Smoking Gun Obtains Jay-Z Phoenix Rider

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MAY 13–When Jay-Z headlined last month at the University of Arizona, the rapper banked a whopping $750,000 for his set. But the chart-topping performer did not get every perk requested in his concert rider, since the school does not provide artists with alcohol, tobacco, or $400,000 luxury vehicles. As seen on the following pages from his 2009 concert rider, Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) demands that promoters provide him with ground transportation while he is in town performing.

Specifically, the rap star requires a late-model black Maybach (either the 57 or 62 model) with tinted windows. Carter’s dressing room (72 degrees, please) must be stocked with Sapporo beer, vodka, tequila, and two bottles of $300 Champagne. Oh, and the 39-year-old performer also needs two bottles (at $200 apiece) of 2004 Sassicaia, which his rider helpfully describes as a “Red, Italian Wine from Bolgheri Region.” Additionally, Carter requires “Good Quality” peanut butter and jelly, one martini shaker, 12 shot glasses, and a pack of Marlboro Lights.

A marked-up copy of the Jay-Z rider, provided by the University of Arizona, includes the school’s deletion of items it declined to provide the rapper.

[video] Kanye- TWO WORDS

I remember being at Kanye’s first album listening session when this video was premiered. Mind you, this was before the car accident which spawned “Through The Wire” so this was the very first visual the media got of ‘Ye. Shout out to Coodie & Chike who shot this joint that never got the light of day. Epic Fail for DEF JAM.

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[video] Jay & Dame Rock The Apollo (Throwback)

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Wow, this sh*t is like an early X-Mas. Jay and Dame on one stage personifying that rare chemistry that will never be duplicated again (not in our era) and performing one of my favorites nonetheless. Its apparent from this that Dame is Robin to Jay’s Batman and its a damn shame that these two let the sh*t get past the point of repair. LMAO @ the FOI holding the stage down, was this when Guy Fisher and them still had the Apollo?  Oh yeah, two words before we part…Sauce Mothaf*ckin‘!!

[audio] KANYE- Wheely Shit (snippet)


KANYE– Wheely Shit (snippet)


L.A., Jay of whoever the exec is in charge up there at Def Jam/Rocafella needs to remind Ye’ that this is the flow that people love him for. When he’s making up those witty rhymes with that double bar sequence delivery, please get back to that and no mothaf*ckin’ autotune Mr. Gay Fish, thanks!

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[audio] JADAKISS- The Last Kiss


I will never understand the logic of the music industry. While they are struggling with downloads and scrambling to clog up songs from leaking they continue to offer albums for free stream, I guess with the belief that every project with mimic Lil Wayne’s last effort. They are crazy. Well here goes Jadakiss’ project…for free…almost feels like a mixtape don’t it!  I’m diggin’ the accessibility of this though, they should send us everyone’s album in the mail so we can embed it all over the net.  Resistance is FUTILE!

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Dame Dash headed to divorce court!

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Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear co-founder Damon Dash has been slapped with divorce papers by wife Rachel Roy. The stunning fashion designer piled onto Dash’s already sizable stack of lawsuits when she filed for divorce from her husband of four years this month in Manhattan Supreme Court.damon-rachel
Ed Hayes, a lawyer for Roy, declined comment, and a Dash spokeswoman did not return calls or e-mails. An electronic record of the case says the divorce is for “nonmonetary relief” and should be resolved by February.

Dash and Roy, who put her own name on a women’s fashion line, got hitched in Mexico in January 2005. They met when Roy was working at Rocawear and have two daughters.

The breakup is the latest legal mess for the has-been hip-hop titan, whose empire – which he once pegged at “about $50 million” in a New York magazine profile – has crumbled under massive debt, bad business deals and one suit after another.

Dash, who in 2005 sold his stake in Rocawear to Jay-Z for $20 million, owes $2 million in state taxes, and a bank has started foreclosure proceedings on his two Tribeca condos.

A Manhattan judge even ordered the city to seize his luxury Chevrolet Tahoe SUV last year when he couldn’t make the $714.99 monthly payment. He’s also being sued by law firms and landlords for not paying his bills.

The fall has been a spectacular one for Dash, who sipped Champagne on a yacht in Jay-Z’s video for “Big Pimpin’” – then emptied his bottle of bubbly onto bikini-clad beauties in a hot tub.

“He’s broke, he’s got nothing left,” a source said.





seen @ RealTalkNY

This feels like something from his 90’s catalougue, as if he already visited this topic. He could’ve gotten more crafty and used it as an allegory about the economy and the impending death of the dollar bill that Hip Hop has fallen heads over heels for.  After all he is the one that introduced the Euro into the Hip Hop consciousness via his “Blue Magic” video.

Choke No Joke Readies Roc-a-Fella Documentary

I’ve actually seen a screening of this and people are gonna be floored when they see how huge Dame’s ego was especially since he’s transformed into a kindler, gentler type of guy.

via NY Post

JAY-Z and Damon Dash‘s dirty laundry from their Roc-A-Fella Records breakup is about to go public. jigga2

Former BET producer and Roc employee Choke No Joke is releasing a documentary next year – titled “I Am Choke, No Joke” – about the infamous crumbling of the hip-hop empire founded by former fast friends Jay and Dash. In a interview, Joke says: ” ‘Dame’ was a camera freak. He loved people to tape him, ’cause he started thinking he was a star . . . Ever since the ‘Big Pimpin’ ‘ video, he started gettin’ a little light and it started to get to his head.”

