As promised, Jay-Z and Kanye West unveiled their new video for their anthemic single, "Niggas in Paris." Filmed during the rap tandem's Watch the Throne tour stop in Los Angeles last year, the video is a kaleidoscopic treat of roaring lions, stalking black panthers and beautiful models.
Much like their concert, the clip is a visual spectacle as well. You're now watching the Throne, and they are certainly in the zone. Check it out below:
I know this song has been floating around on the Internet(s) for the past week, but I felt it was important to showcase this song on what would have been J Dilla's 38th birthday today (Jan. 7). Sadly, the legendary studio maestro passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, after a long bout with lupus.
Waajeed from Platinum Pied Pipers unearthed this rare Dilla freestyle (circa 1997) called "Clap Your Hands." It's the rugged and raw Dilla that we always loved from him.
Beats and Rants has done countless of tributes to the late hip-hop producer (you can read them all HERE) and will continue to do so.
Here's the new video 'Must B the Music' from De La Soul members Posdnous and Maseo for their collaborative project Plug 1 and Plug 2 Present First Serve: The Album. Directed by Matt Stawski, the clip offers plenty of animated visuals for your enjoyment. The video is cool, the song...eh, it's okay. I'm not mad at them.
Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve: The Album will hit stores on April 2 via Duck Down Music.
Jay-Z made history Monday night (Feb. 6) as he performed for a sold-out crowd at New York's famed Carnegie Hall venue. According to the New York Times, Hov shined on the first of his two-date (the second is Tuesday night) charity event benefitting the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, the charity whose president and chief executive is his Jay's mother, Gloria Carter.
Those who had money to spend (tickets were a $1,000 a pop), witnessed Jay-Z perform for the first time 'Glory,' his rap lullaby to his newborn child, Blue Ivy Carter. Backed by an orchestra conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson (of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), and also the Illadelphonics, an ensemble featuring Questlove of the Roots, the rap mogul performed several of his classic songs including "99 Problems," "Big Pimpin" and "Hardknock Life." Special guests included Nas (who performed "N.Y. State of Mind") and Alicia Keys (who joined Jay-Z for a moving orchestral version of "Empire State of Mind").
Overall, it was a fun night of hip-hop and history in the making.
Music/Lifestyle website She So Major has some good YouTube footage from Jay-Z's performance at Carnegie Hall. Check out his performance of "Glory" below:
Pharoahe Monch's "Still Standing" is one of the standout joints from his great album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades). The song gets a dramatic visuals from director Terrance Nance as the clip recreates Monch's childhood memories of suffering from asthma. Despite being a chronic asthmatic, the New York rhyme-spitter is still standing and delivering inspiring rhymes to the youth. R&B diva Jill Scott is on the hook and gives a phenomenal vocal performance.