(AllHipHop News) Who would have thought Raven-Symoné is a Hip Hop head? Turns out The View panelist leans more toward lyrical rap than Trap anthems. AllHipHop.com caught up with Raven on the Growing Up Hip Hop premiere red carpet in New York City. The Cosby Show star let it be known she can turn up on occasion but just easily drop bars from one of Jay Z's album cuts.
Jay Z and Beyonce end the year off with a court victory over a Hungarian singer that claimed the couple used her voice on their song "Drunk In Love."
Mitsou, the singer, said that her song was used without permission and is a "constitutionally protected work of art."
She claims her singing was digitally manipulated and then sampled without her permission in a Manhattan court.
Mitsou, real name Mónika Juhász Miczur, dropped "Gypsy Life on the Road" in the US in 1997 and the song can be heard in the beginning of "Drunk In Love."
Even though use of her voice was not in dispute, Mitsou still lost the case over a very specific provision.
Judge Cynthia Kern threw the case out because Mitsou went after Jay and Beyonce under the Civil Rights Law, which protects a "name, portrait, picture or voice used for advertising or trade purposes without written consent."
Judge Kern said her grievance doesn't apply in cases like this, according to the New York Post.
"It is undisputed that the 'Drunk in Love' song and video are works of artistic expression and, pursuant to well-established law, they are therefore exempted from the Civil Rights Law," Kern said.
Mitsou also argued that the Civil Rights Law applied to her, because the song was used in ads and an HBO television special.
(AllHipHop News) According to multiple reports, Rita Ora has filed a lawsuit against her record label Roc Nation. The British singer is seeking to be let out of her contract, claiming the agreement with Jay Z's company violates California law.
"When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist," the suit states. "As Roc Nation's interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita's remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company."
In addition, Ora claims Roc Nation's transition from being distributed by Sony to being distributed by Universal has caused issues for her career. The suit also refers to Roc Nation as a "diminished" label with "only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists."
Ora is looking to use California's "seven year rule" law which allows artists to break from their contracts after that time period. However, previous cases have ended with the record companies being given the ability to sue the artist for "lost profits" on uncompleted albums.
The 25-year-old "R.I.P." performer's deal reportedly requires her to release up to five albums with a "pay or play" provision. She has only released one album while at Roc Nation, 2012's Ora.
The rest of Roc Nation's current label division roster includes Jay Z, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rihanna, Willow Smith, Vic Mensa, DJ Mustard, and others. Since its launch in 2008, only Jay and Cole have released more than one album through the company. Meanwhile, Rita Ora has already been pulled from the list of label acts on the Roc Nation website.
Recently, HBO announced that J. Cole's hometown concert would be produced as a documentary, titled Homecoming, in honor of the success of the Carolina rapper's The film promises to showcase not only the concert itself, but also footage behind the scenes. There also seems to be appearances from Drake and Jay Z as well. Homecoming will air on HBO January 9th and will also be available on HBO NOW or HBO GO.
(AllHipHop News) J. Cole is set to launch 2016 off with a special presentation on HBO. The North Carolina bred emcee's Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming will air on the cable network on Saturday, January 9.
After his performance piece debuts on HBO in January, Cole's fans can then possibly expect another big reveal the following month. The Dreamville leader hinted on his recent release "Black Friday" that another project could be arriving in February.
J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming was directed by Scott Lazer. Subscribers can watch the show on HBO, HBO GO, and HBO NOW.
(AllHipHop News) Most Hip Hop followers are extremely likely to mention Run-DMC among the greatest Hip Hop groups of all time. But who would make Run-DMC member Rev Run's list of Top 5 rappers today? The legendary artist shared his choices with Sway In The Morning.
[ALSO READ: DMC Discusses His New Comic Book Series & Possibility Of A Run-DMC Biopic (VIDEO)] "Rappers that I like, that I think are really good - obviously Drake is really good. I hope I don't get in trouble for that," said Run. "Obviously, Nas is fire. Obviously, Rakim is amazing. I love Jay Z. I think he's a dope rapper. And I think this guy is a producer, but he's really good. Kanye is dope on the mic to me."
The star of the upcoming Rev Runs Around The World series made it clear his picks were not in any particular order. Run also added a female spitter as the sixth rapper to be included on his list of the best right now.
"I think when she's going ill, Nicki Minaj gets busy to me," stated Run. "I hope I don't get in trouble. It's not no official list."
Rev Runs Around The World premieres tonight (December 2) at 10 PM/9 C on the Travel Channel.
(AllHipHop News) Rick Ross returns with his 8th studio album Black Market on Friday (December 4). The LP features appearances by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Nas, Future, and more. However, none of Rozay's Maybach Music Group artists show up on the project. The Miami native discussed MMG's absence from Black Market with Hot 97.
The interview also included Ross speaking about writing for other rappers. In particular, he touched on penning lyrics for Dr. Dre during a studio session with the legendary producer for Rozay's God Forgives, I Don't album.
"I was in the studio when me, Dr. Dre, and Jay Z did '3 Kings.' I was in the studio with Dre. I actually did five records with Dre in maybe two hours," Ross revealed. "I was like, 'Dre, this is the beat I want for me right here.' I went over into another room, wrote my verse, wrote Dre's verse, and sent what I had maybe an hour later to Jay Z. Jay always do his thing."
