New Jay Z Songs, Mixtapes & Videos


2017-02-22-jay-z-songwriters-hall-of-fame

Jay Z to Become First Rap Artist Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame [Feature ]

The Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2017 was announced Wednesday morning (February 22) and among the eight inductees is Jay Z, who will make history by becoming the first rap artist to be inducted.On hand for... Read More

2017-02-20-cool-rappers-missing

Where Did All the Cool Rappers Go? [Feature ]

In 2009, Jay Z made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote his underwhelming album, The Blueprint 3. Seemingly aware of Letterman’s penchant for dry humor and slyly cutting remarks,... Read More

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10 Hip-Hop Songs Under Two Minutes We Wish Were Longer [Feature ]

Don't you just hate it when a song you love is too short?The internet may have crippled our attention spans (thanks a lot, Vine), but a great song will always hold our ears for longer than our impatient minds... Read More

2017-02-20-ode-to-the-brown-paper-bag

An Ode to the Brown Paper Bag, Hip-Hop’s Favorite Status Symbol [Feature ]

The hustler is the unconventional anti-hero of hip-hop. He is the symbol of prosperity from poor circumstances, a personification of the street corners, blocks, housing projects and hoods worldwide. The riches that... Read More

2017-02-14-history-of-drake-jay-z-beef

The Complete History of Drake & Jay Z’s Cold War [Feature ]

Unlike J. Cole, Drake doesn’t seem to care if his idols turn into his rivals.Since becoming the rapper-everyone-loves-to-hate, Drake has beefed with Common, Pusha T, Diddy, Ludacris and even Kanye West to varying... Read More

2017-02-10-ranked-5-best-hip-hop-album-series

5 Best Hip-Hop Album Series, Ranked [Feature ]

It's an extremely difficult task to create an album that's excellent, timeless and unforgettable. Trying to carry that magic over to multiple albums, all connected in one continuous series, is an even more... Read More

2017-01-31-jay-z-zaytoven-collab

Jay Z Asked Zayotven For “Beats With Them Strings and Pianos” [Feature ]

In November, frequent Future and Gucci Mane collaborator Zaytoven posted a photo of himself and Jay Z in the studio. Several months later, details have finally emerged about the backstory behind their work together and... Read More

2017-01-27-j-cole-rap-savior-predictions

Revisiting J. Cole’s Rap Savior Predictions 4 Years Later [Feature ]

On the eve of his 2013 album release showdown with Kanye, J. Cole sent out a tweet. It wasn’t last minute promotion, he wasn't begging the hive to help him defeat Yeezus, but rather a declaration that hip-hop was... Read More

2017-01-20-tidal-subscriber-numbers-inflated

TIDAL Has Been Inflating Subscriber Numbers, My Life Is a Lie [Feature ]

There’s a line from the movie Fight Club that has always stuck with me when I’m trying to define that universal constant that allows us humans to sleep at night in the midst of an answerless universe.... Read More

2017-01-18-perfect-goodbye-best-moment-to-retire

The Perfect Goodbye: The Moments Our Favorite Rap Stars Should Have Retired [Feature ]

Death changed Walter White.Breaking Bad brought to television the psyche of a man who turned his cancer diagnoses into a rebirth. The transformation happened slowly, but by the series end, he was a new man. It... Read More

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Drake’s ‘Summer Sixteen’ Dethrones Jay Z & Kanye as Highest-Grossing Hip-Hop Tour [Feature ]

Watch The Throne was one of rap’s most epic events. The union of Kanye and Jay Z brought together two heavyweights in celebration of their climb to the top of hip-hop’s echelon. Such a big album had to be met with... Read More

2016-11-18-j-cole-jay-z-mixed-emotions-going-back-home

J. Cole, Jay Z & The Mixed Emotions of Going Back Home [Feature ]

“But why had he always felt so strongly the magnetic pull of home, why had he thought so much about it and remembered it with such blazing accuracy…He did not know. All that he knew was that the years flow by... Read More

2016-11-15-9th-wonder-jay-z-beat-25-minutes

Reminder: 9th Wonder Incredibly Made Jay Z’s “Threat” Beat in 25 Minutes [Feature ]

13 years ago, Jay Z set out to make what he thought at the time would be his final album. Of course, we know now that Jay just couldn’t stay away from the game, and although it wasn’t his last, The Black Album is... Read More

2016-10-31-anderson-paak-kanye-west-videos-inspired-by-paintings

Anderson .Paak, Kanye West & Artists Taking Video Inspiration from Paintings [Feature ]

