Known as one of the best-selling musicians of all time, Jay-Z has sold more than 100 million records, and was ranked by MTV as the “Greatest MC of all time” in 2006. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked 3 of Jay-Z’s albums in the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” (Reasonable Doubt from 1996, The Blueprint from 2001 and The Black Album from 2003). He has won more than 20 Grammy Awards for his music, and is leading the 60th Grammy Award nominations with eight nominations for 2018.
Jay-Z holds the record for solo artist with the most number one albums on the US Billboard 200 with 14, and was ranked the 10th most successful artist of the 2000s and the 4th top rapper by Billboard. Jay-Z is a powerhouse with a loyal following of fans, many of whom have been with him since he released his debut album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. This album featured an appearance by The Notorious B.I.G. and achieved platinum status.
Listed by Forbes as the second-richest Hip-Hop artist in the United States, Jay-Z has come a long way from the 26-year-old artist with a dream and CDs he sold from his car. His humble beginnings and his knack for sharing his most painful and triumphant moments with his fans through his songs keeps Jay-Z on the top of the charts, with several albums receiving platinum status.
Jay-Z loves to put on a show that thrills, and is known for holding nothing back when he performs. Fans can expect much of the same from the OTR II tour.
Jay-Z Tour Dates
Jay-Z kicks off his 2018 joint tour with Beyonce in Cleveland, OH on July 25, 2018, and will be ending the tour on October 2, 2018 in Vancouver. This whirlwind tour hits 21 venues in the US and Canada from New York to California, and Florida to Vancouver. There has not been any mention of future dates at this time, but it’s always a good idea to check for updates when your favorite artists are on tour.
Jay-Z and Beyonce On The Run II Tour
On March 12, Jay-Z officially announced his joint return to the stadium circuit with superstar wife, Beyonce, for OTR II (On the Run II), following their highly successful 2014 OTR tour. OTR built upon the power couple’s Bonnie and Clyde personas with ski masks, sirens, and performances of their duets, “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde” and "Part II (On the Run)". Jay-Z explained, "We're not trying to do this literally, it's not that we're Bonnie and Clyde. We're on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again."
For OTR II, Jay-Z is back on the run with Beyonce by his side, but this time with African influence. The tour announcement and promotion includes black and white visuals of him and Beyonce atop a bullhorns-adorned motorcycle, which is said to be in direct reference to the 1973 Senegalese film, “Touki Bouki”. The African classic follows a crime-committing couple on the run from the police in pursuit of wealth. For the setlist, Jay-Z and Beyonce's collaboration from last year, "Family Feud", about tension within his family and society is almost guaranteed to make an appearance. Tickets to experience OTR II go on sale March 19.