Jay-Z confirmed rumors that he is busy at work on his 11th album this week, according to ‘Jigga' his new album will be titled ‘The Blueprint 3.' According to Billboard, Kanye West has been working with Jay-Z for what will be his last album on Def Jam and 11th album overall. Wednesday, the MC appeared as a guest during Kanye West's Glow in the Dark concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Amidst performing, West asked the audience if he could play a few beats that he recorded while in Hawaii recently, including a song tentatively called "Jockin' Jay-Z." As the track played, Jay-Z himself crossed the stage and began rapping, "That bloke from Oasis said I couldn't play guitar // somebody shoulda told him I'm a f*cking rock star / today is gonna be the day that I'm gonna throw it back to you." He was referencing his cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall" at the recent Glastonbury Festival, which drew a mixed response. According to longtime friend and Roc-A-Fella artist Memphis Bleek, "Jockin' Jay-Z" is only one of many gems that West has crafted for the MC. Bleek went on to say that Jay's upcoming album will be a masterpiece "Kanye gave him some beats where I told Jay that I'm hating on him for having them. The beats are like new rhythms with old drums. Just picture Jay-Z having four records like 'Encore.'" A release date has not been set for the project, Jay-Z's last album "American Gangster" was released in November of 2007.
Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige will co-headline a 25-date, North American outing celled the "Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z: Heart of the City" tour. The tour kicks off on March 22 at Miami's American Airlines Arena and will hit cities along the eastern seaboard as well as New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas and Oakland. The "Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z: Heart of the City" tour is the pinnacle of Mary and Jay's long-time collaboration which began in 1996 with the hit single "Can't Knock The Hustle." Tickets go on sale for the first shows beginning February 15th and are available at http://www.livenation.com. Confirmed dates are as follows. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.MARY J. BLIGE & JAY-Z: HEART OF THE CITY TOUR DATE CITY VENUE March 22 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena March 26 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena March 27 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 28 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center March 30 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center April 2 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre April 3 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden April 5 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum April 6 Washington, DC Verizon Center April 16 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Jay Z - Can't Knock The Hustle
On November 6, Roc-A-Fella Records and JAY-Z will release the new album AMERICAN GANGSTER. Separate from the official motion picture soundtrack, this collection of all-new original material is a musical journey and lyrical interpretation of snapshots from the upcoming motion picture American Gangster, which pairs Oscar(R) winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Based on the true story of criminal mastermind Frank Lucas, who came up from the streets of New York in the '70s, the film is produced by Academy Award(R)-winning producer Brian Grazer and directed and produced by Ridley Scott. It opens on November 2. The conceptual, full body of work from the new album balances the line between pure entertainment and real life. JAY-Z draws upon past experiences, speaking to the harsh reality of the drug trade still taking place in our nation's cities. While not glorifying the Frank Lucas story, JAY-Z articulates the lure of a gangster's life and stands as an example of one who chose to leave those streets behind to go on and become one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. Throughout AMERICAN GANGSTER, JAY-Z brings the audience into a world rich in familial relationships, hustling and the lasting effects of drugs on a community. Through its musical tone, the album complements the story as told in the major motion picture release.
Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter was the top-earning hip-hop celebrity of 2006, according to Forbes' first-ever list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings, and that's before he sold his Rocawear fashion label for $204 million. Forbes on Thursday said Jay-Z raked in $34 million in 2006, the year he released a comeback album "Kingdom Come." Carter is said to have earned much of that income as chief executive of Def Jam Recordings, owner of a sports bar franchise the 40/40 club and holder of endorsements deals with Budweiser, Hewlett-Packard and General Motors. Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, who did not release an album last year, is sitting close in second place with an estimate $32 million in earnings thanks to his G-Unit label, clothing line, video games, ringtones, publishing and other ventures. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs comes in at number three with $28 million with sales from his Sean John clothing label and cologne that he licensed to Estee Lauder. He also is an MTV television producer. Timbaland, whose real name is Timothy Mosley, was No. 4 with earnings of $21 million from collaborations and running Mosley Music Group. Dr. Dre added $20 million and Eminem $18 million. Check out Forbes' complete list of Hip-Hop's Cash Kings.
Jay-Z (A.K.A. Shawn Carter) is stepping down as president of Universal Music Group's Def Jam Records effective by the end of the year. According to Jay-Z, "Now it's time for me to take on new challenges...I am pleased to have had the opportunity to build upon the Def Jam legacy". The 38 year old legendary rapper took over as president of the rap label in 2005 and signed Grammy-nominated R&B singers Rihanna and Ne-Yo. Jay-Z will continue recording for UMG's Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam label, but will focus his attention on other ventures which includes the expansion of his 40/40 Nightclubs. Under Jay-Z realm, Def Jam earned a total of 11 Grammy nominations in 2007, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Rihanna's smash hit, "Umbrella." According to Antonio 'L.A.' Reid," chairman of Island Def Jam, "Jay made it clear to us that he feels the time has come to take on different challenges in his life. While we regret his decision to move on, we certainly respect it."Jay-Z Rihanna Neo