Checking In With The Roc-A-Fellas

Assorted happenings from “Big Brother” and little brother these days. Like over in Kanye’s University City blog, there’s a massive MP3 mixtape up for free download, assembled by West, 9th Wonder and Mick Boogie featuring remixes, freestyles, and all sorts of other goodies we haven’t had time to dig into yet.

While over at big brother’s house, things have more of a film-and-television feel to ‘em. As previously mentioned, tinsel town’s lured Jigga out of another retirement to record a concept album inspired by the forthcoming Russell Crow/Denzel flick American Gangster (which has already yielded an official vid for the Pharrell collaborating “Blue Magic,” situated after the jump). But for some reason nobody’s talking about the event in Brooklyn tomorrow, when Jay-Z revisits Unplugged* for yet another session. No way it’s qualitatively topping that classic session with the most fabulous Roots crew (out six years ago this December), but it should be well worth the watch. Who’s taking bets on an appearance by the ubiquitous hip-hop violinist? Or, by little brother himself? (*UPDATE: It was Storytellers, not Unplugged. MTV has deets.)

Those Roc-A-Fella boys are staying busy as ever. Don’t know where their relationship stands at this point, but here’s hoping they’ve put that territoriality over Chris Martin behind them. Jump for Jay’s “Blue”…

American Gangster is out 11/6 on Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella. No more OiNK … how you gonna get this one?

Tags: Jay-Z, Kanye West