Jay-Z Hits The Road For 'Best of Both Worlds' Tour With R.Kelly

Jay-Z and R. Kelly will revive their collaboration effort and will kick off the

nationwide “Best of Both World’s” tour together on September

30. The tour kicks

off in Chicago and will hit 40 cities in the United States before winding down

in Phoenix, Arizona on November 28th.

The “Best

of Both Worlds” tour is Jay-Z’s first major outing since his “retirement”

concert at Madison Square Garden in 2003.

The combination

of the two powerhouses in their respective genres is obvious – combined

the pair have sold over 55 million records. The tour will also support R. Kelly’s

8th album, Happy People/U Saved Me, which hits stores on August 24.

In April of 2002,

Def Jam canceled all promotions surrounding the collaboration album, due to

allegations that Kelly had sex with a minor.

After having $100,000

press day at New York's Waldorf Astoria that attracted Russell Simmons, Johnnie

Cochran and Puff Daddy to name a few, the plug was been pulled to avoid any

negativity being placed on one of Def Jam's top artists.

Jay-Z did not do

any press with Kelly and had his picture removed from the Vibe magazine which

featured R. Kelly on the cover.

A complete itinerary of the tour was not available at press time.