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(AllHipHop News) The 1990's is routinely regarded as the high point of Hip Hop culture. It is practically impossible to measure the number of legendary emcees and classic albums to emerge from that decade. But is Hip Hop's love for the 90's based on merit or nostalgia?

[ALSO READ: DJ Premier Tapped To Score 1990's Set Movie "The Breaks" For VH1]
1993 born rapper Vince Staples sat down with Time to discuss the 90's era. According to the Summertime '06 album creator, people may want to reevaluate their opinions on the Golden Era.

"The 90's get a lot of credit. I don't really know why. Biggie and 2Pac those were the staples of the 90's. I think that's why they get the 'Golden Era' credit," stated Staples. "There's not a 50 Cent in the 90's. Did they even have a Kanye? Jay Z's biggest song - his only number one - happened a couple of years ago. The early 2000's is where it's at."

Vince goes on to name Bow Wow as one of his favorite rappers of all time. The Long Beach native also comments on his appreciation for all genres and artists keeping it real in their music.

[ALSO READ: Vince Staples & Mac Miller Discuss White Rappers' Place In Hip Hop]
Watch Vince Staples' interview below.

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Beyoncé's Copyright Lawsuit Rules In Her Favor But Backup Singer Plans to Appeal

Ahmad "Javon" Lane

Last week Beyoncé won her case in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against her by singer Javon, who claims B ripped off his song "XOXO" with her single "XO."

On Oct. 21st a  New York City threw out the case for several of reasons, but Javon says he's not going to accept the judge's ruling.

Javon's rep, Domenick Nati of Nati Celebrity Services, issued a statement exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, saying that the singer "is disappointed with the judge's ruling and is considering fighting his case with an appeal."

According to the ruling made by District Judge Paul Engelmayer, there are many significant and substantial differences between Lane's "XOXO" and Beyonce's "XO."

"A listener... would quickly grasp that the melodies of the two songs are completely different," Judge Engelmayer wrote in his decision, adding, "As to the music in the two songs at issue, the Court, having listened to the two songs back to back, finds little, if anything, in common between 'XOXO' and 'XO.'"

Judge Engelmayer also took the time to differentiate the vibe of the tracks, writing, "The two songs also have a different feel - an appreciative fan would term Lane's track seductive and personal, and Beyonce's track joyous and uplifting."

Dissecting the lyrics as well as the music and melody, the judge found even less in common between the two songs, detailing the difference in the imagery depicted by the lyrics in both tracks.

"'XOXO's lyrics are explicitly sexual, while 'XO's are substantially more tame and metaphorical. The singer in 'XOXO' leaves little to the imagination, describing himself as 'horny' and singing that his love interest's 'body is the promise.' Lest the point be missed, the 'XOXO' singer adds that he is 'loving all of you, every inch of you,'" Judge Engelmayer explained. "In 'XO,' by contrast, the lyrics combine light and dark imagery... and the invocation of romantic intimacy is considerably more subtle."

"Aside from the fact that both songs' lyrics use the letters 'X' and 'O,' there is virtually nothing common to the two songs' lyrics," the judge added, concluding, "As a matter of law, a reasonable jury could not find that 'XOXO' and 'XO' are substantially similar."

Check out the two songs in question below, and decide for yourself.

This isn't the first time Beyonce has been the defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit. The 34-year-old was sued in December over her hit "Drunk in Love" by Hungarian performer Monika Miczura Juhasz, who claimed that Beyonce's popular song had used a distorted sampling of her 1995 song "Bajba, Bajba Pelem," without permission.

Filed under: News Tagged: Beyonce, court, Domenick Nati, Drunk In Love, hip hop, Javon, Jay-Z, Judge, Lawsuit, music, Nati Celebrity Services, Paul Engelmayer, Pop, rap, XO, XOXO


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Every few months the general public and media seem to debate Jay-Z's dedication to charity work. To me, Jay-Z channels the great Jewish philosopher Maimonides, who constructed the eight levels of charity. He believed the highest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous, and equates to a complete self-less offering. Hov in heavily invested in this idea and chooses to conduct his charity work privately and efficiently. But for those still wondering, here is a list of Shawn Carter's charity work [that has been made public]:
Every year since the late 1990s Jay-Z has hosted the 'Jay-Z Santa Claus Toy Drive, where he travels back to the Marcy Projects on Christmas Day with his family to donate presents to the children living there. He also provides for Thanksgiving turkey drives in his hometown borough of Bedford-Stuyvesant every year.

