Entries tagged with: Meek Mill
What a weekend for Meek Mill. Yesterday he surprise-released the four-song EP 4/4 and reignited his Drake beef on the "Jumpman"-sampling freestyle "I'm Da Plug," which takes "Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?" from "Back To Back" and responds: "This is that hundred K a night when you perform tour, swimmin' in that good pussy while you're on tour, oh!"
Drake wasn't the only person Meek took a shot at on the EP though. He called out 50 Cent (who has two upcoming NYC shows) on "Gave 'Em Hope," referencing 50 dissing Meek's Maybach Music boss Rick Ross on Instagram. 50 Cent then got right back to IG, and posted Meek's face on the poop emoji, writing: "LMAO Hey shit head, your career is over already.you better focus on getting Nikki pregnant so you can at least get child support girl." Meek replied by posting a picture of himself holding stacks of cash and wrote:
U pop shit on social media 24/7 ... U never in the places everybody b at.... The whole queens say you a rat.... Ross baby mom hit you for that check you sick .... Ross finished you "career over? How dare you speak on that? .... All you artist that came under you broke" ya son hate you smfh! Ya swag on below "0" lol hold up..... U always hating on puff and Hov other go getters from ya city...... U going broke and you miserable .... U really miserable bro.... You like 40 on the internet all day 😭😭😭😭 Mayweather ain't got tickets for you nomore .... Ya liquor is piss... U really miserable and don't really have friends ... You scared to play the mixes everybody b at! U never played with me in person because u know how we rocking lol I'm done wit you ... This my last insta-fingers post for a min lolMeek didn't say much else but 50 did.
Today, he released something new yet again: the video for "The Trillest" off last year's Dreams Worth More Than Money. Watch that, with the 4/4 EP stream and its accompanying "4THESTREETS (4/4)" video, below...
Lil Durk released his official debut album Remember My Name earlier this year, and today he followed it with a new mixtape, 300 Days, 300 Nights. It features his Dej Loaf collaboration "My Beyonce," that he put out about a month ago, and collabs with Future, Meek Mill and more. You can download the whole thing at DatPiff and stream it below.
Dej Loaf also has a few shows coming up this month and next, including New Year's Eve in NYC at Amazura (91-12 144th Place in Jamaica, Queens). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.
Please: Do everything you possibly can in one lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 23, 2015
Twitter released their '2015 YEAR ON TWITTER' today. No real surprises as far as THE MOST POPULAR MUSICIANS go, and that includes Kendrick "11 Grammy Nominations" Lamar. Nothing very "indie" about this list either, but for those who love music industry data, you can peruse all the music-related stuff, below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Mill at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
As you probably know if you've opened a web browser in the past two months, Meek Mill has been having quite the year. Drama aside though, he's still staying prolific in the studio. He just dropped a fire freestyle over Young Dolph's "Preach" and he's also on two tracks of the brand new Rick Ross mixtape, Black Dollar. Check out both below.
Meek has two big shows coming up this Labor Day weekend. The first is in his hometown of Philly: Made In America festival, which also features Beyonce, The Weeknd, Modest Mouse, Hop Along, Waxahatchee and more (tickets). Then he'll be in NYC for Fool's Gold Day Off at 50 Kent on Monday (9/7) with A-Trak, Skepta, Flatbush Zombies, D.R.A.M. and more. Tickets for that one are still available too.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
The lineup for this year's Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (10/22) is announced and it's pretty incredible. It'll be headlined by Kendrick Lamar (for whom it will be the first NYC show since the release of the incredible To Pimp A Butterfly), and it also includes Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Jidenna and Omarion. Tickets are on various presales now (password: BKSOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (9/4) at 10 AM.
Kendrick also plays the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas this month. Watch his video for "Alright" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Future has been the talk of the pop-rap world since releasing his new album DS2 last week, and more recently he jumped on the new Dej Loaf single "Hey There." It has Dej more overtly in R&B mode than "Try Me," as you can hear below.
Dej Loaf is on the stacked, ongoing Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe tour which comes through the NYC-area twice this weekend. First they're at PNC Bank Arts Center tonight (7/24) and then Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday (7/26). Tickets for both are still available.
Dej is on first, and after playing Barclays Center she'll head to smaller NYC venue Marlin Room at Webster Hall for a late-night Sunday show. It starts at 11 PM and DJ Ak and DJ K Rue kick things off. Tickets are available.
In semi-related news, fellow Future collaborators Migos are now streaming their official debut album, Yung Rich Nation. It comes out next week (7/31) on Quality Control/Atlantic, but you can listen to the whole thing on Pandora. They're celebrating it with a release show in NYC on Thursday (7/30) at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.
