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Megan Thee Stallion Links Up W/ JAY-Z + Delivers Huge News: “I Would Like To Announce I’m Officially A Part Of The Roc Nation Fam!”

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Texas rapper Megan Thee Stallion is rolling with the Roc. The hip-hop newcomer has announced her new association with music icon JAY-Z‘s Roc Nation.

On Friday, Meg went to Instagram to deliver the massive news to fans.

Since making the announcement, the Southern musician has dished on the importance of keeping her late mother proud.

According to reports, Meg is officially linked up to JAY’s powerhouse through a management deal.

The rapper — who’s had a busy few weeks between the VMAsa “Hot Girl Summer” videoand a performance last night on Fallon — hasn’t signed to Roc Nation’s in-house label. Roc Nation told The FADER this afternoon that the deal is management-only and that Megan will continue to release music through 1501 Certified Ent/300 Entertainment. (The FADER)

A few weeks ago, Meg linked up with Young Hov at a PUMA sneaker event in New York City.

Last month, she attended a PUMA event in New York City where she also interacted with Hov. By partnering with Roc Nation, Megan joins a loaded roster of prime-time acts, which boasts Rihanna, Meek Mill, Big Sean, and more. (Billboard)

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Lenny S. Says JAY-Z Took the “Ether” Loss in Stride

One of the greatest debates in Hip-Hop history is who won the JAY-Z and Nas beef. Many will point to “Ether” and state that gave Esco the victory, and perhaps Hov will agree?

On the 18th anniversary of Jay’s The Blueprint album, Def Jam published an oral history of the album and its impact and pulled in Lenny S for insight. During his section, Kodak Lens detailed not only how he felt about the moment happening while knowing Jay was the best, but also that Hov was accepting of the percieved L.

“The Blueprint showed me how selfless Jay was. This was the time when ‘Takeover’ was out and ‘Ether’ and everything. The energy was kind of crazy,” Lenny S. said. “I was so mad, I wanted to cry… I was angry. I knew Jay is the best, Jay’s the best rapper, he’s the best businessman, he’s the best entrepreneur. In my heart, I felt he was the best.”

After hitting both Hov and Kareem “Biggs” Burke on a two-way pager to express his feelings, Jay reached out to Lenny via phone.

“Jay’s on the phone with me, convincing me that this has to happen in life. We have to go through ups and downs… He just spent 15 minutes convincing me why this was necessary and that it’s alright. This man just took a loss. A public loss to a rival rapper. And he’s convincing me… of like why I need to be OK with this and let it go and not take it to heart… Jay took the time when he could have been selfish, or pissed off, and took the time to school me. And that’s from The Blueprint.”

The Blueprint would go on to be one of the best Hip-Hop albums in history, Jay’s “Loss” would be in the history books but followed by man career wins including eventual peace and friendship with Nas.

You can check out the oral history piece here.

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Look: Hot 97 Shares Vintage JAY-Z x Busta Rhymes Pic From Summer Jam Days

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New York’s Hot 97 just went Throwback Thursday mode on a Tuesday. The popular radio station hit up Instagram today to share an epic vintage pic of rap mogul JAY-Z and Busta Rhymes from the early Summer Jam days.

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TBT: #Hov X #BustaRhymes x #Hot97SummerJam 🔥

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JAY-Z + NFL To Donate $400K To Chicago Charities But Some Believe It’s Helping Pro-Trump Organization

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Music mogul JAY-Z and the NFL are putting big money where their mouths are. The hip-hop mogul’s Roc Nation and football league are reportedly set to donate nearly half a million dollars to a couple of Illinois charities.

According to new reports, two Chicago organizations are going to receive financial support as a result of JAY and the NFL’s recent partnership.

As part of their newly launched partnership, Roc Nation and the National Football League will donate $400,000 to two Chicago charities, the Better Boys Foundation Family Services organization and the Crusher’s Club, a source close to the situation confirmed to Variety. Both organizations are designed to present local at-risk youth with alternatives to gang violence and criminal activity; the donations are being handled through the Inspire Change program. (Variety)

Despite the positive power move, some media outlets have criticized JAY for financially supporting the Crusher’s Club over a past pro-President Trump tweet.

