Shortly after fellow rap mogul Kanye West announced his "The Yeezus Tour" with Kendrick Lamar as opening act, Roc Nation boss Jay-Z likewise revealed on Friday, September 6, the 34 dates of the North America leg of his world tour in support of his platinum-selling album "Magna Carta... Holy Grail". If not for the "Magna Carter" U.S. and Canada itinerary kicking off around the time that West's own tour would be drawing to its close, one could easily assume the two Grammy Award-winning rap superstars were going head to head on the road.
Hov will begin the 9-week trek on November 30 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, followed by 33 other tour dates spread throughout the next couple of months. After playing such famed venues as the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the United Center in Chicago and the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, Jay-Z will close out the tour leg on January 31 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania.
Cleverly combining his new album's title and his last name, the "Magna Carter" tour unfolds following Jay-Z's successful "Legends of the Summer" joint tour with good pal Justin Timberlake. It is expected to bring in more sales for the already double-platinum LP "MCHG" that easily became a platinum-certified even before its official release following the one million downloads deal with Samsung.
Prior to the same-day announcement of their individual tours, Jay-Z also stole the thunder from West when he broke news about "MCHG" in the midst of the aggressive promotion for "Yeezus".
Jay-Z's "Magna Carter World Tour" North America leg: