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.
Recently, Tidal released another statement stating that they have let go of COO Nils Juel and CFO Chris Hart. This is yet another time that the young streaming service has managed to fire an employee within their executive ranks, especially after bad press.
Although Tidal is currently having some growing pains, the company's still progressing efficiently. The release of Kanye West's latest album The Life of Pablo helped gain so many subscribers that its size in numbers doubled in less than a week.
(AllHipHop News) After having a fairly successful run over the last month with exclusive releases by Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Kanye West, Tidal was once again hit with bad headlines. Yesh Music filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Shawn "Jay Z" Carter led streaming platform alleging John Emanuele, of the band The American Dollar, is owed royalty payments from Tidal.
[ALSO READ: Kanye West's 'The Life Of Pablo' & Exclusive Content Help Tidal Double Its Membership] The suit names Jay Z's S. Carter Enterprises, "Black Panther Bidco," and Aspiro (Tidal is a subsidiary of Project Panther Bidco, which is owned by Carter). Court documents filed by Yesh Music read in part, "Ironically, when Defendant CARTER purchased the TIDAL Music Service in 2015, it claimed it would be the first streaming service to pay the artists. Different owner, same game."
Tidal responded to the lawsuit in a statement to Fader:
TIDAL is up to date on all royalties for the rights to the music stated in Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele's claim and they are misinformed as to who, if anyone, owes royalty payments to them. As Yesh Music, LLC admits in their claim, TIDAL has the rights to the Master Recordings through its distributor Tunecore and have paid Tunecore in full for such exploitations. Their dispute appears to be over the mechanical licenses, which we are also up to date on payments via Harry Fox Agency our administrator of mechanical royalties.
The main compositions in question were release by The American Dollar and their entire catalogue streamed fewer than 13,000 times on TIDAL and its predecessor over the past year. We have now removed all music associated with Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele from the service. This is the first we have heard of this dispute and Yesh Music, LLC should be engaging Harry Fox Agency if they believe they are owed the royalties claimed. They especially should not be naming S Carter Enterprises, LLC, which has nothing to do with Tidal. This claim serves as nothing other than a perfect example of why America needs Tort reform.
(AllHipHop News) Today (Feb. 29), DJ Khaled informed the world that he recently signed a management deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation. The social media savy DJ shared the news through his official Instagram page. "Allow me to reintroduce myself!!!! Meet my manager. His name is Jay Z. Jigga," read of portion Khaled's excited comment.
[ALSO READ: We The Best: Nas Scheduled To Visit DJ Khaled's Radio Show] A coveted Roc-A-Fella chain was received by the Miami hit-maker. New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden served as the backdrop for this career milestone. "The blessings coming in have been overwhelming," revealed the grateful businessman. "So much blessings I needed the right team to help me embrace it right. And when I say embrace I mean brand partnership."
Check out the full IG post and accompanying video to witness as DJ Khaled is gifted with the final original Roc chain.
Rumor has it that companies such as Samsung, Google, and Spotify are looking to buy out Jay Z's streaming service, Tidal. The NY Post, reports that Samsung has been in talks to acquire the streaming service for a while. Samsung and Jay reportedly have a longstanding business relationship, and the company has been heavily involved in some of Jay Z and other Tidal owners' musical releases. Sources say Spotify and Google are interested in minority ownership opportunities in the company. Tidal has exclusively released Kanye West's 'The Life Of Pablo' and Rihanna's highly anticipated 'Anti' albums, and the company has been said to have reached millions of subscribers. Do you think Tidal can withstand the test of time in regards to how music is consumed?
As the saying goes, "loose lips sink ships." Following Karen Civil's, Tax Season interview, her business practices are being scrutinized. The proven entrepreneur was recently blasted for allegedly stealing. Cam'ron claimed that Civil pilfered $60,000 from his cousin, Duke Da God.
Within the passionate plea, JL contends that Karen refused to help cultivate his brand, dodged his telephone calls, and disparaged his life's experiences. Invigorated by Cam's outspoken nature, Joyner is now contemplating legal proceeding against Karen Civil. "All I kno is this lawsuit gona be great. I hope dat vacation was worth it @KarenCivil. Becuz all dat sh*t is comin bak to who you stole from," he wrote.
