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Look: 21 Savage Names Rap’s True G.O.A.T. + It’s Not Lil Wayne [Spoiler: He’s From NY]

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Atlanta rapper 21 Savage is saluting a living legend. The hip-hop veteran has crowned music mogul JAY-Z the greatest of all time.

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JAY-Z Finally Caves In + Returns BLUEPRINT Classics To One Of TIDAL’s Biggest Rivals

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Music mogul JAY-Z is for the people even if they subscribe to Apple Music. The TIDAL owner has reportedly allowed the streaming giant to once again stream his Blueprint trilogy.

According to reports, Young Hov quietly hit the green light on Apple Music getting access to his classic studio projects years after pulling them.

After initially pulling his Blueprint trilogy from streaming services in favor of his company Tidal in 2016, on Wednesday (May 22), Jay-Z has brought those albums back to Apple Music.  In 2016, Jay-Z yanked the Blueprint series from Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play. His 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubtvanished from streaming services back in 2015 and remains the only album from Jay-Z’s discography unavailable on Apple Music. (Billboard)

Back in 2017, reports emerged about JAY wanting his music pulled from services like Apple Music and Spotify.

In a statement to The Verge on Friday, Spotify said the removal of some of Jay Z’s catalog was done “at the request of the artist.” The leading streaming service no longer has any of Jay Z’s solo work, with only features and his projects with R. Kelly and Linkin Park remaining on the service. This is the third time Jay Z’s content has been pulled from the streaming services — after Tidal launched Jay Z removed his debut albumReasonable Doubt, from all streaming services except for Tidal. Last year, Jay Z’s Blueprint series was removed from streaming services as well. (The Verge)

In March, JAY-Z protégé Freeway hit up Instagram to reflect on Young Hov’s Blueprint album getting archived in the Library of Congress.

The same week, 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)

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-Z Sued By Former Roc Nation Sports Boxer Over Brain Injuries

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A former Roc Nation Sports boxer is suing Jay-Z over brain injuries he claims he suffered in the ring. Daniel Franco claims he took too many fights and it has cost him his health.

Reports TMZ Sports:

The boxer behind the lawsuit is Daniel Franco — who claims he signed a deal with Roc Nation Sports back in 2015 … and won his first 5 fights with Jay-Z’s company.

But, the problems started in March 2017 … Franco claims he came down with a bad flu before a big fight which sidelined him from training for 3 weeks.

Franco claims he told Roc Nation he needed to postpone or cancel the March 23 fight — but Roc Nation pressured him into fighting anyway.

Franco says he lost badly in the 3rd round and should have taken time off to recover … but instead, Roc Nation booked him to fight again 50 days later on May 12.

Then, Franco claims Roc Nation booked him for a third fight just a month later on June 10 … his third fight in 79 days.

But, Franco claims Roc Nation never took the steps to make sure he was medically fit to take that third fight … and it could have cost him his life.

In the court documents, Franco claims he believes he suffered 2 skull fractures and a brain bleed before the June 10 fight that could have been detected.

Instead, Franco says he fought on June 10 — and lost again — suffering major damage in the process.

Franco says he was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage and was in a coma for two weeks. Since then, he had to have a piece of his skull removed and must wear a helmet to protect brain.

But is it Roc Nation Sports or some sort of medical board in pro boxing that determines of boxer’s are fit to fight? If true, Franco definitely deserves compensation, but the question is who exactly is liable for his injuries.

Franco reportedly claims Roc Nation Sports, and Jay-Z, were reckless in scheduling 3 fights in 79 days without proper medical observance. It’s unspecified how much in damages he’s seeking, but it will surely be a healthy amount.

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Timbaland Hit With $2M Lawsuit Over Sampling Soul Song For Jay-Z & Ginuwine Tracks

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A soul singer from the ’60s is angling for a big payday after bringing a lawsuit against Virginia producer Timbaland for sampling one of his tracks for a pair of songs. Ernie Hines filed a $2 million lawsuit against Timbaland, who used the original recording to create songs for Jay-Z and Ginuwine separately.

The Blast reports:

81-year-old Ernie Hines filed a lawsuit, obtained by The Blast, against Jay-Z, Timbaland, Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Music Group and Sony Music.

Hines, a soul musician from Jackson, Mississippi, says he’s the co-author and composer of the 1969 song, “Help Me,” which was sampled on both Jay-Z’s “Paper Chase” from the Hard Knock Life album, and Ginuwine’s 1999 song, “Toe 2 Toe.”

Timbaland produced both tracks, and the document notes that “Toe 2 Toe” has sold over “2 million copies.”

Hines’ attorney, Christopher Brown, writes that his client is a “senior citizen, does not listen to rap music and was unaware” that the songs contained his music and composition.

Thus far, it appears that Timbaland has not publicly responded to Hines’ lawsuit claims.

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JAY-Z and Timbaland Sued Over Sample Used in 1998 Track

Imagine being sued for a song you made over 20 years ago. That’s the reality for Jay-Z and Timbaland who have received a lawsuit from singer Ernie Hines.

The Blast details Hov and Timbo received a new copyright infringement lawsuit over the 1998 single “Paper Chase.” The suit states the single contains the soul singer’s “Help Me” from 1969 within the instrumental. Hines co-wrote and composed the song and cites that he was unaware of the song due to his age.

The attorney for Hines stated he is a “senior citizen, does not listen to rap music and was unaware.”