He made me conscious of the fact that the artist who is useful to America is one who studies his own life and records it through the medium of art, manners, and customs of his own - Ernie BarnesErnie Barnes is a name... Read More

2016-10-26-jay-z-save-tidal-prince-music

Can Jay Z Save Tidal by Acquiring Prince’s Vault of Unreleased Music? [Feature ]

“Prince left his masters where they safe and sound” - Jay ZBragging different is a quality to Jay’s lyricism that has always made his raps charming. He’ll say things that the average man can only... Read More

2016-10-10-jay-z-richard-pryor

The Importance of Jay Z Introducing Richard Pryor To The Next Generation [Feature ]

All humor is rooted in pain - Richard PryorIt’s been over a decade since the world lost one of the greatest comedic minds we’ve ever known in Richard Pryor. Widely regarded as one of the greatest... Read More

2016-10-07-dj-mustard-jay-z-studio

DJ Mustard Says Working With Jay Z Would Be Intimidating [Feature ]

Since 2012, DJ Mustard has produced records for and shared a studio session with Big Sean, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Rick Ross, Rihanna, and T.I., among countless other superstar acts.Nevertheless, there's one artist... Read More

2016-09-30-jay-new-tv-film-deal

What Should We Expect From Jay Z’s New TV & Film Deal? [Feature ]

It’s been over a year and a half since Jay Z acquired TIDAL, and despite their deluded exclusives-based marketing strategy, it’s become clear that his venture into streaming wasn’t as successful as... Read More

2016-09-13-rappers-basketball-lyrics

My Favorite Sport: Rappers Obsessed With Basketball References [Feature ]

The crossover that broke Mac Miller’s ankles during a celebrity basketball game is circulating the internet at the speed of a high school rumor traveling across the lunchroom. He takes the moment of embarrassment... Read More

2016-08-19-consequence-ghostwriter-jay-z-encore

Consequence Was A Ghostwriter On Jay Z’s “Encore” [Feature ]

Over the past year, there’s been a sharpened focus on the behind-the-scenes writing side of some of our favorite hip-hop songs, thanks in part to Drake-gate. Hip-hop fans everywhere have had to come to the... Read More

2016-08-18-jay-z-horns-investigation

Jay Z Rapping Over Immaculate Horns, An Absurdly Detailed Investigation [Feature ]

The blaring sirens of an ambulance is a sound that will always be related to urgency, distress and crisis. Just hearing the ear-piercing noise will cause you to imagine the lifesaving truck speeding with a zest... Read More

2016-08-11-vic-mensa-jay-z-new-music

Vic Mensa On Jay Z’s New Music: “It’s Fresh As F*ck” [Feature ]

In an interview about his upcoming album and social injustice, Vic Mensa made a comment about Jay Z that will get fans excited.“I've heard a little bit of some Hov shit and it's fresh as fuck, but I can't... Read More

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President Obama Keeping Hip-Hop In Oval Office for 55th Birthday [Feature ]

For his final birthday as President of the United States, Barack Obama is bringing hip-hop to the oval office one more time.According to a report by Page Six, Obama’s 55th birthday party will include Beyoncé,... Read More

2016-07-12-beyonce-jay-richest-celebrity-couple

Beyonce & Jay Z Are Richest Celebrity Couple, Drama Pays [Feature ]

A couple tall glasses of lemonade have helped Jay Z and Beyoncé retain their spot as the highest-earning celebrity couple.On Forbes’ annual Celeb 100 list, Jay and Bey took the crown as the highest-earning... Read More

2016-07-08-jay-z-releases-spiritual

Jay Z Releases New Song “Spiritual”: “No I Am Not Poison” [Feature ]

There are very few artists in hip-hop who have the power to make the internet stand still when they release new material. Jay Z is one of those artists. (The others, in no particular order, are Drake, Kanye West,... Read More

2016-07-05-barack-obama-rappers-presidency

Hip-Hop Barack: How Obama Embraced Rappers During His Presidency [Feature ]

The days of President Obama as America’s commander-in-chief are quickly dwindling. It won’t be long before the White House is home to a new president and their family - a thought that is difficult to fathom after... Read More

2016-07-05-tidal-struggling-pay-independent-labels

Tidal Reportedly Struggling To Pay Indie Labels, Apple Talks Make Sense [Feature ]