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I neva blasted @KarenCivil before today & I took that loss for now til it was the right time, but @Mr_Camron just put the battery in my back
(AllHipHop News) Even though many music executives predicted the Jay Z led entertainment platform Tidal would fold in under a year, the service may have finally found its footing in the competitive streaming marketplace. Thanks in part to fellow artist-owner Kanye West.
While the company seems to be attracting new users, Tidal is still far behind its streaming competitors as far as total number of subscribers. Spotify is the industry leader with reportedly close to 25 million paid subscribers. Apple Music is said to have over 10 million paid subscribers in more than 100 countries.
Tidal has also faced significant turnover at the executive level. In December, Jeff Toig was named the company's third CEO in less than a year. After his hiring, Toig told Billboard, "I spent a lot of time with Jay during the interview process and he's an incredibly talented and visionary businessman and he is deeply committed to Tidal. This isn't a short-term play. This is a long-term investment."
(AllHipHop News) Karen Civil is catching the wrath of Cam'ron. The Dipset general used his Instagram page to blast Civil for her recent comments on the Tax Season podcast. Civil told Tax Stone that Jay Z and Cam had issues years ago over a parking space outside Def Jam offices. Cam says that is a lie.
I've haven't went in on Karen ever and been proud of what she's accomplished.. Even if she's lied and stole to get there.. But u not gonna put me in ya bullsh*t.. Despite what people think Jay-Z and I were not enemies.. He signed off on mad projects we did.. When he didn't have too.. And showed my crew love.. It wasn't till I Left DefJam (not kicked out) till we fell out..and I still respect his hustle and business savvy.. And what he's accomplished.. With that out the way.. Karen civil worked for me and never gave us a shoutout or anything.. And that's fine.. But don't LIE.. I never got kicked out of anywhere.. LA Reid was kind enough to let me out the deal once he got to def jam.. Cause I had a 5 million dollar deal waiting for me at Warner bros.. And LA Reid begged me to stay.. But I had to grab that bag.. (Thx LA) this story Karen is telling is just another one of her lies..she stole 60k from my cousin @darealdukedagod (and we still have all the bank statements if u wanna Pursue this KAREN) and has yet to pay him back.. And it's my money as well cause it was from my company.. I don't want or need ya money.. But u should have payed duke back by now.. But since u wanna lie.. I'll pull everything out.. And put u on blast!! Stop lying and stealing.
Throughout their respective careers both Jay Z and Beyoncé have accomplished a lot. The Grammy-laced, creative couple, may soon embark on another rite-of-passage. According to Hits Daily Double, these platinum parents may be working on something huge.
In April, the Houston native is scheduled to drop her final contractual release for Sony Music. Having fulfilled her obligations, B is reportedly set to negotiate a "new worldwide, multi-album deal" with her label. Understanding and appreciating their entrenched integrity, it has been suggested that this year the power couple will drop their first "joint project."
Pushing sixteens or pushing whips- Karen Civil, recently spoke with Tax Stone - and provided insight into the often tumultuous relationship between Jay Z and Cam'Ron. With her introspective anecdote, she reflected on an incident that transpired between Killa Cam and Hov. Although, no apparent road rage ensued, this incident stemmed from a parking spot.
The place was Def Jam, the time was many many moons ago. "Jay Z was pulling up in his Maybach, right? You know how Def Jam was on the side of the Universal building at the time? So Cam was in this turtle top like parked right there and he was talking to Duke, we were near the car," reminisced the music insider."
Then the Harlem rapper demonstrated his disregard for his boss. "And then this Maybach wants to pull up and they honk. I'm like 'Oh I think that's Hov' so I back up. Cam's like 'Chill out.' So then the car beeps again. And Cam ain't move. So then Jay had to get out the car and he walked over cause he wanted to see who was in the car, like who wouldn't move out the way. So then he came over, he looked...," she revealed.
[ALSO READ: Cam'ron Stars As HR Rep In 'The Nightly Show' Skit (VIDEO)] "Dipset was out of the building the next week. And so we set up shop in Juelz's studio for a little bit...I'll never forget this," she matter-of-factly stated. Employing his power, Jay Z then allegedly used his people to handle the lightweight issue. "He dapped everyone, he nodded, he made a mental note," was Jay'z reaction to the situation.
