Drake-Two Birds One Stone. Jay Z-Marcy Me. Quarteto 11 -Tado O Mundo e Niguem. 21 Savage-Nothing New. Tory Lanze & Trey Songz-Wild Thoughts (Remix). J Cole- Love yours. Meek Mill-Heavy Heart. 2 Chainz & Monica- Burglar Bars. Rick Ross-Game Aint Based on Sympathy. Kendrick Lamar- Ignorance is Bliss. Lil Wayne-Grown Man

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Hov has been somebody to tell me when to pull back. So maybe that’s songs I didn’t need on the album and focusing on too much on one part of the story, or maybe let’s calm it down a bit ’cause I can be kinda aggressive … There was a situation where I had a line that was kind of dissin’ somebody else and it wasn’t really necessary, and I just wanted it [on the song] because it was a good bar… [but] I took it off. I didn’t want to take it off at all. I played it for [Jay] and he didn’t really say to take it off—we was all having a conversation about it, me, him and [No I.D.] and everybody in the room—and then, later on, [Jay] hit me thinking about it, and he was like, ‘You know, I think you should take [that line] off [the song] … Do you, but what you’re doing won’t work out in your favorite because your heart is not in it. The universe only works one way.’ That made me think, because my man managed the kid and I was dissin’ another rapper really for no reason. And that really just kinda shifted my perspective on it and I’m like, ‘I don’t need to be tearin’ down another young black man regardless of if I like the music or not.‘
—  During a recent interview with Big Boy, Roc Nation’s own Vic Mensa revealed how during the recording process JAY-Z advised him to take a diss line off a track from his debut studio album The Autobiography. 

Jay-Z with English radio DJ Jo Wiley and her mother Christine, photographed in her home during her BBC Radio 1 segment “Live Lounge Tour” in London on September 18, 2009.

During the segment Wiley would travel to the home, recording studio or favorite location of British artists, conducting an interview and performances on-site. Jay was one of the first American artists to feature on the tour; he helped Wiley to celebrate her final weekday show on the station by traveling to her home to record “Live from Jo’s Lounge.”

After the live interview, in which he discussed his childhood, Kanye West and promoted The Blueprint 3, Hov performed acoustic versions of “Encore,” “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…” and “Thank You” live on air, accompanied by his keyboardist and musical director Omar Edwards, guitarist “Slice” and Tony Royster, Jr. on drums.

women should not need their stories to be corroborated by men in order for them to be legitimized. amber heard said johnny depp abused her, depp’s manager confirming this months afterwards should not be the reason you finally believe her. bey sung about jay’s infidelity and has previously mentioned other issues in their relationship (so has her mother and sister) if you are shocked only now because jay is singing about it then you need to reflect on the value you assign to women’s voices, we, as a society, need to reflect on the value we assign women’s voices

Jay-Z, photographed for XXL magazine by British photographer Ralph Perou on September 24, 2006.

The editorial shoot was conducted on the day he was due to perform at the Wembley Arena in London on his United Nations-certified “Water for Life Tour.” Elliott Wilson had to travel to Paris to lock down the elusive Hov for the corresponding interview.

Ever the multi-tasker, Jay also took the time to shoot promotional photographs for an upcoming Rocawear campaign.