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.
Jay Z & Beyonce Have Paid "Tens Of Thousands" In Protestors' Bail Money
Filmmaker, writer, and social critic dream hampton (who writes her name in all lowercase) took to social media to defend Jay Z and Beyonce against claims that the couple has remained silent in the midst of protests in Ferguson and Baltimore.
Memphis Bleek Says TIDAL Is Worth It
Memphis Bleek appearend on Shade 45 recently to speak on his upcoming projects and rep TIDAL for his former mentor Jay Z. “TIDAL is worth it," Bleek said. When not shilling for Hova, the Brooklyn rapper talked about his difficulty focusing on music when his business partners are more focused on non-musical endeavors, such as Roc Nation Sports, Dusse, and TIDAL.
Tech N9ne Announces New Album Title, Wants Jay Z & Alanis Morissette On It
Tech N9ne just released a 24-track album, the epic Special Effects, but he's already got the next one on his mind. In an interview with Hip Hop DX, the Strange Music boss reveals that his next one will be called The Storm, and says that he's looking to get an even crazier guest list on it. Read an excerpt below.
Jay Z & Beyoncé Meet Freddie Gray's Family In Baltimore
After sharing a protest song supporting the Freddie Gray rallies in Baltimore, Prince performed a special concert in the city last night. The show was broadcast on TIDAL, while owners Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Alicia Keys were in attendance. Hov and Bey also took the opportunity to meet with Gray's family, taking a few photos with them that showed up online today. It's not clear whether the pictures actually took place at the concert, or elsewhere, but either way, they're worth a look.
Hey Mama: The Chillest Rapper Moms
Mother's Day is upon us.
Jay Z & Beyonce's New $2.6 Million New Orleans Crib Used To Be A Church
Jay Z & Beyonce reportedly just bought a new crib in the swanky Garden District of New Orleans for $2.6 million, according to a report from ET Online. Built in 1925, the crib was originally a Presbyterian church before being remodeled into a ballet school and eventually a domicile. Here's the crib by the numbers:
A Brief History Of The Game's Beefs
Today, The Game became the first major rapper to chime in on the controversy between Lil Wayne and Young Thug. He had to choose Blood over Blood, and, unsurprisingly, chose Carter over Barter, and warned Thugga not to step foot anywhere in the Golden State.
Jay Z Plans "40/40 Live" Talk Show With Skylar Diggins
Everyone may be talking about Tidal right now, but Jay Z continues to move forward with his business ventures. The Brooklyn mogul is set to launch a new interview series out of his 40/40 club in Manhattan. The new show will be broadcast digitally through Sports Illustrated, and will be hosted by WNBA star Skylar Diggins. The show will feature celebrity guests from the world of sports, music, and beyond, and from a new screencap shared by Diggins herself, it seems Fabolous may be one of the first guests.
Forbes Names Hip Hop's Five Wealthiest Artists Of 2015
In recent times, Forbes' annual list of hip hop's five wealthiest artists has become less of a race and more of an established pantheon, and this year's no different. With the exception of two artists switching between the fourth and fifth spots, 2015's list is identical to last year's. With the exception of Birdman (who moved from fourth to fifth place on the list), everyone is worth more this year.
Met Gala 2015: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & More On The Red Carpet
Last night the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted their annual Met Gala, inviting the wealthiest of people to converge on their red carpet in all sorts of haute couture.
Who Had The Better Verse: Fabolous Vs. Lloyd Banks
New York has always had a strong lineage of lyrical rappers. The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Rakim, and Jay Z cultivated New York Rap with their lyrical candor and unblemished wordplay. While some tried to follow the blueprint of these rap aficionados, many failed. Despite there being a dearth of lyrical rappers representing NY, Fabolous and Lloyd Banks have undoubtedly left their marks. Neither is loud and boisterous, but each pack huge punches within their arsenal. When both men collide on a record, all you hear are #bars, making it pretty difficult to gauge who out-rapped the other.
Lyrical Allegiance: Picking Pacquiao/Mayweather Sides Through Song
For the majority of a decade, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been busy cementing their legacies as boxers, all while manifesting a near mythic pop culture status - established largely in part to their potential matchup.
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.