Later, Hov then exerted his will. "Then they said, I think it was HR or whatever, is like, 'Hey guys I'm gonna need you to wrap this up cause technically you guys aren't here.' It was such a crazy experience, but Cam is Cam, he don't care. He's still the same now on his Instagram. You gotta love him for who he is. He doesn't switch up," said Karen Civl.
(AllHipHop News) Tidal and Roc Nation just gained another big name. During his pop-up show in Atlanta last night (February 22), Tip "T.I." Harris informed the world that he has officially become part of both the streaming service and the Jay Z led label.
[ALSO READ: T.I. & Mekhi Phifer Join The Cast Of 'Roots' Remake] "This is a very special moment for me and the whole Hustle Gang," Tip told the crowd at Greenbriar Mall. "If y'all don't know, this does begin a new beginning for myself as an artist and for Hustle Gang as a company. We have partnered with Roc Nation, and I am part owner of Tidal."
Tip is the 19th artist owner of Tidal. He joins other Hip Hop representatives Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and J. Cole as partners of the music and entertainment platform. Other music superstars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Usher, Madonna, and Coldplay are also artist owners of the company.
The "TIDAL X TIP" concert event streamed live on Tidal. The show featured appearances by Young Thug, Young Dro, and Bankroll Mafia. The Grammy winner is set to release his next studio album, The Dime Trap, later this year. T.I.'s project will be distributed by Roc Nation.
(AllHipHop News) The saying goes "time heals all wounds." That may be true for LL Cool J and Jay Z. The two iconic rap stars have not always seen eye-to-eye, but LL posted a video to his Instagram page which included Jay, his wife Beyoncé, and Soul/Funk legend Nile Rodgers.
The history between the New Yorkers has been rocky. Back in the early 1990's LL reportedly lost a series a secret rap battles to an unsigned Jay Z which led to some animosity. The "Mama Said Knock You Out" rhymer was also vocal about his displeasure for the way he was treated during Jay's tenure as Def Jam president.
The LL/Hov cold war also included Jay taking a slight jab at his rival in a 2010 Rolling Stone article. The Roc Nation founder said at the time, "We've seen people like LL [Cool J] have longevity, and we respect the heritage of what he's done, but it's not like, right now, he's competing on the same level as Lil Wayne."
Then in 2013, LL downplayed Jay's Magna Carta Holy Grail album receiving a platinum plaque because Samsung bought 1 million copies. The Queens native suggested, in his view, the RIAA certification was not as valuable as selling directly to consumers, because fans did not actually pay for the project through the Samsung deal.
LL told Revolt, "Numbers are numbers. In the numbers is truth, but in terms of touching the people it's a little different. For me as an artist, I still want to be able to touch the people individually. It still matters to me."
(AllHipHop News) TheBlaze television personality Tomi Lahren caught significant backlash for her comments about Beyoncé's homage to the Black Panther Party during her 2016 Superbowl performance. Lahren's Final Thoughts segment included the 23-year-old conservative commentator blasting Bey's husband Jay Z for being a former drug dealer and referring to the Black Panthers as a group that used violence to "overthrow white domination."
[ALSO READ: Jay Z Responds To Tomi Lahren's "Drug Dealer" Comments] One of the critics of Lahren's statements was Charlamagne Tha God. The Breakfast Club co-host gave Lahren "Donkey of the Day" for having a problem with Beyoncé's message against police brutality. Lahren invited Charlamagne to her show discuss Bey's "Formation" video, the Black Panthers, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
"For [Beyoncé] to have a video where she specifically said 'stop shooting us.' I don't see how anybody could have a problem with that," said Charlamagne. "If you have a problem with Beyoncé saying 'stop shooting us' then that means you must agree with them shooting us."
He added, "I think you're very misinformed about the Black Panthers as well. They were founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Huey P. Newton had a PhD from the University of California. Bobby Seale studied engineering and politics in college. [The Black Panthers] were created to resist police brutality and the killing of blacks. They used violence if necessary."
Charlamagne also pointed out that the BPP was also responsible for instituting social programs such as free breakfast for children and they worked to implement a Ten-point program for earning freedom for the black community. In addition, the conversation featured CTG acknowledging Jay Z as an example of a African American man that overcame poverty and criminality to be able to employ and inspire other African Americans to follow his lead into legal business.