2017 was a lot. Everybody did a collaboration album and not many of them had replay value, Migos owned the early part of the year and Offset handed the game to his fiance Cardi B who ran with it to the finish line and every week seven albums dropped, which made it hard to keep up with what was the must listen at the time. But guess what, somehow we heard it all. Aside from “Bartier Cardi” who dominated the headlines? Jay-Z released a cheating manifesto and taught us about financial responsibility all at the same time, Kendrick Lamar did
When penning the stream release for Jay-Z’s 4:44 album for a different publication, I alluded to the illustrious rollout of the effort by highlighting the contributions of Mahersala Ali and Lupita Nyong’o as “thespians.” I could have never pegged that the man who I grew with as a distant mentor to life, hip-hop and business would spit the same word in verse to bear his mother’s burden as a lesbian. As I grew in diction and syntax, Hov steadily grew on wax. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian Had to hide
Months ago we learned that Lady Gaga was going to be the halftime entertainment of Super Bowl 51. She’s a great performer, it’s deserved and very likely will keep us all thoroughly entertained as we reload our plates and cups of beer. However, the powers that be – a.k.a #BlackTwitter – made sure their ballots were cast for their SB51 choice, who happen to be pulling for the Atlanta Falcons in Migos. In case you been under a rock, Migos have the hottest song of the early 2017 in “Bad & Boujee,” have released another banger to follow it up
Just like the weather, the summer is defined by whatever song is the hottest. Artists schedule their releases around the year’s warm months and hope to make an impact that leaves them with defining career moments and memories of fans as the tracks age. The past has seen the likes of Jay Z and Future – who happen to do it again – own the summer and the scene has been a spot for newcomers to make their mark. Take a look on the following page to view who cracks the list as the top seven songs of Summer 16.
Can a non-rapper be the rap MVP of the summer? If not, we need to change the unwritten rules because with DJ Khaled there is a strong argument to be made. The Snapchat King has for years put together compilation albums that enlists top tier hip-hop talent on dream posse cuts. That recipe for creating is no different with his new album Major Key, however, this may be the strongest batch of ingredients that he has had to date. When you take a glance at the playlist there is a collection of your favorite rappers, some amazing newcomers and singers
Saturdays marks three months since Beyoncé dropped the unconfirmed Jay Z air out album titled Lemonade. Since its release there has been plenty of Lemonade theories – the album was about her father, it was completely made up, Rita Ora was Becky with the good hair – but the most dominant was that Shawn Corey Carter was the culprit. The BeyHive nominated Becky’s, got in Formation at stadiums across the country and everyone waited for Jay Z to respond on wax, in which he did going “All The Way Up” by tossing out a couple of bars and continuing along
“Basically we named the album Reasonable Doubt because with anything you do in life, people are going to judge you,” Jay Z shared in 1997. “Whether it be through interviews or radio. So the album is basically on trial, this being my first album.” Trial is something we have experienced with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter. The trial of the accent markets that punctuated his name back in ’96, trial from a run in at a New York City night club in ’99, the trial by “Ether,” the trial of making a retirement comeback and even the trial of Lemonade. But
Everyone doesn’t have a 20-year career in music, especially hip-hop. One day you could be hot, on top of the charts and back and forth across the country on tour and the next day it’s all gone. For a collective emerging from New York City, one album gave the legs for everyone to chop down two decades of dominance. June 25, 2016, marks the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s critically acclaimed debut album Reasonable Doubt. The album was the introduction to arguably the greatest rapper we have seen, but at the time was a Brooklyn bred hustler with a lot of
The first night of Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour, selectively featuring DJ Khaled, is in the books. Kicking off in Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, the entire BeyHive was glued to the #FormationWorldTour hashtag to get a glimpse of what awaits them when they get to see Beyoncé at a nearby stadium. What was there to see? Some of everything! In this edition of The Seven we break down seven of the hottest topics from this insane opening night in Miami so be sure to follow along in the pages below.