Crusher’s Club is also part of the All Lives Matter tribe, tweeting in July of 2016, “Praying for Police victims in Dallas lets use this to come together not to be divided more ALL LIVES MATTER United we stand Divided we fall.” And, most disturbingly, it seems to believe Trump is the answer to gun violence in Chicago. It tweeted to a Fox News analyst in August, “Thank you for constantly speaking out for Chicagp (sic)  & those of us working against gang violence. We need Trump to help us. Sad to say we need a curfew while we address our current crisis of gun violence. And we need prayer always!” (News One)

Last month, buzz developed about JAY teaming up with the NFL and music stars like Meek Mill for an Inspire Change concert and apparel.

The NFL and rap mogul Jay-z provided a first glimpse on how their controversial partnership might work on Friday, announcing a free “Inspire Change” concert to be performed before the league’s opening game on Thursday. Performing at the concert will be Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody, all three of whom have also been named “Inspire Change” advocates. Artists of various genres will reportedly create new music for a Songs of the Season campaign that will debut during games and simultaneously hit streaming platforms. Because this is the NFL, an apparel line also reportedly in the works. (Yahoo! Sports)

The apparel line’s profits are expected to help fund social injustice movements.

The bigger part of the deal, though, is the apparel line — because it seems to have Jay’s fingerprint all over it. After successfully launching his Rocawear and Paper Planes (that Roc Nation logo you see everywhere) … he knows there’s big money in clothing and caps. Roc Nation and the league say the revenue from Inspire Change apparel will fund Inspire Change programs across the U.S. — with a focus on  “economic empowerment, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.” (TMZ)

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Wack 100 Settles Debt With Roc Nation After Blasting Them on Social Media, Asking JAY-Z to Intervene

Wack 100 took a page out of 50 Cent’s book and decided to handle his debt publicly on social media.

He put Roc Nation on blast for doing bad business in a since-deleted post. “Don’t do NO up front business with @rocnation without getting a deposit,” he writes When WE do this shit we are Gangstas , Bullies and Thugs. When They do it it’s a Mistake !! #JayZ tell your team to send me my money. I’ve been told 3 different dates since the service was rendered ….. THE CONTRACT KEEPS EVERYBODY HONEST… #CROOKSWITHASMILE @rocnation.”

Wack 100 Settles Debt With Roc Nation After Blasting Them on Social Media, Asking JAY-Z to Intervene

There’s no telling what made Wack 100 start sounding off, but it looks like the label rectified the situation.

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Never go for it speak your piece !

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He also encouraged those experiencing similar financial issues to “Never go for it speak your piece !”

Roc Nation didn’t publicly respond but since the original post was deleted and they were later thanked, it’s safe to say some moves were made behind-the-scenes and everyone is happy.

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Roc Nation and NFL Donate $400,000 to Chicago Organizations That Empower Youth

Ahead of their Inspire Change performance at Chicago’s Grant Park on Thursday, Meek Mill, Rapsody, Vic Mensa and Megan Trainor will visit local organizations in Chicago. The NFL and Roc Nation will donate $400,000 to the Better Boys Foundation Family Services and Crusher’s Club.

TMZ details the two organizations were picked by JAY-Z‘s Roc Nation. Meek and Megan will visit Crusher’s Club, whose mission is to help Chicago youth “restore their lives and improve their neighborhoods.” Mensa and Rapsody will head to the BBF Family Services, which has been around since the 1960s and aims to provide education, employment, and youth services while supporting 400 families through health programs.

The Chicago organizations will set the blueprint for how Roc Nation, the NFL, and the Players Coalition aim to Inspire Change across each NFL city.

Meek, Trainor, and Rapsody will perform at the NFL Kickoff Event in Chicago, which is the host for the start of the season with a battle between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. The three artists will serve as the first Inspire Change advocates.

Along with the concert, the NFL announced a new apparel line, which along with the concert, are stated to provide proceeds to the overall Inspire Change movement.

Response to the concert and apparel announcement, along with the deal overall, has split social media with some advocating to see if the partnership led by JAY-Z will yield any positive results and others calling Hov a sell-out.

 

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#InspireChange x @MeekMill x @Meghan_Trainor x @Rapsody x @DJPharris x Chicago x 9/5: nfl.com/inspirechange

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AFFLUENZA???? Video Surfaces with JAY-Z Saying Black Boys Without Fathers Are Angry, and Cause Police to Respond Violently Towards Them

It seems that there is a big difference between JAY-Z the rapper and Shawn Carter, the kid from Marcy Projects.

