Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
Classic Rotation: Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt"
Take a blind swing at any of the coke rap icons from the mid-2000s and you're bound to hit something Jay Z related. Pusha T's "I ain't spent one rap dollar in three years, holla" line from Clipse's iconic collection of stovetop sermons, Hell Hath No Fury, directly echoes a Jay lyric from a decade prior: "Without rap, I was crazy straight/Partner, I'm still spending money from '88." The plush, high thread count sound Rick Ross made a career off of before he heard his first Lex Luger beat?
Here Are The Samples Drake Used On "VIEWS"
As Drake has progressed as an artist, he has learned to gather all of his far-reaching musical tastes and incorporate them into his stylistic repertoire. He's been accused of appropriating music from other genres, and regardless if there's any basis to such claims, his ability to blend elements of hip-hop, dancehall, R&B, and UK dance music into an cohesive album -- as he has done on VIEWS -- is undeniably impressive.
Puff Daddy Leads An All-Star Lineup For Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show
Perhaps it has to do with the name change, but Puff Daddy has been teasing a reunion tour on radio shows recently. Now that tour is coming to fruition and will kick off with an incredible lineup of artists at a show in Brooklyn on May 20 – one day before Christopher Wallace would have turned 44.
Busta Rhymes Announces Holiday Concert With Lil Wayne, Diddy & More
Busta Rhymes is teaming up with HOT 97 for a big event in NYC, which he formally announced during a morning visit to the radio station. He actually leaked the news of the show last night during an appearance at the Revolt TV Music Conference, however he provided all the important details this morning.
Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson & Mary J. Blige Star In Apple Music Ad
During the Emmys tonight (Sept. 20), Apple Music debuted an ad featuring two of TV's biggest stars as well as the queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige. The ad starts with Kerry Washington, star of Scandal, and Empire's Taraji P. Henson approaching Blige's house, when, all of a sudden, they hear and old familiar tune.
Classic Rotation: Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill"
On August 25, 1998 Lauryn Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album was a blend of the Fugee sound that propelled her into the spotlight a couple years prior. With the solo record, it was all eyes on Lauryn, and she got very personal with that spotlight.
Stream The Compilation LP "Nina Revisited….A Tribute To Nina Simone"
We've been seeing an influx of Nina Simone content lately, and that's because of the Netflix documentary centered around the singer ("What Happened, Miss Simone?") as well as the accompanying tribute album, which is available to stream today.
Stream Mary J. Blige's Made In America Concert On Liberty Island Via TIDAL
Mary J. Blige is about to rock a show underneath the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island that will be broadcast across the harbor on Governor's Island with Mary J. as a 40-foot hologram.
Mary J. Blige Will Be Broadcast As A 40-Foot Hologram This Weekend
As if Mary J. Blige's concert underneath the Statue of Liberty this weekend didn't sound cool enough, her performance will now be broadcast as a 40-foot hologram on Governor's Island across the NYC harbor.
Mary J. Blige Will Perform In Front Of The Statue Of Liberty For Tidal Exclusive Concert
TIDAL is still going hard with the exclusives, announcing a brand new members-only event today. Much like Jay Z's B-Sides concert from a few weeks back, Mary J. Blige will be doing a special performance only accessible to TIDAL subscribers, but this one has a twist.Rather than doing the show at a venue, or a conventional outdoor location like Times Square, Mary will be rocking the crowd outside the Statue of Liberty. This is said to be part of the “Made In America Presents the Monument Series”.
#TBT: Kid Cudi "Man On The Moon" Phase
This may make you feel a little old, but Kid Cudi's career-launching mixtape A Kid Named Cudi is about to turn seven years old. While the "Day 'n' Nite" artist has released much music since then, many fans long for the alternative-minded rap the Cleveland kid layed down on his first two albums.
Kendrick Lamar & Mary J. Blige To Headline Essence Festival 2015
It's no accident that most festival lineups are announced in the dead of winter. The thought of seeing your favorite artists performing on a beautiful summer day seems so unattainable during the miserably cold season that buying tickets to an event 6 months away seems like your only escape.
Charts Don’t Lie: December 14
This week on Charts Don't Lie we see the Christmas spirit in effect, as Mariah Carey's 1994 album Merry Christmas soars back up the charts. We're also seeing a relatively quick decent for the MMG boss Rick Ross, and a relatively low debut for his counterpart Omarion. Wu-Tang Clan arrive on the charts with A Better Tomorrow receiving around 25k streams and sales, although they get one-upped by Ms. Mary J. Blige who did 57k with her album The London Sessions.
First Week Sales For The Wu-Tang Clan & Mary J. Blige's New Albums
Last week, the two biggest albums to be released in the hip-hop/R&B sphere came from NYC-based '90s heavyweights. First off, Mary J. Blige dropped her invigorating, British-themed project The London Sessions, and then The Wu-Tang Clan finally freed their first album since 2007's 8 Diagrams, A Better Tomorrow, and now we have the first week sales for both.
Stream Mary J. Blige's "The London Sessions"
Since dropping What's The 411? in 1992, Mary J. Blige has gone on to release eleven more albums, cementing herself as one of R&B's biggest stars. On December 2nd, she'll bring that album tally to thirteen with The London Sessions, a project recorded entirely in the UK. Enlisting some fresh-faced, local talent, Blige tapped Sam Smith to co-write four tracks, British soul singer Emeli Sandé to co-write two, and dance duo Disclosure to produce "Right Now" and "Follow."
Mary J. Blige Covers Billboard Magazine
Billboard magazine is giving us a preview of their second cover for December/January, and they've chosen another strong female artist to grace it, Mary J. Blige. The other artist we saw take over their cover was Nicki Minaj, discussing her upcoming album The Pinkprint.
Mary J. Blige Announces New Album "The London Sessions" [Update: Tracklist & Artwork Revealed]
Last fall, UK dance duo Disclosure released a brand new version of their track "F For You" that featured none other than Mary J. Blige. The R&B singer had recently taken the stage alongside the group at a show in NYC, and now it seems like their musical partnership will continue on.
Mary J. Blige Announces New Album "The London Sessions" With Release Date
The Queen is back! Mary J. Blige just dished out a lot of new information about her upcoming album The London Sessions, which will be her first since 2011's My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act I). She already picked an easier title to say, so she's off to a great start.
R. Kelly Announces "White Panties" Album, Possible Joint Project With Mary J. Blige
R. Kelly isn't known for his subtlety, and despite many criticisms this year, the follow up to his over-the-top 2013 album, Black Panties, will likely not find Kells taking a more reserved approach. The album, which he revealed in an interview with V magazine will be called White Panties, has been promised to be on a "whole other level".