Jay-Z, Just Blaze, Kid Capri, T.I., Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Foxy Brown, Slick Rick and Memphis Bleek, photographed after the "Jay-Z and Friends" show at the Madison Square Garden by Johnny Nunez on November 1, 2004.
The show was meant to be the final night of the five-date New York stop of Hov and R. Kelly's "Best of Both Worlds Tour," but the promoters fired Kellz before the final two shows due to the culmination of increasingly erratic and disruptive behavior throughout the tour.
On the Friday evening show Kelly abruptly bolted from the show, claiming that his life was in jeopardy. He told the crowd that while he was trying to perform, "two people were waving guns at me," and declined to perform further. He would later claim that a member of Jay's entourage, Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith, pepper-sprayed him when he tried to return to the stage. Ty Ty was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, later pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to two days of anger-management counseling, and was ordered to complete four days of community service.
Shortly after Kelly left Jay told the crowd, "Fuck that! I got this shit myself, New York. Give me my old-school shit! I got hits!" He asked them to give him a few minutes to put a set together, and then, accompanied by Mary J. Blige, T.I., Usher, Ja Rule, Freeway, the Young Gunz and Bleek, he managed to deliver a hit-filled set on short notice. Halfway through he announced to the screaming crowd: "I don’t need that nigga. I got y'all. Y'all ain’t gonna miss him for one second. Y'all gonna go home thoroughly entertained." The next day the promoters issued a short statement saying Kelly would not attend the next three shows. In an interview with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 early Saturday morning, Jay called out his tour partner: "Is that not absolutely bonkers?" he angrily said about Kelly’s gun theory. "That's Madison Square Garden. You cannot get a gun in Madison Square Garden. Does he know where he's at?" Hov claimed Kelly was envious, saying: "He has problems with the love people give me. He's insecure with himself .. This is just disrespectful. Everybody better grab their albums, because that's it." #jayz