Two years after Jay-Z and R. Kelly teamed to record The Best of Both Worlds the pair will launch a tour of the same name with a September 30th show in Chicago. The outing will swing through more than forty cities before closing in Phoenix on November 28th.
A previously planned tour in support of the album was scuttled after Kelly was arrested on multiple charges of child pornography. The case is ongoing.
Jay-Z continues to enjoy an active “retirement,” having joined Phish onstage in New York for a surprise collaborative performance in June.
“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 of the upcoming tour. “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.”
For Kelly, the tour will come on the heels of his new double album Happy People/U Saved Me (due August 24th). Each side will include ten tracks, described on his site as “a double dose of groove and positivity,” respectively.
“You never know what may happen out there on the stage with me and Jay, because [we’re] spontaneous,” he says. “We may say anything out there.”