J. Cole Brought Out Drake and Jay Z at Fayetteville ‘2014 FHD’ Tour

J. Cole‘s 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour ended last night, but no without a huge surprise during an emotional performance.

In a stunt that artists usually save for bigger markets, like New York or Los Angeles, Cole brought out two of his rapper friends, Jay Z and Drake, in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina–the very town he left for New York City in an attempt to get signed by Jay Z. It’s safe to say his plan worked.

Drake, who was just in New Orleans the night before for Lil Wayne‘s LilWeezyana Fest, performed a few of his recent hits, namely “Know Yourself,” “Energy,” and “Back to Back.” Jay Z delivered his Magna Carta standout “FWMYKIGI,” and of course, “Public Service Announcement,” with his protege J. Cole rapping at his side.

Monumental.

Amy Poehler Featured A Not So Funny Joke About Blue Ivy & R. Kelly On Her Show

Twitter is dragging comedians Amy Poehler and Julie Klausner through the mud after Klausner made an insensitive crack on Poehler’s Hulu show, Difficult People. The joke was: “I can’t wait for Blue Ivy to be 18-year-old so R Kelly can piss on her.”

For those that live under a rock, she’s referring to R. Kelly being found guilty in 2008 for a 2002 accusation of him urinating on a female minor. And Blue Ivy is the toddler of power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. 

Blue Ivy is the #BeyHive’s princess and if Amy didn’t know, now she knows that no one messes with the #BeyHive.  Here’s a few tweets from the Twitter uproar regarding the tasteless joke:

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The Source Sports Attends Panini NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

The rookie standouts in the draft class of 2015 was in attendance to take some dope shots for the trading card company known as Panini Continue reading The Source Sports Attends Panini NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

[Interview] Mixtape Queen DJ Lazy K Talks Working With Jay-Z, Cooking Up Dope Mix, and Max B

DJ Lazy K is known as one of the most respected female DJs to break out of the streets of NYC. She ran away from her country to pursue a career in Hip Hop music and since has worked with rappers Max B, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana, Wu Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Dipset, and so many more. English being not her first nor her second language, Lazy K has an amazing story as to how she helped change the mixtape game with little support. Here’s the full interview!

1. Tell us a little bit about your cultural background because it is very unique and important for people to understand your diversity.

Born in Mexico, and I was raised in Madrid, Spain, and Switzerland. So I speak spanish, french, slang and english!

Slang?

Yes, that’s what I learned when I first came here. I went to school for spanish so my writing and reading in English is not the best. So slang was what I learned being around the urban culture. I caught on to the street language.

2. What made you leave overseas and pursue music in America?

I came over in around 1991 . At the time I was already in love with Hip Hop, so that was the main reason I came here. My favorite at the time was Tribe Called Quest. I was born to do work in Hip Hop so I knew I could get my start here. I pretty much taught myself how to DJ, but I hung out with people like the X-Men they helped me learn how to perfect it. It took a long time but it took even longer to learn the business.

3. Who gave you your first start as a Hip Hop DJ?

The WU Tang Clan gave me my first shot, with Raekwon, and then it was actually Jay-Z. He opened his doors to me early, he would cut songs and have me put them on my mixtapes. That’s actually how I met Kanye West, when he was producing for Jay. They started teaching me more about behind the scenes, the business aspect of music.
After that I started working with Remy Ma, and The Murda Mamis and we put a team of females together.

Tell Us More about Murda Mamis. That was on the biggest female movements in Hip Hop at the time.

Someone at Def Jam told me I need to get a street team. Instead of a street team I ended up recruiting celebrities, so it didn’t run as smoothly because they were famous and we had to deal with everyone’s schedules. I had a great eye at the time because Lala Anthony was a Murda Mami, and she met Carmelo Anthony through us. At one of my parties in Miami, they spotted each other and connected, next thing you know they were flying on jets together. A lot of things changed after Remy Ma got locked up and we kind of all went our own direction and that’s when I created Lazy K Productions, the company.

