Today is both Jay Z's 44th birthday and the 6 year anniversary of Pimp C's death, and now today is also the date we hear a new "Tom Ford Remix" with an unreleased verse from Pimp C. Check it out above UPDATE: CDQ/No Tags.
We know the Jay Z features for Textbook Timbo are at least at 2 — first was the recent leak "Know Bout Me"; now, we get the best preview of "Bounce" above. This has more Jay Z rhymes goin in the background, and oh yes, the track definitely has that bounce. Watch above.
Happy Friday! And I'm starting with something amazing here: the fifth fan in OKC who has drained a $20,000 half-court shot at halftime. And the second just this week, ha! It's a silly thing that the NBA community has picked up as it doesn't get better than this high school teacher Brad Brucker making the shot, and getting some dap from Jay Z.
Oh yeah, Jay Z and Beyonce were in the house... in Oklahoma City, of all places. Why? Probably to see his star client of Roc Nation Sports in Kevin Durant. Or, actually, Charles Barkley's reasoning sounds more correct.
"IT'S OFFICIAL.. CTE x ROC NATION x ITS THE WORLD"
Young Jeezy and CTE are moving to Roc Nation. It was announced today as you can see Jeezy and Jay celebrating with some midday wine it looks like. Add in DJ Mustardearlier this week and Roc Nation just added a lot of that southern pump up hip hop in just a few days. This move should elicit more of those and more collabs in general too.
Here's the track for your weekend. New Timbo, Jay Z, Drake, and James Fauntleroy. I'd like to *Tibs Fav. three fifths of this track: Drake's verse, Fauntleroy at the end, and the production. Give this a spin.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is a show I always like to keep an eye on (also when the talented John Oliver was hosting) and last night he dabbled into some hip hop news — namely the Jay Z x Barney's controversy.
Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore joins Stewart and opens with the line of the segment: "Jay Z doesn’t care about black people." Ha!
The segment goes on and I took it very light-heartedly, but SPIN puts a though-provoking, well, spin on how Stewart & Co. presented it — with no mention of the proceeds going to charity, and Jay's well-documented support for the black community. Take a look for yourself and see how it resonates with you.
In a reflective sit-down with Life + Times, Pharrell talks about his work on Jay Z's The Black Album 10 years after its release. It's cool to hear Pharrell dive into the chemistry he and Jay have in the studio. Give this a watch above if you're curious too.
Recently, two young African-American customers were racially profiled in Barney's in New York. The story quickly gained steam and came back to Jay Z with people urging him not to move forward on his collaboration with Barney's because of the incident and all that Jay represents to the African-American community especially.
Jay Z speaks for the first time about the controversy with this poignant statement below. What do you all think?
This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.
I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.
I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change.
Jay Z & Timbaland premiere "Bounce" @ Robinson Cano's birthday party in Belgium
More Timbaland previews? No complaints here. A savvy club-goer in Belgium hit record as Jay & Timbo announced they were premiering a new song "Bounce" at Robinson Cano's birthday party. I assume we can expect this one on Timbaland's upcoming album, the newly renamed Textbook Timbo (see: below).