Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, & Swizz Beatz Shared A Suite At The Super Bowl
Big day yesterday for Swizz Beatz' son Egypt. Young Egypt had the opportunity to watch Super Bowl 50 from a suite (unlimited popcorn!), accompanied by his dad, Jay Z, Usher, & Kendrick Lamar. Swizz captured the moment with a short video. "What you doing, working on a beat for Kendrick?" he asked his son. Also present in the suite were TDE CEO Anthony Tiffith and Swizz' lovely wife Alicia Keys. Egypt also got to meet Taraji P. Henson... lucky bastard.
Memphis Bleek On The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club welcomed New York staple Memphis Bleek into the studio to speak on a number of topics. The hosts immediately called him out for being more active in the media recently, and he revealed its because he’s starting to release music again.
Watch The Trailer For J. Cole's "Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming" Special On HBO
The most anticipated stop on J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" tour was in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The homecoming show was such an occasion, in fact, that it is the subject of an upcoming HBO special that will premiere on January 9 at 10 PM EST. Here's the first trailer for "Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming," and it's looking like the documentary will be a must-watch for any hip-hop fan.
Watch Jay Z's Interview and Performance On Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcasting from Brooklyn Academy of Music this week, and last night's program featured a rather distinguished guest, Brooklyn's favorite son Jay Z. A proud moment for Brooklyn to say the least. In the interview, Jay talked about TIDAL, growing up in Brooklyn, rapping against Busta Rhymes in high school, life as a sports agent (his clients at Roc Nation Sports include Kevin Durant, Yoenis Cespedes, Victor Cruz, & Dez Bryant), and more.
G-Eazy Talks About Eating Lobster With Jay Z
We caught up with Young Gerald aka G-Eazy shortly before he unleashed a trifecta of new music on his Soundcloud. The rapper brought us up to speed on what he's been up to lately, which apparently includes hitting up a steakhouse with Hov.
Jay Z Drops Video Tribute For Beyonce's Birthday
Jay Z & Beyonce
Today is September 4th, more commonly known as Beyonce's birthday, aka #BeyDay. With #BeyDay trending around the world (literally, peep twitter), Beyonce's husband, Jay Z has dropped off a video that serves as a visual birthday card of sorts for the Queen Bey. Starting with Hov's famous "Beach Is Better" line, "Girl why you never ready for as long as you took/You better look like Halle Berry...or Beyoncé/Shit then we getting married," we get to see clips of Beyonce having fun, whether it be performing on stage, warming up in rehearsal, or roller skating.
Vado "Reservoir Dogs Freestyle" Video
One of the torchbearers of the classic New York City style, Vado took time out recently to spit a freestyle as a part of DJ Bobby Trends' "Shake Sessions." With a little help from Pain In Da Ass, Vado maxes on the Harlem rooftops and spits over Jay-Z's "Reservoir Dogs" from his Vol 2: Hard Knock Life in this Joe Green-directed vid. Vado's beat selection is on point here as the original featured The LOX and Beanie Siegel in a a classic NYC cypher.
Vic Mensa Speaks On Kanye West, Signing To Roc Nation
Here goes another sit-down with Vic Mensa, also from his NYC press run. In addition to chopping it up with Sway In The Morning, the Chicago native chopped it up with MTV.
Vic Mensa Freestyles On Sway In The Morning, Shares Advice From Jay Z
Vic Mensa is definitely coming up in the world, in part thanks to a major Kanye West co-sign (that includes a verse from Ye on his hard-hitting single "U Mad"). While Vic was in New York, he did the press rounds which included a visit to Sway In The Morning.
Jay Z Fan Goes Off On Nicki Minaj & ISIS
In this week's episode of Word On The Street, we asked New Yorkers how they feel about Jay Z's new pet project, TIDAL. The responses were mixed (at least from those who knew what TIDAL was to begin with), however there was no confusing this lady's enthusiasm for anything Jay Z-related. When asked about TIDAL, she responded unsure, "who's TIDAL?" When told it was Jay Z's new streaming service, she immediately said, "That's my shit!" Before going on to elaborate on just HOW Brooklyn she is, with ratchet iPad in tow.
Raekwon Says Jay Z Wanted Him And Ghostface Killah On "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
Over the course of their careers, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have appeared on enough classic tracks together to have a joint greatest hits album. Today we learn that a track on Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail could've almost made that list. While being interviewed by AllHipHop, Rae The Chef speaks on a photo of him and Hova in the studio that surfaced two years ago.
Word On The Street: Tidal
Ever since launching last month, the Jay Z-helmed streaming service Tidal has been a hot topic in the music world, whether due to its exclusive content or seemingly faltering level of usership.
Watch Vic Mensa Sign To Roc Nation
Back in February, Vic Mensa went from Freshmen to rising superstar after singing on Kanye West's "Wolves." He's now got 'Ye on his own record, "U Mad," and just last week, he signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation. And he hasn't even put out an album yet.
Beyoncé Debuts New Song "Die With You"
Today marks the seventh anniversary of Beyoncé and Jay Z's wedding, and to celebrate, Bey debuted a new song on TIDAL. Watch her perform the never-before-heard "Die With You" above.
Watch Jay Z's TIDAL Launch Announcement Live
Jay Z recently acquired European streaming giants, TIDAL and WiMP, and as of today, the two services will co-exist under the name TIDAL. The rapper and business mogul is making an announcement of the launch at 5 P.M. today, so tune in live to see exactly what Jay has in store for his new artist-friendly Spotify competitor.
Charles Hamilton Freestyles On Sway In the Morning
Charles Hamilton continued his media junket today by visiting Sway In The Morning, and as is only right, kicked a dope freestyle while on the show. He went in over Jay Z's "Takeover," and delivered some spur-of-the-moment bars that seemed to impress Sway.
Freekey Zekey Speaks On Past Dipset Beef With Jay Z
In an interview with ThisIs50, Dipset CEO and rapper Freekey Zekey is immediately grilled on the longstanding tensions between Dipset and Jay Z. Apparently when Dipset came over to Roc-A-Fella in 2001, Jay Z largely ignored the crew, instead focusing on other artists on his roster. Cam'Ron tried for months, to no avail, to get Hov in the studio during the recording of his Come Home With Me album. Jay finally agreed, and they recorded "Welcome to New York City".
Dame Dash On The Breakfast Club
Dame Dash recently sat down for an interview with Sway In The Morning, shortly after unveiling his new movie "Loisaidas," executive produced by Kanye West. In true Dame fashion, he got riled up a few times through out the Sway interview. Expect nothing less in his new interview with the Breakfast Club. It starts off with Dame going at DJ Envy for asking about how Dame first met Jay Z, refusing to tell the story.
According To Funk Flex, Jay Z Is Buying Out Hot 97
Funk Flex's name recently graced headlines when he went on a seemingly unprovoked radio rant against Jay Z and his "Life + Times" blog. Following that rant, reports began to circulate that Hov was looking to buy Hot 97. These rumors were later shut down by the company that owns the radio station, Emmis. However in a new interview with Bossip, Funk Flex claims that Jay is looking to buy the station (hmmm). He also talks about losing weight, Kendrick Lamar's Grammy win, Iggy Azalea and more. Watch the new interview above.
A Young Jay Z Freestyles On TV In 1990
Jay Z is sometimes looked at as something of a late bloomer, and releasing his debut album at 26 certainly makes it seem that way. The truth is though, Jay was rapping for quite a while before that, and one of his first television appearances came in 1990.