R. Kelly, Jay-Z Teaming For Tour
R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago.R&B/hip-hop superstars R. Kelly and Jay-Z will team for a North American tour this fall, kicking off Sept. 30 in Chicago. The full routing has yet to be announced for the Best of Both Worlds trek, which is expected to play 40 cities before wrapping Nov. 28 in Phoenix.
"We really don't want to give away too much of the show, because we want people to really be genuinely in shock and awe," Jay-Z says. "We're doing a 'shock and awe' campaign."
"We want to reach the people that feel our music and that feel us and that love us, because we get on stage and return their love," he continues. "And that's what we love to do -- we're performers. We love to perform our music in front of live audiences.
"You never know what may happen out there on the stage with me and Jay, because [we're] spontaneous," Kelly adds. "We may say anything out there on the stage."
The two artists previously joined forces for the 2002 album "Best of Both Worlds," but axed plans for a tour after Kelly's arrest on multiple child pornography charges. The case is still pending.
Kelly's legal woes have not deterred his musical career. A double album, "Happy People/U Saved Me," will be released Tuesday (Aug. 24) via Jive. The single "Happy People" peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart earlier this summer; a new track, "If," is at U.S. radio outlets now.
The artist recently conquered Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Awards by taking home seven trophies, including top R&B/hip-hop songwriter and producer.