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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.


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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.


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(AllHipHop News) Even as he gets more national media exposure and co-signs from superstars like Jay Z and Kanye West, Vince Mensa has remained outspoken about social issues affecting the country. Mensa used the 2015 MTV VMA red carpet to protest police brutality, and the Roc Nation artist further explained his concern with state violence against citizens in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

[ALSO READ: Vic Mensa Shows Support For Assata Shakur & Protests Against Police Brutality At VMAs (PHOTOS)]
"I've been harassed by police my whole life and seen people who looked like me treated like animals at the hands of law enforcement. That's how I feel: F*ck police," stated Vic. "I see the news every f*cking day. Police officers are killing black kids every day and never going to jail. In our system, it doesn't matter what evidence there is behind a situation. The institution of police, of law enforcement, is crooked, criminal and held unaccountable."

Many entertainers shy away from making public statements that are critical of the police or any government-run institution. Mensa seems to be more focused on doing the opposite. In fact, the Chicago-bred emcee plans to use his music - such as the upcoming Traffic album - to continue conveying his message.

"When I put this music out, it'll clear the air and show people for who they really are. I don't give a f*ck about the industry or media's acceptance of me," added Mensa. "I really make music from the heart. And man, if you don't feel me, f*ck you. If you f*ck with me, I'll f*ck with you."

[ALSO READ: Vic Mensa Releases 'Down To Start A Riot' Documentary (VIDEO)]
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Jay Z and Timbaland testified yesterday (Oct. 14) in court for the copyright infringement trial for their 2001 hit "Big Pimpin," according to The Hollywood Reporter.  They testified about their knowledge of the song "Khosara Khosara" being sampled on the track, which the original composer's, Baligh Hamdi, nephew, Osama Fahmy, claims they did not have permission to do.

During his testimony, Jay said that when he first heard the track, clearing a sample didn't cross his mind.

"I didn't think there was a sample in it," he said. "Timbaland presented me with a track. I didn't even think about there being a sample."

When asked why he didn't check into the rights of the original song used, he replied "That's not what I do. I make music." He later said "There's a team of hundreds of people, [clearing samples] is their job. That's not my job."

[ALSO READ: Jay Z, Beyonce, Pharrell, Kanye West And Rihanna Are Suing A French Clothing Line]
This lawsuit was filed in 2007 by Hamdi's heirs, but Jay continued to sell the song and included it on a greatest hits album. Jigga said that he thought he was in the clear after music publisher EMI came to an agreement with the Egyptian company that had a deal with Hamdi's nephews.

"There's a number of things that occurred," he said. "At some point there was a claim brought and then it was cleared up, and the rights were granted. I was under the understanding we had a license."

[ALSO READ: Jay Z, Lil Wayne, T.I And More To Perform At Tidal Charity Concert]
Hamdi's heirs argue that EMI didn't have the right to grant any licenses to "Khosara Khosara" and did not have the "moral rights" to grant permission to others to change or reissue the song. Timbaland and Jay Z's attorney claim that the EMI deal was valid and properly transferred the rights of the song.

When Timbaland testified, he claimed that his lawyer told him to pay a fee for the rights.

"Legal just told me, '$100 grand and you're clear,'" he said.

 

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

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Jay Z and Timbaland were spotted in a Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday for the first day of the copyright infringement trial for "Big Pimpin'," the Associated Press reports.

The two are accused of violating the rights of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi by sampling his 1957 song "Khosara Khosara" for the 2001 hit without their permission. Timbaland and Jay Z's lawyers claim that Hamdi's heirs have been compensated repeatedly. Their lawyers also claimed that certain elements of the track aren't copyrightable, according to Billboard.

[ALSO READ: Jay Z Doesn't Want Criminal Past Mentioned In 'Big Pimpin" Case]
An expert on Egyptian music will testify in court today (Oct. 14).

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Tone Bell Talks 'Truth Be Told' Sitcom, Working With Mark-Paul Gosselaar & His F

Comedian, actor, writer - those three words all describe Michael Anthony "Tone" Bell II. The Decatur, Georgia raised entertainer has managed to successfully incorporate that trifecta of talent into his burgeoning showbiz career. Bell's professional path has already included award-winning stand-up performances and stints on Single Ladies, Bad Judge, and Whitney.