Stream the Zaytoven-produced "What A Feeling" from Yung Rich Nation, with the Dej Loaf/Future song, below...
Fool's Gold Records' annual Labor Day (9/7) show, Fool's Gold Day Off, happens once again at outdoor Williamsburg venue 50 Kent this year. The lineup includes Meek Mill, A-Trak, Flatbush Zombies, Skepta, Post Malone, Towkio, Gladiator, Brenmar, D.R.A.M., Falcons, Nick Catchdubs, Bosco, Fame School and special guests. It starts at 4 PM. Tickets are on sale now.
Though it started just in NYC, Fool's Gold Day Off now happens in other locations too, including LA, Atlanta, Miami and Austin. Lineups for all of the FGDOs are on the flyer below, and ticket info can be found here.
Meek Mill, whose new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is out now, is also touring with Nicki MInaj, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf this year. That tour hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center (tickets).
Meek Mill's new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is officially out today (6/29) via Maybach/Atlantic. It features brand new singles "R.I.C.O." (ft. Drake) and "Pullin' Up" (ft. The Weeknd), and 12 other tracks that include guest spots from Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, Jeremih, RIck Ross, Diddy, Future and more. You can pick up the whole album on iTunes and listen to those two new singles below. A Spotify stream is also below.
Meek Mill has an upcoming tour opening for Nicki Minaj with Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf. That hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center and has other NYC-area shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (7/24) and Susquehanna Bank Center (8/6). Tickets for those are still available.
In addition to the Made In America-presented Mary J Blige show that happened last week and the second TBA one-day NYC show, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival returns to Philly Labor Day Weekend. It happens September 5-6 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the lineup includes Beyonce, The Weeknd, J Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Duke Dumont, A-Trak, Santigold, Metric, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Vic Mensa, Flatbush Zombies, Creepoid, Superheaven, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Monday (6/29) at noon.
Full lineup below...
Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 7 this year, and the lineup is now announced. Kendrick Lamar (who's played the main stage and the side stage before) is headlining this year, and the rest of the main stage includes Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino and more. The side stage has Travi$ Scott, Joey Bada$$, Dej Loaf and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Meek Mill and Dej Loaf also play the NYC-area when their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe hits Barclays Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Center this summer.
Big Sean plays the area when his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits MSG, Susquehanna Bank Center and PNC Bank Arts Center.
Joey Bada$$ also has a Terminal 5 show.
by Andrew Sacher
Nicki Minaj put out her best album yet with her late-2014 release The Pinkprint, and now she's announced a tour in support of it with stacked support from Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Dej Loaf.
The tour hits NYC on July 26 at Barclays Center, and is also nearby for shows on July 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 6 at Susquenna Bank Center. Tickets should be on sale soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
Between this and the J. Cole / Big Sean / YG / Jeremih tour, Barclays Center has some huge rap shows this year.
by Andrew Sacher
Meek Mill already has one sold-out NYC show happening this month at Best Buy Theater (2/12), and he'll also be part of an excellent lineup at Webster Hall (2/15) three days later with Troy Ave, Jeezy, Fabolous and Yo Gotti plus DJ Envy, DJ Clue, DJ Drama, and DJ Infamous. Tickets for this massive show are on sale now.
The rappers on the Webster Hall show also all have new (or relatively new) music. Meek Mill is planning to release a new album called Dreams Worth More Than Money this year and recently dropped the video for his new single "B-Boy," which features his famous friends Big Sean and A$AP Ferg. Check it out below. Big Sean's got a new album on the way too.
Jeezy and T.I. recently put out a short film for their collaborative track "G' Shit" (also with Watch The Duck) off Tip's 2014 album, Paperwork. The 12+ minute video stars T.I., Jeezy, Wood Harris (aka Avon Barksdale from The Wire), and T.I.'s former Boss star Rotimi as '60s gangsters, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Fabolous returned on Christmas with the '90s-influenced new album, The Young OG Project, his first full length since 2009's Loso's Way. He's also planning to release Loso's Way 2 this year, but while you wait for that, check out the video for Young OG Project opener "Lituation" below.
Troy Ave also takes it back to the '90s, teaming up with fellow New York rapper Fat Joe (who's likely an influence on Troy) for Fat Joe's new single "How U Luv Dat." Listen below.
