Keepin’ It Real: Rhyming Straight To The Mic
Rappers are storytellers of the modern age. The media often misunderstands these narrators of society, but future generations will recognize them as windows into the past. Truly talented rappers have the ability to connect with people through their words, which may or may not be written down prior to the stage of recording. Some argue that the work of rappers who do not scribble down words beforehand is better than those that do.
Solange Briefly Addresses Jay Z Elevator Attack
The Carter/Knowles family released a joint statement following Solange's video tapped attack on her sister's husband Jay Z a few months back, but apart from that we've haven't heard anything from the individual parties involved, and we're still unsure of the exact reason for Solange's leg-kicking,
Cardo Says Jeezy & Jay Z's "Seen It All" Beat Was Originally For Big Sean
On Monday night, Jeezy released the title track to his upcoming album, Seen It All, which happened to feature a hot new verse from Jay Z.
Beyonce Changes Lyrics To "Resentment", Presumably Supporting Jay Z Cheating Rumors
Following Solange's infamous elevator attack on Beyonce's husband Jay Z, plenty of rumours began circulating that there were marriage troubles for the powerful hip-hop couple.
Dame Dash Says Lyor Cohen "Ruined Roc-A-Fella"
Dame Dash has made more headlines in 2014 for his beefs with industry folks like Funkmaster Flex and Steve Stoute than he has for any music or business moves, and it seems he's continuing down that path.
11 Hip-Hop/R&B Stars Made Forbes' List Of The 100 "Most Powerful Celebrities"
Today, Forbes Magazine released their annual list of the 100 "World's Most Powerful Celebrities," and eleven stars in the Hip-Hop/R&B worlds were included. Four made the top ten, and the other seven were also all in the top 50. For starters, Beyoncé was, unsurprisingly, number one, followed by Dr. Dre at three, Jay Z at six and Rihanna at eight. The other seven were Bruno Mars (13), Kanye West (20), Justin Timberlake (26), Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs (31), Justin Bieber (33), Jennifer Lopez (33, tie) and Pharrell Williams (38).
Win Tickets To See Jay Z & Beyonce "On The Run" At MetLife Stadium
Power couple Jay Z and Beyonce plan to dominate all summer with their "On The Run" joint tour. The couple officially kicked off the tour last night in Florida, and the opening show for the tour has set expectations high for all those shows to come. They performed a mix of solo records and collaborations like "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Crazy In Love."
BTS Photos: Jay Z & Beyonce's Photo Shoot For "On The Run" Tour [Update: New Rehearsal Photos]
Beyonce and Jay Z have big plans this summer, with their joint tour "On The Run." The tour officially kicks off in five days time, on June 25th, and runs through til August 5th. The couple dropped off a promotional teaser for the tour as well as a flyer, but now Beyonce has taken to her Tumblr page to share some previously unseen images from behind-the-scenes of their "On The Run" photo shoot.
Jay Z & Beyonce's "On The Run" Tour Set To Become Second Most Successful Tour Ever
Despite there being rumors early on that Jay Z and Beyonce weren't selling enough tickets for their joint "On The Run" tour this summer, it's actually looking like it'll be quite the opposite. Today it's been revealed that "On The Run" is set to become the second most successful tour of all time, if it continues to sell tickets at its current pace.
Beyoncé Concert Series "Beyoncé: X10" To Air On HBO
After Beyoncé's "Life Is But A Dream" documentary drew HBO's largest viewership for a music-oriented special since 2003, it only seemed obvious that the channel's programmers would find a way to capitalize on the diva once again.
Hip-Hop's Fashion Evolution
Jay Z made a song dedicated to Tom Ford last year, one of Harlem's hottest rappers wears strictly skinny jeans (A$AP Rocky), and one of the industry's most talked about rappers (Kanye West) is addicted to high-fashion. A little over a decade ago, the genre's finest openly wore baggy clothing, throwback jerseys, and du-rags. It's an understatement to say hip-hop's fashion sense has changed a bit.
