News: Jay-Z & Kanye West's Jay Leno Performance Confirmed

Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 5:53PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna have been confirmed to perform on the "Jay Leno Show" premiere next month.
The threesome will reportedly perform their new "Run This Town" collaboration.

Jay first broke the news of the impressive lineup to Access? Shaun Robinson following Wednesday?s NBC Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California. ?I always come on strong!? he said when Shaun asked about the trio performing on his first show. (Access Hollywood)

Reports of Jay performing on the show's premiere landed online late last month.

JUST GOT WORD: NEW Jay-Z single coming this Friday (July 24) called "Run This Town" with Kanye and Rihanna! Plus, here's what his album promo schedule will look like: Sept 10 - "Run This Town" webcast from Rocawear 10 year anniversary party in NY. Sept 11 - Blueprint 3 album release & NYC concert assoc. w/NYC Fireman's charity. Sept 13 - MTV Awards performance. Sept 14 - Jay Leno primetime NBC series premiere performance (first musical guest ever). (Hot 106)

The song features Rihanna on the chorus and Yeezy contributing a verse.

"This is Roc Nation/Pledge your allegiance...All black everything/Black cards, black cars, all black everything/And I draw them black birds/Riding with they Dillingers/I'll get more in Depp if you boys really real enough/This is La Familia/I'll explain later, but for now let me get back to this paper...Please follow the leader/So Eric B. we are/Microphone fiend, it's the return of the God/Peace God, it ain't nobody fresher...On the table screaming f*ck the other side, they jealous/We got a banquet full of broads/They got a table full of fellas/And they ain't spendin' no cake." ("Run This Town")

Drake, who was rumored to be on Jay's first Blueprint 3 single, shared his reaction to Jay's new record.

"I don't know who came up with that rumor to be honest, but I always knew what Jay's first single was going to be," Drake said in an interview. "Me and Jay did a lot of work together. Maybe at one point he was considering doing it and someone got over-excited and put out a press release that I was going to be on the first single. I think Jay made a great choice. I think the 'Run This Town' song is phenomenal. I think Kanye [West] kills that sh*t. I actually heard that song when it was a Rihanna track...We have more than one record to pick from. Jay-Z is one of those guys that's just too good. I would be definitely disappointed if I wasn't on it. I think it's going to be a legendary project. I have my fingers crossed." (The Boom Box)

The show will premiere Monday, September 14th on NBC.

Check out Jay-Z's "Run This Town" below:

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