With the blockbuster Mayweather-Alvarez fight taking place tomorrow, we decided to take a look at the upcoming tours for hip-hop heavyweights Jay Z and Kanye West and see how they match up. Announced within hours of one another on Friday of last week, Jay Z’s “Magna Carter World Tour” and Kanye’s “Yeezus” Tour both went on sale this week. Magna Carter will be Jay Z’s first solo tour since 2009, after joining Kanye on the “Watch the Throne Tour” in 2011-12 and Justin Timberlake on the Legends of the Summer Tour earlier this year. Yeezus will be Kanye’s first solo tour since the acclaimed “Glow in the Dark Tour” in 2008.
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) September 6, 2013
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 6, 2013
See how Magna Carter and Yeezus compare and find exclusive promo codes for tickets after the jump.
|Jay Z||Artist||Kanye West|
|none||Opening Acts||Kendrick Lamar|
|11/30- St. Paul, MN||Start Date||10/19- Seattle, WA|
|1/31- State College, PA||End Date||12/7- Houston, TX|
|Magna Carta Holy Grail||Supporting Album||Yeezus|
|“Holy Grail”||Singles||“Black Skinhead” “Bound 2”|
Based on ticket prices and early interest, Magna Carter and Yeezus are shaping up to be two of the most anticipated hip hop tours in recent memory. Though tickets are just being released and the markets for both tours are still developing, Magna Carter tickets are currently about 21% more expensive. While Kanye’s tour currently has six fewer dates than Jay Z, more Yeezus dates may be announced. After a successful presale yesterday, Kanye has already announced additional shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn, and New York City. Thus far, the Magna Carta Holy Grail album has severely outperformed Yeezus, having reached double platinum status last week.
With better record sales and seemingly greater demand, we are inclined to give Jay Z the edge over his protege. However, the inclusion of budding superstar Kendrick Lamar on the Yeezus Tour helps tip the scales in Kanye’s favor. Already awarded the top-rated album of 2012 from Pitchfork for his debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick set the hip hop world on fire exactly one month ago. In a controversial verse on Big Sean’s “Control”, the Compton, CA native called out nearly all of today’s top young rappers including Drake, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, Tyler the Creator, and even Big Sean. The verse sparked intense conversation and numerous responses, with some proclaiming that Kendrick save hip hop.
It remains to be seen whether Kendrick Lamar can reach the level of Jay Z and Kanye in the pantheon of rap greats, but Yeezus will almost certainly be his last tour as an opening act. Its important to stress that since both tours are still more than a month away and tickets have just been released, not all details have been confirmed. However, currently with more affordable tickets and more overall talent, we rank Yeezus over Magna Carter as the more desirable tour.
Check out the official visuals for Kanye’s “Black Skinhead” and Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” and listen to Kendrick’s “Control” verse below. Also use the codes provided to save money on tickets.