Jay Z Had A Tupac Diss Track That Was Never Released
Younger Jay Z fans sometimes forget how close his ties were with The Notorious B.I.G. in his early career, but in reality, they attended the same high school and appeared together on Reasonable Doubt's "Brooklyn's Finest." Jay was around, if not yet established, when the huge beef between Big and Tupac was raging in the '90s, and in a new interview, one of his old collaborators revealed that he almost submitted a diss track to the whole situation.
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.
Solange Removes Beyonce Images From Instagram [Update: Beyonce Posts Several Images Of Solange On Instagram]
Yesterday we reported that Solange Knowles was caught on security cameras assaulting Jay-Z in an elevator after the Met Gala. Jay-Z and Beyonce were later spotted sitting court side at last night's Miami Heat game with all smiles. The incident, it seemed, left the couple with little impact. Solange, on the other hand, may just have fallen on the opposite end of the spectrum.
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.
TIDAL Just Sacked Its CEO
TIDAL hasn't exactly gotten off to a blazing start. It took another image hit Friday when Swedish news site Breakit broke the news that Andy Chen, CEO of TIDAL's parent company Aspiro, was forced out along with 25 other employees. Aspiro, which Jay-Z acquired last month for a cool $56 million, released the following statement:
Funkmaster Flex Goes On Rant Calling Jay Z's "Life + Times" Blog "Trash" [Update: Flex Instagrams Text From Jay]
If you weren't aware how Funk Flex felt about Jay Z's website, well, you are about to be made acutely aware. The Hot 97 radio DJ went on a rant against Jay Z, more specifically, his "Life + Times" website, while doing his nightly thing on Hot 97 last night. This morning he's made the rant available to stream via his Soundcloud. If you are able to make it through the entire rant, which is punctuated with an incessant amount of bombs, you can listen to it in full below. If you don't want to wade through all the bombs, we'll break it down for you.
Drake Says "Jay Z Is Somewhere Eating A Fondue Plate" In TSN Interview
Drake and Jay Z have been throwing subtle shade at one another over the last couple of months, beginning with Drake's remark that Hov has been discussing art a little too much in his raps, to Jay's response referring to the OVO rapper as "Mrs. Drizzy".
Karrine Steffans Admits She Used To Be Jay Z's "Becky"
Writer and former music video vixen Karrine Steffans has received a great deal of fame in the hip-hop world, for her role in music videos as well as her liaisons with certain rap superstars, including Lil Wayne, with whom she had a lengthy and dramatic relationship, documented in her 2013 book "How to Make Love to a Martian." In a new essay published by the online magazine xoJane -- written in response to Beyonce's new Lemonade album
Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole & More Announced As Owners Of TIDAL
While we didn't get any surprise releases, the TIDAL launch was not without its curveballs. They came out early as well, when the owner of the company was announced not just as Jay Z, but a huge collection of well known musicians from all different genres.Kanye, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Jack White, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Rihanna, Usher, Alicia Keys, J. Cole, and Win and Regine from Arcade Fire were among the many announced, and after arranging themselves in a line across the stage, the musicians each signed a contract with the company.
Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List Includes Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, & More
Forbes released its 2015 Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and there are few surprises. Diddy holds down the top spot, matching the $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success. Sorry, 50.
Review: Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
Two years ago, Jay-Z and Kanye West joined forces and crowned themselves the kings of rap. After an extensive worldwide Watch The Throne tour, the two went back to their separate careers to work on solo projects. Although they both welcomed a brand new baby in the last year and a half, they couldn’t be in more different places musically.
Jay Z Teared Up While Writing "Seen It All" Verse For Jeezy
Jeezy recently spoke with MTV News about his new single "Seen It All" featuring Jay Z, as well as the album it's off of, also titled Seen It All.
Jay Z And Solange Memes Go Cray-Z
Yesterday the blogs and gossip sites went crazy over security footage from an elevator at the Standard Hotel in NYC on the night of the Met Gala. The footage showed Solange, Jay Z and Beyonce entering the elevator with security guards, and as the doors close, Solange completely attacks Hova, feet kicking in the air and hands flailing.
Here's The Tracklist For Jeezy's "Seen It All"
You've seen the artwork, heard two tracks, and gotten the release date; now comes time for Jeezy (or rather, Best Buy) to unveil the tracklist for September 2nd's Seen It All.
Kendrick Lamar Says "People Forget That Jay Z Is From The Projects"
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 Was Taken Aback When T.I. Told Him Doe B Was The "Southern Biggie"
Doe B was killed in an Alabama club shooting last December, and as tragic as the incident was in itself, the wasted potential only made it worse. T.I., who recruited Doe for his Hustle Gang team, and has sung his praises ever since, continues to keep the Alabama rapper's legacy alive. In a new clip, Tip recalls comparing Doe B to Biggie in a conversation he had with Jay Z, prior to the rapper's death.
Rita Ora Responds To Beyonce "Becky" Rumors
Beyonce's thorough roasting of her husband Jay Z on Lemonade raised a few question, chief among them: who did Jay Z sleep with? Who is “Becky with the good hair?”
50 Cent On Jay Z: "There's No L On His Record"
50 Cent has recently been in the headlines concerning his filing for bankruptcy, but his recent interview with DJ Semtex was all about the music. During the sit-down, Fif reflected on the various competitions is his career, whether they be with Kanye West, Ja Rule, or Jay Z. As usual, he made some surprising statements, but generally kept the shade to a minimum, and gave props where it was due.Check out some key excerpts below. On challenging Kanye West's first week sales in 2007:
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.
Ranking Kanye West's 6 Albums From Worst To Best
This was hard. This was really hard. Mostly because we love all of Kanye West's albums. They've each played a unique role in the progression of hip-hop (and music in general), each pushing the boundaries of his sound and offering something new to the table.