Legendary Virginiabased producer Timbaland sits down with Revolt and lays out the insider info about how JayZ’s grand Magna Carta project came together. He unveils the hidden falling out that him and Jay had and how it all came around once he decided to reach out and admit his faults. The candid and genuine Timbaland comes off very as very appreciative of the opportunity. He also discusses the business and long term goals of all of this progression of sound and marketing. There’s even talks about a Kanye x Timbaland project possibly dropping soon.
Music mogul and entrepreneur extraordinaire JayZ gets to add another corporate notch to his belt with his latest Samsung deal. The multimillion dollar MC just revealed to the world that his forthcoming album Magna Carta The Holy Grail will be made available exclusively early to Samsung Galaxy device users thanks to a 5 million dollar purchase that the company made. Apparently, Mr. Carter wasn’t too shy about the deal since his official Twitter account went on to jokingly proclaim the deal’s “philosophical” nature. Humble brag of the year if you ask us.
Brooklynbred graphic designer, Jay Shells, has decided to take his passion for HipHop to the streetsliterally. His Rap Quotes project takes infamous rap lyrics and places them in geographically accurate locations throughout the greater New York City and outer counties area. Thanks to ANIMAL there’s a short about the artist’s insights and excursion. Peep it!
Online creative education hub, Skillshare, has teamed up with prolific HipHop photographer, Jonathan Mannion, to help you shoot like a pro. The two have joined forces to come up with a free online course dedicated to showing students how create powerful portraits. And from the looks of it Mr. Mannion is certainly the right man considering his track record of megastars like JayZ, Eminem, Lil Wayne, etc. Check out his description of the course and feel free to sign up, literally!
Hate it or love it, but every DJ’s favorite crossover goto R&B crooner, Justin Timberlake, is back with his latest single, Suit And Tie. The former N’SYNC lead brings the sexy back, back! It’s all about classy rides, ties and highs on this one. Did we mention that he got JayZ to drop a feature on it too? Hook, line, sinker for all the warmup hours at the clubs! JT’s album The 20/20 Experience drops March 19th.
Last week New York City’s global music mogul, JayZ, decided to add his brush stroke to the Miami Art Basel scene by throwing a launch event for his D’usse Cognac. Little to say, the event (hosted at LIV) was pretty epic, with tons of who’swho in cameos and appearances along with a performance from newly signed Def Jam act, Trinidad James. Even Mrs. Carter, Beyonce, was in the mix! Take a look at the event recap video. Dude’s life is a movie. Literally.
A good portion of the HipHop community (mostly Nas fans) is up in arms after Detroit author/activist/journalist Dream Hampton tweeted yesterday that rapper Nas’ “Untitled” album was largely written by two ghostwriters. Not only did Hampton make the claim, she actually named namesJay Electronica and Stic Man of Dead Prez. Pretty crazy considering that Nas is probably one of the most heralded HipHop artists of all time and claims to write all of his material. And Dream, who isn’t shy of her own legendary involvement in HipHop’s history (She actually introduced The Notorious B.I.G. to Tupac Shakur), is sticking to her story. Of course the allegations have been denied by multiple sides. Things also get stickier when fans consider Dream’s close ties with JayZ (wrote his Decoded book). We all remember the public (but now squashed) Nas/JayZ beef from ten years ago. All in all, a very intriguing “he said, she said” this is…
After reading yesterday’s valid editorial by Señor Burroughs on the ethics of JayZ owning an NBA team, I couldn’t help but to think about the flip side to that coin and about many more instances where the underworld and the modernday mechanics of our American society countlessly rendezvous.
I think the point of Phil Mushnick piece about JayZ is lost in the hoopla. I’m not even going to say he made sense but he “could have said it another way.” Phil Mushnick spoke his mind on the temerity of a major league sports organization allowing an admitted former crack dealer (remember now, when he was selling crack, that ish was completely ruining lives…so I guess ruining the lives of black people gets a pass if you’re black and go on to make music and clothes and live a life that other black people are fond of?), who has rapped “niggas, hoes and bitches,” along with gun talk and drug talk across his whole rap career, to own a piece of an major league sports franchise.
Yesterday’s airing of Teen Jeopardy asked a milestone HipHop question only to receive an unfortunately incorrect answer. The board (and Alex Trebek) asked, “This RocAFella introduced us to a Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” to which one of the contestants responded with “LMFAO.” Okay so maybe he was thinking of LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem, but that answer still deserves an adamant WTF? Someone cue the Annie theme song for this kid please!