Jay Z News

  • Ranking Fabolous' Friday Freestyles From Worst To Best
    Ranking Fabolous' Friday Freestyles From Worst To Best
    Apr 24, 2015 at 03:10pm
    The first time I ever heard Fab was when I was 12. I heard “Can’t Deny It” and realized  that he was beyond nice. You see, Fabolous is a gladiator. You can throw him in the octagon and he’ll walk out unscathed. I always refer to him as the Vince Carter of rap because at any moment, he could unleash an array of tricks that could leave you in awe. Fab is an extraordinary talent that can mesmerize you with his pen game. Lyrically, he’s been as consistent as anybody else in the rap game. Every time he drops a bar, you’re liable to do the ugly face.
  • Nardwuar's 5 Most Memorable Interviews
    Nardwuar's 5 Most Memorable Interviews
    Mar 24, 2015 at 07:48pm
    As Drake said after he concluded his first interview with Nardwuar, a Canadian man who rocks a tartan hat and calls himself the "Human Serviette," "this guy is a legend." There's really no better way to put it: this guy's interviewed everyone from Nirvana to N*E*R*D, and always seems to unearth facts that no other interviewer in the game can. His earnest personality can throw some artists for a loop, but it doesn't take long to realize that despite the quirks, this man is one of the best in the business. 
  • Jay Z Pulls "Reasonable Doubt" From Spotify
    Jay Z Pulls "Reasonable Doubt" From Spotify
    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:48am
    TIDAL is still new, and we'll continue to become aware of its benefits in the coming weeks and months. Rihanna and Beyonce have already debuted exclusive songs on the streaming service, and it's only fitting that de facto leader Jay Z should move his entire catalog to TIDAL--and away from Spotify. 
  • Hip-Hop's Power Couples
    Hip-Hop's Power Couples
    Feb 14, 2014 at 05:45pm
    It's that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! The romantic holiday is upon us and we thought we'd share some of the love in the hip-hop community. Love and hip-hop doesn't have to be synonymous with ratchet behavior and baby daddy / momma drama, although you may be under a different impression if you've ever watched a full episode of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop.
  • Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller At BK Hip Hop Festival [Update: Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda]
    Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller At BK Hip Hop Festival [Update: Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda]
    Jul 12, 2014 at 09:38pm
    The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is going down today in Williamsburg, and so far, Jay Electronica's set was the most surprising. Jay Elec performing alone in itself is quite a rare sight, but the elusive rapper made sure to up the ante of his set with a few big name guest appearances.
  • Rick Ross Reveals New "Mastermind" Release Date
    Rick Ross Reveals New "Mastermind" Release Date
    Jan 14, 2014 at 04:03pm
    Rick Ross was originally going to cap off 2013 with Mastermind, but to the surprise of very few, the project was pushed back indefinitely. The album now has a brand new release date, so let's hope this one is the real deal. In a new viral ad, soundtracked by an apocalyptic opera sample, and ripe with imagery of ominous clouds and racks upon racks, Rozay has announced March 4th as the official release date for his 6th studio album.
  • Jay-Z Sells Ownership Stake In Brooklyn Nets
    Jay-Z Sells Ownership Stake In Brooklyn Nets
    Apr 18, 2013 at 08:36pm
     Last week, rumors broke out that Jay-Z was expected to sell his stake of ownership in the Brooklyn Nets in order to pursue the sports agency business. Well it looks like those rumors were true as Jay-Z announced today he indeed has sold his stake of the Nets.
  • Jay Z Has Reportedly Split From Business Partner John Meneilly
    Jay Z Has Reportedly Split From Business Partner John Meneilly
    May 28, 2014 at 07:30pm
    Jay Z and John Meneilly have worked closely for over a decade,with Meneilly serving as something of a manager for the rapper, though Jay was apparently always reluctant to refer to him as such. The two have reportedly parted ways, and sources conflicted on whether the split was amicable. One industry insider says that Meneilly's departure "wasn’t his choice,” while another says the decision was "mutual" and was made "a couple of months ago".
  • Jay-Z Close To Signing $20M Deal With Samsung
    Jay-Z Close To Signing $20M Deal With Samsung
    Jun 4, 2013 at 01:24pm
    The Roc Nation brand supremacy continues to grow as Jay-Z is said to be close to closing a deal with Samsung that would net him nearly $20 million.  After leaving NBA ownership to pursue the lucrative career in sports agency, he is now adding a huge contract with Samsung Mobile.  According to Page Six, “the contract is said to be worth as much as $20 million.” 
  • In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
    In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
    Mar 1, 2014 at 03:36pm
    This year marks landmark anniversaries for a number of essential albums. OutKast’s Southernplayalistic, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, and Nas’ Illmatic are just a few of the classic albums to turn 20.
