VIDEO: DJ Mustard Talks Signing w/ Roc Nation + More

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Life+Times catches up with DJ Mustard out in California as the newest Roc Nation signee breaks down his creative direction, passion for music and much more.  Take a look as Mustard praises Steve Aoki’s movement and shares his hopes to follow the DJ’s same business model in order to fill a void in Hip Hop with and hold down his own tour.  Mustard also speaks on his upcoming album which is in the works and addresses his influence in club’s around the world with his style of production.  The Los Angeles native explains why he hopes to demonstrate his versatility more, links up with Will.I.Am at Record Plant and touches on using music as means of staying out of trouble as a kid.

NEWS: JAY Z Issues Statement On Barney’s Racial Profiling Controversy

jayzJAY Z has remained quiet on the ongoing investigation concerning Barney’s New York which is accused of allegedly racial profiling customers.  The public has been patiently waiting to see if Hov would address the matter and break his silence especially since no announcement to cancel his upcoming collaborative holiday collection with the retail giant had been issued.  However, the hip hop mogul finally took to his Life+Times website to release an official statement and confirm that his plans with Barney’s will be moving forward.  Check out JAY Z’s statement below.

In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.

While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.

As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th.  – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

AUDIO: Memphis Bleek – I Wonder Why Freestyle

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Memphis Bleek takes Rick Ross’ instrumental for “I Wonder Why” and delivers his own remixed freestyle version.  Take a listen as the New York native laces the hard-hitting track with Bedstuy inspired bars about his early street days, living the high life and getting around with the ladies.  It doesn’t sound like Bleek has missed a beat as the rapper demonstrates he’s still got it and lets listeners know he’s got more on the way.

NEWS: JAY Z Announces Magna Carter World Tour + Dates

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JAY Z announces his Magna Carter World Tour which is set to begin in Europe on October 3 in the UK and finally reach the United States on November 30 in Minnesota.  Look out for Hov’s new U.S. tour to touch down in 33 cities.  Check out the complete listing of upcoming tour dates below.  Tickets for Magna Carter World Tour go on sale September 12 via LiveNation and Ticketmaster.

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North America:

November 30th St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
December 1st Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
December 2nd Denver, CO Pepsi Center
December 6th Anaheim, CA Honda Center
December 7th San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
December 9th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
December 10th Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
December 11th San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
December 13th Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
December 18th Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
December 19th Houston, TX Toyota Center
December 20th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
December 21st Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
December 27th Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
December 28th Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
January 2nd Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
January 4th Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
January 5th Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
January 8th Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
January 9th Chicago, IL United Center
January 10th Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
January 12th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
January 13th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
January 16th Washington DC Verizon Center
January 17th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
January 18th Boston, MA TD Garden
January 19th Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
January 21st Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
January 22nd Newark, NJ Prudential Center
January 24th Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
January 27th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
January 29th Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
January 30th Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
January 31st State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center

VIDEO: JAY Z Vibes Out To Deadmau5 At The 2013 Made In America Festival

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JAY Z joins in on the festivities for the 2013 Made In America Festival and watches Deadmau5 during his DJ set.  Hov grabs a seat with Elliott Wilson and pops a few bottles while puffing on a stogie during the high energy performance.  Revolt TV was there to capture the moment go down and brings us a dope visual with Deadmau5 & Kaskade’s infectious track “I Remember” as the soundtrack.

Sidebar: There’s a few Hip Hop performances floating around on the internet from last weekend’s festival from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz.  The live stream coverage of the event came out flawless with great HD picture.

VIDEO: JAY Z – Picasso Baby | Behind The Scenes

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In front of a packed house inside New York’s Pace Gallery, Hov put on a performance for “Picasso Baby” off his new Magna Carta Holy Grail album for six hours straight.  Go behind the scenes and get a sneak peek of Jay puttin’ it down for the multiple cameras and the lucky few who got the opportunity to take part in the shooting of the music video.

NEWS: Jay-Z Announces Magna Carta Holy Grail Euro Tour + Dates

jayzJay-Z is on a roll and continues his takeover by announcing a new euro tour which will kick off in October.  Hov will begin his Magna Carta Holy Grail tour in the UK where his new album currently holds the number one spot.  Jay-Z’s previous collaborative release, Watch The Throne, peaked at number three in the UK but has since been surpassed by his latest effort.  Below are the tour dates for the euro portion of Jigga man’s live promo run for Magna Carta Holy Grail.

Oct. 3 UK, Manchester Arena
Oct. 6 Ireland, Dublin 02 Arena
Oct. 8 UK, Birmingham NIA Arena
Oct. 10 UK, London O2 Arena
Oct. 11 UK, London O2 Arena
Oct. 12 UK, London O2 Arena
Oct. 17 France, Paris,Bercy
Oct. 18 France, Paris,Bercy
Oct. 20 Switzerland, Zurich Hallenstadion
Oct. 21 Belgium, Antwerp, Sportpaleis
Oct. 23 Norway, Oslo Spektrum
Oct. 25 Sweden,Stockholm, Globe
Oct. 27 Germany, Hamburg 02 World
Oct. 28 Germany, Cologne Lanxess Arena
Oct. 29 Netherlands, Amsterdam Ziggo Dome

 

VIDEO: Jay-Z – Oceans Feat. Frank Ocean | Samsung Preview

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.

Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail | Track List

jiggaIn 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 Grail releasing 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
2. Heaven
3. Versus
4. Tom Ford
5. Beach Is Better
6. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt
7. Oceans
8. F.U.T.W.
9. Part II (On The Run)
10. BBC
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
14. Holy Grail (Bonus Track)
15. Open Letter (Bonus Track)

VIDEO: Jay-Z Announces New Magna Carta Holy Grail Album w/ Samsung

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.