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Jay-Z and Rihanna Team Up Across The Atlantic For BBC 1′s Radio Hackney Weekend

Diamonds were up in London this weekend, where Jay-Z and Rihanna played headlining sets at BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend. On Saturday night, the Roc boss wowed the 50,000-deep festival audience with a set that included a surprise appearance by M.I.A., a Watch The Throne detour with Kanye West (much to the enjoyment of Beyoncé, who was caught moshing along to “Ni**as In Paris”), and a performance of “Run This Town” with his onetime protégée.

On Sunday, Rihanna closed the festival with a spectacular set of her own. On an Egyptian-themed stage and in cut-off fishnets and a leather jacket, RiRi surprised the crowd by bringing back Jay – in a black leather Brooklyn Nets cap — out for three songs at the end of her set. They did a reprise of “Run This Town,” and then gave “Talk That Talk” its live debut, before launching into their now-classic hit “Umbrella.” This run of songs, spanning Jay-Z’s 2009 Blueprint 3 to Rihanna’s current Talk that Talk to 2007′s Good Girl Gone Bad really goes to show just how deep that Barbadian star’s catalog goes at this point. “The Roc is in the building, and we love you so damn much,” she said, thanking the umbrella-baring audience. After delivering his verse, Jay slipped off and Rihanna sent fans home with “We Found Love” and a fireworks show. It’s safe to say, not Roc fan left disappointed.

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Congrats! Lil Wayne Scores His 100th Billboard Hit

French Montana’s star studded “Pop That” debuted this week on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart at #57, landing Lil Wayne on the charts for the 69th time as a feature. Combine this with his 31 chart entries as a lead act, and – voila! – Lil Wayne has racked up an astronomical 100 appearances on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Only Jay-Z and the late James Brown have done that before him.

Is Weezy on track to be the best rapper alive? A quick look at the numbers behind his first 100 suggest that it might me so.
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Decoding The Handwritten Lawsuit Filed Against Jay-Z

Jay-Z Being Sued For Stolen Material In Decoded

Lawsuits filed against celebrities are a dime a dozen. But we never thought we’d see a handwritten lawsuit, let alone one filed against Jay-Z. AllHipHop.com reports a lawsuit was filed on June 13 against the rapper/entrepreneur/author claiming parts of Decoded were stolen. Wait just a minute. Decoded is a book where Jay decodes some of his own songs. Allegedly stealing material to write a book about your own tracks doesn’t quite add up. Read more…

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No More Watch The Throne, Kanye West Goes Solo For Two Shows At Revel

Kanye West Performs Solo At Revel

Its been all about Watch(ing) The Throne for Kanye West for nearly the past year. Shortly following Kanye and Jay-Z’s Europe stint of the tour, Atlantic City’s Revel Resort and Casino announced that Kanye will perform for two nights for the opening of its HQ Nightclub. If Revel sounds familiar its because Memorial Day weekend at Revel was when the First Lady of the U.S. showed up to Beyonce’s big comeback performance since having baby Blue Ivy. And since everyone in the Carter’s friends-family circle does it way big, Kanye West is following in Bey’s footsteps with his first solo performance since Coachella 2011. Read more…

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In Honor Of Father’s Day We Present A Playlist Of Songs By Dads For Their Kids

Father's Day Spotify Playlist

New dad Jay-Z hit the studio to record a dedication song to his new baby girl, Blue Ivy. Hearing the baby cry on the track made it all the more adorable. Over the years a number of daddy musicians have expressed heartfelt feelings about their kids on wax. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Eminem to most recently Nas. Here at VH1 we believe dads are worthy of appreciation every day of the year. However, this Sunday is the official day we celebrate the awesome dads in our lives. Hearing male artists gush over their children in a song makes our hearts melt. Enjoy the Spotify playlist of our all-time favorite songs by fathers dedicated to their children.

