The 4:44 campaign that took over all of NYC was really for Jay Z’s new album and not no movie.
Jay via Tidal’s twitter account released a 30 second snippet of his new song titled “Adnis”. This will be the first single off his highly anticipated album 4:44. Thank God, because we are in desperate need of some real hip hop.
Hip hop Power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z’s twins have officially arrived, according to multiple sources. The highly anticipated children of Hip Hop’s billionaire couple were apparently born in Los Angeles at some point this week.
Over the last several days, Hov and 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy were spotted together at a local hospital while Beyoncé’s fan club, The Beyhive, were busy piecing together clues about the twins’ arrival. Not only did the 47-year-old rap mogul skip the ceremony at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City on Thursday (June 15), but Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, was also seen in Los Angeles at the same hospital as reported by Radar Online.
The babies’ genders are still undetermined, but on Friday (June 16), an unidentified woman was reportedly photographed carrying a bouquet of pink, purple and blue flowers with two giant baby foot-shaped pink and blue balloons that read, “Baby Girl” and “Baby Boy” at the same Los Angeles hospital Jay and Blue Ivy were spotted the day prior. The card read: “Congratulations B & J.
With a lot of rumors circulating around the internet that Jay Z is spearheading a mysterious marketing campaign marked by the number “4:44” since early June. Many people jumped to the conclusion that it was a Jay Z album based on his recent moves and the campaign’s connection to TIDAL, the streaming service owned by the Hip Hop mogul. The confusion only deepened after a black and white trailer for what appeared to be a film premiered during the NBA Finals featuring names like Academy Award-winning actors Mahershala Ali and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as Danny Glover. Although Jay Z’s name was noticeably absent, people were seemingly convinced he still had something to do with it.
Adding fuel to the fire is the latest piece to the puzzle — a date. On Friday (June 16), posters promoting whatever “4:44” is popped up in Hollywood, California with “6.30.17” plastered across them and Jay Z’s name thrown back into the mix
The posters were also coupled with the words: “Exclusively on sprint.tidal.com,” making it crystal clear TIDAL has partnered up with the massive telecommunications company for the release.
Considering Hov’s wife Beyoncé dropped a visual album in the form of LEMONADE back in April 2016, perhaps hubby is following suit? Or maybe the trailer serves as a visual for a song? Or maybe it’s hinting at an album acting as the soundtrack to a film titled 4:44? Could it be the long-awaited follow-up to Jay’s 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail? Whatever the case, the shroud of mystery enveloping the secret project is intriguing enough to get people talking, which is presumably the point. So far — it’s worked.
For what it’s price, Hov was only in the near pastnoticed in Jamaica, wherever he reportedly shot a music video with popular music legends Junior philosopher and Damian vocalizer, likewise as record with Damian and Sister urban center. Meanwhile, ATL producer Zaytoven has additionally been teasing North American country of operating with Hov within the recent months likewise.
With a tease of his first single Adnis below, are you ready?
And the rumors might just be true. Could we be expecting a new album?
New York City has currently been under a Jay Z take over.
Fans all over the city have been spotting erie promo signs of Jay Z :XLIV every where in the city. Tidal also tweeted out the image but with no information. We all know Jay and Beyonce are the King & Queens of surprised releases. Below we gathered images of Jay Z quite but loud campaign taking over all of NYC.
Mavin/Roc Nation artiste, Tiwa Savage, opened up on several issues concerning music, her sound, record labels and more in an all new interview with Akua Ofei of Nation Of Billions.
Read excerpts from her interview below:
On her foray into the music industry:
“Oh my goodness X Factor was bittersweet,” she says with a small laugh when I ask about her time on the show. “It was a heartbreaking experience at that time. Obviously, because I didn’t get through – I think I got eliminated just before the final 10, and I was heartbroken. But then, I say sweet because I feel like if I’d gotten through I probably wouldn’t be doing the type of music I’m doing now. I probably would be doing strictly Pop music or R’n’B music. So I think God knew what He was doing.”
“It was a situation where I got a glimpse of what was to come and I was able to go back and really prepare myself. I always say this: ‘Opportunity favours the prepared’ – I don’t know if I was prepared mentally then. And also, I had to really go back. Go to Berklee College of Music, learn music. Moved to America, learned how to write songs. Worked with a lot of amazing artists that I’ve always looked up to – all my life. And that’s where I discovered the buzz that was happening in Africa because when I was in America, everyone would say ‘Tiwa, where are you from?’ and I’d tell them oh, I’m from Nigeria and they’d say ‘wow!’ They were so fascinated by the music, the culture and I was like why am I trying to do something else when these people are interested in what’s going on in Africa? And that’s when I moved back [to Nigeria from America] so it all adds up. I’m glad I actually didn’t get through on X Factor but at the same time, if you’d asked me I probably would have ripped your head off at the time. You know, sometimes when you go into situations and this door is shutting, and this door is shutting and that door – it forces you to look inward. Because you can’t get what you thought you needed at that time, it forces you to reevaluate yourself.”
