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Music News: RZA Challenges Jay-Z To a Game OF Chess For a Prize Of 1 Million Dollars.



Interview: Jay-Z On The Future Of The Recording Industry.

Really Though: Jay-Z To Make Occupy Wall Street T-Shirt Line But Doesn’t Plan On Sharing Any Profits With The 99%

So After reading this article i decided to add another category to our blog the “Really Though” category. As much as i am a fan his music and his savvy business mind this i can’t respect. Don’t forget where you came from Hov. At one point you too were part of the 99%

Millionaire rapper Jay-Z is set to launch an Occupy Wall Street T-shirt line Friday — but he doesn’t plan to share the profits with the 99%.

A spokeswoman for the mega entertainer’s Rocawear clothing label said the T-shirts were being produced in support of the movement, but not financially.

The T-shirts will read, “Occupy All Streets” and will be similar to one Jay-Z was seen wearing at a recent concert.

“At this time, we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement,” the Rocawear spokeswoman said in a statement to the Gawker website.

Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street protesters continued their march to Washington, D.C. Thursday, saying their spirits were high after getting some unforeseen change of route, the group still arrived at its first scheduled stop in Elizabeth, N.J., on Wednesday night, and made it to Rahway, N.J. in time for lunch Thursday. A family there fed them peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, fruit and water.

They picked up six new marchers , losing one en route, and expected to make it some 18 miles to New Brunswick, N.J. by nightfall Thursday.

“We are all in high spirits and determined,” said Glazer, whose band hopes to pull into the nation’s capital on Nov. 23, and plans to persuade lawmakers not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich.


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Music News: Rihanna Reveals Lone Featured On Her Album.

The mystery of who the lone feature on Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” has been solved. Producer Stargate revealed to Norwegian website 730.no that Jay-Z appears on the title track to Rihanna’s sixth album.

“This is the first time we do a song with Jay-Z and Rihanna together. Actually it’s the first time Jay does anything on our beats,” said Tor Erik Hermansen, one half of the hitmaking duo. “It was about time.”

He described the Roc Nation affiliates’ latest record. “‘Talk That Talk’ is a mid-tempo banger with hard drums, dirty synths, and Rihanna and Jay at their best. We are very happy with the song and Jay’s verse is crazy—same with Rihanna’s part.”
Source: xclusiveszone.net

Rihanna’s album “Talk That Talk” hits stores November 21st. Hit the jump for a look at the tentative tracklist.

Music News: Green Lantern Talks About Watch The Throne Tour Says The Show Is Theatrical.

DJ Green Lantern knows a thing or two about high-profile hip-hop tours. With a long production and DJing résumé that includes hitting the road with Eminem and Jay-Z, the Rochester, New York, disc jock took a trip down to Atlanta to see the second show of Hov and Kanye West’s Watch the Tour Tour.

Friday night’s opening show was a hit, and according to the Evil Genius, who was seated with his son in the second row, Saturday’s second show didn’t disappoint either. After the concert, Green Lantern checked in with MTV News to give his review. You are now watching the Throne:

Man, it was a real experience. They pulled out all the stops. They got a real crazy production, where it’s these big cubes: One is in the middle of the arena, and the other one is right in front of the stage, and they both will be elevated into the air. The cubes have LEDs on ‘em, so they’re constantly changing colors and video. [Jay and Kanye] are standing on each [cube], and they rise and descend. At certain points in the show, Jay will be in the middle of the arena performing his verse to a song, and Kanye would be on the stage. It’s very ill in that respect.

A lot of back-and-forth with their music in the sense of: a Kanye record, then a Jay record. Then they do a set together. They perform most of the album, most of Watch the Throne. It’s a long show. It doesn’t really seem long, but it’s definitely two-plus hours. It’s every hit imaginable between those guys, which is a lot. And a lot of stuff off the new album.

The video that goes to the songs, there are certain parts in the show that Jay and Kanye are really just watching the video. So you should watch the video too, because it has something to do with the song that’s playing. It’s dope.

From the video to the design, it’s a lot of Kanye influence. You can see his taste in the set design and in the show, using his band, etc. … Definitely a lot of Kanye. He gets deep with the artistic side, stuff that I can see, “OK, that’s a Kanye thing.”

