Jay-Z/R. Kelly: The Best and Worst of Both Worlds

Tour ended October 29, 2004 with Kelly banned from the tour

When one of the greatest rappers, Jay-Z, collaborated with one of the elite R&B artists, R, Kelly, it appeared to be the Best of Both Worlds, which was the name of their first album released in 2002. However the dream became a nightmare, resulting in a criminal case, a lawsuit, and Kelly being banned from their tour in 2004.

Here is a look back at "Jay-Z/R. Kelly: The Best and Worst of Both Worlds."

01
of 10

January 24, 2002 - Jay-Z and R. Kelly announce 'Best of Both Worlds' album

Jay-Z and R. Kelly during Jay-Z and R. Kelly in Concert - October 29, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic

On January 24, 2002, Jay-Z and R, Kelly announced the release of their Best of Both Worlds album at a lavish press conference held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. There was a party atmosphere as Hot 97 DJ FunkMaster Flex spun the music, and several stars attended, including Diddy, Ronald Isley, Russell Simmons and attorney Johnnie Cochran.

02
of 10

March 26, 2002 - 'Best of Both Worlds' CD released

R. Kelly and Jay-Z perform during their 'Best of Both Worlds' tour, September 30, 2004 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

The Jay-Z/R. Kelly Best of Both Worlds album was released on March 26, 2002, debuting at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and number two on the Billboard 200. The CD was certified platinum and was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo.

03
of 10

September 29, 2004 - 'Best of Both Worlds' tour begins in Rosemont, Illinois

Jay-Z and R. Kelly. KMazur/WireImage for New York Post

Jay-Z and R. Kelly planned their Best of Both Worlds tour for 2002 to coincide with the release of their album, however they postponed the tour when Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography. The tour finally kicked off on September 29, 2004 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, near Kelly's Chicago hometown. They were scheduled to perform 40 shows together.

04
of 10

September 30, 2004 - R. Kelly two hours late for second concert of the tour

R. Kelly and Jay-Z. KMazur/WireImage for New York Post

There was immediate tension on the Jay-Z/R. Kelly Best of Both Worlds tour. Kelly complained that on the opening night, September 29, 2004 in Rosemont, Illinois, Jay-Z's crew "sabotaged" his show with poor lighting. For the second show in Rosemont, R. Kelly was two hours late. Kelly and Jay-Z were scheduled to perform together at the open and close of the show, however Kelly left early, causing Jay-Z to end the concert solo.

Jay-Z later complained that Kelly was unwilling to rehearse with him. The feud was on, and the next date in Cincinnati was cancelled. 

05
of 10

October 17, 2004 - Jay-Z leaves concert early in Memphis, Tennessee

R. Kelly and Jay-Z at press conference announcing their 'The Best Of Both Worlds' CD on January 24, 2002 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Scott Gries/ImageDirect

On October 17, Jay-Z left the concert in Memphis, Tennessee early. Six days later in St. Louis, Kelly abruptly stopped his performance, complaining again about poor lighting. He was accused of assaulting the lighting director, however no charges were filed.  The Milwaukee and Hartford shows were canceled for "technical difficulties."

06
of 10

October 26, 2004 - 'Unfinished Business' CD released

R. Kelly and Jay-Z at press conference announcing their 'The Best Of Both Worlds' CD on January 24, 2002 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Scott Gries/ImageDirect

On October 26, 2004, the second Jay-Z/R, Kelly album was released, Unfinished Business. It consisted of unreleased tracks previously recorded for the Best of Both Worlds CD. It was certified platinum, reaching the top of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Billboard 200.

07
of 10

October 29, 2004 - R. Kelly maced at Madison Square Garden

R. Kelly and Jay-Z at press conference announcing their 'The Best Of Both Worlds' CD on January 24, 2002 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Theo Wargo/WireImage

October 29, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City was R. Kelly's final appearance on the Best of Both Worlds tour. AS he began his second solo set, he announced,that “two people were waving guns at me. I can’t do no show like that …" He suddenly dropped his microphone and returned to his dressing room. When he attempted to go back to the stage, he and two bodyguards were hit with pepper spray by a friend of Jay-Z, Tyran Smith, and had to be treated at St. Vincent's Hospital..

Smith was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to two days of anger-management counseling, and was ordered to complete four days of community servicei

Jay-Z continued the show without Kelly, and brought several surprise guests on stage to perform, including Usher, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, T.I. Ja Rule, and Foxy Brown. Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, are among the artists who performed with Jay-Z later on the tour.

08
of 10

October 30, 2004 - Jay-Z claims R. Kelly was jealous

R. Kelly and Jay-Z at press conference announcing their 'The Best Of Both Worlds' CD on January 24, 2002 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Theo Wargo/WireImage

Following the disastrous October 29,2004 concert, Jay-Z and R. Kelly were interviewed separately by Angie Martinez the next day on New York's Hot 97 radio station. Jigga stated the problem on the tour was that Kelly was jealous of him receiving a more positive response from the audience.

Kelly denied he was jealous, and said production issues were the real problem. He also admitted that he did not actually see guns in the audience, but panicked after receiving a threatening phone call. 

09
of 10

October 30, 2004, 2004 - R. Kelly banned from tour

R. Kelly and Jay-Z at press conference announcing their 'The Best Of Both Worlds' CD on January 24, 2002 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Theo Wargo/WireImage

Jay-Z and R. Kelly were scheduled to perform a second show at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2004, however the show went on with Kelly who was banned form the arena and the remainder of the tour. The name of the tour was changed from Best of Both Worlds to Jay-Z and Friends.

10
of 10

November 1, 2004: R. Kelly sues, Jay-Z countersues

R. Kelly, attorney Johnnie Cochran, and Jay-Z at press conference announcing their 'The Best Of Both Worlds' CD on January 24, 2002 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Scott Gries/Getty Images

On November 1, 2004, R. Kelly sued Jay-Z, his production company Marcy Projects, and Atlantic Worldwide Touring for breach of contract and $75 million in damages ($60 million in punitive damages and $15 million for lost income). In the suit, he accused Jay-Z's crew of causing his lighting problems.

In January 2005, Jay-Z filed a countersuit, accusing Kelly of being constantly late or absent from meetings and rehearsals, and missing deadlines, which resulted in concert delays and cancellations. Jay-Z's lawsuit was dismissed by a judge, and Kelly'a lawsuit was settled out of court. Terms were not disclosed.