Well look what we have here! Out of nowhere, Jay Z decides to come through and drop off a new record called “Spiritual,” which was inspired by the events following this week’s police brutality. Serving more like a spoken word piece, the record, which was made over a year ago, finds Hov touching on socially-conscious issues plaguing America. He opens up the song with “Punch told me I should drop it when Mike Brown died. Sadly I told him ‘this issue will always be relevant.’. Im hurt that I knew his death wouldn’t be the last.”
Tim Westwood Freestyle (2000)
Every Thursday, Tim Westwood pulls out a gem from his untold treasure trove of radio freestyles he's amassed over the last 20-plus years and posts it online. Last November, he shared a Jay Z freestyle circa 1999. Today, Westwood blesses us with a Hov freestyle from 2000 in which he rehashes his take on "Who Shot Ya."
I Got The Keys
DJ Khaled Feat. Future & Jay Z
The summer's most anticipated anthem is finally here. Three major kingpins, one on social media and two in the dope game, have combined for a hard-hitting anthem that sounds as big as the bosses who made it. "I Got the Keys" is DJ Khaled's latest single, and it features Future and Jay Z. This one will likely be THE major key on Khaled's Major Key, which is set to arrive on July 29.
It's the 20th anniversary of one of the most important hip-hop records of all time. Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt is surely one of the genre's most impressive debut albums, right up there with Illmatic and Ready to Die. What a time for New York hip-hop. The record would introduce Jay Z as an immensely skilled lyricist as well as a young hustler who was destined for stardom and boundless success.
Drug Dealers Anonymous
Pusha T Feat. Jay Z
Pusha T revealed that the lead single from his upcoming studio album, King Push, would be made available today, and he's delivered his promise, sharing the Jay Z-assisted track on Tidal this evening. This marks Hov's second guest appearance withing the last two weeks, recently putting down a 16 on Fat Joe and Remy ma's surprise smash, "All The Way Up". "Drug Dealers Anonymous" features a icy, minimal beat from DJ Dahi that sets the two up for some slick wordplay.
All The Way Up (Remix)
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Feat. Jay Z & French Montana
Well looks what we have here. Before Jay Z sets the Summer on fire with his upcoming anthem with DJ Khaled & (possibly Future), the Roc Nation boss decides to hop on Fat Joe & Remy Ma’s monster smash “All The Way Up” and give it the remix treatment along with French Montana.
The Game Is Mine (Remastered)
DJ Lantern has come through with the TBT gold today, dropping a CDQ version of Jay Z's "The Game Is Mine," which had been included on a mixtape in 2004. The new version is a remastered, no-tags edition of the song, and Lantern has shared a fascinating story on how it came into existence.
Drake Feat. Jay Z & Kanye West
We know y’all have been clamoring for these new Drake tracks all day, and we’ve finally got a stream (subject to takedown, as usual). Drake goes as big as possible for the features on “Pop Style,” cleverly hidden as ‘The Throne’ – Kanye West and Jay Z.
Sweet (DJ Green Lantern Remix)
Several years ago, DJ Green Lantern cooked up a remix of Jay Z's "Sweet," taken from his American Gangster album. The "Sweet (Remix)" appeared on Green Lantern's 2010 mixtape Creative Control, alongside a bunch of other Jay Z remixes he did. DJ Green Lantern is taking us back real quick, kicking off a weekly series where he'll re-release some of his best remixes from over the years, re-mastered and sans DJ tags.
For his first release of 2016, G Herbo decides to come through today and share a new freestyle for the fans called “Izzo,” and yes it’s exactly what you think it is.
In addition to dropping a freestyle over Ahmad's "Back in the Day" titled "Makaveli," Hodgy Beats tackles another '90s beat, this time taking on something a bit more well-known, Jay Z's 1997-released "Where I'm From," which appeared on In My Lifetime, Vol. 1.
Black Gangster (Alternate Version)
Jay Z's "This Life Forever" has been a DJ staple since '99, and has gradually become known as "Black Gangster" (it appeared on the soundtrack). As tends to happen with these kind of rarities, there have been various versions floating around the Seratos of New York, and today DJ Absolut has brought yet another version to the mix.
1999 Tim Westwood Freestyle (Unreleased)
Some of the GOAT freestyles of all time have been spat in the booth of famed London DJ Tim Westwood.
Lately, it seems like there's been more NY rappers going in over Jay Z classics than ever. Retchy P, OT Genasis, Jadakiss and Dave East have all given us Hova freestyles in the past six months or so, and now comes Ransom's turn. His choice is the Just Blaze-produced "Dynasty Intro" from The Dynasty Roc La Familia.
Crazy In Love
Beyoncé Feat. Jay Z
Yesterday, we were given further confirmation that a collaborative album from Jay Z and Beyonce was on its way, so in honor of Throwback Thursday, we've decided to revisit one of the couple's very first musical collaborations.
Y'all Haters (Freestyle)
Wow, Jadakiss sure picked two Jay Z songs that he could flip into self-referential freestyle. After switching area codes from Brooklyn to Yonkers on "Where I'm From" earlier today, he's now on Hova's "Jigga My Nigga" saying "What's my name? Jadaaaaaa." This one's titled "Y'all Haters."
Where I'm From (Freestyle)
Recently, Styles P has been dropping off freestyles left and right, and now his LOX crewmate Jadakiss joins the fray. His new one comes over Jay Z's In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 cut "Where I'm From," and he sounds right at home over the Amen-Ra and Mad Rapper-produced joint. Premiered by DJ Envy minutes ago, the joint's now online for your listening and downloading pleasure.
Can I Live (Freestyle)
How crazy is it that a rapper featured on Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III in 2008 is up for a spot on XXL's freshman list seven years later? That's the case with Kidd Kidd, who's seen his visibility elevated in the last year by becoming G-Unit's fifth member, and is now doing his damnedest to bring in enough votes to nab the fan-decided tenth spot on the 2015 list. If you're still on the fence, he's shared a freestyle with the explicit purpose of drumming up support for his XXL campaign.
Road To Perdition (CDQ)
Jay Electronica Feat. Jay Z
Ohhh shit. Usually we don't expect much to go down on Fridays, but Jay Electronica shakes things up bright and early with a new release, featuring fellow Jay of the Z variety. Don't get two excited about the two Jays just yet though, because Hov's part is composed of ad-libs from "Success."
Just Blaze is in a giving mood tonight. We just heard "Moleskin Conclusion," a beat that was intended to be the sequel to Jay Electronica and Blaze's "Dear Moleskin." Now he's dropped a second beat, "Miracle," which, at one time, was intended for Jay Z and Jeezy.