!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…

KANYE WEST – DRUNK IN LOVE REMIX

Kanye West entered into the Valentine’s Day spirit last night, dropping a remix of Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’, one of the most-loved tracks from her recent self-titled album.  Ye left vocals from Bey and Jay intact, but enlisted the help of producer Mike Dean to beef up the beat.  Most of Ye’s verse revolves around…

RICK ROSS X JAY Z – THE DEVIL IS A LIE

Rick Ross’ forthcoming album ‘Mastermind’ has been a long time coming, and the latest cog in the promo machine is single ‘The Devil Is A Lie’, featuring Jay Z.  The track is produced by KE On The Track, who has done a superb job, purely by making a beat as grandiose as the combination of…

2013’s MOST INNOVATIVE RELEASES

Now more than ever, musicians are faced with the task of making their music accessible to fans in a way that is both relevant and interesting. The best release strategies of today embrace new platforms and technologies, and use them to add context, and of course hype, to their art. However, one thing remains as true now…

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…