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Back in spring 2014, when Sam Smith was beginning his climb from angel-voiced Disclosure collaborator to world-conquering superstar, I worried about the direction his career might take. Noting the distinct lack of star power emanating from Smith at the time, I compared him to Rick Astley (fair) and Susan Boyle (cruel) and wrote, “He i… More »

Who knew a tweet from Weezy last December would unfold into the ugly soap opera that is Lil Wayne vs. Birdman? After nine months, three lawsuits, three spinoff dramas, direct verbal shots, social media shots, subliminal lyrical shots, actual gunshots, a hurled drink, two mixtapes, and an album, here we are. More »

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

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Jay Z Celebrating Tidal’s 1M Subscribers With Brooklyn Event Feat. Beyoncé, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, & More

Improbably, Tidal has reached a subscriber base of 1 million, according to a rare tweet that Jay Z sent out earlier today. Granted, that number…
James Rettig | September 29, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Diddy, Jay Z, Drake Surpass Dr. Dre On Forbes’ Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts List

Congratulations, Diddy! You are officially the highest-paid rapper in the world. Forbes published their list of the highest paid hip-hop acts in 2015 today, and…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 22, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Montana Of 300 Teases Collaboration With Kanye West, Jay Z, & Lil Wayne

Chicago rapper Montana Of 300 broke out last year with the cult hit “Ice Cream Truck,” and he’s been picking up some momentum since then.
Peter Helman | September 6, 2015 - 6:24 pm

DJ Clark Kent Discusses Jay Z’s Scathing Unreleased Tupac Diss Track

In the great mid-'90s feud between Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, Shawn Carter was a bit player. He and Biggie tossed Tupac a subliminal or…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2015 - 10:25 am

Jay Z Will Testify In Epic “Big Pimpin'” Copyright Trial

In 1999, Jay Z released the Timbaland-produced "Big Pimpin'," one of the definitive songs of either man's career. The track came out on Vol. 3
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 12, 2015 - 11:19 am

Jack White’s New Jay Z Vinyl Has A Concealed Flexi Disc You Access With A Knife

Have we reached peak vinyl? Probably, yeah, and shit like this doesn't help. After already releasing a superfluous box set of eight 7-inch records containing…
James Rettig | July 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Gwyneth Paltrow Designed A $1,695 Clutch Honoring Biggie & Tupac

Gwyneth Paltrow's website GOOP is selling hip-hop themed pearly clutches. Paltrow enlisted Edie Parker to design the two styles exclusively for GOOP. The "Flavia" clutche…
Caitlin White | July 28, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Cash Money Records Suing Tidal, Jay Z For $50M Over The Free Weezy Album

Fans of Lil Wayne are going through some excruciating pain this year, as the battles over money, music, and life itself seem to keep getting…
Caitlin White | July 16, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Made In America Festival 2015 Lineup

Jay-Z's Budweiser-sponsored Made In America Festival is returning to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend. Last year, the Philadelphia-based festival expanded into two separate, simultaneous festival…
Peter Helman | June 24, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Ed Sheeran Took Jay Z And Beyoncé To A Midtown Pub And Covered “Empire State Of Mind”

Beyoncé slummed it with Ed Sheeran at a midtown bar over the weekend after Sheeran's performance on Sunday night at Barclays Center. (Jay Z wa…
James Rettig | June 3, 2015 - 8:46 am

Nick Minaj x Jay Z Collab Probably Coming To Tidal Very Soon

Nicki Minaj is one of the many celebrity co-owners of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal, and she did Tidal a great favor earlier this week,…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2015 - 11:56 am

Tidal’s Artist Bios Are Unforgiving, But So Are iTunes’

Earlier today someone tweeted a Reddit link into my timeline that seized upon the idea that Tidal bios were shady. Perusing the few they'd collected…
Caitlin White | May 21, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Marina Abramović Is Very Pissed At Jay Z

When Jay Z made his video for "Picasso Baby" two years ago, he took over New York's Pace Gallery and rapped the song for six…
Tom Breihan | May 19, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Watch Jay Z’s First Tidal B-Sides Concert In Full

So far only bits and pieces of Jay Z's B-sides concerts for Tidal subscribers have trickled online, including a much-publicized freestyle in which he took…
Chris DeVille | May 18, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Watch Jay Z Diss Apple, Youtube, & Spotify During Freestyle At NYC B-Sides Concert

Last night, Jay Z held the first of two B-sides concerts at Terminal 5 in New York City, which was exclusively attended by Tidal subscribers,…
James Rettig | May 17, 2015 - 10:49 am

Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” Baltimore Concert Will Stream On Tidal, But You Don’t Have To Subscribe

Jay Z's music and video streaming service Tidal has not proved to be very popular so far. However, their latest move seems to be a…
Caitlin White | May 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Noel Gallagher Has Some Dependably Amusing Thoughts About Tidal, Zayn Malik

In his latest Rolling Stone interview, Noel Gallagher offered typically entertaining commentary about some of the year's biggest music stories. For instance, the former Oasi…
Chris DeVille | May 5, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels

Ever since its loud, hubristic launch event a month ago, Jay Z's new streaming service Tidal has been in damage-control mode, with the company doing…
Tom Breihan | April 30, 2015 - 9:55 am
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