  • Jay Z Has Successfully Acquired Swedish Streaming Company, "Aspiro"
    Jay Z Has Successfully Acquired Swedish Streaming Company, "Aspiro"
    Mar 11, 2015 at 07:49pm
    Streaming seems to be the future of music distribution, and those looking to make a penny are investing now. Never one to miss an opportunity to get a head start in the business side of music, Jay Z made a $56 million bid for Swedish streaming company, Aspiro, which owns WiMP and Tidal, two systems that specialize in "high fidelity" streaming.
  • Poppin' Tags: 20 Songs About Brands
    Poppin' Tags: 20 Songs About Brands
    Sep 28, 2013 at 10:00am
    There's definitely been an influx of songs dedicated to rappers' favorite brands in the last year or two, but it's been happening forever. Whether it's the designer labels of Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, or casual sportswear like Nike or FILA, emcees have always made a point of shouting out what they wear. So without further ado, check out our list of 20 of the most memorable odes to brand names!
  • Hip-Hop's Fashion Evolution
    Hip-Hop's Fashion Evolution
    Jun 20, 2014 at 03:35pm
    Jay Z made a song dedicated to Tom Ford last year, one of Harlem's hottest rappers wears strictly skinny jeans (A$AP Rocky), and one of the industry's most talked about rappers (Kanye West) is addicted to high-fashion. A little over a decade ago, the genre's finest openly wore baggy clothing, throwback jerseys, and du-rags. It's an understatement to say hip-hop's fashion sense has changed a bit.
  • Possible New Beyoncé Album On The Way
    Possible New Beyoncé Album On The Way
    Nov 1, 2014 at 07:50pm
    A tracklist began circulating online earlier today for a possible follow up to Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 LP. Titled Beyoncé Vol. 2, the project appears to be a re-release of the latter, featuring all of the original volume's songs plus an additional eleven tracks. Print at the bottom of the leaked document seems to imply that the new release will be available in a four-disc format, including three DVDs loaded with music videos, live performances, and footage from the "On The Run" tour with Jay-Z. 
  • Jay Z Has Launched "An Arnold Palmer-esque" Beverage Called "40/40"
    Jay Z Has Launched "An Arnold Palmer-esque" Beverage Called "40/40"
    Jun 17, 2014 at 05:49pm
    Jay Z has already taken over the rap game, and he's now ready to try his hand at the beverage game. Both Jay and Mariah Carey (who's new single "Thirsty" now seems like a subliminal marketing scheme) will be launching beverages through Go N'Syde (helmed by former Def Jam head, Kevin Liles), each with a different flavor and target market.
  • Beyonce Posts Snippet Of New Song With Jay Z On Instagram
    Beyonce Posts Snippet Of New Song With Jay Z On Instagram
    Apr 1, 2015 at 12:36pm
    Though only a few seconds long, Beyonce's latest vid with Blue Ivy is the best thing we've seen on Instagram in a long time. The clip shows Bey and baby Blue flossing, literally, with matching floss picks and matching stunna shades to boot. And during this priceless moment, a new song plays in the background--a beat that bumps along with a sample of a woman repeating "flossin"--and that certainly sounds like Daddy in the background with the ad-libs.
  • Ja Rule Recalls Planned Collaborative Album With Jay Z & DMX
    Ja Rule Recalls Planned Collaborative Album With Jay Z & DMX
    Oct 19, 2014 at 12:05am
    Ja Rule, Jay Z, and DMX have had varying degrees of success since, but in the late 90s, all three of them were pretty much on top their game. It was around that time that the three rappers decided to come together for a supergroup, settling for the menacing name Murder Inc. Things never panned out for a full album, and Ja later took the name for his record label, but fans have continued to wonder what could have been for the group.
  • 13 Essential Jay Electronica Tracks
    13 Essential Jay Electronica Tracks
    Mar 1, 2015 at 05:44pm
    Jay Electronica is a strange cat. The New Orleans-born MC now resides in London, where very few rappers decide to claim home. He's released music sporadically throughout his 11 year career, failing to deliver a long-awaited full-length project despite signing to Roc Nation MGMT and rapping alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Jay Z.
  • Ty Dolla $ign Says His Kendrick Lamar Collab Is L.A. Equivalent To "Empire State Of Mind"
    Ty Dolla $ign Says His Kendrick Lamar Collab Is L.A. Equivalent To "Empire State Of Mind"
    Mar 13, 2014 at 03:53pm
    Ty Dolla $ign's profile is rising. We've recently seen the singer popping up on plenty of collaborations, including new tracks from Meek Mill and Lupe Fiasco. Turns out, there will be no shortage of big names on his debut album, Free TC either. In an interview with Fuse, Ty let us in on some of things we can expect to hear on the record, as well as sharing some of his early experiences with music.
  • Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" 10 Years Later
    Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" 10 Years Later
    Feb 10, 2014 at 11:07am
    There are albums that are important to their specific genre of music and there are albums that change said genre all together. They have the ability to implement a seismic shift both musically and culturally-- what is accepted, what is cool, style, production, method and so on. It is fair to say that Kanye West's 2004 release, and debut effort, The College Dropout is such an album. It is also fair to say that hip-hop began a transformation (or evolution, if you will) after it dropped.
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