Classic Rotation: Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt"
Take a blind swing at any of the coke rap icons from the mid-2000s and you're bound to hit something Jay Z related. Pusha T's "I ain't spent one rap dollar in three years, holla" line from Clipse's iconic collection of stovetop sermons, Hell Hath No Fury, directly echoes a Jay lyric from a decade prior: "Without rap, I was crazy straight/Partner, I'm still spending money from '88." The plush, high thread count sound Rick Ross made a career off of before he heard his first Lex Luger beat?
Jay Z Shares Official "Reasonable Doubt" Documentary For 20th Anniversary
Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, celebrates its 20th anniversary today, and while the album has been celebrated in various pieces throughout the week, Hov has now found his own way to look back at the project, sharing an official documentary on the making of RD on Tidal today.
DJ Khaled Announces Release Date For “Major Key” & Next Single “I Got The Keys”
Well it looks like we’re just days away from hearing & seeing DJ’s highly anticipated new single “I Got The Keys” featuring Jay Z & Future. On Friday night’s episode of We The Best Radio, Khaled announced that following the airing of this Sunday night’s BET Hip-Hop Awards will be the world premiere of his new video for “I Got The Keys,” featuring Jay Z & Future off his forthcoming Major Key album.
DJ Khaled Stars In New Rocawear Campaign
DJ Khaled was going through a career lull, when he turned Snapchat into his bitch and got famous all over again-- even more famous than he was before, it seems. Khaled's recent wave of success, which is attributed to his incessant motivational Snapchats, has opened up many more avenues and opportunities for the celebrity. Among them, he's now the face of Rocawear.
Top 5 Rap Conspiracy Theories
Last night, Gucci Mane responded to rumors that the skinny, mild-mannered Gucci released from jail is in fact a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he said.
Rihanna, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz & More To Perform At Made In America
Made In America, the festival put on by Budweiser and Jay Z, will be returning again for the fifth year in a row. Last year they upped the ante by visiting two cities-- Philadelphia and Los Angeles. This year, they're scaling it back ever so slightly and sticking to Philly as the only location. Nonetheless, even if you don't live in the area, they're making sure its well worth the trek.
Top Tracks: June 6 - June 12
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
Vic Mensa Blatantly Obscures Chance The Rapper's Face From Group Pic With Jay Z & Beyonce
Lately, Jay Z and Beyonce have been infatuated with two of Chicago's brightest young stars, both thought to be part of the same SaveMoney crew. Jay Z signed Vic Mensa to Roc Nation over a year ago, and it's unclear if Hov is interested in any business dealings with Chance the Rapper, but the Coloring Book emcee has posted a few recent pictures of himself kicking back with hip-hop's royal couple.
Romeo Santos Announced As CEO Of Newly Launched Roc Nation Latino
Jay Z's Roc Nation is expanding its range of artists with the launch of Roc Nation Latino, a division that will focus on Latin with Bachata superstar Romeo Santos serving as the first-ever CEO. The deal was signed today in New York, with Romeo sharing a photo on Instagram of himself and Jay Z making things official.
Jay Z, Future & DJ Khaled Shoot Music Video For "I Got The Keys"
It’s only a matter of time now, but DJ Khaled’s forthcoming single with Jay Z & Future looks to be closer to dropping than we thought. On Tuesday night, photos surfaced online of the trio looking extra dapper as they shot the single’s official video yesterday at the Queens Detention Facility in NYC. The single, which is reportedly called “I Got The Keys,” will serve as the follow up single to “For Free” with Drake off Khaled’s upcoming Major Key album.
Roc Nation Contests Lawsuit Accusing Rihanna Of Backing Out Of A Show In Nigeria
A Nigerian company called Megalectrics is suing Rihanna over a show they claim she backed out of, but according to Rihanna's team, neither the singer nor her reps had any contact with those behind the lawsuit.
Rita Ora Has Reportedly Reached A Settlement With Jay Z's Roc Nation
Rita Ora's lawsuit against Roc Nation, and the label's subsequent counter-suit are reportedly off the table, with Ora and Roc founder Jay Z reaching a settlement out of court.
Meek Mill Performs For The First Time In Months At Beyonce's "Formation" Show In Philly
Summer Jam wasn't the only big show that went down last night. Not too far away, Beyonce's "Formation" tour touched down in Philadelphia, and her official opener, DJ Khaled, had a few surprises in store, as he brought out Rick Ross as well as the hometown hero Meek Mill, performing for the first time since he was put on house arrest in early February.
Top Tracks: May 30 - June 5
Do you ever get the feeling that hip hop's current class of elites is more of a group of superfriends than ever before? Let's play six degrees of separation with this week's top ten tracks-- the most momentous batch in recent memory. At the top we've got DJ Khaled, who's collaborated with more of rap's A- B- and C-listers in his career than arguably anyone else, and who's accompanied by Drake.
DJ Khaled Says "Major Key" Will Feature Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay Z & Many More
As the rap world was still processing the surprise Cruel Winter super-collab from Kanye West, six of the game's top emcees, and Desiigner, DJ Khaled went live on Beats 1 to remind fans that summer's here and that the season is his for the taking. With the help of Zane Lowe, Khaled just shared the first single off his upcoming album, Major Key. It's titled "F*ck Me For Free," or "for radio purposes, "For Free." The song is a loose, breezy party anthem from Drake and is produced by the OVO team of Nineteen85 and Jordan Ullman.
Pusha T Recalls The Email Exchange With Jay Z That Led To "Drug Dealers Anonymous"
Pusha T's first single from his upcoming album, King Push, had the rap world talking yesterday, as it featured a guest appearance from none other than Jay Z, who rose to the occasion with one of his better verses in recent memory, giving the GOOD Music president a run for his money.
Jay Z's 10 Best Guest Verses
"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, manLet me handle my business, damn!" - Jay Z, "Diamonds of Sierra Leone (Remix)"
Top Tracks: May 23 - May 29
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way. On the top tracks side of things, there was quite a bit of turnover in our list this week, with only the bottom and top tracks from the last edition making return appearances.
Pusha T Announces New Single With Jay Z Dropping Tonight
Pusha T promised us his 2015 project, Darkest Before Dawn, was the album before the album, and while we've heard that one before only to be left waiting indefinitely, the GOOD Music President seems to be delivering on the promise, announcing the lead single for King Push today.
Beyonce & Jay Z Reportedly Made A Secret Album Together
When reports that Jay Z was working on a Lemonade response album surfaced earlier this month, many assumed that this would be a solo venture. But it looks like it might be a collab.