[Hip Hop News Now] Drake Drops Two New Singles, “Pop Style” ft. Jay Z & Kanye West and “One Dance” ft. WizKid & Kyla

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Drake’s Views From The 6 is set to drop this month, so with that being said, it appears that Drizzy season is finally upon us. Today Drake officially kicked off the highly anticipated season with the release of two brand new singles. The first track is titled “Pop Style” and features Jay Z and Kanye West aka ‘The Throne’ and the other features WizKid and Kyla called “One Dance.”

The songs aren’t streaming just yet on Apple Music, but you can preview “Pop Style” here, and “One Dance” here.

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[Hip Hop News Now] Unreleased Jay Z Freestyle From 1999

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Tim Westwood has been digging in the crates recently and now he has discovered a true gem. The gem is an unreleased freestyle by Hip Hop Kingpin Jay Z. The freestyle is dated from 1999 and was recorded shortly after the release of Hova’s fourth studio album Vol. 3 … Life & Times of S. Carter.

The freestyle is saturated with some dope lyrics that could be heard later in some of Jay’s most popular songs.

Looks like you don’t need a hot tub anymore to go back into time…just hit play below.

 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Jay Z Announces “Tidal X: 10/20” Event Featuring Beyonce, Prince, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, & More

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Have you jumped on the Tidal wave yet? Well, if you have, you are one of the now one million Tidal subscribers. To celebrate the recent milestone by Tidal, Jay Z has just announced a mega-event. On October 20th, Jay Z will hit the stage at the Barclays Center. I know, I know, this is nothing new for Hov…but what makes this event special is the list of musical artists who will join him on stage.

Some of the biggest names in music will be performing on this day along with Jay Z. Beyonce, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Usher, and more will be joining Jay Z next month for the epic event. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, October 2nd. Tidal subscribers can snatch up their tickets now by clicking here.

Check out the entire lineup below and be prepared for this show to sellout out in record fashion.

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[Hip Hop News Now] Lil Wayne Claims To Have Signed Deal With Jay Z

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As we continue to patiently wait for Weezy’s album to release we have seen a lot unfold between Wayne and Birdman.  Oh and we can’t forget the supporting actors like Young Thug during this Hip Hop drama.  Since the debacle of Cash Money, there has been lawsuits, copycat albums, and even a shot up tour bus.  When will it all stop?  When will we finally get to hear Wayne’s new album that has since been retitled, Freezy Weezy???

Well, last night Lil Wayne took the stage at the Bay Area’s KMEL Summer Jam and announced, “I just signed a deal with my motherf**king idol, Jay Z”.  The audience went crazy, but it left me and other Hip Hop heads with even more questions.  Like, could he be referring to Jay Z‘s streaming service TIDAL, or did he actually sign with Roc Nation?  All of these are valid questions, especially with Wayne still being singed to Cash Money.  I guess only time will tell.

Check out the snippet of Lil Wayne making his announcement below.

   

UPDATE: Lil Wayne wasn’t referring to his signing on the dotted line with Jay Z regarding a record deal, but rather a deal with TIDAL that he signed earlier this month, making him the newest co-owner of the recently relaunched streaming service. 

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[Hip Hop News Now] Jay Z Reunites With Roc-A-Fella, Disses Spotify and YouTube

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The long awaited reunion of Roc-A-Fella took place last night at Jay Z’s 2-night special event, Tidal B-Sides.  The very special event took place in hope to silence the critics of Jay Z’s new streaming service, Tidal.  The new platform has been under fire since its launch just a few months ago.  Hov has been standing strong on his defense of Tidal and has even taken to social media to quiet the haters.  At this point it was time for Jay Z to start exhibiting why he is in a lane all by himself.  

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Last night’s Tidal B-Sides event was epic as Hova performed a set of songs he rarely performs and artists like Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Memphis Bleek, and the Young Gunz joined him on stage to solidify the event.  With the big lights and all eyes on Jay Z last night he took the time to release a new freestyle in which he ripped Spotify and Youtube apart.  Check out the freestyle below and stay tuned for details to Tidal B-Sides’ night 2.

  

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[Hip Hop News Now] Tidal versus Spotify: Are You Listening?

  

Okay, so recently there has been much talk about Jay Z’s streaming music service Tidal.  Most of the conversations are based around common questions. The biggest question being, “What is the benefit to using Tidal versus other music streaming platforms like Spotify?”  Yesterday, Jay Z and Tidal executive Vania Schlogel held an informative Q&A session at NYU.  The two Tidal reps spoke with students about the streaming service and how it differs from others.

From the artist’s standpoint, Jay Z boasts that Tidal is about to change the industry.  He believes that the payout structure in regards to royalties is a game changer and that both indie and major artists will be very pleased.  “There is no free tier and we’ll pay the highest royalty percentage. That’s how we’ll change the industry,” Hov said.

Tidal has proclaimed itself to be the first artist-owned streaming service.  The new platform looks to open new doors for all artists, even for those without a major deal.  “I’m on Tidal. I don’t have a record deal,” said Jay Z.  “All artists who come in — and this is an open platform, an open invitation — will participate in the equity upside.”

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For listening subscribers, Tidal delivers a top quality sound.  It is the first music streaming service to combine the best high fidelity sound quality, high definition music videos, and expertly curated editorial.  The service has over 25 million tracks and 75,000 music videos.

It is too early in the game to know who will come out as the clear winner in all of this, but time will soon tell.  The real question is, can artists like Jay Z change the game from the outside in with power moves like the Tidal initiative? 

 

Read the full transcript of the interview here.

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