The energy was crazy. They did “N-words in Paris” three times in a row. Three times in a row. Three times! Back-to-back-to-back. There’s a piece at the end when they’re going back and forth, song for song, and it’s got, like, a girl theme to it. I don’t want this to be a spoiler, so I’ll just say the show is definitely a theatrical presentation.

You know how you saw them at the MTV [Video Music] Awards and they did “Otis”? It looked like they were having such a good time together and just hanging out, how they were just laughing and going on? That’s definitely how the whole show was. But this was still literally the second show, so they’re still getting the kinks out of it. But the chemistry is definitely 100 percent.

You just get so used to everybody bringing out guests [at their concerts], but when you sit through this show, you don’t even feel that anybody was supposed to come out. They definitely didn’t need anyone coming out. Being in Atlanta, a lot of people thought Tip might’ve came out for the “Paris (Remix),” but that wasn’t the case. The whole arena was rocking, three times in a row. I saw [record exec] Steve Stoute say somewhere that the whole stadium turned into a club on that song, It definitely did.

I think it’s definitely befitting of the two guys out on the tour, as far as the production level of what they’re used to doing. Like Kanye, if you see his solo show, it’s retarded. The last one he was doing, with the whole white theme onstage. And then Jay’s last tour — they’ve been upping the ante production-wise, video-wise, LEDs, and this is right there with it. It’s on par with it, and they actually upped the ante with the big cubes and how they’re using them. It’s just ill. It’s like those are the thrones, just rising, and they’re rapping and it’s like, “We are now watching the thrones.”

I had my iPhone out, and I was recording during “H.A.M.,” and I was going from the middle of the arena back to the stage. I was literally two rows from the stage, so the cube was right in my face. At that point, Kanye was on the stage, so you couldn’t even see Kanye, because he’s at the top of the cube, but I’m still going back and forth with the camera like, “Man, this is crazy!”

It’s dope that they did that; it definitely adds showmanship, creativity, the whole theatrical element to it, and hip-hop needs that. Especially when we’re going into an age where the show is paying the bills. The music is free, by and large, and hip-hop shows could really step up the production. If you look at this as an example, this could really motivate you and give you some inspiration if you’re a hip-hop artist to say, “You know what? I’m gonna invest some money into a bigger stage show, a better stage show, and really give this show to the world and get booked more because of that.”

I had a great time. I brought my [16-year old] son out with me. He said he just lost 10 pounds, sweating and jumping up and down. He had the time of his life. I brought him backstage, he met the guys, and it was a great night. Thumbs up on Watch the Throne live. source: mtvnews

Article: Jay-Z Trying To Steal Knick Fans

Jay-Z is unleashing a full-court press for his Brooklyn-bound Nets — hoping to steal Knick fans from lower Manhattan.
The hip-hop superstar and part-owner of the Nets is set to tip off a major marketing campaign today aimed at enticing fans to bench the Knicks and score season tickets for his Prospect Heights hoopsters.
The soon-to-be-former New Jersey Nets dribble over to the Barclays Center next fall, and Jay-Z is expected to reveal the team’s “new name” this morning, sources told The Post.
The fresh hoops handle could be as simple as a crossover from “New Jersey Nets” to “Brooklyn Nets” or be a complete overhaul for the founding ABA club originally named the New York Americans.

It’s the first time Jay-Z is allowing his popular brand and universally recognized image to market Net tickets.

He’ll personally christen the new basketball arena with a concert there next year, sources said.

Net CEOsaid: “Jay-Z will be the face of the team’s fourth-quarter campaign” to sell 4,400 “All-Access” premium seats at the rapidly rising 18,000-seat arena.

Their game plan is set to target Wall Streeters and residents of upscale neighborhoods like TriBeCa and SoHo.

The turf war will be fought with billboards, 150 taxi tops, 60 telephone kiosks and a whopping 250,000 coffee cups to be distributed to local stores.

“We’ll be blanketing Wall Street with the coffee cups,” said Yormark.

