Cover Art Revealed For Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" [Update: Official Cover Art Revealed]
Dropping in a few days, the hype for Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail continues to grow, and after previously giving us the tracklist and features, Jigga drops off the cover art. The album will feature Rick Ross, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, and even Beyonce, and is dropping on July 4th with a special release from Samsung, as part of The Roc honcho's sponsorship deal with them. Electing to go simple, the cover bares "MCHG" representing the title.
Two More Songs Added To Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail?
According to DDotOmen, it seems Jay-Z may be adding two new tracks to his imminent Magna Carta Holy Grail album. The official tracklist was originally 15 songs in length, but "a very reliable source" has revealed that two extra tracks will be added to the final version of the project.
Lyrics Of The Week: June 21-27
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of redacted lyric leaks from Jay-Z). 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.
Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Will Be Certified Platinum Upon Release
Jay-Z has been talking about making "new rules" in the industry recently, and now it seems like the industry is following suit. After previously denying Jay of platinum status, due to his albums being sold to Samsung digitally over 30 days prior to its release, the RIAA has made an official statement indicating that they will be changing the rules for the release.
Kevin Durant Says Signing With Jay-Z Not Sign Of Him Leaving OKC
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman that switching his representation to Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports is not a sign that he will leave the Thunder once he is eligible for free agency."He has nothing to do with if I'm going to leave OKC or none of that," Durant said. "I heard that before so put that out on the table. He has nothing to do with that. He knows his lane with me. Their team knows their lane with me. And they're letting me handle the basketball part. I would tell fans not to worry about that at all."
Game Changers: Nas Edition
Of the dozens of rappers debated as the G.O.A.T dead or alive, Nas's name probably comes up with the most frequency behind The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac (maybe ahead depending on the source).
Jay-Z Explains How "Jay-Z Blue" Is About The "Paranoia Of Not Being A Good Dad"
Jay-Z has been pretty active in the promotion for his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail, for which he revealed the features for yesterday. The Roc leader has been posting both lyrics, and short videos explaining each
Jay-Z Reveals "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Tracklist [Update: Features Listed]
According to HipHopDX, the tracklist for Jay-Z's imminent Magna Carta Holy Grail album has been revealed via a viral Hip Hop scavenger hunt in Brooklyn, part of his #NEWRULES marketing campaign with Samsung.
Kevin Durant Officially Signs With Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports
ESPN confirmed Monday that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant hired hip-hop mogul Jay-Z's firm Roc Nation to represent him.ESPN business reporter Dan Rovell tweeted: "It's Official: Jay-Z has signed Kevin Durant. Roc Nation Sports spokesman Ron Berkowitz has confirmed."With the addition of Durant, Roc Nation's client list includes New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and WNBA player Skylar Diggins.
Courtney Love Allows Jay-Z To Use Lyrics From Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Jay-Z's upcoming new album was announced basically two weeks prior to its release, which doesn't give much time for promo leading up to it, at least in the usual way of things. Hov and Ye both seem set on doing things differently this time around. We received a second commercial in support of Magna Carta Holy Grail yesterday, which showed Hov in the studio with Timbaland, as they work on the album, but still, details are scarce.
Jay-Z Covers Billboard Magazine
By now I'm sure you're aware of Jay-Z's upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail. With a release date only about two weeks away, Billboard Magazine decided to put Hov on the cover of their latest issue.
Jay-Z Announces New Album & Release Date [Update: Samsung Sales Of "Magna Carta" Not Counted By SoundScan]
Jay-Z teased a big announcement via Samsung earlier this week, but we didn't know it would be this big. In a commercial which aired during Game 5 of tonight's NBA finals, the jigga man took us behind the scenes of his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The album will be available free for 1 million Samsung users July 4th through a specialized app, and the rest of the world 72 hours later.
Jay-Z Officially Becomes Licensed NBA Agent
After being the unofficial face of the franchise, and a constant presence in the move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, Jay-Z has looked to sell his minority share of the Nets as his next venture is sports management with his Roc Nation Sports agency.
Jay-Z Says There's "New Rules" While Acknowledging Wale, J. Cole & Kanye West On Twitter
This Sunday Jay-Z shook up the rap game when it was announced he'd been releasing a new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, in around two weeks, but first releasing it for Samsung Galaxy users for free on July 4th. The rap game is definitely changing, with Hov and Kanye West's minimal album promo a testament to it.
Former Kanye West DJ A-Trak Disses Jay-Z & Samsung
A-Trak has had a pretty respectable career in hip hop. He was the first DJ to win all three major DJ competition titles, served as Kanye's tour DJ (heavily influencing the sound of 2007's Graduation), co-founded Fool's Gold records (the home of Danny brown, Killer Mike, and Action Bronson), and has released plenty of his own music as well.
Hip Hop Father Figures
In celebration of Father's Day, we've compiled a photo gallery of 25 emcees with their children. Some of them have been in the game for years and have built large families. Others are new parents with a long way to go, among them Jay-Z, King Los and Kanye West, who brought a child into the world this weekend, just in time for Father's Day 2013.
Jay-Z Teases Samsung Partnership, Big Announcement Coming During Game 5 Of NBA Finals
Looks like there's one more reason to watch the game this weekend. Reports suggested that Jay-Z was well on his way to closing a $20 million dollar deal with Samsung last week, and a new image which popped up on Jay's Life + Times site seems to support these claims. A Samsung Galaxy is depicted in the graphic, bearing the instructions to "Tune In" and "Turn Up The Volume" during the upcoming game five of the NBA finals.
Jay-Z's Rocawear Sued For Unpaid $450,000 Bill
As reported by the New York Post, it seems wholesale company iSource NYC is suing Jay-Z's Rocawear clothing line for an unpaid bill of $450,000 - half of a million dollar order of branded goods delivered to NYC from Pakistan last April through June. None of the items were ever returned, and now the business is seeking the rest of the money as well as 9% in interest, bringing the grand total to $490,500.
Photos: Kanye West Celebrates His 36th Birthday w/ Beyoncé, Jay-Z & Nas
As reported by MissInfo, Kanye West took a minute to celebrate his birthday with friends before a performance at the Governors Ball in New York City last night.
Photo: Jay-Z, Nas, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland In The Studio
Coming at ya with another photo this evening, it looks like Jay-Z, Nas, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland are cooking up some new material for us.