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Power Moves: Roc Nation Elevates Brett Yormark to COO

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Brett Yormark has been elevated to COO of Roc Nation. The announcement was made by Jay-Z’s longtime business partner and Roc Nation CEO, Desiree Perez.

Yormark has held the position of co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified and President of Business Operations & Strategy since 2019. Since then Yorkmark has facilitated major partnership deals including, American Greetings, Modern Luxury (EDITION), US Open and LIU, and establishing Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment.

Roc Nation CEO, Desiree Perez shared, “There are few individuals that understand the essence of Roc Nation. Brett Yormark has proven to be a fearless leader and will be dynamic in the role of COO. His proven track record ensures that Roc Nation will be in a prime position to expand our business and influence in the years to come.”

According to the released statement, in the role, Yormark will provide leadership and strategic vision across Roc Nation verticals while continuing to develop and execute long-term organizational objectives to support the company’s continued growth.

“I am thrilled that Jay-Z, Desiree and the Roc Nation board have given me this opportunity and look forward to growing the company under their vision. Roc Nation is one of today’s most culturally rich, diverse and innovative companies. After the past two years working at Roc Nation, I have seen first hand that with determination and an entrepreneurial spirit, anything is possible,” Yormark shared of his promotion.

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill Push For Bill To Prohibit The Use Of Rappers’ Lyrics Against Them In Court

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill are urging lawmakers to pass the “Rap Music On Trial” Bill to prevent courts from using lyrics to prosecute alleged crimes.  The social justice activists enlisted the help of a host of other artists to help push the cause. Jay-Z And Meek Mill Urge NY Lawmakers To Pass New Bill Jay-Z […]

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Jay-Z’s “The Harder They Fall” Soundtrack Adds NAACP Nod To Growing Accolades

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JAY-Z’s The Harder They Fall album has been receiving great reviews since the new year.  It has made The Oscars Shortlist for Best Original Song and received a key nomination from The Society of Composers & Lyricists.  The project has been nominated yet again, this time for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. The hard-hitting album […]

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[WATCH] Fat Joe: Jay-Z’s “Feelin’ It” Has The “Hardest Lyric In Hip Hop”

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In an exclusive interview on the I Am Athlete podcast, Bronx rap legend Fat Joe and the hosts of the show discuss the importance of having a strong support system in order to achieve success. Joe uses a bar from Jay-Z’s “Feelin’ It”, a hit song from his Reasonable Doubt debut, to prove that exact point, rapping, “If every n***a in your clique is rich, your clique is rugged/Nobody will fall ‘cause everyone will be each other’s crutches…”

The TS general adds, “Everybody wanna be the man. Everybody wanna be the guy everybody looks up to. There’s no real strength in that. The strength is in everybody eating, so that if one of us falls, we can lift him up. You have to understand that mentality.”

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Rappers Join Forces In Support Of New Law That’ll Prevent Lyrics From Being Used In Court

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Many notable rappers have team up for the advocacy of a New York state law that’ll help their innocence in court.

According to Rolling Stone, Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, Yo Gotti, and more hip-hop stars have petitioned to push New York lawmakers to pass Senate Bill S752.

If approved, Senate Bill S752, or “Rap Music on Trial” will stop courts from using rap lyrics as evidence during criminal trials. 

The letter co-written by Jay-Z’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, is asking  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, to make Senate Bill S752 a state law.

“This is an issue that’s important to (Jay-Z) and all the other artists that have come together to try to bring about this change,” Spiro, shared. “This is a long time coming. Mr. Carter is from New York, and if he can lend his name and his weight, that’s what he wants to do.”

Spiro received help from University of Richmond’s Professor Erik Nielson in writing the letter, in which all the artist signed. Kelly Rowland, Killer Mike, Robin Thicke, and more artists have signed and supported this new legislation.  

Fat Joe also spoke with Rolling Stone. “Our lyrics are a creative form of self-expression and entertainment – just like any other genre,” Joe said. “We want our words to be recognized as art rather than being weaponized to get convictions in court. I hope the governor and all the lawmakers in New York take our letter into consideration, protect our artistic rights and make the right decision to pass this bill.”

The legislation would limit the use of “creative expression” as evidence and push prosecutors to prove that such art isn’t just fictional, with “clear and convincing evidence.” Senator Brad Hoylman, Senator Jamaal Bailey, and Assemblymember Catalina Cruz have brought the legislation forward. 

Hoylman used an example of Johnny Cash singing that he “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” and David Byrne calling himself a “psycho killer,” without anyone taking them literally. Conversely, hip-hop artists have a history of having their lyrics used against them. The late Drakeo the Ruler served a three years sentence after his songs were used to prove his guilt.

“Presuming a defendant’s guilt based solely on musical genre or creative expression is antithetical to our foundational rights and perpetuates the systemic racism that is embedded into the criminal justice system through discriminatory conflations of hip-hop and rap with criminality,” Bailey said.

Rap Music on Trial, was first proposed in November by New York state senators and now is making progress. If approved, the hip-hop community expects others states to follow suit with this ruling.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Spiro said “This is a long time coming,” he continued. “By changing the law here, you do a lot of good for the cases that it affects, but you also send a message that progress is coming. We expect it will be followed in a lot of places.”

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Jay-Z and Team ROC Ups Pressure On DOJ Urging Investigation Of KCK Police

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Jay-Z and Team ROC are upping the pressure on the Department of Justice to investigate the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department.

Team ROC released a statement with the nonprofit Midwest Innocence Project and said there’s enough evidence of systemic police misconduct in the department that it warrants an investigation.

