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
Happy Birthday to JAY-Z, Born December 4, 1969
Please join the Albumism team in celebrating JAY-Z’s musical legacy and share your personal memories of him with us York, JAY-Z underwent some tough times after his father left his mother before the young rapper was the rags-to-riches rap dream, JAY-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually oust him from atop the rap game, sparring most memorably with Nas. JAY-Z and his Roc-a-Fella -lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, JAY-Z's albums Happy Birthday to JAY-Z, Born December 4, 1969 JAY-Z Please join the Albumism team in celebrating JAY-Z’s musical legacy and share your personal
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
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 15 Years of Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint’
five times platinum. And in fairness, it wasn’t like Jay Z was the only rapper that spent the late . After his friend and rhyme partner/peer Biggie’s tragic death in 1997, Jay-Z slid into the Notorious made a name for himself during this mid ’90s environment. Jay Z had never been a slouch on 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 with 'The Blueprint,' while crafting a truly timeless album. , rather than isolated to Yo! MTV Raps. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z (now stylized hyphen-free as Jay Z), first Happy 15th Anniversary to Jay Z’s The Blueprint, originally released September 11, 2001. There has Jay Z
READERS’ POLL RESULTS: Your Favorite JAY-Z Album of All Time Revealed
Many thanks to everyone who recently voted for their favorite JAY-Z album as part of Albumism’s READERS’ POLL RESULTS: Your Favorite JAY-Z Album of All Time Revealed R. Kelly) (2004) (1) EXPLORE JAY-Z’s discography via Tidal | Amazon READ MORE About JAY-Z here VIEW Previous Readers’ Polls here JAY-Z has crafted many classic albums, but which one is YOUR favorite? JAY-Z
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Ya Back" with Dev, "Know Bout Me" with Jay-Z, Drake, and James Fauntleroy, and others. In 2017 he for a select group of affiliates (Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Ginuwine) and a number of other A in the industry, namely Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'"), Nas ("You Won't See Me Tonight"), Snoop Dogg ("Snoop to the top rappers in the business: Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Wyclef Jean. From 1997 through
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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
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 15 Years of Nas’ ‘Stillmatic’
jabs at each other on wax, the story took an interesting turn when rumors circulated that Jay Z had and Nas Escobar. The origin of the Jay Z-Nas feud is cloudy, but after years of tension, and possible scathing diss "Ether," aimed at Brooklyn's own Jay Z. The latter emcee was fresh off the release of slept with Nas' girlfriend, Carmen Bryan. Shortly thereafter, Jay Z launched a direct diss during . With their previous feud behind them, Nas and Jay Z share the stage at Coachella 2014 But perhaps the
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-Z | 4:44 Lorde | Melodrama Bruno Mars | 24K Magic BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM Most Deserving: Lady Gaga Most Deserving: Kendrick Lamar | DAMN. Other Albums Nominated: Childish Gambino | Awaken, My Love! JAY Wisdom Other Albums Nominated: JAY-Z | 4:44 Kendrick Lamar | DAMN. Migos | Culture Tyler, The Creator | Flower Boy
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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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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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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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industry, including Diddy, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Akon, Jay-Z, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Mos Def
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sought by the likes Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, and the Game, though he subsequently became
Happy Birthday to Kamaal “Q-Tip” Fareed, Born April 10, 1970
," Mobb Deep's "Temperature's Rising," Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone," Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls
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likes of Jay-Z, Emeli Sandé, and Frank Ocean. Alicia Augello Cook was born in Harlem in early 1981 charts with "Empire State of Mind," a Jay-Z single that featured her vocals, and released her fourth
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