Paul Nice vs Jay-Z "The Black Album Remix", Paul Nice vs DJ Muro "JFK to Narita"

Get down with DJ/Producer/Beat Digger Paul Nice in a double dose of Hip Hop on his remix of "The Black Album" and a vs. breaks mix with DJ Muro. Beats, legendary rhymes and breaks from the union of 3 Hip Hop heavyweights.

Jay-Z & Jaz O The Originators Visit Boogie & The Barber Radio In '96

In WKCR tradition, Stretch and Bobbito keep their guests in stitches as comedy and Hip Hop skills unite on live radio. The Boogie & The Barber Show presents Jay Z & Jaz O on a 2/25/96 which includes an interview and freestyle session during the release of Jay's "Aint No" single.

Thanks to Recognize The Real for the audio upload. The interview begins around the 1:07:00 mark.

Re:Encore: The Re:freshed Orchestra Pays Tribute To Jay-Z

Turn the music high, high, high-er as Re:freshed Orchestra add an exciting dose of energy to the music of Jay Z, re-interpreting some of his most classic songs on this tribute album from 2012. This talented band from Europe choose some of Hov's most powerful beats to pump your adrenaline through  live instrumental arrangements.

Jay Z collage cover for Rolling Stone designed by Andy Gellenberg

Tribute to the Strange Arrange: 2ndNature Perform A Medley Of R&B/Hip Hop & Pop Hits

2ndNature band perform a 3 song medley to boost your adrenaline using the music of Jay-Z/Kanye West, Chris Brown & Jordin Sparks, Katy Perry as the foundation for a high-energy jam. 1st song arranged by Dwayne Deo Bradford, 2nd song by Anthony Gaines, 3rd song by James Anderson. Players seen in vid from left to right are James Anderson(moog/midi controller), Rob "Lil Rob" Gueringer(guitar), Dwayne "Deo" Bradford(drums), Adam Brown(bass/key bass), Benjamin Moore(keys). Mixing was done by Jamel Kimbrough(keyeupmusic), video shot & edited by Frederick Reed.

Jay-Z - "99 Problems" (Explorations In Boom Bap Remix by King Klave - Amaury Acosta

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Check out the soulful unplugged vibe which King Klave and Amaury Acosta lend to Jay-Z's "99 Problems". With this uplifting sound, your problems are soon to be forgotten as you step into a new atmosphere which brings a joyful tone to Jay's problematic visions of street life and fame.

Chris Dingman Quartet Bring Good Vibes To Jay-Z & Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind"

As part of a 6-song performance live from New York's Central Park, The Chris Dingman Quartet lay down an exciting and soulful psychedelic vibra-Jazz version Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind".

Chris Dingman (vibraphone)
Jesse Lewis (guitar)
Ike Sturm (bass)
Jared Schonig (drums)

Skyzoo & Antman Wonder Pay An Ode To Reasonable Doubt On "Meeting The Presidents"

Antman Wonder lends his talent for Hip Hop-inspired score-music to the poetry of Skyzoo for a moving and inspiring tribute to a Hip Hop classic. Journey on a paper chase with this powerful duo on the first single from their forthcoming project "An Ode To Reasonable Doubt".

9th Wonder Treats Official Drum Kit + Interview On Making "Threat" For Jay-Z

In 2013, 9th Wonder celebrates two milestones in his career with a look back at one of his biggest breaks in producing Jay-Z's "Threat" and the release of his official drum kit now available via digi-download at The Drum Broker.

9th's memories of producing on "The Black Album" are touching in a way most people can relate to when thinking about the time of being put on the spot for your ability and expected to deliver. In recalling the leadership he received from Jay, the North Carolina producer summarizes this moment as his chance to become part of history which went from a short 20 minutes of making a beat to becoming reality.

Set for release on December 1, 2013, 9th Wonder Treats is a collaboration with the online sample marketplace The Drum Broker to release custom drum sounds from 9th's library.  With numerous celebrity producers already part of The Drum Broker roster, this drum kit proves to be another great addition to the modern community of producers. 9th Wonder represents a new generation of signature drum sound which is sought-after and studied by many.

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Jay-Z - "Change Clothes" (Talkbox Jazz-Funk Cover by Kevin Hayden Trio)

Get your groove on to the soulful and electrified Jazz fusion sound of Kevin Hayden Trio as they add their own bounce to Jay-Z's "Change Clothes". Their show-off style lends itself well to interpret The Neptunes' party sound in combining a pleasant vibe of music with increased energy of live instrumentation and heavy talk-box Funk to make this song thump in a new way.

This cover is the tip of the iceberg in ear candy of Jazz fusion which Kevin Hayden Trio have to offer. Enter more expansive sound and depth of emotion in music by this emerging group of musicians below in a playlist of their Jazz fusion compositions.

