28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 30)
Though Beyonce's LEMONADE had the internet coming for Jay Z, he still has enough clout for everyone who showed up to DJ Khaled's opening slot on the FORMATION tour to pose for a photo with the New York legend, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Khaled himself (who's now being managed by the mogul). Outside of that, we saw Drake nimbly avoid an out of bounds ball at a recent NBA game, which promptly turned into its very own meme, as well as a series of selfies with the 6 Mom, Sandy Graham.
Karrine Steffans Admits She Used To Be Jay Z's "Becky"
Writer and former music video vixen Karrine Steffans has received a great deal of fame in the hip-hop world, for her role in music videos as well as her liaisons with certain rap superstars, including Lil Wayne, with whom she had a lengthy and dramatic relationship, documented in her 2013 book "How to Make Love to a Martian." In a new essay published by the online magazine xoJane -- written in response to Beyonce's new Lemonade album
Jay Z Was Reportedly Involved In Creation of Beyonce's "Lemonade"
Since basically nobody saw Beyonce's Lemonade coming, in the sense that it would be a public airing of Jay Z's dirty laundry, it was a common assumption that Jay Z didn't see it coming either -- both during Sunday's premiere of the visual album and the ensuing fallout, which largely taken the form of an internet witchhunt for "Becky with the good hair."
Rita Ora Responds To Beyonce "Becky" Rumors
Beyonce's thorough roasting of her husband Jay Z on Lemonade raised a few question, chief among them: who did Jay Z sleep with? Who is “Becky with the good hair?”
Rita Ora Is BeyHive's New Target For "Becky With The Good Hair"
Moments ago we reported on how Rachel Roy has officially put rumors to rest that she is the Beyonce-referenced "Becky with the good hair." Nonetheless, the BeyHive isn't done finding a new target for "Becky with the good hair," recently settling upon Rita Ora, after the singer posted an incriminating Snapchat.
Rachel Roy Releases Statement, Denies Being "Becky With The Good Hair"
Beyonce turned the internet upside down when it turned out LEMONADE was actually an entirely new (visual) album from the pop star. That was the only thing getting the internet topsy-turvy, the fact that Beyonce alleges that her husband Jay Z cheated on her in the album created in even more controversy, putting the BeyHive to work in attempt to locate "Becky with the good hair."
TV Cook Rachael Ray Catches Heat From Beyoncé Fans Over Confusion With Rachel Roy
The BeyHive is very passionate, but today, some were misdirected in their attempts to fight for their queen. When suspicion arose that fashion designer and ex-wife of Dame Dash, Rachel Roy, was the woman Beyoncé deemed "Becky with the good hair" on LEMONADE, some quickly mistook the name for Rachael Ray, beloved (an in this case, totally innocent) TV cook.
Rachel Roy Acknowledges Beyoncé's "Becky With The Good Hair" Lyric, The BeyHive Attacks
Beyoncé's LEMONADE was the event it promised to be, delivering on the musical and visual side of things, but also supplying some big surprises -- namely, more or less confirming rumors that Bey's husband, Jay Z, had cheated on her. There are multiple references to the infidelity throughout the album, but one lyric proved catchier and more damning than the rest -- "he better call Becky with the good hair."
Serena Williams Twerks & Jay Z Cheats In Beyonce's "Lemonade," Stream Here
Beyonce's new album, Lemonade, is now available on Tidal, though one shouldn't cop the album without watching the film of the same name that preceded its release. Tabbed as a "visual album," "Lemonade" plays out as one abstract but narrative-driven film, just under an hour in runtime. Music videos of most of Lemonade's tracks are sprinkled in throughout the film, each one essential to the larger storyline.
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
Every Rap Single To Go #1 On The Hot 100
If you've been watching the charts over the last few years, you'll know that rap isn't dominating the Hot 100, and many of the songs that do make their way to the number one spot might no necessarily represent the genre all that well. Looking back at all the prior rap #1s on the Hot 100, this trend moves in waves. In the early 90s, we saw acts like Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark earning the highest honors of chart presence, but by the early 00s, the reigning singles on the chart were largely authentic rap and R&B songs.
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
Lil Wayne Recalls The Amount Jay Z Offered Him To Sign: "We Laugh About That All The Time"
Lil Wayne was vocal about his discussions with Jay Z leading up to the release of Tha Carter II in 2005, and while he's never gone into details about the offer, the Young Money rapper decided to tell the story of his conversation with Hov while on DJ Drama's radio show.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 16)
This week, we saw Kobe Bryant retire after 20 seasons with the Lakers, and there were plenty of tributes on Instagram. Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and ScHoolboy Q, who all made it out to the final game, managed to take a pretty epic photo together, making us wish another collaboration into existence, while The Game grammed his Lakers-inspired gear, promoting his upcoming 1992 project in the process.
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game
Rappers and hip hop moguls shelled out as much as 40 grand to witness Kobe Bryant's final game in person. And it was worth it. Kobe dropped 60 points, including the Lakers last 15 points of the game, and hit the game-winning jumper with 31 seconds to play.
I Got You, Fam: 10 Rapper-Athlete Bromances
The elite class of athletes and musicians share much in common -- wealth, fame, a central role in popular culture. So it should not come as a surprise that there is, generally speaking, a great mutual respect between rappers and athletes. Sometimes this respect engenders friendship. Sometimes it engenders rappers and athletes throwing each other alley-oops... on and off the court.
Eazy E, Nas & More To Appear In Vintage Hip Hop Photography Exhibit At The Smithsonian
Old school hip hop heads will have to add the Smithsonian to their bucket list now. As part of the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), over 400 rare photographs of classic moments and figures in hip hop history will be on display.
Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
Future & Jay Z To Release Single With DJ Khaled
Stop the presses!! Future and Jay Z have a song together... with DJ Khaled. This revelation comes courtesy of 808 Mafia producer Southside, who mentioned the record during an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. "I got the new single with Future and Jay Z too," Southside said. "And Khaled. That shit's crazy."
Puff Daddy Announces Second Bad Boy Reunion Show In Brooklyn
At the end of last month, Diddy announced that he will be honoring the legacy of Biggie Smalls with a Bad Boy reunion concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 20. Tickets went on sale a few days later and reportedly sold out in seven minutes.