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Happy Anniversary to Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt

Posted in Album Review with tags , , , , , , on Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Sixteen long (or short, depending on how you look at it) years ago, one of Hip-Hop’s finest opuses was released. Reasonable Doubt is an album that would transition Jay-Z from an underground aficionado to a rap superstar, and it also changed the Hip-Hop game forever. Jay-z had been a hungry emcee as early as ’89, and he was sick of the way that his label (Payday) had been promoting him; he decided to take things into his own hands, and he started Roc-A-Fella Records. Together with Priority Records, Roc-A-Fella Records released Reasonable Doubt.

From the moment that Pain In Da Ass opens the album on “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, the gangster mentality takes hold, and Jay-Z displays a lyrical ability that pierces the listener’s brain like a nine millimeter. I don’t think anybody, including Hov himself, knew how much of an impact this album would have on emcees for decades to come.

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Hov Already Discussing A “New” Album?

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Monday, September 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Blueprint 3 drops tomorrow, and despite all of the hatred I’ve been showing towards the album, I can assure you that I will still be making a purchase. Jay-Z is still one of my favorite emcees, despite the fact that Kanye is producing over half of the album. With all of that set aside, we can talk about this video. In the video above, Hov talks about his next album. That’s right, he’s already talking about what’s to come after Blueprint 3. He makes it sound like this one is going to be very experimental, and even goes on to say that it won’t be a #1 album. Bring it on Jigga, I want to hear that shit.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Jay-Z Says a Few Words in Rememberance of DJ AM

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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On a separate note, why the fuck do the good have to die young? Here is a video of Hov saying some kind words and remembers rocking the stage with DJ AM who, if you didn’t know, passed away this last weekend. It’s a damn shame that the lord decides to take people that have monumental impacts on others, especially when they are young.

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Jay-Z – “Run This Town” feat. Rihanna & Kanye West (video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , on Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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Here’s Jay-Z’s brand new video for the track “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna and Kanye of The Blueprint 3 due out in September. It’s pretty dope. Enjoy!
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Updated Blueprint 3 Tracklist

Posted in Art, Media, Music News, News with tags , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

As previously mentioned by my man Tim, the album artwork and tracklisting were released for Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, due out September 11th. Apparently the initial tracklisting was only a rumor, and not the official tracklist. Above is the official tracklist. It looks like Kanye handles the production on all but 5 of the tracks. Kid Cudi, Kanye, Rihanna, Drake, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell make the guest spot cuts. Follow me after the jump for a track and producer list.

Also, on a side note, am I the only one that find’s “D.O.A.” a weird topic choice for Jay-Z, especially since one of his best buds, Kanye, uses the autotune quite frequently clearly. Plus Jay has been on tracks that use autotune (“Swagga Like Us” comes to mind). Seems a bit hipocritical. Just a thought I’ve had.

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Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3 (Artwork & Tracklisting)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Monday, August 3, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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I have to admit that I love the artwork for Blueprint 3. There is something about it that I just can’t put my finger on. I have to thank the homie Meka for this one over at 2DopeBoyz. I don’t know how I feel about the album as a whole though… It’s mostly produced by Mr. West & No I.D., and it seems as though Kanye’s camp is playing a predominant role in theme of this album. I’m not going to get my hopes up for another Blueprint. Follow me after the jump for the tracklisting. Continue reading

Cymarshall Law “Runs This Town”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , on Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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This is Cymarshall Law’s take on Jay-Z’s “Run This Town”, and boy does this shit go hard. If you haven’t listened to me talk about this guy before I don’t know if there is any hope left for you. He just leaves microphones destroyed and demolished everywhere in his path. Make sure you check this one out, I think you might even like it more than that Jay-Z version. I forgot to mention, the 2DopeBoyz article also confirmed that Cy has two projects (The Creator’s Kid EP & Everliven Sound) that are complete and will be coming out this fall. You know what that means people, more Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker.

Download: Cymarshall Law, Run This Town” (Freestyle)

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New Jay-Z single – “Run This Town” (feat. Kanye West and Rihanna)

Posted in News with tags , , , on Saturday, July 25, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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This is the new single of Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 called “Run This Town”. It features Rihanna and Kanye. The beat is good, but the verses from Jay and Ye are a little weak. Overall the track gets kind of boring, it’s not really a new sound. The album is due out September 11th and I’m hoping it will be great.

Found this one on Okayplayer.

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Jay-Z Makes Sure Auto Tune is Dead, “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Monday, June 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Last week you guys heard Royce going hard as hell over this beat. Thanks to 2DopeBoyz, this week you finally get to see Hov’s official video for this track. I actually hadn’t heard the Jay-Z version of this track up until this point, but holy shit Jigga absolutely demolishes this nice beat by No I.D. The Blueprint 3 drops on September 11th, so make sure you go out and show your support for some real Hip-Hop. A lot of heads have been talking about this new Jay-Z album, so I can honestly say that I have my hopes up seeing as I’m a huge fan and all. Follow me after the jump for a live video of Jay-Z performing the track at the BET Awards, and the track download. Continue reading

Battle of the Century!?

Posted in Music News, Video with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, June 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus

This video could lead to one of the most epic battles in the history of Hip-Hop. Mighty Mos was interviewed by Angie Martinez on Hot 97 recently and he had a few very well selected choice words to say. Mos responds to how he feels about some emcees making the comment that they are “the best rapper alive”, and how he feels about himself. Mos then goes on to say that he wants to have an all out battle in New Orleans. You would have your beat battles, break battles, DJ battles and last but not least a 5 Vs. 5 emcee battle with a captain on each team. On Mos’s team you ask? Of course you would have Mos Def but in addition you would have Black Thought, DOOM, Jay Electronica & Nas. On the other team it would be Jay-Z or Kanye + whoever they choose. All I can say is holy shit.