Jay-Z employs hundreds of people at his various companies, and he always endeavors to employ under-privileged young black women and men who are most in need of employment.

April 1999 - Jay-Z donated his proceeds from the Denver stop of the Hard Knock Life Tour to help the families of the victims of the Columbine tragedy.

August 2000 - Hosted, commentated, and made a donation at a charity basketball game that benefited the Boys Harbor summer camp and T.H.A.N.K.U. (The Hillcrest Avenue Neighborhood Kids Union).

2001 - Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records formed Team Roc, a charity organization affiliated with the New York Mission Society that created basketball leagues for at-risk youth.

September 2001 - Jay-Z donated $50,000 to the World Trade Center relief effort. On The Blueprint album tour he donated proceeds from every ticket sold to the relief effort.

October 2001 - Performed at 'The Concert for New York City,' a benefit concert for victims of the 9/11 tragedy. Hov also donated unique memorabilia that was later auctioned off to support the Robin Hood Foundation.

November 2001 -Hosted and performed at the 'Jay-Z's Thanksgiving Give Back Concerts' in New York. Proceeds went to the Team Roc organization.

March 2002 - Headlined and donated to the Urban Aid 2 benefit concert in support of Russell Simmons' charity that raises funds awareness for HIV prevention initiatives.

December 2002 - Jay-Z surprised a group of youth who were a part of the New York Knicks reading program for inner-city kids. He joined them in class for the day and read to them.

2003 - Formed the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation with his mother Gloria Carter. They founded the charity on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. Since its formation the Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to more than 750 students who would have otherwise not been able to afford a college education.

2003 - Since the first branch opened in 2003, each 40/40 Club has ensured that a percentage of profits is given to music and sport charities in deprived communities. The Club also gives first option on jobs to unemployed young people.

November 2003 - All proceeds from his legendary 'Fade to Black' concert went to various charities. During the show he donated $25,000 to each mother of Biggie and Tupac to be used for their charitable efforts.

May 2004 - Jay-Z hosted a charity luncheon for the Golden Gloves Foundation, and along with Team Roc he formed a scholarship program for underprivileged youth who have boxing potential.

July 2004 - Enlisted Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, and more to design a pair of Reebok S. Carter shoes to be auctioned off. All proceeds went to the Shawn Carter Foundation and Jay matched the donations.

September 2005 - He donated $1 million to the American Red Cross' relief effort after the devastating Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Hov also put in personal calls to his famous friends to encourage them to donate, and appeared on the BET telethon for Hurricane Katrina to appeal to the general public.

2006 - Sent more than $2,500 worth of designer street wear to the Campaign for Adolescent and University Student Empowerment, a foundation that supports the low-income area of Spring Hill in DeLand, Orlando.

2006 - Funded and co-produced the documentary film Black Sorority Project: The Exodus. The film told the story of 22 female students at Howard University who defied barriers of race and gender to join the women's suffrage movement and form a new sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, which is still known as one of the nation's most formidable women's organizations.

August 2006 - Met with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the organization's headquarters in New York. He joined forces with the United Nations and together they planned to help fight the global water crisis. He set out on his Water for Life world tour, traveling all over the world filming the documentary 'Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life'. He installed pumps and water sewage solutions in impoverished villages all over Africa.

August 2006 - Jay-Z personally-pledged $400,000 to PlayPump International for the installation of water pumps in malnourished villages in Africa.

November 2006 - Performed a concert in New York city for his Water for Life program with the UN. The concert raised almost $300,000 for PlayPump International

November 2006 - Hosted and played in a charity poker game. $403,862 in proceeds went to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and AROD Family Foundation.

May 2008 - Established an educational trust for the two children of Sean Bell, the unarmed man shot and killed by the police in November 2006 on the day he was to be married. Jay-Z also made sure Bell's fiancée, Nicole Paultre Bell, was taken care of and hired her to appear in Rocawear's 'I Will Not Lose' advertising campaign.

