Hip-Hop's 10 Best Surprise Projects
Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either. Usually, these surprise releases wind up being incredible instalments of quality music.
Jay Z & Beyonce Are Getting The Boot From Their Holmby Hills Estate In L.A.
About eight months after moving into their 16,000 square foot Holmby Hills Estate in Los Angeles, The Carters are having to pack their bags again, and not under their own will.
Peep Beyonce's Photoshoot With Flaunt Magazine
Beyonce looks as flawless as ever on the cover of Flaunt magazine, rocking a braided ponytail for her black & white close-up shot.
Jay Z Plays Undercover Fanboy At Beyonce's Made In America Show
Made In America might have been created by Jay Z, but this year, the festival was totally owned by Beyonce. And her hubby seems to agree. Hov didn't come on stage during Bey's headlining set. Instead, he snuck into the crowd, and, dressed in a grey hoodie, he looked like just another fan. In fact, he looked like one of the BeyHive's most devoted fanboys, rocking back and forth and singing along to songs like "1+1" and "7/11." Check out the footage below.
Stream Made In America Fest Featuring Future, J. Cole, The Weeknd, Beyonce & More
You may have already assumed that the Made It In America festival would be a Tidal exclusive stream, but while the streaming service is providing the festival feed, you won't need a subscription to watch it all go down.Check out live streams of both stages from the festival below, where you'll see performances from the likes of Future, Meek Mill, J. Cole, The Weeknd, Beyonce, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Big Sean, and many more.
#TBT: Swizz Beatz-Produced Bangers
When you think of club-ready hip hop music that was bumpin' from 2000-2010, Swizz Beatz is one of the elite names that should come to mind. The Bronx producer-DJ-rapper-fashionista-artist can virtually do anything under the sun, but he was at his most potent through the aforementioned years when he was producing rap bangers for the likes of Jay Z, T.I., DMX, and many more.
MTV VMAs: Top Hip-Hop Moments
The MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. The popular cable network has definitely changed drastically over the years - putting its once eponymous ‘Music’ on the backburner. Their flagship award ceremony acts a nice bit of nostalgic entertainment for the channel, still a celebration of the year in music.
Beyonce Covers Vogue Magazine’s September Issue
In what shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, Beyonce is the face of the upcoming September issue of Vogue Magazine. While it marks her third time on the cover (April 2009 and March 2013), this one is extra special because Beyonce is the first black woman ever to cover Vogue’s September issue, which is regarded as the biggest issue of the year by the fashion world.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap & More Nominated For VMAs
This year's MTV VMA award show is going down on Sunday, AUgust 30th, and today, the full list of nominees has been announced. View that below. Video Of The Year Beyoncé, “7/11” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Beyonce To Headline Global Citizen Festival In New York
The Global Citizen Festival has tapped a mix of headliners for their 2015 event. The fourth annual benefit concert, put on by United Nations in an attempt to fight inequality and put an end extreme poverty by 2030, is going down on the Great Lawn of NYC's Central Park on September 26th.
The Streaming "Game Of Thrones": Drake & Apple Music Vs. Jay-Z & TIDAL
It all seemed like fantastic, luxurious, one-percent-y fun and games during the initial TIDAL press conference. Music mogul Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s launched his rebranding of the year-old streaming service he had recently acquired by strutting out stars of meteoric magnitude, both young and old, shuffled out like battling champions in a proverbial game of thrones. Like a "Song of Ice and Fire," the words burned like an effigy as the music industry (critics, artists, and fans alike) were urged to brace themselves for something new.
Lil Wayne’s Best Pop Culture References In "FWA"
Lil Wayne fans are familiar with his associative, stream of consciousness, lean-induced lyrical style, which lends itself to lots of punchlines and pop culture references. It has been well-documented that he records lyrics on his portable microphone and never writes them down. FWA is no different, as Weezy utilizes his encyclopedia knowledge of sports, politics, films, and TV shows as means to express his thoughts about money, drugs, and women. It is when he uses these sorts of comparisons that he is often at his funniest and most insightful.
Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities List Features Diddy, Jay Z, Drake & More
Just in time to give you more of those Monday blues, Forbes has released their world's highest-paid celebrities list. The list ranks the celebrities of all domains together, giving us a glimpse at the top 95 earners of celebrity-dom.
Made In America Line-Up Includes Beyonce, The Weeknd & More
Jay Z and Budweiser are teaming up for another edition of their Made In America festival, and today they've revealed the 2015 line-up.
10 Songs Created By Hip-Hop Couples
Couples making songs together is a natural thing. From the Sonny & Cher days to present-day power couple Beyonce and Jay Z, it only makes sense for a couple talented people to create music together, especially when they're in love.
Kanye West Sent Beck Flowers After His GRAMMYs "Respect Artistry" Rant
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Kanye West apologized again for his comments questioning Beck's artistic integrity after the rocker's Morning Phase beat out Beyonce for Album of the Year at the 2015 GRAMMYs.
Beyonce Signs With CAA Music Department
Beyonce is making a change in business as she moves from ICM Agency, whom she was signed with since 2006, to CAA. This move only pertains to her music, for gigs related to acting she will remain under ICM Agency, Complex reports.
Vic Mensa Says Beyoncé "Loves" His Next Single In Fan Q&A
In the hour leading up to the release of his video for "U Mad," Vic Mensa opened his Tumblr to fan questions. Everything from the overly absurd ("do you like trains?") to the overly sincere ("do you believe in God?) was answered in a candid fashion, but we did manage to learn a thing or two from the Q&A. It seems the most common question was "would you ever collab with (insert favorite artist here)," with fans calling out for music with the likes of ASAP Rocky, Travis Scott, and Kid Cudi.
Beyonce's "Big" Announcement On GMA Was About Her Vegan Diet
Over the weekend, Good Morning America and Queen Bey teased what seemed like a major announcement. The announcement was set to air on GMA this morning, June 8th. After much anticipation from Beyonce's loyal BeyHive, the "exciting" news turned out to be a discussion of Beyonce's Vegan diet. Why.