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(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.

[ALSO READ: Trinidad James Making $50,000 Off Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk"]
One of those performers was Jay Z. According to Ronson, he spoke to the Hip Hop legend during a deejaying gig for the The Dynasty: Roc La Familia release party in 2000.

"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."

[ALSO READ: Powerful & Emotional Amy Winehouse Documentary "Amy" Features Mos Def, Salaam Remi & More]
Watch Mark Ronson's interview below.


Filed under: News Tagged: Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, Mark Ronson

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/18/mark-ronson-talks-jay-z-reneging-on-a-collab-amy-winehouses-legacy-video


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(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.

[ALSO READ: Rihanna Joins Jay Z's Roc Nation, But Still Connected To Def Jam]
Redman was at Def Jam during Jay Z's turn as the top executive. The New Jersey emcee shared his thoughts on Hov's tenure with Sway In The Morning.

"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."

[ALSO READ: Listen To Eminem Call Into Shade 45 To Speak With Redman (AUDIO)]
Watch Redman's interview below.


Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Def Jam, Jay-Z, Redman

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/18/redman-gives-mixed-review-of-jay-zs-tenure-as-def-jam-president-video


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There are very few unreleased songs from Jay Z, but lo & behold, another one pops up. "This Life Forever" has been found by DJ Absolut from about 1999. The original appeared on the soundtrack of "The Black Gangster."


Filed under: Music Tagged: black gangster, Jay-Z

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/17/unreleased-version-of-jay-zs-black-gangster-drops


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Jay Z and boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya have made a bet on the major boxing match between theirSaul "Canelo" Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.

The moguls have put up $100,000 apiece, where the loser will donate their monies to charity.

If Cotto wins, De La Hoya will donate his cash to the Shawn Carter Foundation, Jay's charitable entity. Should Canelo win, Jay Z will give his earnings to  White Memorial Medical Center's cancer unit.

The big fight goes down  on Nov. 21 (HBO) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

If you wanted to know, Canelo is generally favored to win.

Filed under: News Tagged: Boxing, Jay-Z, Las Vegas, Oscar De La Hoya

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/14/jay-z-and-oscar-de-la-hoya-make-a-big-bet-on-canelo-vs-cotto


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(AllHipHop News) Billboard has released a list of the most successful music artists of all time on the publication's album and singles charts. Several Hip Hop affiliated acts were included on the prestigious records.

[ALSO READ: The Game Makes Album Chart History With 'The Documentary 2' & 'The Documentary 2.5']
Eminem is the highest ranking rapper on the "Greatest Of All Time Billboard 200 Artists" list. The legendary emcee landed at #14 overall. R&B superstar Usher claimed the #40 spot. He was followed closely by Brooklyn icon Jay Z at #43, and the rap star's wife Beyoncé was placed at #77. Fellow singers Alicia Keys (#53) and Mary J. Blige (#59) broke into the Top 60. St Louis rhymer Nelly (#86) and Chicago crooner R.Kelly (#97) made the tally as well.

The "Greatest Of All Time Hot 100 Artists" list featured Bajan bombshell Rihanna at #13. Likewise, Usher (#14), Boyz II Men (#35), Beyoncé (#39), The Black Eyed Peas (#46), TLC (#63), Chris Brown (#67), Nelly (#71), R. Kelly (#74), Alicia Keys (#77), Destiny's Child (#82), Eminem (#85), Jay Z (#86), Kanye West (#89), Justin Timberlake (#90), and 50 Cent (#97) cracked the list.

In addition, Billboard listed the top LPs on its album chart and top singles on its Hot 100 chart. Whitney Houston had two projects mentioned in the Top 25 on the Billboard 200 G.O.A.T. Albums - Whitney Houston (#11) and The Bodyguard (#23). Usher's Confessions (#16) and M.C. Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em also made the Top 25.

Over on the Hot 100 Songs side, The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta A Feeling" (#6), Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (#11), Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" (#13), Usher's "Yeah!" (#14), Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You" (#20), and Rihanna's "We Found Love" (#25) were all celebrated among the 25 best.

