No wonder this dude is looking so smug nowadays…word on the street is that Jigga is about to make himself a $44 million when he sells a 50% stake of his Las Vegas 40/40 club to the Las Vegas Sands Corp which owns a slew of hotels across the world including The Venetian in Vegas. Looks like Jay is cashing in his chips…wonder what he will be up to next. The deal would give the Sands Corp the right to build 40/40 in London and throughout Europe, where Jay was looking to spread his wings too next.
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Here is a brief update as to what our fave celebs are up to when it comes to their business. Sean Combs – He may be unlucky in love but he sure is successful when it comes to his smells. After the success of Sean John, Diddy has gone on to develop yet another fragrance. This one is called I am King…not too sure about the name, but then wasn’t too stuck on the shiny suits either but they def made a lasting impression. Beyonce – Shame Jayonce hasn’t had the success with her clothing line that her husband has had with his. Word is, House of Dereon is closing its doors and I can’t say I am surprised as some of the lines available from the Knowles women were not what you would expect from a fashionista such as Bey Z. Def Jam – Take away the new age King and Queen of R&B Ne Yo and Rihanna, Def Jam really isn’t doing much these days but to add a new twist to their marketing and promotions they are planning on utilizing the big screen to promote up and coming albums from their artists by previewing their videos before, during and after movies. I am sure Meth, the Roots and Ghostface are on the top of the list to recieve that extra boost. Lil Jon – The King of Crunk has managed to secure his masters in his new deal with Orchard, the company that bought out TVT earlier this year. Nice to see labels making situations somewhat easier for artists.
Word on the street is that the infamous Live Nation deal that Jay Z was supposed to sign may end up being the deal that never was. The $150 million dollar deal that had media outlets hopping back in April as it would be the biggest deal ever planned for the company who is a spin off of Clear Channel Communications. Talk of the town is that Jay might be headed over to Warner Music Group where his old homie Lyor Cohen is situated.
Hey world, this is iHipHop writer/blogger Dan, coming to you straight from Russia. I am away for a few weeks, and have not contributed in a few days if you haven’t noticed, but I am reporting at 3:30 AM local time to bring you news on The Blueprint 3! So, at Kanye’s last GITD stop in NYC, he brought out Jay-Z to perform a track entitled “Jockin’ Jay-Z,” before which he announced Blueprint 3 was on the way. Now, DJ Mick Boogie has come out and told the world that The Blueprint 3 is entirely produced by Kanye, not Timbaland! Turns out, Kanye was out in Hawaii and he produced the entire album, and it’s set to drop in the first week of December. We all know Jigga is a 4th quarter man, and if you’re like me and you couldn’t wait till ’09 for another album, rejoice! A few months back, I told told co-workers that it seemed like Jay couldn’t wait another year to drop another album, and gladly I was right. Kanye has produced hits like “Heart of the City,” “Encore” and “This Can’t be Life” for Jay, so this album should be absolutely retarded, in a good way. Check out the video link here to hear a snippet of “Jockin Jay-Z.” Thought the track is not typical Kanye soul-inspired, it’s fu*king hard and hot. News like this makes me excited about hip-hop and music in general. “They should’ve told that bloke from Oasis I’m a rockstar!” – God MC, J-Hova
Funny how people sometimes end up eating their words or in this case say their words were taken the wrong way. Noel Gallagher, the Oasis front man who spoke out about Hip-Hop being a part of Glastonbury is now recanting his speech after Jay Z had the 100,000 plus crowd rocking to tracks like Hard Knock Life, Encore and of course his very own rendition of the Oasis track Wonderwall. After Jay performed at Glastonbury in late June, Wonderwall re-entered the charts in the UK, and of course Noel Gallagher can’t not acknowledge that. In a recent interview Gallagher had this to say “My f****** single went back in the charts, Jay-Z’s profile went through the f****** roof. Everyone’s a winner. He knows that I was misrepresented, as I guess he was, so let’s f****** move on.” I guess that will do as an apology.
A few years ago, Papoose was the biggest artist to come out of New York since…possibly Jay-Z. With unbelievable potential, a ridiculous flow, clever vocabulary, hilarious punchlines and a dinstinct voice, Pap was poised to bring hip-hop back to New York in a major way. He even aligned himself with heavyweights like Busta Rhymes and DJ Kay Slay to insure his rise. However, a few years, a lot of mixtapes, and a hefty fall from relevance later, Pap is apparently still making music. I have to say, I was really excited about Papoose when he first came out, and his album, Nacirema Dream, was one I was ready to shell out some cash for. But, after this long, I think I speak for all of his fans in saying I just don’t care anymore, because too much other good music has come and gone. To give Pap another chance, check out his new track “Get it Poppin Again” below, and let us know what you think. Papoose – Get it Poppin Again
Famed 38-year-old video director Hype Williams has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Snoop to Mary J. and Q-Tip. Now, the director who has made a living of staying specifically in the hip-hop/r&b genres, has finally stepped out of that box and recently signed on to direct Coldplay’s new video for “Viva La Vida.” The song is incredible, and definitely anthemic, and only someone like Hype could bring out all the qualities that make the song unbelievable. Check it out below and let us know what you think about Hype directing rock videos. Coldplay – “Viva La Vida” Video
It looks like anyone who went to a show this weekend was mos def getting their monies worth. Kanye killed it at the closing of the infamous Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Playing to a home crowd never did anyone any harm and after delivering track after track from his three offerings, Kanye had the crowd paying homage to the ‘lady who drove him to Chicago when he was only three’…his late Momma. While on the NY leg of the Rock the Bells event out at Jones Beach, crowds were whipped into a frenzy as artist after artist hit the stage delivering classic after classic. Slick Rick, MOP, ATCQ, DJ Premier, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes were all in attendance plus a whole lot more. But what really got the crowd going was when Jay Z appeared on stage to accompany Nas for Black Republicans. Good times to be had by all, what Summer is all about really.
