JAY-Z clearly has no qualms about flashing his cash â€“â€“ the rapper last week shelled out a whopping US$24 000 on a meal for his entourage.
The 99 Problems rapper thanked 40 of his friends and staff with a lavish meal at swanky Ithaca in Manchester after his gig at MEN Arena last Saturday.
A source says, “Jayâ€™s flunkies ordered the US$104 Wagyu beef, while Jay had sea bass. He was so impressed he hired the chef to come on tour with him!”
After US$1 200 and US$200 cognacs, Jay (real name Shawn Corey Carter), left a $3 000 tip.
This is not the first time rapâ€™s richest man has spent an exuberant amount on one meal. Earlier this month, he spent $20 000 on food when he took his entire crew for a slap-up meal in Paris, France, to thank them for helping him make his Glastonbury gig last month so “historic”.
Meanwhile Jay-Z demanded a watermelon carved in the shape of wife BeyoncÃ© Knowlesâ€™ bust during his stay in Africa.
The rapper wanted the bizarre sculpture to be displayed in his Â£2 500-a-night hotel room where he was staying ahead of his performance at the Thisday Festival which took place in Nigeria on July 11.
A source told Britainâ€™s Daily Mirror newspaper: “One giant watermelon was split in two and ornately carved into a mould of BeyoncÃ©â€™s breasts. Two cherries were used as nipples.”
The rapper â€“â€“ who controversially headlined Glastonbury earlier this summer, despite claims from Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher that hip-hip wasnâ€™t right for the festival â€“â€“ performed a duet with Rihanna at the concert, dubbed Africa Rising.
The pair performed the Barbadian beautyâ€™s number one hit Umbrella before Jay-Z went solo for a rendition of his duet with BeyoncÃ©, Crazy in Love.
The concert â€“â€“ which aimed to find sustainable solutions to the economic and political problems facing the continent â€“â€“ also featured performances from Mary J Blige, Usher and a speech from model Naomi Campbell. â€“â€“ Showbizspy.