Riders are among some of the juiciest celebrity gossip we get — just how diva-ish are our favorite stars behind closed doors? — so a peek at Kanye West and Jay Z’s should prove especially damning and interesting. Unfortunately, it turns out they’re pretty boring: TMZ obtained both of their hotel riders and, sensationalized by them, it makes it sound like a really big deal, but both seem relatively modest to me. Like, for A-list celebrities, these are surprisingly bland. Unfortunately, TMZ didn’t share the full rider as is typical in a case like this, but here’s a summary of what they found most pertinent:
Jay Z insists on 71 degree temp. Hotel staff must provide 3 $80 Mayan tuberose-scented candles.
Jay has two no-no’s for staff: 1) No vacuuming near his room 2) Don’t ask for concert tickets if you want to “avoid embarrassment.”
Kanye has specific geometric preferences. Vases must be cylindrical. He also requires staff to hunt down a Genelecs 1031a speaker … which was discontinued a decade ago. He likes his floss minty, his cereal Kashi Go Lean and his towels black.
Kanye has a grocery list … 13 bottles totaling around $3,200, including 3 bottles of Paradis Hennessy.
Jay Z is more chill in the liquor dept. … just Ace of Spades champagne. But here’s the rub … the contract says he cannot be charged, since he owns the company.
THE KID CLAUSE:
Kanye has no provides for Nori. But Jay has lots of Blue Ivy demands. For starters, the entire suite must be childproofed with all corners, sharp edges, and electrical outlets all covered, and statues, lamps, and breakable objects removed. Oh, Blue only drinks organic whole milk.
None of these seem particularly unreasonable. Duh, don’t ask anyone famous for any favors. All vases must be cylindrical? Whatever. A “discontinued” speaker that’s probably shared among luxury hotels to service Kanye wherever he goes? Fine. A lot of babies are fed only organic milk! I mean, in terms of recently leaked riders, look at Grace “does her own shucking” Jones for what a true diva’s rider can look like, and she’s nowhere as big of a star as Jay or Ye. Without the full riders for evidence, I can’t make a full judgement, but if this was all TMZ had to pick from, that’s a pretty tame agreement. Right?