Pop Culture Commentary

What do you get when you mix a rapper/mega-mogul who freely refers to himself as “Hova” with an R&B singer who has recently become well-known only for his masochistic sexual relations with underaged girls? Apparently, you get a bruised ego, pepper spray and anger.

At some point, rapper Jay-Z and singer R. Kelly decided it would be a good idea to go on tour together. Don’t ask me why because I’m still perplexed as to why such an event would be planned. Nonetheless, they teamed up for the “Best of Both Worlds” tour.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly had been screwing up the concert from the get-go. His act poked fun at his rape allegations, he missed shows, left shows and showed up late.

Then, at the Madison Square show on Oct. 30, Kelly alleged that he was attacked with pepper spray by a member of Jay-Z’s entourage. The next day, Jay-Z kicked Kelly off the tour for “a lack of professionalism and unpredictable behavior.”

Jay-Z decided that he may have 99 problems, but R. Kelly ain’t one. He’s continuing the tour with other rapper-friends of his and Kelly filed a $75 million lawsuit against him.

Basically, it’s been hinted that R. Kelly’s big problem throughout the tour was that Jay-Z was getting all the attention.

But, really, what did Kelly expect? Let’s consider the facts. Jay-Z is considered to be at the top of his game. Add to this his recent retirement announcement and it’s no wonder why Jay-Z is Big Pimpin’ in comparison to R. Kelly who, despite the fact that he believes he can fly, seems to be drowning in self-pity.

I just hope this won’t end in bloodshed such as the beef between Tupac and the Notorious BIG did. This is especially true in respect to the rap world’s recent, mysterious loss of ex-Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

If either of you are out there reading, I beg you both, Jay and R., do a compilation, make some benjamins, get some bitches if you want to, so long as you make up, the world will be a better place. Please, no more drama in my life.