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Solange, Julez, Alex Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, Tim Witherspoon, Usher, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Cassie, P. Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Alford, Janelle Monae, Carmelo Anthony, LaLa Anthony, Serena Williams & Jourdan Dunn in New York heading to Beyoncé’s 35th Soul Train themed Birthday Party 05/09

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Earlier Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze had a battle on IG Live, which turned out to be an epic occasion for the culture. Both producers have worked with Jay Z extensively and given him multiple hit beats over the years; as well as each having extensive producing careers beyond Hov.

The battle is well-worth the watch, and you will be rewarded around the two hour 27 minute mark with an unreleased Hov/DMX/Nas/Jadkiss track. Goddamn!!

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Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys’ 5 year old son Egypt producing untitled 07 for Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. album.

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I’ve already posted all of these here, but I wanted to make a little master post of some of my fave recent pieces. Been getting lots of work done on my dumb comic, so I’m hoping to start posting that soon.  <3 Thanks for sticking around, you guys are the best~ 

In May 2016 Swizz Beatz shared this photograph, showing off a stack of signed $2 bills that Jay Z had given him, with the lyrics to “22 Two’s” written on the band. 

$2 bills are seldom seen in circulation as a result of banking policies with businesses. Due to this lack of demand the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing has low production numbers for this bill.  This comparative scarcity in circulation, coupled with a lack of public knowledge that the bill is still in production and circulation, has inspired many urban legends and occasionally has created problems for people trying to use the bill to make purchases. 

Hov is likely to have a stack of these rare bills on his person at any given time, and regularly hands them out to friends, fans and fellow artists he meets—for good luck. He was inspired by his friend, lawyer Steven Reisman. Reisman began the practice in 2006, and it has been estimated that he gives out around $50,000 a year in $2 bills to friends and strangers. Backstage at an Ed Sheeran concert in 2013 Reisman told the singer and his entourage that “the only person who ever takes them all is Jay Z. Whenever he sees me he’ll reach in my pocket, take them out, and say ‘I’m giving out the $2 bills today, okay?’”

In September 2011 Jay and Beyoncé were spotted giving out the bills at the US Open tennis tournament in Queens. At his “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia in both 2013 and 2014 Hov rained $2 bills down on the crowd. He handed them out to attendees at the tenth anniversary celebrations for The 40/40 Club in June 2013. In an interview with MTV News in January 2014, shortly after he appeared during J. Cole’s birthday show in New York City, Dreamville Records artist Bas shared this anecdote: “It’s funny. I came offstage and I went in the green room and Jay Z came up to me and was like, ‘Dope set.’ Then he dapped me and gave me two $2 bills. I got 'em in my wallet right now. I’m keeping them forever.” During that show Hov had been feeling rather generous, being it was the night he gifted J. Cole one of his original Roc-A-Fella Records chains.

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Literally Rivendell.

J. R. R. Tolkien hiked to the Lauterbrunnen valley while on a trip to the Continent in 1911. The wonderful landscape of the valley later provided the concept and pictorial model for his sketches and watercolours of the fictitious valley of Rivendell, the dwelling place of Elrond Half-elven and his people.