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Today In Hip Hop History: Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint’ LP Added To The National Recording Registry Today

Another accolade for Hovito.

in recognition of his sixth studio album The Blueprint, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s The Blueprint album has been added to the National Recording Registry.

To school you to the importance of the commemoration, according to the national Recording Registry, songs and records are archived that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

Other Hip Hop songs that have been registered include Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message”, 2Pac’s “Dear Mama” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”.

Records by Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield were also recognized alongside The Blueprint.

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Freeway Pens Deep Words On JAY-Z’s BLUEPRINT Getting Archived In Library Of Congress

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State Property‘s Freeway is officially a part of music history. The hip-hop veteran has saluted longtime mentor and former Roc-A-Fella Records labelmate JAY-Z on his The Blueprint album getting archived in the Library of Congress.

Free hit up Instagram Wednesday to reflect on Young Hov’s latest career achievement.

On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced JAY’s legendary album will be inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Each year, the registry selects 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old and are deemed as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the National Recording Preservation Board. This year’s additions bring the total number of recordings in the registry to 525. Other albums added to the registry this year include Cyndi Lauper’s hit 1983 album She’s So Unusual and Curtis Mayfield’s classic 1972 blaxploitation soundtrack Superfly. (SPIN)

Additional inductees include music gamechangers like Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone.

The rap legend’s album is among 25 records to be inducted, alongside music from Earth, Wind, & Fire (“September”), Nina Simone (“Mississippi Goddam”), Curtis Mayfield (“Super Fly”), Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual,” and an excerpt from president Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 speech where he announced the death of Martin Luther King Jr. (Okayplayer)

JAY’s epic LP features key production from game-changing producers like Kanye West and Just Blaze.

Blueprint is JAY’s sixth studio album and is widely regarded as one of his best works. The full-length also notably marks some of Kanye West and Just Blaze’s first breakout production credits. West produced four cuts on the project including “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” which became JAY’s first top ten single as a lead artist, while Just Blaze produced the Grammy-nominated “Song Cry” among others. (The FADER)

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Jay Electronica Hints At Joint Project With Jay-Z

The ever-evasive New Orleans rap phenom Jay Electronica says it’s “possible” that he and Hov may have a collaborative project coming out in the near future.

Yesterday on his IG, Jay-E decided to field some questions from his fans and one of the more enquiring minds asked what everyone else wanted to know about what’s next for the forty plus emcee with no full length studio album.

He pledged to at least release some new music to his followers and fans, even though promises not kept is a characteristic Elect has carried into the game.

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Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Chance The Rapper Headline Woodstock 50

On Tuesday night, organizers released the lineup for Woodstock 50 and it’s one for the ages. The eclectic lineup features JAY-Z, Change the Rapper, Vince Staples, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Run the Jewels, Janelle Monáe, Princess Nokia, Common and many more.

Michael Lang, the co-founder of the original 1969 festival, spoke to Billboard about the combing multiple genres for the 50th anniversary. “The lineup will be a mix of some of the old bands who are still performing and a lot of new headline talent,” said Lang. “Probably more than any other festival’s ever had. It’ll cross genres from rock to pop, folk and hip hop. It’s kind of representative of this idea of engagement and trying to steer toward acts that are heavily involved in social issues. So there’s some real gravitas in the performance and we want it to live on beyond the event.”

The lineup will also include artists who appeared at the 1969 Woodstock such as talking Santana, David Crosby, John Fogerty, Canned Heat, as well as members of Dead & Co. The performances will take place on three stages: the Peace Stage, Love Stage, and Music Stage—names that nod to the original music fest, which featured legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, Sly and The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, and Janis Joplin.

Woodstock was a music festival held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City, on the dates of August 15–18, 1969. The festival reportedly attracted an audience of more than 400,000 participants.

Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock.

In spite of torrential rain pouring all throughout the weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors. Woodstock is still widely regarded as a vital moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive event that represented counterculture generation.

Woodstock 50 tickets will go on sale April 22. To find out more information, go to the festival’s official website.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Jay-Z And R. Kelly Release Their Collaborative Album ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ 17 Years Ago

On this date in 2002, Hip Hop billionaire and troubled R&B legend R. Kelly released their highly anticipated joint album Best Of Both Worlds on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam imprint.

One of the most controversial albums and tours in the history of Hip Hop, Best Of Both Worlds fused Hip Hop and the already present element of R&B from two of the most prolific artists of the time. Kells and Hov created a synergy that could only be wrapped in a package with artistry from these two notable entertainers. Songs like “Shake Your Body” featuring Lil’ Kim, “Get This Money” and “Somebody’s Girl” embodied the concept of this project. The title track, in which Jay proclaims, “A combination of Pappy Mason and Larry Davis/ Martin and Malcolm, this is bigger than the album..” explained in suttle detqil the importance of this collabo project for the fans as well as the two artists.

Nevermind the fact that Jay had just completed his probation for the stabbing of former friend and associate Lance “Un” Rivera and Kells was facing then his first child sex case. Forget the fact that Jay’s longtime confidant pepper-sprayed Kelly in Madison Square Garden backstage, prompting the singer to drop out of the tour. It safe to say that the anticipation of the album was just as exciting as the drama that surrounded the album and the tour.

Salute to Jay and R. Kelly for delivering suc an unforgettable piece of Hip Hop history!