Bell is now on the verge of taking on his first lead role in a network series. NBC's new sitcom Truth Be Told places the 33-year-old comic alongside former Saved By The Bell teen idol Mark-Paul Gosselaar, former Love That Girl! actress Bresha Webb, and former Total Request Live VJ Vanessa Lachey.

Truth Be Told follows two ethnically diverse couples as they explore issues of sex, race, religion, and other topics that will sure to have viewers engaging in their own lively conversations. Bell takes on the roll of stand-up comedian Russell, and Gosselaar plays his best friend Mitch. Russell has tied the knot to Webb's Angie while Mitch is married to Lachey's Tracy.

The series is based on the life of DJ Nash, who also serves as an executive producer. Will Packer (Ride Along) and Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) have taken on the task of executive producers as well.

AllHipHop.com connected with Tone Bell to get his thoughts on Truth Be Told. The star of ADD's YouTube series The Green Room also shares his favorite emcees at the moment, addresses white rappers using the n-word, and reveals whether he has ever sneaked a peak at a girlfriend's cell phone.

[ALSO READ: Check Out This Exclusive Clip From NBC's Upcoming Sitcom "The Carmichael Show"]
What's it like starring in a lead role on a network series?

It's nuts. I was - and still am - a huge Will Smith fan. It's crazy to grow up watching Fresh Prince on NBC, being influenced as a comedic actor, and now starring on the same network as one of your idols. It's f*cking insane.

How involved were you with the development of your character?

Well, other than the fact that my character and I share the same careers, not too much. The creator, DJ Nash, and our EP, Will Packer, were nice enough to let me lend my comedic voice to a role inspired by one of our white creator's best friend - who's black [laughs].


Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays your best friend on the show. Are there ever any Zack Morris jokes on set?

Not too much. As iconic as we all know that role was for our childhoods, it's the past. Being an actor now makes me respect a fellow actor's old work. But to answer your question, yes! One time, we were all laughing about something during a promo shoot, and Zack - I mean Mark-Paul - said "time-out," with the hand gesture. Immediately, I was like, "what the f*ck... did you just?" He just laughed and said, "yes." It was kind of dope.

The show's creators have said they hope Truth Be Told sparks debates in households around the country. What are some of the controversial topics that will be covered on the show?

I think it could most easily be summed up as "social conduct"... which, if you can imagine, would be the way we handle race, sex, porn, religion, dating, marriage, drugs, parenting, and maybe caring.


The tagline for the series is "Best Friends. Real Talk. Uncensored." Are there any topics that will be off limits?

We're not out to offend anyone. However, we do want you to raise an eyebrow or two. Life is awkward, so to make it less awkward, let's discuss. Also, we're still network television, so we have some rules to abide by.

There's a segment in the pilot where your character and Mark-Paul Gosselaar's character talk about using the n-word. White rappers using the n-word is a very touchy subject in Hip Hop. Where do you stand on that?

I don't really have an opinion to be honest. I understand why most black rappers/people would find the use of the word tasteless from a non-black artist. I also understand if a white rapper grew up in an all black neighborhood, has all black friends, and has been referred to as a "n-word" their entire life and felt comfortable to use it.  

It's that individual's reality. I'm not saying what is right, but I could understand the argument. My art of comedy comes from what I know. I'd refuse to let someone or group of people tell me not to deliver my truth. I would want to hear any rapper/artist's real story. But, if it's just to rhyme with another word... f*ck that.

Speaking of Hip Hop, the couples on the show seem to be huge fans of Jay Z. Who are some of the rappers you're listening to the most at the moment?

I'm a big fan of Wale, Pusha T, Run The Jewels, K.R.I.T., Scotty ATL. I could go on. I'd be lying if I said Drake wasn't in that rotation. And actually I sat behind A$AP Rocky on a flight once, nice dude. I didn't write home about the first album - maybe I didn't give it a chance, like I should have - but his sophomore album was dope. I'm also going backwards a lot, listening to early Talib [Kweli], Little Brother, T.I., early Eminem, Dungeon Fam, and Ghostface [Killah].



