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THE WORD | Bryan Michael Cox Claims Jay-Z Told Jermaine Dupri to Turn Down a Similar NFL Deal

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Hip Hop Icon Jay-Z has been all over the news recently after holding a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing a multi-year partnership with the professional sports league, in which the 49-year-old rapper will consult on the halftime show and work with the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.
The controversy around the business move is not only centered around the NFL’s problematic relationship with its players of color, but also JAY Z’s own public statements damning the organization, even declining an invite to perform at the Super Bowl. 

“I said no to the Superbowl, you need me, I don't need you
Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too” Jayz. The Carters APESHIT

Shortly after the news initially broke, Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox – credited with some of the biggest R&B hits of the last 20 years (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige) revealed that his longtime friend and fellow Urban hitmaker Jermaine Dupri was offered a deal similar to Hov’s by the NFL a year ago.

Cox says Jay personally contacted JD and told him to decline the very deal (to co-produce the Super Bowl) he’s now signed.  View Cox’s remarks below and let us know what you think.

SKIP TO THE 14:35 MARK TO HEAR COX’S REMARKS:

THE WORD | Big Sean Gifts $100K Recording Studio To Detroit Boys & Girls Club

Big Sean's latest Detroit investment was already humming with action Saturday, as eager neighborhood kids filled his new production studio on the city's west side.

“Detroit is such a musical city, soulful city,” he said. “And there are so many kids that have the talent but just don’t have to resources to record.” Big Sean, according to the Detroit press

Big Sean made the donation during his second annual DON (Detroit’s On Now) Weekend.

The rapper's $100,000 facility at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys & Girls Club had them donning headphones, manning audio workstations, tinkering with DJ controllers, and running the lighting gear on a small performance stage. Big Sean looked on smiling as young singers and dancers covered songs by Lizzo and others.

Funded by his Sean Anderson Foundation, the remodeled space follows a fully equipped recording studio he opened at his alma mater Cass Tech in 2015.

“The west side of Detroit is my old neighborhood," he said Saturday, an afternoon full of selfies and hugs with young fans as he unveiled the facility. "It’s a full-circle moment when your neighborhood supports you and holds you high, and you’re in a position to be able to hold it up in your own way and take it further.”


THE WORD | Philadelphia Court Grants Meek Mill New Hearing In 2008 Case

Meek Mill and his fight against the Philadelphia court system and Judge Genece Brinkley has took a turn for the best. The Philadelphia rapper will reportedly now get an opportunity to fight his 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges.

After fighting for years, trying to get an appeal, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has granted his request with a hearing set for July 16. Meek Mill is questioning the credibility of officer Reginald Graham after he was featured in a list of cops that have been involved in corrupt behavior.

He has previously been on probation for the conviction, and then sentenced to two-to-four years in prison after Judge Brinkley ruled that he violated probation for popping a wheelie in New York City.



THE WORD | JAY Z IS HIP-HOP'S FIRST BILLIONAIRE

“It’s bigger than hip-hop … it’s the blueprint for our culture," Swizz Beatz says in the article. "A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us. If he’s a billionaire now, imagine what he’s about to be. Because he’s only just starting.”

Jay-Z has officially become hip hop's FIRST billionaire! Forbes breaks down the report which comes through investments in liquor, art, real estate, and multiple investments such as Uber.


FORBES BREAKSDOWN HOV’s FORTUNE

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Jay-Z has used his music to shill the $300 gold bottles of the "Ace of Spades" champagne since launching the brand with the 2006 video “Show Me What You Got." More recently, his verse on Meek Mill’s “What’s Free" put a half-billion-dollar value on the wine, which seems like a bit too bubbly a number.

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A vast investing portfolio includes a stake in Uber worth an estimated $70 million. He reportedly purchased his piece for $2 million back in 2013—and then wired founder Travis Kalanick another $5 million in an attempt to increase his holdings, but was rebuffed

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Jay-Z’s cognac, a joint venture with beverage giant Bacardi, moves almost 200,000 cases and has grown nearly 80% annually. “Jay-Z resonates with consumers who are attracted to the ultra-premium lifestyle," says Eric Schmidt, Beverage Marketing Corp.’s Director of Alcohol Research.

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This wide-ranging entertainment company started over a decade ago as part of a joint venture with concert giant Live Nation. Roc Nation represents some of the top stars in the entertainment through its sports agency (Kevin Durant, Todd Gurley) as well as its record label and artist-management arms (Rihanna, J. Cole).