[ALSO READ: Fetty Wap's Chart Domination Includes 'Hot 100' Milestone Not Achieved In A Decade]
Check out the Top 10 of Billboard's "Greatest Of All Time" Album and Hot 100 Artists lists below.

All-Time Top 10 Billboard 200 Artists 
1. The Beatles

2. The Rolling Stones

3. Barbra Streisand

4. Garth Brooks

5. Elton John

6. Mariah Carey

7. Herb Alpert

8. Taylor Swift

9. Chicago

10. Michael Jackson

All-Time Top 10 Hot 100 Artists
1. The Beatles

2. Madonna

3. Elton John

4. Elvis Presley

5. Mariah Carey

6. Stevie Wonder

7. Janet Jackson

8. Michael Jackson

9. Whitney Houston

10. The Rolling Stones

 

Filed under: News Tagged: Beyonce, Billboard 200, Eminem, Hot 100, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Nelly, Usher, whitney houston

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/13/eminem-usher-jay-z-beyonce-nelly-make-billboards-greatest-of-all-time-lists


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Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd Earn Quadruple Platinum Plaques

  

(AllHipHop News) Rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer The Weeknd had a record-breaking summer on the charts. Both performers have now picked up more plaques for their respective monster records.

[ALSO READ: The Weeknd Pulls Off Rare Feat On Hot 100 Chart With 'Can't Feel My Face' & 'The Hills']
The RIAA has announced Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth is certified 4X platinum. The Weeknd's "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face" has shipped over 4 million copies as well. The Canadian breakout star's other hit "Often" has also reached double platinum status.

Other Hip Hop/R&B artists that earned platinum certifications in October include August Alsina ("No Love"), Jay Z & Kanye West ("Gotta Have It"), Kanye West ("Black Skinhead"), Nicki Minaj ("The Night Is Still Young"), Jeremih ("Planes"), and Ty Dolla Sign ("Or Nah").

[ALSO READ: Dr. Dre's 'Compton' Album Has Been Certified Gold]
Filed under: News Tagged: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Ty dolla sign, Wiz Khalifa

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/12/wiz-khalifa-the-weeknd-earn-quadruple-platinum-plaques


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(AllHipHop News) Jadakiss is set to release his fourth studio album Top 5 Dead or Alive on November 20. The discussion about which emcees should be listed as the greatest of all time has been debated in Hip Hop circles for decades. Kiss took it to the urban congress known as the barbershop to continue the conversation about rap music's Top 5 of all time.

[ALSO READ: Jadakiss Explains Who Else Is "Top 5 Dead Or Alive"]
Tax Season podcast host Tax Stone led the deliberations in The Bronx's This Is It, and Jadakiss was among the emcees named as the Top 5 DOA. The Lox member later joined in. Kiss also spoke about why he has not reached the same level of mainstream success as some of his contemporaries such as Jay Z.

"I might be too real for whatever that means. They don't really want to let real n*ggas get all the way in. We got to sneak in. It ain't going to be that easy of a task for n*ggas like us, cause they know what we we're going to do if we were to get in a position like that," said Jada.

[ALSO READ: Quan: 50 Cent Told Me Being A "Real N*gga" In The Industry Is A Bad Investment (VIDEO)]
Watch "The Cutting Room - T5DOA Edition - PART I" featuring Jadakiss below.


Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Jadakiss, Jay-Z, The Lox, Top 5 DOA

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/10/jadakiss-joins-barbershop-debate-on-top-5-emcees-dead-or-alive-video


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(AllHipHop News) Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Shawn "Jay Z" Carter are consistently near the top of the Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings list and The Source Power 30 rankings. Both Puff and Jay run several successful companies, but the "Young G's" collaborators have yet to join forces for a major business deal.

[ALSO READ: Diddy Takes The No. 1 Spot On The Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List]
Puffy recently stopped by the Sway In The Morning radio show, and host Sway Calloway asked the Bad Boy Entertainment boss about possibly teaming with Hov.

"Me and Jay - we've talked about it. We said we want to pick the best one," revealed Puff. "It's going to have to be that one thing that gets it all the way popping. For other people, it was DreamWorks. When DreamWorks happened, it made it okay for strong, visionary, idealistic leaders to get together and figure out how to navigate."

