Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
Kendrick Lamar covered GQ's man of the year issue last year, and he hasn't stopped showing up on the front page of magazines since. This week he'll be appearing on both ESPN and JET magazine's covers, the latter of which contains an interview with the Grammy-nominated emcee. In the article, K.Dot talks black history, Jay Z, and his writing process. “Hip Hop plays a huge part in Black history," Lamar told JET. "It’s bigger than music. Entertainers are actually leading a generation today as role models, whether they want to or not."
Jay Z & Beyonce Cover Billboard's 2014 "Power 100" Issue, Rank #1
Billboard has released its 2014 "Power 100" list, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Jay Z and Beyonce were given the #1 spot on this list. This comes after the power couple earned the #1 spot of Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list. Obviously money and power are connected.
HBO Working On Electronic Comedy With Jay Z & Will Smith As Executive Producers
As electronic music becomes more and more mainstream, Calvin Harris, who is the man behind several huge electronic hits, will be venturing into television with a new comedy set to star himself.
Jay Z Collaborates With Billionaire Boys Club On "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Shirt
Kanye West isn't the only rapper debuting some new clothing designs this week. Jay Z is also getting in on the fashion game, launching a new graphic t-shirt in collaboration with Pharrell's Billionaire Boys Club. The shirt bears the title of his most recent album Magna Carta Holy Grail, paired with a Jesus-esque image. You can purchase the item on the BBC webstore. Check out some photos of the design in the gallery above.
Drake Impersonates A-Rod, Lil Wayne & Jay Z On Saturday Night Live [Update: View Full Video & GIFs From The Night]
Drake both hosted and appeared as a musical guest on last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, the first of the new year. He impersonated Katt Williams, controversial Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez, Jay Z, his Young Money Entertainment boss Lil Wayne and more throughout the evening, also reenacting his Bar Mitzvah in an opening monologue. Peep stills and .gifs in the gallery above, watch the full episode below and check out his musical performances in our video section.
Jay Z's Original "Reasonable Doubt" Tracklist Surfaces
Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt is has been canonized as one of rap's classics, and its hard to imagine it existing in any other form than we know it today. However, a tracklist unearthed by 2DopeBoyz shows an early version of the album, which includes 3 unreleased songs and a very different sequencing.
Jay Z Signs Yankee Pitcher C.C. Sabathia To Roc Nation Sports
Roc Nation Sports continues to build their fleet of athletes. The Jay Z-led sports agency has just inked a deal with New York Yankees star pitcher C.C. Sabathia. C.C. Sabathia is a six-time all-star who has been with the Yankees since 2009, winning a World Series and ALCS MVP that same year. Sabathia joins the stellar lineup over at Roc Nation Sports that includes Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz, Geno Smith, Skylar Diggins, and former Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano.
Beyonce & Jay Z Share Photos From New Year's Eve & Blue Ivy's 2nd Birthday
Beyonce and Jay Z like to keep their personal life under tight wraps, so whenever we get a glimpse at what the power couple has been up too, we usually take it.
Jay Z To Headline DirecTV's Super Bowl Party
With this year’s Super Bowl taking place in NYC for the first time ever, it’s only fitting that Jay Z be a part of the festivities in some sort of way. It’s been reported that Hov will be headlining DirectTV’s Super Saturday, which is an exclusive pre-game party the night before the big game.
Rick Ross Reveals New "Mastermind" Release Date
Rick Ross was originally going to cap off 2013 with Mastermind, but to the surprise of very few, the project was pushed back indefinitely. The album now has a brand new release date, so let's hope this one is the real deal. In a new viral ad, soundtracked by an apocalyptic opera sample, and ripe with imagery of ominous clouds and racks upon racks, Rozay has announced March 4th as the official release date for his 6th studio album.
Jay Z Reaches Out To Aspiring Rapper He Brought Onstage In Chicago
As reported by TMZ, it seems Jay Z (or his security team, rather) has reached out to a young woman he brought onstage during Thursday evening's "Magna Carter World Tour" performance in Chicago. Although seemingly chosen at random, the individual Hov selected to freestyle had spit for him three years earlier on "The Blueprint 3 Tour".
Jay Z Interviewed Next To Lesbian Sex In Rare Unearthed Video
Jay Z has accomplished a lot in the last year, but a new video that surfaced online today is probably one of the few things he couldn't pull off in 2014. The clip, which was unearthed by Reddit earlier today, finds Jay Z being interviewed in promotion of his second album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, but the focus is shifted mainly to the two women who are engaging in oral sex just beside Jay and the interviewer, who happens to be none other than 2 Live Crew member Luther Campbell (of course).
Jay Z And Beyonce Rent Out Theme Park For Blue Ivy's Birthday
Blue Ivy Carter celebrated her second birthday in spectacular fashion this past Tuesday (1/7). Jay Z and Beyonce decided to rent out Miami’s Jungle Island, which is an amusement park that includes a wildlife park and botanical garden, for their daughter’s once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Park officials are keeping their costs under wraps, but it's gotta be pretty damn pricey to close down the entire park. Look at it this way, the VIP safari tour for just one person costs $240.
Jay Z's Holiday Collection With Barneys Nets $1 Million
Jay Z and Barneys high-end collaboration was off to a rocky start, but in the end none of that seems to have effected the sales of their partnership.
Two Women Rob & Run Over Man For His Jay Z Tickets
Two Jay Z fans got completely out of hand in Houston, Texas, when attempting to procure tickets for Jay's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" tour. The two female fans, Denitra Sherrelle Green and Cessica Desha Darden, are currently in custody for robbing a man of his eight Jay Z tickets and then, as if that weren't enough, running him over.
Textbook On Kanye West's Cultural Impact To Be Released
Looks like Kanye West is not the only person who thinks he has a large cultural impact (though he may argue he has the largest). A new textbook written by Julius Bailey will hit shelves in March under the title The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. The book will examine Yeezy's zeitgeist wheelie popping in-depth, describing itself as an analyisis of the “moral and social implications of West’s words, images and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas.”
Jay Z's Brand Is Lacking Authenticity According To New Survey
Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail roll-out with Samsung received mixed reviews when it occurred this past July. It turns out, it really wasn't too popular with the masses, as a new survey indicates. While the deal with Samsung netted the rapper a cool $5 million in sales, not to mention a guaranteed platinum album, it seems that the whole partnership didn't actually benefit Hov's image in the public's eye.
Target Won't Be Selling Beyonce's New Self-Titled Album [Update: Neither Will Amazon]
Despite how popping Beyonce's new visual album has proven to be (it moved 828,00 digital copies in three days), discount department store Target is refusing to offer it for sale.
Rick Ross Reveals Artwork For Jay Z-Featured Single "The Devil Is A Lie" [Update: Track Drops Today, New Art Revealed]
After announcing the delay of his new album Mastermind few weeks ago, Rick Ross decided to tease fans Tuesday night by revealing the artwork for his highly anticipated first single “The Devil Is A Lie” featuring Jay Z. Taking to Instagram/Twitter, Rozay retweeted the single’s artwork along with the caption: “Biggest record you'll ever hear in your life. Stay tuned.” Lets just hope that by “stay tuned”, Rozay means any day now. Artwork done by DJ Sean Mac. Check out the artwork in the gallery above. Thoughts on it?
Jay Z Launches "Comador" Cigar Line
Jay Z is a business, man. The rapper turnt mogul seems to be able to accomplish any venture he sets out on, recently pairing with Barneys, and taking a crack at the sports agent game. Jay's latest endeavor is cigars-- partnering with Cohiba Red Dot to launch a new line called Comador.