The sample was also used in Ginuwine’s “Toe 2 Toe,” which is also listed in the suit for selling over 2 million copies.

The lawsuit is for $2,000,000 as he cites he was never paid for his work.

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Meek Mill Teases Project With JAY-Z and Eminem

Meek Mill is cooking up something and it involves JAY-Z and Eminem.

The Philadelphia rapper alluded that he was working with the two Hip Hop icons. “I’m making power moves wit jay & em #levels,” he tweeted.

The Dream Chasers head honcho has been apart of Roc Nation’s management since 2012. Additionally, Hov has been working closely with Meek on his legal issues. They’ve joined forces to launch the REFORM Alliance organization to advocate for prison reform. Plus, Jigga was featured on CHAMPIONSHIPS. So it won’t be left field if we hear that they’re working together.

However, Meek’s relationship with Em isn’t publicly solidified. Which has everyone wondering what could those three be up to? It can be a song or something non-music related. We’ll just have to play the waiting game at this point.

Ever since his release, Meek Mill has been making power moves of his own. He was awarded with his weekend in Philadelphia for all his work towards prison reform. “I want to thank the people here for the support because the support done mattered a lot,” Meek said while accepting the honor. “I’ve been in prison a few times for probation violation, but the one time that my city of Philadelphia showed me support was the one time I came out of prison, and I want to show the support back and do it for the people that actually stood up for me.”

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The Shaft Soundtrack to be Re-released as a Deluxe Issue

Craft Recordings has announced a new deluxe reissue of Isaac Hayes’ Grammy Award-winning album Shaft.

Set for a June 14th street date and limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, the two-CD collection will offer the newly remastered, classic soundtrack—originally released in 1971—plus all of the original music from the film, which did not appear on the best-selling LP. In-depth liner notes from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson round out the set. A single-disc version consisting of only the remastered soundtrack will also be available.

In the liner notes of the deluxe reissue, Roots co-founder  Questlove writes that the film “was the Big Bang of African American movies…It was Year Zero for the Blaxploitation movement. It was the blast center.” While Shaft was a game-changer, Isaac Hayes’ compositions for the film helped set the stage for countless scores to follow. Questlove elaborates, “Shaft did many things. What it did, most of all, was cement the relationship between African American movies and African American music. Every Blaxploitation film that followed, whether it was a straight crime story, a feminist rewrite, a comedy, or even a horror movie, had an accompanying soundtrack by an artist trying to put the black experience on wax.”

Both a commercial and critical success, Shaft—Music From The Soundtrack remains Isaac Hayes’ best-known and best-selling album. The groundbreaking title—which, upon its release, was already setting a record as the very first double album of original studio material from an R&B artist—became an instant success. Shaft spent 60 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at Number One, while “Theme From Shaft” went to Number One on the Hot 100 singles chart. Hayes took home three Grammy Awards for the album and its songs in 1972, and an Academy Award® for “Best Original Song” for “Theme From Shaft,” becoming the first African American to win an Oscar in a non-acting category. The classic track has been sampled by N.W.A., Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z and many more. In 2014, Shaft—Music From The Soundtrack was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

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Roc Nation and Meek Mill to Executive Produce ’40 Days’ Series With DAZN

Meek Mill and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation are collaborating with streaming service DAZN on a documentary about heavyweight fighters Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.

40 Days: Joshua-Ruiz will be presented as multi-part short-form episodes and premiere May 21 on Mill’s YouTube channel. Episodes will debut each Tuesday and Thursday in the two weeks leading up to the fight. A special final edition of 40 Days will premiere on NBC Sports Network and several regional sports networks prior to the June 1 showdown.

“DAZN has created a program that explores a fighter’s heart and soul,” stated Meek Mill. “They tell the story of what makes a true champion. I love being part of a project that tells of their grit, sacrifices and dedication outside the gym. It’s those things that show true character and should be lauded just as much as the knockouts in the ring.”

“The purpose of 40 DAYS is to pair globally famous boxers with compelling storytellers to give fight fans an original look at the eight weeks leading up to a fight,” says Jamie Horowitz, EVP Content, DAZN North America. “It’s a series which is meant to let creative people be creative. We are excited to have Meek Mill tell the story of Anthony Joshua’s first fight in America through his unique lens.”

DAZN and Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing USA President Eddie Hearn will also serve as producers on the series along with Patrick Reardon of Roc Nation. As part of the fight week activities, Meek Mill, Roc Nation and DAZN will host an exclusive 40 DAYS: JOSHUA-RUIZ world premiere event in New York City for media and influencers.

According to Roc Nation, the 40 DAYS documentary title is derived from the grueling preparation for a prizefight that requires roughly eight weeks of Monday-Friday intense training. The first edition of 40 DAYS captured the build-up to the Cinco de Mayo weekend matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs, which debuted globally on April 23.

 

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Look: Odell Beckham Jr. Perfectly References JAY-Z’s CHANGE CLOTHES In Cleveland Browns Workout Session

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NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr. is in a Young Hov state of mind right now. The Cleveland Browns star has quoted JAY-Z‘s “Change Clothes” The Black Album lyrics and shared a series of new workout pics.

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Watch: Kareem “Biggs” Burke Shares Woke Motivational JAY-Z Advice From Throwback Clip

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Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is proving JAY-Z has always been ahead of his time. The hip-hop mogul has shared a throwback Hot 97 clip showing Young Hov reminding listeners to realize not everyone drives in the same lane of life.

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