Jay Z News

  • Young Jay Z Covers New York Magazine's "Annual Yesteryear Issue"
    Young Jay Z Covers New York Magazine's "Annual Yesteryear Issue"
    Mar 24, 2014 at 03:00pm
    Over the weekend we published an editorial which discussed how hip-hop culture has creeped into pop culture, thus becoming more and more mainstream. Today we get evidence of just that, as rap superstar Jay Z covers New York Magazine's annual "Yesteryear Issue", for an article which happens to be titled "The Encyclopedia of New York Pop Music." The cover of New York Magazine itself reads, "A Century of Pop Music in New York." Jay Z = pop music these days.
  • Jay Z Calls Out Drake In The New Jay Electronica Song
    Jay Z Calls Out Drake In The New Jay Electronica Song
    Mar 23, 2014 at 01:45pm
    If you haven't heard Jay Electronica's new song over Soulja Boy's "We Made It" track, drop everything and give the play button a twirl. It's that good. However, if you have heard it you probably noticed a bar in Jay Z's verse that seemed to address the OVO meister, Drizzy Drake of Toronto.
  • 50 Cent Thinks Jay Z's Idea To Collaborate With UGK Was Borrowed From Him
    50 Cent Thinks Jay Z's Idea To Collaborate With UGK Was Borrowed From Him
    Mar 18, 2014 at 02:21pm
    50 Cent and Jay Z are two of the biggest rappers ever to come out of New York, so naturally they have a bit of a competitive relationship. In a soon-to-air interview with Sirius XM, 50 spoke on his output during Jay Z's retirement, as well as Jay's decision to work with UGK on "Big Pimpin'".
  • Isaiah Rashad Reflects On TDE, Names Jay-Z Above Tupac And Biggie
    Isaiah Rashad Reflects On TDE, Names Jay-Z Above Tupac And Biggie
    Mar 14, 2014 at 06:10pm
    Isaiah Rashad has been making waves since his inception as a member of Top Dawg Entertainment, where he raps among the label's impressive roster, including recent classics like Kendrick Lamar. Isaiah finds that, “When I got signed to Top Dawg, I feel like I had something to live up to…I feel like I got an opportunity to open a lane for myself where that shit’s crazy.”
  • Ty Dolla $ign Says His Kendrick Lamar Collab Is L.A. Equivalent To "Empire State Of Mind"
    Ty Dolla $ign Says His Kendrick Lamar Collab Is L.A. Equivalent To "Empire State Of Mind"
    Mar 13, 2014 at 03:53pm
    Ty Dolla $ign's profile is rising. We've recently seen the singer popping up on plenty of collaborations, including new tracks from Meek Mill and Lupe Fiasco. Turns out, there will be no shortage of big names on his debut album, Free TC either. In an interview with Fuse, Ty let us in on some of things we can expect to hear on the record, as well as sharing some of his early experiences with music.
  • Samples Of The Week: March 13
    Samples Of The Week: March 13
    Mar 13, 2014 at 10:03am
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh honey."  This week, see who Kid Ink, Jay Z, A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH. 
  • Jay Z & Kanye West To Headline Samsung's SXSW Concert Series
    Jay Z & Kanye West To Headline Samsung's SXSW Concert Series
    Mar 10, 2014 at 06:17pm
    We just reported on the G.O.O.D. Music showcase to take place on March 12th at SXSW this year, and although Kanye West was not one the artists listed to perform at their showcase, he will be taking the stage at the Samsung concert, alongside Samsung's past collaborator, Jay Z.
  • Top 10 Biggie Collaborations
    Top 10 Biggie Collaborations
    Mar 9, 2014 at 10:16am
    If a rapper’s collab. roster is any indication of his talent as an artist, The Notorious B.I.G. reached an astounding level of respect from his peers in his career. Though his 1997 death left behind only two studio albums, colleagues and friends went on to put out three more posthumous albums and extend his legacy well into the present landscape of hip hop. Biggie’s raps have appeared alongside everyone from Jay-Z, to Michael Jackson, to Eminem, and his songs continue to be sampled regularly by the new school rappers taking over the charts in the present day.
  • A Timeline Of Jay Z's Accumulated Wealth
    A Timeline Of Jay Z's Accumulated Wealth
    Mar 6, 2014 at 03:37pm
    Jay Z is no doubt an icon in hip hop with his platinum-selling albums and sold-out tours. But the rapper has been one of few moguls in the industry to successfully stretch the boundaries when it comes to business.
  • Rappers & Athletes
    Rappers & Athletes
    Mar 2, 2014 at 11:47am
    "Damn, I swear sports and music are so synonymous/ Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us" - Drake Rappers and athletes have always had close ties, but it seems we're seeing more and more crossover between sports and music. Much of that can be attributed to Instagram, which has created a need for every celebrity to flex the chance encounters they have with other celebrities.   Some of these pairings are certainly more organic than others, but if you're a sports stan, and a rap stan, they're definitely worth a look. 
