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Jay Z B-Sides Video

Jay Z’s exclusive TIDAL concert went off last night and a flurry of special guests from Young Jeezy, to Jay Electronica, to even Beans and State Property came out. Hov even spit a freestyle that touched on the tragic deaths of Freddie Gray, Mike Brown, and Trayvon Martin. Watch this one below as footage begins to hit YouTube.

Met Gala Fashion

The biggest celebrities in the most elaborate formal wear. Here’s quite the gallery featuring KimYe, The Carters, Common, John Legend & Chrissy Teigen, Rihanna, Cassie & Diddy, FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson, Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union, Justin Bieber, Solange, and oh yeah J. Lo. Based on the Twitter volume I perused, Beyonce seems to be the big winner and I agree, she definitely killed. Also that Wizard of Oz meme on Rihanna’s dress. So it’s a draw.

Also, lowkey this is perfect.

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Jay Z defends TIDAL on Twitter

UPDATE: Hmm… this may change some of my benefit of the doubt below…

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Jay Z took to his long-neglected Twitter account today to defend TIDAL from a wave of bad press this past week examining it’s poor launch strategy and numbers.

I screencapped the stream of consciousness for ya below. A couple things I found interesting: Hov saying that companies are buying up bad press to attack TIDAL and that he revealed the number of subs (which actually seems pretty high for just 1 month. Maybe we shouldn’t be quick to judge whether or not TIDAL is a flop?

And oh yeah, pictured above is Jay Z with the cousin he apparently did send to Nigeria (via Complex)

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Of course though, Twitter has a field day when any celeb gets defensive. Here’s my favorite one.

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Vic Mensa signs to Roc Nation

It’s official after having been rumored since the release of “U Mad” — Vic Mensa signs to Roc Nation.

The powerful photo with the big bro Hov is up above with a tweet from the latter as well. Big looks continue for Vic in 2015, congrats to the young Chi-Town representa!

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UPDATE: Here’s the full story on how Lenny S. with Roc Nation signed young Vic.

A while back, I caught wind of an artist from Chicago who I thought had undeniable talent + lots of potential. I had @spanish_ran get in contact with @codykazarian who was a part of the mgmt team. I flew to Chi to go see this kid perform.

As a music exec, I’m excited about traveling to the Chi to meet this guy for the 1st time. Coming from Roc, I assumed he’d be ecstatic. I assumed wrong. He barely gives me a head nod after Cody intros us. Now the show’s over, every1 is gone & still nothin’. As I’m leaving, he stops me + says “yo, thanks for coming homie, where u from again?” I’d be lying to say I wasn’t slightly offended. Ha. I sarcastically answered “just a lil rec company named ROC NATION”. He replies, “oh, who y’all got there?” If u know me & my ROC pride, I’m offended again. Me: “Not sure if you’ve heard of them, a few small artists like, JZ, JCole & Rihanna”. He says, oh cool + keeps it moving. All Good…

Fast fwd a few months. Cody keeps me updated on everything they’re doing + without question, I show up. Chi, ATL, Detroit, LA, NY etc. Finally, I meet Dan, the 2nd half of mgmt team while they’re in NY filming Wildn’ Out. Dan doesn’t even give me eye contact during our intro. At this point I’m tight.. Who the fuck r these guys?! Who do they think they r ?! Fuck that! Do they not know who I am & the company I rep?! WTF!

Days later I convince myself to put my stubbornness/pride aside & reach out. Fuck it, this dude is too dope. Why should I lose out just cause it seems like they’re not impressed w/ Lenny S or Roc.

I hit Cody..He tells me Vic wanted to holla at me. We kick it for months. They tell me nothin can move if I’m not good w/Dan. I sat w/ all of em in LA & I told them every reason y ROC was perfect for em. They didn’t care about the hype, $, offers etc. They cared about making a connection w/ music/culture & partnering with a company who understood their vision/art. Same thing Roc believes in. We shook on it. Last piece of the puzzle: Meet w/ Chaka & J. My 20m meeting lasted 3hrs. We talked bout art/icons/rock/HipHop etc & decided our new business partners were SAVEMONEY! 1 of my most proud signings! VIC MENSA!!

Jay Z “Glory”

Jay Z, out of nowhere, releases a new video for an oldie but emotional goodie with “Glory”. It’s apparently a TIDAL exclusive too but naturally, it’s already up on YouTube above. That may not last, so watch above while you can.