Jay-Z's unusual tour demand

Last updated 12:10 27/03/2013
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HI-ROLLER: Jay-Z has reportedly invited a high-end cigar roller to join him on tour this summer.

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Jay-Z has reportedly invited a high-end cigar roller to join him on tour this summer.

The 43-year-old rapper is hitting the road with Justin Timberlake for their Legends of Summer tour later this year.

The Otis hitmaker is a known cigar aficionado and apparently will only smoke the best.

UK newspaper The Sun reports the rapper is throwing cash into a "gentlemen's club" that will be backstage at every show.

"Jay met this cigar expert at a friend's private party recently. He had been hired to roll cigars for guests in a smoking room," a source said.

"They were chatting for ages about the origins of tobacco and all the different types and then Jay-Z offered to have him on board for the tour dates."

Jay-Z collaborated with Timberlake on the singer's single Suit & Tie from his new album The 20/20 Experience.

The gentlemen's club seems to fit with the theme of the musicians' music video. The black-and-white clip gives nod to the Rat Pack with designer duds and flowing whisky and features the rapper smoking cigars.

Timberlake and Jay-Z will kick off their 12-city tour of the US and Canada in just a few months.

The Legends of Summer tour will kick off on July 17 in Toronto, Ontario and wrap on August 16 in Miami, Florida.

Other cities that will host the pair include New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hershey, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston and Philadelphia.

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