Yo Gotti recently dropped his new Concealed mixtape (download) and even more recently put out the video for the title track. You can watch that below too.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly neo-soul singer Jazmine Sullivan has been active for over a decade, releasing albums and collaborating with Missy Elliot, Robert Glasper, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and others. Earlier this month, she put out her third album, Reality Show, on RCA, which followed 2008's Fearless and 2010's Love Me Back.
The album features Meek Mill on the excellent opening track "Dumb," and after that it's just Jazmine in the spotlight atop masterful production from Key Wane (Big Sean's Hall of Fame, Beyonce's "Partition"), DJ Dahi (Drake's "Worst Behavior, Kendrick Lamar's "Money Trees") and others. Not unlike recent albums by Frank Ocean and Beyonce, it's got a foot in traditional '60s/'70s soul, but an eye on the recent progressions the genre has been making too. It's really good. Listen to the whole album for yourself, below.
Jazmine has three shows coming up this March, including one in NYC happening March 11 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM today (1/30).
All dates are listed, with the LP stream and the video for one of the songs, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Mill at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Meek Mill, whose 2013 appearance at Power 105.1 Powerhouse saw him bring out Nicki Minaj, whose new album he appears on and who he might be dating, will return to NYC for a Power 105.1-presented show on February 12 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are on sale now.
An all-female lineup of Nitty Scott MC, Celeste and Chelsea Reject takes place that same weekend on January 24 at Acheron. Tickets are on sale. Nitty appears on the new single by LoVel, "College," which just got the video treatment today (dir. Llama). You can watch that below.
And one more: Awkwafina plays SOB's on February 16 with Lyricks, Rekstizzy, Decipher aka Danny Chung, Mike B and DJ Zo. Tickets are on sale.
The always-great Curren$y returns to NYC on March 5 at BB King's. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16).
Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz teams up with past collaborator Akon to honor the tenth anniversary of the murder of Akon's manager, Robert 'Screw' Montanez, on January 30 at Stage 48. Tickets for that are on sale.
California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune are heading out on a tour this spring which hits NYC on April 24 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates here.
Wiz Khalifa's been making an annual thing out of going on summer amphitheater tours, and 2015 will be no exception. But while these tours are usually with cool rappers like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Smoke DZA or Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan, this year it's with, uh, Fall Out Boy. If you're into that sort of thing, you have a few chances to see it in the NYC-area including Susquehanna Bank Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach. Tickets go on sale at noon on January 23.
Lastly, though he has no NYC date announced at the moment, Australian rapper REMI has announced he'll make his US debut at SXSW this year. You can get a taste of his quality avant-rap from the video for "Tyson," below. Hopefully he decides to hit NYC too while he's here.
Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include Rae Sreummurd (tonight, 1/15), Joey Bada$$, Snoop Dogg / Puff Daddy, Lauryn Hill, Fetty Wap, PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce da 5'9"), and still more. What else?
After a few years of releasing mixtapes, Compton rapper YG is set to release his debut album, My Krazy Life, on March 18 via Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam. He's got some big name guests lined up for it, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Drake, plus newer-comers RIch Homie Quan and Ty Dolla $ign. Many of the tracks were produced by frequent collaborator DJ Mustard, who's also behind big tracks for 2 Chainz, Tyga, and others. You can watch the videos for "Left, Right" and "My Nigga" (and its remix featuring Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj), and stream the Drake-featuring "Why Do You Love?" below.
YG and DJ Mustard will support the new album by going out on a tour together this spring. That tour brings them to NYC on April 27 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/28) at 10 AM, and they're currently on Citi Cardmember/Live Nation/Music Geeks presales. All tour dates haven't been revealed yet, but you can check out the list of currently announced dates below...
Kendrick Lamar bowing down to the Queen (via Global Grind)
Power 105.1's Powerhouse came to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday (11/2) with a number of rappers, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous and more. During Kendrick's set, he brought out Brooklyn's Queen Bee Lil Kim to do "Get Money" and "All About the Benjamins." Check out a video of that below.
Meek Mill also brought out a surprise guest, Nicki Minaj, to do a few songs with him. You can also watch a video of that (via Vibe) below.
Backstage at the show, Nicki was also interviewed for Power 105.1, where she addressed not being mentioned in Kendrick Lamar's infamous "Control" verse, rapping versus going pop, and more. Video of that is below as well.
Kendrick Lamar will be back at Barclays Center when his tour with Kanye West hits the venue (11/19). Kanye's tour also includes an MSG show with Kendrick (11/23) and two NYC dates with A Tribe Called Quest.