Joke claims that Dash’s signing of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and his proposal of Cam’ron as a vice president of the label (which Jay-Z rejected) were among the disputes that drove a wedge between the two. “Jay wasn’t feeling none of that [bleep],” Joke said. Continue reading

Tru-Life Paid $300 Stacks to Leave Def Jam

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After responding to XXL’s milk carton via YouTube earlier this week, Tru Life caught up with to explain his situation with Def Jam and Jay-Z.trulifemarquee

Tru, who signed with Roc La Familia, Jay-Z’s world music subsidiary imprint under Roc-A-Fella, explained his new relationship with the label since Hov’s departure from the Roc’s parent company, Def Jam.

“I was Roc-A-Fella all day first off, let’s get that clear,” the L.E.S. rapper told XXL. “I signed to Roc La Familia but I was always Roc-A-Fella. I was just Latin, but when that folded it was easy, they just moved me over to Roc-A-Fella. I’m a smart business man so when I found out Jay-Z was gonna leave – cause I got the heads up, cause that’s my big homie – I didn’t wanna stay there either at Def Jam.”

“As far as Def Jam is concerned, I didn’t wanna be in an upside down situation,” Tru continued. “I had seven deals on the table before I took that deal and I only took it because of Jay-Z. So I felt like if he’s leaving, I wanna leave too.”

But don’t get it twisted. Tru made it clear he got paid before he packed up. “It was also in my contract that if they didn’t put out my album, they had to give me $300,000,” Tru revealed. “So being the smart businessman that I am I took that $300K, they did it under the radar so nobody really knew, but I been was off of Def Jam for a while. We did it before Jay-Z actually left. I left Def Jam, but I’m still with Roc-A-Fella, I’m still with Jay-Z. Me and Jay was just out in Vegas balling out, spending stacks. You can ask Jay.”

[video] Dame Talks Future Moves

Damn, it hurts to see a man with such an inflated ego like Dame humbled by his own shortcomings. Everyone that arose out of Def Jam with a superhuman ego has been deflated to former images of themselves, from Dame, to Jay, to X, to Irv, to Ja and the list goes on and on.  It’s like Def Jam is a Buddhist conversion farm for some of these dudes, they all come in like Ari Gold from Entourage and leave on some Swami sh*t like Rick Rubin.  F*ckin’ hilarious, sad, but hilarious.

Happy Birthday Hovito!!


Let us take a moment to pay homage to the GOD MC. We know GOD has no birthday (blashemy!) but his Hip Hop representative in the flesh was born on December 4th (remember the track on The Black Album?).  So with that being said, take a bow homie and since you are so fond of the number four, we got four words for you on this special day: HANG THE MIC UP. Come on my dude, you are starting to show your age and its getting quite embarrassing if I must say so myself.  Bow out gracefully while you can.  Consider that a warning, (Jaz-O‘s is coming for that ass (pause)) and oh yeah enjoy your birthday PLAYBOY!

Jay-Z Caught Using Secret Handshakes?

secret society?
via Boombox

“It’s a secret society, all we ask is trust”

On May 16th, Jay-Z came through to the Barclay’s Center showroom opening in Brooklyn, New York to support his big homey Bruce Ratner. The music mogul and Ratner have been in business together ever since the rap star bought a piece of the entrepreneur’s New Jersey Nets. The pair’s currently working on a deal to transport the basketball team from Newark to Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards near Jay’s old stomping grounds.

They had some laughs and popped some bottles, but it was their oddly-gripped handshake (seen here) that sparked yet another round of Jay-related conspiracy theory.

Hova has long been rumored to be a member of the Freemasons, the fraternal organization known for their deep political ties and use of signs (gestures) and grips (handshakes). Past members allegedly include thirteen signors of the Constitution, fourteen U.S. Presidents and many of the nation’s most powerful families such as the Rockefellers (ROC, mane) and Rothschilds.
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Sauce Money Interview

Sauce Motha F*ckin\'

The good people over at Mahogany Girl unearthed a legend! She caught up with Sauce Money, a BK lyrical giant in his own right. He drops some gems and gives some insight into the inner workings of the industry. Doesn’t pile on Jiggaman too much, but nonetheless its a worthy read. CLICK [HERE] for the full article.

Jay Adds Additional Dates To Euro Leg Of His Tour

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Here take that, take that Noel Gallagher. Not only is Jay-Z still confirmed to headline the Glastonbury Festival amidst complaints by the 40-year old head of rock group Oasis, but Jay will be “swagg-splashing” all over the UK this summer. He has been booked to do six shows in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen in July.

He will be launching his arena tour July 3rd at the Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park and rapping up the festivities on the 21st at the AECC in Aberdeen event on July 3. Apparently not dismayed by the “hate” coming from a small selection of British rock acts, Jay, ever the diplomat said, “I’m looking forward to seeing my UK fans again. There’s an amazing vibe and energy in the UK.”

No word yet as to whether Mary J. Blige will be joining him on this leg of his tour.
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More Rap News : Beanie Sigel Back in Jail


Culminating what has been a horrendous week for the hip hop community with various cases of false accusations, shootings, and convictions, Philly rapper Beanie Sigel has been thrown back in jail by the judge for failing to adhere to his strict parole guidelines.

Still cant believe that Jay Z is letting an above average, borderline legendary MC like Beanie suffer after he repeatedly stuck up for Jay when every rapper and his momma was attacking him and his credibilty. Sigel deserves better.

Authorities said Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, gave a false urine sample to probation officials on Feb. 29 and also tested positive five times earlier this month for controlled substances, including Xanax and Percocet.

Guess like Lil Wayne he can’t put down that Purple Rain, shame.

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Kanye’s Favorite Artist Comes to Brooklyn Museum


For those Kanye loyalists if you wanna see more of the artist that blessed the cover of Ye’s Graduation album you should check his exhibit coming to the Brooklyn Museum in mid April. On the 15th Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will be given full honors at the museum as they display upwards to 90 pieces of his highly acclaimed work. Make sure you don’t miss this one! CLICK HERE for more info.