Considering today, December 21, is the shortest day of the year, it's the perfect time for us recognize some of Hip-Hop's most timeless songs that don't take a lot of time to listen to.
All clocking in at under three minutes, these records hold their own alongside ones with standard running times, and those which are long epics. We're not even sure why they're so short, since some of them are definitely worth a long ear!
There are a lot of great songs less than 180 seconds long, but here's AllHipHop.com's list of 10 great songs that can all be listened to in the time it takes for a pizza to be delivered:
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(AllHipHop News) After a year of big press firings, hirings, controversy and varying reports on the numbers, Tidal has officially released it's first year tallies for it's subscribers.
As the Jay Z fronted company glides into its sophomore year of existence, tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the famed New York City launch that pictured a host of entertainers as they signed up to be partial owners of Tidal.
Since then the streaming service has pulled in over 2.5 million subscribers in the U.S. alone.
With over a half million subscribers abroad, Tidal's total of subscribers now surpasses over 3 million users.
To date Tidal has a few tiers for subscribers ranging from $9.99/month to $19.99/month for hi-fidelity lossless content.
But despite the ups and downs, stars like Beyoncé, Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, and J. Cole have remain as part owners of Tidal also benefitting from the revenue earned.
According to Billboard, Kanye's streams for his project The Life of Pablo exceeded 250,000,000 streams in the first 10 days of its release.
After the project released, reports surfaced that Kanye had doubled the subscribers of Tidal.
"I believe in Tidal and what the team is doing to affect the change the music industry needs," said interim chief executive Peter Tonstad in a statement last April amid falling numbers. "We're streamlining the company and refocusing our resources to ensure the platform continues to grow, and listeners can make a connection to their favorite artists. No one else is doing this."
Of the 3 million subscribers around 1.35 million signed up for the hi-fidelity, lossless audio/video tier ($19.99), which allows users to access about 40 million songs and 130,000 videos and live streams.
Old beefs die hard. It seems like Jaz-O, Jay Z's mentor and former rap partner, is not here for letting sleeping dogs lie. Jaz-O recently tweeted something fairly obscure, suggesting he had some video of Harlem street cats robbing Jay Z.
And that's that.
Anybody know anything about this? I mean, what dudes walk around with a big ass camcorder and videotape this? It seems implausible to me, because it was so drastically different back in those days. The tweet was also, supposedly deleted afterward.
(AllHipHop News) Long Beach emcee Vince Staples is never one to hold his tongue. From his sharp lyrics on projects like Summertime '06 to his piercing statements in Time Magazine about the 90's and the "Golden Era" of Hip-Hop, Vince has a propensity to catch headlines with his barbed public statements.
Vince struck again yesterday at the SXSW Spotify stage when Vince took the time to call out Spotify for their minimal payments to artists.
Vince also made some racially charged comments to a mostly white crowd - this according to Austin, Texas music site Austin360. Below are a few quotes:
"I'm not the most polite person on stage," Vince said after performing his track "Lift Me Up," the second song on Summertime '06.
"I know you're all at SXSW like, 'Let's watch the Black people rap,'" Vince said, "it's almost like a real show,"
"Shout out to Spotify. Thank you for giving me this check to make up for what you've done to me and all my musical friends," he told fans at the SXSW concert.
"Listen to your favorite album 1000, 2000 times so everybody can get an album sale," Vince said.
A young man by the name of Rymir Satterthwaite has been claiming to be the son of Jay Z for a while. He's also been trying to force Jay Z to take a paternity test. While attempting to go forward with the paternity suit, both Satterthwaite and his mother Wanda were financially unprepared to deal with or take on the enormity of their cases. Interestingly enough, the young aspiring rapper resembles Jay Z. Satterthwaite stated he only wants to push on with it so he can get confirmation that Jay Z is his biological father. Now, there are rumors that a few friends and relatives of Rymir have said that Rymir knows who his real father is, but he enjoys the attention the lawsuit gives him. Allegedly he thinks the lawsuit will get Jay Z to pay him settlement/hush money. Sources say he brags that Beyonce must know his name because of the lawsuit. His cousin has claimed that his mother was obsessed with Jay Z back in the day, and this is why she isn't intervening. What are your thoughts?
(AllHipHop News) Just Blaze has produced for some of the top rap stars in the business. Over his 20 year career, Blaze has certainly racked up countless records that never made it out of the vault. The New Jersey born producer/DJ shared a few of those hidden gems during a set on DJCity's MikiDz Show.
The session included Blaze debuting an unused track from Jay Z's The Blueprint 3 as well as instrumentals that were intended for Drake, Jay Electronica, Jeezy, Slaughterhouse, and Cam'ron. The 38-year-old production whiz previously premiered unreleased music from Jay, Cam, Kanye West, Usher, and others during Q-Tip's Abstract Radio show.
Along with Yandel, Roc Nation management now represents talent such as Angie Martinez, Big Sean, Cipha Sounds, DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Kanye West, Meek Mill, and Shakira. The music label division is home to Jay Z, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rihanna, Vic Mensa, DJ Mustard, Belly, and Willow Smith.
