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Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Host $40,000 Hip-Hop BBQ Illuminati Gathering Fund-raiser for Obama

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 29:  Rap artist Jay-Z is silhouetted against a video image of an American flag as he performs during a sold-out show at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort December 29, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The first couple will be at the 40/40 Club for an exclusive political fund-raiser on September 18, and Barack Obama will be in the building, too, "Page Six" reports. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are hosting a $40,000-a-ticket dinner for 100 people at the rap mogul's 25th Street lounge in what might be the president's last election-year stop in New York City. It's also an opportunity for Obama to explain that, despite what rap lyrics might say, America has no intention of invading Paris.

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Photo: Ethan Miller/2007 Getty Images