A Forbes article highlighting a report by Norwegian news outlet Dagens Næringsliv suggests that the Jay Z-owned streaming platform Tidal hasn't paid several musicians and record labels in its home country of... Read More

2016-06-28-jayz-roc-nation-country-music

Jay Z’s Roc Nation Makes Move Into Country Music [Feature ]

Throw your cowboy hats in the sky if you feel the vibe. While it's unlikely we'll be seeing any Jay Z and Tim McGraw collaborations anytime soon, Hov is expanding his growing Roc Nation empire into country... Read More

2016-06-27-jay-z-i-got-keys-comeback

Jay Z Kills Another Verse With “I Got The Keys,” The Ruler’s Back [Feature ]

Following last night's BET Awards (kudos to Fabolous on the night's most memorable moment), DJ Khaled released his overhyped new record, "I Got The Keys," which features Future & Jay Z and serves as... Read More

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DJ Khaled - I Got The Keys ft. Jay Z & Future [Stream]

The “I Got The Keys” music video is available now for streaming, exclusively on Tidal. Read More

2016-06-24-jayz-dame-dash-studio-cash-reasonable-doubt

Jay Z & Dame Dash Paid for “Reasonable Doubt” Entirely in Cash [Feature ]

In an interview with Complex, former D&D Studios intern and engineer Dexter Thibou reminisced on the time, when in his early 20s, he assisted with the recording sessions for Jay Z's classic... Read More

2016-06-23-jayz-brooklyns-finest-5-minutes

Jay Z Recorded His “Brooklyn’s Finest” Verses in 5 Minutes [Feature ]

As we come up on the 20th anniversary of Jay Z's much heralded debut, Reasonable Doubt, fans are getting a glimpse into the recording process of the historic project courtesy of one of the architects behind it.... Read More

2016-06-21-reasonable-doubt-finding-your-path

Coming of Age: On “Reasonable Doubt” & Finding Your Path [Feature ]

It starts with a heartbeat. A young Shawn Corey Carter has just put the finishing touches on an album that has been 26 years in the making, his life’s work: Reasonable Doubt.Fast-forward. It’s June 25, 1996.... Read More

2016-06-21-lebron-james-jay-z-championship

A Star Is Born: How Jay Z Inspired LeBron James’ Championship Performance [Feature ]

"99 Problems." "You Don't Know." "Public Service Announcement." If you had to pick a song from Jay Z's monstrous catalog to hype you up before playing in one of the biggest games of your professional career, any... Read More

2016-06-08-jay-z-stabbing-un-rivera-career-over

The Night Jay Z Stabbed Lance “Un” Rivera & Almost Ended His Career [Feature ]

November 30, 1999. Q-Tip delivers Amplified, his highly-anticipated debut solo album. Two days later he would celebrate the release with a party in Manhattan at the Kit Kat Club. Puffy was there, Lil Kim was there, Lil... Read More

2016-05-31-jay-z-reasonable-doubt-script

I Wrote The Script for Jay Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” Gangster Movie [Feature ]

*Cues "Can’t Knock The Hustle"*Fades In: An overview of New York City. The year is 1988. A montage of images that represent this period of New York and the hustler ambition. Clips of young teenagers on... Read More

2016-05-23-jay-z-beyonce-joint-album-very-soon

Jay Z & Beyonce’s Long Con Continues, Joint Album Coming “Very Soon” [Feature ]

The thing about conspiracy theories, they're only theories until it turns out there was a very real conspiracy the whole time. As we pointed out weeks ago, the idea that Jay Z was shocked to find... Read More

2016-05-17-jay-z-50-relevant

I Don’t Pop Molly: Jay Z’s Almost 50 & Staying Relevant [Feature ]

Future has been the dominant voice in rap for the last two summers. He's who you call when you need that hit that may not conqueror Billboard but will be platinum in the streets. Similarly, DJ Khaled has... Read More

2016-04-29-drake-kanye-jay-removed-pop-style

Why Did Drake Really Remove Kanye & Jay Z From “Pop Style” For the Album? [Feature ]

Zane Lowe's talk with Drake shortly before Views dropped wasn't an interview, it was an hour long commercial, and of course it was. Why would Drake risk doing an actual interview, where someone might ask him actual... Read More

2016-04-28-jay-z-sign-odd-future-2011

What if Jay Z Had Actually Signed Odd Future Back in 2011? [Feature ]

“I ate one roach and I made a lotta money.”It's the kind of boast you expect from a Fear Factor contestant or an eccentric Vine celebratory, not a rapper. Tyler The Creator used that line on his... Read More

