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Self-Made: Jay-Z Officially Named Hip-Hop's First Billionaire

"Jay-Z's journey is the modern-day embodiment of the American dream."

It's official – Forbes has declared Jay-Z hip-hop's first billionaire.

Hov has reportedly accumulated a fortune that totals $1 billion, making him the first musician in hip-hop to do so. He is also one of only a few entertainers to achieve that feat. According to Forbes, Jay's empire was built through various deals in liquor (Armand de Brignac and D’Ussé), cash investments, art collections, real estate, streaming services, his record label, and music catalog.

Jay-Z's cash and investments come to a total of $220 million; his stake in liquor brands D’Ussé and Armand de Brignac totals $410 million; his music streaming platform, Tidal, tallies at $100 million; Roc Nation follows with $75 million; his music catalog rakes in $75 million; his art collection, $70 million; finally, his real estate investments totals $50 million.

Some may assume that Dr. Dre already achieved billionaire status a couple of years ago, but that isn't entirely true. According to Forbes, Dre sold his brand, Beats by Dr. Dre to Apple for $3 billion. While his company is worth billions, Dre's personal net worth is $850 million.

Jay's story is especially astonishing considering his journey to the top. Coming out of Brooklyn’s Marcy housing projects, Jay hustled as a drug dealer. He later traded in the life for music, co-founding Roc-A-Fella Records and releasing 14 No. 1 albums.

Swizz Beatz, the superproducer behind some of Jay-Z’s biggest hits, says that people can look to Jay as the model of success. "It’s bigger than hip-hop … it’s the blueprint for our culture. A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us," he said.

Forbes senior editor and Jay-Z biographer Zack O'Malley Greenburg agrees with Swizz, telling VIBE: "Jay-Z's journey is the modern-day embodiment of the American dream. His ascent offers an invaluable blueprint and inspiration to the next generation of entrepreneurs."

Read more from Forbes' full story here.

 

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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.

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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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