On Hot97 this morning, DJ Khaled came through with Rick Ross and the discussion eventually steered from Suffering From Success to Mastermind. Rozay reveals that his next single will feature Jay Z. No shocker here, but no doubt the rap community will all be paying attention. Watch the interview below.
Earlier this week, Ibn Jasper revealed and sported the all-new Just Don hat — this fresh ode to the hometown's Bulls. Turns out this hat may appear in Jay Z's upcoming Barney's New York collection, or at least something along these lines according to Upscale Hype. Not much else is known for the collection, except that it is dropping November 20th and will likely not be a part of Black Friday sales.
Remember the talk on the hottest collab on paper, "Sinatra in the Sand" earlier this summer?! Nas, Jay Z, JT, produced by Timbaland. Well, Nas revealed some more details on the collab in this new interview with the Huffington Post.
One particular track off the album that has piqued fans’ interest is, “Sinatra In The Sands,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Jay Z. What was the recording process like?
Excitement… Excitement to work and be in the place that we’re all are at, musically. Those are the guys who lasted the test of time, and those guys are at the top of their game. They’re just company to be in. So that’s the whole vibe of that. And of course the title says it all.
Lyrically, where are you taking fans on the track?
More like from a musician’s stand point, someone who’ve been around. Because Sinatra has been around and he has a long, long standing with the stage and the audience for years. And he evolved. His talent got better just like wine. And I think that’s something a lot of people want to achieve. So that’s what this song is really about. Striving to be the best you, like Sinatra had become.
I think we're all ready for it. Once again, what a lineup.
Um, sorry about the ad. We have no control over that, LMAO.
Over the weekend, Showtime aired a new documentary directed by Ron Howard spotlighting Jay Z and the inaugural Made In America Festival. Above, you can watch it in full, which in addition to interviews and perfomances with Hov, also features Run-DMC, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Skrillex, Tyler, The Creator, and Pearl Jam.
Plus, there's the ultimate "Mama, I made it!" moment when Jay looks out his old apartment window at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn. Top that, everybody else.
Timbaland provided fans in Birmingham, UK a treat at last night's stop of the Magna Carter Tour — a preview of a new track with Jay Z & Drake together. Above is some footage that is, yes low quality, but good enough to get excited about given the dope melody and flow on Drake's verse (again, from what we can hear). I'm a fan so far and hope to see this properly premiered in the near future.
The story goes: Nipsey Hussle put his new mixtape, Crenshaw, on sale for pre-order at a hasty $100. You also received the physical copy of the project with a Nipsey Hussle autograph. Some fans appreciated the art and exclusivity that they bought it at a cool hundo (Nipsey announced he's earned $100K on it). Other fans refused to pay that much for music that is now available for free. Those fans aren't Jay Z.
Life + Times posted the image above today with the simple infamous hashtag: #NewRules. Looks like Jay supports the movement (or is a big fan of Nipsey musically).
Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure Jay Z is the first rapper to appear solo on a Vanity Fair cover. Any who, Jay Z gets suited up in white with his black bowtie for the November issue of Vanity Fair. No stranger to the mag, as back in 2007 he appeared on the cover along with Alicia Keys for their special Africa issue. Inside, Jay Z reveals how gangsta Beyoncé has become since being with him, still rapping at 43 years young, and dealing drug back in the day. Jay Z also discusses how Blue Ivy is biggest fan, which is the greatest joy he feels. Check out a few highlights from the interview below.
Jay says that when he and Beyoncé were both featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2001 Music Issue
“We were just beginning to try to date each other.” Try? “Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine.” He tells Robinson that “of course” he pursued Beyoncé, and when asked if he hadn’t been Jay Z—say, he had been a gas-station attendant and she pulled up—would he have been able to date her, he responds, “If I’m as cool as I am, yes. But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed. . . . But I would have definitely had to be this cool.” Jay confirms that the line on his latest album, “She was a good girl ’til she knew me” is about Beyoncé, and when Robinson asks if she’s not a good girl anymore, Jay laughs, saying, “Nah. She’s gangsta now.”
Jay admits that, after all these years, he still loves to rap
“I know I said I wouldn’t be doing it when I was 30,” he tells Robinson, “so that’s how I know I love it. Thirty years old was my cutoff, but I’m still here, 43 years old.”
Jay speaks on dealing drugs and contributing to the epidemic
“Crack was everywhere—it was inescapable. There wasn’t any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway. You look out in the puddles on the curbs—crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about it.”Jay tells Robinson he sold crack but never used it, and when asked if he ever felt guilty about contributing to what was becoming an epidemic, he says, “Not until later, when I realized the effects on the community. I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.”
Blue Ivy preferring his music more then Beyoncé’s
“That’s not true. She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”
Check more of Jay Z's interview with Vanity Fair here.
So Drake might not move a million records first week, but who cares? The voice of the millennial generation will once again top his pervious work. Drake is set to debut next week on Billboard 200 with sales on track for 675-725,000 copies, according to HITS Daily Double.
Congratulations to Drake because this is great for not only hip-hop, but also urban music in general. Nothing Was The Same has received very favorable reviews from critics and fans alike. Nothing Was The Same and Magna Carta… Holy Grail are hands down two of the best albums of the year.
As you know Sunday night Drake sat down with Elliott Wilson of Rap Radar at NYU’s Skirball Center. The chat was apart of Elliott Wilson’s series of conversations with rap artist CRWN. During the interview said "Pound Cake," his collaboration with Jay Z, presented the opportunity to contribute to Beyoncé’s new album.
“Writing with Beyoncé… She’s got bars!” He stated, even though Beyoncé would be mad him for revealing the info on her upcoming project. He also revealed How Jay Z’s verses for "Pound Cake" came about. Originally Jay Z recorded the two verses you hear on “Pound Cake” for Magna Carta… Holy Grail. Drake heard the verses and loved them so he convinced Jay Z to give him the acapella's for his album, Nothing Was The Same. Wednesday CRWN part 1 of 3 will be aired on MySpace. Nothing Was The Same drops tomorrow so be sure to support it!
Seriously this will never get old! lol
Meanwhile… Still waiting on that album Beyoncé (-_-).