Jay Z Already Deleted His Instagram Account
Well, that was quick. After dismissing the platform on a few occasions ("When I was talking Instagram, the last thing you wanted was your picture snapped"), Jay Z finally accepted the 'Gram into his life yesterday, posting a throwback photo of himself and the late Michael Jackson to honor the iconic singer -- and just like that... he's gone.
MTV VMAs: Top Hip-Hop Moments
The MTV Video Music Awards are upon us. The popular cable network has definitely changed drastically over the years - putting its once eponymous ‘Music’ on the backburner. Their flagship award ceremony acts a nice bit of nostalgic entertainment for the channel, still a celebration of the year in music.
Jay Z Caved And Got An Instagram Account
Jay Z finally caved and got an Instagram account, opting for the handle @hovsince96. He dedicated his inaugural post with a tribute to Michael Jackson, who would have turned 57 years old today. The picture depicts a younger Jay Z rocking a Latrell Sprewell jersey and posing with the late singer. “Happy Birthday to the King! This may be my first and last post," he wrote.
J Cole Brings Out Jay-Z, Big Sean, & Drake In Fayetteville
J. Cole has single-handedly put Fayetteville, NC on the map, and his homecoming concert tonight at Crown Coliseum was always going to be a feel-good event. But Jermaine was not alone. He brought reinforcements. Jay-Z and Big Sean joined J Cole on stage to perform "IDFWU," "Clique" and more before Drake showed up to perform "Energy," "Know Yourself," and other tracks from IYRTITL. Others who made appearances to support Cole on his big night were fellow "Forest Hills Drive" tour acts Jeremih, YG, Bas, Cozz, and Omen.
Music Industry Execs Vote Rap As Most Despised Genre, Give Tidal A Year At Best
Billboard sent out a poll to 50 or so of the top music industry execs earlier this year, and they've now begun to roll out the results. So far, the voters have not been kind to hip-hop, with the few categories that involved the genre coming out pretty negative. First off, rap came out on top for the question: "What genre of music do you despise the most?," with EDM and Pop coming in as runner-ups. Later on, the pretty biased question, "How Long Do You Give Tidal?" had 71% of voters answering "one year or less".
Get LIVE: 13 Rappers That Are Great In Concert
Rappers are generally hit-or-miss in the concert setting. Some MCs can really rock a crowd while others are notorious for being sloppy, tardy, or brief with their shows. If you've been to a solid handful of rap shows, you've definitely been kept waiting around for an obnoxious amount of time waiting for an MC to show up, only to have him phone in a handful of songs and split. We know we have.
Jay Z Drops "Summer Sauce 2" Playlist On TIDAL
Although Apple Music's new streaming service seems to be winning the competition, TIDAL hasn't given hope just yet. It's definitely hard to compete with Apple's Beats 1 radio show, especially when they have original radio programming hosted by Dr. Dre, Drake, Pharrell and others. Today TIDAL comes through with a new exclusive of their own, helmed by their own star power: Jay Z.
Jay Z Had A Tupac Diss Track That Was Never Released
Younger Jay Z fans sometimes forget how close his ties were with The Notorious B.I.G. in his early career, but in reality, they attended the same high school and appeared together on Reasonable Doubt's "Brooklyn's Finest." Jay was around, if not yet established, when the huge beef between Big and Tupac was raging in the '90s, and in a new interview, one of his old collaborators revealed that he almost submitted a diss track to the whole situation.
Jay Z & Timbaland Expected To Testify In "Big Pimpin" Lawsuit
Jay Z and Timbaland are headed to court over their 1999 hit, "Big Pimpin" off Jay's album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter. The record is an iconic one, mainly because of the sample Timbaland used-- and it's that same sample that's now coming back to haunt the duo. At the time the track was recorded and released, Timbo paid EMI $100,000 for use of the Middle Eastern song "Khosara, Khosara," composed by Baligh Hamdy. EMI claimed to have the rights to the song via a deal with an Egyptian company and an agreement with Hamdy's family.