2016-04-05-drake-kanye-jay-z-pop-trash

Holy Sh*t This is Disappointing: Drake ft. Jay Z & Kanye West “Pop Style” [Feature ]

Last Friday rumors were swirling that Drake would drop a track featuring the one two and only Jay Z and Kanye. Last Friday was also April Fools Day, so I was skeptical. A blockbuster track featuring three of the biggest... Read More

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Drake - Pop Style ft. Jay Z & Kanye West [Stream]

“Pop Style” is also available for digital purchase and streaming only on iTunes/Apple Music. Read more here. Read More

2016-03-31-roc-a-fella-gems

Kanye Was Almost Dropped, “Dead Presidents” Was a Ma$e Song First & Other Roc-A-Fella Gems [Feature ]

Very rarely do record labels reach a level of popularity where everyone can instantly recognize their logo. Roc-A-Fella Records did. Very rarely does a label birth the career of an artist who changes the landscape of not... Read More

2016-03-10-jay-z-counting-things

Jay Z Counting Things in His Raps, an Absurdly Detailed Investigation [Feature ]

For no discernible reason I’ve been on a Jay Z kick lately. As I've been bumping everything from Reasonable Doubt to “Devil Is A Lie,” making damn sure to skip Magna Carta Holy Grail, I’ve noticed... Read More

2016-01-21-memphis-bleek-jay-z-retirement

Memphis Bleek Says Jay Z Likely Won’t Drop Another Album [Feature ]

Today Roc-A-Fella alum Memphis Bleek sat down with The Breakfast Club and of course spent most of his time answering questions about Jay Z, ranging from the origins of the Nas beef to Jay telling him that he needed to change... Read More

2015-11-05-tim-westwood-unreleased-jay-z-freestyle

Tim Westwood Unearths Previously Unreleased JAY Z Freestyles [Feature ]

It's Thursday, and to celebrate Tim Westwood went digging in his archives to unearth some never-before-heard footage of Jay Z from 1999.Sporting a crispy white tee and Jesus piece in the accompanying photo,... Read More

2015-10-21-jay-z-busta-rhymes-battle

JAY Z Says He Battled Busta Rhymes in High School & Won [Feature ]

Long before they became legends in hip-hop, Shawn Carter and Trevor Smith Jr. attended high school together. They were also joined by Christopher Wallace.Nobody in George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High... Read More

2015-10-15-jay-z-big-pimpin-trial

Jay Z Testifies at “Big Pimpin” Trial, Drops Gems [Feature ]

“Big Pimpin” is without a doubt one of Hov's biggest, most known singles.The song is a classic that helped spread UGK's music beyond the Texas borders, while giving S. Carter a Top 20 hit on... Read More

2015-09-30-jay-z-tidal-one-million-subscribers

Jay Z Says TIDAL Has 1 Million Subscribers, Celebrates With All-Star Concert [Feature ]

Earlier this year, Jay Z aligned himself with some of the biggest artists in the music industry and introduced the public to his streaming service, TIDAL. Unlike a lot of Jay’s lucrative ventures, TIDAL was... Read More

2015-09-22-diddy-jay-z-drake-forbes-2015-hip-hop-cash-kings-list

Diddy, JAY Z & Drake Top Forbes 2015 “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” List [Feature ]

The highest rollers in hip-hop have once again been revealed by Forbes magazine. If your wallet consists of lint and old condoms, this list will likely leave you weeping or swelling with ambition.Diddy’s ambition is... Read More

2015-08-13-jay-z-tupac-diss-track

Jay Z Recorded Tupac Diss Track, Buried It When Pac Died [Feature ]

[Art by Nick Cocozza]What's beef? Beef isn't flashing Twitter memes onstage, beef isn't ghostwriting allegations, beef is the tragedy that took Tupac and Biggie's lives, and according to Jay's long... Read More

2015-07-22-stretch-bobbito-rare-jay-z-freestyle

Rare JAY Z Freestyles are Unearthed by Stretch & Bobbito [Feature ]

A couple weeks ago, we brought you the welcome news that DJ Stretch Armstrong and 'Bobbito' Garcia, or rather Stretch & Bobbito, had taken to SoundCloud to unearth some classic freestyles. With a documentary... Read More

2015-05-20-jay-z-b-sides-concert-goat

Jigga Who? Remembering Jay Z’ Greatness After the B-Sides Concert [Feature ]

