Lil Uzi Vert Officially Joins Roc Nation

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Roc Nation has just confirmed that Lil Uzi Vert is part of the team.

Just days after Vert thanked Roc Nation for helping him get back in the studio, Roc Nation made it official by adding him to the artist management section of their website.

Uzi hasn’t been shy to voice his issues with his former label Generation Now headed by DJ Drama and Don Cannon and went as far to say he was retiring from music.

Now things seem to be moving forward with The Roc and his exit from Generation Now has begun.

Meek Mill Honored His Own Day In Atlanta on March 25th

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Roc Nation congratulates Meek Mill on accepting a proclamation declaring “Meek Mill Day” on March 25th in Atlanta, GA

 

BREAKING NEWS….. Lil Wayne Is Wit The “Roc”

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Well it seems that this was bound to happen. The “Carter” administration is complete! Lil Wayne has signed to Roc Nation. I feel like it was a matter a time. You know the boy Jay will pay Wayne his worth. Cash Money is dead now….like for real….who’s  REALLY waiting on a Gudda Gudda album

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99 Problems: Prince’s Record Label Files A Lawsuit Against Jay Z

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Jay Z has 99 problems and now a lawsuit from Prince‘s record label is one.

Hov was in the running to take control of the late singer’s unreleased tracks, but the record label declined the $40 million offer due to other problems they have with the rapper. According to reports, Prince’s NPG Records is suing Roc Nation for overstepping an agreement Prince signed with them before his death. The documents state that Prince made a deal for Roc Nation to stream, through TIDAL, the last album he released before his death, but Roc Nation decided to stream almost all of Prince’s catalog as of June 7, 2016.

NPG is now suing Roc Nation for copyright infringement, claiming that none of that streaming was authorized. Although documents don’t mention the amount the label is suing for, TIDAL is still streaming some of Prince’s greatest hits (including “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “1999,” and “Little Red Corvette), which could cost Roc Nation a pretty penny.

SOURCE: TMZ

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Meet Levi Carter, One Of The Sickest Rising Stars On Roc Nation’s Roster

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Bronx-born, Virginia based artist Levi Carter is one of Roc Nation’s newest and finest, but he’s modest like he didn’t just slaughter Budweiser’s Made In America Tidal stage one month ago. What’s more is the fact that this weekend he’ll be sharing the same stage as some of the biggest musicians in the world at the TIDAL X: 1015 benefit concert. I’m talking some of the most famous names there are: Beyonce, Common, Robin Thicke, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and the list goes on and on.

Earlier this week, I got the opportunity to chat with the “You Not Gang” rapper and talk about what it feels like to be on that roster and cosigned by Jay Z, how moving to V.A inspired his standout debut album ANTISOCIAL, what it’s like to be the new kid on the block, and how he’s preparing for this weekend’s star-studded concert. 22-year-old Carter has been working hard since he first started doing music in ’08 and what I learned is eight years later, he’s here, he’s humble, but he’s playing for keeps.

Get in on some of our chat, plus some must-see Made In America footage below.

GG: On why the move to V.A. made him so ANTISOCIAL:

Levi: “It’s really just the way Virginia is. There’s nothing to do there. Living in Virginia, your path gets picked for you – it’s either you sell drugs, you play basketball, you play football, you go to the military, or you go to the shipyard. Those are the only things you can do and I’ve literally witnessed people growing up only wanting to be in those types of situations because that’s what the state offers. That, in itself, and randomly always having to get myself out of a lot of situations made me not want to mess with people on a certain level and instead, just stay to myself – and stay with the people that I generally hung around with or grew up with, that I knew were loyal too.”

On whether or not he fears becoming the focus of public attention:

“No. Not at all, honestly. That was never my goal, anyway, to be famous. That’s not even my focus – I just want to make music, that’s all that I’m here for. I know that it comes with [fame], so it is what it is… I’m mentally prepared for it.”

On Jay Z being one of his greatest inspirations and his favorite songs/albums from him:

“‘Feelin’ it’ and ‘Can I live’ – but with Hov, it’s more about albums for me because I love Hov. The whole Reasonable Doubt, Vol. 2… Hard Knock LifeThe Blueprint – each album of his really put you in a different mind frame. That’s why Hov is one of the biggest inspirations to me.”

On what it’s like to now be a Roc Nation artist, performing on the same stages as a lot of the artists he’s always admired:

“It’s crazy, it’s insane honestly! I rarely get to sit down and really think ‘Man I’m signed to Jay Z,’ you know what I’m saying? It’s very rare. I might be in a conversation with somebody and as they’re talking to me, I’m like ‘Man, I am signed to Jay Z. It’s crazy that I’m saying this right now, but it’s true.’”