He added, "Sometimes you don't do it, not because you don't want to do it - it's almost out of respect for someone else, you may just want to stay in your lane. But I think that's the only way we'll be able to get true economic power. If we do more things together. That's the next level for Hip Hop."

Puff Daddy stated he is open to building with any of his peers including Jay Z. According to the Harlem native, there have been discussions among Hip Hop artists about working together in the business realm.

[ALSO READ: Puff Daddy: We Got Barack Obama Elected, Why Hasn't Our Community Gotten Drastically Better? (VIDEO]
Watch Puff Daddy's interview below.


Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Jay-Z, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/10/puff-daddy-talks-wanting-to-go-into-business-with-jay-z-hip-hop-creating-economic-power-video


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Tim Westwood Releases Jay Z Freestyle From 1999 (AUDIO)

  

(AllHipHop News) For #ThrowbackThursday, veteran radio personality Tim Westwood took it back to the pre-2000 days. The British national released a Jay Z freestyle from 1999. Some of Jigga's rhymes sound familiar, but the nearly four-minute rap provides fans the chance to reflect on a "before the turn of the century" Hov.


Filed under: Music, News Tagged: Jay-Z, Tim Westwood

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/05/tim-westwood-releases-jay-z-freestyle-from-1999-audio


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Is December The Month Of Rihanna?

  
Is December The Month Of Rihanna?

The world awaits, but some light may shine hope on a release date for Rihanna.

A new report from Billboard suggests that the R&B rebel is preparing for a December release day. While unconfirmed, the story stated that she and Jay Z are working on an "unconventional" release strategy.

The rollout for Rihanna's 8th album ANTI has been a confusing one. The drop has felt imminent all year, and when the title and album cover were unveiled last month, it seemed the album must be right on the cusp of release. Weeks later, there's still no sign of it, but a new report from Billboard may shed some light on when the project will finally arrive. Furthermore, Rihanna's new Samsung deal suggests that she may do a release similar to Jay Z with his own Magna Carta.

Rihanna has reportedly been wresting with what her new single will be.

Filed under: News Tagged: Jay-Z, Rihanna

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/04/is-december-the-month-of-rihanna


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(AllHipHop News) Battling has always been part of Hip Hop culture. There are very few top emcees that have never gone back-and-forth with another rapper on wax. With all the great lyrical feuds in rap history, which one rises to the top? Ja Rule - who had his own issues with 50 Cent - was asked to rank the greatest Hip Hop beefs of all time.

[ALSO READ: 50 Cent Says Jay Z Lost The "Ether" Battle, But Still Won Against Nas In The End (VIDEO)]

"Our Hip Hop beef has got to be top 3," said Ja about his rivalry with 50. "You got Big and Pac. You got Jay and Nas. I would put me and 50 over Jay and Nas even."

Ja stated he has moved past the conflict with 50. The star of MTV's Follow The Rules argues the improvement in his life circumstances show he came out a winner in the end. While defending Meek against the idea he is constantly "taking Ls," Ja Rule also added he wish he had not been brought into the MMG artists' clash with Drake this summer.

[ALSO READ: Ja Rule Responds To Meek Mill Name Dropping Him On Drake Diss Track "Wanna Know"]
Watch Ja Rule's interview and vote in the poll below.




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Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: 2Pac, 50 Cent, beef, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G.

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(AllHipHop News) At one point, there was a lot of talk that Def Jam recording artists Jay Z, Ja Rule, and DMX would join forces as a supergroup known as Murder Inc. The three New Yorkers even appeared on the cover of XXL under the name, but a full album from the trio never happened.

[ALSO READ: Ja Rule Explains Why Joint Album With Jay Z & DMX Never Took Place]
Not only was Ja and Jay close to teaming up as a group, but they were also close to teaming up under the same imprint. Ja Rule sat down with The Breakfast Club and talked about why he chose not to sign with Jigga's Roc-A-Fella Records.

