(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.
Earlier this week, Tomi Lahren had some words to say about Beyonce's controversial Super Bowl halftime performance during her segment "Final Thoughts With Tomi" on The Blaze. The reporter not only ranted about the pop singer a day after her afrocentric set, but also called out Jay-Z about his past before the fame.
"Your husband was a drug dealer. For fourteen years, he sold crack cocaine. You want to help the Black community, start at home."
Although Lahren made the blasphemous comment, Jigga wasn't really hurting. He actually laughed it off. The rapper was caught laughing at Lahren's statement recently by Tax Stone, the host of Tax Season Live.
K.E. on the Track, the producer that's produced the hit singles "Swag Surfin'" by Fast Life Yungstaz, "All The Way Turnt Up" by Roscoe Dash featuring Soulja Boy, "Girlfriend" by Nicki Minaj "You the Boss" by Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj "Magic" by Future featuring T.I., "The Devil Is A Lie" by Rick Ross featuring Jay-Z and so much more, also blessed Southeast Hip Hop Magazine featured artist Lil' Hines with his most recent single "A Few"! Check out the single here at this direct link https://soundcloud.com/smtracks/lil-hines-lilhines-a-few-prod-by-sm-tracks-ke
(AllHipHop News) Kanye West just previewed both his new album and clothing line on Jay Z's TIDAL streaming service. (See archived video below.)
The event offered guests like Jay Z, Lamar Odom, Kim Kardashian and family, Jaden Smith, A$AP Rocky, Ric Flair, and others who watched the Chi-Town rapper preview both ventures. The Kardashians arrived around 4:30 pm, all wearing white fur coats. Kanye West because playing the album, The Life of Pablo, shortly after.
Supermodels included Alex Wek, Veronica Web and Naomi Campbell all modeled the clothing line, along with thousands of others.
Jay Z has removed his classic album The Blueprint from Spotify. This is the second classic album he has taken out of the competing brand. You already know, Jay Z is down with TIDAL and so this presents a classic conflict of interest. But, it also deprives fans from getting the album from one of the biggest streaming services in the market. Is this smart? I guess so. I guess not. I am sure he's not making any money having it there. All good, Jay. I guess its download TIDAL or dig up my old CD.
(AllHipHop News) Late last year, news broke that British singer Rita Ora was suing Roc Nation in order to get out of her contract with the label. The company, founded by Jay Z, has now filed a counter suit against Ora.
In its cross-complaint, filed last Friday (Jan. 29) in California Superior Court, says it has "tirelessly promoted" Ora's career, spending over $2.3 million promoting and recording her 2012 album Ora. The filing calls for that $2.3 million to be returned, and for damages on the four remaining records in her contract.
According to Ora's lawyer, Howard E. King, Jay Z called the "R.I.P." performer after she filed her suit and the Hip Hop mogul said he would released her from the Roc Nation contract. King even referred to Jay as "gracious" and suggested Sony Music has been delaying the process.
"It was just a little twist, because Jay Z, we are told, has to answer to Sony Music, so that's been the hangup in having this go away," stated King. "But we're confident that Jay can resolve whatever he has to with Sony Music."
Rita Ora released one album under Roc Nation, 2012's Ora. The LP debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and it spawned The Notorious B.I.G. sampling, UK hit record "How We Do (Party)".
(AllHipHop News) Has Rihanna's new album become a monster global smash already? According to the "Work" singer, her latest release Anti was downloaded 1 million times in under 15 hours. Rihanna broke the news the LP crossed the million download mark on Twitter.
The Roc Nation songstress partnered with Samsung to offer free download codes for Anti. Rihanna signed a reported $25 million sponsorship deal with the electronics company last year.
In 2013, Roc Nation head/Rihanna mentor Jay Z also offered his last studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail as a free digital download through a partnership with Samsung. MCHG moved over 1 million downloads in its first week.
Anti premiered on Tidal (which Rihanna is a part owner) on Wednesday night. The entertainment platform is also celebrating the 1 million downloads for the project. In addition, Anti was reportedly streamed over 13 million times in 14 hours.
The deluxe digital version of the album is now available on Tidal and iTunes today (January 29). A physical copy is expected to be released in the future.
AllHipHop.com reached out to Roc Nation for confirmation on the first day download numbers for Anti, but the label has not responded as of press time.
According to RadarOnline, Beyoncé is nearly five months pregnant. She recently shot a new music video in Los Angeles where she was pretty covered up.
"Although she didn't announce it or anything, it was pretty apparent from the way she was acting that pregnancy rumors seemed to be true. She was probably close to five months pregnant. Indeed, she used a stunt double for the crazier shots. It was pretty indicative she was covering up. She had a dress on, but this really big black hoodie covering up. That was the outfit she used for the whole shoot. But despite her efforts to hide it, she definitely had a little belly pouch."
RadarOnline's insider also claimed Bey was complaining about being nauseous and extremely tired. Rumor has it that Beyonce is trying to finish all of her shoots before her baby bump gets too big.
(AllHipHop News) Earlier today (Jan. 26), a lawsuit involving Jay Z and Parlux Fragrances surfaced. The perfume company alleges that Hov's breach of contract eventually lead to the manufacturer to seek an $18 million judgement, this according to TMZ. Back in 2013, Parlux contends that it secured a licensing deal with Jay Z to launch the fragrance, Gold Jay Z.