Carter makes a quick comparison, “Back in the day, there used to be a lot of people – especially coming out of Virginia – people would always say ‘Man, you know I’m Michael Vick’s my cousin.’ Michael Vick is not your cousin (laughs). It’s kind of like one of those situations. Growing up as a kid, imagine me saying ‘Man I’m signed to Jay Z!’ ‘Man you not signed to him,’” he says people would have responded. “But I really am signed to Jay!”

On what he’s working to prove:

“I want to be able to beat myself in every aspect. At first, I wanted to be bigger than what everybody thought about me. But now, I’m just going against myself. I love music so I’m working, I’m putting out music, but as long as I love it – that’s how I feel. I want my fans to gravitate to it, of course, but first you got to love your own music and your music has to be life changing to you. Then you just got to hope that other people are going to gravitate towards it. I feel like if I like my own music then you should like it too!”

A little later in our conversation he adds, “I do feel like I’m different, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove. I just want to keep going! I want to keep going and prove to myself that I can do this. I proved to a lot of people that I can get here – now I just got to prove to myself that I can stay here.”

On the Tidal X: 1015 concert and what he’s stressing out about most (What to wear? What to perform? The other acts?)

“Growing up I’ve seen flyers with Beyonce’s name on them and never thought I’d be on one,” Carter says in a moment of sheer disbelief. “It’s really amazing, for real. I do think a lot about what I’ll wear though, I’m gonna come clean!” he reveals laughing. “I’m excited!”

He hasn’t made any final decisions about his ‘fit yet, though: “Nah, I really don’t know. I’ll probably wear some vintage tee. I look to my brother for a lot of my inspiration. We style ourselves, we don’t have a stylist. We been rocking a lot of stuff – and I look to my homies for inspiration, ’cause we been dressing. I don’t really look to the outside world for [inspiration].” His mind trails back to the show’s roster. “But, I’m really excited to perform alongside the biggest names in the world. It’s super crazy to even be a part of something like this – that’s my mindset right now. I don’t even think I’ve thought about it yet. It’s probably not gonna sink in until Saturday morning when I’m on the way there and I’m like ‘This is really real.”


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Here Are The Top 5 Richest Hip-Hop Artists

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Hip-Hop music and culture, once looked upon as an undesirable sub-culture in America, has gone mainstream and produced a new crop of millionaires with tons of money.

Forbes released a list of the top five richest hip-hop artists who have amassed multi-million dollar fortunes that combine record sales, brand endorsements, lucrative entrepreneurial endeavors, and savvy investing.

Check out the list of Hip-Hop’s Top 5 richest artists:

#5 Drake: Net Worth – $60 million

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#4 Birdman: Net Worth – $110 million

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#3 Jay Z: Net Worth –  $610 million

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#2 Dr. Dre: Net Worth – $710 million

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#1 Diddy: Net Worth – $750 million

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Watch the video above to see how these stars made their millions.

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T.I. Explains Why His Album Probably Won’t Be Exclusive To Tidal [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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T.I. reveals to Ed Lover why he’s probably not going to make his entire album exclusive to Tidal. He discusses his switch from Columbia to RocNation and what fans can expect from his new album. Plus, he explains why he’s not really bothered by newcomers who recreate trap songs or try to emulate a “trap life” they don’t really know. Check out the video above for more in this exclusive interview from the Ed Lover Show.

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Is Samsung Stepping Up to TIDAL?

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Samsung is stepping up their music game, according to a report from The New York Post.

In the report, Samsung are in talks with Jay Z to buy TIDAL, the streaming service the Roc Nation founder purchased in of 2014 and re-launched in March of last year.

In addition to Samsung, Google and Spotify have expressed interest in the company. So far it seems that Samsung has made itself appear to be the strongest of the suitors thanks to “really big” plans that have yet to be revealed.

No report about what Hov’s involvement would be (if any) should he decide to sell TIDAL. This isn’t the forst time the mogul has had dealing with Samsung. In 2013, Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album was certified platinum before its retail release thanks to Samsung’s pre-sale purchase of 1 million copies of the album, which it distributed to Samsung mobile users across the globe.

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Jay Z’s Label Countersues Rita Ora For Millions

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It’s a sad day for Rita Ora.

According to reports, Jay Z‘s label, Roc Nation, is suing the UK star for over $2 million.

Roc Nation is claiming that Rita did not hold up her half of the contract deal, which required her to produce five albums — the singer has only produced one. Rita’s first album Ora dropped in 2012, and the label also added that millions of dollars were spent on marketing and developing her second album which has yet to be released.

The lawsuit comes after the British star filed a claim stating the label stopped giving her adequate attention. She says this happened after the label began managing professional athletes.

Rita’s suit went on to state, “As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.

According to sources, the dispute may not last very long. Both Rita and Jay both want to sever ties with one another and end this issue as quickly as possible.

Howard King, Rita’s attorney, said of the feud, “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized. We believe that Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, has required Roc Nation to file this action to preserve whatever rights Sony might have pending resolution.” 

We’ll see how this case plays out.

