Because the joint Kanye West/Jay-Z tour was postponed, rumors are flying about the reasons. Much speculation has been focused on the fact that the guys were feuding because West wanted to do a huge production and Jay-Z didn't.
Alleged inside sources fueled the fire by saying, “Jay-Z can’t deal with Kanye. Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn’t care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows.”
Another anonymous gossip monger added, “Jay-Z is fed up with West’s antics. He doesn’t even want to be around him.”
However, in an interview with New York's Hot 97 FM, Jay-Z clarified things. He said, "I kinda want to spend a gazillion dollars. They got it backwards, but it's all good. I know that we're doing something right now. When I woke up to all that, I was like, 'Oh yeah, we must be really hot right now'."
Jay even copped to some mild friction between the two before dismissing it as the scheduling cause: “Kanye is my brother. Yes, we get on each other's nerves. That's part of pushing each other. The people who have a problem with Kanye or myself are the people that are complacent in life. People don't like to be pushed. It's annoying.
“It's a thing when people are pushing you to be greater, and we push each other to be greater. So, of course, there are times when we're in the studio, we're yelling, but that's about it. But that’s in the studio. I have so much respect for him, I wouldn’t put my hands on him. Never, no way.”
According to official sources, the real reason for the push back is the high demand for the show. Jay actually broke the news on the radio as the DJ started to tick off some dates.
He responded, "That's an old list we had to push that back, because it was like, we tried to put it out in pre-order and all the lines got jammed. We pushed it back to really route it and put other dates on there. We'll probably put four New York dates there instead."
The Watch the Throne Tour was originally slated to begin on September 22. Now, though, it kicks off on October 29. The whole first half of the itinerary has been cut as the powers that be sort out new routing. Most of the shows have found new dates, but a few have yet to be rescheduled.
The Watch the Throne collaborative album hits streets on August 12, though a digital preview will be available on iTunes on August 8. Produced by The Neptunes and RZA, the album features guest vocals by Beyoncé and Frank Ocean.
In a tip of the hat to their standing as rap royalty, for the tour, the two rappers – along with their backing band – will collectively be known as The Throne.