Kendrick Lamar Says Jay Z Has "Always Been That Dude" In Rap Fashion
Kendrick Lamar Says Jay Z Has "Always Been That Dude" In Rap Fashion Sep 3, 2013 at 05:14pm
We've seen Kendrick Lamar's style progress over the last little while, with the rapper getting more and more nods for his fashion sense. The TDE emcee spoke with Hypebeast about his status as a style icon, his influences, and whether or not he would ever enter the design world. "I feel comfortable with being a style icon," said Kendrick. "That's something new. I've been hearing that for quite some time this past year." 
Watch "Made In America" Performances From Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore
Watch "Made In America" Performances From Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore Sep 1, 2013 at 10:41pm
Saturday was the first day of Budweiser's 2013 "Made In America" festival, held at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Noteworthy acts included A$AP Rocky, Solange, Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, and Beyonce, who headlined last night. Unfortunately, the live stream of the event was cut short after Bey performed her singles "Run the World (Girls)" and "End of Time" early on.  
Charts Don't Lie: September 1
Charts Don't Lie: September 1 Sep 1, 2013 at 01:45pm
We see two new entries when it comes to hip-hop on Charts Don't Lie this week. They belong to Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt and A$AP Mob's A$AP Ferg. While both rappers moved respectable amounts, it gives us a moment to think about the whole ideas of crews in hip-hop, and how no matter what, there is always one rap leader who has to make an impression on the audience first. For OF, this is Tyler, The Creator, for A$AP Mob it's Rocky. Following their rise in popularity, they try to put on their friends, as rappers tend to do-- sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.
Watch Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail" Video
Watch Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail" Video Aug 29, 2013 at 12:57pm
Jay Z is continuing with his "New Rules" strategy, and has decided to release his new video on Facebook. We saw photos of Jay and Mark Zuckerberg together a few months back, so this may have something to do with their meeting. Watch the official video for "Holy Grail" with Justin Timberlake below.
Jay Z's Rocawear Sued Over "Hood Love" T-Shirts
Jay Z's Rocawear Sued Over "Hood Love" T-Shirts Aug 26, 2013 at 02:28pm
Although Hov himself is having no problems selling Magna Carta Holy Grail, his clothing line, Rocawear, seems to be struggling as of late. This past June they were sued for an unpaid bill of $450,000 and now they're facing another lawsuit from a rival clothing company.
Charts Don't Lie: August 25
Charts Don't Lie: August 25 Aug 25, 2013 at 12:47pm
This week we really saw the effects of Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control" transfer over to the charts. The rapper's debut album, which officially went platinum this past week, has been slowly creeping back up the charts, something we've been seeing on Charts Don't Lie over the past weeks. Rather than jumping the usual few places this week though, K. Dot leaped 17 spots into the top 50 of the Billboard 200-- now at #36.
Rumor: Is Jay Z About To Perform A Secret Show In Brooklyn? [Update: Rumors Are False]
Rumor: Is Jay Z About To Perform A Secret Show In Brooklyn? [Update: Rumors Are False] Aug 24, 2013 at 06:48pm
RevoltTV is reporting that Jay Z may be performing a secret show in Brooklyn-- and it's about to go down RIGHT NOW. The hint provides the address 421 Troutman Street, and claims that Justin Timberlake and Beyonce will join him as special guests. With the VMAs happening in BK tomorrow this would not be out of the question. So far no sign of the Jigga man, according to Complex. More coverage to come as information arrives.
Cop Who Escorted LeBron To Jay Z Show Gets Disciplined
Cop Who Escorted LeBron To Jay Z Show Gets Disciplined Aug 23, 2013 at 12:57pm
LeBron James is one of the most famous athletes in the world, and he put his clout on display when he posted a video on Instagram of police giving him an escort to a Jay Z/Justin Timberlake concert.  This was against protocol, and since it made the news the police department involved needed to reprimand the officers for giving preferential treatment.
Jay Z's "Holy Grail" Reaches Platinum
Jay Z's "Holy Grail" Reaches Platinum Aug 22, 2013 at 10:04am
Jay Z appeared on Justin Timberlake’s first single off his recent album, and Timberlake returned the favor by appearing on the first track off Magna Carta Holy Grail.  Now the rap-pop collabo is continuing to pay dividends as the lead single off MCHG, “Holy Grail” has gone Platinum with over a million purchases.  Currently the track is No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.  
Rumor: Jay Z & Beyonce Bought The New Regal Theater In Chicago?
Rumor: Jay Z & Beyonce Bought The New Regal Theater In Chicago? Aug 21, 2013 at 03:40pm
Beyonce and Jay Z don't only have their sights on domination of New York, but potentially Chicago too-- it's been rumored that Bey and Jay have purchased the renowned New Regal Theater in Chi-town. The theater was reportedly purchased for the sum of $250,000, and the buyer is reportedly the power couple. The New Regal Theater which seats 2,500 people was first opened in 1927 as the Avalon Theater, and it closed down in 2003 because of money loss. However, the venue once played hosts to the likes of Etta James, Miles Davis, Billy Holiday and Nat King Cole.
Charts Don't Lie: August 18
Charts Don't Lie: August 18 Aug 18, 2013 at 12:37pm
This week was obviously a memorable one for hip-hop, with Big Sean's "Control" dropping and a Kendrick Lamar frenzy ensuing. While the verse has received way more attention than we could have imagined, plenty of rappers are retaliating and introducing new excitement into the rap game which isn't a bad thing.
Casey Veggies' Dad Was Jay Z's Security Guard
Casey Veggies' Dad Was Jay Z's Security Guard Aug 11, 2013 at 04:41pm
Casey Veggies has been gradually making a name for himself without a co-sign. Turns out the young rapper does has some pretty big connections in the industry however, albeit unconventional ones. Casey recently spoke to The Hundreds about his father's work as Jay Z's security guard, Kanye's influence, and his latest project, Life Changes.
Charts Don't Lie: August 11
Charts Don't Lie: August 11 Aug 11, 2013 at 02:54pm
We have two new-comers to Charts Don't Lie this week, who come from opposite ends of the spectrum- Robin Thicke and Tech N9ne. Both artists had impressive debuts, with Thicke earning a #1 debut for the first time, and Tech N9ne earning his chart peak as well. Independent labels may just be the way of the future, as Mac Miller and Tech (and others) have proved again and again how they can do it big without major label backing. Tech Ninna's whole thing is that he's gunna make the mainstream come to him-- and indeed, it seems to be working.
Photos: Jay Z & Dame Dash Reunite
Photos: Jay Z & Dame Dash Reunite Aug 8, 2013 at 11:38am
Jay Z and Dame Dash, former Rocafella partners, reunited last night in NYC when they attended a mutual friend's birthday party. At the event for a music industry executive's birthday, the two smiled for a photo together. In a recent interview Jay had revealed he couldn't remember that last time he'd seen Dame Dash, although he said he still had love for him.