JAY-Z Drops Striking New Trailer For Forthcoming Album

The hall of fame rapper dropped the latest preview entitled "Kill Jay-Z" ahead of his album's Friday release.

A new trailer promoting JAY-Z's upcoming 4:44 album surfaced on Tidal Tuesday evening (June 27), and it has quite the political message.

The black and white teaser, entitled "Kill JAY-Z" depicts a young African-American boy frantically running in a city neighborhood as police sirens sound off in the near distance. As the camera pans out, the boys shirt becomes more visible with the phrase, "STAY BLACK" printed in bold letters across the chest. While the 30-second clip doesn't provide any other details concerning the album, it does suggest the tracklist may have content that discusses the Black Lives Matter movement and the number of black bodies that have been shot by police.

The dramatic preview is the second video unleashed in preparation for Jay's album. The first trailer featured Golden Globe Award-winner Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o and Danny Glover.

There has been quite the chatter concerning Jigga's upcoming project. The album will serve as the rapper's first album since 2014's Magna Carta Holy Grail. 4:44 will drop on Friday, June 30, exclusively to Tidal and Sprint customers. In celebration of the new project, JAY-Z is also holding a listening party at select Sprint stores across the country.

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Lizzo, Lil Nas X, And H.E.R. Nominated For 2019 VMA 'Best New Artist'

On Tuesday (July 23, MTV revealed its list of the 2019 Video And Music Award nominations, showing close categories for all artists.

A press release stated the nominations include "dozens of artists whose reach and influence have elevated the music industry and global cultural conversation." Among those artists are Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and H.E.R, who have each been selected as Best New Artist alongside Ava Max, Billie Eilish, and ROSALÍA.

“It’s been an incredible year in music and this group of nominees perfectly reflect the rich pop music landscape,” said Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Viacom and Co-Brand Head, MTV International. “We can’t wait to see the outcome, once the fans weigh in. It’s going to be an awesome, unforgettable evening.”

Singer and actress Lizzo has been in the entertainment industry for 10 years before making her big break. The singer/rapper/flautist exudes bonafide anthems for confident ladies rocking the skin that they are in. With hit singles "Truth Hurts," "Good as Hell," and "Juice," the songstress now adds actress to her list of accolades as she plays Liz in the upcoming film, Hustlers.

"Old Town Road" hitmaker Lil Nas X made tying-history after his track "Old Town Road" ruled the Billboard Hot 100 chart as No.1 for the 16th week. The country hip-pop hit has been streamed 86.2 million times in the U.S. according to Billboard he has remixed the song with Young Thug and Cardi B. Shortly after he dropped his single "Panini." He also has been nominated for eight categories including Video Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Art Direction.

Singer and songwriter, H.E.R., effortlessly graced the stage at the 2019 BET Awards to perform "Lord Is Coming" with YBN Cordae, leaving fans in awe with her spoken word and incisive lyricism. She took home the 2019 BET Her Award for her song "Hard Place."

The VMA's air Monday (Aug. 26) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, and will be hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco. Check out the full list of the 2019 VMA Award Nominees here.

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A$AP Rocky Will Reportedly Headline Rolling Loud NYC

The Rolling Loud hip hop festival will make its way to the Big Apple in October. Per the festival's social media pages, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert and the Wu-Tang Clan will reportedly headline the two day event.

Aside from the aforementioned artists, DMX, Fat Joe, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Young M.A., YG, DaBaby, and many many more will take to the stage at Citi Field from Oct. 12 to 13. Tickets are slated to go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (Jul. 26) at 10 a.m. EST.

The news comes on the third week of A$AP Rocky's incarceration. The A$AP Mob member and Harlem native was reportedly arrested in Sweden for allegedly assaulting a person on the street. Donald Trump, thanks to urging from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is attempting to help free the rapper, however, it was reported earlier today (Jul. 22) that his efforts may make matters worse for A$AP.

Peep the Rolling Loud lineup below.

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Ties Record For Longest-Running Number One Of All Time

For the 16th week in a row, Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” sits atop the Billboard Hot 100. This means that the track from the 20-year-old ATLien is tied for the longest-running No. 1 of all time.

According to reports, the single from the 7 EP ties Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ”Despacito," as well as Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day” for the record. If he stays at No. 1 for one more week, he will be the first song in the history of American popular music to reign for an unprecedented 17 weeks.

The initial song made waves  earlier this year after getting the boot from Billboard’s Country charts for allegedly not implementing enough elements of the genre. Since then, “Old Town Road” has seen three featured artists on two separate remixes– Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey. Last week, country music icon Dolly Parton hinted at hopping on the song’s next remix.

Do you think “Old Town Road” will set a new record next week? Sound off in the comments.

 

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