4. Working with Max B, you were pretty much the power house behind him. Do you still keep in contact with him?

Yea he calls me through his manager and a lot of the times I miss the call, but he loves to leave long messages on my answer machine. Hopefully he comes home soon, we have a lot of hope that he’s coming so we’ll keep pushing for that.

5. As a female DJ coming up in that era, how was it trying to maintain dominate in a male driven business?

There was no way I could be looked at 100% the same, but practice made perfect so with time I could stand next to the guys. I wanted to be a better mixer, a better scratcher, better on the mic to get their attention and establish myself.

6. What does an artist have to do right now to have Lazy K host their mixtape? Or break them as an artist?

Right now, they just have to send me their music that is final. Don’t send me a song that is not mixed and mastered, and honestly the most important part is the money. If they can’t afford me then I can’t do the work because sometimes they have good music but they need development, which costs money. Like French Montana, no one wanted to hear from him at first so it took time and money to build a fan base and develop him as an artist and look at him now! This is the part that new artists don’t understand, patience.

6. What advice can you give to young aspiring female DJ’s, or any female working her way in Hip Hop music?

Just make sure you network! Get to know who can help mentor you and who you can trust, because you don’t want to tell everyone all of your plans. And the most important is consistency! Make sure whatever you do regardless of the haters, you keep going of what you want.

7. Lastly, you’ve been releasing “Dope Mix” for sometime now, over 100 mixes. Tell us how that started for you.

I started Dope Mix to do exactly what I love to do, DJ and introduce new artists to the game. Of course it’s mixed with major artists but if you make dope mix as an indie it’s because your music is dope. I try to drop a mix every week so I can keep up with all the exclusives and have something for people to look forward to.

Check out Lazy K’s latest Dope Mix with the hottest new records. Download or Stream it here

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

Jay-Z Signs a Superstar to Roc Nation Sports

Jay-Z was able to add a big player to his Roc Nation Sports division. Soccer star Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich just agreed to terms to join Roc Nation Sports. This is beneficial for both Roc Nation and Boateng. The 26-year-old star defender is the first European athlete to sign with Roc Nation, and according to TMZ, told a German media outlet, “It was a great day with Jay-Z. We could ask him anything.”  He even tweeted out a picture with the legendary mogul to confirm the signing.

For Roc Nation, this could mark a start to of getting into the soccer realm, where some of the biggest contracts in all of sports live. Roc Nation also recently obtained star athletes Dez Bryant and Ndamukong Suh, two of the biggest contracts this off-season.

-King Jut (@KingJut92)

Jay-Z & Will Smith Are Cooking Up a Miniseries

If you don’t know who’s Emmett Till you gon’ learn today..

Emmett Till was a 14 year old boy who was murdered and mutilated in 1955 in Mississippi for speaking to a caucasian girl. His murder was acquitted despite the fact that the murder was later admitted. This unfortunate event is buried in America’s racist history, but Will Smith and Jay-Z are going to make sure that you know this story.

The duo is behind a forthcoming, untitled miniseries about Till’s tragic fate that will be on HBO. There are no writers or actors attached to the film yet, so it’s merely an idea. This will not be Jay-Z’s and Will Smith’s first time pairing together. They both helped co-producer the Annie remake last Christmas, and they have an EDM comedy in the works with Calvin Harris.

Stay tuned for any updates on this upcoming project by two legends.

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Birdman Is Suing Tidal for $50 Million

Another legal battle between the former father-son duo has surfaced.

Birdman is now suing Tidal for $50 million for exclusively streaming the Free Weezy Album. Reportedly, Cash Money Records still owns exclusive rights to Lil Wayne’s music and he doesn’t have the right to license his music to anyone else — even though he’s in the middle of another legal battle trying to fight his way out of that contract. Tidal claims that Lil Wayne gave them the okay to stream his album in exchange for part ownership of Tidal.

This lawsuit follows an indictment from Atlanta that was just released hinting that Birdman along with Young Thug are linked to Wayne’s tour bus shooting. And just before that, Baby was caught on camera throwing a drink at Wayne during his performance in Miami.

Why can’t we all be friends?