Since opening premium-seat sales in April, the Nets — whose majority owner is Russian billionaire– have filled more than half of them.

Ducats run from $99 a game in the lower level to $1,500 courtside — or $4,356 to $66,000 for a full season.

Season packages include perks like free food and having the first shot at buying tickets to non-Net events like concerts and boxing.

“The message is that the Barclays Center is much more than basketball,” Yormark said.

“There will be great concerts and other entertainment — so who better to deliver that message than the world’s No. 1 entertainer, Jay-Z?”

A photo of Jay-Z and an arena rendering will accompany the slogan: “Get all access to Jay-Z and other events at the Barclays Center.”

MSG officials don’t seem too concerned. The Garden is the middle of a $1 billion face-lift that will be done by fall 2013.

“While we always respect any competition, the Garden will always be the Garden,” MSG said in a statement.

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Music News: Rumors Have It Jay-Z Forces Tenants Out Of Luxury Building In Philly.

Residents of a Philadelphia luxury building owned by international rap star Jay-Z claim that they are being harassed by the mogul’s legal team, so that they will ultimately vacate the premises.

According to FoxNews, Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, is a co-owner of the company SCC North American Realty, LLC, which owns and operates a 24 unit condominium complex, which was purchased January of 2009.

Several tenants contacted FoxNews to complain about the treatment they have been receiving, claiming that they are being forced out of their apartments, with frivolous lawsuits, and other harassment tactics.

“The whole thing has been so unsettling,” a former tenant named Liza Tedeschi told FoxNews.com. “I’ve been in tears over this…They filed a lawsuit against me knowing that I had paid the rent. The lawyer admitted it to me, yet they still filed the lawsuit against me…It’s total and utter harassment.”

Tedeschi told FoxNews that Jay-Z’s real estate company even gave out the personal cell phone numbers of tenants to realtors to show off apartments that are not even up for sale.

According to residents, Jay-Z’s ultimate goal is to evict all of the tenants from the property and it seems to be working – 15 tenants have left the building since May.

The tenants in the building became so angry that they called Pennsylvania Sen. Larry Farnese, who sent Jay-Z’s lawyer a letter, on August 12th.

Sen. Farnese expressed concern over the treatment of the residents in the letter.

“He expressed his concern about what was happening in the building and asked that the management thoroughly investigate each complaint and handle each tenant on a case-by-case basis, and determine if eviction was appropriate, or if it was not,” Senator Farnese’s Communications Director, Kathie Abookire, revealed. “The latest that we heard is that Liza was issued a stay while the matter was investigated further. Our concern is for the tenant, that they’re being treated properly, fairly and in accordance with the law. The owner of the building is immaterial. The fact that someone may be famous is not our concern.” source: www.Allhiphop.com

Music News: Lil Wayne Disses Jay-Z On New Track ‘It’s Good’

Weezy has told Vibe he doesn’t expect any repercussions from the song…

Lil Wayne has hit out at Jay-Z on new song, It’s Good.

The track, which features Drake and Jadakiss, is thought to be taken from Weezy’s eagerly anticipated album Tha Carter IV and sees the Lollipop hitmaker diss Jigga.

It’s Good opens with the lyrics: “You who are rich and whose troubles are few/ May come around to see my point of view/ What price the crown of the king on his throne?/ When you’re chained in the dark all alone.”

Jadakiss then spits: “I’m as real as they come, I follow the rules/ I’m still in the hood, but I probably should move/ Made enough money, I don’t f*** around/ I just felt they needed me, so I stuck around.”

Wayne’s fellow Young Money star Drake then raps: “Please pardon my brother/ He’s just angry at you n****s who don’t have your heart in your rap s***/ And got too f***in comfy, cause we still f***in hungry.”

Weezy then seems to take a swipe at Jay’s verse on Watch The Throne tune H.A.M, rapping: “Talkin’ about baby money, I got your baby money/ Kidnap your b****, get that how much you love your lady money. I know you fake n****, press your brakes n****/ I’ll take you out, that’s a date, n****.”

The 28-year old rapper has since addressed attacking Jigga on the song, telling Vibe magazine that he doesn’t expect to fall out with the Empire State Of Mind hitmaker.

