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  • Top 10 Biggie Collaborations
    Top 10 Biggie Collaborations
    Mar 9, 2014 at 10:16 AM
    If a rapper’s collab. roster is any indication of his talent as an artist, The Notorious B.I.G. reached an astounding level of respect from his peers in his career. Though his 1997 death left behind only two studio albums, colleagues and friends went on to put out three more posthumous albums and extend his legacy well into the present landscape of hip hop. Biggie’s raps have appeared alongside everyone from Jay-Z, to Michael Jackson, to Eminem, and his songs continue to be sampled regularly by the new school rappers taking over the charts in the present day.
  • A Timeline Of Jay Z's Accumulated Wealth
    A Timeline Of Jay Z's Accumulated Wealth
    Mar 6, 2014 at 03:37 PM
    Jay Z is no doubt an icon in hip hop with his platinum-selling albums and sold-out tours. But the rapper has been one of few moguls in the industry to successfully stretch the boundaries when it comes to business.
  • Rappers & Athletes
    Rappers & Athletes
    Mar 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM
    "Damn, I swear sports and music are so synonymous/ Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us" - Drake Rappers and athletes have always had close ties, but it seems we're seeing more and more crossover between sports and music. Much of that can be attributed to Instagram, which has created a need for every celebrity to flex the chance encounters they have with other celebrities.   Some of these pairings are certainly more organic than others, but if you're a sports stan, and a rap stan, they're definitely worth a look. 
  • In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
    In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
    Mar 1, 2014 at 03:36 PM
    This year marks landmark anniversaries for a number of essential albums. OutKast’s Southernplayalistic, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, and Nas’ Illmatic are just a few of the classic albums to turn 20.
  • Tom Ford Designs Dress Based Off T-Shirt Worn By Jay Z
    Tom Ford Designs Dress Based Off T-Shirt Worn By Jay Z
    Feb 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM
    Jay Z's "Tom Ford" off his Magna Carta Holy Grail album thrust designer Tom Ford into the hip-hop consciousness, and the lyrics "I don't pop molly / I rock Tom Ford" became the go-to for those against the molly craze (and those tired of it). While Hov was on his "MCHG" tour, he was spotted wearing a jersey inspired by his own lyrics designed by Black Boy Place.
  • Hip-Hop's Power Couples
    Hip-Hop's Power Couples
    Feb 14, 2014 at 05:45 PM
    It's that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! The romantic holiday is upon us and we thought we'd share some of the love in the hip-hop community. Love and hip-hop doesn't have to be synonymous with ratchet behavior and baby daddy / momma drama, although you may be under a different impression if you've ever watched a full episode of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop.
  • Valentine's Day: DOs & DON'Ts
    Valentine's Day: DOs & DON'Ts
    Feb 13, 2014 at 02:19 PM
    Guys can sometimes be a little clueless when it comes to romantic events like Valentine's day, so we've decided to give you a quick guide of DOs and DON'Ts guide to keep you out of trouble this V-Day. Take a look through our gallery for a few basic rules on how to keep your wifey happy this Friday, provided by the likes of Kevin Hart, Jay Z, Miguel, and more. Don't get caught slippin' on the one day that should be an easy in with your main chick. We understand that it's not an exact science, but if you follow these general rules, you should be in the clear. Good luck!
  • Memphis Bleek Doesn't Like Jay Z's Shout Out On "Diamonds (Remix)"
    Memphis Bleek Doesn't Like Jay Z's Shout Out On "Diamonds (Remix)"
    Feb 11, 2014 at 07:09 PM
    Memphis Bleek was always Jay Z's right hand man, but despite his massive co-sign he never really broke through. The two have remained friends throughout their careers either way, and Jay displayed his loyalty to Bleek very openly on his verse from Kanye West's "Diamonds" remix.
  • Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" 10 Years Later
    Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" 10 Years Later
    Feb 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM
    There are albums that are important to their specific genre of music and there are albums that change said genre all together. They have the ability to implement a seismic shift both musically and culturally-- what is accepted, what is cool, style, production, method and so on. It is fair to say that Kanye West's 2004 release, and debut effort, The College Dropout is such an album. It is also fair to say that hip-hop began a transformation (or evolution, if you will) after it dropped.
  • Trophies: Counting Down Drake's Number One Hits
    Trophies: Counting Down Drake's Number One Hits
    Feb 4, 2014 at 06:45 PM
    Since August 18 2012, Drake surpassed the legendary Jay Z in terms of number one records on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Jay Z held the title with nine number ones at the time, but Drizzy pulled in his tenth number one with being featured on 2 Chainz's "No Lie". He acknowledged his victory on the track "5AM In Toronto" saying: "You underestimated greatly / Most number ones ever, how long did it really take me?"
