Solange Briefly Addresses Jay Z Elevator Attack
The Carter/Knowles family released a joint statement following Solange's video tapped attack on her sister's husband Jay Z a few months back, but apart from that we've haven't heard anything from the individual parties involved, and we're still unsure of the exact reason for Solange's leg-kicking,
Jay Z Wants TIDAL To "Extend The Album Cycle" & Restore "Fair Trade" In Music
There was no way the announcement of TIDAL was going to go down without a surprise, but while plenty of people thought they had it figured out (an album drop from Rihanna or Kanye West), no one predicted the actual unveiling -- the huge cast of musicians who co-own the service.
Jay Z Calls Angie Martinez During Her First Show On Power 105.1
Angie Martinez shocked most of us when she announced she'd be making the leap from New York radio station Hot 97 to their main competitor, Power 105.1, but everyone seemed to leave on good terms. The famed radio personality had her first show on Power 105.1 yesterday afternoon, and she started out with a bang, getting Jay Z to call in to speak to her for a few minutes.
Photos: Jay Z Celebrates His 45th Birthday In Iceland With Beyonce
To celebrate Jay Z’s 45th birthday earlier this month, Beyonce & Hov decided to cross the pond and takeover Iceland for some fun in the sun snow. Barring the freezing cold, hip-hop’s most powerful couple rode snowmobiles through the artic, jumped in a helicopter, and then later warmed up with a dip in the Hot Springs. Amongst all their fun though, the couple made time to pay tribute to Mike Brown and pose for a picture with their hands up on the snowmobiles.
AARP: Best Rappers Over 40
Isn't it crazy how some rappers just refuse to retire? Take Jay Z for example, he retired about a decade ago and that lasted all of no time at all. It's hard to put down something you truly love, and even though rap is a young man's sport, this list is dedicated to those who hardly age.
The Road To Jay Electronica's "Act II: Patents Of Nobility"
Jay Electronica is now 38 years old. It's been nearly eight years since his first mixtape surfaced on the web, nearly five years since he signed with Roc Nation, and nearly four years since he claimed his debut album was finished. Album delays are commonplace these days, but four years? We heard a version of "Shiny Suit Theory" days after Jay E. signed with Hov; that was in November of 2010, and, as far as we know, a version of the track will still appear on the album.
Jay Z Beat Busta Rhymes In A Cafeteria Rap Battle In High School
Brooklyn's George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School produced three of the most decorated rappers of all time: Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Busta Rhymes. They all attended around the same time -- Busta and Biggie were born a day apart and Jay was two and half years older.
Rihanna's Former Publicist Says He Spread Jay Z Affair Rumors To Break Her Single
You may remember a rumor going around that Jay Z had cheated on Beyonce with Rihanna right around the beginning of the Barbadian singer's career. While it hasn't been a hot topic for years, the subject recently resurfaced through reports that the rumors had actually caused a year-long rift in Jay Z and Beyonce's relationship, which came to light through an upcoming unofficial biography Becoming Beyoncé.
Charts Don't Lie: September 1
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.
Nicki Minaj Calls Fabolous One Of The Best Punch Line Rappers Of The Last Decade
Nicki Minaj's recent social media antics have sparked rumors of her engagement to current boyfriend Meek Mill, but before she sent the internet into a craze, the Young Money rapper was contemplating the best punchlines in hip-hop. More specifically, she was giving props to Fabolous, who she feels hasn't been given the respect he deserves for his lyrics.
Harry Belafonte Requests Sit-Down With Jay Z & Beyoncé To Resolve Issues
Social activist Harry Belafonte criticized Jay Z and Beyonce last year, arguing that for a couple with so much influence, they have decidedly "turned their back on social responsibility." Jay later addressed the criticism on record, responding to Belafonte on Magna Carta Holy Grail's "Nickels & Dimes". "I'm just trying to find common ground / 'fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a nigga down / Mr. Day O, major fail / Respect these youngins boy, it's my time now / Hublot homie, two door homie / You don't know all the shit I do for the homies."
Rihanna Signs $25 Million Deal With Samsung
As if you needed further proof that Rihanna is killing it on all cylinders, the unstoppable femme fatale has just signed a $25 million deal with Samsung, reports New York Post. For those keeping track, that's $6 M's more than Drake's rumored deal with Apple Music.
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?
Every Rap Single To Go #1 On The Hot 100
If you've been watching the charts over the last few years, you'll know that rap isn't dominating the Hot 100, and many of the songs that do make their way to the number one spot might no necessarily represent the genre all that well. Looking back at all the prior rap #1s on the Hot 100, this trend moves in waves. In the early 90s, we saw acts like Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark earning the highest honors of chart presence, but by the early 00s, the reigning singles on the chart were largely authentic rap and R&B songs.
Jay Z's Original "Reasonable Doubt" Tracklist Surfaces
Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt is has been canonized as one of rap's classics, and its hard to imagine it existing in any other form than we know it today. However, a tracklist unearthed by 2DopeBoyz shows an early version of the album, which includes 3 unreleased songs and a very different sequencing.
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.
Jay Z Purchases Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting For $4.5 Million
Jay Z has been forthright about his love for art, name-dropping the likes of Picasso, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat through out various records. However, he's not so forthright about the pieces of art that he purchases for himself. Recently he added a Basquiat painting to his personal collection, although he attempted to purchase the painting anonymously.
Tory Lanez Lists His Top 10 Most Influential Songs
The other week the kid Tory Lanez stopped by our office for an interview. It was about time the HNHH readers got better acquainted with the rising rapper, who recently debuted his Lost Cause mixtape exclusively on HNHH and wrapped up his "Lost Cause" tour. The Toronto native opened up in our interview, discussing his upbringing and the loss of his mom, his behind-the-scenes work, and much more. Following the interview, Tory listed off the top 10 songs that have had the biggest influence or impact on his life.
Jay Z Quietly Pulls All 3 "Blueprint" Albums From Spotify
After Tidal’s launch last year, Jay Z was quick to pull his seminal debut Reasonable Doubt from Spotify. It would make sense not to allow your competitor to have your music, even if it might eat into streaming royalties. Jay Z has enough money to cover those short-term losses though. For a long time, it looked like Reasonable Doubt would be the only exclusive on Tidal.
Jay Z & Beyonce Sit Courtside At Nets Vs. Heat Game Monday Night
Beyoncé and Jay Z are taking on the headlines with a smile. Despite the footage of Jay Z’s elevator scuffle with Beyonce’s sister, Solange, leaking earlier on Monday, the superstar couple were back on the court for Game 4 of the playoffs between the Nets and Heat at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Monday night.