Fantastic Flows Follow Up: MCs With The Best Flows
Two days back we had an article about the origins of certain flows, and some of our ever reliable commenters took it to be some sort of ranking of the best flows, which was not the case. The entire point of the article was to point out that some flows are influenced by region, and some by other artists. It was in no way a ranking of the best flows, yet the internet kids kept yelling "HOW IZ WIZ NOT BE ON DA LISST?" and "YOUNG THUG HAZ BEST FLOWS OF ALL TYME". Yet, there was no list.
Jay Z Has Launched "An Arnold Palmer-esque" Beverage Called "40/40"
Jay Z has already taken over the rap game, and he's now ready to try his hand at the beverage game. Both Jay and Mariah Carey (who's new single "Thirsty" now seems like a subliminal marketing scheme) will be launching beverages through Go N'Syde (helmed by former Def Jam head, Kevin Liles), each with a different flavor and target market.
Kanye West Says Dr. Dre's Apple Deal Couldn't Have Happened Without Jay Z's Samsung Deal
Kanye West, who is scheduled to speak at the Cannes Lions Music Festival later this week, also participated in a panel discussion yesterday with Steve Stoute and Ben Horowitz. The discussion covered topics such as Dr. Dre's deal with Apple, Kanye's desire to redesign Instagram, his need to always work with '#1', and the perfectionism that went into his wedding photo (the most 'liked' Instagram photo of all time). Read some choice excerpts from the characteristically quotable Kanye below. On spending 4 days shooting his wedding photo:
Kanye West Rants, Refuses To Rap Jay Z's Name At Bonnaroo
Kanye West and Bonnaroo have a history. In 2008, Kanye had an infamously flawed set at the festival, going on hours late, and performing a severely shortened set. 'Ye later put the festival organizers, and previous act Pearl Jam for the underwhelming performance, in a now immortalized rant that featured such choice quotes as "I’m typing so fucking hard I might break my fucking Mac book Air!!!!!!!!", and "I HAVE A FUCKING LIGHT SHOW DUMB ASS, IT’S NOT CALLED GLOW IN THE DARK FOR NO REASON SQUID BRAINS!".
J. Cole Challenged Jay Z To Hop On His Songs In 2009 (Unearthed Video)
On Sunday at 7:30 PM, MTV will air J. Cole's The Warm Up: 5 Years Later, a documentary that looks at J. Cole's mercurial rise to the top, and today they've released some previously-unseen footage of Cole in 2009 saying some pretty bold stuff.
Alleged Jay-Z Mistress Denies Reports Of An Affair
Entertainment tabloids have a habit of reporting first and asking questions later. Most of the time, their "journalism" goes without consequence. As long as "sources say," magazines will publish. Today, however, TMZ reports that In Touch may have a legal battle on their hands.
Cam'ron Speaks On Solange & Jay Z Elevator Attack, Dipset Reunion
Cam'ron made his way to London last week, and while he didn't end up taking the stage at his scheduled concert, he did manage to meet up with Tim Westwood for an interview.
Rebirth Pt. 2: The Evolution Of A Rap Collaboration
Competition breeds success. No disrespect to Drake, but this motto could trump Y.O.L.O. So much so that, in hip-hop, the saying can be modified to read “competition breeds superiority.” Nowhere is that more present than in the situation known as the collaboration. Following up last week's discussion of a rap group, we now turn to look at how the idea of a 'collaboration' has evolved since rap's heyday.
Jay Z Has Reportedly Split From Business Partner John Meneilly
Jay Z and John Meneilly have worked closely for over a decade,with Meneilly serving as something of a manager for the rapper, though Jay was apparently always reluctant to refer to him as such. The two have reportedly parted ways, and sources conflicted on whether the split was amicable. One industry insider says that Meneilly's departure "wasn’t his choice,” while another says the decision was "mutual" and was made "a couple of months ago".