Schoolboy Q at #uncapped in NYC - 9/16/13 (via vitaminwater instagram)
Power 105.1's Powerhouse is returning this year, this time happening in Brooklyn on November 2 at Barclays Center with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Trey Songz, and K. Michelle. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/21) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale and Internet presale (password: "power") starting today (9/19) at 10 AM.
For Kendrick Lamar, Powerhouse happens in the middle of his tour with Kanye West. Kanye's tour hits NYC on November 19 & 20 at Barclays Center and November 23 & 24 at MSG, but Kendrick hasn't been announced as an opener for those shows (neither has anyone else). Tickets for all four NYC shows are still available. Updated Kendrick dates are listed below.
Schoolboy Q was just in NYC for a vitaminwater #uncapped show on Monday (9/16), during which he brought out Kendrick Lamar to perform their song "Collard Greens." The pair also just performed the song on The Arsenio Hall Show (that's not a typo, he has a talk show again), and you can watch videos of both of those performances below.
Big Sean & Juicy J @ Terminal 5 - 8/27/13 (via Rick Dange)
Gracing the stage for over an hour, Big Sean turned NYC upside down while performing tracks from the new album like "Toyota Music," "Mona Lisa" and "You Don't Know." The GOOD Music rapper also dipped into his catalog performing tracks like "Ass," "I Don't Like" and "Mercy." The night was dedicated to the fans so Big Sean had a few surprises lined up for the crowd's pleasure. Juicy J who also released his album Stay Trippy yesterday joined the Detroit rapper to perform "Show Out." On top of Juicy J, the Taylor Gang capo Wiz Khalifa joined Sean on stage to perform "Gang Bang" from his Cabin Fever mixtape.Detroit rapper Big Sean released his expansive new album, Hall of Fame yesterday (8/27), and to celebrate he stopped in NYC for a last-minute free Terminal 5 show, which the above review is from. In addition to playing material from his new album, he also did some tracks he guests on (like Drake's "All Me"). As mentioned above, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa came out, as did Meek Mill to do their collaborative track, "Burn."
The journey to Hall of Fame has been life changing and adventurous for Big Sean. Various times throughout his performance he broke down the origin of the tracks from on Hall of Fame. Throughout the album he mentions his parents who played a big role in his life and during the performance of his current single "Fire," the rapper embraced his father on stage for the celebratory track. After performing another powerful track from the album, "World Ablaze," the Detroit rapper goes in depth with the crowd, encouraging them regardless of what obstacles come their way they should never give up and to follow their dreams. [The Source]
Some videos from T5, including Juicy J, Meek Mill, and Wiz's appearances, below...
Williamsburg Park earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may know, outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park (at Kent Ave and N 12 St) is hosting shows again this summer. This year's series kicked off during Memorial Day Weekend with a show from The Shins and Man Man, and continues this Saturday (6/29) with a free show from the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. It's an afternoon show (4 PM) and open to the public.
On the down side, the Kendrick Lamar show at Williamsburg Park that was supposed to happen in September was just cancelled. But on the plus side, Charles Bradley will be playing there for free that month.
Other Williamsburg Park shows happening this summer: the Odd Future and Meek Mill show on July 20 which Schoolboy Q was just added to; New Order and Holy Ghost! on July 24; D'Angelo on August 1; and the Mad Decent Block Party (Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh & more) on August 10.
The Mad Decent Block party is sold out, but tickets are still available to all the other shows.
Full Williamsburg Park schedule (as it stands) below...
As mentioned, Schoolboy Q is currently flying high with his Kendrick Lamar collaboration, "Collard Greens," which you can stream below. Look for the video of that to be released soon, and his new album, Oxymoron, out later this year. Q, who will play Rock the Bells at the Meadowlands in October, was recently added to Peter Rosenberg's 2nd Annual Birthday Show with Odd Future and Meek Mill which happens July 20 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets to that show are still available.
"Collard Greens" stream below...
Odd Future/Black Hippy collaborator Vince Staples is about to kick off a tour supporting Mac Miller, which also includes Chance the Rapper (who just played two sold-out NYC shows) and Odd Future's The Internet. Ahead of that tour, he's put out a new album, Stolen Youth, which was produced entirely by Mac Miller under his Larry Fisherman moniker, and features guest appearances from Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. You can stream the new album in its entirety below.
The tour with Mac, Chance, and The Internet hits the NYC-area on July
11 16 at Hammerstein Ballroom and July 14 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for both of those shows are still available. The Stone Pony show also includes Meek Mill, who opens for Odd Future in NYC at Williamsburg Park (7/20) a few days later (tickets).
