JAY Z took to his Life+Times site to share a photo that depicts his personal belief of where he feels his past albums currently rank at. Take a look as Hov celebrates his 44th birthday today and also serves up some short commentary on each project.
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…fuck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)
Revolt TV catches up with everyone from Young Chris to Pharrell and gets their thoughts on JAY Z’s classic LP, The Black Album. Watch as Just Blaze, 9th Wonder and several other collaborators celebrate the project’s 10th anniversary and explain what it was like to be a part of something so special. Other friends like DJ Khaled and Irv Gotti also show up to speak on what the album meant to them and its significant impact on Hip Hop.
JAY Z officially kicked off his new world tour in Manchester, UK and treated the crowd to a nice live instrument rendition of his classic song “Dead Presidents II” before jumping into his latest verse on Drake’s “Pound Cake.” This is the first time the Roc Nation head honcho has performed the song in front of a live audience.
Director Ron Howard and Showtime release a trailer to the upcoming Made In America documentary which goes behind-the-scenes and chronicles JAY Z’s groundbreaking festival. The film is set to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival going down next weekend and finally will hit the small-screen for viewers on October 11. Watch the sneak peek below to hear commentary from some of music’s biggest names on the importance of the festival and its significance.
Life+Times unveils JAY Z’s newest art inspired music video for “Picasso Baby” which was shot last month inside an art gallery in New York. Directed by Mark Romanek, the 10-minute short film is definitely a new experience and unqiue presentation as Jay performs as a living work of art for six hours straight. The upbeat music video came out exceptionally well and theres also opening and closing scenes with Hov giving insight into the music video’s creative direction.
Producer Mike Will sits down with Revolt TV as they continue their series of sit downs with the creative minds behind Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album. In this episode, Will gives insight behind his contribution to the project with the interlude “Beach Is Better” which quickly stood out on the album’s tracklist and left fans wanting more. Mike Will emphasizes to the camera that the impressive collaboration was rather effortless between the two and shares a personal conversation he had with Jay-Z about the producers hands on approach.
Interviewer Elliott Wilson sits down with New York’s JAY Z at Yankee Stadium for a candid one-on-one sit down as the two discuss a number of topics. In part one, Wilson credits Hov with popularizing the New York Yankee fitted hat and asks JAY Z to share his thoughts on performing in Yankee Stadium alongside Justin Timberlake for his Legends of Summer Tour. At one point in the interview Jay also reassures fans that he has no ego and loves collaborating with other talent in order to create special moments in music. Hov also shares an early conversation he had with Rick Rubin on “Holy Grail” and deciding to remove The-Dream off the track and replacing his vocals with Justin Timberlake’s. JAY Z also speaks on his love for art and his belief that the creative outlet runs parallel with music. Wilson also discusses with Jigga his longtime desire to change music industry standards since taking his previous position as Def Jam president.