Jay Z, Drake & Eminem Are Among Billboard's "Money-Makers" Of 2014
Yesterday, Billboard released its annual "Money-Makers" list, which rounds up last year's top earners in the music world. In 2014, hip-hop only had three moguls who managed to crack the top 25: Jay Z, Eminem, and Drake.
The Best GIFs From The Jay Z Fan Video
We encountered what could very well be Jay Z's biggest fan during the filming of this week's Word On The Street episode. The lady, a lover of Biggie, Lil Kim and Hov, had choice words for Nicki Minaj ("she's a fake bitch, she's fake"). She also big upped Hilary Clinton ("Women is about to the run the world. Hilary is about to become president") and came close to tears when going off on ISIS.
Jay Z Announces B-Sides Concert In NYC
Since Tidal launched, we've seen them offer exclusive new tracks from Rihanna and Beyoncé and an exclusive music video from Jay Z, but this is definitely the best excuse to subscribe yet. Hova just announced a "B-Sides concert" in NYC that'll take place on May 13th, and to attend, you have to be a Tidal subscriber.
Who Had The Better Verse: Jay Z Vs. Kanye West
Despite the fortuitous shift in the music industry, the status of Jay Z and Kanye West remains unblemished. For over a decade, Hov and Ye anchored the remaining bits of Roc-A-Fella by extinguishing rays of doubts with timeless material. Since Reasonable Doubt, nobody questioned Jay’s lyrical prowess. He embodies consistency and longevity. With a run similar to Jordan's, it’s easy to see why he’s pegged as an all-time great.
Kanye West Still Supports TIDAL
Last week (April 22), we reported that when TIDAL fell out of the App Store's top 750 apps, the streaming service also lost the support of Kanye West--as evidenced by the removal of all TIDAL-related tweets on his Twitter account.
Someone Already Made A Parody #TidalFacts Twitter Account
Jay Z's most recent business venture, the streaming service Tidal, has pretty much been a trainwreck up to this point, so he took to Twitter earlier today to ask the masses for lenience. "Please give us a chance to grow & get better," he wrote. Each installment of his lengthy Twitter pitch came with the hashtag #TidalFacts.
Jay Z Defends TIDAL In "Stream Of Consciousness" Twitter Address
Jay Z's newest acquisition, the streaming platform known as TIDAL, has received a fair amount of backlash recently. The massive celebrity endorsement, and use of "exclusive content" to drive users toward the service has turned many off, with some even going on to call the venture a failure in under a month of it being available.
Ranking Fabolous' Friday Freestyles From Worst To Best
The first time I ever heard Fab was when I was 12. I heard “Can’t Deny It” and realized that he was beyond nice. You see, Fabolous is a gladiator. You can throw him in the octagon and he’ll walk out unscathed. I always refer to him as the Vince Carter of rap because at any moment, he could unleash an array of tricks that could leave you in awe. Fab is an extraordinary talent that can mesmerize you with his pen game. Lyrically, he’s been as consistent as anybody else in the rap game. Every time he drops a bar, you’re liable to do the ugly face.
Jay Z & Beyonce's Album Reportedly "Nearing Completion," Will Be TIDAL Exclusive
Tidal is not doing well. Earlier today, it was reported that Kanye West may actually be distancing himself from the celebrity-owned streaming service due to its poor performance on the app store. Certainly, the "exclusive" content they've been offering hasn't been enough to sway users into paying for a subscription, or perhaps, the content simply hasn't met the desires of its audience.
Tidal Plummets In App Store, Loses Kanye West's Support
A little over three weeks since its highly-publicized launch, the Jay Z-owned streaming service Tidal is looking more and more like a flop. After the CEO of the company was fired last week, Tidal's popularity and support from celebrities seems to be fading now.
Vic Mensa Signs With Roc Nation Records
21-year-old Vic Mensa can now look at his haters and say, with impunity: "Oh u mad, huh?" He just signed with Roc Nation Records, the label owned by Jay Z, and that's a big deal for a guy who only has a mixtape and EP to his name (or any guy, really). He'll join J. Cole. Rita Ora, Jay Electronica, Willow Smith, DJ Mustard and Rihanna on the record label. Hova announced the news via Twitter today; view his tweet below.
TIDAL Just Sacked Its CEO
TIDAL hasn't exactly gotten off to a blazing start. It took another image hit Friday when Swedish news site Breakit broke the news that Andy Chen, CEO of TIDAL's parent company Aspiro, was forced out along with 25 other employees. Aspiro, which Jay-Z acquired last month for a cool $56 million, released the following statement:
Jay Z Has Been Personally Calling Tidal Subscribers To Thank Them
Is it desperation or gratitude? That's the main question we have once learning that Jay Z has been personally calling some random Tidal subscribers to thank them for using his service. Business Insider spoke to an executive within the company, who said that Jay, Jack White and other "high-profile musicians" have been calling up users.
Nicki Minaj Calls Fabolous One Of The Best Punch Line Rappers Of The Last Decade
Nicki Minaj's recent social media antics have sparked rumors of her engagement to current boyfriend Meek Mill, but before she sent the internet into a craze, the Young Money rapper was contemplating the best punchlines in hip-hop. More specifically, she was giving props to Fabolous, who she feels hasn't been given the respect he deserves for his lyrics.
Jay Z Drops A Music Video For "Glory" On Tidal
The exclusive Tidal drops meant to drum up hype for the streaming service continue.
10 Rapper-Hosted Reality Shows We'd Like To See
Over the 20 or so years they've coexisted, rappers and reality TV have had a pretty great relationship. "Flavor of Love" is still one of the most popular reality programs of all-time, more people know Xzibit for "Pimp My Ride" than his appearances on Dr. Dre's 2001 (and even less for his solo music), and even short-lived flops like Three 6 Mafia's "Adventures In Hollyhood" still attracted cult followings.
The-Dream Is Starting A New Label With Jay Z
After no album last year, The-Dream is busier than ever in 2015. He just released his Crown EP, and he has a follow up EP, Jewel, planned for this summer. He's also been collaborating, in a few different ways, with Jay Z, whose Roc Nation management company The-Dream is signed to.
10 Songs You Didn't Know The-Dream Wrote
More than perhaps anyone else this decade, Terius Nash (AKA The-Dream) has been R&B's go-to behind-the-scenes man. Although his solo career has attracted a ravenous, cultish following, The-Dream's biggest smash hits (and paychecks) have come courtesy of his songwriting. He's penned tracks for Rihanna, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige-- basically all of the most prominent female R&B singers since the '90s-- and even seen a few of them hit number one.
J. Cole Promises A Private Performance For His Top Listeners On TIDAL
Jay Z's TIDAL continues to unveil new perks. This week, the streaming service promises an exclusive offer to fans of J. Cole, who's signed to Roc Nation and was one of a select group of artists on stage during TIDAL's opening ceremony.
Jay Z Pulls "Reasonable Doubt" From Spotify
TIDAL is still new, and we'll continue to become aware of its benefits in the coming weeks and months. Rihanna and Beyonce have already debuted exclusive songs on the streaming service, and it's only fitting that de facto leader Jay Z should move his entire catalog to TIDAL--and away from Spotify.