Kendrick Lamar explained in a recent interview with Get Schooled just how much it meant for him to land Jay-Z on the remix for his single “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” For K. Dot it was affirmation of his reputation.
“It was one of them feelings where, you know, you finally reached that moment to where you’re actually respected,” Lamar said. “Jay-Z don’t have to [be on] nobody’s track, so for him to actually hop on a record of mine just shows the level of respect he has for me as an artist. And as a true artist, that’s what you want. You have all the money in the world and the awards, and accolades and stuff, you always want that respect. For him to do that, it’s just one of them things. I felt like, ‘OK, I finally accomplished what I sought out to do the moment I turned 13, and that’s be respected by people I respect.”
During the London stop of ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’ world tour, Beyonce took some time from her busy schedule to sit down with ABC News’ Amy Robach. She talks about her role in the upcoming animated movie ‘Epic’, her recent trip to Cuba with Jay-Z, staying grounded, wanting more children, being a protective mother and more.
This is big! Congratulations to Skylar Diggins! She’s the first woman to sign with Hov’s Roc Nation Sports!
A dynamic personality on and off the court, Skylar Diggins is taking women’s basketball to a level it’s never seen before. A five-time USA Basketball gold medalist (including a captain on the 2010 USA Under-19 World Championship Team, 2011 USA World University Games Team and 2012 USA 3×3 World Championship Team) and a four-time college All-American, the native of South Bend, Ind., is now ready to make her mark on the professional level after being selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock.
Hov was forced to sell his shares in the Brooklyn Nets so he could launch his Roc Nation Sports management agency to avoid a conflict of interest. But its obvious he’s still rockin’ w/ the team he helped put on the map…..check him and Roc Nation soldier Ty Ty courtside at the Barclay’s Arena Saturday night for the Bulls game.
Being a member of the Nets organization surpassed some of my greatest ambitions. It was never about an investment; it was about the NETS and Brooklyn. My job as an owner is over but as a fan it has just begun. I’m a Brooklyn Net forever. It’s been an honor to work with Mikhail Prokhorov, Dmitry Razumov, Christophe Charlier, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, Brett Yormark and all the wonderful people involved in making the Nets first class. My sincerest thanks goes to Bruce Ratner, who first introduced the idea of moving the Nets to Brooklyn. A thank you and deepest appreciation goes to the fans. You are the lifeblood of any team.
The Nets have made their mark on the NBA and as they enter a new era, Roc Nation does as well; as we embark on Roc Nation Sports. Our newest endeavor is committed to building the brands of professional athletes as we have done for some of today’s top music artists. For Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets. It was a tough decision but as I stated earlier, it’s not about ownership. Congratulations to The Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net.
Jay Z embodies so much of what makes New York New York. A kid from a tough neighborhood who grows up in public housing, overcomes lots of bad influences on the street, never lets go of his dream, makes it to the top — and then keeps going, pursuing new outlets for his creativity and ambition. When no one would sign him to a record contract, he created his own label and built a music empire — before going on to design clothing lines, open sports bars and, most recently, represent professional athletes. He’s an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America, and his influence stretches across races, religions and regions. He’s never forgotten his roots — “Empire State of Mind” was a love song to our city — and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood. In nearly everything he’s tried, he’s found success. (He even put a ring on Beyoncé.) And in doing so, he’s proved that the American Dream is alive and well.
Jay-Z’s new song, “Open Letter,” has raised the ire of critics. In the song, Jay mentioned his controversial trip to Cuba and President Obama. The mention apparently warranted a response from the White House, as a press conference was called and White House press secretary Jay Carney was questioned about the reference to Obama.
A little while back we heard that Jay is currently working on a new solo album for the year, so I’m assuming this is the first offering from the upcoming project. Wherever its from, I’m just glad we got some new Hov. The track features Swizz Beatz and was produced by both him and Timbaland. He supposedly just recorded it last night, and in the track he addresses his controversial trip to Cuba with Beyonce, and the rumors of him selling his Brookyln Nets shares.
Jay-Z and Budweiser are teaming up once again this year to put together the second annual Made In America Festival. It will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on August 31-September 1st. Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails will serve as the headliners this year. Other notable artists performing are Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Ab-Soul, Wiz Khalifa, Jay Rock, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel and much more. Tickets go on sale to the public on April 17th. Check out the full lineup after the jump.
Dame Dash sits down w/ the follks at The Combat Jack show for a very in depth interview talking about everything from Jay-Z to Aaliyah, to his son being a DJ, why he was such an asshole and more. Click HERE to listen.
This morning, the official announcement was made that Jay-Z would be taking his successful music label Roc Nation over to Universal Music. The deal allows Roc Nation to continue to operate as an independent label and the upcoming releases from all its artists, such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, J.Cole and more, will be released via Universal Music. Here is what Jay had to say about the deal:
“We are looking forward to working with Lucian and the incredible team he’s assembled at Universal. We would like to applaud Lucian for collaborating with us to strike a new age deal. This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation’s artists-being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major. I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home.”
Jay-Z assembles an all-star cast for the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby. The Roc Nation mogul, who serves as executive producer of the film and soundtrack, has worked closely with writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann on the eclectic project over the past two years, blending the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel with hip-hop and traditional jazz.
“The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence, and illusion,” said Jay-Z. “It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to Moulin Rouge! made it a masterpiece, and Romeo + Juliet’s score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”
Jay-Z’s own “No Church in the Wild” is included in the film, along with a new song entitled “100$ Bill.” The first single will be the haunting “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey.
The diverse lineup also includes original music from Fergie, Q Tip, Florence + The Machine, and will.i.am. Beyoncé and André 3000 duet on a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” Emeli Sandé remakes Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” and Jack White reinterprets U2′s “Love Is Blindness.”
The soundtrack arrives on May 7, while the movie hits theaters on May 10. See the tracklisting and hear a clip of “Back to Black” in the trailer below.
The Great Gatsby Soundtrack
1. “100$ Bill” – Jay-Z
2. “Back to Black” – Beyoncé x André 3000
3. “Bang Bang” – will.i.am
4. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
5. “Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey
6. “Love Is the Drug” – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. “Over the Love” – Florence + The Machine
8. “Where the Wind Blows” – Coco O. of Quadron
9. “Crazy in Love” – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. “Together” – The xx
11. “Hearts a Mess” – Gotye
12. “Love Is Blindness” – Jack White
13. “Into the Past” – Nero
14. “Kill and Run” – Sia