1. “Daughters”- Nas
Nas gets real about the difficulties of raising a teenage daughter in this soulful ode to his daughter Destiny who makes a cameo at the end of the video. Read more…

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“R.I.P.” To The Stage Rita Ora Killed At The Summertime Ball In London

As Jay-Z’s latest protege there are high expectations for 21-year-old Rita Ora. Ora’s success in the UK is just the beginning; and if the pattern of British singers successfully owning the UK charts and eventually taking the US airwaves by storm continues, Ora is headed for the top of the charts. In front of 80,000 fans with their hands in the air, Ora performed “R.I.P.” at the Capital FM Summertime Ball in London. In eccentric jeans and midriff top, on a scale of one to 10, Ora’s energy was at 20. And with 80,000 onlookers every bit of her energy was reciprocated. Read more…

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The 35 Greatest Kanye West Songs (In Honor Of His 35th Birthday)

Kanye West's Top 35 Songs

Within the last 10 years there hasn’t been a music success story quite like the one of Kanye West. He managed to transform himself from a well respected but not yet household name producer to a global rapper. He began producing in the late 90s for heavy hitting acts and became known for his soulful beats. It wasn’t until 2001 when he got his big break from Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).” From there he continued producing but began vocalizing his interest in rapping. Admittedly, no one one believed he could rap, thus labels weren’t willing to take the risk on signing him. Finally he signed to Dame Dash and Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella record label and debuted College Dropout in 2004. Kanye had proved everyone wrong, not only showing that he could rap, but that he could be great while doing it (College Dropout debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts).

That was eight years ago when Kanye was a hungry 27-year-old trying to turn his dreams into reality. Today he’s 35 with five albums under his belt, one collaboration album, countless producer credits, a fashion line and his own G.O.O.D. Music record label. Publicly, he’s been scrutinized for his crass statements on live TV. His public missteps and ego aside, Ye continues to be one of the greatest music talents that has emerged in the last decade. To honor his 35th birthday, check out our list of his 35 greatest songs (which we have also turned into a Spotify playlist). Feel free to disagree with our list and add your own in the comment section below.

The 35 Greatest Kanye West Songs (In Honor Of His 35th Birthday)

35. “Who Gon Stop Me”
The production is insane, Kanye and Jay’s verses are a mere bonus.

34. “Hell of A Life”
Yeezy’s darkest moment has him falling in love with a porn star. Naturally, it doesn’t end well.

33. “Wonder”
For the dream chasers out there, “I wonder/if you know/what it means/ to find your dreams.”

32. “All Falls Down”
We can’t help but think of Stacey Dash every time we hear this one.

31. “Gotta Have It”
Outside of the tambourine in the opening, there’s a whole lot of flossing in this one track. Read more…

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Producer Hit-Boy Debuts “Jay-Z Interview,” Is He The Next Kanye West?

On Kanye’s “Last Call” from debut album College Dropout he rhymed, “It was straight embarrassing how y’all played him/Last year shoppin’ my demo, I was tryin’ to shine/Every motherf*cker told me that I couldn’t rhyme.” Yeezy is arguably the biggest producer turned rapper story in hip-hop. Next up may be GRAMMY nominated producer Hit-Boy who is known for producing hits like “N**** in Paris.” Today Hit-Boy released “Jay-Z interview,” which is the world’s introduction to rap skills. Although he doesn’t do an actual interview with Jay, the G.O.O.D. Music artist includes clips of Hov (nice marketing ploy!) on tour and his studio time with. Read more…

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Eclectic Mix Of Artists Join The Flaming Lips’ Attempt To Break The Guinness World Record At O Music Awards

Eclectic Mix of Artists Support The Flaming Lips Attempt to Break Guinness World Record at O Music Awards

There is lots of excitement surrounding the third annual O Music Awards, including VH1 Diva Grace Potter joining forces with The Flaming Lips in their attempt to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record title for performing the Most Live Concerts in 24 hours in Multiple Cities. Luckily for The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals aren’t the only ones ready to assist with the challenge. An eclectic mix of artists including Gary Clark Jr., Hunter Hayes, GIVERS, Neon Indian, Grimes, New Fumes and more will perform full sets as The Flaming Lips fight to take Jay-Z’s crown. Next Friday VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter premieres, and we’re ecstatic about potentially getting the back story for some of the songs she may very well may perform while helping break the Guinness World Record for Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities). Check out the full press release below. Read more…