Diddy Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List Again, Jay Z Comes In Second
It's that time of the year again. Forbes is back with their annual Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and for the second year in a row, we're finding Diddy sitting comfy at the top of the list. Dr.
Beyonce Hosts Lit "Soul Train"-Themed 35th Birthday Party
Beyonce spent her 35th birthday on Sunday at Made in America Festival in Philly, where Chance the Rapper serenaded her with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday." The proper birthday turn-up didn't commence until Monday night, when Beyonce hosted a "Soul Train"-themed party.
Live Stream: Jay Z's "Made In America" Festival Featuring Rihanna, Lil Wayne & Chance The Rapper
Jay Z's annual Made In America festival kicks off today, and those who weren't able to attend will be happy to know that the fest will be live-streamed through Tidal. No need to groan though, as this stream is complimentary and open to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. The fest sports an impressive lineup of hip-hop and R&B including Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, DJ Khaled, Lil Uzi Vert, Desiigner, and DJ Mustard. Other genres are also represented with Coldplay, Grimes, and Jamie XX set to perform.
Big Sean Brought Jay Z & Rick Rubin In For Feedback On His New Album
We know that Rick Rubin was brought in at the 11th hour of Kanye West's Yeezus sessions, and it looks like Big Sean has taken a tip from his GOOD Music mentor, requesting the ear of both Rubin and Jay Z while putting the finishing touches on his fourth studio album.
Consequence Says He Was A "Ghostwriter" On Jay Z’s “Encore”
The topic of “ghostwriting” has been a conversation that many hip-hop fans & enthusiasts have been having following last year’s Drake x Meek Mill x Quentin Miller saga. While many people understand that their favorite rapper might not write 100% of their lyrics, others believe they should and like to argue the case of authenticity when a debate is had. Well for those of you who believe only a true artist writes his lyrics, you might be surprised to hear that Jay Z, who’s arguably the best rapper of all-time, has used a ghostwriter in the past .
Vic Mensa Says Jay Z's New Music Is "Fresh As Fuck"
Vic Mensa is busy touring with Save Money friend/rapper Joey Purp, for his "Back With a Vengeance" tour.
A Timeline Of The Throne: How Kanye West & Jay Z's Album Came To Be
Watch The Throne was a blockbuster album, spawning big singles ("Otis," "N*ggas In Paris"), an ambitious tour, and a fair amount of acclaim. The idea for the project began simply as EP, but quickly grew much bigger, involving a slew of big name producers (Hit-Boy, Jeff Bhasker, The Neptunes, Q-Tip, Mike Dean, RZA) and featured artists (Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Beyonce).
5 Recent HOT 97 x Rapper Beefs
Rappers are constantly taking subliminal shots at one another, but other artists are not the only people involved in rap beefs. The strong personalities of New York radio are constantly getting caught up in heated disagreements with artists, either through their opinions, or direct jabs at artists. Recently HOT 97 has been at the center of a few of these conflicts, most recently inspiring Drake to take some shots at them at a recent show. We've gone back through a few of the various issues between Funk Flex, Ebro, and the rest of the rap game, highlighting 5 of the more recent instances.
Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Jay Z Reportedly Attending "Top Secret" Obama Birthday Party
According to Page Six, Michelle Obama had a "top secret bash" planned for President Obama's 55th birthday, but the news and guest list have made their way out to the public.
Jermaine Dupri Thinks Jay Z’s New Album Might Be Finished
While most of what you’re about to read is wishful thinking, it sure is excited to hear one of Jay Z’s close friends think there’s an album on the way. Earlier this week, Jermaine Dupri paid a visit to the RapRadar podcast & talked about his long-time relationship with Jay Z. During which, JD spilled some news on Hov’s next album, saying he knows the title & believes it’s already done. When JD was asked if he was on the album, he replied “I know the name of Hov’s new album..... It might be done.”
Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
9 Ways Hip Hop Artists Have Reacted To Recent Violence
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6: Philando Castile is shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota July 7: Five police officers are shot and killed at a protest in Dallas. July 17: Three police officers are shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA.
5 Biggest Live Hip Hop Fails
Rich Homie Quan has received considerable heat for his lyrical blunder at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors earlier this week.
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Jay Z Shares "Songs For Survival" TIDAL Playlist
The recent wave of police shootings and ensuing protests inspired Jay Z to release a new single "Spiritual." He followed that up over the weekend with a 24-track playlist called "Songs for Survival."
Kid Cudi Reveals "Welcome To Heartbreak" Hook Was Meant For Jay Z's "Blueprint 3"
Kid Cudi was the most recent guest on Pharrell's OTHERtone radio show, joining Williams and Scott Vener for a discussion that covered his early reaction to fame, as well as some insider info on recording sessions with Kanye West and Jay Z.
Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
4th Of July Playlist
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music. There's no better way to celebrate than with some great tunes -- as even President Obama will be spending the evening taking in a White House concert performance from Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar this evening. As there will be many barbecues to soundtrack today, we've put together a Spotify playlist with some of our favorite summer records from 2016 so far.
Jay Z Tried To Push Kevin Durant To Meet With The Knicks And Nets
Jay Z's biggest Roc Nation Sports client, Kevin Durant, is currently being courted by every NBA team that can get within earshot of him but that likely won't include the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. Jay Z himself reportedly pushed KD to at least visit with the desperate New York franchises but even HOVA's influence wasn't enough to move the former MVP. Teams like the Warriors, Spurs, Clippers, Heat and Celtics are all expected to have time to pitch their case to Durant now that free agency is officially underway but the New York teams are shit out of luck.
Apple Reportedly In Talks To Buy Jay Z’s Tidal
It appears Apple is trying to eliminate one of their top competitors in the streaming world. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently in talks to purchase Tidal.