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JAY-Z: 4:44

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The numbers of the moment may be 4:44 but it only took Jay-Z 36 minutes to shake up the world. That precious time was crafted into a syllabus of 10 lessons. So put on your thinking caps and get your pen and your pads ready. Woke-Z has just entered the class room.

With hip-hop entering into its early forties it’s only logical that it matures and has a wealth of experience to educate from. Jay Z has taken the cue and has delivered some salient points on fatherhood, relationships, race, economics, supporting your own community and much more. Yes all of that in 10 joints!

Now do you remember this line from Moment of Clarity If skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be / Lyrically Talib Kweli / Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense / But I did 5 mill, I ain’t been rhyming like Common since…” ?

Well lyrically Jay found his moment of clarity in this album and embraced his depth unapologetically. Sean Carter is very present throughout this offering with sprinkles of Jay-Z. Peep this little quip from Bam feat Damian Marley:

Put that drum in your ear, don’t get Srem’d

I’ll Bobby Shmurda anybody you heard of

Niggas could not be further, I fathered your style

Birth of a Nation, Nat Turner style

Uh, y’all make me turn up all this talkin’ down

Uh, niggas is skippin’ leg day just to run they mouth

I be skippin’ leg day, I still run the world

I pressed ahead of your team with one finger curled

I’ll line you all up with one finger wave

Make niggas weave, niggas is out here fake

Laced front to the back, don’t front

Y’all gonna make me wig. I’ma give y’all what you want

Sonically we are blessed again by the talented NO ID. Any hip hop head won’t be surprised by the quality of tracks he cooked up for this one. We’ve co-signed this man for over twenty years! This is just what he does and we’ve come to expect it.

Jay also invited another one of his former collaborators back into the studio…his Mom. They shared some personal and insightful words of advice on Smile. 

I won’t spoil your listening experience by divulging too much but do yourself a favor and get your asses to Tidal immediately! You won’t be disappointed.

Track Listing

1. “Kill Jay Z”

2. “The Story of O.J.”

3. “Smile” feat. Gloria Carter

4. “Caught Their Eyes” feat. Frank Ocean

5. “4:44”

6. “Family Feud”

7. “Bam” feat. Damian Marley

8/ “Moonlight”

9. “Marcy Me”

10. “Legacy”

 

 

HB (aka The World Traveler) is fully committed to exploring what the world has to offer at any time in any place. Armed with MBAs in Finance & Computer Information Systems and his experience in music & traveling, he is sure to bring an interesting perspective to any topic he chooses to delve in.

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Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way by U2 (Beck Remix)

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Touching video by the Broken Fingaz for Beck’s remix of U2’s “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way.”

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The Lyrical Summer

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The Lyrical Summer is upon us! 2018 has been on a nice run (musically) and the lyricists have something to do with it. So if you’re into lyrical content and raw talent, I have seven projects for your indulgence.

Peep the list below and tell a friend to tell a friend! Your soundtrack to the summer has just began!

KOD (J. Cole) – Another solid effort by the Rocnation/Dreamville star. You’ve probably got a good feel for this album from all of the outtakes during the NBA finals. If so, i’m sure you own it already. If not, get in the game already.  Standout Track1985

 

Streams of Thought Vol. 1 (Black Thought) – Contrary to many Christopher Columbuses out there. You did not just discover Black Thought was ill from his freestyle on Funk Master Flex’s show. He’s been nice for decades! So suck it up and catch up by getting into this EP. You won’t be disappointed. Standout Track9th vs. Thought

 

August Greene (Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins and Common) – This album has been out for a bit but plenty of you have missed the boat. This is a diamond in the rough full of soul and straight jazz that any and everyone can appreciate.  Standout TrackPractice

 

Daytona (Pusha T) – Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement for the last couple of months, i’m sure you know who Pusha T is. Besides delivering a death blow to Drake at the likes we haven’t seen in some time, he dropped a lot more bars on his 7 track offering. Move on from “The Story Of Adidon” and get into Daytona. Standout Track – Senteria

Ye (Kanye West) – There’s plenty I can say about Kanye’s recent marketing campaign but i’ll stick to the music. And when it comes to the music he rarely disappoints. Once again he dropped a notable project that deserves a listen. Standout Track – All Mine

Nasir (Nas) – Your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper got together with your favorite producer’s favorite producer and created what we hoped for. A creative unique experience that stays on repeat. Standout TrackEverything

 

Everything Is Love (Beyoncé & Jay Z) – Now that the internet is functioning again after these two gave it a scare. Chemistry is the first word that comes to mind after hearing this duo. It’s evident, genuine and works perfectly. Standout TrackLove Happy (sorry Tidal ain’t having it)

 

 

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What’s Beef? Pusha-T vs. Drake

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Bronx-born rapper Pusha-T has dissed Drake for years about having ghostwriters but turned up the heat recently on “Infrared” from his Kanye West produced album Daytona.

Drake responded with “Duppy Freestyle,” defending himself as a ghostwriter, too, on Kanye’s Life of Pablo, and suggesting (correctly) that Pusha’s beef is a Daytona marketing ploy. When Pusha jokingly suggests Drake should send him an invoice, Drake does.

After Drake mentioned Pusha’s fiancé by name on “Duppy Freestyle,” Pusha broke the part of the internet not distracted by Roseanne with his response “The Story of Adidon,” taking off the kid gloves and calling Drake a “deadbeat motherfucka” for fathering an illegitimate child with a porn star. Pusha, no stranger to controversial artwork (see Whitney Houston’s drug den bathroom on the cover of Daytona) released an old picture of Drake in blackface to accompany the track.

Drake defended himself on Twitter saying the pic was an old acting gig representing “how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”

Pusha ain’t buying it, calls Drake out for being “silent on all Black issues,” and offers 100K to anyone with dirt on Drake. In the hopes of squashing the beef, and perhaps any potential bloodshed, Kanye stepped in tweeting that “lines were crossed and it’s not good for anyone so this is dead now.

So consider yourself caught up, and let’s hope there’s more bars and less tweets as the beef progresses.

Take a Deeper Dive 
The Washington Post 
The Independent 
The New Yorker

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