And within that space between those two realities, a philosophy of what causes police brutality from the RocNation head honcho as emerged. Depending on who you ask, this mindset is the undercurrent with his new controversial and complicatedly secret partnership with the National Football League. It is also why so many people jump on the video where he seems to be blaming single parent households for violence perpetrated against poor Black and Brown people in our country’s urban jungles.

READ MORE: Dame Dash Speaks on NFL and Jay-Z Partnership: “Everybody Knows Jay Ain’t Sh*t”

In several videos that have recently surfaced, JAY-Z is on a panel discussing race relations with New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft and CNN’s Van Jones. Therein the conversation he says that Black youth are angry and buck the system, which opens them up to exchanges with the police- that sometimes ends tragically.

He notes that young men have this “f*ck you” posture, and that essentially offends authority and that is why police kill them. Interesting. Well it is deeper. The boys say “f*ck you,” cops don’t think but react, kids have no weapons and get shot (possibly killed), and they should have known better…

To be fair, these are mere clips of the entire exchange. No one is able to ascertain what the context of this video is unless the whole panel is released.

READ MORE: Kanye West Brought “Sunday Service” to Watts

However, after just hearing the clips above, many are thinking he is coming down with the same thing his little brother caught last year.  In 2018, Kanye West (protegé of JAY-Z) received a huge amount of backlash after suffering from a strange case of Affluenza. The symptoms were saying crazy things about Black people wanting to be slaves, rocking the MAGA hat and also saying Donald Trump was his father figure. This was only cured recently by his Sunday Services, and the hope is that JAY-Z the rapper gets some of Yeezy’s Jesus remembers the little boy Shawn Carter from the NYCHA.

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NFL Star Eric Reid Goes In-In On JAY-Z For Announcing New INSPIRE CHANGE Apparel Rollout W/ Meek Mill

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New York rap mogul JAY-Z can’t help but keep sparking drama. NFL star Eric Reid went to social media this week to go at the music icon following his publicized deal with the controversial league.

Reid jumped on Twitter this week to let loose on JAY using his social justice campaign to ultimately put out a line of upcoming clothes called Inspire Change.

Heading into the weekend, buzz developed about JAY teaming up with the NFL and music stars like Meek Mill for an Inspire Change concert and apparel.

The NFL and rap mogul Jay-z provided a first glimpse on how their controversial partnership might work on Friday, announcing a free “Inspire Change” concert to be performed before the league’s opening game on Thursday. Performing at the concert will be Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody, all three of whom have also been named “Inspire Change” advocates. Artists of various genres will reportedly create new music for a Songs of the Season campaign that will debut during games and simultaneously hit streaming platforms. Because this is the NFL, an apparel line also reportedly in the works. (Yahoo! Sports)

The apparel line’s profits are expected to help fund social injustice movements.

The bigger part of the deal, though, is the apparel line — because it seems to have Jay’s fingerprint all over it. After successfully launching his Rocawear and Paper Planes (that Roc Nation logo you see everywhere) … he knows there’s big money in clothing and caps. Roc Nation and the league say the revenue from Inspire Change apparel will fund Inspire Change programs across the U.S. — with a focus on  “economic empowerment, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.” (TMZ)

A few weeks ago, JAY raised eyebrows after announcing an undisclosed partnership with the NFL and his Roc Nation company.

Earlier this month, JAY-Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that JAY-Z and his production company, Roc Nation, would work with the league as a “live music entertainment strategist.” They’ll work together on Super Bowl halftime programming in addition to the NFL’s Inspire Change nonprofit. (Pitchfork)

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Watch: JAY-Z Explains Hardships Fatherless Homes Have On People + Ultimately Sparking “F**k You” Mentality To Police

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As the discussion continues onward about JAY-Z‘s true involvement and motivation for working with the NFL on social injustice, a panel clip has resurfaced this weekend of Young Hov speaking on the impact a fatherless home has on people – ultimately sparking tensions toward law enforcement.

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Look: Jim Jones + JAY-Z Look Like True Bosses Flexing In New Caption-Less Roc Nation Pic

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Dipset leader Jim Jones knows sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. Capo went to Instagram Friday with a caption-less new pic of himself flexing alongside music icon JAY-Z.

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