Russell and Angie's interactions have some very realistic relationship moments. Have you ever checked a girlfriend's phone while she wasn't looking?

Once 10 years ago. I wish I hadn't. I found exactly what I was looking for, but it makes you more paranoid in the future. I wish I had just let karma handle it for me. Maybe that's happening right now, it just took 10 years [laughs].

Do you plan on continuing to perform stand-up?

Stand up will have to find a way to quit me before I quit it.

Ultimately, what do you hope the audience takes away from watching Truth Be Told?

There are things that happen in all of our day-to-day realities that we sometimes question, yet we say nothing. Why is that? I hope TBT helps you - us - take away that filter and ask that question or provide that answer aloud.  

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Brandon T. Jackson Brings His Detroit-Bred Comedy To NBC's "Mr. Robinson"]
'Truth Be Told' - Tone Bell as Russell, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mitch (Photo: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Truth Be Told premieres Friday, October 16 at 8:30/7:30 central on NBC.

Follow Tone Bell on Twitter @toneBell and Instagram @tonebell.

Follow the series on Twitter @NBCTruthBeTold and Instagram @NBCTruthBeTold.


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'Truth Be Told' - Tone Bell as Russell, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mitch (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Comedian, actor, writer - those three words all describe Michael Anthony "Tone" Bell II. The Decatur, Georgia raised entertainer has managed to successfully incorporate that trifecta of talent into his burgeoning showbiz career. Bell's professional path has already included award-winning stand-up performances and stints on Single Ladies, Bad Judge, and Whitney.

Bell is now on the verge of taking on his first lead role in a network series. NBC's new sitcom Truth Be Told places the 33-year-old comic alongside former Saved By The Bell teen idol Mark-Paul Gosselaar, former Love That Girl! actress Bresha Webb, and former Total Request Live VJ Vanessa Lachey.

Truth Be Told follows two ethnically diverse couples as they explore issues of sex, race, religion, and other topics that will sure to have viewers engaging in their own lively conversations. Bell takes on the roll of stand-up comedian Russell, and Gosselaar plays his best friend Mitch. Russell has tied the knot to Webb's Angie while Mitch is married to Lachey's Tracy.

The series is based on the life of DJ Nash, who also serves as an executive producer. Will Packer (Ride Along) and Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) have taken on the task of executive producers as well.

AllHipHop.com connected with Tone Bell to get his thoughts on Truth Be Told. The star of ADD's YouTube series The Green Room also shares his favorite emcees at the moment, addresses white rappers using the n-word, and reveals whether he has ever sneaked a peak at a girlfriend's cell phone.

[ALSO READ: Check Out This Exclusive Clip From NBC's Upcoming Sitcom "The Carmichael Show"]
What's it like starring in a lead role on a network series?

It's nuts. I was - and still am - a huge Will Smith fan. It's crazy to grow up watching Fresh Prince on NBC, being influenced as a comedic actor, and now starring on the same network as one of your idols. It's f*cking insane.

How involved were you with the development of your character?

Well, other than the fact that my character and I share the same careers, not too much. The creator, DJ Nash, and our EP, Will Packer, were nice enough to let me lend my comedic voice to a role inspired by one of our white creator's best friend - who's black [laughs].


Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays your best friend on the show. Are there ever any Zack Morris jokes on set?

Not too much. As iconic as we all know that role was for our childhoods, it's the past. Being an actor now makes me respect a fellow actor's old work. But to answer your question, yes! One time, we were all laughing about something during a promo shoot, and Zack - I mean Mark-Paul - said "time-out," with the hand gesture. Immediately, I was like, "what the f*ck... did you just?" He just laughed and said, "yes." It was kind of dope.

The show's creators have said they hope Truth Be Told sparks debates in households around the country. What are some of the controversial topics that will be covered on the show?

I think it could most easily be summed up as "social conduct"... which, if you can imagine, would be the way we handle race, sex, porn, religion, dating, marriage, drugs, parenting, and maybe caring.


