The highly anticipated collaborative album released Kanye West and Jay-Z, effectively now known as “The Throne,” has been released and has generally received mixed reviews by both fans and their colleagues, but according to a report by the New York Post, both hip-hop titans are barely speaking to each other. This stems from arguments by the two, reports say, over their visions of their upcoming tour of North America.
“Jay-Z can’t deal with Kanye,” one source said. “Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn’t care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows.”
Another source dished, “Jay-Z is fed up with West’s antics. He doesn’t even want to be around him.”
Both men were set to start their live tour on September 22nd in Detroit, Michigan, but just last week, it was revealed that the first 17 dates that were originally scheduled were scrapped and would instead start October 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. This, of course, put fuel on the fire of the rumors that both West and Jay-Z are not getting along.
According to Pitchfork, Roc Nation stated that the tour was pushed back due to “overwhelming demand”.
During a press tour promoting the album Monday during a radio interview in New York, West corrected the host of the broadcast the reason they pushed back the tour: “That’s an old list we had to push that back, because it was like, we tried to put it out in pre-order and all the lines got jammed. We pushed it back to really route it and put other dates on there. We’ll probably put four New York dates there instead.”
Tickets for the tour went on sale Monday through Ticketmaster outlets. The album of West and Jay-Z was also released Monday at midnight via iTunes and will be released on CD through retailers this Friday. Both West and Jay-Z have previously worked together on various songs, but have never released a collaborative album together.