Stream Stolen Youth below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mac Miller and Ab-Soul (via Macklemore's Instagram)
It's not too out of the ordinary when rappers we don't like collaborate or tour with rappers we do like. We've already seen some of our favorite rappers tour with Childish Gambino and collaborate with Asher Roth, and now a handful of guys we're currently invested in are doing stuff with another non-fave, Mac Miller. First, he did a track, "S.D.S," which was produced by Flying Lotus (and FlyLo fans shared a collective sigh of relief when the instrumental version came out). Then he contributed a guest verse to the new Ab-Soul song, "The End Is Near," which he also produced under the moniker Larry Fisherman. Both versions of "S.D.S." and "The End Is Near" can be streamed below.
Now, Mac has announced that he's going on a US tour from June to August and the openers include Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, The Internet, Vince Staples, Meek Mill and others. That tour hits NYC on July 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and The Come-Up; and it hits Asbury Park, NJ on July 14 at Stone Pony Summer Stage with Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Vince Staples, and Meek Mill.
Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (5/10) at 10 AM. Citi/Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales for the Hammerstein show begin Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM and Citi Cardmember/VIP Package presales for the Stone Pony show begin Wednesday (5/8) at 10 AM, with a Live Nation Mobile App presale beginning Thursday (5/9) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
Action Bronson isn't on any of the NYC-area shows either, but he has other upcoming NYC shows too.
Chance the Rapper - 'Acid Rap'
Perhaps the most exciting part of the NYC-area shows is that they'll be the first in the area for Chance the Rapper since the release of his impressive new mixtape,
All Mac Miller dates are listed, along with all streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Though the attention being paid to futuristic R&B has been more prevalent than ever in the past two years, it's also been interesting to look back on the ways the sound did exist in years prior. And even more exciting to see some of those artists making comebacks. Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream was one of last year's better albums, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't tempt me to dust off my copy of FutureSex/LoveSounds. And only a few months after doing that? Boom: The 20/20 Experience. Another thing I went back to last year was Cassie's only album -- her 2006 self titled debut -- specifically it's opening track/huge hit, "Me & U." The thick bass and airy vocals of that track are way more similar to the post-Weeknd world of R&B than I remembered, and it more than holds up.
Cassie had been dropping some singles here and there since her '06 album, but almost seven years later, there was still no sign of another full length release. However, like JT did in March, Cassie ended her lengthy absence last week with the release of her free mixtape, RockaByeBaby. It might be "just a mixtape" (whatever that really means at this point anyway), but RockaByeBaby serves as a worthy followup to Cassie, and as a whole release, it might even be better. The album is stacked with guest appearances (Jeremih, Pusha T, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Too $hort, and others) and the producers are no slackers here either (Mike Will Made It, Young Chop, and more), but it's not over-saturated with guests. Even the verses from some of the weaker rappers (Wiz Khalifa) work pretty well here. And some of the samples used are noticeably big songs (Kendrick Lamar's "m.A.A.d City," Tyga's "Do My Dance"), which can be a turnoff, but she uses them well.
Overall, the thing really feels like an album. Too often with mixtapes I find myself filtering through 20-something songs for the 10 good ones, but RockaByeBaby has no fat to trim. Its 13 tracks (12, not including the intro) clock in at 37 minutes, and they're all strong. The collaboration with Jeremih, "Sound of Love," is an early standout, with both singers bouncing off of each other really nicely. A little surprisingly, Fabolous' guest verse on "I Love It" is actually one of the most memorable moments of the album. And the chorus of "Paradise" (with its "pair of dice" pun) is one you'll find yourself humming after the album ends.
Download RockaByeBaby for free over at DatPiff and stream it in its entirety below...
Jay-Z (right) with Jaz. Note, not a recent picture.
Jay-Z's bid for a festival, known as Made in America, will return to Philadelphia in 2013, setting aside August 31- September 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the second edition. Check out a teaser trailer below, and line-up is forthcoming.
In other Jigga news, the man who REALLY started from the bottom (sorry, Drake- lol) has moved his Roc Nation venture away from Columbia Records and back to Universal:
News comes today from Jay & Roc Nation themselves that they've decided on Universal Music Group as their parent label, departing from multi-year deals that had Roc Nation records, including the most successful release from the company thus far, J. Cole's 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, releasing on Columbia Records.... Roc Nation's next release, which appears to be J. Cole's oft-delayed, but highly-anticipated sophomore effort Born Sinner, will be released on Roc Nation/Universal Music Group. -[The Source]Roc Nation currently houses J. Cole, Jay Electronica and others, while managing such names as Rihanna, Meek Mill, Wale, Timbaland, and No I.D.