In the statement, addressed to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, both groups said the DOJ’s inaction tells targeted minority communities “justice does not exist for them.”

“We are committed to holding these so-called public servants accountable for alleged rampant acts of brutality and exploitation and request a meeting with the DOJ to discuss our findings—findings we hope will move you to act. These allegations require the urgency that the Kansas City, Kansas
community deserves. This is a critical time in and for our nation. The DOJ’s continued inaction tells targeted minority communities held hostage to the whims of the carceral state that justice does not exist for them, that their lives do not matter.”

Team ROC sued the Kansas City Police Department in September for records that would help evaluate the department’s “training and supervision.”

Team ROC lawyer Alex Spiro said allegations of corruption and civil rights violations against police over the decades are not isolated.

NBC News reports, the incidents include a case of a former KC detective who was the subject of a federal investigation last year after he was accused of exploiting Black women for sex and framing people for crimes they say they did not commit.

Team ROC is Jay-Z’s philanthropic group, the social justice division of Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation.

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Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, and Others Push For Law To Prevent Lyrics From Being Used In Court

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Jay-Z, Meek Mill, and other artists are coming together to push New York state lawmakers to sign the “Rap Music on Trial” bill. This bill would stop prosecutors from being able to use rap lyrics against artists while in court.

In a letter obtained by People Magazine, Jay-Z’s attorney Alex Spiro and University of Richmond Professor Erik Nielson stated that “Rather than acknowledge rap music as a form of artistic expression, police and prosecutors argue that the lyrics should be interpreted literally.”

The letter continues, saying “in the words of one prosecutor, as ‘autobiographical journals’ — even though the genre is rooted in a long tradition of storytelling that privileges figurative language, is steeped in hyperbole, and employs all of the same poetic devices we find in more traditional works of poetry.”

“This tactic effectively denies rap music the status of art and, in the process, gives prosecutors a dangerous advantage in the courtroom,” the letter continues. “By presenting rap lyrics as rhymed confessions of illegal behavior, they are often able to obtain convictions even when other evidence is lacking.”

The bill aims to limit the admissibility of a artist’s lyrics as evidence. Instead, prosecutors will have to find “clear and convincing” evidence that the lyrics are “literal, rather than figurative or fictional.”

The bill was brought about by Democratic Senator Brad Hoylman, Jamaal Bailey, and Catalina Cruz in November and passed through the New York Senate Codes committee on Tuesday. Now it will head to the Senate floor where it will be voted on.

On Tuesday, Fat Joe spoke to Rolling Stone about his involvement in urging lawmakers to pass the bill. Fat Joe defended the artists, citing that lyrics are a form of expression and that rappers “want our words to be recognized as art rather than being weaponized to get convictions in court.”

“I hope the governor and all the lawmakers in New York take our letter into consideration, protect our artistic rights and make the right decision to pass this bill,” he added.

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Jay-Z & Blue Ivy Make First Appearance In 2022

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Jay-Z and his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, were seen out on the town at the Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams football game, to the delight of fans. Blue, resembling her mother Beyoncé more as she grows, turned 10 on January 7. Fans have been waiting to see hip-hop’s royal family out and about this year […]

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Jay-Z and Lil Kim Are The Only Rappers Improving With Age According To Azealia Banks

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Azealia Banks might be known for her outrageous social media moments or her infamous Wild n Out episode, but from time to time she says something that might get people really thinking.

Banks took to her Instagram stories to share her thoughts on two rappers who she thinks are improving with age: Jay-Z and Lil Kim.

She first praised Jay-Z’s multiple features on Jay Electronica’s 2020 debut A Written Testimony.Jay-Z on that Jay Electronica record was really some crazy s**t,” Banks said. “I never heard Jay-Z sound like that and it was a clear evolution and maturation of his artistry.”

She then went on to praise Lil Kim for her performance on her 2019 album, 9. “Lil’ Kim did something really masterful with ‘9’. She adulterated today’s trends and made an undeniably New York rap album,” Banks wrote. “A musical triumph if you will. ‘9’ proved that Lil’ Kim is the origin species from which all female rap is spawned.”

Maybe we’ll continue to see this trend in the future of our current rappers getting even better the older they get.

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T.I. Says When It Comes To Making Music “Ain’t Nobody F***ING With Me”

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T.I. wants to bring them out. Says, “Ain’t nobody f***ing with me.”

The Atlanta native jumped on his Instagram live over the weekend to air out a discrepancy. Who makes the best music?

“MF’s can’t f**k with me in no way, shape, form or fashion when it comes to doing no music,” declared T.I. “I got a lot of other sh*t going on so I don’t do music on no consistent basis.”

The “Live Your Life” rapper continued, “I don’t depend on that sh*t to feed me, you hear me? But when you’re talking about doing music and when you’re talking about cutting records, you talking about putting sh*t out, talking about making sh*t that’s better than anything out there. Man, ain’t nobody f***ing with me! Nobody f***ing with me.”

The actor and entrepreneur made it clear of his place in the Hip Hop orbit.

“Jay and Nas, you need to bring them… They who you need. Jay-Z, Nas, Wayne, Ye… They who you need. Bring them, Pusha T, yeah, all them,” the Bankhead representor demanded.

“Keep trying to goddamn throw my name in the circle, in the mix… ain’t nobody f***ing me, keep playing…”

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“Jay-Z, Nas, Pusha, Ye, Wayne… when it comes to making music, ain’t nobody f***ing with me.”

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