June 2008 - Designed a pair of wellington Hunter Boots during his time at the Glastonbury Music Festival to be sold at auction. Proceeds from the auction went to WaterAid to raise much need funds for their work in Madagascar improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation

June 2008 - Donated to the Robin Hood Foundation's annual fundraising drive. The foundation's proceeds support 240 poverty-fighting programs in New York City.

August 2008 - Performed at the Africa Rising Music Festival to raised money for Africa Rising, an organization established in 2006 to reflect the culture and positive attributes of Africa's social, political, and economic progress.

December 2008 - Designed an I/denti/tee shirt in collaboration with Bono for Bono's charity EDUN LIVE, which works to improve the skills of their clothing workers and aims to foster trade in Africa by ensuring all of its products are 100% African, from "grower to sewer".

February 2009 - Formed the charity Two Kings with LeBron James. They donated over 150 musical instruments to the Mesa Arts Academy in Mesa, Arizona.

April 2009 - Jay-Z donated $25,000 to the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

September 2009 - Organised the charity concert 'Answer the Call', which benefited the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. The concert raised $750,000.

January 2010 - Recorded 'Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)' with Bono, Rihanna, and The Edge. They performed the song during a live charity telethon. Proceeds from the sale of the song supported rebuilding in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

February 2010 - Donated a signed Gibson Guitar to a charity auction for the Artists for Peace and Justice Foundation.

February 2010 - Jay-Z and LeBron James' Two Kings charity conducted a counseling session for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas in Texas.

September 2010 - Performed at the Keep a Child Alive organization's Black Ball to raise awareness and urgently needed funds to help children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India.

May 2010 - Donated and signed one of his favorite Audemars Piguet to an auction that benefited the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The watch sold for $220,000.

August 2010 - Partnered with Nike to create five pairs of exclusive 'All Black Everything' Air Force Ones, which were auctioned to benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

November 2010 - Donated and signed bottles of Armand de Brignac to be auctioned to benefit The Compound Foundation, who provides funds and equipment to build recording studios inside local group home centers.

New Years Eve 2010 - Auctioned VIP tickets to his and Coldplay's headlining show at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas to benefit The Grammy Foundation.

February 2011 - Jay-Z and LeBron James' charity Two Kings started renovating over 100 public parks and gyms across America.

March 2011 - Raised $42,000 for the Stephen Gaynor School, a non-profit school for students with learning differences, by auctioning the chance to sit courtside with him at two Nets vs. Knicks games.

June 2011 - Donated to auction a coveted internship at Roc Nation, with proceeds benefiting the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

September 2011 - Hosted a fundraiser at Pier 54 in New York for the Shawn Carter Foundation. The event raised over $1 million in proceeds.

January 2012 - Jay-Z and Beyonce donated a large portion of the gifts given to them upon the birth of Blue Ivy Carter to charities that could pass them on to those less fortunate.

February 2012 - Jay-Z performed two concerts at Carnegie Hall to benefit the United Way of New York City organization and the Shawn Carter Foundation.

February 2012 - Jay-Z donated $25,000 to the Whitney Houston Memorial Foundation in the wake of her untimely death.

March 2012 - Donated the Maybach 57 used in his and Kanye West's 'Otis' video to auction, where proceeds went to Save the Children's relief efforts for the East Africa Drought Disaster of 2011.

September 2012 - Executive-produced and funded the release of Shola Lynch's independent documentary Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.

October 2012 - Jay-Z auctioned ten limited-edition signed Brooklyn Nets 'Carter #4' jerseys on eBay. Proceeds went to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

September 2012 - Proceeds from Jay-Z's Made in America festival went to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey organization.

November 2012 - Donated to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. He also purchased and donated generators to New York residents after they lost power during Hurricane Sandy.

July 2013 - Donated a large sum of money to the Marina Abramović Institute. In 2015 she would publicly accuse him of not donating to her art foundation, but later had to apologize as records show he had indeed donated.

September 2013 - Donated to the Made in Africa Foundation and helped launch the Africa50 campaign, which aims to lift 200 million Africans out of poverty.

October 2013 - Jay-Z releases a holiday collection with New York department store Barneys. After racial profiling issues arise with the store Jay ensures that 100% of the profits will be donated to his Shawn Carter Foundation. Proceeds top $1 million.

