TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint’
Jesse Ducker examines how Jay Z was able to satisfy his audience, the critics, and the skeptics fairness, it wasn’t like Jay Z was the only rapper that spent the late ‘90s going this route. Peers TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ himself during this mid ’90s environment. Jay Z had never been a slouch on the mic. He’d displayed his Happy 15th Anniversary to Jay Z’s The Blueprint, originally released September 11, 2001. [Buy Jay ! MTV Raps. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z (now stylized hyphen-free as Jay Z), first made a name for Jay Z partner/peer Biggie’s tragic death in 1997, Jay-Z slid into the Notorious One’s role as “King of New
ALBUM REVIEW: A Revitalized JAY-Z Further Cements His Lyrical Legacy on ‘4:44’
been focusing on the subliminal shots he takes at Kanye West, Future and Eric Benét in "Kill Jay Z,” and JAY-Z 4:44 Roc Nation Buy via Tidal | Preview Below JAY-Z dropped his highly anticipated thirteenth hustler. Notable Tracks: “Bam” | “Kill Jay Z” | “Marcy Me” DOWNLOAD JAY-Z’s 4:44 via Tidal PREVIEW/LISTEN: the fact that he owned up to cheating on Beyoncé, what's key to JAY-Z's songs is his sheer work with legendary emcees including Common, Nas and JAY-Z, the 10-track nod to living right is a true ALBUM REVIEW: A Revitalized JAY-Z Further Cements His Lyrical Legacy on ‘4:44’ JAY-Z
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 10 Years of JAY-Z’s ‘American Gangster’
to his recording career to reassert his dominance. JAY-Z officially returned from his self-imposed November 6, 2007. It’s not difficult to see how Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter would see parallels between himself Happy 10th Anniversary to JAY-Z’s tenth studio album American Gangster, originally released ended up “ruling” rap music. However, unlike Lucas, JAY-Z did manage “to quit while he was ahead TRIBUTE: Celebrating 10 Years of JAY-Z’s ‘American Gangster’ JAY-Z motivated JAY-Z is always the best incarnation of JAY-Z. BUY JAY-Z’s American Gangster via Amazon | iTunes | Tidal LISTEN: Inspired by the 2007 film of the same name, ‘American Gangster’ reinforces that a motivated JAY-Z is always the best incarnation of JAY-Z.
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of JAY-Z’s ‘In My Lifetime, Vol. 1’
mainstream emcees at the time. The album was JAY-Z’s first that he distributed through Def Jam Records Lifetime was JAY-Z’s effort to fill the Biggie-sized gap in hip-hop in general and New York in particular Happy 20th Anniversary to JAY-Z’s second studio album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, originally released -and-coming New York-based emcees to lead them back to the top. JAY-Z was the tip of the spear, the JAY-Z is now an established musical institution, and his sophomore studio album was a crucial step in him earning that role. JAY-Z” Carter, a Brooklyn-born emcee who had been recording music since the late ’80s, but had found TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of JAY-Z’s ‘In My Lifetime, Vol. 1’ JAY-Z
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question. In a surprising turn of events later that year, Nas made a surprise appearance at Jay-Z's much response to Jay-Z, followed by the aggressive lead single "Get Ur Self A...." These two songs in help that Jay-Z had risen atop the New York rap scene, giving him ample justification to call out epicenter of East Coast rap, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the vacated mother began suffering from cancer. To make matters worse, longtime rival Jay-Z pointedly dissed Nas
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rappers in the business: Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Wyclef Jean. From 1997 through 2003, he industry, namely Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'"), Nas ("You Won't See Me Tonight"), Snoop Dogg ("Snoop Dogg affiliates (Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Ginuwine) though also for a number of other A-list artists
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of Nas’ ‘Stillmatic’
took direct aim at Prodigy of Mobb Deep and Nas Escobar. The origin of the Jay Z-Nas feud is cloudy thereafter, Jay Z launched a direct diss during Hot 97's 2001 Summer Jam Concert. After displaying Queensbridge rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones released the scathing diss "Ether," aimed at Brooklyn's own Jay Z. The -budding producers Just Blaze and Kanye West. With their previous feud behind them, Nas and Jay Z share the turn when rumors circulated that Jay Z had slept with Nas' girlfriend, Carmen Bryan. Shortly
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including Elvis Costello, Common, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa, and
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the likes of Jay-Z, Emeli Sandé, and Frank Ocean. [Read more via AllMusic here] Discography: AllMusic
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command our attention with consistently powerful, provocative rhymes. De La Soul, JAY-Z, Nas and the
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Rowland, the-Dream, and Jay-Z. New material, such as "Bow Down" and "Standing on the Sun," trickled out , Missy Elliott, OutKast's Big Boi, and romantic interest Jay-Z, the album spawned a total of four Top 2001. Booming record sales, Grammy awards, movie roles, and marriage to rapper/CEO Jay-Z combined to Show world tour, she and Jay-Z embarked on the On the Run Tour, which reached the U.S., Canada, and the album's specific, forthright lyrics fueled speculation about the status of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's relationship
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("In da Wind"), Jay-Z ("Poppin' Tags"), Killer Mike ("A.D.I.D.A.S."), Beyoncé ("Hip Hop Star"), Brooke
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the mid-2000s, best evidenced by Jay-Z's famous Black Album rhyme: "If skills sold, truth be told , and it became the rapper's biggest hit to date, aided quite a bit by a non-album remix featuring Jay gargantuan because of the Jay-Z rhyme, and also because a great many hip-hop disciples felt Kweli -Z of all people. The remix got a lot of radio play, but still, Quality didn't put up Jay-Z numbers
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'." Produced with Hugo and featuring a guest verse from Jay-Z, the song built anticipation for The . (Check out Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss" and Snoop Dogg's "Beautiful" for two examples.) It wasn't until the likes of Clipse, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Solange, and Madonna. There was a handful of Grammy
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production work for Jay-Z led to a major-label recording contract and, ultimately, a wildly hits with the likes of Jay-Z and Ludacris. As his career progressed throughout the early 21st century star turn came on Jay-Z's classic Blueprint (2001) with album standouts "Takeover" and "Izzo for the likes of Talib Kweli ("Get By"), Ludacris ("Stand Up"), Jay-Z ("'03 Bonnie & Clyde"), and -heavy Watch the Throne with Jay-Z and numerous producers and songwriters. Billed as a set by the
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," Mobb Deep's "Temperature's Rising," Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone," Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Lil’ Kim’s ‘Hard Core’ & Foxy Brown’s ‘Ill Na Na’
is a far tougher case to make. Undoubtedly, Jay Z had a hand in Foxy’s career. What is also fair to say, is that Foxy Brown had a significant hand in the early success of Jay Z. Foxy had already to sign the 17-year-old Brown. It also helped a 27-year-old Jay Z secure Roc-A-Fella Records a Boogie’s early career might look like without a former weight-turned-rhyme slinger, Sean “Jay Z” Carter intended) broad brush. Except rather than make it about Biggie, credit quickly gets assigned to Jay Z. This
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Loose (2006). In 2006, he worked with rapper Jay-Z for the song "Beach Chair" for his album Kingdom
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and Freeway and Jay- Z with Def Poetry alumni J. Ivy. In retrospect, College Dropout is one of the , who was a major architect for Jay-Z’s 2001 masterpiece The Blueprint, and Scarface’s 2002 album The
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