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TDE Head Reveals JAY-Z’s Kendrick Lamar TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY Support

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Top Dawg Entertainment president Punch just dropped a pretty big bombshell on how Young Hov supported Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly album. The hip-hop executive hit up social media to dish on JAY-Z’s encouragement for the game-changing 2015 LP.

Punch hopped on Instagram Friday to share the hip-hop gem.

Back in October 2016, K. Dot shut down the idea of making a direct To Pimp A Butterfly follow-up inspired by his chart-topping release.

“That was me then,” Lamar said in an interview. “Not to say that it wouldn’t be continuous. It’ll always have some type of DNA in my music. But me, as a person, I grow. I’m like a chameleon. You know? That is a gift and a curse for me. But more so a gift, because it never puts me in a box. And my ability to express and still make the connection wherever I go, that is my high point. That’s something I pride myself off of.” (GQ)

Earlier the same year, Lamar’s untitled unmastered album crushed its competition atop the sales chart.

Kendrick Lamar’s surprise Untitled Unmastered album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 178,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 10, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 142,000 were in pure album sales. (Billboard)

Days prior, NBA superstar LeBron James weighed-in on Kendrick’s untitled unmastered album.

“I got an opportunity to listen to some music last few days and obviously, a good friend of mine, Kendrick, blessed me with that album that just dropped. So I can even lock in, kind of use that for motivation moving forward. So shout-out Kendrick, Top Dawg, you know, everybody there at TDE, making that great music. Appreciate it man, everything is love and it’s going to be a great stretch run for our ball club, for our team and looking forward to seeing all y’all either in the Q[uicken Loans Arena] or on the road. Let’s gear up, stay sharp, and you already know to strive for greatness.” (“Uninterrupted”)

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Beyoncé Embroiled In Blue Ivy Trademark Fight With Wedding Planner

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Beyoncé is still in the middle of an odd legal tussle regarding the use of her daughter Blue Ivy‘s name by a wedding planner who believes she has rights to do so. The Houston singer is refusing to hand over documents and private texts between her husband Jay-Z and mother Tina Lawson that the wedding planner believe would help her case.

The Blast reports:

According to documents obtained by The Blast, Veronica Morales has requested a list of documents and communications from Beyoncé in their trademark battle.

Morales wants Beyoncé to turn over all documents showing any evidence she planned to actually use the trademark “Blue Ivy” (since Morales doesn’t believe the singer ever planned to use it) and any samples of her intent to use the name.

Morales is also seeking all communications with Jay-Z relating to their 2016 trademark application, any communications of her or Jay-Z knowing about “Blue Ivy” before their daughter was born in February 2012, and any records of convos with Bey and her mother about the mark.

Beyoncé has thus far refused to hand over the documents and is demanding a protective order be entered which would prohibit Morales or her legal team from leaking the confidential information.

In 2017, the Carters trademarked their eldest daughter’s name not to use it for product placements but to prevent instances like the one Morales is attempting.

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T.I. Compares His Wide-Ranging Career to Tupac’s Own

Although T.I. isn’t impressed with Tupac’s bars, he does salute the Hip Hop icons diverse career. In fact, Tip claims he’s the only rapper to reach such accolades since the late rapper’s passing.

“Any way you slice it… I’m the very best at what I do… impossible to duplicate… accept no substitution!” T.I. declared on Instagram this week. “When you get done buuuulshittin’… Riddle me this…. Who since 2Pac has maintained as much consistent diversity within music genres, businesses & other opportunities? I’ll wait…”

A few Instagram users attempted to challenge T.I.’s claim and proposed other rappers who have secured the bag in other mediums of entertainment outside of music. Many specifically named JAY-Z who has his hand in music, management, sports, real estate, social justice and more.

“Respectfully to da goat…what major feature film he [starred] in?” the ATL rapper wrote in response to one of the JAY comments.

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I guess he does have a point there.

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Jay-Z & Beyoncé To Be Honored At GLAAD Media Awards For Work In LGBTQ Community

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As we all know, there is no limit to the generosity of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The Carters aren’t just musicians—they are philanthropists intent on moving the culture forward.

With that said, there’s no surprise that the First Couple of Hip-Hop will be honored at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards for their work in “accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.”

“GLAAD announced Monday that the Carters will receive its Vanguard Award at its 30th annual awards on March 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California,” Page Six reports. “The award, previously given to Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Antonio Banderas, honors ‘allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people,’ GLAAD said.”

Jay-Z’s  song “Smile,” in which he shares details about his mom coming out, was honored at last year’s ceremony. On her end, Beyoncé has been pushing the movement forward for quite some time…in fact, here’s a full thread that touches on her love and support of the LGBTQ community.

Congrats to the Carters.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z to Receive Vanguard Award at GLAAD Media Awards

The Carters, Beyonce and Jay-Z, will be receiving Vanguard Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The award is set in Beverly Hills, California on March 28. It isn’t set in stone on if Bey and Jay will be making an appearance, they are more than aware to accept the award. The award is celebrated within the LGBTQ community.

The President of GLAAD and CEO Sarah Ellis states “The Carters are a global icon and defender of human rights and acceptance of all people. The world is inspired by the community and that their voices are loud and clear.”

The work they put in the community, art, and marriage is celebrated. If you can recall last year, Hov received recognition from them when his mom, Gloria Carter, was featured in the song “Smile.” On the track, Hov and his mother revealed that she was a lesbian. Beyonce tributed her Formation World Tour performance to the Orlando mass shooting and had featured a transgender into her Ivy Park clothing as a model.

Peep how The Carters go “APESHIT” below.

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