JAY’S GOT A ‘GIFT’

The star also finds time to stick up for his troubled pal R Kelly...

Jay-Z has revealed his next solo album will be called ‘THE GIFT AND THE CURSE’ and be released in November.

Speaking briefly at a fashion show for his Roc-A-Wear clothing line, the rap wunderkind also briefly addressed the problems faced by R Kelly with whom he is releasing an album, ‘Best Of Both Worlds’, in March. R Kelly is facing a police investigation into claims he had sex with an underage girl. A video, said to feature the R&B star and the girl, was handed to the Chicago Sun-Tribune newspaper a number of days ago.

“He’s cool,” Jay-Z told MTV, “It’s the gift and the curse. “We’re entertainers, man. We accept the good with the bad. It is what it is.”