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.
Samsung and Jay-Z released another promotional video today for his upcoming “Oceans” collaboration with singer Frank Ocean. The official lyrics were unlocked today for Samsung mobile users via an application along with the exclusive footage below. The commercial shows Jigga man in the studio with Timbaland, Pharrell, and Rick Rubin discussing the creative direction for “Oceans” and its underlying meaning.
In an interesting move, Jay-Z and staff created a viral scavenger hunt by taking to social media and revealing clues to where fans could find the official track list to his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grailreleasing July 4. Though production credits have yet to be revealed, the titles of the songs were placed in special binders throughout Brooklyn as fans were encouraged to participate and hit the streets in search of them. Take a look at the 13-song list below which also features two additional bonus tracks.
1. Picasso Baby
4. Tom Ford
5. Beach Is Better
9. Part II (On The Run)
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
14. Holy Grail (Bonus Track)
15. Open Letter (Bonus Track)
During Sunday’s NBA Playoff game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, Jay-Z decided to take over halftime with his Magna Carta Holy Grail album announcement. Surrounded in the studio with the likes of Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Pharrell, and Swizz Beatz Hov and company played production snippets that more than likely will be featured on the highly anticipated upcoming album. With a fun and joking demeanor, Jay-Z laid “the blueprint” out for what was to come and shared his creative thoughts on the direction for the project.
The more shocking part of the commercial announcement is Jigga Man’s exclusive deal with Samsung to have a priority release of the album three days in advance for the first million Samsung Galaxy mobile users. Owners of the phone will have the opportunity to download a Google Play application which will give them exclusive access to Jay-Z’s 12th album for completely free at 12:01 a.m. on July 4.
It looks like Jigga man and Drizzy recently linked up and combined powers for a studio session while Drake was in Manhattan shooting his cameo in the upcoming film Anchorman 2. Lenny S. shared this photo but didn’t specify what project exactly fans can hope to hear the tunes they did on.
Jay Z embodies so much of what makes New York New York. A kid from a tough neighborhood who grows up in public housing, overcomes lots of bad influences on the street, never lets go of his dream, makes it to the top — and then keeps going, pursuing new outlets for his creativity and ambition. When no one would sign him to a record contract, he created his own label and built a music empire — before going on to design clothing lines, open sports bars and, most recently, represent professional athletes. He’s an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America, and his influence stretches across races, religions and regions. He’s never forgotten his roots — “Empire State of Mind” was a love song to our city — and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood. In nearly everything he’s tried, he’s found success. (He even put a ring on Beyoncé.) And in doing so, he’s proved that the American Dream is alive and well.
The producers behind Jay-Z’s “What More Can I say” which was featured on the popular Black Album provide details behind how the track came together and insight into how they acquired their first beat placement. It’s always interesting to get background stories on how these types of dope collaborations came together. Check out the footy above to hear their story.