  • Chaining Day: Roc-A-Fella
    Chaining Day: Roc-A-Fella
    Jan 29, 2014 at 01:34 PM
    Chaining days have always been a great ritual in hip-hop. So much so, that Kanye West made it the grande finale of his music video for "Through The Wire", his first major single. Last night  bossman Jay Z of ROCNATION presented J. Cole with an original Roc-A-Fella chain. A sign of respect and gift for the 29th birthday of the rapper. Do you remember who else has a Roc-A-Fella chain? We put together a photo gallery of photos from the past that may surprise you.  Make sure you make it to the very end of the galleries to watch Kanye West's chaining day and EPK. 
  • Red Carpet, Backstage & Onstage Photos From The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Red Carpet, Backstage & Onstage Photos From The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Jan 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM
    As per usual, the Grammy Awards proved to be an eventful night. We saw performances from husband and wife, Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as John Legend, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, Juicy J alongside Katy Perry, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Madonna and more.
  • 15 Fine Art References In Hip-Hop Music
    15 Fine Art References In Hip-Hop Music
    Jan 26, 2014 at 09:30 PM
    Many emcees (especially those in the limelight) display an appreciation for the finer things in life, and art is no exception. Although a less common source of inspiration, you will catch the occasional fine art reference in rap music, Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" being only the most recent example.
  • Watch Beyonce, Jay Z & More Perform At The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Watch Beyonce, Jay Z & More Perform At The 2014 Grammy Awards
    Jan 26, 2014 at 08:56 PM
    The Grammys always have their share of memorable performances, and the 56th annual awards will certainly be no different. We'll be updating with performances as they happen. Among those set to take the stage are Beyonce, Jay Z, Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and many more. So far, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been dominating the rap-related awards taking home best rap album, best rap song, and best new artist. It's possible he may take home album of the year as well, while Kendrick Lamar remains empty-handed.
  • Jay-Z, Rihanna, J. Cole, T.I., Grimes And More Attend Roc Nation's Pre-Grammy Brunch
    Jay-Z, Rihanna, J. Cole, T.I., Grimes And More Attend Roc Nation's Pre-Grammy Brunch
    Jan 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM
    On Saturday, Jay-Z, in his annual tradition, celebrated the GRAMMYs a day early at what must be one of the most exciting brunches known to man. This year, Roc Nation artists have together tallied nine nominations, which would be no easy feat for labels other than the highly regarded Roc Nation.  From comedian Kevin Hart and the elegant Rihanna to T.I. and indie-songstress Grimes (not to mention a chipper-looking J. Cole) the brunch certainly seemed like the place to be last Saturday. However, while the atmosphere seemed celebratory, the GRAMMY awards still await us.
  • Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
    Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
    Jan 25, 2014 at 12:42 PM
    Kendrick Lamar covered GQ's man of the year issue last year, and he hasn't stopped showing up on the front page of magazines since. This week he'll be appearing on both ESPN and JET magazine's covers, the latter of which contains an interview with the Grammy-nominated emcee. In the article, K.Dot talks black history, Jay Z, and his writing process. “Hip Hop plays a huge part in Black history," Lamar told JET. "It’s bigger than music. Entertainers are actually leading a generation today as role models, whether they want to or not." 
  • Jay Z & Beyonce Cover Billboard's 2014 "Power 100" Issue, Rank #1
    Jay Z & Beyonce Cover Billboard's 2014 "Power 100" Issue, Rank #1
    Jan 24, 2014 at 09:42 AM
    Billboard has released its 2014 "Power 100" list, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Jay Z and Beyonce were given the #1 spot on this list. This comes after the power couple earned the #1 spot of Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list. Obviously money and power are connected. 
  • HBO Working On Electronic Comedy With Jay Z & Will Smith As Executive Producers
    HBO Working On Electronic Comedy With Jay Z & Will Smith As Executive Producers
    Jan 22, 2014 at 03:11 PM
    As electronic music becomes more and more mainstream, Calvin Harris, who is the man behind several huge electronic hits, will be venturing into television with a new comedy set to star himself.
  • Jay Z Collaborates With Billionaire Boys Club On "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Shirt
    Jay Z Collaborates With Billionaire Boys Club On "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Shirt
    Jan 19, 2014 at 07:56 PM
    Kanye West isn't the only rapper debuting some new clothing designs this week. Jay Z is also getting in on the fashion game, launching a new graphic t-shirt in collaboration with Pharrell's Billionaire Boys Club. The shirt bears the title of his most recent album Magna Carta Holy Grail, paired with a Jesus-esque image. You can purchase the item on the BBC webstore. Check out some photos of the design in the gallery above.
  • Drake Impersonates A-Rod, Lil Wayne & Jay Z On Saturday Night Live [Update: View Full Video & GIFs From The Night]
    Drake Impersonates A-Rod, Lil Wayne & Jay Z On Saturday Night Live [Update: View Full Video & GIFs From The Night]
    Jan 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM
    Drake both hosted and appeared as a musical guest on last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, the first of the new year. He impersonated Katt Williams, controversial Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez, Jay Z, his Young Money Entertainment boss Lil Wayne and more throughout the evening, also reenacting his Bar Mitzvah in an opening monologue. Peep stills and .gifs in the gallery above, watch the full episode below and check out his musical performances in our video section.
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