Jermaine Dupri Thinks Jay Z’s New Album Might Be Finished
While most of what you’re about to read is wishful thinking, it sure is excited to hear one of Jay Z’s close friends think there’s an album on the way. Earlier this week, Jermaine Dupri paid a visit to the RapRadar podcast & talked about his long-time relationship with Jay Z. During which, JD spilled some news on Hov’s next album, saying he knows the title & believes it’s already done. When JD was asked if he was on the album, he replied “I know the name of Hov’s new album..... It might be done.”
Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
9 Ways Hip Hop Artists Have Reacted To Recent Violence
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6: Philando Castile is shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota July 7: Five police officers are shot and killed at a protest in Dallas. July 17: Three police officers are shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA.
5 Biggest Live Hip Hop Fails
Rich Homie Quan has received considerable heat for his lyrical blunder at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors earlier this week.
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Jay Z Shares "Songs For Survival" TIDAL Playlist
The recent wave of police shootings and ensuing protests inspired Jay Z to release a new single "Spiritual." He followed that up over the weekend with a 24-track playlist called "Songs for Survival."
Kid Cudi Reveals "Welcome To Heartbreak" Hook Was Meant For Jay Z's "Blueprint 3"
Kid Cudi was the most recent guest on Pharrell's OTHERtone radio show, joining Williams and Scott Vener for a discussion that covered his early reaction to fame, as well as some insider info on recording sessions with Kanye West and Jay Z.
Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
4th Of July Playlist
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music. There's no better way to celebrate than with some great tunes -- as even President Obama will be spending the evening taking in a White House concert performance from Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar this evening. As there will be many barbecues to soundtrack today, we've put together a Spotify playlist with some of our favorite summer records from 2016 so far.
Jay Z Tried To Push Kevin Durant To Meet With The Knicks And Nets
Jay Z's biggest Roc Nation Sports client, Kevin Durant, is currently being courted by every NBA team that can get within earshot of him but that likely won't include the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. Jay Z himself reportedly pushed KD to at least visit with the desperate New York franchises but even HOVA's influence wasn't enough to move the former MVP. Teams like the Warriors, Spurs, Clippers, Heat and Celtics are all expected to have time to pitch their case to Durant now that free agency is officially underway but the New York teams are shit out of luck.
Apple Reportedly In Talks To Buy Jay Z’s Tidal
It appears Apple is trying to eliminate one of their top competitors in the streaming world. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently in talks to purchase Tidal.
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.