Rakim Salutes JAY-Z For Maturity and Evolution on “4:44” Album

Over the past couple of weeks, JAY-Z’s 14th studio album4:44, has received much acclaim for the project’s social commentary and personal reflections. Artists and fans from all generations have chimed in on the record’s impact. “The God MC” Rakim, fresh off the reunion show with Eric B at the Apollo Theatre, recently spoke with BET during the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival this past weekend to give his take on the album.

Like many who found the project refreshing for its maturity and life lessons, Rakim felt as though the entire project was tailored made for the older hip-hop generation. He said in the current landscape that is dominated by youth culture, this album was much needed for the older fan who has grown and evolved.

Check out more of Rakim’s take in the video below.

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SEC 23rd Anniversary Final Battle

The finals from this past weekend at the Style Elements 23rd Anniversary. Renegade Rockers vs. Rock Force Crew

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Sweet 16 Championship Crew Final Battle

The Sweet 16 Championship did not disappoint. Full of talent and incredible battles, below is the final battle for the crew competition: Drift Docious All Stars vs Team LCB Japan:

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Soul Shifters cyphering

These OGs are still going strong, Soul Shifters getting down! And check out bboy Orb rocking the “Make Hip Hop Great Again” T-shirt!

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JAY-Z Releases 4:44 Album Featuring Frank Ocean and Damian Marley

It’s been four long years since JAY-Z last released an album and eight years since he’s dropped a solo project, so fans were highly anticipating the release of his latest offering, 4:44, which he dropped on Thursday at the stroke of midnight.

The album is bound to please fans just giving a first look at the tracklist, which features collaborations from Damian Marley and Frank Ocean.

The tracklisting reads:

1) Kill Jay Z

2) The Story of O.J.

3) Smile (ft. Gloria Carter)

4) Caught Their Eyes (ft. Frank Ocean)

5) 4:44

6) Family Feud

7) Bam (ft. Damian Marley)

8) Moonlight

9) Marcy Me

10) Legacy

Fans can stream the album on Tidal here. Let us know your thoughts on JAY-Z’s latest album in the comments.

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Inyoung “Dassy” Lee

Inyoung “Dassy” Lee kills it on So You Think You Can Dance

 

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Hip-Hop Documentary ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’ Debuts Exclusively on Apple Music

Sean Combs’ exclusive Apple Music documentary Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story officially debuted on the music streaming service last night [Direct Link]. The film was announced this past April, following the documentary’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop follows Combs, aka “Puff Daddy,” and the rise of Bad Boy Records throughout the 1990s, all the way up until the reuniting of the Bad Boy Family in 2016 for a reunion show tour in New York City.

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Nipsey Hussle Launches The Marathon Store in Los Angeles

Nipsey Hussle brought out the city of Los Angeles for the grand opening of The Marathon Store over the weekend (June 17), and it was a star-studded event. Fans and friends were lined up around the new shop, which saw appearances from some big names such as Jim Jones, Nav, 21 Savage, Russell Westbrook, Vegas Jones and Demarcus Cousins, as well as his longtime girlfriend, Lauren London. See pics and video from the event below.

The new smart store displays the Mailbox Money rapper’s Marathon clothing brand, and is located at 3420 W. Slauson Ave in the California city. The flagship store has all kinds of futuristic features, including programmable technology built into the store’s design along with products for exclusive Nipsey releases. Customers can download a special app that will help them activate special features when they purchase a particular item in the store.

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Bboy Buckshot / Harry Clean

Dope video done by Harry Clean! Featuring the very fresh, bboy Buckshot coming straight outta the Soufend of Seattle

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Jay Z’s Mysterious 4:44 Project is Set to Release on June 30th

The 4:44 promotion mystery made an 180-degree turn as it continued to unravel on Friday, June 16. The project now has a date attached to it but appears to have reverted back to an advertisement associated with Jay-Z, as was originally thought.

Earlier this month billboards and website ADs bewildered observers bearing nothing more than the number 4:44, although, in addition, a few of them read Tidal in small letters. A rumor would start up about the possibility that the music streaming company was hinting at the coming of a new album from the music mogul, especially considering that only a couple of days earlier Swizz Beats had confirmed that they were cooking something up in the studio. Some would go so far as to bend their brains over the significance of the number “4,” pointing out that April 4th is Jay and Bey’s wedding anniversary [a date which they’ve both tattooed on their bodies], and that they were each born on the 4th day of their respective birth months.

The speculation quickly vanished, however during Game 3 of the NBA Finals a commercial screened the number after airing a scene of Mahershala Ali tagging a punching bag held by Danny Glover. “Starring Academy Award Winners Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o, Danny Glover,” the credits would read, before identifying the scene as part of a Tidal/Sprint project rated NC-17. While no film title nor date of release was given at the time, it was assumed by viewers that 4:44 was, in fact, a cinematic presentation.

That changed on Friday with the appearance of new posters, banners, and flyers that include Jay Z’s name and the date “6.30.17.” And with Jay popping up in Jamaica to do a music video with the likes of Damian Marley and Junior Reid, and Zaytoven dropping hints of a Jiggaman collaboration, fans may very well have Hov’s 13th studio album before long.

 

 

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