[Image via ArtByDavidC]"I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, mannnnnn."Has any rap line in the history of rap lines epitomized its speaker more than that?  In just 12 to 20 syllables (depending on... Read More

2015-04-26-jay-z-defends-tidal-on-twitter

JAY Z Defends TIDAL: “We’re Doing Just Fine” [Feature ]

JAY Z would like you to know that TIDAL is "doing just fine."Tidal is doing just fine. We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month. #TidalFacts — Mr. Carter (@S_C_) April 26, 2015Over... Read More

2015-04-16-jay-z-glory-tidal-exclusive-video

JAY Z - Glory (Tidal Exclusive Video) [Stream]

At the beginning of 2012, JAY Z released Glory, the touching, Pharrell-assisted ode to his recently born daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Fast forward a few years and one massively newsworthy business venture by the rap mogul, and... Read More

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Rick Ross ft. Jay Z - Movin’ Bass [Stream]

Update: The Ryan Snyder-directed visuals for Rozay’s Movin’ Bass single have been added.The last time Rick Ross and Jay Z got together they created the extraordinary The Devil is a Lie, could they make magic... Read More

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Jay Z - Demo Tape [Album]

While it can now be hard to think of a time when Jay Z wasn't a millionaire music mogul married to the most famous woman in the world, even Shawn Carter was once a mortal rapper just struggling to get his music heard, and... Read More

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Tink ft. Rick Ross & Jay Z - Movin Bass (OG Version) [Stream]

Yesterday, Timbaland gave DJ Envy the original version of Rick Ross and Jay Z’ Movin Bass, which initially featured Timbo’s artist and rising Chicago star Tink. I’ll confess to not paying particular... Read More

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One Song to Prove Jay Z is a Dope Rapper [Feature ]

Jay Z is the most powerful man in hip-hop. The man hasn't released an album in over a year and is still hands down the most influential figure in the game; I mean, he has the President and now, even better, The... Read More

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After “Seen It All,” Breaking Down Jay Z’s Dope Guest Verse Streak [Feature ]

In three days, it will be America's 238th anniversary. It will also be the one year anniversary of Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail. (One is just a tad more important than the other.) For all the "new rules" mumbo... Read More

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Jeezy ft. Jay Z - Seen It All [Stream]

Just when you thought that you’ve Seen It All, Young Jeezy makes the announcement that his new single, which is also the title track off his upcoming LP, features a little someone by the name of Shawn Carter. That... Read More

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X Ambassadors x Jaime N Commons ft. Jay Z - Jungle (Remix) [Stream]

An alternative rock outfit hailing from Ithaca, New York, X Ambassadors make their grand entrance into The DJBooth with a freshly-minted remix of 2013 debut single Jungle. On this rendition of the record, created for... Read More

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Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z - Frontin’ (Disclosure Re-Work) [Stream]

In 2003, Pharrell Williams took his first step into the spotlight with Frontin’, a debut single which saw him joining forces with rap mogul Jay-Z. At the time, Williams insisted the Grammy-winning jam was a one-off... Read More

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DJ Khaled ft. Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross & French Montana - They Don’t Love You No More [Stream]

Later this year, DJ Khaled will release his eight studio album, I Changed Alot. Insane, huh? Since his 2006 debut, Listennn… the Album, the We The Best Music Group bossman has released a full-length yearly, save for... Read More

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After Jay Z vs. Drake, the De-Evolution of the Rap Diss [Feature ]

Growing up on classic hip-hop, when I hear the word “diss”, naturally the first thing that comes to mind is either "Ether" by Nas, "2nd Round K.O." by Canibus, or the scene in "8 Mile" where Eminem slaughters... Read More

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Jay Electronica x Jay Z - We Made It [Freestyle] [Stream]

After enjoying last week’s Better in Tune With the Infinite, I had silently resigned myself to another year or two without new music from from Jay Electronica. Now, though, it seems that the famously reclusive emcee may... Read More

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Beyonce ft. Kanye West & Jay Z - Drunk In Love (Remix) [Stream]

When the album version of Beyoncé‘s Drunk in Love single was released on December 17, the Internet opened its collective digital arms with a warm embrace.  Fast forward exactly two months, and the Internet has... Read More

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Rick Ross ft. Jay Z - The Devil is a Lie [Stream]

If all has gone according to Rick Ross’ master plan we would have been listening to his new Mastermind album by now. But a true Bawse knows how to adjust, so even though Mastermind‘s been pushed back to 2014,... Read More