Today Jay-Z releases the latest set of lyrics from his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. “Part II (On The Run),” which features none other then Mrs. Carter herself, Beyoncé. Based off reading the lyrics and clearly the title I think its safe to say this is the sequel to “’03 Bonnie & Clyde.” I honestly have no words to describe how excited I am for Jay’s new album! Now if only we could get audio of the tracks now… Mm mmm… maybe something will happen Sunday? Who knows but this song seems like it’s going to be a favorite!
The latest in Jay-Z's lyrical reveal is for a new song called "Oceans" featuring Frank Ocean (naturally). Needless to say, we'll be looking forward to this one off Magna Carta Holy Grail today too. The JT-featured "Holy Grail" is set to drop later today.
UPDATE: Samsung's latest teaser video is a preview of "Oceans" featuring Jay spittin' some of these words above. Watch below:
Another fresh lyric release from Hov through Samsung for the upcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Some interesting lines on this one titled "Heaven", no doubt. Keep it locked for his new release "Holy Grail" with Justin Timberlake, which is said to be released sometime today!
Power moves yet again by the Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation and Def Jam owner Jay-Z, as the news released word today that Oklahoma Thunder guard, Kevin Durant, signed with Roc Nation Sports. The sports agency owned by Jay-Z was founded in April with signed athletes including, former Notre Dame guard Skyler Diggins, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, and possibly New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz in the near future but none to the stature of one of the most endorsed and marketable athletes in the NBA, Kevin Durant. As of now Kevin Durant doesn't need a contract agent because he signed an $85 million extension with the Thunder in 2010 binding him until the closing of the 2015-2016 NBA season. Durant will still be considered as a full-time client. Sources say although Jay-Z is licensed to represent players in contracted negotiations, which was confirmed the NBA and Major League Baseball player unions, Jay-Z doesn't have a license to negotiate NFL player's contracts. But who really cares at this point? I'm sure there will be some loopholes configurated somewhere for the BOSS.
Rarely do you see a song released like this: lyrics first. Well, Jay-Z's already against the grain for Magna Carta Holy Grail so it's fitting that it's him. Track 14, "Holy Grail", will feature Justin Timberlake and you can read the lyrics below. Looks like we may get a little Kurt Cobain from JT on the hook.
Below: the first look at the Magna Carta Holy Grail tracklist, sans features and production credits. This was revealed on Carlton Ave. in Brooklyn during an interactive promo campaign. July 4th, everyone!
Props to Billboard for what may be the dopest magazine cover of 2013. Jay-Z appears as a blueprint inside a Samsung phone with a recent tweet from his rant about #newrules in the music industry. How about that for current? Lookin' forward to their cover story and, aside from the music of course, how Magna Carta Holy Grail will indeed shape the future of the music business.
ICYMI, Jay-Z & Samsung released a 30 second teaser with Timbaland called "4 More" — I brought that back below.
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One more... Jay & Bey's 17-month year old daughter Blue Ivy was pictured today. And she already knows how to deal with paparazzi!
As if he can stand to make more money, the billionaire entertainer mogul Jay-Z has found a way to do just that. He's adding yet another title to his endless list of accomplishments, this time as sports agent. The Roc Nation Sports founder has partnered with Creative Arts Agency to represent professional athletes and has been certified as a an agent by the player associations for MLB and the NBA. A spokesmen for both groups confirmed the news today.
Mr. Carter has already signed Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Giants wide reciever Victor Cruz, Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith and former Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, who recently was selected third by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA draft. Diggins apparently received a pre-signing bonus from Roc Nation as well... after her graduation in May, Diggins tweeted "I got 99 problems, but a benz ain't one" along with a picture of a spankin' new silver Mercedes CLS 63 valued at over $100,000. Inside was a short handwritten note from Jay-Z himself simply stated, "enjoy."
But not so fast Jigga! The director of security and agent administration for the NBA Players Association, Robert Gadson, says that while Jay-Z's application has been accepted, he won't be able to take on player contracts until he proves that he no longer has any financial ties with the Brooklyn Nets. A spokesman for Jay-Z declined to comment. Earlier this year, Jay-Z said he was willing to comply with NBA rules to relinquish his stake in the team. Owners of NBA teams cannot represent players. But a close source says that as of Wednesday, the Hip-Hop mogul had not sold his small ownership share, less than 1 percent, of the team.
Jay-Z also may have violated the NFL "runner rule." I guess having the last name Carter doesn’t mean much in this case. The rule says that anyone who is not certified cannot recruit players. And Jay-Z is not NFL certified. Yet that certainly didn't stop him from meeting with the Jets' rookie quarterback Smith, who tweeted a picture of himself and Jay-Z at a meeting. Guess Smith didn't know about the rule before he tweeted the picture. In any case, Mr. Carter doesn't seemed to be phased by the hooplah. He was seen in a picture with Cruz, Cano and Smith at a party Monday in Manhattan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his 40/40 sports bar.
The first NBA player Jay-Z is expected to sign is Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. The basketball star told his agent, Rob Pelinka, in recent days that he would sign with Jay-Z. The news has been blasted on every social media site. But Durant has not commented publicly on the situation yet.
Jay-Z's agent certification is pending with the NFLPA.