!LLMIND – PICASSO BIGGIE [FT. NOTORIOUS B.I.G. & JAY Z]

It’s been seventeen years since Biggie Smalls passed, and his influence on Hip Hop is as … as ever.  No more so is this shown than in the music of Jay Z.  Producer !llmind has put together an incredible tribute to Big Poppa, remixing Hov’s ‘Picasso Baby’ to incorporate lines from his classic ‘Sky’s The…

JAY-Z – DEAD PRESIDENTS III

After a Q&A session on Twitter today, Jay-Z gave Young Guru/Just Blaze permission to release the full version of ‘Dead Presidents III’, a track that has eluded Hov fans for years.  The track features the original beat but played backwards, which makes it strangely mesmorising.  It also features the previously unheard verse is the same…

JAY Z – MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL

Released today through the Samsung app, Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ has already gone platinum after its release prompted the RIAA to change the rules on certification – #NewRules indeed.  The album is classic-sounding, and although not as progressive as ‘Yeezys’ (an album with which comparison is sure to become tedious), it still sounds fresh…

THE DREAM X JAY-Z – HIGH ART

Producer The Dream dropped his collaboration with Jay-Z today, from his upcoming album ‘IV Play’.  Fans of The Dream won’t be disappointed with this track: the production is incredibly clean-sounding.  Whether or not it’s remotely interesting or original, lyrically or stylistically is another matter.  Fans of Jay-Z will be disappointed with his verse.  After a…

JAY Z – OPEN LETTER

Jay Z responds to the controversy regarding his recent trip to Cuba with this Swizz Beats/Timbaland produced banger, debuted on this morning’s Hot 97.  Open letter takes critics to task – so much better to respond in this way than to get reeled into a debate with the media.  Well played, Hov.  Click the photo…

KENDRICK LAMAR X JAY-Z – BITCH DON’T KILL MY VIBE [REMIX]

Kendrick gives this already classic-sounding cut from his critically acclaimed ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City’ album the Jay-Z treatment.  The track is a celebration of what Lamar has achieved over the last year or so, warning rappers against challenging him, while comparing himself to both Rakim and Jesus.  Jay-Z has clearly taken note: he raps more…