1. JAY-Z Producer No I.D. Teases '4:44' B-Sides Featuring James Blake

    July 01, 2017 6:47 PM EDT JAY-Z worked with a single producer on his soul-baring new album, 4:44 . That producer is No I.D., also known for his work with Common, Kanye West and Vince Staples, and in a new interview with  Rolling Stone , No I.D. teases the release of B-sides from the album featuring James Blake. “There…

  2. Will JAY-Z's '4:44' Finally Give Him an Album of the Year Grammys Nomination?

    July 01, 2017 4:11 PM EDT Even after its existence was announced a few weeks ago, JAY-Z ’s 4:44 is an album no one saw coming. Jay’s thirteenth studio album is his most personal work to date, a disarmingly vulnerable project with zero Top 40 radio potential and plenty of stream-of-consciousness quotable moments.…

  3. JAY-Z and Beyonce Name Twins Rumi and Sir: Report

    July 01, 2017 12:54 PM EDT It appears the newest members of the Carter family might be named Rumi and Sir. JAY-Z and Beyonce 's company -- which owns the trademarks to their names -- filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week to secure rights to the names Rumi Carter and Sir Carter,…

  4. The Most Personal Lines From JAY-Z's '4:44' Album

    June 30, 2017 2:27 PM EDT After weeks of cryptic, “4:44”-inscribed posters appearing on web pages and streets in both New York City and Los Angeles, and the release of three 30-second black and white commercials -- “Adnis,” “Kill Jay Z" and "MaNyfaCedGod, respectively featuring Mahershala Ali, Danny Glover…

  5. Celebs Are Going Crazy Over JAY-Z's '4:44': See the Tweets

    June 30, 2017 12:33 PM EDT JAY-Z 's  4:44  may have just dropped at midnight today (June 30), but Twitter users have already logged 810,000 tweets mentioning the rapper or his new, highly-anticipated album. And a whole host of celebrities -- including fellow MCs  T.I. , Wale and Talib Kweli  -- are among those…

  6. Mark Ronson Angered Over JAY-Z's Exclusive-to-Tidal '4:44' Album Release

    June 30, 2017 11:47 AM EDT Mark Ronson  is not a happy customer of  JAY-Z 's streaming service Tidal after learning that the rapper's new album,  4:44 , is only available to those with Tidal accounts established  prior  to June 26. "I signed up for Tidal solely to listen to a Jay Z album, which turns out…

  7. JAY-Z Calls Out Prince's Former Lawyer on '4:44' Track 'Caught Their Eyes'

    June 30, 2017 11:38 AM EDT In “Caught Their Eyes,” one of the tracks on JAY-Z ’s new album, 4:44 , the rapper calls out a figure now at the center of controversy surrounding the Prince estate: Prince’s former attorney and former estate advisor L. Londell McMillan. McMillan, who worked as Prince’s lawyer and business…

  8. Eric Benet Claps Back at JAY-Z Over '4:44' Lyrical Mention

    June 30, 2017 10:41 AM EDT JAY-Z went there. As part of the emotionally raw lyrics to his brand-new 13th album, 4:44 , Hov lays bare his mistakes, regrets and guilty conscience over 10 songs. In one of the most revealing lyrics, Jay appears to admit what anyone who listened to wife Beyoncé's Lemonade already knew:…

  9. Album of the Week: JAY-Z's '4:44'

    June 30, 2017 10:23 AM EDT At age 47, what more can he possibly say? After wooing us with his scintillating wordplay and drug-dealing tales for over 20-plus years, one could assume that JAY-Z has run out of talking points. Granted, he was embroiled in a muddy elevator spat with his wife Beyoncé and her sister Solange…

  10. JAY-Z Breaks Down Stories Behind Every '4:44' Song

    June 30, 2017 8:46 AM EDT While the internet freaked out over the release of JAY-Z 's 13th studio album, 4:44 , the legendary MC went on iHeartRadio Thursday night (June 29) to break down the stories behind the 10 deeply personal tracks on the Sprint/Tidal exclusive release. As the album spun on 160 iHeart…

