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Jay-Z, it’s not your fault resale tickets for your Webster Hall show are $800

Jay-Z is busy already saving the rest of hip-hop. Now, the legendary Webster Hall has scheduled the Grammy-award winning artist to headline the reopening of the venue in the East Village on April 26.

The iconic venue was shut down back in 2017 for renovations as part of its sale to AEG and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (the company that owns Barclays Center). Now they’re christening its return with a performance from Hov.

The only issue — tickets started around $300 and are reportedly reselling at $800 a pop.

Presale ticket prices on Webster Hall’s website ranged from $250 to $399 on Wednesday but the resale price was $643 on by Wednesday afternoon.

According to the site, the tickets are “a resale marketplace for event tickets.” The website places tickets for sale “by individuals who can no longer attend the events that they purchased, and by professional resellers.”

In operation since 1886, Webster Hall started off as a storied club called the Ritz. Since then it has grown to become one of the biggest independent venues in New York. Still, although Webster Hall has hosted some of the biggest names, the famous venue Hall has always had a grimy hole-in-the-wall feel.

Likewise, East Village is a neighborhood that’s been there forever. There are old-school bars, performance spaces that share the streets with cocktail lounges, boutiques, vintage shops, tattoo parlors and more.

Going there to see Jay-Z for $800 doesn’t only sound right, it doesn’t feel right.

“When we were thinking about who would be the right choice to open this legendary venue, we knew it had to be a world-famous New York City icon,” said Brett Yormark, chief executive officer of BSE Global said in a press release.

“No one fits that description better than Jay-Z, who will join an unparalleled list of celebrated performers who have played Webster Hall.”

To be fair, there aren’t going to be many places where you can see Jay-Z for lower than $300 bucks. Additionally, no one is suggesting that he isn’t worth the watch. Plus, he is performing another installment of his rare B-sides tapes. For these prices, the concert should be at an arena with an entire experience to foot — not at a private venue.

The concert hall says in a press release that the recent renovation “aims to preserve the iconic features of the venue while modernizing it to meet today’s entertainment and guest experience standards.” I guess that means more expensive ticket prices.

If one thing is for sure, Jay-Z is a billionaire who knows how to move like one. Maybe his financial preachings on 4:44 only suggest that maybe we’re too broke to see him.

Others set to perform there include Patti Smith and Her Band, Rosalia, MGMT, Empire of the Sun, Old Dominion and Chromeo and you can cop tickets online here.