2014 - Donated to and supported charities who demand and fight for justice for those discriminated against in the trans-community.

June 2014 - Jay-Z and Beyonce's On The Run tour donated $1 from every ticket purchased to the Shawn Carter Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from each Chase Lounge VIP Ticket Package was also donated to the Shawn Carter Foundation.

August 2014 - Donated tens of thousands of dollars to pay the bail charges for hundreds of protestors who were arrested during the Ferguson protests after the death of Michael Brown.

August 2014 - Organized the Roc Nation Summer Classic charity basketball game. All proceeds benefited the RC22 Foundation and PitCCh-In Foundation.

September 2014 - Jay performed as the headliner for the Global Citizen Festival and made a substantial donation to the cause. The Global Citizen project aims to end extreme global poverty, as well as focusing on solving epidemics like Ebola, ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, and providing clean water.

December 2014 - Jay-Z paid for and hand-delivered "I CAN'T BREATHE" shirts to the Brooklyn Nets locker room to promote the 'Black Lives Matter' movement on a national scale.

December 2014 - Met with the Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo about doing a top to bottom review of the Criminal Justice system. Jay pushed them to discuss how everyone can work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law.

April 2015 - Donated tens of thousands of dollars to pay the bail charges for hundreds of protesters who were arrested during the Baltimore protests after the death of Freddie Gray.

May 2015 - Donated to the Baltimore Justice Fund. TiDAL live-streamed Prince's Rally 4 Peace concert and they matched the donations made by the general public during the stream.

May 2015 - Visited Baltimore on Mother's Day to attend Prince's 'Rally 4 Peace' concert, and backstage he met with Freddie Gray's family in a visit closed to the press. Hov and Beyonce donated a large sum of money to the family to help them continue their journey for justice.

May 2015 - Jay's longtime friend and collaborator dream hampton reveals that he has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign, helping to establish new chapters of the movement all over the country.

June 2015 - Supported Roc Nation Sports athlete Robinson Cano at his annual charity event 'Canoche' in Seattle. Hov donated a signed bottle of Armand de Brignac, which sold at auction for $5,500. He also made a private contribution to Cano's charity fund.

August 2015 - Jay Z signed and wrote lyrics on two used skateboards, donated by professional riders Paul Rodriguez and Shane O'Neil, for the Tony Hawk Foundation's 'Boards + Bands' fundraising initiative.

September 2015 - As with every Made in America festival, Hov provides space free of charge to charity organizations in an area called the 'Cause Village.'

October 2015 - Organized the TiDAL X: 10/20 charity concert. Enlisted his talented friends to donate their time and efforts and held a concert where 100% of the proceeds were matched by TiDAL and donated to charity. The event raised $1,500,000 which the New World Foundation and Harry Belafonte's Sankofa non-profit group will give to organizations dealing with income and racial inequality, childhood education, and relationships between local communities and law enforcement.

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(AllHipHop News) Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, the documentary about two friends that became two of the most influential on-air personalities in Hip Hop culture, is now available for purchase online. The film features appearances by Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, Common, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, and many more.

[ALSO READ: Stretch and Bobbito Unreleased Material By Slick Rick, Wu Tang Clan & Many More]
Bobbito Garcia and Adrian Bartos (aka Stretch Armstrong) were responsible for introducing the world to unsigned talents such as Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, The Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun. Besides having what some have called the best radio show of all time, the New York based DJs have also expanded their respective brands into other areas of entertainment.

Stretch produced for Lil Kim as well as worked with Jay Z and Eminem. Bobbito is an author and former contributor for ESPN2. In addition, Garcia co-directed the basketball documentary Doin' It In The Park, and he took the helm for Radio That Changed Lives as well. 

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives is available for stream/download at Vimeo.

[ALSO READ: 'Sneakerheadz' Documentary Featuring Wale, Mike Epps & More Available For Stream/Purchase On Vimeo]
Watch the trailer for Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives below.

Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: documentary, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, Stretch and Bobbito


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Source Of Jay Z / Beyonce Cheating Rumors Revealed


Rihanna's former publicist has come forward and confessed to starting rumors that Jay Z was cheating with the artist as he was married to wife Beyonce.

Jonathan Hay admitted that he he made up the rumor to push "Pon de Replay," Rihanna's 2005 hit song.

