Well here it is folks. After a few weeks of build up we can finally stream Jay-Z's highly anticipated new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. It features guest spots from Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Swizz Beats, JT, Pharrell, Timbaland and Rick Ross. Samsung users have lucked out as the first 1million people to download the album via an app get it for free. For us people on the Apple train we'll have to wait until the 8th to get our hands on a physical copy. For now though, enjoy it in full below via Fist In the Air / Hypetrak.
Jay-Z's long-awaited follow-up to 2009's The Blueprint 3 has been announced: Magna Carta Holy Grail will be released on July 4th.
During game five of the 2013 NBA Finals, a three-minute trailer debuted. The trailer showed Hov in the studio with Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and Rick Rubin (who very recently served as executive producer on Kanye's Yeezus), where they discuss the beats and rhythms behind this new record. It also sampled some new music, and what you hear throughout the trailer sounds awesome. Check it out below.
The album is about, like this duality of how do you navigate through this whole thing, through success, through failures, through all this and remain yourself."—Jay-Z on Magna Carta Holy Grail
Samsung has already purchased one million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail, and will release an app on June 24th that gives an insight into the record. Then, the album will be available to download for free through that app on July 4th at 12:01am EST to the first one million Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Note II users.
Here's a little musical number to brighten up your Friday afternoon, although it is Friday which is always a good thing, so you know. Anyway, check out a collaboration between Swizz Beatz and a man who you really don't want to throw a bottle of anything at, A$AP Rocky. They've teamed up for an araabMUZIK produced track called "Street Knock" that's set to appear on Swizz's upcoming Mixtape. As is the way with most things nowadays we have no mixtape/release but we do have a high quality version of the track for yoru enjoyment below via Hypetrak.
As I'm sure all of you are aware last night a sad blow for the masses was taken when Megaupload was shut down by the US Department of Justice and the FBI. As the news broke Twitter worked up into a frenzy and a backlash began. It was only a few days ago the the New York Time souted Swizz Beatz as the CEO of the website! Although there's not been a statement from him and he wasn't arrested. Seven people have been charged with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering. Several of the charges involve conspiracy, and the maximum sentences for the various charges range from five to 20 years each. Pretty scary stuff. There's a copy of the full Indictment over here which is a hell of a lot of information to take in and includes personal emails sent amongst the employees regarding copyrighted material etc.
According to prosecutors, Megaupload illegally cheated copyright holders out of $500m in revenue as part of a criminal enterprise spanning five years and in the process made over $175m. The website which once was the 13th most popular website on the world is no more and the internet has fought back. Anonymous have taken flight and in turn shut down/hacked the websites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, the RIAA and the Motion Picture Association of America! Anon seem to be taking credz for it too already tweeting from numerous account: "Tango down http://www.universalmusic.com/ #Anonymous #Antisec #SOPA #MegaUpload", "Oh noes! http://www.justice.gov seems to be down :( #Megaupload #SOPA #PIPA Expect more! #Anonymous", "Tango down: http://www.fbi.gov for taking down #Megaupload.com Payback's a bitch! Expect more! #Anonymous".
With SOPA and PIPA getting push through the system, how do you feel about this whole situation. I personally used Megaupload and Megavideo a lot. Heems' last mixtape was released via Megaupload. With an active 50 Million users per day this is not going to just be water under the bridge. Stand up and make a difference.
Weezy continues Eminem's story of "Stan" with his new track "Dear Anne" produced by Swizz Beatz and samples t.A.T.u's "30 Minutes" (which I should know since I sampled it in beat years ago). According to Pigeons & Planes, this track won't be featured on Wayne's upcoming LP The Carter IV which is kinda sad cause its nice lyrically piece from Weezy. Peep out the track below and if you wan't more Weezy, you can check out his MTV Unplugged session over at P&P.
Check out the crazy remix of Travis Barker's single "Can A Drummer Get Some" from everyone's favorite club DJ, Diplo. The track features the same guests as the original, (Swizz Beatz, Game, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne) but it also features an alternate verse from Lil Wayne that is currently floating around the net on a second version of the track. Check it out below. Travis Barker's Give The Drummer Some is in stores now.
It's been a long week and I know we haven't been consistant as usual but we've been away from the comp and swear when dust settles we will hit you with errrrything we got. But for now, how about some new Dr. Dre!? Check out the latest leak from Detox titled "Chillin" featuring Swizz Beatz. This shit definitely bumps!
Travis Barker is set to release his debut solo record, Give The Drummer Some in March and last night he made a TV appearance to get his message out there. If you've ever witnessed Travis in person drumming or have seen him in performances with Blink or Box Car Racer, even the Transplants you'll know his beats bring something extra to any performance. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel it was no different, as he delivered a tantalising performance of his lead single from the album, "Can a Drummer Get Some?". With him he brought Game, Swiss Beatz & Mix Master Mike. Check out the great performance up at the top and see what it's like to have Travis at the helm of a hip hop band. Head over here to grab yourself the single.