Jay-Z Talks R. Kelly, Possible Dr. Dre Collaboration

The now retired Jay-Z

once again set things straight on “Last Call with Carson Daly” Wednesday

night (November 10), addressing rumors that he’s working with Producer Dr.

Dre and why he took another chance on the Best of Both Worlds tour with R&B

star R. Kelly.

According to Jay,

after Kelly left Madison Square Garden the night of the pepper spray incident,

multi-platinum R&B artist Usher, who was in the audience, eagerly offered

his assistance.

“That was

really a big thing for me to see him do that [because] he’s a superstar

in his own right and he performed with no backing music, no anything,”

said Jay. “He just grabbed the mic and sounded just like the record.”

Jay revealed he

didn’t perceive the Best of Both Worlds tour as a competition with Kelly

until things came to a halt.


was supposed to be, you do the best at what you do, I do the best at what I

do,” said Jay. “Now that everything has come to fruition, I see

it was a competition.”

According to Jay,

Kelly’s legal troubles regarding child pornography tapes were the main

reason the initial venture between the two superstars failed.

“I was like

let’s fall back from this project because real life comes before entertainment,”

said Jay of the first attempt.

Despite the collapse

of the recent tour, the duo's album Unfinished Business was the number

one record in the country last week.

Jay didn’t

entirely dismiss a potential collaboration with Dr. Dre, who has worked with

Universal label mates Eminem and 50 Cent on their multi-platinum albums.

“I [saw]

Dre in L.A. one time and we just talked about how magical that would be,”

said Jay. “I don’t know how that spread so far, but it really went

a long way.”

Jay went on to

chastise the recording industry for focusing too much on the business instead

of the music.

The Brooklyn emcee

discussed his incentive for possibly joining Def Jam as a top executive, a story

that has been widely reported in the past weeks.

“My whole

thing is to get in place where I can put the focus back on artistry, put the

music first,” said Jay.

Regarding the release

of his last album The Black Album, Jay explained that he originally

wanted to put it out “under the radar” without singles or promotion.

The Black Album

was released last year and Jay’s film "Fade to Black" was released

in theatres November 5.

Jay is also reportedly

in talks with Universal Music Group along with Roc-A-Fella co-founders Damon

Dash and Kareem “ Biggs” Burke to sell Roc-A-Fella Records.