Pairing Jay-Z with the Beatles on the bootleg ”The Grey Album” was odd enough, but now the multiplatinum rapper has enlisted an even more unlikely backing band: Phish. Halfway through the jam band’s Friday night show at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn, New York, they brought out Jay-Z to rap on his own ”99 Problems” and ”Big Pimpin’,” according to published reports. The crowd cheered especially hard for a line about preventing cops from searching a car (”I know my rights, so you gon’ need a warrant for that”), according to the New York Times.
There was no word how Phish ? who will be breaking up at the end of their current tour ? convinced Jay-Z to appear. But it couldn’t have hurt that the rapper has also announced his impending retirement. Friday’s show was the jam band’s final performance in New York; they will play their last shows ever (supposedly) on Aug. 15 and 16 in their native Vermont. For the curious, Friday’s concert can be downloaded (for a fee) at livephish.com.