On her relationship with Wizkid:
“I’ve known Wizkid for many years, as soon as I moved to Nigeria. I would like to say we kind of started around the same time really – when he was signed to EME, and came out with ‘Holla At Your Boy’ – so we have a really really good relationship. And when I had the song [Bad] for the album ‘Red’, it was actually the producer’s idea to reach out to Wizkid because [Wizkid] was the only person [the producer] could hear on the song as a feature. And I sent the record to him, and when he laid the vocals down it was just one of those really perfect synergies – we did the video, and the song really, really, got a lot of buzz so I’m grateful to Wiz for jumping on that record.”
On adhering to afrobeats foundation:
“With anything, there’s always an evolution. With sound, with fashion – anything. I’m just really happy that elements of the traditional Afrobeat is still there – who I attribute to Fela Kuti, who I think is the king, the godfather of that sound, that movement. But like I said, it’s an evolution and it also stems from influences. A lot of us grew up outside Nigeria – in the UK, the US, Europe wherever. Even outside Nigeria but within Africa – so there’s a lot of influences of Reggae, Soul, R’n’B, Pop – even the sounds from here in the UK. But in everything, I’m still very very happy that elements of it are there whether it’s pidgin or whether it’s Yoruba or Nigerian language – elements of the beat is still there. And I’d like – I hope – it still remains in there as the evolution goes on.”
On international labels building their market in Africa, the ALL OVER crooner said:
From my personal experience, especially signing with Roc Nation – they are more interested in maintaining what it is that’s gotten me this far and what has gotten us this far. So, they’re not really trying to change the sound. I would say maybe branding and artist development – in terms of, our music industry is completely different in Africa than it is in the US or UK – so it’s just learning a different infrastructure – the product is still the same. It’s just working on the branding or packaging a little bit. I have to maintain that otherwise, what’s the point really? You’ll lose the essence of the movement and this movement is bigger than one artist. It’s a revolution. So we have to be mindful that we’re representing a continent and we’re representing new artists that will come up after us and they have to maintain that sound as well.”
Hip hop Music mogul Jay Z has just inked a ten year $200 million deal with Live Nation. The deal includes worldwide touring, and will see Live Nation producing and promoting Jay Z concerts, including festival type events like his annual Made in America show.
It also suggests Hov will be performing live until he’s 57 years old. Jay seemed pleased with the deal.
“Over 9 years, we have traveled the world producing historic music experiences,” Jay Z said in a statement. “This renewed partnership is a testament to our longstanding relationship and the talented individuals at Live Nation. For the next 10 years, we will continue redefining the live event landscape.”
Live Nation’s president and chief executive officer Michael Rapino also weighed in.
“Jay Z is one of the world’s preeminent touring artists,” Rapino said. “This strengthens the creative and business partnership of someone that continues to expand his touring base and reach.”
Forbes has released its annual list of the five wealthiest hip hop artists on the planet. The top 5 artists haven’t changed from last year’s list, though Jay Z has supplanted Dr. Dre in the #2 spot. Diddy and Hov are neck and neck in the race for rap’s first billionaire.
Forbes explained their methodology:
“In order to complete the Forbes Five list, we follow the same procedures used to calculate our list of the world’s billionaires: looking at past earnings, valuing current holdings, leafing through financial documents and talking to analysts, attorneys, managers, other industry players and even some of the moguls themselves to find the details.”
Hip-Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has topped Forbes’ list of the five richest rappers in the world for a seventh year in a row.
The 47-year-old is worth an estimated $820 million thanks to his investments and lucrative deals with Diageo’s Ciroc, TV network Revolt, alkaline water brand Aquahydrate, and tequila firm DeLeon.
Jay Z follows closely behind with an estimated net worth of $810 million, thanks in part to his ownership of streaming service Tidal, Roc Nation entertainment company, and Armand de Brignac champagne.
Dr. Dre takes the third spot with $740 million, while Bryan “Birdman” Williams comes in a distant fourth with $110 million.
Drake is fifth with $90 million
So there you have it. The top 5 shot callers in hip hop.
1. Diddy ($820 million)
2. Jay Z ($810 million)
3. Dr. Dre ($740 million)
4. Birdman ($110 million)
5. Drake ($90 million)
American hip-hop superstar and mogul Jay-Z will be embarking on a music tour tagged “Made In America”.
The “Made In America” music tour will feature some of Africa’s brightest music acts. On the list of participating acts will be Mavin records Tiwa Savage who is also managed by Roc Nation.
Also on the line up of artistes are Wizkid, fellow starboy music act Maleek Berry and British Grime star Stormzy.
The music event will happen on the 2 – 3 September 2017 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.
American A-list artistes like J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, Migos, Solange, 21 Savage etc.
American hip hop recording artist and author, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, could be parting ways with his long time label, Cash Money Records seems to be true.
During a show at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, the Sucker For Pain crooner told the crowd that he’s a member of Roc Nation and also made the diamond sign just after making the announcement.
In his words;“Is it cool if I just say it? It’s the Roc. You know I’m a member of that team now”.
Word on the street is Lil Wayne has been in a ruthless legal battle with Cash Money over the rights to his still unreleased album Tha Carter V. Though Roc Nation hasn’t made any official announcement, it’s safe to assume that Birdman is losing his grip over Weezy’s career.
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