Jay-Z will start his ‘4:44’ tour in Anaheim and end in Inglewood
Everyone’s been talking about the new Jay-Z record “4:44,” which dropped on June 30, and there’s been plenty of talk about when the rapper and streaming music mogul would start his tour.
On Monday morning, Jay-Z announced the details and he is headed to the Honda Center in Anaheim in October to open the first leg of the tour and will wrap it with a Los Angeles date at the Forum in Inglewood in December.
Jay-Z will perform at the Honda Center on Oct. 27, with other Southern California dates scheduled for Viejas Arena in San Diego on Dec. 19 and the current final night of the tour at the Forum on Dec. 21.
The rapper, whose given name is Shawn Carter, released debut album “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996 and two years later became a household name thanks to hits such as “Can I Get A …” and “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” More hits followed, “Big Pimpin’,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Girls Girls Girls” and “99 Problems” among them.
He has become one of the most successful and respected rappers in history, recording collaborations with artists as diverse as R. Kelly, Linkin Park, Pharrell Williams, Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake. His two highest charting hits are “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys and Run This Town” with Rihanna and Kanye West. Jay-Z headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2010, where wife Beyonce was a special guest during his set.
In recent years, he started his own streaming service, Tidal, which debuted “4:44,” his 14th studio album and first since 2013’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” The album has received critical acclaim and has been viewed as a response to Beyonce’s smash-hit “Lemonade,” which was released in 2016.