  11. JAY-Z's '4:44' Lights Up Twitter: See the Reaction

    June 30, 2017 4:08 AM EDT JAY-Z albums don’t just fall from trees. So when the hip-hop legend and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee dropped 4:44 at the stroke of midnight, the pull was predictably immense.  Hov was the top “trending topic” on Twitter for some hours after his 10-track album was released to subscribers…

  12. JAY-Z's New Album '4:44': 5 Things That Jump Out on First Listen

    June 30, 2017 2:00 AM EDT If you're reading this, then you probably know that JAY-Z has social media on fire right about now. After unveiling his new album 4:44 on TIDAL at midnight Friday (June 30), JAY-Z has recaptured the magic that cemented his legacy in hip-hop.  The ten-track LP finds the 47-year-old in the…

  13. Watch JAY-Z's 'The Story of O.J.' Video

    June 30, 2017 1:52 AM EDT JAY-Z did what he promised and dropped his new album, 4:44 on Sprint and Tidal’s platforms at midnight. Surprise! The hip-hop bigshot also went and shared the animated video for album track “The Story of O.J.” [readmore:7850077] If you’re not signed up, HOV's fans can tune into his new…

  14. Stream JAY-Z's 13th Studio Album '4:44'

    June 30, 2017 12:24 AM EDT JAY-Z’s new album is finally here. In just a few weeks, the anticipation of JAY-Z's 4:44 left many on the tips of their toes. Released early Friday (June 30), the legendary hip-hop artist pushed the project out to Sprint/Tidal users. Only customers under the carrier are able to get full…

  15. What's Going on With All These JAY-Z '4:44' Commercials?

    June 28, 2017 12:59 PM EDT With JAY-Z's 4:44 album looming, the Brooklyn MC has released his third commercial titled "MaNyfaCedGod." The new commercial finds Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o crying hysterically on the floor. Like Hov's previous two commercials, titled "Adnis…

  16. JAY-Z Shares Dramatic '4:44' Commercial Called 'Kill Jay Z'

    June 27, 2017 9:25 PM EDT The hall of fame rapper's new album is due out Friday. A commercial for JAY-Z 's new album 4:44 from Tidal and Sprint was released Tuesday, teasing the highly anticipated set with some striking imagery.  In the clip titled "Kill Jay Z," dramatic music plays as a black…

  17. What's Reasonable to Expect from a New JAY-Z Album in 2017?

    June 27, 2017 11:50 AM EDT JAY-Z is about to release 4:44 , his first album in four years and his fifth since his 2003 retirement, which almost certainly drew a line in the sand for longtime fans who've been mostly unhappy with his post-hiatus output since. (The gap between 2013’s Magna Carta... Holy Grail and…

  18. Snoop Dogg Denies Dissing Young Thug in 'Moment I Feared Video': 'That's My Nephew'

    June 23, 2017 5:18 PM EDT Earlier this week, the rap Internet debated whether Snoop Dogg took jabs at Young Thug in his "Moment I Feared"  music video. In a new interview with HipHopDX at Diddy 's Can't Stop Won't Stop  premiere in Los Angeles, the Doggfather refutes those claims.  "I ain…

  19. DJ Trauma Premieres 'Take Me High' Video: Watch

    June 22, 2017 11:59 AM EDT Currently on tour with comedian Dave Chappelle, DJ Trauma is the personification of busy. A Monday through Friday fixture on Atlanta’s urban contemporary radio powerhouse WVEE (V-103 FM), he most recently accompanied Omarion at the Afro Pop Festival in Kenya, DJed Beyoncé and Jay-Z ’s baby…

  20. JAY-Z Pushes for Projects That Demand Social Justice: 'This Is Our Power' (Guest Column)

    June 22, 2017 9:45 AM EDT Trophies are nice, but some projects — like two Spike docs on the lost black lives of Kalief Browder and Trayvon Martin — can lead to far greater rewards, writes the rapper/executive producer. The power of one voice is strong, but when it comes to social justice, the power of our collective…

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