includes the school's deletion of items it declined to provide the rapper. (4 pages)

Comments (1)

i would require GREAT QUALITY peanut butter and jelly

Random Demands

Six (6) Cotton Boxer Shorts

Rage Against the (Washing) Machine? Tom Morello & Co. need new underwear nightly.

View the Rider »