The tagline for the series is "Best Friends. Real Talk. Uncensored." Are there any topics that will be off limits?

We're not out to offend anyone. However, we do want you to raise an eyebrow or two. Life is awkward, so to make it less awkward, let's discuss. Also, we're still network television, so we have some rules to abide by.

There's a segment in the pilot where your character and Mark-Paul Gosselaar's character talk about using the n-word. White rappers using the n-word is a very touchy subject in Hip Hop. Where do you stand on that?

I don't really have an opinion to be honest. I understand why most black rappers/people would find the use of the word tasteless from a non-black artist. I also understand if a white rapper grew up in an all black neighborhood, has all black friends, and has been referred to as a "n-word" their entire life and felt comfortable to use it.  

It's that individual's reality. I'm not saying what is right, but I could understand the argument. My art of comedy comes from what I know. I'd refuse to let someone or group of people tell me not to deliver my truth. I would want to hear any rapper/artist's real story. But, if it's just to rhyme with another word... f*ck that.

Speaking of Hip Hop, the couples on the show seem to be huge fans of Jay Z. Who are some of the rappers you're listening to the most at the moment?

I'm a big fan of Wale, Pusha T, Run The Jewels, K.R.I.T., Scotty ATL. I could go on. I'd be lying if I said Drake wasn't in that rotation. And actually I sat behind A$AP Rocky on a flight once, nice dude. I didn't write home about the first album - maybe I didn't give it a chance, like I should have - but his sophomore album was dope. I'm also going backwards a lot, listening to early Talib [Kweli], Little Brother, T.I., early Eminem, Dungeon Fam, and Ghostface [Killah].



Russell and Angie's interactions have some very realistic relationship moments. Have you ever checked a girlfriend's phone while she wasn't looking?

Once 10 years ago. I wish I hadn't. I found exactly what I was looking for, but it makes you more paranoid in the future. I wish I had just let karma handle it for me. Maybe that's happening right now, it just took 10 years [laughs].

Do you plan on continuing to perform stand-up?

Stand up will have to find a way to quit me before I quit it.

Ultimately, what do you hope the audience takes away from watching Truth Be Told?

There are things that happen in all of our day-to-day realities that we sometimes question, yet we say nothing. Why is that? I hope TBT helps you - us - take away that filter and ask that question or provide that answer aloud.  

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Brandon T. Jackson Brings His Detroit-Bred Comedy To NBC's "Mr. Robinson"]
'Truth Be Told' - Tone Bell as Russell, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mitch (Photo: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Truth Be Told premieres Friday, October 16 at 8:30/7:30 central on NBC.

Follow Tone Bell on Twitter @toneBell and Instagram @tonebell.

Follow the series on Twitter @NBCTruthBeTold and Instagram @NBCTruthBeTold.


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'Truth Be Told' - Tone Bell as Russell, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mitch (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Comedian, actor, writer - those three words all describe Michael Anthony "Tone" Bell II. The Decatur, Georgia raised entertainer has managed to successfully incorporate that trifecta of talent into his burgeoning showbiz career. Bell's professional path has already included award-winning stand-up performances and stints on Single Ladies, Bad Judge, and Whitney.

Bell is now on the verge of taking on his first lead role in a network series. NBC's new sitcom Truth Be Told places the 33-year-old comic alongside former Saved By The Bell teen idol Mark-Paul Gosselaar, former Love That Girl! actress Bresha Webb, and former Total Request Live VJ Vanessa Lachey.

Truth Be Told follows two ethnically diverse couples as they explore issues of sex, race, religion, and other topics that will sure to have viewers engaging in their own lively conversations. Bell takes on the roll of stand-up comedian Russell, and Gosselaar plays his best friend Mitch. Russell has tied the knot to Webb's Angie while Mitch is married to Lachey's Tracy.

The series is based on the life of DJ Nash, who also serves as an executive producer. Will Packer (Ride Along) and Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) have taken on the task of executive producers as well.

AllHipHop.com connected with Tone Bell to get his thoughts on Truth Be Told. The star of ADD's YouTube series The Green Room also shares his favorite emcees at the moment, addresses white rappers using the n-word, and reveals whether he has ever sneaked a peak at a girlfriend's cell phone.

