Memphis Bleek Confirms Jay Z Ghostwrote Lyrics For Him
One of the more notable guest appearances on Jay Z's classic debut album Reasonable Doubt was from a 15-year-old emcee by the name of Memphis Bleek. While Bleek would eventually grow into a solo success, scoring a few hit singles of his own in the early 2000s, the rapper now confirms that his vocals on Jay's debut were entirely ghostwritten by his eventual label head.
Louis Farrakhan "Proud" Of Jay Z & Jay Electronica For Representing Five Percent Nation
Minister Louis Farrakhan has penned a letter addressing Jay Z and Jay Electronica's representation of The Five Percent Nation at the 10th annual Brookyln Hip-Hop Festival that took place earlier this month. Claiming he's "proud" of every person who stood alongside Electronica, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI) uses the text to preach the organization's teachings and defend the profanity in the rapper's music. Read select text below:
The Five Percent Nation: A Brief History Lesson
Last week, at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Jay Electronica gave fans a set to remember as he brought out labelmate Jay Z, Mac Miller, J. Cole, and Talib Kweli. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jay is an elusive rapper and producer who joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation roster label in 2010.
Jay Z & Beyonce Rumored To Separate After Tour
According to a report by the NY Post, Jay Z and Beyonce are "trying to figure out a way to split without divorcing," with their joint tour being cited as a reason for papers not being finalized. According to an anonymous source, "this is a huge concert tour and they’ve already gotten most of the money from the promoters up front."
Jay Z Calls Angie Martinez During Her First Show On Power 105.1
Angie Martinez shocked most of us when she announced she'd be making the leap from New York radio station Hot 97 to their main competitor, Power 105.1, but everyone seemed to leave on good terms. The famed radio personality had her first show on Power 105.1 yesterday afternoon, and she started out with a bang, getting Jay Z to call in to speak to her for a few minutes.
Jay Z Teared Up While Writing "Seen It All" Verse For Jeezy
Jeezy recently spoke with MTV News about his new single "Seen It All" featuring Jay Z, as well as the album it's off of, also titled Seen It All.
Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller At BK Hip Hop Festival [Update: Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda]
The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is going down today in Williamsburg, and so far, Jay Electronica's set was the most surprising. Jay Elec performing alone in itself is quite a rare sight, but the elusive rapper made sure to up the ante of his set with a few big name guest appearances.
Jay Z & Beyonce's "On The Run" Tour Coming To HBO
For those of you who are unable to attend Beyonce & Jay Z’s “On The Tour” this summer, today is your lucky day. HBO has just announced that they will air a special television concert of the show this Fall called "On The Run Tour: Jay Z and Beyoncé." The TV concert will feature a taping of shows on Sept 12th and 13th at the Stade de France in Paris (their only international dates). The special will feature music's power couple performing over 40 songs from their solo catalogues, along with a handful of collaborations including their latest hit "Drunk In Love."
Samples Of The Week: July 10
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".
Jay Z & The Roots To Perform At Global Citizen Festival
This year's Global Citizen Festival has announced a pretty strong line-up, consisting of headliners Jay Z and The Roots, as well as Tiesto and No Doubt, there seems to be a little something for everybody. The Global Citizen Festival is in support of the Global Poverty Project, a charity aimed to rid the world of extreme poverty by 2030. This year's festival goes down in New York's Central Park on September 27th.
Jay Z, Roc-A-Fella Records Sued By Chauncey Mahan Again
Back in April, we reported that Jay-Z & Roc-A-Fella Records were subjected to a $100,000 extortion plot at the hand of one of Jay's old sound engineers Chauncey Mahan.
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.