"I'm like, 'Jay, you're on top of the game right now. I'm ready to come for that spot. You're not going to let me get that spot.' So, I can't be under you if I'm trying to be above you," said Ja. "Dame [Dash] looked at me and said, 'You think you can sell more records than Jay?... He said, 'You think you can be as big or as hot as Jay?' I'm like, 'Of course.'"

Ja went on to release platinum albums such as Venni Vetti Vecci, Rule 3:36, Pain Is Love, and The Last Temptation with Murder Inc Records. The Queens rapper also had the Top 10 singles "Put It On Me," "Always on Time,' "Mesmerize," and "Wonderful."

[ALSO READ: Ja Rule Will Be Going On Tour With Ashanti And Starring In A MTV Reality Show]
Watch Ja Rule's interview below.


Filed under: News, Videos Tagged: Dame Dash, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, murder inc., Roc-A-Fella Records

via: http://allhiphop.com/2015/11/04/ja-rule-explains-not-signing-a-deal-with-jay-zs-roc-a-fella-records-video


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(AllHipHop News) The Tidal streaming service is further expanding its exclusive content beyond just music. After announcing the platform will broadcast season 2 of the hit drama web series Money & Violence, Tidal is also set to debut a new comedy program from veteran radio personality Cipha Sounds.

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: 'Money & Violence' Creator Moe Verneau Talks Season 2, Teaming With Tidal & Getting Advice From Jay Z]
Cipha's No Small Talk will be the first comedy series to run on Tidal. Five episodes will highlight 15 up-and-coming comedians as they perform at the New York City's Comedy Cellar.

"I didn't want it to feel polished like the standup specials you see on TV," stated Ciph. "My goal is to help new guys get known, like Def Comedy Jam set up a lot of people's careers."

No Small Talk premieres today (November 3) on Tidal. In addition, Cipha Sounds is hosting a release show for the series at the Comedy Cellar this evening.

[ALSO READ: Cipha Sounds Heads Over To Roc Nation]
Watch the trailer for Cipha Sounds' No Small Talk below.




















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EXCLUSIVE: 'Money & Violence' Creator Moe Verneau Talks Season 2, Teaming With Tidal & Getting Advic
Moe + Ace + Du + Ray

Just 15 months ago, a group of independent filmmakers and amateur actors were able to spark a digital revolution with a groundbreaking new web series. The debut episode of Money & Violence was published on the Cloud9TV YouTube channel on August 7, 2014. Since then, the Brooklyn-based program has drawn 25 million total views from the nearly 50 videos posted online.

A trailer for season 2 of Money & Violence hit the internet in May, and fans immediately got excited for the street saga's return. Over 14,000 loyal followers even donated over $90,000 to a crowdsourcing campaign in order to assist with the funding for the next set of episodes.

Then this summer rumors began circulating the Cloud9TV team planned to move their crime drama to the Jay Z led Tidal streaming platform. But it was not until T.I. helped make the announcement at the "TIDAL X: 1020" concert earlier this month that the deal was publicly confirmed.

The main cast members of M&V were also on hand at the Barclays Center that night as director/writer/actor Moise "Moetivation" Verneau told the crowd, "Season 2, January 2016 on Tidal. Brooklyn we did it."

Tidal subscribers will get to see the storylines of Rafe (Moe), Miz (Ray Guercy), Kane (Ace General), and Shane (Du) unfold on a weekly basis. The entertainment site is also providing other exclusive Money & Violence content such as video extras and a music playlist.

AllHipHop.com connected with Moe Verneau to get the self-taught filmmaker's thoughts on partnering with Tidal. In addition, the co-CEO of Cloud9TV discusses the future of his brand, what viewers can expect in season 2 of Money & Violence, and a conversation he had with Jay Z about business.

[ALSO READ: 'Money & Violence' Season 2 To Premiere On Tidal]

What sparked the decision to team up with Tidal?

My managers had a long-standing relationship with a lot of the people over at [Jay Z owned] Roc Nation. The deal with Tidal cultivated from that relationship.

Will this new deal have any affect on the content of the show?

Not at all. We structured a deal that allowed us to retain 100% of ownership and all creative control.

