Courtside Collection: Hip Hop Artists At Basketball Games
When hip hop 'It' couple Jay Z and Beyonce recently showed up courtside at the Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat game amidst major controversies. the buzz of the pairs appearance was carried around swiftly.
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
Nas Reveals Details Of New Album, Collaboration With Jay Z & Justin Timberlake
2012's Life Is Good was well-received by fans and critics alike, and despite being released almost 20 years after his classic debut, still stands as one of the rapper's strongest efforts. Following the success of the project, the anticipation has grown for its follow-up, though Nas has remained fairly tight-lipped about the record.
Hotel Employee Who Leaked Solange/Jay Z Footage For $250k Fired
The Standard Hotel in NYC was looking for the culprit who leaked the now infamous elevator footage of Solange attacking Jay Z, and after a few days, they've discovered who the employee is and fired him. The employee was apparently shopping around the footage for five days before finally selling it to TMZ for $250,000. The Standard released the following statement about the employee and incident,
Hit-Boy Says That Drake Is "The Pickiest Artist" When Choosing Beats
Ever since the crazy success of Jay Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris," producer Hit-Boy has been a hot commodity when it comes to beats, leading to collaborations with just about every big player in the rap game.
Ace Hood's "Trials & Tribulations" First Week Sales Numbers Revealed
Ace Hood may have scored a gigantic lead single with "Bugatti," but it seems like going up against heavyweights like Jay Z and J. Cole may have hindered his sales potential.
Alleged Jay-Z Mistress Denies Reports Of An Affair
Entertainment tabloids have a habit of reporting first and asking questions later. Most of the time, their "journalism" goes without consequence. As long as "sources say," magazines will publish. Today, however, TMZ reports that In Touch may have a legal battle on their hands.
Mariah Carey Got Jay Z His Job At Def Jam
L.A. Reid has had worked with many of the biggest names in music throughout his career in the industry, many of which came about during his seven years at Def Jam. One of his biggest accomplishments while at the label was reviving Mariah Carey's then-floundering career, helping her to craft the extremely successful comeback album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.
Meek Mill Performs For The First Time In Months At Beyonce's "Formation" Show In Philly
Summer Jam wasn't the only big show that went down last night. Not too far away, Beyonce's "Formation" tour touched down in Philadelphia, and her official opener, DJ Khaled, had a few surprises in store, as he brought out Rick Ross as well as the hometown hero Meek Mill, performing for the first time since he was put on house arrest in early February.
Hillary Clinton Dropped $15,000 At Jay Z's 40/40 Club
The presidential candidate fundraising reports are in. Hillary Clinton has raised the most money ($33 million!), and she's not just stashing it away for a rainy day.
Jay Z Brings Out Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Jeezy & Jay Electronica During "B-Sides" Concert In NYC
New Yorkers (who happen to be TIDAL users) were treated to a historic performance last night (May 16). Not only did Hov perform rarities from his back catalog, the TIDAL boss also brought out many surprise guests, including the reunion of the early '00s Roc-A-Fella lineup.
Top 10: Jay Z's Best Post-Retirement Verses
When dissecting a massive catalog such as Hov's to rank his best verses, you really have to break it up. It would be like ranking the Top 10 sports cars ever made, you'd have to go by decade to make it more feasible. So we've decided to tackle everything Tha God MC has done post-retirement, Kingdom Come and forward to the present. Obviously, we're ignoring about a decade's worth of classics, but we'll save that list for another day if (more likely, when) Duke submits something stupid like "Top 10 Schoolboy Q Bucket Hats". But we digress, let's get to the list.
Meek Mill Previews More Records Off "Dreams Worth More Than Money", Has Collabo With Jay Z & Nas
Last week Meek Mill treated fans to a preview of three new tracks off his upcoming album Dreams Worth More Than Money. He continues to keep the fans informed on his album progress, with a preview of more tracks last night on Instagram.
Performance Artist Marina Abramovic Says Jay Z "Completely Used" Her
Jay Z rolled out a number of unique initiatives to help promote his Magna Carta Holy Grail album in 2013. From his #newrules twitter spree, to using Samsung as the release platform, to doing live performance art for the filming of his "Picasso Baby" music video. Although he attempted to carve out some new rules, not everyone was happy with the result.
Dame Dash Says Lyor Cohen "Ruined Roc-A-Fella"
Dame Dash has made more headlines in 2014 for his beefs with industry folks like Funkmaster Flex and Steve Stoute than he has for any music or business moves, and it seems he's continuing down that path.
10 Sophomore Albums Compared To Debuts
Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to release the sequel to his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, as you well know. With the release of the untitled album’s first single (or rather "statement") “i” this Tuesday putting everyone in a frenzy, it’s only a matter of time until we get the full product. While Kendrick is a lyrical and creative genius who looks to be a mainstay in hip-hop for years to come, the bar has been set high for his second album.
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.
Review: Jeezy's "Seen It All: The Autobiography"
Every meaningful artist takes a step back at some point in their career to dwell on their achievements and tribulations in an attempt to make sense of everything that’s happened.
Ab-Soul Speaks On Learning From Jay Z & Nas, No Longer Writing Down Lyrics
Ab-Soul's following continues to grow, despite his lack of releases since 2012's dense Control System. In an interview with the Miami New Times, Soulo explained why the project continues to gain him followers, as well as speaking on the blatant honesty that comes with refraining from writing rhymes down, and the knowledge he's been able to acquire through listening to hip hop alone. Read some excerpts from the sit-down below.