The Carters have immediately capitalized off of their surprise album, EVERYTHING IS LOVE, with the release of the video for “APESHIT.”
The song will undoubtedly create conversation due to Jigga’s decision to address Donald Trump, last February’s Grammy shutout and saying “hell no” to a Super Bowl performance.
Jay makes use of clippings from Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Meek Mill, and even Kimora Lee Simmons to make his point. One screen also featured a collage of 50 Cent’s mug shot while another featured Jay-Z’s own mug shot. Nicki Minaj’s own likeness was used during a tour stop and Nick gushed over what seems to be an honor on Instagram, writing “When Jay asks for your mug shot for his tour backdrop.”
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Jay-Z has announced that Roc Nation will be investing an anti-incarceration program called Promise. The app-based program is a new technology and community supervision service that aims to reduce prison populations. The program is available today, by creators Phaedra Lamkins and Diana Frappier.
Promise will provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford bail, and help them with their court obligations. The app will track what they are doing by participation purposes and important dates on a unique calendar for counseling. “Promise will help government agencies support those who would otherwise be in custody or who are on some form of community supervision-namely probation or parole,” the company said in a press release.
“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Shawn ‘JAY-Z’ Carter said in a statement. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.”
Hov has written an op-ed for The New York Times in which he argues that Mill’s case “is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”
The Roc Nation head goes on to call probation “a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.”
Speaking specifically to Mill’s situation, he reiterates the well-referenced fact that both the prosecutor and the parole officer recommended no additional jail time, suggestions Judge Brinkley ignored in her sentencing. Further highlighting how unjust Brinkley’s ruling is, JAY-Z points out that the Mills probation status stems from an 11-year-old case, and that the charges that led to the recent violations were all thrown out. JAY writes,
“In March, [Mill] was arrested after an altercation in a St. Louis airport. After video of what had actually happened was released, all charges were dropped against Meek. In August, he was arrested for popping a wheelie on a motorcycle on his video set in New York. Those charges were dismissed after he agreed to attend traffic school.”
Yes, there were no actual charges against Meek Mill, yet he still is being sent to jail “..It’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” JAY-Z continues. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”
JAY-Z made sure to address one of the biggest stories of the week during his Friday (October 27) concert in Anaheim.
The NFL has been dealing with another controversy due to Houston Texans owner Bob McNair. An ESPN report revealed that McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” in reference to the players at an owners’ meeting about the ongoing National Anthem protests. The comments, which mistakenly (or purposefully) misused the “inmates running the asylum” idiom, understandably led to plenty of criticism and unrest in the Texans’ locker room.
Hov decided to speak out about McNair’s words on the 4:44 Tour, condemning the sentiment while still providing a message of hope. JAY tied the whole thing into his performance of “The Story Of O.J.”
“They’re injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got,” he told fans in attendance. “That’s how they look at you. That’s what they think about you. We got so much further to go. The truth is we all believe in whatever you believe in — God, Allah. Whatever you believe in, we come from one source which means we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day.”
Harvey Weinstein got fired from the company that bears his name on his day off. The void means the potential for someone to come in and buy the alleged sexual harasser’s interest, and Jay-Z is among a group of investores reportedly plotting such a move.
Multiple sources connected to Jay tell us … Jay, along with several other investors including a famous movie producer and a billionaire, are talking about purchasing Weinstein’s 23% interest in the company.
Jay has had a working relationship with TWC and Harvey … he has a deal in which he has produced a movie, “The Kalief Browder Story.” He has also a Trayvon Martin miniseries slated for production. Jay has a first-look film deal with the company.
Our sources say Jay wants his relationship with the company to continue and grow, and since Harvey is out he’s looking at acquiring a substantial equity stake in the company.
A hustler is gonna hustle. And you know Hova and co. will be looking for a healthy discount.
If the Brooklyn rapper turned mogul pulls this off, his finesse game will be that much more elite. No hard feelings, Harvey.
The shamed movie exec quoted Hova in his struggle statement following the New York Times expose that outed his “alleged” dirtbag antics.
Fat Joe hit up TRL today. It wasn’t his first time considering his reign in hip hop stretches as far back as the 90’s and appeared on the show prior to it’s cancellation. While he did pop by the show to perform a medley of “All The Way Up” and “So Excited,” he also had some other things to address. The rapper hit the set to discuss working on his relief efforts for Puerto Rico.
“I was home with everybody watching the news, thinking about how we could help the people of Puerto Rico. I started harassing Desiree, who’s my manager from Roc Nation. We both started harassing Jay-Z and then, we came back and they bluffed me. And they were like ‘Alright, Jay-Z’s gonna pay for a plane but it fills 200,000 lbs. You gotta fill it up,” he said. After reaching out to all of his famous peers, he ended up saying that they not only reached their goal but exceeded it.
“Everybody got together for a joint effort and we raised two million pounds,” he said, “we got five planes going out but we need to fill up another five.”
Along with discussing his relief efforts, he also ended up judging the “All The Way Up” remix competition. The competition had two rappers going off of the dome over Fat Joe’s “All The Way Up.” He later ended up performing the single on the show along with “So Excited.”
JAY-Z has remained fairly tight-lipped regarding the current political landscape of the United States and the polarizing presidency of Donald Trump. Jigga even declined to answer questions about POTUS during this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January.
However, during a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo while in the U.K., JAY-Z broke his silence. The acclaimed rapper was asked to comment on the current state of America in 2017, and admits that, despite all the issues going on, he remains optimistic for the future.
“I believe that everything that happens in life is for your greatest good, and I don’t think that this is happening if we weren’t prepared to handle it,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to what’s next after that, because usually when things are darkest, then light is on its way. I’m not fearful.”
According to Billboard, while hanging at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia earlier this month, Cardi B got to spend time with one of music’s biggest stars: Beyoncé. When asked how it felt to meet Queen B, Cardi was, to say the least, ecstatic. “I’m surprised Beyonce liked me,” Cardi B. squealed. “I met Beyonce! It’s like, ‘Oh my God!’ That’s how it feels like. I can’t talk, I can’t breathe.” Not conincidentally, Bey’s hubby Jay-Z was one of Made in America’s headliners this year. He’ll soon be embarking on an expansive North American tour throughout the fall months.
Her meeting with Beyoncé wasn’t the only exciting news Cardi had for her fans. “I have an album coming. It will be dropping in October. I’m an October baby,” Cardi B said in a recent interview. “I’m a little nervous to put the project out, but I think it’s going to be pretty good.” The young rapper will be turning 25 next month. She admits that there’s “a lot of pressure” on her to live up to the success of “Bodak Yellow,” which is currently No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, trailing only Taylor Swift’s comeback hit “Look What You Made Me Do.”
“Everybody’s waiting to see what I’m going to have next and it’s like, ‘…I hope people love it,'” she added. “But I have confidence. I really do.” “Bodak” has helped her become one of the few female stars in what is still a male-dominated genre landscape. She says it feels “amazing [and] overwhelming. It’s like, it fills me up with lot of happiness and a lot of joy,” she added. “It’s just like unbelievable. I’ve been through so many things and I worked so hard for me to be here, and it’s like I’m finally here getting what I wanted, (and getting) the respect from other artists and from everybody.”