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DJ Cassidy Talks Being Found By Diddy And Lying To R Kelly in Annotations for Genius

A dapper sense of style, which includes 24-carat gold microphones, color-blocked tuxedos, and cricket sweaters is only a small portion of why DJ Cassidy is such a recognized and famed figure in the Hip Hop. With a résumé that includes not only DJ’ing Beyoncé and Jay Z’s 2008 wedding, but even President Obama’s 50th birthday and 2009 inauguration, his importance permeates throughout the culture. It’s interesting though, to examine the roots of such a blossomed and esteemed figure, to learn the steps that galvanized such glaring achievements, and that’s exactly what DJ Cassidy does in his new annotations for Genius.

In commentary Cassidy recalls receiving Diddy‘s number as a college freshman:

He comes up to me on the way out and looks at me and he does kind of a triple take and he is like, “Where is the DJ?” And I said, “I am the DJ.’” And he said, “Who has been here all night playing all these old records?” And I said, “Me.” So he writes down his number and says, “Call me tomorrow.” I was a freshman at college, NYU, and I was so nervous to call him. Like, Puffy, he was the king of New York, you know? And I finally got the nerve to call him and I got his voicemail and it rang a few times and then it said, “God is the greatest, leave a message.”

He also talks about lying to R. Kelly to hit the studio:

I texted him and said, “Hi,” and I didn’t know what to call him so I said, “Hi, Mr. Kelly, it is DJ Cassidy. If you remember we met a year ago. I am in Chicago and I would love to come by the studio tomorrow. Can I?” Or something like that. And he wrote back right away, “Sure.” Of course, I was actually in New York and I was testing my hypothesis, which is that famous people don’t like the pressure of you flying to go see them, so if I was flying to go see someone I had to lie about why I was there.

Cassidy gives provides candid info about transcending the New York club scene to collaborations with R. Kelly, Jessie JChromeo and more in on is verified Genius page. Check out the interesting gems here.

 

 

 

 

Jay Z and Beyonce are Trying to Purchase the Rights to the Confederate Flag

The Carters have spoken

In light of the numerous controversies surrounding the confederate flag, and its prominent display and use in American government and merchandise, several prominent politicians and public figures have come forward to express their discontent with the flag’s continued use, considering it’s oppressive origins. Last week, the flag was stripped from it’s position on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds by a heroic citizen, and yesterday, the South Carolina Senate voted to officially remove it.

Today, news has broken that Jay Z and Beyonce are currently attempting to purchase the rights to the flag, so they can help restrict it’s use and reproduction. An attorney for the Carters had this to say about their confederate mission.

My clients are adamant about purchasing the rights to the Rebel Confederate flag. They have expressed deep concern regarding the flag and how it is tearing apart our nation. Mr. and Mrs. Carter wants to assist in the abolishment of the flag by purchasing the resell rights to the Confederate flag. If my clients are successful, purchasing the rights would mean that anyone who wants to produce merchandise using the Confederate flag would have to get permission from Mr. and Mrs. Carter. My clients have expressed that they are not looking to profit from the use of the flag, but rather prevent any further use of the flag on merchandise.

It’ll be interesting to see how far they’re allowed to get. This will be no easy accomplishment by any stretch of the imagination.

Today In Hip Hop History: Jay Z Releases His ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ LP On The Fourth Of July

Hip Hop mogul Shawn Carter drops his most recent full length album on this date in 2013

On the Fourth of July in 2013, Jay-Z released his highly anticipated Magna Carta Holy Grail album via free digital download to all Samsung customers and was made available for retail sale just four days later.

Released on his newly established Roc Nation imprint, Hov hired the best of guests emcees, singers and producers to put together his twelfth album including Mrs. Carter, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell, Rick Ross, Swizz Beats and many others. In just shy of two months, MCHG was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Timeless tracks that will forever be etched in music history from MCHG include “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” featuring Rick Ross, “Tom Ford”, “Picasso Baby” and of course the title track, which was melded together from the minds of Timberlake, The Dream, Jigga and the late Kurt Cobain.

Salute to Jay for giving the people something to rock every summer, but let’s remember to keep that Magna Carta in heavy rotation during the 4th of July.

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)