A couple days ago, I mentioned Freeway had just leaked a new freestyle over an old Ray Cash beat, and Free is right back at it. There are rumors floating around that Free is prepping a new album called Freedom of Speech, so all of these leaks are starting to make sense. Free is definitely consistent with his flow and uses his raspy voice to its fullest value. Check out a new track from Free, “Will I Ever Be,” below. Freeway – “Will I Ever Be”
The entire Dipset crew, including Cam’Ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, have been struggling for a little while now. After Jim’s subpar performance with his last solo and Byrdgang album, and with Cam’Ron getting lyrically assaulted by 50 Cent, the crew that once brought us “Oh Boy” and other Rocafella smashes has hit hard times. Dipset’s golden boy was always Juelz, and after waiting and waiting for the mysterious Juelz/Lil’ Wayne album, and for a solo comeback from Juelz, fans may actually have reason to get excited. According to Miss Info, Cam’Ron has sold Juelz’s contract to Def Jam Records for $2 million and Juelz has signed a 50/50 deal with the label.Juelz also went on to tell Miss Info his mixtape, The Reagan Era, and his album, Born to Lose, Built to Win, should be dropping soon. Stay tuned for more from Juelz.
According to Rolling Stone, Kanye West is the biggest money maker in Hip-Hop this year when it comes to touring. The Chicago MC has amassed over $31.6 million while out on the road this year, ranking him fourth in the top ten Rock and Pop Tours. The only other urban tour to earn a mention is Jay Z and Mary J Blige who came in just behind West with $30.7 million. The list is pretty much dominated by rock acts including Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen, The Police and Bon Jovi who top the lists. The Mid year report also indicated that CD sales have also declined 16.3% so far this year. However Lil Wayne is holding onto the most sales for the year so far with his album The Carter III.
Freeway, arguably the only Rocafella soldier who can actually rap (besides Jay, of course), is back. If you recall, Free’s debut album, Philadelphia Freeway, was absolutely amazing. It had guest spots from Jay, Beanie Sigel, Nate Dogg and was produced almost in its entirety by Kanye West and Just Blaze. Free was definitely the first to set himself apart from the other Roc rhymers, and to this day his voice and flow is unlike most artists we’ve heard. For his second album, Free gained a cosign from 50 Cent and his album Free at Last featured guests like Jay, 50, Busta Rhymes and Scarface. Now, less than a year after Free at Last, free is bumping some new sh*t. His new track, aptly titled “Bumping My New Shit.” To check out Free on his A-game, click here to download the track. Check out a preview for the track here.
Justin Blaze, as Jay-Z so comically calls him, has been producing the hottest rappers in hip-hop for years now. After getting major recognition for producing hits on Jay’s Blueprint, Just Blaze moved on to work with everyone from The Game and DMX and TI to Rhymefest and Talib Kweli. His unique soul samples and fast-tempo, drum-heavy tracks keep any rapper hitting up Just for some beats. Just was also the exclusive producer on Saigon’s debut album, which has been pushed back for about 4 years now. Just has also been rumored to be working with new Interscope artist Wale and Erykah Badu’s protege Jay Electronica. In the meantime, Just decided to go old-school and bring his fans a 90′s hip-hop mixtape entitled 90′s Flava. The 51-track tape features everyone from AZ and Method Man to Das EFX, Brand Nubian and Pete Rock. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve seen Just hosting a mixtape, and listening to his selection of the best 90′s hits should be pretty educational. Download the mixtape here, and let us know what you think.
California-bred emcee Murs is finally starting to gain some mainstream fame before his third major album, Murs for President, drops. Murs is currently on tour with Rock the Bells, and is preparing the afforementioned album for a September release on Warner Bros. Records. To up the hype a little bit more, Murs and longtime collaborator 9th Wonder decided to release a 10-track album for free online. The album is entitled Sweet Lord and is exclusively produced by 9th Wonder. If you don’t know 9th, he’s worked with Jay-Z, Little Brother, Buckshot and plenty of other wordsmiths over the years. Check out Sweet Lord here, and get ready for Murs for President. I’ve heard the album, and it’s absolutely ridiculous. Look for the review right here sometime next week.
iHipHop Blog Team