Lyrics Of The Week: September 20-26
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific bars are often overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions. Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments section. Lines we're not quite sure about will be bolded.
Poppin' Tags: 20 Songs About Brands
There's definitely been an influx of songs dedicated to rappers' favorite brands in the last year or two, but it's been happening forever. Whether it's the designer labels of Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, or casual sportswear like Nike or FILA, emcees have always made a point of shouting out what they wear. So without further ado, check out our list of 20 of the most memorable odes to brand names!
Drake Says His Mom Was Really Upset Upon Hearing "Too Much"
Drake has been all over the site for the past week as he does interview on top of interview to promote his new album, Nothing Was The Same, turning it into a veritable DrakeWeek on just about every blog. One of the more anticipated interviews was his sit-down with Elliott Wilson for the CRWN series. The latter half of the interview dropped today, and in it Drizzy discusses in more detail three particular records off his new album. Drake even gets his not-often-heard producer, Noah '40' Shebib, to come out to say hi and talk about what it's like to work with the rapper.
Diddy Tops Forbes' Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists List, Jay Z Follows
Forbes recently let go their list of the Highest-Earning Celebrity Couples, which Jay Z and Beyonce topped. Now they've released their annual list of Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists, and while Hov doesn't top this list too, he comes pretty close at #2.
Drake Talks On "Pound Cake," Says Jay Z Is The "True Big Homie"
Drake recently revealed that his Jay Z collaboration on Nothing Was The Same, one of the very few featured tracks, was originally intended for Hov's album.
Drake Confirms Wu-Tang Collaboration, Reveals "Pound Cake" Was Meant For Jay Z's Album
Drake joined RapRadar's Elliott Wilson at NYU for his CRWN interview series earlier tonight, and while the footage of the hour long discussion has yet to surface, we've been able to piece together much the interview through the consistent live tweeting of press attendees. Drake spoke of his rumored collaboration with the Wu-Tang clan, confirming that he had recorded a song with the group, and that it will see release soon. He also shared portions of a conversation he had with Ghostface Killah.
DJ Khaled May Have A Track With Drake, Jay Z, Rick Ross & Future On "Suffering From Success"
"No New Friends" was a pretty big first single for DJ Khaled, but it seems he might have something even more monstrous up his sleeve. According to ItsBizkit, Khaled has been (rightfully) bragging about a track he has with Drake, Jay Z, Rick Ross, and Future, which kind of sounds like the ultimate Khaled track. No confirmation on whether this is actually happening, but if it is, expect it sooner rather than later.
Chris Brown Says Jay Z "Gets A Pass" For Stabbing & Drug Dealing Offenses
Chris Brown does not have the best reputation, and is consistently vocal about his frustration with his portrayal in the media. In his latest interview with JET magazine, he once again tackles the topic of the yellow journalism he claims to be the subject of, as well as comparing the public's forgiveness of Jay Z's criminal past to his own situation. Read some excerpts from the interview below.
Jay Z & Beyonce Top Forbes' Highest-Earning Couples List
Jay Z and Beyonce are the power couple of hip-hop, but they dominate all other aspects of business as well. The celebrity couple have found themselves at the top of Forbes' Highest-Earning Celebrity Couple list yet again.
Former Bodyguard Of Beyonce And Jay Z Killed By Police Taser [Update: Bodyguard Was Fired By Beyonce & Jay Z Prior To His Death]
Earlier this week, Norm Oosterbroek, bodyguard to Jay Z, Beyonce, and many other celebrities, was reportedly killed after being tasered by police. According to Miami New Times, police responded to reports Monday night (September 2nd) that a man allegedly trespassed onto someone's mansion property in Pinecrest, Florida and was harassing the residents.
Jay Z Sells Ownership Of Barclays Center For $1.5M
Jay Z’s involvement with the Brooklyn Nets is officially coming to a close. After recently unloading his stake in the team to new head coach Jason Kidd, the Roc Nation mogul has now also sold his minimal share of the Barclays center in Brooklyn.
Jay Z Attends LeBron's Wedding With Beyonce, Who Performed
LeBron James recently got married to his long-time girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, at a three-day event. Wanting to keep it fairly low-key, the couple only invited around 200 guests, which included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Ray Allen, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, and two heavy hitters in Jay Z and Beyonce. Not only did the hip hop royalty attend the wedding, but Bey performed “Crazy In Love” at the reception.
Rick Ross Says He Still Supports Reebok, Talks Learning From Jay Z
Rick Ross may have lost his Reebok deal over all that "U.O.E.N.O." lyric controversy, but he's still supporting the brand and rocking his Reeboks, so he says in a new interview, "I'm still supporting Reebok. I'm still wearing Reebok. It's nothing more than that.
Biggest NBA Fans In The Rap Game
There have been a plethora of NBA stars who have dipped their feet in a rap profession but none have been too successful. So today we are going to forget about all of the tracks Shaq and Metta World Peace have hopped on and show off some of the biggest NBA fans in the rap game today. Some of the lyrical geniuses have been seen on ESPN, NBA video games, or courtside of their favorite team's games. Others have been spotted getting kicked out of games or confronting announcers but that just shows how dedicated these guys are to their favorite squads.
Charts Don't Lie: September 15
In the competition between the same-day release rappers Juicy J and Big Sean Juicy J appears to be taking the lead, although Sean debuted stronger than Juicy initially. Not to say they both haven't fallen quite a few spots-- they have. However Juicy J's fan base remains more persistent that Sean Don, with Stay Trippy selling another 21k at #15 and Hall Of Fame selling only 18k at #24. Will we see Juicy J remain stronger than Sean over a longer period of time?
Jay Z's All Black Everything Kicks
While Jay Z may not have brought back Versace shades, Jigga has certainly maintained his consistent love for all-black footwear. From arriving at the 1999 VMAs in coprportate gangster attire to rocking 5 figure suits from Tom Ford, Jay's style has undoubtedly changed over the years. However whether he's head to toe in Rocawear or wearing the latest brand you can't pronounce, you can safely bet Hov will be pulling out a pair of black shoes from his closet. Click through to take a look at his best kick moments.
15 Hilarious Jay Z Pool Memes
Yesterday the photo above of Hov jumping into the pool with Bey while on vacation in Italy surfaced. Jay's hands-flailing jump resulted in meme after meme, and we'll undoubtedly be seeing this photo of Hov circulate for awhile. Take a look at some of the funniest memes of Jay Z's now infamous pool dive!
Jay-Z Announces European "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Tour Dates [Update: North American Tour Dates Revealed]
Jay-Z will be heading overseas to see all his European fans, in support of his album Magna Carta Holy Grail this coming October. The album was Hov's first #1 in the UK. The rapper announced European tour dates today, which will run from October 3rd through til October 29th. This will be in suit of his current tour with Justin Timberlake, the "Legend of the Summer" tour. See his tour dates below.
Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Goes Double Platinum
Jay Z received his platinum plaque for Magna Carta Holy Grail shortly after the album's release, as the LP was certified platinum upon its release. It was only time before Hov doubled his efforts-- and now he's reached double platinum. We send out our congratulations to the rapper! How long til he reaches triple platinum?
Jay Z Rocks The "Loverution" Air Revolution
While Jay Z didn't "wear black four years straight," one can't deny the man has a love for his all black kicks. Seen lounging, cigar in hand, Hov confidently pulls off the Nike Air Revolution "Loverution" that recently released as a quickstrike from Nike Brand. Sporting a black safari print upper and green translucent sole, the Loverution fits perfectly into Jay Z's wardrobe. Would you rock the Loverution Air Revolution? Let us know using the cop or not feature!