Hay only came forward after he was outed in a book called "Becoming Beyonce," according to the New York Daily News.

"I was blindsided by the news of 'Becoming Beyoncé' coming out and it couldn't come at a worse time for me," Hay said in a statement. "I'm currently releasing projects with my label Urban Hitchcock through Tidal, a company that is owned by Jay Z and Beyoncé ... Hopefully this news hasn't ruined that relationship for me. ... The pr stunt that I did was out of desperation to help break 'Pon de Replay'. ... It was reckless and I didn't think it was going to work. I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what would stick."

Filed under: News Tagged: Beyonce, cheating, Jay-Z, Rihanna


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Lawyers Plan To Appeal Decision In 'Big Pimpin' Case


A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed the "Big Pimpin'" copyright infringement case against Jay Z and Timbaland earlier this week, but the lawyers for the plaintiff, Osama Fahmy, plan to continue this court battle. Attorney Pete Ross feels that Judge Christina A. Snyder throwing out the case before it reached the jury was "completely wrong," according to Billboard.

[ALSO READ: Jay Z And Timbaland Win 'Big Pimpin' Copyright Infringement Case]
"We disagree strongly with the ruling, and we fully intend to appeal," Fahmy's other attorney Keith Wesley told The Hollywood Reporter. "We haven't fully formulated our appeal strategy, but certainly we believe the court committed legal error in failing to restrict the license under Egyptian law."

[ALSO READ: Jay Z And Timbaland Have Testified In The 'Big Pimpin" Trial]
Fahmy sued Jigga and Timbaland in 2007 for using a sample from his uncle Baligh Hamdi's 1957  song "Khosara Khosara" for "Big Pimpin'" without permission.

Filed under: News Tagged: Big Pimpin, Jay-Z, Khosara Khosara, Timbaland


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Jay Z and Timbaland have reportedly won the "Big Pimpin'" copyright infringement case.  L.A Superior Court Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled that the plaintiff, Osama Fahmy, "lacked standing to pursue his claim," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"In light of that decision, it will not be necessary to submit to the jury whether 'Big Pimpin" infringed 'Khosara Khosara,'" said the judge.

[ALSO READ: Jay Z And Timbaland Have Testified In The 'Big Pimpin' Trial]
Fahmy sued Timbo and Hova eight years ago for what he claims was the illegal sampling of his uncle's song "Khosara Khosara."

"We disagree strongly with the ruling, and we fully intend to appeal," Fahmy's attorney Keith Wesley told The Hollywood Reporter. "We haven't fully formulated our appeal strategy, but certainly we believe the court committed legal error in failing to restrict the license under Egyptian law."

Jay's lawyer Andrew Bart said that the Jigga man "is pleased with and feels vindicated by the decision."

Filed under: News Tagged: Big Pimpin, Jay-Z, Khosara Khosara, Timbaland


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According to Radar Online, there is a tell-all on the way titled 'Becoming Beyonce' by celebrity journalist J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taraborrelli claims that Bey and Jay Z began fighting over her obsessive dedication to her work back in 2005, and her obsession with her work put a wedge in between her and Jay as it caused her to become defensive and moody when she was overwhelmed with pressure. Allegedly the couple took a break in '05, and this is when rumors began to swirl that Jay Z was romancing Rihanna, who was 17 at the time. Allegedly Jay made up scandalous stories to attract attention to Rihanna's career. Whether the hook up was true or not, Taraborrelli claims that Bey believed the gossip. The author also claims that the infamous elevator battle between Jay Z and Solange was over Jay's suggestion that they attend a party hosted by Rihanna. There have been rumors that Beyonce doesn't care for Rihanna, and that Rihanna has been the other woman for years, however I don't remember if we've ever heard that the rumors surrounding Jay and Ri were fabricated to help her career. What are your thoughts?

Filed under: Rumors Tagged: Beyonce, Jay-Z


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(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop legend Jay Z gave Jimmy Kimmel a rare television interview this week. The Roc Nation boss stopped by Kimmel's late night ABC program on Tuesday to help promote the TIDAL X: 1020 concert event in Brooklyn.

[ALSO READ: Damian Marley Becomes An Artist Owner Of Tidal]
Jay sat down with Kimmel to talk about battling fellow BK emcee Busta Rhymes in high school and the changes taking place in his home borough. The conversation included a discussion about the Tidal streaming service as well.

