(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."
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
(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).
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.
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.
(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.
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.
What a time to be Drake. The 6 God has reached a Billboard milestone with having 100 songs land on the Hot 100 Billboard chart, Billboard reports. Drizzy is the fourth artist to have at least 100 entries on the chart.
[ALSO READ: 'What A Time To Be Alive' Earns Top Spot On Billboard 200] He has had 92 songs enter the chart, but on the next chart release (Oct. 10) eight new entries will be debuting on the Hot 100, all from his collaborative effort with Future, What A Time To Be Alive. His first appearance on the Hot 100 was in 2009 with his debut single, "Best I Ever Had."
The "Back to Back" rapper has surpassed James Brown, who had 91 songs enter the chart, Jay Z, who has had 83 entries and Chris Brown with 73. He still has to catch up with his Young Money boss Lil' Wayne though, he has 127 Hot 100 entries.
So who exactly were the "higher ups" Drake accused of conspiring to take him down on "30 For 30 Freestyle." Some people thought maybe it was a group headed by Jay Z that put the battery in Meek Mill's back.
So the word is Drama was the one that leaked the Quentin Miller reference tracks (Retaliation?). That's completely possible since most of the leaks were for songs on Drake's IYRTITL.
Those tweets from Drama sure do seem to be directed at his fellow Philly native's failed attempt to knock off Drake. Even Drizzy was confused by Meek's lackluster attack.
He said in a recent interview, "This is how you want to play it? You guys didn't think this through at all-nobody? You guys have high-ranking members watching over you. Nobody told you that this was a bad idea, to engage in this and not have something?"
Going by his lyrics, Drake appears to believe Drama played a role in Meek jumping out there. He had some bars on What A Time that mentioned Drama's ex-wife Summer P Walker. The OVO leader spit, "If you come here trying to take some, there's a lot more where that came from. And it really ain't no thing, I got Summer P in this thing."
This all leads up to Meek Mill getting ready to drop his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape. Previous Dreamchasers installments were hosted by DJ Drama, and it will be interesting to see if he's part of DC4.
So is DJ Drama the drama king behind Meek going to war with Drake? What do you think? Speak on it in the comment section.
Industry staple Tonya Payton has fallen sick, bedridden and now her family is asking for help after falling into a coma.
Payton, a well-known publicist in Atlanta, was in a coma for roughly a week after she had suffered cardiac arrest in late August. Doctors thought she may have permanent brain damage as a result of a lack of oxygen to her brain.
Payton first embarked on a career in public relations as the Public Relations Coordinator for a major New York City staffing firm. After venturing out as an independent publicist, she has handled a diverse client list that includes Boxing Great Mike Tyson, Coors Light, jazz great Miles Davis, Easy Mo Bee, MC Hammer and even Jay-Z, early in his career. More recently, Payton has been able to help a bevy of indie acts get a foothold in their careers as she did for some of today's greats.
Under her helm, S&S Associates continued to grow and prosper with a diverse client, but her own health would suffer through intense diabetes.
Still bedridden, Payton has improved somewhat, her daughter Bianca revealed.
"I would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers, encouragement, and support," Bianca said. "My mom is making great progress - she is awake and sending everyone her love."
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Just like the Bad Boys franchise, Men in Black films can't be brought up without mentioning Will Smith. In case you didn't know a fourth sequel is being added to the franchise, but unfortunately Smith will not be involved.
Filmaker couple Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who both produced Men In Black, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that they will be revamping MIB without its star.
Even though he won't be apart of Men In Black, the Philly native has other projects he is working on. Besides focusing on building a sitcom similar to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with his company Overbrook Entertainment, the Hancock actor will be teaming up with Jay Z to produce a HBO miniseries about the late Emmett Till.
Coming off of his Jensen Kirk LP Project, LA Native gives listeners his thoughts on society and also takes shots at a few other rappers. Never the less he kills this freestyle over the infamous Big L, Jay-Z freestyle instrumental.
Forbes has released their annual rundown of hip-hop's highest paid entertainers. This year's Hip-Hop Cash Kings list has familiar names but with different rankings. Diddy took the top spot this year with $60 million thanks to Sean John, Revolt TV, his water brand Aquahydrate and Ciroc vodka. Jay Z came in the second spot earning $56 million over the past year due to touring with his wife, Beyonce, his Roc Nation management company and his deal with Armand de Brignac champagne.
Drake made the highest debut of his career on the list and even snagged a higher spot than Dr. Dre, who topped the list last year. Touring gave Drizzy the financial boost, grossing almost $1 million a night during his last tour. Sales from his surprise project, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, and endorsement deals with Sprite and Nike also helped him bring in some extra coins.
One time for Hip-Hop history y'all... really ought to be among the standard electives for colleges nowadays. Plenty of stories to tell: like when Jay was Jiggaaaa. We need that. Truth, beyond a "Reasonable Doubt." Yeah. Went there. Maybe Dame Dash will take us back there, too. Check out the vid above.
It's gonna get done at some point by somebody...
- Dame Dash on the possibility of a "Reasonable Doubt" (Roc-A-Fella story) film
Wow. The box office success of "Straight Outta Compton" has opened all kinds of doors to all kinds of discussions for possible biopics.
The most successful track from Jay Z and Kanye West's joint album, Watch the Throne, "N-ggas in Paris," has inspired an illustrated book. Thanks to Bianca Bosso of The Interns, the song was turned into a children-friendly book, titled Friends in Paris, that plays off of Ye and Jay's bromance.