Wayne revealed: “I know there won’t be any repercussions behind what I did. I know for a fact music is about perception. You can’t do anything but perceive what you hear. I know that for a fact. So I can’t ever be upset about someone’s reaction.”

He added: “I’m not going to say I don’t know what would happen before I even say [something on record]. I do know what will happen. I’m aware of it. But it is what it is.”



ARTICLES: J.Cole Clears Statements On Hov Saying His Album Is A Classic.

J. Cole explains why he was disappointed after finding out Jay-Z didn’t actually tell a publication that Cole’s debut album was a classic and explain’s the story’s origin.

Recently, a headline in several articles in many different publications noted that Jay-Z declared J. Cole’s debut album a classic. When J. Cole was asked about this during a recent interview with AllHipHop, he responded by sharing his disappointment after reading the article and seeing that Jay-Z never actually told a publication that. Instead, the story came from Cole’s statements about what he’s heard from others about Jay-Z’s reaction to the album. He clarified the misunderstanding.

“When I saw the headline, I got happy. I was like, ‘Jay said my album’s a classic!’ And then I read it and it was like, (hits forehead with his palm).”

He went on to explain where the story came from.

“The story comes from me telling someone what I was told about what [Jay-Z] said. You know what I’m saying? It’s not like he did an interview and said it. But if you ask him, I’m sure he’ll probably tell you the same thing. But, it was so weird to see that headline.”

When asked how he felt when he initially read the headlines, he said he felt proud.

“When I heard that, I got really proud. It was cool. Imagine, it’s that nod of approval or that confirmation.”

The J. Cole/Jay-Z dynamic has been a topic of other discussions of late. The Jay-Z verse is also something J. Cole is waiting on, as he told HipHopDX’s own, Kathy Iandoli in a recent interview with DX.

“Your guess is as good as mine if we’re gonna get a Jay-Z verse,” he told DX.

ARTICLES: How Did Jay-Z and Kanye Manage To Keep Watch The Throne From Leaking…

Kanye West and Jay-Z – collectively dubbed “The Throne” – debuted their collaborative album Watch The Throneto fans who have been eagerly awaiting the album.

Some have been searching feverishly for leaks and snippets, which “The Throne” and their media team have successfully kept secure from bootleggers. There was even an event where an uninvited blogger leaked five low quality rips of the album and posted them to the Web after a Watch The Throne listening party. Prior to it’s release full snippets of the album were available online but later removed. It appears that Watch The Throne is the first big album in some time to avoid the dreaded leak.

Kanye’s career ascension to top billing artist status is a remarkable one. Although employed for some years as a producer for Roc-A-Fella providing smashes for Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and others, the Chicago product had designs on being a rapper. 2004′s The College Dropout showcased a much more humble version of the artist than we’ve witnessed in recent times with glaring moments of humility from front to end. Each subsequent album from Yeezy showed a bolder side of the artist, gaining him both fans and a certain amount of infamy.

Kanye’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was Yeezy at his most creative and perhaps zaniest. With Watch The Throne, listeners could assess that Kanye intends to go even harder than he did on his last solo record and claim his place amongst the best to ever do it.

Kanye’s partner in rhyme Jay-Z has already addressed how their album avoided the clutches of hackers and blogs far too eager to blast out their wares. Jay-Z even mentioned that this unprecedented effort to keep Watch The Throne safe from premature release was a nod to the fans that support the pair. Whatever the case, “The Throne” has made history as this would be the first album between the two to not see early release. Going forward, they have altered the landscape of the recording industry with clever staggering of dates and heavily monitored listening sessions.

Watch The Throne is shaping about to be one of the biggest and most historic music events ever. Will other big names follow in footsteps of the pair and their blueprint? Time will tell.

Watch The Throne is here. Have you made your pre-order already? Did you hear any of the snippets? Tweet to us @MTVRapFix or leave us a comment below. article from MTVNEWS.com

ARTICLES: RZA On Working With Kanye and Jay-Z For Their Collaborative Project “Watch The Throne”

With recently working on kanye’s last album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Kanye reached out to Rza to throw more heat his way for Jay-z and Kanye West collaborative album Watch The Throne. Now Rza has a production credit on “New Day” a song which will be on Watch the Throne, RZA explains that his is “really honored” to land a placement on the highly anticipated LP. In a Interview with Rolling Stone, RZA stated that working with the Hip Hop heavyweights was a treat for him.