Both his name and his image were supposed to be used to help brand the product. With that in mind, Parlux purports that additional future scents were supposed to follow the first one. According to the perfume company, Mr. Carter neglected to uphold his contractual obligations.
[ALSO READ: Jay Z and Beyonce Win "Drunk In Love" Lawsuit] Parlux claims that Jay Z refused to show up at different scheduled appearances at Good Morning America and Macy's. Regarding the project, the iconic MC and entrepreneur also stands accused of neglecting to use his social media to help publicize the product.
Given Jay Z's earned respect, Parlux banked on hauling in about $50 million in a two year span. The disappointed has professed that it has yet to turn a profit. To add insult to injury, it also stated that stores are returning its unsold inventory. Parlux Frangrances actually claims that it has actually been hemorrhaging money.
Memphis Bleek stopped by the Breakfast Club to talk about the days of Roc-A-Fella, coming up under Jay Z, how the game has changed and evolved from then to now, and more. One of the most interesting things Bleek commented on was the break up of Roc-A-Fella. DJ Envy asked,
"What broke up Roc-A-Fella?.... At one time it was a perfect fit."
Memphis Bleek replied saying,
"I think it was ego. It wasn't money, everyone was making a ton of money. It was ego. When something happens one person wants to be responsible for it. People want to be certified and critically acclaimed, and they will die for it. That's what broke it up; ego. People just couldn't accept that Jay is that dude. He's the God."
Ego has gotten in the way of a lot in music. Bleek also says they were really a family at Roc-A-Fella, and the problem with units today, is there is no real loyalty.
(AllHipHop News) Back in 2013, Trayon Christian insisted he was wrongfully profiled at a Barneys New York store in NYC. After purchasing a $349 Ferragamo belt, Christian claimed he was stopped by two undercover NYPD detectives just because he was a young, black male. A Barneys employee apparently contacted police over concerns the debit card Christian used for the purchase may not have been his.
"Settling was in the best interest of the city," said Nick Paolucci, a spokesperson for the city's law department.
In 2014, Barneys agreed to pay $525,000 in fines to settle claims of racial profiling. The company also agreed to implement measures to reduce profiling of African Americans by employees. It is not clear if Christian or any other customers that filed complaints were awarded money directly from Barneys.
The Barneys "Shop & Frisk" or "Shopping While Black" stories became national news partly due to superstar rapper Jay Z debuting a special collection at the high-end retailer around the same time the profiling complaints became public.
There were calls for the Hip Hop mogul to cancel his partnership with Barneys, but Jay decided to move forward with the holiday release. The concerns of profiling eventually led to 100% of the proceeds from sales of the BNY SCC collection being donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation.
(AllHipHop News) Back in the early 2000's, State Property was the hottest crew to emerge from Philadelphia. SP member Oschino recently spoke with Mikey T The Movie Star about how the group started.
[ALSO READ: Beanie Sigel Talks Possibly Reuniting With State Property (VIDEO)] According to Oschino, State Property leader Beanie Sigel did not know many of the rappers in the group when they were first put together. Chino claimed most of them did not even know what the others looked like prior to connecting under Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records.
"We went to Hot 97 and rapped. People thought we knew each other, but we didn't," said Oschino. "I knew Freeway and Peedi, but I didn't know Beans."
It was determined Sigel would head the faction since he was the most well known at the time, but Oschino revealed he actually signed to the Roc without Beanie's help. The "Jail Letters" spitter and some of his friends were given the chance to rap for Jay, and he ended up earning a contract moments after rhyming for the Brooklyn boss.
"Jay Z walked in and said, 'I got 5 minutes.' I was like, 'How the f*ck he got 5 minutes? It's like ten people.' So I just said, 'I gotta go first,'" explained Oschino. "I just jumped up, rapped, and didn't stop. I ain't give nobody [else] five minutes. I got signed that day. I just boguarded brody, and got signed on the spot."
Rumor has it that one of T.I.'s producers is claiming a deal has been signed between T.I. and Jay Z's Roc Nation. T.I. has a new album, 'The Dime Trap,' coming out, and Jay Z will be featured on it as well. We aren't sure how true it is, but could you see it? Would this be a good move for Tip?
Check out this photo of Jay & Tip from a few months ago.
"The 3 young Kings seen in this photo came together for 1reason. Can u guess? Go head, Guess... CLUE: 3words 10letters..... I'll wait....Answer: "Da Dime Trap."
(AllHipHop News) Recently, Jadakiss shared his list of New York MCs whom he considers to be the best. Before delivering the concise list, the "Y.O." native contemplated why "Hip Hop is the only genre of music that gets semi-categorized." To strengthen his point he then added, "Hip Hop is the only genre of music that they break it down by the coast or demographically - West Coast rap; East Coast rap; Down South rap."
"If I was Kelly Clarkson right here you wouldn't ask what's your top five New York country artists," he told HipHopDX. Kiss then offered, "They don't say West Coast country or down south R&B, every other genre just is what it is." Later he gave this matter-of-fact reply, "But if you must have [my] top five New York artists it would have to be Biggie, Nas, my brother Styles P, Jay Z and the dog DMX."
What elements must an MC possess to be considered a Top 5 contender?