last year’s made in america festival was a success and as if we didn’t already know, a 2nd annual festival was announced. the trailer above flashes the dates aug 31-sept 1 and puts together a nice montage of last year’s act.
on to the business side of things, jay’s roc nation signed a deal with universal. universal now takes roc nation “under its umbrella” and allows it to operate as its own label. more on that here.
big news for jay-z’s label, huh? the always controversial and entertaining M.I.A. is the latest of an impressive list to join the roc nation family. her fourth record matangi will drop via the label later this fall.
while the actual announcement was made this past saturday, jay elec performed a freestyle at the event, which was later recorded to some smooth, tribal esque production with a JFK sample and unleashed for all to hear.
in one of the biggest headlines of the week (ok, for hip-hop), jay electronica has signed to jay-z’s home at roc nation. i can’t say that this move is better than him being on g.o.o.d. music with his brethren mos def (originally rumored) but i’m happy that dude decided to sell out and join a conglomerate. no, that’s not sarcasm. maybe now he has that extra nudge he needed to get off his ass and release something concrete for all these loyal followers (me) he’s acquired off of unofficial mixtapes and TWO SONGS.
head over to miss info to get more pictures of an event jay-z and jay were at together, which includes an a capella freestyle to boot.
and we have the first CDQ single from the front runner of roc nation. the song dropped yesterday in a clean lo-fi, and that’s just not worth posting. regardless, this album is going to mercilessly beat our asses.
the folks at the smoking section caught the same blueprint 3 tour that had me gushing this past week (sorry yarome) and has put up the best footage that i’ve seen from the tour thus far. d.o.a. is after the jump
this shouldn’t need an introduction. hype this, hype that. the score isn’t too reflective of my love for jay-z and what he’s done for my personal tastes and hip-hop in general. the man is the true definition of an idol. i’m picking this up today.