12. Jay-Z & R. Kelly, The Best Of Both Worlds (2002)
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records
Worst Song: N/A
After two successful collaborations, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent“ and “Fiesta (Remix),” and a hot streak in both their careers (Jay-Z had just released The Blueprint and R. Kelly was coming off TP-2.com) this album seemed like a great idea. The album was basically 14 tracks that were guaranteed to become staples at the club, on the radio, and, most importantly, on your chick's iPod. Sounds good right?
But everything about the roll-out of this album was a fail. First, the record leaked months prior. More importantly, just before the record's release, controversy rose after a video of Kellz allegedly having sex with an under-aged female surfaced. Due to his legal troubles, Jigga refused to appear anywhere with Kelly so no videos were shot in promotion for the album and a planned tour was cancelled.
The worst part? For whatever reason someone thought it would be a good idea to release Unfinished Business, a second album by the duo that was basically a bunch of leftovers from their original studio sessions. The record felt like nothing more than a cheap cash-in by all parties involved. Although Kelly's career recovered from the sex scandal, when Jay and Kellz tried their tour again in 2004 tensions between the two rose. During the tour, the partnership came to a permanent end after Hov's close friend Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith allegedly pepper-sprayed R. Kelly backstage at Madison Square Garden.