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Jay-Z Reportedly Cancels Woodstock 50 Festival Appearance

The rapper pulls out with rock 'n' roll icon John Fogerty.

Just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, music industry veteran and rapper, Jay-Z, pulled out of from the event. The Associated Press reports (July 26) that he would no longer perform at the three-day event (Aug. 16-18) although he was set to headline the last day.

The  festival's 50th anniversary faced a list of complications in the last few months including permit denials, loss of a financial partner, a production company, and failure to launch a portal for ticket sales.

As of Thursday (July 25), Bloomberg reported that the festival would move to Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion from its initial location in upstate New York.

Now being pitched as a fundraiser for nonprofits that are dedicated to voter turnout and climate change, the festival is under consideration to be named "Woodstock 50 Washington." Current plans show that the event organizers are hoping to charge $129-$595 for one-day passes.

The history of Woodstock dates back to August 1969 where a three-day peace, music, and art fair took place in Bethel, New York. "Woodstock 1969 was a reaction by the youth of its time and the conditions we faced," its co-founder Michael Lang said.

Pulling out of the Woodstock mayhem gives Jay more time to prepare for his own summer fest curation Made In America. It will take place Aug. 31- Sept.1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Travis Scott and Cardi B are to headline with performances by Lizzo, Lil Uzi Vert, Bazzi, and Gucci Mane.

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Get Ready: A Three 6 Mafia Reunion Tour Is On The Way

Three 6 Mafia is on their way to a stage near you. According to an Instagram post from Juicy J, the popular hip-hop collective will be performing at a series of very special reunion shows.

Per the flyer, one of the shows will be held on Oct. 12 at the Landers Center in Mississippi. The show will also star DJ Paul, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX and all original Hypnotize Minds & HCP Members (Gangsta Boo, Crunchy Black, Project Pat, Lil Wyte and La. Chat).

“I know this is what the fans have been asking for, so we're ready to bring them the classics, along with our new music in the best possible way,” said DJ Paul in a statement. “To quote LL, don't call it a comeback, we have officially been here for years, and we've got a lot to show for it. Just wait to see what comes next.”

The Oscar-winning group went on a hiatus back in 2012. Many of the group’s members have released solo projects, and two of the group’s founding members have since passed on (Koopsta Knicca and Lord Infamous).

Tickets to the event will be on sale this Friday (Aug. 23). Take a look at the flyer below.

DATES 09-07 Atlanta, GA - One Musicfest 10-11 Newark, NJ - Loud Records 25th Anniversary (Prudential Center) 10-12 Southaven, MS - Landers Center

 

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THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION TOUR! Tickets on sale next Friday August 23rd @landerscenter

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Jeezy Unveils ’TM104: The Legend Of The Snowman’ Tracklist Feat. Meek Mill, John Legend And More

Young Jeezy plans to round out his discography with a star-studded tracklist for TM104: The Legend of the Snowman (Aug. 23). The Atlanta native revealed the features for his final studio album on Monday (Aug. 19), presenting guest spots from Queen Naija, Ty Dolla $ign, Meek Mill, Gunna, Rick Ross, John Legend, CeeLo Green, Noah Scharf, and Ball Greezy.

“Greatest story ever told!!” Jeezy captioned the announcement on Twitter. TM104 will be the final chapter in Jeezy’s Thug Motivation series, which began in 2005. In 2001, Jeezy began his journey with Thuggin’ Under the Influence (T.U.I.).

In an interview with Billboard, the 41-year-old said he revisited his past albums in order to inform his ideas for this upcoming project. “When I was writing 104, I wanted to go back to what I know but I want to sound new but at the same time, I don't want to feel like I'm trying to keep all the times because real music and a real message is timeless,” he said. “And that's why it was effective listening to those records because they got me to feel his hype as they did when I first heard them in the gym or on the road or whatever. It’s the same feeling when I said certain things so that's what I want for 104 and the only way that I can do that is by listening to all those bodies of work as a whole not good a song.”

In May 2018, Jeezy shared the news that he was finished making music. During his Cold Summer Tour, the “Seen It All” rapper said “It was inspiring seeing my day one fans since my first album & class TM 101 come out every night. Now class is coming to a end. It’s time for Graduation! My last album & final class: TM104 - #TrustYaProcess.”

As the Cold Summer tour comes to a end.. It was inspiring seeing my day one fans since my first album & class TM 101 come out every night. Now class is coming to a end. It's time for Graduation! My Last Album & Final Class: TM104 -#TrustYaProcess ☃️

— Sno (@Jeezy) March 22, 2018

Greatest story ever told‼️ #TheLegendofTheSnowman #TM104 8.23 Pre order now https://t.co/eYcXTWvJow pic.twitter.com/COhh8ZalC1

— Sno (@Jeezy) August 19, 2019

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Jay-Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' Available On Most Streaming Platforms

In 1996, Jay-Z released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt. Twenty-three years later, the Brooklyn native's widely-celebrated project finds a new home on several streaming services. Since 2015, Reasonable Doubt was solely available on TIDAL.

On Friday (Aug. 16), the billionaire's independent distribution company, Equity Distribution, announced the decision that allows the soundscape to be streamed on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, Slacker, SoundCloud, Tesla, iTunes, Google Play Music, Pandora, and YouTube Music Premium. Spotify and Apple Music aren't listed in the deal.

"Reasonable Doubt is one of the preeminent albums in history and we're thrilled to distribute this classic body of work to music lovers worldwide," Krystian Santini, president of Equity Distribution, said in a statement. "This is a landmark milestone for Equity Distribution and we look forward to continuing to expand our platform and collaborate with talented artists from different backgrounds." Equity Distribution also allows artists to share their projects while remaining the sole owner of their masters.

'Reasonable Doubt' is the debut studio album by #JAYZ @s_c_ released on June 25th 1996, by Roc-A-Fella Records. Today, 'Reasonable Doubt' is distributed by #EQDistro. What’s your favorite record from the album? Footage courtesy of @TIDAL https://t.co/maQg1GryJD pic.twitter.com/umWlsADEr7

— EQDistro (@EQDistro) August 16, 2019

Dubbed an album that Jay-Z said "literally saved my life," the 14-track body of music boasts singles like "Can't Knock the Hustle," "Ain't No Ni**a," "Dead Presidents II," and other melodies like "Can I Live," "Regrets," and "22 Two's." According to photographer Jonathan Mannion, who captured the album's cover, Reasonable Doubt was originally titled Heir to the Throne. In a 1997 interview that resurfaced around the album's 20th anniversary, Jay-Z explained how the title came to be.

“We named the album Reasonable Doubt because you know, with anything you do in life, people will judge you," he said. "Whether it be interviews or radio or whatever you do in life people will judge you. The album is like basically on trial. You either going to like it or you don’t.”

This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.

— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 25, 2016

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