A Timeline Of Jay Z's Accumulated Wealth

Jay Z is no doubt an icon in hip hop with his platinum-selling albums and sold-out tours. But the rapper has been one of few moguls in the industry to successfully stretch the boundaries when it...

  • A Timeline Of Jay Z's Accumulated Wealth
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    Jay Z is no doubt an icon in hip hop with his platinum-selling albums and sold-out tours. But the rapper has been one of few moguls in the industry to successfully stretch the boundaries when it comes to business.Estimated to have a net worth of $500 million, Jay has used his stature to his advantage making numerous deals to invest his money in, and thus keep his money long. The rapper said...
  • Rap By Numbers: A Break Down Of Hip-Hop Sales & More
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    Since it's evolution from the late 1980s, hip-hop music has gone from strength to strength. Nothing tells the story of this success better than seeing the facts by numbers. We often hear about first week album sales, and then there's always Forbes annual break-down of the wealthiest celebrities, but after that, we forget about it. Today we're giving you all the data you could possibly absorb in...
  • The 10 Most Outrageous DMX Videos On YouTube
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    If you don't jump around when "Party Up" comes on, you're no friend of mine. At the real clubs, DMX's 90s singles still get spun on repeat. The fact remains he's one of the best selling rap artists of all time. His first three records, two in '98 and one in '99, went 4x, 3x, and 5x platinum respectively. His first two album covers depicted him covered in blood. He brought an aggression to hip-hop...
  • Review: D'Angelo's "Black Messiah"
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    After 14 years of waiting, D’Angelo’s surprise album Black Messiah had every right to be the R&B/Soul equivalent of Guns & Roses' Chinese Democracy - a creaky mess that was done no favors by the weight of fan expectations. But that’s not what happened. It might be blasphemy (no pun intended), but Black Messiah is actually better than D’Angelo’s 2000...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: November 16
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    While Taylor Swift's 1989 takeover of the charts continues, many of our r'n'b and hip-hop artists have been pushed down. Teyana Taylor actually finds herself the highest-up, debuting at #19, with her G.O.O.D. album VII. The album made a solid enough debut, moving 16,000 copies opening week, while Azealia Banks followed further behind with her own debut album Broke With Expensive Taste. Although...
  • Top 10: Hottest Young Producers In The Game
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    Over the last few years, the hip-hop producer has taken a huge step into the spotlight. With their credits often being seen in the song title, and their tag placed at the beginning of their tracks, they've become hard to miss. Pioneers like Just Blaze paved the way for producers to get their shine, and guys like DJ Mustard have run with it, creating massive brands and even putting out successful...
  • Fat Trel Explains The Meaning Of "Gleesh", Talks Artwork Controversy
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    Fat Trel has made major strides in the last year. After getting picked up by MMG in 2013, the DC rapper has wasted no time in getting his name out there, releasing his Gleesh mixtape, as well as a project with his Slutty Boyz crew, Da New Kool. All the while, he has shown no compromise in his style or substance. In fact, his controversial choice of mixtape artwork for Gleesh landed him in a bit...
  • 20 Lyrical References To Nicki Minaj
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    Nicki Minaj's third album, The Pinkprint, dropped a few weeks back, so we thought we'd go ahead and compile the best rap references to the female beast. And damn were there a lot. Dropping Nicki Minaj's name in a song seems to be a thing. Of course, not all of the references were about Nicki specifically. A lot of them were about her butt or wanting to have a "menage" with Nicki...
  • East Coast Vs. West Coast: Revisited
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    In case you're living under a rock and missed the story, Suge Knight caught a few strays the other night at a VMA pre-party. This raises a few burning questions that need to be answered. First, who's still inviting Suge Knight to these parties? Clearly where he goes, so do hella bullets. Second, if we're reminiscing about Suge and award show violence, why not talk about a little East Coast versus...
  • 5 Underground Players From North Carolina
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    When you think hip-hop, North Carolina is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, hip-hop knows no borders and thanks to the internet, we often don't know the regions of the music we receive either. Back in the mid '90s, the most well-known rapper from NC could very well have been Petey Pablo, but with J. Cole's rise in the rap game and his mainstream popularity, he's...
  • Hashtagged Hotties 12: Brighten Your Instagram Feed
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    It's safe to say that there is no fun seeing the same ol' selfies on your Instagram feed while using the app to pass time. Hashtagged Hotties is always the solution to that problem; from a video vixen to a DJ, to just a gorgeous gal who loves to take photos, these hotties will bring their allure to your Instagram feed instantly.  Rosanna...
  • Review: Kid Cudi's "Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon"
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    Although none of his albums have really been critical hits, Kid Cudi’s main appeal is using outside, atypical influences and sounds to articulate some sort of emotional journey into the tortured soul. He’s connected with his young adult audience by embodying this idea of the discontent, rebellious youth with some sticky hooks for good measure — can one ever truly get “Day...
  • Damn Son, Where'd You Find This: 10 Unexpected Samples In Hip-Hop
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    When sampling, producers usually try to find obscure and/or rare source material to draw from, both because they don't want listeners to associate their final product with a song they already know, and because they'd likely to avoid copyright issues. But sometimes, out-of-the-box ideas will come to fruition, and lead producers to sample from well-known, but unexpected places.  These 10...
  • Crew Love: Save Money
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    The Save Money crew is still pretty young to the rap game, but if the successes of members Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa are any indicator (both MCs have appeared on the new XXL Freshmen 2014 cover) it won’t take long for them to become a household name. The Chicago-based crew of creative, like-minded dudes boasts an eclectic roster of rappers, musicians, artists, producers, directors,...
  • Samples Of The Week: January 15
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    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".  This...
  • Sadboys: The Saddest Rappers & Their Saddest Songs
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    I don't know where you were when the sad wars hit, but if Yung Lean and his Sad Boy affiliates ushered in an era where 15-year-old Swedish kids crying over pokemon cards, clad in North Face, are spawning articles in swanky East Coast outlets, now seems like the time to honor the tradition of hip-hop tear jerkers that broke your heart but didn't actually make you cry that one time. That was just...
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