(AllHipHop News) Karen Civil started a very public spat with Cam'ron after she relayed a story about how the Dipset leader's alleged unwillingness to give up a parking spot to Jay Z led to his removal from Def Jam Records. Cam fired back by claiming Civil stole $60,000 from fellow Diplomats representative DukeDaGod.
[ALSO READ: Cam'ron Blasts Karen Civil Over Comments About Feud With Jay Z] During an interview with the BUBZWORLD podcast, Cam addressed his issues with Civil. The Purple Haze album creator suggested Civil's comments were also discrediting Jay, and the Harlem native stated he only saw his former Roc-A-Fella boss travel by car with a driver.
"Why would he be looking for a parking spot when he has a driver? And it's no parking on the block she's talking about anyway," said Cam. "Why would you even make Jay Z seem like he's that type? He wasn't that type of person to be looking at people like, 'I want a parking spot.' So I thought the story was ridiculous."
Cam went on to explain how he supposedly got Civil a position at Warner Bros Records. He also answered the critics that said he was "dissing" the Be You & Live Civil author.
"I didn't diss Karen. I told what's real, and I told the facts. She said my name before I said her name. I haven't mentioned that girl's name in years," Cam stated. "I don't know if I started [her being cyber bullied], but if I did, that wasn't my intentions. My intentions were to defend myself, and to defend my business reputation, and to defend - in a weird way - me and Jay Z's 'cool and bad' relationship."
Jay Z and Cam'ron have had a tenuous history. However, the "Oh Boy" rhymer made it clear he still respects Jay for his business accomplishments.
Cam added, "Other people think that's my arch-nemesis, my enemy. Listen B, that man is from the ghetto, he's from Marcy Projects like all of us from the inner-city. And to be where he's at now is amazing, amazing as a black youth growing up in New York City to make it to where he's at."
In addition, Cam'ron questioned why Civil has not publicly addressed the allegations that she took money from several of her clients. He also accused certain media outlets of refusing to run negative stories about Civil because they are closely associated.
(AllHipHop News) Last week, rumors circulated that Jay-Z's growing music streaming service Tidal was being examined for purchase by numerous rival companies. One of the parties that were allegedly interested in acquiring the company the most was Samsung. The mobile company behind the Galaxy series has already made deals for several albums under Jay-Z, including Magna Carta Holy Grail and Rihanna's recently released LP ANTI, which both went platinum in a matter of days thanks to the company's help. Tidal and Samsung has allegedly been in talks to merge for a few months.
However, Samsung has officially stated that they have no interest in purchasing Tidal. Recently, Variety reached out to a company representative, who claimed that the rumors were all false.
"The rumor of Samsung acquiring Tidal is not true"
When DMX dropped Flesh of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood it was his second album in less than a year and X was as hot as any rapper had ever been. From the dogs to his bark to his ability flip his words and reach the streets, everyone wanted to be a Rough Rider on the bikes and ATVs.
It was just before Christmas in the Winter of 1998 and DMX had shipped over 670,000 copies of this project in the first week, though the album would eventually go 3x platinum.
At this point in time whether worth or not, the Tupac comparisons swirled around the entertainment industry at Pac had only been away from the game for a few years at this point in time.
Some say that they have an album that you can listen to from beginning to end, but this was 100% an album that you could listen to the whole way through. It took you to New York no matter where you lived in the globe.
We would be derelict to even discuss this project with out talking about the impact of Swizz Beatz on this project. If you look at the tracklisting below you can tell that Swizz was out of his mind on the beats at this point of career. Additional production from P. Killer Trackz, a young Irv Gotti, Dame Grease and DJ Shok rounded out production on this CLASSIC.
Features on the project includ Jay-Z, The Lox, Mary J Blige, Marilyn Manson, Drag On.
1. "My Niggas" (Prod by Swizz Beatz)
2. "Bring Your Whole Crew" (featuring P. Killer Trackz) (Prod by P. Killer Trackz)
3. "Pac Man"
4. "Ain't No Way" (Prod by Swizz Beatz)
5. "We Don't Give a Fuck" (featuring Jadakiss & Styles P) (Prod Irv Gotti, Rebel)
6. "Keep Your Shit the Hardest" (Prod by Swizz Beatz)
7. "Coming From" (featuring Mary J. Blige) (Prod by P. Killer Trackz)
8. "It's All Good" (Prod by Swizz Beatz)
9. "The Omen (Damien II)" (featuring Marilyn Manson) (Prod By Swizz Beatz)
10. "Slippin'" (Prod by DJ Shok)
11. "No Love 4 Me" (featuring Drag-On & Swizz Beatz) (Prod By Swizz Beatz)
12. "Dogs for Life" (Prod by Dame Grease)
13. "Blackout" (featuring Jay-Z & The Lox) (Prod By Swizz Beatz)
14. "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" (Prod By Swizz Beatz)
Former Roc Nation artist Memphis Bleek is back with a new freestyle over the classic "Imaginary Players" beat by his former boss, Jay-Z. This is also the latest release of DJ Absolut's #MIXTAPEMONDAYS series that just reached it's 30th week. "Imaginary Players" originally appeared on Hov's In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 LP back in 1997.