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Before the beginning of his stint as Def Jam’s chief in 2004, Jay-Z negotiatedthe eventual return of his master recordings from the aforementioned label that helped launch his career; in a separate deal with EMI, he clawed back his publishing rights. Wise move: his hits now clock close to 1 billion streams annually.

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After welcoming twins in 2017, Jay-Z and Beyoncé bought a pair of homes to match: a $26 million East Hampton mansion and a $88 million Bel Air estate. Jay-Z also owns a Tribeca penthouse, snagged for $6.85 million in 2004.

Art collection

$70 million

In the song "Picasso Baby," Jay-Z boasted about a “Basquiat in my kitchen corner." He probably wasn't kidding. For over a decade, he’s been scooping up masterpieces like Basquiat's “Mecca,” purchased in 2013 for a reported $4.5 million. "He's rapped about it all in detail," says Fab 5 Freddy, a contemporary and friend of the late painter. "Jay-Z helped educate millions of hip-hop fans mentioning Jean-Michel."

Tidal

$100 million

In 2015, Jay-Z submitted a bid to purchase the Scandinavian streaming service’s parent company for just shy of $60 million. He relaunched Tidal later that year with a roster of celebrity investors including his wife, Beyoncé, and other music luminaries, from Kanye West to Calvin Harris.

 

THE WORD | DaBaby Cleared of Charges in Walmart Deadly Shooting

Charges against DaBaby for his connection to a deadly shooting in North Carolina have been dropped, WSOCTV reports. The incident took place at a Walmart in Huntersville, North Carolina on Nov. 5, 2018. He had been charged with carrying a concealed gun and was the only person arrested in the killing of 19-year-old Jalyn Craig.

The police came to the scene after shots went off in the store. Craig had been hit in the stomach and died at Walmart. Four people were subsequently taken into custody by the Huntersville Police Department to be questioned.

DaBaby verified that he was indeed involved in the shooting, explaining that it was a matter of self-defense and that the camera footage would support his story.

.“If them gunshots ain't go off, n***a, my fuckin' daughter could've got hit, son could've got hit, me,” he said. “Fuckin' lawyers telling me not to say something and shit, fuck all that. Two n***as walk down on you and your whole muthafuckin' family, threaten y'all, whip out on y'all, n***a, let me see what y'all gon' too. You feel me?”



THE WORD | SoundCloud Now Lets You Distribute Your Music to Spotify, Apple Music

SoundCloud is getting into the music distribution . SoundCloud Premier program, announced thats is will allow SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited users to distribute their music to other platforms that aren’t SoundCloud, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, YouTube Music, and other streaming services.

Artists that use the new SoundCloud Premier distribution feature “keep 100% of their rights, keep 100% of their distribution royalties from third-party services, and pay no distribution fees,” according to a press release. Find more information here.


Drake and Summer Sixteen By Tikia Travis | @___tkia

Drake and Summer Sixteen By Tikia Travis | @___tkia

Drake (aka Drizzy aka 6 God) recently released Summer Sixteen which many believe he released to reignite his fall 2015 feud with Meek. Many Drake fans keep up with his day-to-day behavior by following him on Instagram and Twitter. From what I can tell about him, he’s a businessman, somewhat introversial with people who aren’t in his “inner circle”, and a perfectionist.

"Life is A Good Man" by Elite Society

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Life of A Good Man talks about how cold the world is and the struggle of grinding and providing. Elite Society approach talks about life and the precious gift of it that so many take for granted yet in the midst of the chaos trying to live out your dream. The obvious concept of balancing street life versus real life and the many routes that so many young men take to get money. It can be death or success.

Life of A Good Man: https://soundcloud.com/elitistmusic/elite-society-life-of-a-good-man

Social Media: Twitter @WerEliteSociety

Z-Verse "Victory" dir. By @Mp_Darkmirror @VersatileFB #TheAntidote

Back for the first time Z-Verse (formerly known as Versatile) debuts new video for his single Victory. Directed by MP_DarkMirror, Victory video shows a unique insight to how the city reacts to positive affirmation. Z-Verse cruises through the city of Chicago, depicting many faces of what victory means to the city with signs encouraging fans saying "Don't Forget to Smile" and "Say GoodBye to the Bad times." The melodic declaration of positivity is displayed throughout the visual, making it a win win from the start of the video to finish.