There was a first phone call, and Jay hit me up like, ‘I feel like I have this record that’s going to be the anthem of New York. With the way I sang it the first time, I was actually kind of sick, and I knew that he needed the record, so I was like, ‘Let me get to it.’ … I came back and revisited it so that it could be what it is now.
And definitely getting to be in the middle of Times Square on my piano Jay, representing our home city is a triumph. “Empire State of Mind” is one of the music videos Jay pulled down from YouTube when he purchased his streaming service TIDAL.
The royalty rates paid for each YouTube view are very low ($0.001), so HOV wants to instead encourage any potential viewers to subscribe and pay their fair share for his art. Is from Texas Me I'm up at Bed-Stuy Home of that boy Biggie Now I live on billboard And I brought my boys with me Say what up to Ty, still Pippin' Mai Ties Sitting' courtside Knicks and Nets give me high-fives Nigga I be spiked out; I can trip a referee Tell by my attitude that I most definitely from...
(Brief) Methodology: I used the Hip Hop Word Count’s new semantic analysis results to extract all geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers. These locations were translated into geography coordinates which were then made into points that plotted the robot arm’s movements.
Mash-ups -- two songs stuck together that were never meant to be stuck together -- have their roots in the bedrooms and basements of computer-savvy music geeks who spend countless hours sticking Christina Aguilera's vocals over the Strokes chugging backbeat or Missy Elliott's raps over George Michael, Joy Division, the Cure, and about a thousand others. The fact that the artists are involved with the project totally goes against the mash-up philosophy, but luckily Linkin Park -- who are revealed through the DVD as the main architects of the EP -- have that pop-loving prankster spirit and don't let their high-profile, well-funded life ruin it.
The Z -man -- who's “retired” from the rap game while being busier than ever -- has had his excellent “99 Problems” rocked up before, so the version here with Linkin Park's “Points of Authority” and “One Step Closer” isn't so much the revelation the liner-note hyperbole makes it out to be, but it's got an awesome beat, and you can still dance to it. Linkin Park's genuine excitement about the project on the “behind the scenes” segment of the DVD is infectious, and watching the furious and fast teaming of “Nigga What/Faint” teeter on the edge of falling apart is gripping.
Jazz, whose current Belief Broader documentary recounts the nightmare lived by a 16-year-old forced to serve 3 brutal years there without a formal conviction, tweeted in support of the decision. Tweeting a screenshot of the article announcing the news, he writes,” Kalief is a prophet.
Others who have spent time on River’s include Tupac, Lil Wayne, DMX and Bobby Should. His albums have approximately sold over 50 million copies globally, and he has received a number of awards.
Many of his albums have time and again charted popular countdowns including the famous ‘Billboard 200’. His large catalog of music speaks volumes about his hard-work and ruthless, aspiring quality.
Work aside, he has been extremely reserved about his private life and also managed to keep his relationship with singer/actress Beyoncé Knowles under wraps. He soon became crack cocaine dealer and also imbibed the gun-culture that was so popular in his neighborhood at the time; so much so, that he shot his elder brother in the shoulder for pocketing his jewelry.
His interest in music was sparked from very early on when he received a boom box for his birthday from his mother. He began free styling, scripting lyrics and tailed the music by many popular artists of the time.
Although it was not received well by the audience, it is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time, featuring singles such as ‘Can’t Knock the Hustle’ and ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’. In 1998, he achieved even bigger success with the album, ‘Vol.2… Hard Knock Life’.
From 2001 to 2005, he sold millions of copies of his famous records including ‘The Blueprint’, ‘The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse’ and ‘The Black Album’. He also gave a performance at the Madison Square Garden and was named ‘President’ of the ‘Def Jam Records’.
He also opened a chain of sports bars and lounges called ’40/40 Club’, which was named in accordance with baseball terminology. He released his 10th album, ‘American Gangster’, selling one million copies in the United States alone, in 2007.
The following year, he resigned from the position of ‘President’ of Def Jam Records. On September 8, 2009, his album ‘The Blueprint 3’ was released and was featured in a number of popular music charts.
In 2010, he collaborated with Rihanna, Bono and The Edge to release the track, ‘Stranded’ for the ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ fund-raiser. He released his studio album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ in July 2013.
This particular album catapulted him to superstardom status and was certified 5X Platinum by the RIAA. In spite of coinciding with the September 11 attacks, the album went on to sell over 420,000 copies in the first week and once again, peaked at the number one position on the Billboard 200.
He won the American Music Awards for ‘The Blueprint 3’ for the category ‘Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album’, in 2009. In 2010, he won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for ‘Favorite Male Singer’.
Before he wed her, he collaborated with her on a number of singles and albums including, ‘Crazy in Love’, ’03 Bonnie & Clyde’, ‘Déjà vu’ and ‘That’s How You Like It’. He vouchsafed nearly $1 million to the American Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina hit America.
Apart from his musical career and business ventures, he was also actively involved during the 2008 presidential campaign and is an avid supporter of Obama’s administration. This famous American rapper and business kingpin owns nearly $4.5 million stocks of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team.