Jay-Z Leads Pumped-Up English Crowd to a ‘Numb/Encore’ Tribute
A month after the unexpected death of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennignton, rapper Jay-Z pays respects with a performance at England's V Festival. Facing the ecstatic Staffordshire, England crowd, Jay-Z performs "Numb/Encore" as a tribute to the late singer Saturday night.
In the middle of his tour promoting the rapper's seventeenth studio album "4:44," Jay-Z asked the audience to "show some love for Chester" as the chords of "Numb/Encore" blasts through the speakers and fill up the event, TMZ reports. Jay-Z also encourages the crowd to make sure their cheers are loud enough to reach the heavens as they sing Chester's parts of the song.
As shared by Billboard, Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, previously worked with the nu-rock band for 2004's "Collision Course" EP. Originally planned as a two-track collaboration with Linkin Park, their work extended to six tracks that were featured in the album. The aforementioned song, which was the main track from the EP, nabbed a Grammy in 2006 for the best "Rap/Sung Collaboration" category.
With an expected net worth of $810 million, Jay-Z is considered the second richest rapper in the US, only next to Sean "P.Diddy" Combs. Records-wise, he holds the record for most Billboard 200 albums by a solo artist, with 14 records. His song "Empire State of Mind" with singer Alicia Keys is also noted as one of four Billboard Top 100 number ones by the singer. .
This event comes exactly a month after the death of Bennington, who was found dead in Palos Verdes Estates, California home on July 20th. Fellow band member Mike Shinoda confirmed the death, which is presumed to be suicide, through the social media platform Twitter. Bennington's death led to the cancellation of the North American leg of Linkin Park's "One More Light" tour, with the tickets to be refunded to those who purchased in advance.