Natural Born Hustlers: Top 5 Rapper CEOs
The rap game is filled with natural born hustlers, that much is undeniable. It is truly astonishing, looking at how so many MCs, since the inception of the genre itself, have successfully used hip-hop as a platform to become titans of multiple industries. Even though Jay Z (spoiler alert: he’s on this list) was the one who coined the phrase “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man,” he has not been the only rapper to make it a reality.
The 10 Craziest Tour Riders In Hip-Hop
What are the necessary ingredients to a great hip hop show? Well, there's a crowd, a good sound system, a capable DJ, a charismatic performer and lights, but then there are the factors that go largely unseen by attendees. These luxuries demanded by performers are listed on pieces of paper commonly called riders, and every so often, one will get leaked out to the public, usually resulting in shock and scoffing.
Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities List Features Diddy, Jay Z, Drake & More
Just in time to give you more of those Monday blues, Forbes has released their world's highest-paid celebrities list. The list ranks the celebrities of all domains together, giving us a glimpse at the top 95 earners of celebrity-dom.
Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, & Timbaland Honored At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards
ASCAP's 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Thursday night honored Lauryn Hill with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, and Jay-Z and Timbaland took home four songwriting trophies apiece. Past recipients of the Golden Note Award include Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Diddy, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones. Hill accepted the award in front of an industry crowd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
10 Songs Created By Hip-Hop Couples
Couples making songs together is a natural thing. From the Sonny & Cher days to present-day power couple Beyonce and Jay Z, it only makes sense for a couple talented people to create music together, especially when they're in love.
Lil Wayne's Manager Clarifies Jay Z Signing Announcement
When Lil Wayne announced that he had "signed a deal" with Jay Z last night, it was assumed that the rapper had found some sort of alternative to his current record deal-- whether it be through Roc Nation or Tidal.
Lil Wayne Says He Signed A Deal With Jay Z
During his performance at KMEL Summer Jam in the Bay Area, Lil Wayne decided to make a very special announcement to the crowd. "I just signed a deal with my motherfucking idol, Jay Z," Wayne declared to cheering fans. We've been watching Weezy's frustration with his Cash Money situation all year, and while we've heard nothing of a resolution between himself and mentor, Birdman, this is certainly good news, but raises more questions than answers.
Lil Wayne Is Now A Co-Owner Of TIDAL
Before today, we hadn't received any signs that Lil Wayne was involved with TIDAL in any way, but now it's more apparent than ever that he's putting some stake in the company. Earlier today, he dropped "Glory," purportedly the first single from his Free Weezy Album, as an exclusive on the streaming service, and now we've received reports that he's the company's latest co-owner.
Apple Reportedly Pulled Drake Away From Tidal
The first thought that went through many peoples minds when they saw the Tidal team standing on stage (after cracking an Illuminati joke, that is) was "where's Drake?". The rapper's absence was definitely noticed, but no direct explanation was ever given about whether or not he was approached to be a part of the project.
Jay Z's First TIDAL Playlist Is Causing "Wars In The Carter House"
Jay Z has reminds us pretty much every day about the perks and good intentions of Tidal, but every time he defends the service, yet another controversy arises. Jay's latest promotional tactic is a custom mix for the service. Sharing the compilation today on Twitter, he joked about tension between him and Beyonce over song picks, writing; "Playlist wars in the Carter house getting too real." Hopefully, this means we'll be getting some new selections from Yonce in the near future.
Sony Will Not Pull Beyonce's Music From TIDAL
Yesterday (May 29), in the midst of rumors of TIDAL's swelling financial woes, reports circulated that Sony was considering pulling all of its music from the streaming service. The loss of all Sony-endorsed business would be crippling, no doubt, but Sony has the rights to one artist whose removal would be particular painful: Beyonce, the better half of TIDAL owner Jay Z.
Beyoncé's Albums Could Potentially Be Stripped From Tidal
Since it's relaunch under Jay Z's ownership a couple months back, Tidal has been a hot topic in the music industry, receiving plenty of backlash, and causing Jay to constantly be on the defensive side of things.
Jay Z Put On Blast For All-White TIDAL Staff
Two weekends ago, Jay Z made headlines for a freestyle that dissed YouTube and Spotify, and called out the black community for not supporting TIDAL. A sampling of the lyrics:
Nicki Minaj Says Jay Z Collaboration Is Dropping Soon
When asked about a rumored collaboration with Jay Z on Twitter today, Nicki Minaj answered up front, but deleted her tweet shortly thereafter. Without giving out too much info, Minaj confirmed that the record would be dropping "in 3 days".
Beanie Sigel Wants To Collaborate With Jay Z Again
There were plenty of talked about moments from Jay Z's Tidal performance last weekend, but the biggest news of all may have been his reunion with Roc-a-fella OG, Beanie Sigel. Anyone who grew up listening to Jay was excited to see the two together on stage again, but it seems Bigel was equally elated about the opportunity. “Life pulls you in different directions. The other day it was like nothing every changed. Everybody was laughing, happy, smilin', jokin'."
Marina Abramović Institute Issues Apology To Jay Z
There's been a bit of bad blood between Jay Z and one of the stars of his "Picasso Baby" video, performance artist, Marina Abramović over the last few days. Marina went on record saying that Jay Z "used her" for the video, calling it a "one-way transaction".
Performance Artist Marina Abramovic Says Jay Z "Completely Used" Her
Jay Z rolled out a number of unique initiatives to help promote his Magna Carta Holy Grail album in 2013. From his #newrules twitter spree, to using Samsung as the release platform, to doing live performance art for the filming of his "Picasso Baby" music video. Although he attempted to carve out some new rules, not everyone was happy with the result.
Rick Ross Facing Lawsuit For Using Old Jay Z Photo In "Movin' Bass" Video
It looks like Rick Ross is facing another lawsuit from hip-hop photographer Armen Djerrahian. If you remember last year (in May to be exact), Rozay was sued by Armen for using photographs that he’d taken without his permission, and now apparently the same thing happened in Rozay’s latest music video.
Jay Z Brings Out Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Jeezy & Jay Electronica During "B-Sides" Concert In NYC
New Yorkers (who happen to be TIDAL users) were treated to a historic performance last night (May 16). Not only did Hov perform rarities from his back catalog, the TIDAL boss also brought out many surprise guests, including the reunion of the early '00s Roc-A-Fella lineup.
Jay Z Disses Spotify & YouTube During Freestyle At TIDAL's "B-Sides" Concert
Last night (May 17), Jay Z treated TIDAL users to an exclusive "B-Sides" concert in NYC, in which he performed rare tracks from his extensive catalog. Also during the show, Hov kicked a freestyle that touched on just about all of the trending topics in the music world, including jabs at YouTube, Spotify, and Apple, his new streaming competitors.