Vol 2… Hard Knock Life Turns 20

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Jay-Z-Vol-2-Hard-Knock-LifeI interviewed Lil Wayne once. This was sometime in 2006, when Wayne was deep in his historic mixtape run, when he hadn’t yet achieved his final pop-star form. It was a last-minute thing. I’d been trying to talk to Wayne for months, and someone finally called me on my Village Voice office phone and told … More »

6LACK Wishes He Was A Rapper, But As An R&B Singer He’s On The Right Track

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6LACK“I’m an R&B nigga with a hip-hop core.” That’s 6LACK, the Atlanta singer born Ricardo Valentine, on “Scripture,” a track from East Atlanta Love Letter, the #3 album in America this week. That title and 6LACK’s stage name both reference Zone 6, the crime-riddled section of East Atlanta where he grew up. If you’re among … More »

Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie Ft. JAY Z (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)

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Birthdayy Partyy switch things up with their dapper remix of “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake and JAY Z. Now, this isn’t their first JT remix as one of the first remixes the twins did was of “Sexy Back” and it was a certified banger. The same can be said for this flip, albeit this

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Pharrell reveals ‘Frontin” was originally written for Prince

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Pharrell reveals ‘Frontin” was originally written for PrincePharrell Glastonbury Live Credit Rap Up

“Frontin’” by Pharrell goes down as one of the most timeless records in modern hip-hop. Now, the legendary producer reveals the 2003 hit single featuring JAY-Z, was in fact originally written for another monolithic persona — Prince.

In a recent interview with Clash Music, the Virginia Beach-native states, “All of my biggest songs were songs that I did with or for other people. Collaboration has always been part of my DNA. And, to be clear and to be honest, songs that I ended up putting out by myself were always songs that I wrote for other people. I made ‘Frontin” for Prince, and even ‘Happy,’ I wrote that for CeeLo.”

“Frontin’” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, claiming the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs that same year. While Pharrell and HOV made a classic pairing on ‘Frontin,’ one can only imagine what that track would have sounded like with The Purple One. Seems like as good a reason as any to revisit this one, given some new perspective.

Kanye Says Watch The Throne 2 Is Coming Soon

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Jay-Z and Kanye WestIt feels like a whole lifetime has passed since Watch The Throne, the blockbuster collaborative album by Kanye West and Jay-Z. Technically, it’s been seven years. The album generated lots of hits, debuted at #1, put up multi-platinum numbers, and launched a very popular and entertaining co-headlining tour. It was the rare event-rap collaboration that … More »

TIDAL announces fourth annual benefit concert TIDAL X: BROOKLYN, focused on criminal justice reform

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TIDAL announces fourth annual benefit concert TIDAL X: BROOKLYN, focused on criminal justice reformBeyonce Jay Z Erin Benson Flickr

TIDAL has announced that it will return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 23 for its fourth annual charity concert. This year, TIDAL X: BROOKLYN will add to the more than $10 million tab that they’ve raised from the first three years of the concert. Following last year’s donations to disaster relief & recovery in places like Houston and Puerto Rico, TIDAL will focus on raising money to help support criminal justice reform, donating profits to a variety of charities including REFORM and Equal Justice Initiative.

Past headliners of TIDAL X have included some of the streaming platform’s most coveted artists, including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Kaskade and Chris Brown, as well as serving as a platform for rising stars like Jessie Reyez, Marc E. Bassy and Kevin Garrett. While headliners haven’t been announced yet, TIDAL members can grab presale tickets here as well as on their mobile app, and the general public will be able to grab tickets Friday, September 7 at 12PM EST. 

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” Video

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Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »

Good Morning Mix: Celebrate the life of DJ AM by revisiting his throwback heavy Power 106 FM mix

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Good Morning Mix: Celebrate the life of DJ AM by revisiting his throwback heavy Power 106 FM mixDJ AM Iron Man Cameo Live

This edition of Dancing Astronaut’s daily Good Morning Mix memorializes the life of Adam Michael Goldstein, better known as the iconic DJ AM. It has been nine years since Goldstein’s untimely passing, though his ubiquity and influence are still felt across electronic music today.

There is no better way for fans to celebrate Goldstein’s legacy than by reliving on of his many notable mixes, and perhaps one of his most memorable — the unforgettable Power 106 FM mix. Clocking in at just over an hour in length, the mix works through throwback tracks from JAY-Z and Beyoncé, Notorious BIG, Usher, Janet Jackson, Aerosmith, and more. A hip-hop-inflected masterclass in cool from the inimitable DJ AM warms the heart as we near a decade since his death. Scratching and skipping his way through a trove of complementary throwbacks, AM still reminds of his place among the greats in the highest echelons of dance history.

Beyoncé & Jay-Z Stage Crasher Arrested

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At Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour stop in Atlanta on Saturday night, an audience member managed to get onto the stage and chased down the couple as they were performing “Apeshit,” a song off their recently-released collaborative album as the Carters. The man, 26-year-old Anthony Charles … More »

Drunk Fan Rushes Stage At Beyoncé And Jay-Z’s Atlanta Concert

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Beyonce and JAY-Z’s On the Run II tour stop in Atlanta came to a frightening conclusion when a fan rushed the stage and attempted to chase down the couple. More »