"It's better. It's better sound. It's better everything," said Jay about Tidal's lossless audio compared to its competitors. "They want people to believe that you don't care about sound and quality."

He added, "Just think of it like a big jukebox... This way you put $9 in and you get 30 million songs. And you can take the jukebox and put it in your pocket."

The Blueprint album creator was also asked about taking on the task of being a sports agent with Roc Nation Sports. According to Hov, the people off the field are obligated to help prevent the financial failings of the sports stars they sign.

"No one ever talks about the agent. [It's just,] 'the dumb athlete.' The agent goes on about their business," stated Jay. "But it's also the agent's responsibility to take care of these kids."

Jimmy Kimmel Live also aired Jay's performance of "Empire State Of Mind" from the TIDAL X: 1020 event at the Barclays Center. Jay Z closed out the concert that also featured Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Nas, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, T.I., and many more.

[ALSO READ: Live Stream The 'TIDAL X 1020' Concert Featuring Beyoncé, Jay Z, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Many More]
Watch Jay Z's interview and performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the videos below

Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Roc Nation, Tidal


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Entertainment platform Tidal has partnered with smartphone company HTC for the live concert event TIDAL X: 1020. The showcase, taking place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, is set to feature performances by some of the biggest stars in music including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, T.I., and many more. The exclusive performances will feature collaborations on specially chosen songs to promote the message of unity through music.

TIDAL X: 1020 is the first edition of a series of philanthropic music events curated by Tidal which are aimed at raising awareness, funds, conscious engagement, and dynamic action for transformative and positive social impact worldwide. 100% of the total tickets' face value proceeds support charities via New World Foundation. Viewers will also be able to donate to the cause while watching the live stream.

Fans can live stream TIDAL X: 1020 right here on starting at 7:30 pm ET. Check out the line-up for the concert below (not listed by performance schedule).

  • Beyoncé,
  • JAY Z
  • Usher
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Lil Wayne
  • T.I.
  • Damian Marley
  • Indochine
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Fabolous
  • Nick Jonas
  • French Montana
  • Pusha T
  • Vic Mensa
  • Meek Mill
  • Rick Ross
  • Travi$ Scott
  • DJ Cipha Sounds
  • DJ Reflex
  • Alessia Cara
  • Bas
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Flatbush Zombies
  • Justine Sky

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    Filed under: Events, Videos Tagged: Beyonce, Jay-Z, lil wayne, LIVE STREAM, Nicki Minaj, Tidal, TIDAL X 1020, Usher


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    (AllHipHop News) At the time of her tragic death in 2001, R&B star Aaliyah was in a serious relationship with music executive Damon Dash. For years, there have been rumors the "One In A Million" singer was also once romantically connected to Dame's Roc-A-Fella Records partner Jay Z.

    [ALSO READ: Timbaland Says He Has More Unreleased Music From Aaliyah On The Way]
    Dash sat down with Hip Hop Motivation to discuss the vocalist/actress also known as Baby Girl. The Poppington Academy founder revealed both he and Jay were pursuing Aaliyah.

    "I was going at her, but Jay was going at her. He knew her before I did," stated Dame.

    He added, "It was a situation where Aaliyah was the type of girl that would give you a shot. She didn't care what people thought. So she'll date you and be your friend. But you might end up in the friend zone... You wasn't gonna just hit that. At least that was my experience."

    Jay has expressed he was very close to Aaliyah before her passing. The Brooklyn emcee recorded the tribute track "Miss You (Remix)" not long after the 22-year-old died in a plane crash. The song included Hov declaring Baby Girl was "part of the Roc."

    According to Dash, he and Aaliyah started off as just friends and then later grew closer. Dame even compared his relationship with the platinum-selling performer to the relationship of Dipset member Cam'ron and his girlfriend JuJu.

    [ALSO READ: Dame Dash Loses Child Custody Ruling To Rachel Roy Over Smoking Weed]
    Watch Dame Dash's interview below.

    Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: aaliyah, Dame Dash, Jay-Z


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    Jay Z To Appear On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'


    (AllHipHop News) Jay Z rarely does television show appearances, so Hova fans should set their DVRs for tonight (October 20). The part owner and public face of Tidal is scheduled to appear on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

    [ALSO READ: Prince Defends Jay Z's Tidal, Calls Record Contracts Slavery]
    Kimmel's show is being taped from Brooklyn this week, and the late night talk show host tapped Jay for one of his NYC guests. The episode will also featured Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    The "music guest" for tonight's Kimmel will be a presentation from TIDAL X: 1020. The streaming site is hosting a live concert from Barclays Center. Performers for the showcase include Jay, Beyoncé, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, T.I., Fabolous, French Montana, Pusha T, Vic Mensa, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Travi$ Scott, and more.

    Jimmy Kimmel Live airs on ABC 11:35/10:35 central.

    [ALSO READ: Jay Z, Lil Wayne, T.I And More To Perform At Tidal Charity Concert]
    Filed under: News Tagged: Donald Trump, Jay-Z, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tidal


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    Photo via Hillary's Twitter Profile

    We don't know if Hillary Clinton is just balling out or if she's trying to win everyone's vote, and we mean everyone's. Rumor has it, Clinton spent a few stacks at Jay Z's 40/40 Club recently. When we say a few we mean an alleed $15K. Clinton attended the venue to celebrate raising the most money out of all of the presidential candidates (a total of $33 million in fundraising). Clinton also says there may be room in her office for Kanye West if she's elected, but she warns him that he may want to wait longer than 2020 because if she's elected she will be running for re-election.

    Remember when......

    Filed under: Rumors Tagged: Hillary Clinton, Jay-Z


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    (AllHipHop News) The sound for Jay Z's 2001 album The Blueprint was mostly crafted by three producers - Bink, Kanye West, and Just Blaze. ThisIs50 caught up with Just, and the Roc-A-Fella Records affiliate discussed working with Ye on the classic Hov LP.

    [ALSO READ: Young Guru Talks The Making Of "The Blueprint" & Why Jay Z Did Not Lose To Nas (AUDIO)]
    Blaze stated:

    I remember the day [Kanye] came to the studio with "Takeover" and everybody went crazy. Myself included. I was working on 'U Don't Know' in the other room. He comes in, and he's like, "How did you get your horns to do this? And how do the drums..." He was asking me questions about how I constructed that. The same way I would have questions for him about how he might have chopped up certain things.

    [ALSO READ: 1500 Or Nothin, Young Guru & Just Blaze Explain Makings Of Jay Z Tidal Concert]

    Watch Just Blaze's interview below.

    Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Jay-Z, Just Blaze, Kanye West, The Blueprint


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    (AllHipHop News) Most objective observers could understand an argument being made that Drake is the most popular rapper in the game at the moment. But is the OVO leader the biggest rap star ever? A fellow Canadian says yes.

    [ALSO READ: Drake & Future's 'WATTBA' Suffers One Of The Worst Sales Drops In Hip Hop History]
    Madchild recently spoke with Montreality, and the "Lose My Mind" rhymer offered extremely high praise for Drizzy. According to him, Drake is the biggest act in the history of the culture.

    "He's the biggest artist in the world. He's bigger than Jay Z now. He's bigger than everybody. He's bigger than Lil Wayne. He's bigger than anyone [that] ever was," said Madchild. "He's the biggest. He's as big as Eminem was when Eminem was the biggest."

    Drake has been one of the most commercially successful artist of this era. The "Hotline Bling" singer became the fourth artist to have at least 100 entries on the Hot 100 chart, and he has sold approximately 8 million albums over his career.

    In comparison, Eminem has sold over 40 million albums, Jay Z has sold over 27 million albums, and Lil Wayne has sold over 15 million albums. Wayne leads the list of rap stars (3rd overall) with the most Hot 100 entries (127) with Jay (83) and Em (53) placing in the top 25 among all artists in history.

    When it comes to the most prestigious award in the music industry, Drake has won one Grammy. Jay Z has won 21, Eminem has won 15, and Lil Wayne has won 4. Kanye West is tied with Jay Z for the most Grammy wins by a rap artist (21).

    [ALSO READ: If Drake Wants To Be Considered A GOAT Rapper, He Has To Address These Writing Rumors]
    Watch Madchild's interview below.

    Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, lil wayne, Madchild


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