Jay-Z Ducks Beyoncé Marriage Question
05/10/2004 at 09:00 AM EDT
Don't ask Jay-Z if the marriage rumors about him and Beyoncé are true, PEOPLE's London bureau reports.
When asked on radio station KISS-FM in the British capital if he had any special announcements, the star acted coy until pushed to the point of saying only, "Oh, no special announcements, no – cut that out!"
Asked yet again if he was sure he had nothing to announce, Jay-Z said he was "positive."
Beyond that, the rapper, 33, joined forces with royalty this weekend at the Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival in London, after having declared that Prince Charles, whom Jay-Z met at a rehearsal Friday, was "cool, very cool." (Charles, 55, in turn, told reporters, "I'm not very familiar with the urban scene but I do like some of the music.")
And while he won't own up to any marriage rumors, Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) did put to rest stories that he's quitting the music industry for good.
Speaking before his performance on Saturday, he declared: "I said that I would stop making albums, full-length albums. As far as touring goes ... forever ... I wanna be doing that forever."
More than 30,000 people showed up for the concert to see performances from artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Alicia Keys and Mos Def.
Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records and the ambassador for the event, told PEOPLE: "I'm just so glad that hip-hop culture is being embraced globally to transform lives in a positive way."
Beyoncé flew in especially to perform a one-off set for the festival, with the bootylicious babe strutting onstage in a dazzling canary yellow jeweled mini dress with long dangly earrings and back-combed hair.
As a backdrop of flames engulfed the stage behind her, the diva performed an energetic rendition of "Baby Boy." But the real showstopper came mid-song, when Jay-Z joined Beyoncé for their duet version of "Crazy In Love."