Jay-Z made history earlier this year with his highly successful "Hard Knock Life" tour, and now it looks like hip-hop fans may be in store for a new version of that outing.
The "Hard Knock Life" tour, which also featured DMX, the duo of Method Man and Redman, and DJ Clue, earned $18 million and suffered no cancellations, no artist drop-offs, or any incidents of violence. On another positive note, the tour even pitched in money to help the families of the victims of the Columbine tragedy (see [article id="1429428"]"'Hard Knock Life' Rappers Line Up Post Tour Plans"[/article] and [article id="1428204"]"Jay-Z, DMX To Help Families Of Columbine Victims"[/article]).Although no plans have been announced yet, Jay-Z doesn't rule out the possibility of a new version of "Hard Knock Life" hitting the road in 2000.Jay told the MTV Radio Network that [article id="1442955"] "Well, the same people are (releasing new
albums) at the same time. DMX comes out, myself comes out, Method Man, Redman, we all come out. So hopefully we be as hot and we try and do it all over again."[/article]But, he added, [article id="1442955"] "You can only make history once." [RealAudio][/article]Jay-Z's fourth album, "The Life & Times Of Shawn Carter Volume 3" is due in stores on December 26 (see [article id="1430545"]"Jay-Z To Drop 'Life & Times of Shawn Carter Volume 3' In December"[/article]), while DMX's "X: The Man, The Dog, The God" will be in stores a week earlier on December 18 (see [article id="1428193"]"DMX Plans New Album; Credits Hard Work, Fans For Success"[/article]).Method Man and Redman, meanwhile, have just released their first album as a duo, "Blackout" (see [article id="1429412"]"Method Man Talks 'Blackout'"[/article]), and both Meth and Red are slated to release their own solo albums in December,
according to their label, Def Jam Records.DJ Clue will be releasing the follow-up to his mix-tape style LP, "The Professional", in the coming weeks, and also hitting stores in the coming weeks will be "Backstage: A Hard Knock Life," a collection of tracks from artists from the tour, with some bonus cuts. The album, due in October, will include new tracks from Jay-Z, DMX, the Lox, Amil, Memphis Bleek and a solo song from TLC's T-Boz.
-- John Gill