[ALSO READ: Check Out This Exclusive Clip From NBC's Upcoming Sitcom "The Carmichael Show"]
What's it like starring in a lead role on a network series?

It's nuts. I was - and still am - a huge Will Smith fan. It's crazy to grow up watching Fresh Prince on NBC, being influenced as a comedic actor, and now starring on the same network as one of your idols. It's f*cking insane.

How involved were you with the development of your character?

Well, other than the fact that my character and I share the same careers, not too much. The creator, DJ Nash, and our EP, Will Packer, were nice enough to let me lend my comedic voice to a role inspired by one of our white creator's best friend - who's black [laughs].


Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays your best friend on the show. Are there ever any Zack Morris jokes on set?

Not too much. As iconic as we all know that role was for our childhoods, it's the past. Being an actor now makes me respect a fellow actor's old work. But to answer your question, yes! One time, we were all laughing about something during a promo shoot, and Zack - I mean Mark-Paul - said "time-out," with the hand gesture. Immediately, I was like, "what the f*ck... did you just?" He just laughed and said, "yes." It was kind of dope.

The show's creators have said they hope Truth Be Told sparks debates in households around the country. What are some of the controversial topics that will be covered on the show?

I think it could most easily be summed up as "social conduct"... which, if you can imagine, would be the way we handle race, sex, porn, religion, dating, marriage, drugs, parenting, and maybe caring.


The tagline for the series is "Best Friends. Real Talk. Uncensored." Are there any topics that will be off limits?

We're not out to offend anyone. However, we do want you to raise an eyebrow or two. Life is awkward, so to make it less awkward, let's discuss. Also, we're still network television, so we have some rules to abide by.

There's a segment in the pilot where your character and Mark-Paul Gosselaar's character talk about using the n-word. White rappers using the n-word is a very touchy subject in Hip Hop. Where do you stand on that?

I don't really have an opinion to be honest. I understand why most black rappers/people would find the use of the word tasteless from a non-black artist. I also understand if a white rapper grew up in an all black neighborhood, has all black friends, and has been referred to as a "n-word" their entire life and felt comfortable to use it.  

It's that individual's reality. I'm not saying what is right, but I could understand the argument. My art of comedy comes from what I know. I'd refuse to let someone or group of people tell me not to deliver my truth. I would want to hear any rapper/artist's real story. But, if it's just to rhyme with another word... f*ck that.

Speaking of Hip Hop, the couples on the show seem to be huge fans of Jay Z. Who are some of the rappers you're listening to the most at the moment?

I'm a big fan of Wale, Pusha T, Run The Jewels, K.R.I.T., Scotty ATL. I could go on. I'd be lying if I said Drake wasn't in that rotation. And actually I sat behind A$AP Rocky on a flight once, nice dude. I didn't write home about the first album - maybe I didn't give it a chance, like I should have - but his sophomore album was dope. I'm also going backwards a lot, listening to early Talib [Kweli], Little Brother, T.I., early Eminem, Dungeon Fam, and Ghostface [Killah].



Russell and Angie's interactions have some very realistic relationship moments. Have you ever checked a girlfriend's phone while she wasn't looking?

Once 10 years ago. I wish I hadn't. I found exactly what I was looking for, but it makes you more paranoid in the future. I wish I had just let karma handle it for me. Maybe that's happening right now, it just took 10 years [laughs].

Do you plan on continuing to perform stand-up?

Stand up will have to find a way to quit me before I quit it.

Ultimately, what do you hope the audience takes away from watching Truth Be Told?

There are things that happen in all of our day-to-day realities that we sometimes question, yet we say nothing. Why is that? I hope TBT helps you - us - take away that filter and ask that question or provide that answer aloud.  

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Brandon T. Jackson Brings His Detroit-Bred Comedy To NBC's "Mr. Robinson"]
'Truth Be Told' - Tone Bell as Russell, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mitch (Photo: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Truth Be Told premieres Friday, October 16 at 8:30/7:30 central on NBC.

Follow Tone Bell on Twitter @toneBell and Instagram @tonebell.

