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Bad Timing: Why Meek Mill’s Debut Dreams & Nightmares Got Unfairly Shafted

It’s often said that timing is everything, and Meek Mill’s debut album couldn’t have arrived in a more luckless moment. The eve of his Dreams & Nightmares release brought him eclipsing circumstances in the form of Superstorm Sandy hitting the East Coast, and while folks in the Northeast were battening down the hatches and preparing for the worst, the Philly spitter promoted his album on Twitter heavily, all while sheltering a house full of relatives from the storm.

A number of @-replies and retweets attacking the rapper for being insensitive to the tropical cyclone reality at hand spilled into my Twitter timeline, and I myself, stuck in the house and concerned for friends and family, admittedly thought that maybe the active promotion was in poor taste. And I’m a fan. But can we blame him? Meek Mill had been waiting to release his first full-length album since he was 16-years-old and, conflicted by an influx of somber reports on flooded communities and power-loss, wasn’t about to allow the building odds to thwart his momentum. Read more…

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50 Cent’s “My Life” Featuring Eminem And Adam Levine Is Yet Another Smart Business Move

50 Cent is a smart business man. For his new single “My Life” featuring Eminem and Adam Levine, the choice of his co-collaborators screams dollar signs. Somewhere around a round conference table 50 Cent told his team, “Get me the two hottest guys out right now–a rapper and singer–and we’re going to make a boatload of money.” Well played, 50. Read more…

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Jay-Z Went Truffle Hunting In Italy Last Weekend

Jay-Z, making the white truffle more famous after one visit than the white truffle industry themselves can. Italian newspaper La Stampa boasts a curious report today about Jay, who apparently spent his weekend in the mountains of Northern Italy where he enjoyed egg and spinach ravioli, $10,250 worth of the local blend of wine and $15,400 worth of white truffles with his friends. So awed by all the local flavor, the boy from Brooklyn then suited up and went out in search of a truffle of his own, according to NME:

“Jay-Z even ventured into the woods with a local farmer and his dogs to search out the prized truffle.”

As they should, truffle retailers in the region have taken Jay’s visit as an opportunity to sing of their precious fungi’s praise and to speculate about the possibility of a Hov Bump, the likes of which Cristal champagne and middling New York basketball teams teams have enjoyed. According to The Guardian, “Big spenders on white truffles currently include Chinese millionaires and Gulf sheikhs,” but perhaps the Nathans Hot Dog stand at Jay’s brand new Braclays Center might make use for them?

Jay-Z gives Italian truffle farmers reason to celebrate [NME]

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Dame Dash Is Proud Of Jay-Z And Kanye But Needs A Dr. Phil Session To Speak On The Failed Friendship

Dame Dash gets a bad rap. Since his breakup with Jay-Z a thousand years ago people have written him off as the disgruntled man jealous of Jay’s success. Fans chose a side. That side was the perceived winner’s circle of Hov & Company. Meanwhile the man who is partly responsible for the Roc-A-Fella empire seemed to fade to black. He’d only reappear in the press when there was news of him not paying taxes or going broke splashed across headlines. Today the 41-year-old business savvy former music executive is slowly creeping back on the scene. Read more…

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Beyonce Pens A Short And Sweet Handwritten Letter To President Obama

Bey Pens Handwritten Letter to Obama Showing Her Support

When Beyonce isn’t sitting courtside at a Brooklyn Nets game, or gyrating on stage alongside her hubby she’s penning letters to the president. Bey’s support for President Obama dates back to 2008. As an avid supporter she campaigned for then Senator Obama and was later rewarded the opportunity of a lifetime to sing at the president’s inauguration while he and the First Lady slow danced. Never underestimate the power of a singer who creates a “Single Ladies” anthem. Read more…

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Jay-Z’s Got “99 Problems But Mitt Ain’t One” For President Obama In Columbus, Ohio

As promised, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen are out rallying with President Barack Obama on this eve of the election. Obama says that he’s got both artists on his iPod — and, “Yes, the president has an iPod!”– and that he chose these two in particular because “they tell the story of what our country is, but also what it should be.”

Jay and Obama go way back, and so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to learn that the rapper was willing to duck the President’s secret service, putting his life, liberty and Red Phone line to the White House at risk, to really drive his point home with a. “I have to do it, I’m sorry,” he said, before hitting ‘em up with this “99 Problems” election special remix: “I feel bad for you, son, but I’ve got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one!” Needless to say, the re-work has already been taken up as a hopeful rallying cry on Twitter.

You can stream the rest of the rally live, if you would like; and tomorrow, don’t forget to get out and vote! If you need a refresher, see what all your favorite musicians have to say about the candidates. Read more…

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President Obama Ends Campaign With Jay-Z And Bruce Springsteen

Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen to perform for Obama's last campaign

There’s four days left to Election Day 2012, folks. Don’t forget to vote! It’s been a long election road for presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama, now its ending with a bang for at least Obama. The president will wrap his campaign with performances by Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday. Hov plus Bruce plus Obama sounds pretty epic. President Obama chose to end his campaign in Des Moines, Iowa, which is symbolic because of his win there in the 2008 caucus. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Big K.R.I.T. On The State Of Southern Hip-Hop

If Big K.R.I.T. wasn’t so adamant about repping his hometown of Mississippi he may not be where he is today. Who was this young rapper from Mississippi who produced his own music? was the question posed two years ago when his mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here surfaced. Where he was from was almost as big of a draw to him as his music. Sure, a southern rapper rapping about where you’re from isn’t uncommon. But the only other well-known rapper from Mississippi to “make it” was David Banner. Minutes before he took the stage at Austin’s ACL music festival he told us he believes the south has always been lyrical. Like us, he too was puzzled that anyone thinks otherwise. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Questlove On Jay-Z’s Theory On Success, “No One’s Ever Satisfied”

The stellar live shows during Austin City Limits are over but luckily our interviews with the artists live on. Take for instance our chat with the loquacious Questlove of The Roots. Shortly after the band left thousands of fans in awe from the musical genius of their set, Questlove emerged from their trailer to talk everything from his top five favorite cities to Jay-Z‘s theory on success. Not only is Questlove’s intelligence instantly recognizable, he’s personable, and funny. When asked if the rain affected the group’s show he asked, jokingly, “Oh, you didn’t have a personal umbrella holder? I thought everybody had a personal umbrella holder.” Nope Quest. No Fonzworth Bentley for us regular folks. Read more…