Hip-hop superstar-turned-label head Jay-Z will leave the desk job behind for at least two nights next month, with plans to headline shows in New Jersey and Philadelphia. The concerts will be "& Fr

Hip-hop superstar-turned-label head Jay-Z will leave the desk job behind for at least two nights next month when he headlines shows in New Jersey and Philadelphia. The concerts will be "& Friends" affairs, much like the star-studded shows the artist pulled together when last year's Best of Both Worlds tour with R. Kelly fell apart.

The Oct. 27 show at East Rutherford, N.J.'s Continental Airlines Arena is being staged by New York hip-hop radio outlet WWPR (Power 105.1), while the next night's concert at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center Jersey show is a WUSL (Power 99) event. Tickets ranging from $9.99 to $99.99 are already on sale for the latter via Ticketmaster; sales info for the N.J. event has not yet been announced.

Also not yet revealed is the lineup of the Def Jam president/CEO's "friends." For 2004 dates in New York, Miami and elsewhere he drafted Snoop Dogg, the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Q-Tip, Diddy, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes and Mary J. Blige to fill out the bill.

As previously reported, Jay-Z is also considering a return to recording. "When people want something bad enough, it happens. And they want it bad," he told Billboard last week with a laugh. "I'm trying to hold out, but I don't know how long I can."