Taylor Swift Credits Jay Z For Helping Her Reconcile With Kanye West
Taylor Swift is on the cover of the new issue of Vanity Fair. In her cover story, the songstress speaks about her super-cool friendships with people like Lena Dunham and Selena Gomez, and, apparently also Jay Z. The country singer turned pop star revealed how Jay Z was unwittingly responsible for helping her become friends with Kanye West-- the man who infamously stole her spotlight at the MTV VMAs way back when.
Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Rereleased On Vinyl With Hidden Track
Vinyl heads rejoice, Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is getting re-released on a 7" double vinyl set by Jack White & Third Man Records, who claim that the set comes with a hidden Jay Z track:
50 Cent On Jay Z: "There's No L On His Record"
50 Cent has recently been in the headlines concerning his filing for bankruptcy, but his recent interview with DJ Semtex was all about the music. During the sit-down, Fif reflected on the various competitions is his career, whether they be with Kanye West, Ja Rule, or Jay Z. As usual, he made some surprising statements, but generally kept the shade to a minimum, and gave props where it was due.Check out some key excerpts below. On challenging Kanye West's first week sales in 2007:
Will Smith & Jay Z To Executive Produce HBO Mini-Series
Will Smith and Jay Z teamed up for last year's "Annie" remake, sharing production credits on the musical, which also stared Jamie Foxx. The two superstars are joining forces once more, this time foraying into television with a new HBO mini series.
Birdman Is Now Suing TIDAL Over "Free Weezy Album"
Yeeesh. This Birdman/Lil Wayne beef is getting confusing, and is definitely far from over. We've heard Lil Wayne going at his Cash Money counterparts on his recent project FWA, and recently the two reportedly clashed while at the same Miami nightclub.
Meek Mill Celebrates #1 Album With Jay Z, Fabolous, & Kevin Hart
After putting up whopper first week sales numbers, Meek Mill had great cause to celebrate. And celebrate he did, by getting down with Jay Z at Roc Nation HQ Wednesday afternoon, munching on gourmet miniature cupcakes and sipping on Ace of Spades champagne. Him and Jay then linked up with fellow Philadelphian Kevin Hart and Fabolous that night for Hart's show at Madison Square Garden.
15 Must-See Hip-Hop Documentaries
For those of you late in the game, after premiering this past winter at Sundance, the documentary “Fresh Dressed” is now available to the public. Directed by Sacha Jenkins, the film is an incredibly dope example of the multifaceted culture that is, hip-hop. The film maps the history of hip-hop in connection to fashion, all within the evolving framework of the Black community.
Tidal Now Has A Family Plan Just Like Apple Music
Apple Music is a scary prospect for competitors, and with Tidal already off to a bit of a slow start, it's even scarier. While the going rate for streaming services across the board is $9.99 (Tidal included, with the option of HiFi at 19.99), Apple has introduced a very competitive family price of $14.99 for up to 6 users.While Tidal did not previously have a family option, Jay Z must have felt threatened by Apple's offer, and has thus launched its own multi-member deal, though it's not quite the value of Apple's.
The Streaming "Game Of Thrones": Drake & Apple Music Vs. Jay-Z & TIDAL
It all seemed like fantastic, luxurious, one-percent-y fun and games during the initial TIDAL press conference. Music mogul Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s launched his rebranding of the year-old streaming service he had recently acquired by strutting out stars of meteoric magnitude, both young and old, shuffled out like battling champions in a proverbial game of thrones. Like a "Song of Ice and Fire," the words burned like an effigy as the music industry (critics, artists, and fans alike) were urged to brace themselves for something new.
Meek Mill Reveals Pre-Jail "DWMTM" Songs Will Be Released Soon
Meek Mill's 5 month jail sentence had quite an impact on him, to the point that he came out of the pen rejuvenated and ready to record a whole new LP. Dreams Worth More Than Money is said to have been complete before Meek went away, but he scrapped the original records for w hole new batch upon release.As satisfied as fans are with the LP, there has been some demand to hear the unreleased songs, namely, a track called "Scarface" rumored to feature both Jay Z and Nas.
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.