Game of Thrones: Is Kanye West the New R. Kelly?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the hot gossip in the streets this week is that Jay-Z and Kanye West are beefing about their upcoming Watch the Throne Tour cost behind closed doors.

Although Jay went on the radio Monday (Aug. 1) to deny the rumors, XXL got to thinking the allegations aren’t that far-fetched. The last time Jay attempted to record a collaborative album with another megastar (ahem, R. Kelly), things ended with a canceled national tour, Kells in the hospital after being pepper-sprayed by Hov associate Tyran “Ty-Ty” Smith and the Pied Piper claiming that two men flashed their guns at him in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

With that in mind, XXL compares The R and Kanye to determine if history is repeating itself. Is Kanye West simply the new R. Kelly in the house that Jay built? Is this Watch the Throne dispute simply a do-over of the Best of Both Worlds melee? Decide for yourself.

Fun Facts:

Kelly and Yeezy are both from Chicago, were raised by their mothers in single-parent homes and have the letter ‘K’ in their names.

Fashion-Forward or Fashion Missteps?

Clearly, these fellas have distinct styles. Remember when Kells was rocking that Zorro mask? And the platinum blonde braids he rocked in ’08 à la Sisqó? (BBM face Can’t Watch Emoticon!) Oh, and ‘Ye’s stylist is a 20-year-old Yale student named Cassius Marcellus Cornelius Clay. Although Kanye hasn’t had many fashion missteps, he has had some notable faux pas, like when he wore those Venetian blinds-type sunglasses or when he wore a red leather jacket with a skeleton on it. ‘Nuff said.

I Got 99 Problems:

Both Kells and ‘Ye appear to have their share of issues with the ladies, although the former might trump the latter on this one. So what if Yeezy likes the skanky ones sometimes? R. Kelly likes them young…. waaaaaaay young! And allegedly likes to, er, get a little pissy during intercourse. Tsk, tsk, tsk. ‘Ye just seems to not know how to pick ‘em and/or not know how to keep ‘em. And we all know what happened with his latest gem (which he found in a strip club in Philly). Two words: Wiz Khalifa.


Kanye West and R. Kelly’s educational careers, or lack thereof, play up their geniuses in major ways. How so, you ask? Well, Kanye West is a college dropout and word around town is that Kelly can’t really write or read. Yet and still, these guys are leaders in their crafts and two of the biggest stars of our generation.

The problem is:

Kells and Kanye may be a bit eccentric, but these geniuses are serious about the production of their concerts. Back when Jay and R. were on the Best of Both Worlds tour, rumors had it that the tiff between the two started when Kelly got upset about the lights during one of the stops. Fast forward and now Jay and ‘Ye are allegedly getting into it about the cost of the production of their upcoming tour. Gone are the times when a rapper simply entertained with 100 of his closest boys bouncing around behind him.

End Result:

Kanye allegedly got an open-hand smack on the side of the face by big brother Jay, and Kells got pepper-sprayed and threatened by a waving gun.

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  • jsd

    From what i’ve read Jay didn’t seem to know Kelly’s a control freak before they decide to collaborate, but with Kanye i think the whole world knows what kind of an artist he is, so any artist that decides to collaborate w/ him should already know what they’re getting into.

    • oldf

      That’s not true! I find it funny how people are ignoring the COMMON FACTOR in these collaboration projects! It’s Jay-Z! Not Kanye or R. Kelly.

  • alderman j

    The one common theme here is JAY, dont blame it on KANYE and KELLS, we all know JAY is a control freak and likes to have everything his way!!!

  • BlackOuT

    Anything to start controversy huh? this is the dumbest thing ive read and almost makes me want to stop reading this website, just like nas made me stop watching fox news. And I stopped reading after the fun fact. STICK TO THE REAL SHIT XXL, REAL RECOGNIZE REAL XXL, AND YOU LOOKING KINDA UNFAMILIAR

    • http://xxl 40water619

      shiiiit… If anyone other than yourself HAD to convince you to stop watching FOX News; you are a moron and no one should care about your opinion.

  • Fado

    this article is dumb and pointless im going back too hiphopdx…

  • Dowski

    Agree, dumb article, but that doesn’t mean these guys are having problems. Not happy about the cancelled MTL show either.

  • integra83

    “have the letter K in their names” wow XXL, this has to be one of the dumbest articles you have ever posted

  • wow

    woooooow who the fuck wrote this garbage waste of time

  • mutada mullah atari

    I’m just going to comment without reading because the title is stupid as fuck and…….on forget it. Were the fuck is BOL???? this site gets worse and worse. Smdh

  • http://xxl Casey Sparxx

    Trust XXL to get shit popping,Emagine these two heavy weights, Kanye&Kells on a trach..i know..SICK! right..Remmeber the Biggie&Kells track Back in the day HEAVY!!!@ Blackout you need to drink something and just BLACK OUT!! U sound like a control freak yourself,talking bout not ever watching the fox news coz Of NAS!! GTFOH!!!