(AllHipHop News) Sometimes artists are able to live up to giving their album a name that defines greatness (see Jay Z's The Blueprint). Other times rappers fall short of the expectation an album title creates (see Iggy Azalea's The New Classic). Newcomer Post Malone appeared to make a bold statement by announcing his debut studio LP would be called Album Of The Year.
[ALSO READ: Post Malone Talks Working With Kanye West On "Fade" (VIDEO)] The "White Iverson" performer sent out a message to his 125,000 Twitter followers overnight that read, "my album is called 'Album of the Year.'" Malone returned to the social media site this morning to clear up that he was joking about the name of his forthcoming project. See Post Malone's tweets below.
It has been the stuff of folklore: Big Pun and Jay Z had a confrontation at a club.
However, Liza Rios, the widow of the late Big Pun, says the urban tale isn't what people think it is. Recently, Nore conducted an interview, which verified that Pun hit Jay Z with a bottle at a night club.
Liza Rios shoots the whole thing down. Check out the interview with Doggie Diamonds.
Rumor has it Pharrell and Jay Z recently got into it over Pharrell allegedly backing out of a deal with Tidal. Allegedly they got into it so bad, that Pharrell now has a black eye. Pharrell showed up to A&E's 'Shining A Light' concert with a very noticeable black eye. Who punched P? Was it Hov? Allegedly Pharrell told his family and friends that the cause of his black eye is from a spatula. He claims he and his wife were just playing around in the kitchen and a spatula flipped up and hit him right in the eye. Domestic violence? Accident? Are you buying this story?
What happened? Funkmaster Flex is on a rampage. He went off for about 30 min. He went at several other DJs and radio stations. But he didn't stop there. He dissed Drake "The Canadian" and then kinda took it back. I don't know. You just gotta hear it for yourself.
3:15 - Drake diss (then says he loves "The Canadian")
6:20 - Disses Clear Channel and their DJ's
11:40 - Expresses True Love For Jadakiss And Yonkers
21:00 - Goes At New DJ's
23:30 - Talks Beef With Jay, Nas, Drake and even...Bow Wow.
Blue Ivy is getting a head start on her music career. The three-year-old will be a guest feature on Coldplay's new album A Head Full Of Dreams, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Coldplay's Chris Martin revealed that Bey and Jay's daughter will be singing as apart of a choir with his two children.
"The 'choir' started with my two kids coming in after school and recording," Martin said. "We recorded Blue Ivy Carter in New York when her mom Beyoncé was in the studio."
The British rock collective also has a track with Blue Ivy's mom titled "Hymn for the Weekend," which Martin said was inspired for by DJ Snake and Lil' Jon's "Turn Down For What?"
"The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it's such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like 'Turn Down for What," Martin said. "What would we call it if we had one? I thought I'd like to have a song called 'Drinks on Me' where you sit on the side of a club and buy everyone drinks because you're so fucking cool. I was chuckling about that, when this melody came - 'drinks on me, drinks on me' - then the rest of the song came out. I presented it to the rest of the band and they said, 'We love this song, but there's no way you can sing 'drinks on me.' So that changed into 'drink from me' and the idea of having an angelic person in your life. Then that turned into asking Beyoncé to sing on it."
Blue Ivy has appeared on past albums from both her parents on the tracks "Blue" by Beyonce and Jay Z's "Glory."
(AllHipHop News) English producer Mark Ronson has one of the biggest hits of 2015 with "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars. Ronson actually debuted the worldwide #1 single on Sway In The Morning, and he returned to the Shade 45 radio show to share some stories and thoughts on other music stars he has worked with during his career.
"Jay comes up to me - and I don't really know him that well. I thought he was definitely going to say, 'Can you please never use one of my f*cking parties to hype up your record? Go back to playing some Roc-A-Fella,'" stated Ronson. "He says, 'You did that beat right? When you do a remix, let me rhyme over it.'"
Apparently, Jay never returned Mark's phone calls about the possible collaboration. But Ronson did get to work with Amy Winehouse. In fact, he played a big role in the late singer's classic 2006 album Back To Black. The Brit Award winner was asked about the critically acclaimed documentary Amy which covered the rise and fall of the troubled artist.
"I think most people know the music's pretty great, because when it came out it was really the thing that made people pay so much attention [to Winehouse]," said Ronson. "But toward the end, I think everyone might have forgot it, because everything became so much about the more 'tabloidy' stuff."
He added, "She was a proper lyricist, and you see that in the film. It puts her back up on a pedestal. That's what the director [Asif Kapadia] was saying. You remember she's a f*cking brilliant talent."
(AllHipHop News) Shawn "Jay Z" Carter's run as president of Def Jam Recordings has been both praised and criticized. Under Jay Z's leadership the company found success with Rihanna, Nas, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Ne-Yo, and others. However, some artists on the label complained President Carter spent too much time and money promoting himself rather than focusing on the roster.
"Jay was cool as hell up there. He definitely showed all the artists love as far as when we seen him. It was like he was going to try and do his best. I guess he really wanted to try to help the artists," stated Redman. "It was kind of out of his hands, because they left him with a mess. Like Bush left Obama with a mess to clean up. So he couldn't do too much."
He continued before laughing, "I do know when I was going up there at Def Jam when Jay was up there, they had cheese and wine. It was like a wine fountain in there. Every Friday they were eating sushi, like $2,000 - $3,000 worth. And I needed promotion."