  • In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
    In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
    Mar 1, 2014 at 03:36pm
    This year marks landmark anniversaries for a number of essential albums. OutKast’s Southernplayalistic, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, and Nas’ Illmatic are just a few of the classic albums to turn 20.
  • Tom Ford Designs Dress Based Off T-Shirt Worn By Jay Z
    Tom Ford Designs Dress Based Off T-Shirt Worn By Jay Z
    Feb 18, 2014 at 10:20am
    Jay Z's "Tom Ford" off his Magna Carta Holy Grail album thrust designer Tom Ford into the hip-hop consciousness, and the lyrics "I don't pop molly / I rock Tom Ford" became the go-to for those against the molly craze (and those tired of it). While Hov was on his "MCHG" tour, he was spotted wearing a jersey inspired by his own lyrics designed by Black Boy Place.
  • Hip-Hop's Power Couples
    Hip-Hop's Power Couples
    Feb 14, 2014 at 05:45pm
    It's that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! The romantic holiday is upon us and we thought we'd share some of the love in the hip-hop community. Love and hip-hop doesn't have to be synonymous with ratchet behavior and baby daddy / momma drama, although you may be under a different impression if you've ever watched a full episode of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop.
  • Valentine's Day: DOs & DON'Ts
    Valentine's Day: DOs & DON'Ts
    Feb 13, 2014 at 02:19pm
    Guys can sometimes be a little clueless when it comes to romantic events like Valentine's day, so we've decided to give you a quick guide of DOs and DON'Ts guide to keep you out of trouble this V-Day. Take a look through our gallery for a few basic rules on how to keep your wifey happy this Friday, provided by the likes of Kevin Hart, Jay Z, Miguel, and more. Don't get caught slippin' on the one day that should be an easy in with your main chick. We understand that it's not an exact science, but if you follow these general rules, you should be in the clear. Good luck!
  • Memphis Bleek Doesn't Like Jay Z's Shout Out On "Diamonds (Remix)"
    Memphis Bleek Doesn't Like Jay Z's Shout Out On "Diamonds (Remix)"
    Feb 11, 2014 at 07:09pm
    Memphis Bleek was always Jay Z's right hand man, but despite his massive co-sign he never really broke through. The two have remained friends throughout their careers either way, and Jay displayed his loyalty to Bleek very openly on his verse from Kanye West's "Diamonds" remix.
  • Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" 10 Years Later
    Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" 10 Years Later
    Feb 10, 2014 at 11:07am
    There are albums that are important to their specific genre of music and there are albums that change said genre all together. They have the ability to implement a seismic shift both musically and culturally-- what is accepted, what is cool, style, production, method and so on. It is fair to say that Kanye West's 2004 release, and debut effort, The College Dropout is such an album. It is also fair to say that hip-hop began a transformation (or evolution, if you will) after it dropped.
  • Trophies: Counting Down Drake's Number One Hits
    Trophies: Counting Down Drake's Number One Hits
    Feb 4, 2014 at 06:45pm
    Since August 18 2012, Drake surpassed the legendary Jay Z in terms of number one records on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Jay Z held the title with nine number ones at the time, but Drizzy pulled in his tenth number one with being featured on 2 Chainz's "No Lie". He acknowledged his victory on the track "5AM In Toronto" saying: "You underestimated greatly / Most number ones ever, how long did it really take me?"
  • Chaining Day: Roc-A-Fella
    Chaining Day: Roc-A-Fella
    Jan 29, 2014 at 01:34pm
    Chaining days have always been a great ritual in hip-hop. So much so, that Kanye West made it the grande finale of his music video for "Through The Wire", his first major single. Last night  bossman Jay Z of ROCNATION presented J. Cole with an original Roc-A-Fella chain. A sign of respect and gift for the 29th birthday of the rapper. Do you remember who else has a Roc-A-Fella chain? We put together a photo gallery of photos from the past that may surprise you.  Make sure you make it to the very end of the galleries to watch Kanye West's chaining day and EPK. 
  • Red Carpet, Backstage & Onstage Photos From The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Red Carpet, Backstage & Onstage Photos From The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Jan 27, 2014 at 11:38am
    As per usual, the Grammy Awards proved to be an eventful night. We saw performances from husband and wife, Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as John Legend, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, Juicy J alongside Katy Perry, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Madonna and more.
  • 15 Fine Art References In Hip-Hop Music
    15 Fine Art References In Hip-Hop Music
    Jan 26, 2014 at 09:30pm
    Many emcees (especially those in the limelight) display an appreciation for the finer things in life, and art is no exception. Although a less common source of inspiration, you will catch the occasional fine art reference in rap music, Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" being only the most recent example.
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