Puff Daddy Leads An All-Star Lineup For Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show
Perhaps it has to do with the name change, but Puff Daddy has been teasing a reunion tour on radio shows recently. Now that tour is coming to fruition and will kick off with an incredible lineup of artists at a show in Brooklyn on May 20 – one day before Christopher Wallace would have turned 44.
Kanye West's Initial Tidal Streaming Numbers For "The Life Of Pablo" Revealed
Kanye West's 7th studio album, The Life Of Pablo, has been available exclusively on Tidal since its release in February, and while it hasn't been all that accessible, it's still racked up some impressive numbers, according to the streaming service.
Jay Z Quietly Pulls All 3 "Blueprint" Albums From Spotify
After Tidal’s launch last year, Jay Z was quick to pull his seminal debut Reasonable Doubt from Spotify. It would make sense not to allow your competitor to have your music, even if it might eat into streaming royalties. Jay Z has enough money to cover those short-term losses though. For a long time, it looked like Reasonable Doubt would be the only exclusive on Tidal.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 12)
As usual, there was a lot going on in the world of rap this week, and it was evident on Instagram. First off, Kim Kardashian started a whole dialogue on slut-shaming and empowerment by posting a censored nude selfie taken in her bathroom mirror. It caused a few women to speak out against Kim's choice, but more importantly it found many fellow celebrities supporting her, including Amber Rose, who suggested Kim speak out about slut-shaming at her SlutWalk event next year.
Samsung Rep Confirms The Company Is NOT Buying Tidal
Tidal has seen many changes since being acquired by Jay Z and collective other musicians last year, going through three CEOs, and recently terminating both its CFO and COO.
Tidal Has Terminated Its CFO & COO
Tidal hasn't been shy to switch up many of higher-up positions in the company, now on their 3rd CEO since launching last year. Today, the streaming service has announced in a statement to Complex that both CFO Chris Hart and COO Nils Juell have been "terminated".
Lawsuit Filed Against Jay Z & TIDAL For Copyright Infringement & Unpaid Royalties
Just when things were starting to look up for Jay Z and his TIDAL streaming service, the rap mogul has hit another setback. While subscriptions have skyrocketed due to Kanye West’s exclusive partnership with TIDAL, another party led by musician John Emanuele and Yesh Music LLC has delivered a lawsuit aimed at TIDAL and its ownership group.
Jay Z Is DJ Khaled's New Manager
Thanks to SnapChat, DJ Khaled's stock continues to rise, and today he's reached another milestone in his career. A new clip posted today shows Khaled kicking it with Jay Z, at which point it's announced that the DJ is the newest client of Roc Nation management -- in fact, it appears that Jay Z will actually be managing him personally.
Samsung Is Reportedly Trying To Buy TIDAL
Samsung is in talks to acquire the Jay Z-owned media streaming service TIDAL, the New York Post reports. "Samsung is re-engaging," a source told the New York Post. "They are working on something really big, and they’re keeping it very quiet in case it leaks."
Kanye West Rants About Taylor Swift, TIDAL, Louis Vuitton At Nightclub
Last night, at Yo Gotti's album release party, was quintessential Kanye West. Kanye premiered a new song featuring Sampha. It was very good. But before he premiered the song, he went on a 9-minute rant about Taylor Swift, Media Takeout, the whole Amber Rose/buttplay thing, Louis Vuitton, and TIDAL. He did all this while standing on top of the DJ Table, with Yo Gotti swigging Ace of Spades to his right.
Jay Z Rocks Yeezy Boost 350s, Kendrick Reps Reebok At NBA Game
Jay Z, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar are weathly, famous humans, and that means they get to sit court side to watch Steph Curry swish three pointers for 40 feet. They did just that last week as the Golden State Warriors visited the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The two rappers sat next two each other, chopping it up and laughing the whole time. Kendrick Lamar was joined by his TDE label boss and friend Anthony Tiffith, while Jay was joined by his boo Beyonce.
The Jay Z & Robert DeNiro Beef Is Over
Well this is a throwback. All the way back in 2012, Robert DeNiro and Jay Z shared a few unpleasant words (mostly on DeNiro’s part) after Jay Z repeatedly failed to call the movie star back, and never delivered on a promise to record a song for the TriBeCa Film Festival. Naturally, this all happened at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday party.
5 Times Kanye West Amazed In The Studio
Kanye West’s career was a long time coming. He spent years in the late ’90s grinding in Chicago music scene before he finally caught on with Roc-A-Fella Records and made a huge impact with work on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint.
Jay Z Sued For $18 Million Over Failed Cologne Venture
Depending how closely you follow Jay Z's business ventures, of which there are many, you may recall that two years Jay Z announced his first-ever cologne: Gold. It's quite likely that you don't recall this, simply because, following that initial announcement, not much happened in the way of the cologne.
8 Hip Hop Short Movies You Need To Watch
In recent years, hip hop has diversified itself artistically. When the culture first boomed, it was a medley of rapping, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, but over the times things have changed drastically. The art of DJing is no longer essential for creating the beats a rapper needs to kick his flow. Breakdancing isn't conducive over the tempos many rappers are currently employing. Graffiti has grown so big that it's a culture of its own.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
Watch J. Cole's "Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming" Concert Film
After teasing us with previews of the big premiere in the preceding weeks, HBO aired J. Cole's highly-anticipated concert film, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, last night. The show was filmed in Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, N.C., where he gave his day-one fans some special surprises, including appearances from Drake, Jay Z, Big Sean, and YG.
Universal Is Being Sued Over Justin Timberlake & Jay Z's "Suit & Tie"
Universal Music Group is being sued over a potentially unauthorized sample used in Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," which featured Jay Z and was produced by Timbaland. The single peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 100 and appeared on Timberlake'd 2013 album The 20/20 Experience.
Jay Z & Beyoncé Win "Drunk In Love" Lawsuit Against Hungarian Singer
Beyoncé and Jay Z have won a lawsuit against a Hungarian singer known as Mitsou, reports PageSix. The singer, whose real name is Monika Miczura, sued Bey and Jay in December 2014 for using her voice without permission on "Drunk in Love," the couple's collab that peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 100 in 2014.
Rita Ora Is Suing Roc Nation
Roc Nation has diversified over the past year or two, with the introduction of athlete management, giving them more avenues for their business. However now that they have more on their plate, they've been neglecting their artists, this, according to Rita Ora.