Follow the series on Twitter @NBCTruthBeTold and Instagram @NBCTruthBeTold.


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(AllHipHop News) With the success of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, a lot of other Hip Hop artists have expressed interest in making movies about their careers. One of those motion pictures could be covering the story of Guru and DJ Premier - collectively known as Gang Starr.

[ALSO READ: DJ Premier Tapped To Score 1990's Set Movie "The Breaks" For VH1]
"It's really an idea that Guru's sister came up with, and I told her let's do it, but let's wait and make sure we have some time to get a really good script," Premier told Hip-Hop 4 Life. "I'm not in a rush to do it. We still have some other things that we need to take care of with Guru's estate."

The legendary producer was also asked about his forthcoming solo album. Last Session @ 320 is dedicated to the history of D&D Studios. An accompanying documentary about the location is also in the works.

"We just filmed Jay Z. We just filmed Nas. I'm doing an album with the film," revealed Premo.

The LP is set to feature Nas, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Boot Camp Clik, Ed Sheeran, Christina Aguilera, and perhaps Eminem. Premier also addressed the King Of New York debate, working with Big L, wanting to record an album with Mary J. Blige, Trap beats, and producing the joint album Which Way Is West with MC Eiht.

[ALSO READ: DJ Premier Reflects On D&D Studios, Preps New Location & Debut Album]
Watch DJ Premier's interview below.


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A few musical powerhouse are teaming up for something huge, and no it's not a song or a tour. Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna have filed a lawsuit against the French clothing line ElevenParis for using their images, lyrics and names on their apparel, Refinery29 reports.

ElevenParis is accused of a total of 58 charges, including trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution and violation of publicity rights. These artists have had their face, lyrics and name plastered on t-shirts, cell phone cases, sweatshirts, hats and tank tops.

[ALSO READ: Yung Joc Talks Passing On The Beat For Jay Z's "Blue Magic" (VIDEO)]
"Even after receiving warning to cease selling the infringing goods, defendants continue to sell unauthorized products and to trade upon the goodwill associated with the plaintiffs, all for defendants' profits," the lawsuit reads.

All of the garbs boasting the plantiffs' work has been removed from the site. Read the full lawsuit here.

 

 

Filed under: News Tagged: Beyonce, elevenparis, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell, Rihanna

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/10/09/jay-beyonce-pharrell-kanye-west-and-rihanna-are-suing-elevenparis


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(AllHipHop News) Back in 2007, Jay Z launched his 10th solo album American Gangster with the lead single "Blue Magic." The track was produced by The Neptunes, and the song placed on Billboard's Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, and Hot Rap Tracks charts.

[ALSO READ: AHH YEAR IN REVIEW 2007: American Gangster All-Star Review]
It turns out the beat that eventually became Hov's ode to the famous Frank Lucas street product could have been in the hands of Southern rapper Yung Joc. The star of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta spoke with DJ Smallz Eyes about passing on the track.

Joc talked about meeting with Pharrell in Miami. The superproducer played the track, and he even presented a way to tackle the beat.

"He gave me this rap flow. I was like, 'Oh, that's Rakim. Yeah, I know that sh*t,'" said Joc. "I was listening to the beat and the concept. I was like, 'I don't know if that's me... I want some of that wild sh*t you do. This sh*t's kind of calm."

According to Joc, his then Bad Boy boss Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Jay entered in the session. The rest of the story leads to how "Blue Magic" ended up on American Gangster.

"Jay Z was like, 'Yo Joc, if you don't want it, I'm gonna take it.' I was like, 'Hold on. What the f*ck's going on? You're trying to use Jay to make me..." recalls Joc. "I'm looking at Jay Z, and I gotta ask myself, 'Is this a move they're doing to make me be like okay I want to do it cause I don't want to let him have it.'"

He continued, "I was like, 'You know what Jay? I think you should have this beat. It fits you."

[ALSO READ: Yung Joc Discusses New Music Projects, Love & Hip Hop ATL, & Mimi's Sex Tape]
Watch Yung Joc's interview below.


Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, The Neptunes, Yung Joc

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/10/09/yung-joc-passing-jay-z-blue-magic-beat-american-gangster-pharrell


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Killa Kyleon - "Breathe Easy" (VIDEO)

  

Killa Kyleon and video director David Stunts keep it gritty as they take on "Breathe Easy" from Jay-Z's The Blueprint album. "Breathe Easy" appears on Killa Kyleon's summer freestyle compilation, #30Days30Deaths



Filed under: Videos Tagged: Jay-Z, Killa Kyleon

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/10/06/killa-kyleon-breathe-easy-video


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(AllHipHop News) It appears all the hype over Drake and Future's collaborative project What A Time To Be Alive is waning. Drizzy Hendrix had the internet going crazy as speculation something big was coming from the two stars, and when WATTBA finally hit iTunes fans gave the project one of the biggest sales weeks of the year (334,000 pure albums).

[ALSO READ: Future & Drake's "What A Time To Be Alive" First Week Sales Predictions Drop]
However, week 2 was not as big for Drake and Future. The project pushed just 65,000 copies in its sophomore week. That accounts for an 81% drop in sales, one of the worst declines for a #1 album from a debut week to a second week in Hip Hop history.

Other top-selling albums to see a significant fall in sales its next week are Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park (83% -  144,000 to 25,000), Kanye West's Yeezus (80% - 327,000 to 65,000), Jay Z's Kingdom Come (79% - 680,000 to 140,000), and Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (78% - 496,000 to 108,000).

Drake and Future were able to remain in the Top 5 in their second week. Thanks in part to streaming totals, What A Time landed at #2. Fetty Wap's self-titled album is currently at #1.

[ALSO READ: Fetty Wap's Debut Album Beats Out "What a Time To Be Alive" on Billboard 200]
Filed under: News Tagged: Album sales, Drake, Future, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mac Miller

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/10/05/drake-futures-what-a-time-to-be-alive-suffers-one-of-the-worst-sales-drops-in-hip-hop-history


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Some of hip-hop's most elite acts are taking their talents to the Barclay's Center next month to perform a charity concert. According to the Huffington Post, Jay Z, Beyonce, Usher, T.I, Lil' Wayne, Prince, Fabolous Nicki Minaj and many more will take the Barclay's Center stage on Oct. 20th for Tidal X: 1020. More than 20 artists are slated to perform.

[ALSO READ: Tidal Streaming Service Reaches One Million Subscribers]
The concert, which is being deemed "a tribute to fans and a call for action," is being thrown by TIDAL, the streaming service owned by most of the performers that now boasts one million subscribers. All of the proceeds from the show will go to the TIDAL X FUND at the New World Foundation.

Tidal subscribers can purchase tickets for Tidal X: 1020 on Sept. 30th at 12:00 p.m EST. Tickets will be available to the public Oct. 1st at 12:00 p.m EST. The concert will also be streamed via Tidal.

Filed under: News Tagged: Beyonce, Jay-Z, lil wayne, Nicki Minaj, prince, T.I., Tidal, TIDAL X 1020, Usher

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/09/30/jay-z-lil-wayne-t-i-tidal-charity-concert


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(AllHipHop News) Tidal has had some rocky moments this year, but the streaming service managed to continue to grow. The company's part owner, Jay Z, announced Tidal has now reached one million subscribers.

[ALSO READ: Music Executives Think Jay Z's Tidal Will Fail In Less Than A Year]



















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It was revealed in January that Jay put in a $56 million bid to purchase Tidal from Schibsted. At the time, the service reportedly had around 530,000 subscribers. Tidal was relaunched in March with several high-profile artists owners such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, and Usher.

The platform offered exclusive content such as music/video premieres and live streams of concerts by Jay, Young Jeezy, and Lil Wayne. Tidal also provided the exclusive broadcast of the Made In America festival which featured performances by Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Future, J. Cole, Meek Mill, and more.

[ALSO READ: Prince Defends Jay Z's Tidal, Calls Record Contracts Slavery]
Filed under: News Tagged: Jay-Z, Music Streaming, Tidal

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/09/30/jay-z-tidal-reaches-one-million-subscribers-music-streaming


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