“I’m really honored to be a part of the project,” he said. “These two are obviously very capable in their own right, so to include me in this classic project is a testament of how much respect we share for one another.”

“Kanye asked me to send tracks while they were in Australia,” he continued. “I just thought I would send some shit that would be rugged. I know they can find the poppy, hip-hop places, but I wanted to send them some real edgy shit. Apparently they thought they were great – Kanye said, ‘Send some more of that Wu shit!’”

Though RZA is yet to hear the finished album, he’s more than excited to hear what the two have created. “In the past, when Jay-Z did Best of Both Worlds with R. Kelly, I thought it was a great album but the campaign went south because of personalities,” he said. “With this project, it’s the best of many worlds. These two guys have a great chemistry and a great relationship. I’m excited.” source hiphopdx

Jay-Z and Timbaland getiing “Pimped” For $5 Million Over “Big Pimpin” Sample

Ahab Joseph Nafal filed a lawsuit against Jay-z, Timbaland, Linkin Park and more.. over Jay-Z hit single “Big Pimpin”.
According to Allhiphop.com, the legal battle stems from the use of a song titled “Khosara, Khosara,”originally by composer Baligh Hamdy. The track that was featured on Jay-Z’s Vol. 3 … The Life & Times of S. Carter album.
The legal action re-emerged now because lawyers are arguing the track, created in 1957, is governed by a 1909 Copyright Act and not a 1976 Copyright Act. So, although the original lawsuit was dismissed in 2007 after Nafal failed to join all individuals with rights to the composition in the lawsuit, as the 1909 Act mandates, a federal judge ruled in May of this year that the children of Hamdy, who died in 1993, are allowed to continue the lawsuit.
The reason for the pursuit is that it was ruled in a court of law that Jay-Z and Timbaland only obtained “economic rights” for the song, not the proper sample clearance from representatives of Baligh Hamdy, as they had claimed in the earlier lawsuit. Thus, Hamdy’s other children never granted permission to use the sample.

ARTICLES: Jay-Z and Kanye West Announce Tour This Fall.

Looks like a tour will be in the works for Jay-Z and Kanye West.
“The Throne” will be a North American Tour and will kick off on September 22nd at Detroit, Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills. The tour will go as far west as Los Angeles, California and as far east as East Rutherford, New jersey, finally coming to a close on November 3rd in Boston Massachusetts TD Garden.

Tickets go on sale August 8th, but purchasers who purchase pre sale tickets at Livenation.com will receive a free digital copy of the collaborative album “Watch The Throne”.

Tour Dates are as follows:

9/22/11 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills

9/24/11 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

9/25/11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

9/27/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

9/28/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

9/29/11 Washington DC Verizon Center

10/4/11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

10/6/11 Chicago, IL United Center

10/7/11 Chicago, IL United Center

10/8/11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

10/10/11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

10/13/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

10/14/11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

10/16/11 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion

10/17/11 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion

10/19/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

10/20/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

10/21/11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

10/25/11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

10/26/11 Houston, TX Toyota Center

10/29/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

10/30/11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

11/1/11 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena

11/3/11 Boston, MA TD Garden

Industry Tips & Advice: Jay-Z talking to Travis Smiley about running a record label and founding Rocawear

Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige being interviewed by Travis Smiley on April 17, 2008.

Article: Jadakiss Speaks On The State Of Hip-Hop by Boss Lady

Jadakiss dropped by Invasion Radio on Hip-Hop Nation (Sirius/XM 44) with DJ Green Lantern and myself earlier this week to promote his upcoming mixtape I Love You: Dedication To The Fans (due May 24 via Def Jam) and shed serious light on the differences between hip-hop in the late 90s till now. He also touches on the thin line between “grinding” and “annoying” for upcoming rappers, words of advice from Jay-Z and more:




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