Some fans weren't sure what would happen to the series once it got connected to a corporate structure. There were also others who were concerned that because Money & Violence is on Tidal they won't be able to watch it. How will you be able to keep your fan base that may not be subscribers to Tidal?

The deal with Tidal is structured in a way that they have exclusivity for a limited amount of time. The episodes will come out on Tidal first, then after a week we're able to put it up on whichever platform that we want. I made sure to keep in mind all of my day one viewers, so they won't feel left out.


At the end of the first season, a lot of the characters' storylines were starting to cross, and the audience was left with a couple of cliffhangers. Not to ask for any spoilers, but can the audience expect for the story to pick right back up as season 2 begins?

It should pick right back up. We're going into a couple of other things as well, like back stories of the characters. That's just to familiarize the audience with - not only who the characters are - but why they're the way they are.

Can we expect new characters?

Yes, definitely.

Have any celebrities asked to do cameos?

Not at the moment, but the celebrity cameos are something that I'm entertaining - if I can find a way that still feels natural. It's not anything that I'm leaning on, but it's something that I'm entertaining. So anything is possible at the moment.

Another big part of the show was the music component. Will your connection with Tidal and Roc Nation generate anything new as far as the music's relationship to the series?

We're looking into doing a soundtrack that we will release with season 2, but that's something totally outside of Tidal.

You've been able to build a great brand with Money & Violence. Are you looking to expand Cloud9TV out to do other series or ventures?

We're entertaining the idea of turning Cloud9TV into a platform to help other filmmakers present their content.

Boss Moves

A couple of months ago you posted a picture with you and Jay Z on Instagram. You've mentioned before that Jay is a fan of the series, and he's obviously connected to Tidal. Were you ever able to get advice from him about business?

We had a conversation. We spoke about so many different things. He's a very informed person, and the things that he has accomplished during his career are phenomenal.

One thing he said was, "Stay true to your art." I told him, "We don't really chase the money." I believe that if you fall in love with the journey then you'll reach your destination. The money's going to come regardless.

Jay was telling me that's one of the best ways to think, because at the end of the day when you're focused on the money, you miss a lot of other things.

Can you speak on how being independent and having creative control over your content affects the art that's created?

I think it's great for the art. One of the things I hope people take from this is that the internet is such an amazing resource to get information.

For example, I never stepped foot behind a camera in my life. I never knew how to edit. I learned how to edit off of YouTube tutorials, and we use the internet to distribute the content. Because of the internet, you don't necessarily have to wait for anyone else to project your art to the world.

That's how I felt at the beginning. I said, "If it's good, it's good. And it will be received." With the internet, everything is in your hands. Nothing can stop you. You can only stop yourself.

[ALSO READ: Money And Violence Cast Talks About Changes Since The Show, Groupies, And More]
Moe + Ace + Du + Ray

Money & Violence season 2 is scheduled to premiere on Tidal in January 2016.

Money & Violence season 1 and exclusive extra content is available now on Tidal.com.

Follow Cloud9TV on Twitter @nycloud9tv and Instagram @cloud9tv_.

Watch the trailer for Money & Violence season 2 below.


Filed under: Features Tagged: AHH Exclusive, Jay-Z, Moise "Moe" Verneau, Money & Violence, Tidal

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Rick Rubin To Be Honored By Recording Academy

  

Rick Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Records, will be honored by the Recording Academy during Grammy Week next year, Billboard reports. Rubin will be saluted for all his groundbreaking work done as a producer with artists like Adele, Jay Z and The Beastie Boys.

"Rick Rubin has said he has one rule regarding his recording process, 'The only rule is that it's not done until it's great,'" said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy. "His contributions to music and to the artists he's worked with prove that Rick is beyond simply great. He is remarkable. We look forward to celebrating this musical icon and his pioneering career, which continues to inspire and climb to new heights."

[ALSO READ: Rick Rubin Shares His Thoughts On Songs By Kanye West, Jay Z, Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre & More]
Rubin has also served as the president of Columbia Records and restored American Recordings through a deal with Republic Records.

The ceremony will take place at The Village studios in West Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 11th.

Filed under: News Tagged: Adele, Beastie Boys, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Jay-Z, recording academy, Rick rubin

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