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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
Pusha T Announces New Single With Jay Z Dropping Tonight
Pusha T promised us his 2015 project, Darkest Before Dawn, was the album before the album, and while we've heard that one before only to be left waiting indefinitely, the GOOD Music President seems to be delivering on the promise, announcing the lead single for King Push today.
Young Thug Interviewed By GQ
Ever since he gave Marshawn Lynch-esque answers to Complex in a cover story last year, Young Thug has become known for giving brief, impenetrable interviews, if he's not avoiding them altogether. Today, he pops up in a new feature in GQ, responding to a few questions with more extended answers than usual. Read an excerpt below:
Beyonce, Jay Z, Usher & Ja Rule Attend Chance The Rapper's Show In NYC
Chance the Rapper's "Family Matters" tour came through NYC last night, and some celebrity guests were in attendance to watch the young rapper perform with his band, The Social Experiment. Fetty Wap isn't the only young artist Beyonce is rocking with these days, as she, her husband, and Usher were pictured with Chance backstage at last night's show.
Jay Z & Beyonce To Reportedly Go On Summer Tour Together [Update: It's Official, "On The Run" Tour Dates]
Aside from this past weekend’s Coachella festivities, it appears that Jay Z and wife, Beyonce, will be spending a lot more time together this summer. According to Page Six, Hov and Bey are planning a 20-city stadium tour in the US this summer.
Stream Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire"
When Rick Ross announced his second album of 2014, Hood Billionaire, just nine weeks ago, he had many people wondering whether he'd be able to rush out a project so quickly during a year that's seen more than its fair share of album delays and push-backs. Well, now that it's available for streaming, Hood Billionaire seems like it truly is locked in for a November 24th release date.
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.
Photos: Jay Z, Beyonce & Blue Ivy Vacation In Dominican Republic
Beyonce tends to share personal photos from her adventures, whether that be day-to-day life or travels around the world, on her Tumblr page. This was the case for their vacation to Cuba, which caused quite the stir last year, as well as, more recently,
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.
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.
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.
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.