Jay-Z, 50 Cent Ready To 'Roc The Mic'

In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team for the Roc the Mic trek of North American amphitheaters and arenas. The tour will begin June 25 in Hartford

In what is likely to be the biggest hip-hop tour of the summer, Jay-Z and 50 Cent will team for the Roc the Mic trek of North American amphitheaters and arenas. The tour will begin June 25 in Hartford, Conn., and wrap Aug. 5 in Atlanta. An all-star cast of support acts will appear at various shows, including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul, Lil' Mo, Bone Crusher, and Fabolous.

50 Cent is currently on tour with the Clipse for a bill that hits Asbury Park, N.J., tonight (May 1). A series of Japanese and European dates with Eminem will follow. As previously reported, 50 Cent will also appear with Eminem at the latter's only two planned U.S. appearances of the year, July 12-13 at Detroit's Ford Field.

In other 50 Cent news, Interscope yesterday debuted exclusive material available to purchasers of the rapper's CD/DVD package "The New Breed." Listeners who put the CD into their personal computers are given a password and directed to 50 Cent's Web site, where they can access an exclusive video for "Many Men" and a download of "The Realest Killaz," a DJ-created collaboration between 50 Cent and 2Pac. The site also allows users to register to receive an exclusive 50 Cent rap delivered to their cell phone.

Here are the Roc the Mic tour dates:

June 25: Hartford, Conn. (ctnow.com Meadows Music Center)
June 26: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga PAC)
June 27: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
June 28: Scranton, Pa. (Montage Mountain)
June 29: Buffalo, N.Y. (Darien Lake Amphitheatre)
July 1: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
July 2: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
July 3: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
July 5: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 6: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
July 7: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
July 9: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
July 10: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheater)
July 11: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
July 15: Moline, Ill. (Mark of the Quad Cities)
July 16: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
July 17: Minneapolis (Target Center)
July 18: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
July 19: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
July 20: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 22: Denver (Fiddler's Green)
July 23: Salt Lake City (West Valley Amphitheatre)
July 24: Boise, Idaho (Idaho Center)
July 25: Sacramento, Calif. (Sleepy Train Amphitheatre)
July 26: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
July 27: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center)
July 28: Phoenix (America West)
July 29: Albuquerque, N.M. (Tingley Coliseum)
July 31: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Centre)
Aug. 1: San Antonio (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 2: Houston (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 3: Beaumont, Texas (SE Texas Entertainment Complex)
Aug. 4: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
Aug. 5: Atlanta (Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre)