10 Songs You Didn't Know The-Dream Wrote
More than perhaps anyone else this decade, Terius Nash (AKA The-Dream) has been R&B's go-to behind-the-scenes man. Although his solo career has attracted a ravenous, cultish following, The-Dream's biggest smash hits (and paychecks) have come courtesy of his songwriting. He's penned tracks for Rihanna, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige-- basically all of the most prominent female R&B singers since the '90s-- and even seen a few of them hit number one.
J. Cole Promises A Private Performance For His Top Listeners On TIDAL
Jay Z's TIDAL continues to unveil new perks. This week, the streaming service promises an exclusive offer to fans of J. Cole, who's signed to Roc Nation and was one of a select group of artists on stage during TIDAL's opening ceremony.
Jay Z Pulls "Reasonable Doubt" From Spotify
TIDAL is still new, and we'll continue to become aware of its benefits in the coming weeks and months. Rihanna and Beyonce have already debuted exclusive songs on the streaming service, and it's only fitting that de facto leader Jay Z should move his entire catalog to TIDAL--and away from Spotify.
Jay Z Suggests TIDAL Could Replace Record Labels For Artists Like Himself
While there are many artists involved in the newly re-launched streaming service, TIDAL, Jay Z remains the company's main representative. The rapper visited NYU yesterday to give a Q&A on the goals of the company, in which he spoke of the exclusive content the service will offer, his view that thing should be as "transparent" as possible, and the worth of a musician's passion.
5 Things You Should Know About TIDAL
This TIDAL “hi-fidelity music streaming” thing is actually happening. Not formally acquainted? Well, allow me to introduce you. A group of 16 mega-star musicians and/or musically-inclined entertainers united in a noble effort this past Monday to launch a music streaming service that offers audiences music with CD-quality sound, videos and other "exclusive" content the way artists like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and Rihanna originally intended to--for a fee of $19.99 a month, of course.
Beyonce Posts Snippet Of New Song With Jay Z On Instagram
Though only a few seconds long, Beyonce's latest vid with Blue Ivy is the best thing we've seen on Instagram in a long time. The clip shows Bey and baby Blue flossing, literally, with matching floss picks and matching stunna shades to boot. And during this priceless moment, a new song plays in the background--a beat that bumps along with a sample of a woman repeating "flossin"--and that certainly sounds like Daddy in the background with the ad-libs.
Jay Z Wants TIDAL To "Extend The Album Cycle" & Restore "Fair Trade" In Music
There was no way the announcement of TIDAL was going to go down without a surprise, but while plenty of people thought they had it figured out (an album drop from Rihanna or Kanye West), no one predicted the actual unveiling -- the huge cast of musicians who co-own the service.
Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole & More Announced As Owners Of TIDAL
While we didn't get any surprise releases, the TIDAL launch was not without its curveballs. They came out early as well, when the owner of the company was announced not just as Jay Z, but a huge collection of well known musicians from all different genres.Kanye, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Jack White, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Rihanna, Usher, Alicia Keys, J. Cole, and Win and Regine from Arcade Fire were among the many announced, and after arranging themselves in a line across the stage, the musicians each signed a contract with the company.
Rihanna's 10 Hardest Hip Hop Tracks
The latest single off Rihanna’s upcoming album, “Bitch Better Have My Money” has jacked anticipation up to another level. The track is a hit that has been making noise through social media posts, tweets and conversations since she dropped a snippet just last week. Although it's performed by the Barbadian pop princess, it's heavily inspired by the hip hop tracks we all know and love. Along with acts like Omarion, Trey Songz and Chris Brown, Rihanna's music has helped the smooth sound of R&B/Pop grow to incorporate a substantial hip hop edge.
Kanye West, Rihanna & Nicki Minaj Support Launch Of Jay Z's TIDAL Streaming Service
If you're launching a brand new streaming service into a market already dominated by Spotify, having support from some of the world's biggest artists doesn't hurt. Thankfully, Jay Z has some friends in high places. At midnight, he launched TIDAL, a streaming service (formerly named Aspiro) that he acquired earlier this month, and had the support of Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and other powerful artists.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Big L's "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous"
Big L is legendary for a few reasons. His punchlines, his freestyles, and his legendary album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous are the basis to his influence.
40 Vs. Boi-1da
OVO Sound is a label founded by Drake, Noah "40" Shebib, and Oliver El-Khatib in 2012. The label consists of Drake and in-house producers 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie. PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, ILoveMakonnen and OB O'Brien are also affiliated with the crew. Today we're comparing 40 and Boi-1da. Not because we have to decide if one is better than the other, but because we're hip hop nerds who are always thinking critically about one of the dopest art forms to come out of America. Period.
Jay Z Merges TIDAL and WiMP Streaming Services
Jay Z is making moves in the streaming game, acquiring Aspiro, a company which hosted two European music streaming companies-- TIDAL and WiMP --for a cool $56 million earlier this year. He's no ready to relaunch the sites, but he's decided to turn them into one entity, known simply as TIDAL.
Nardwuar's 5 Most Memorable Interviews
As Drake said after he concluded his first interview with Nardwuar, a Canadian man who rocks a tartan hat and calls himself the "Human Serviette," "this guy is a legend." There's really no better way to put it: this guy's interviewed everyone from Nirvana to N*E*R*D, and always seems to unearth facts that no other interviewer in the game can. His earnest personality can throw some artists for a loop, but it doesn't take long to realize that despite the quirks, this man is one of the best in the business.
AARP: Best Rappers Over 40
Isn't it crazy how some rappers just refuse to retire? Take Jay Z for example, he retired about a decade ago and that lasted all of no time at all. It's hard to put down something you truly love, and even though rap is a young man's sport, this list is dedicated to those who hardly age.
Jay Z Has Successfully Acquired Swedish Streaming Company, "Aspiro"
Streaming seems to be the future of music distribution, and those looking to make a penny are investing now. Never one to miss an opportunity to get a head start in the business side of music, Jay Z made a $56 million bid for Swedish streaming company, Aspiro, which owns WiMP and Tidal, two systems that specialize in "high fidelity" streaming.
The Road To Jay Electronica's "Act II: Patents Of Nobility"
Jay Electronica is now 38 years old. It's been nearly eight years since his first mixtape surfaced on the web, nearly five years since he signed with Roc Nation, and nearly four years since he claimed his debut album was finished. Album delays are commonplace these days, but four years? We heard a version of "Shiny Suit Theory" days after Jay E. signed with Hov; that was in November of 2010, and, as far as we know, a version of the track will still appear on the album.
Rap Industry Recap: February
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.
13 Essential Jay Electronica Tracks
Jay Electronica is a strange cat. The New Orleans-born MC now resides in London, where very few rappers decide to claim home. He's released music sporadically throughout his 11 year career, failing to deliver a long-awaited full-length project despite signing to Roc Nation MGMT and rapping alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Jay Z.
Rise & Grind: 15 Songs To Start Your Day
Waking up isn't always easy. Why would anyone want to leave the comfort of their warm bed to enter out in to the world? It almost doesn't make sense when you think about it. But we all have responsibilities, and we can't waste our entire lives away sleeping!