Today in Hip-Hop History: JAY-Z Dropped ‘The Black Album’ 16 Years Ago

Today in Hip-Hop History: JAY-Z Dropped 'The Black Album' 16 Years Ago

On this day in Hip-Hop history, Brooklyn’s own JAY-Z released he would-be retirement album The Black Album. Although there was virtually no pause between The Black Album and new Jay-Z music (collaboration albums with both R. Kelly and Linkin Park were released the following year), this album is easily the greatest retirement project of all […]

Fabolous Reveals His ‘Make Me Better’ Record Almost Belonged to Eve

Fabolous returned to the Drink Champs podcast and he shared a bunch of stories behind his hit records, and the beginning of his major-label career. Apparently there was a small mix up about his 2007 collaboration with Ne-Yo, “Make Me Better.” JAY-Z originally passed on the Timbaland-produced beat, and as the Brooklyn rapper was gearing […]

Diwali: The Festival Of Lights

Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights’, is a Hindu-Indian holiday that is greatly known for its festive gatherings that consists of fireworks, multi-colored candles and ‘diyas’-festive lights all over homes, offices, public establishments, and businesses. Celebrated over several days in Autumn between October and November, India’s most popular festival captivates a celebration for the victory of […]

Funkmaster Flex Lists His Top 50 Living MCs List

With all the talk going on about a top 50 rappers list, legendary Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex through his hat in the ring posting his top 50 on Instagram Monday morning. Flex based his list on skill level, bars, body of work and impact. Jay-Z earned the number 1 spot on Flex’s list, followed […]

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Rumored to Have Shot New Video in Los Angeles

Is it time for The Carters to release some new music on us? The Sun details Jay-Z and Beyoncé are adding to their list of collaborative hits and have created a new visual for it that is described as “steamy.” “It’s one of her most extravagant and expensive shoots,” an insider said to The Sun. […]

Exclusive: Big Daddy Kane Talks Battling in NYC, Discovering JAY-Z and More

While battle rap has achieved one of its most successful seasons ever, it is interesting to see that some of Hip-Hop’s greats got their start battling folk from crew to crew, neighborhood to neighborhood and borough to borough. Rakim has shared that he was slaying people. Roxanne Shante even revealed she used to get money […]

Uncle Luke Slams JAY-Z, Refers to him as NFL’s ‘Token Black Guy’

Uncle Luke Slams JAY-Z, Refers to him as NFL's 'Token Black Guy'

Uncle Luke is not finished dragging the NFL and JAY-Z for the 2020 Superbowl halftime performance. The Miami rapper did an interview with TMZ saying that the league is failing at their attempt to tackle systematic racism. “[The NFL is] basically showing that, ‘Aye look, let me go get a token black guy, throw him […]

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 […]

The Connection Between 9/11 and Mariah Carey, JAY-Z, and Fabolous

The Connection Between 9/11 and Mariah Carey, JAY-Z, and Fabolous

Eighteen years ago, most of us remember being in school or making our way to our 9-5’s when the United States of America was under attack on September 11, 2001, known as 9/11. However, some of music’s most popular artist may have remembered this day much differently. Mariah Carey, JAY-Z, and Fabolous all dropped albums […]