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AM BUZZ: Adele Doesn’t Want Trump Using Her Music (We Don’t Blame Her), Roc Nation Sues Rita Ora & More…

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Adele is not here for a bigot using her music to bolster his political run for president, and we don’t blame her.

Donald Trump allegedly used the crooner’s song “SkyFall” at an event in Ohio. The song choice sent Adele fans into a tizzy.

“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” Adele’s spokesperson told the Independent.

Adele isn’t the first artist to pop off at the Trump campaign. Aerosmith sent cease-and-desist letters to the presidential candidate after he played “Dream On” during one of his rallies.

Hopefully big names denouncing him will help his drone-like followers see the light of day.

UP NEXT: Roc Nation Is Suing Rita Ora

Is Kanye West On The “Rocs” with Jay-Z’s TIDAL?

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Is Kanye West abandoning “his brother” Jay-Z for his next project?

According to media insiders, Kanye is distancing himself from Jay-Z’s streaming music service. West is planning to team up with Apple Music, a streaming service to compete with Jay-Z’s Tidal, to release his next album to be titled Swish.

HDD reports:”Kanye West is making changes, distancing himself from Tidal, firing Roc Nation and managing himself, with an unofficial assist from the Jenner-Kardashian clan. As for Kanye’s long-delayed album, there’s some chatter that the release will be connected to Apple Music’s launch.

Boom92Houston.com will keep you updated on this developing story.

 

Jay Z Beats Lawsuit Claiming Sound Engineer Co-Owns 45 Of His Songs

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Time has proven that nothing will stop Jay Z from getting what he wants.

After a long feud with a sound engineer, the hip-hop mogul got a hold of the mastered tracks from his triple-platinum album The Life and Times of S. Carter and his fifth studio album, The Dynasty. There were a total of 41 tracks between the two projects, 10 that included Beanie Sigel.

According to TMZ:

Chauncey Mahan, a sound engineer on the albums, claimed ownership and stashed boxes of tracks in a San Fernando Valley storage facility.

Cops eventually seized the masters, but Mahan didn’t back down. He sued Jay and Roc Nation in July, trying to get a piece of the action.

A judge just shut him down, ruling he waited way too long to sue.

Life and Times included his big hits “Big Pimpin’” and “Jigga, My N*gga.” Way to get yours, Jay.

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Third Times A Charm: J. Cole Lands Third #1 Album In A Row

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“The ROC is still alive, every-time I rhyme!”

 

Years ago, it wouldn’t be a shock to see rappers exceed one million albums sold in the first week of sales. But in today’s climate, most are lucky to hit the million mark in totality. And with very little promotion and “radio-friendly” single, selling and landing the number one spot on billboard is almost unheard of.

 

Enter Jermaine Cole. The Roc Nation MC not only landed the top spot on the billboard charts, but also eclipsed 360,000 copies sold. The fete was accomplished on some of the most honest and authentic music we’ve seen in a long time. As seen in his performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Cole has managed to captivate audiences with soulful records that reflect a deeper love and respect for hip-hop culture. Always remaining true to self, the Carolina product expressed his gratitude and acknowledgement via twitter.

 

The real is indeed “back” and available on iTunes now. Get your hands on ‘2014 Forrest Hills Drive‘ today!

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Fabolous Joins Roc Nation; Drops ‘The Young OG Project’ Trailer [VIDEO]

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“If you wit’ me, throw ya diamond up one time!”

 

Finally, after years of a very tight relationship with Jay Z and Lenny S, Fabolous has officially inked a management deal with Roc Nation. The label announced the new deal on twitter.

In celebration of his new affiliation, the Brooklyn MC dropped a Don-like trailer for his new album ‘The Young OG Project‘. Pre-orders will begin on the 15th of December, with the full-length Lp being available on Christmas.

Make sure you add the digital-only release to your list of must-haves in your letter to Santa.

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How Bout Them Cowboys?!? Dez Bryant Signs To Roc Nation!

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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has signed with the Roc Nation management company started by Jay-Z to negotiate his new NFL deal.  He is currently in the last year of his rookie contract and looking to make a financial come up as he is one of the top receivers in the league.  Everyone is not excited by Dez’ decision including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.  Reports claimed the Cowboys owner had a conversation with Dez Bryant about reconsidering this decision.  Another top athlete has signed with the Roc!

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Hold Up, Woah Deere! Big Sean Signs On To Be Managed By Roc Nation!

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Big Sean is officially the newest artist to sign to Jay-Z’s management firm Roc Nation.  Roc Nation congratulated Sean on his arrival to their management family by posting the tweet below.  Big Sean is an added addition to the Roc Nation roster because of his musical talent and also he fills the void left from the departure of Wale, whom cut ties with Roc Nation two weeks ago to sign with the 77 Management Group, the same group of people that manage NBA Superstar Lebron James and Johnny Manziel.

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