Call it his encore — JAY-Z is going on tour for the first time in four years.
The hip hop mogul — who released his latest album, “4:44,” late last month — will hit the road for 31 concerts this fall as part of a North American tour that includes a stop at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, on Nov. 26.
He’ll also perform at the NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island on Dec. 2 as the second of his two shows in New York.
JAY-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, kicks off his “4:44 Tour” on Oct. 27 in Anaheim and will put on shows in major cities including Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Montreal and Washington, D.C. before putting on his final show on Dec. 21 in Los Angeles.
JAY-Z slammed over lyrics perpetuating ‘anti-Semitic stereotypes’
It’s the rapper’s first solo tour since his “Magna Carter Holy Grail” run, which spanned 2013-14. He also co-headlined the “On The Run” tour with his wife Beyoncé later in 2014.
JAY-Z has made considerable headlines for his new album, thanks in large to lyrics where he appeared to apologize to Beyoncé for committing infidelity and others where he seemingly referenced a fallout with longtime collaborator Kanye West.
He also sparked controversy with lyrics about the Jewish community in his song “The Story of O.J.,” in which he raps: “You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit / You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.”
Those lyrics prompted the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the rapper for seeming to play “into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money.
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“The idea that Jews ‘own all the property’ in this country and have used credit to financially get ahead are odious and false,” a spokesperson for the ADL said, noting that the organization does not consider JAY-Z to be anti-Semitic.
“Yet, such notions have lingered in society for decades, and we are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish ‘control’ of the banks and finance.”
It’s worth noting that New York City has the largest Jewish population in the country with over 1.7 million people. That makes up 8.9% of the overall population of New York — the highest percentage in the country.
Before he starts the tour, JAY-Z will perform at multiple music festivals this summer, including at The Meadows in Queens on Sept. 15.
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