Jay-Z statue art by marco romero

Jay-Z - "Jigga That Nigga" (8611 Remix)

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Polish producer 8611 brings a thumping beat laced with eerie synths and deep bass for a more serious tone in comparison to the energetic Trackmasters groove of Jay-Z's definitive Blueprint track "Jigga That Nigga". A cool mix of West Coast-style sound arrangement with the rhythm and knock of East Coast drums for a sound which departs from the Soul sound of "Blueprint and leans more toward Eminem;s "Renegade" vibe.

Jay-Z - "Feelin' It" (DJ 2o1 Remix)

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What Ski's joyful Jazz-influenced vibe of sound did for the original version of Jay-Z "Feelin' It" DJ 201 does the opposite in providing a cold and moody soundscape with a bit more energy on the drums to make you envision the stress and strife of Brooklyn's streets.

This thumping remix is from DJ 201's mixtape "Jay-Z Reloaded" a project which features remixes of songs from various points in Jay's impressive career, now streaming on Datpiff and at his Soundcloud.

Jay-Z feat. Mary J Blige - "Can't Knock The Hustle" (Chuck Mack Remix)

One of Jay-Z's contributions to Hip Hop which goes overlooked in comparison to his many others is his use of 80's R&B grooves. From Meli'sa Morgan to Alexander O'Neal and Rene & Angela, Jay flows over some of the funkiest of songs known to the genre while adding classics as the flavor to numerous song choruses. This remix of "Can't Knock The Hustle" by chuckmacksts touches upon Hov's signature sound of 80's R&B/Hip Hop fusion and matches perfectly for a dope sound.

Jay-Z - "Bring It On" (Jazz Fusion Interpolation by AntMan Wonder)

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The sound of DJ Premier and Jay's classic debut like you never heard it before. AntMan Wonder brings powerful musicality towards his Jazz fusion interpolation of "Bring It On" while keeping the boom-bap essence and authentic reflection of the original. From AntMan Wonder's free EP "The Present" which is a prelude to his full-length LP "Memories Of The Fewture".

Photography by Steven Stickler

Jay-Z - "Mama I Made It" (Jazz Cover by @Winslowdynasty)

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A tribute to Life's greatest successes! Anyone who works hard deserve's to say "Mama I Made it"! Jazz Trumpeter, rapper and producer Dontae Winslow joins his Queen MaShica Winslow aka Winslowdynasty for a cover Jay-Z "I Made It". This moving musical tribute to moms everywhere features Warryn Campbell-Organ & Piano, Tim Green-Sax, Daniel Seef-Bass, MaShica Winslow-Vocals, Dontae Winslow-Rap/Trumpet. Originally produced by DJ Khalil for Jay's "Kingdom Come" album, this cover of "I Made It" adds onto the soulful vision of production with a powerful new touch of Jazz which flows beautifully from beginning to end in singing, rhyming and horns.

There nothing like the sound of talented musicians pouring their deepest feelings and appreciation of life into a song, especially when it's about a loved one.

Video: Jay-Z - "A Day In The Life Of" During The Making Of The Blueprint 2

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Enjoy a VHS rip of the 60 Min episode which showed fans a day in the life of Jay-Z, Def Jam and Rocafella during the making of "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse". The news network takes an in-depth look into the entrepreneurial success of Hov and Dame while taking moments to study the music process, going from the offices of major labels all the way back to the depths of the hood into Jay's neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Roca-Fella Crew 1997 Freestyle on DJ Clue's Monday Night Mixtape

The Roc show superior mic skills in '97 over a series of the hottest beats at the time for DJ Clue's former radio show on Hot 97. Sauce Money who was an emerging talent at the time pretty much steals the show on this rhyme session with Jay and a few of his associates showing off lyrically as well. This is a performance that has gotten more enjoyable to listen to over time as we have moved from one-of-a-kind FM radio moments like this to a new era of artists who show their skills via the internet. This rhyme session shows The Roc's ability to balance their flashy, confident persona with raw Hip Hop talent, an approach many either aspired towards or tried to imitate at the time.

Jersey MC Vibes Reinvisions A Classic With "Dead Presidents"

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It's apparent on this 2011 rein visioning of "Dead Presidents" that Vibes has great ambition for achieving more in life which gives weight and depth to his skillful approach on the mic. Listen as he scribes his own visions of dreams toward financial success which rival the skill and imagination of Jay-Z's classic. I think Vibes' approach to covering "Dead Presidents" is an example that dreaming big can result in impressive results as long as you follow through with your goal.

Look out for Vibes’ "Bay Parkway" street album which is to follow as a DJ project.

"Nana Otis": Jay-Z & Kanye's Hit Gets A Drum Treatment from Soul Nana

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African producer Soul Nana blesses the MPD pads with crisp drums and a thumping rhythm to add a new dose of energy to Jay-Z & Kanye's "Otis". What do you think? I feel the song sounds good either way, for me it depends on the mood I want to gain from hearing "Otis" with or without drums.

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The Making Of Jay-Z & Kanye’s “Watch The Throne” Photo Documentary

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For artists of Jay & Kanye's popularity I know some people must wonder how their creative music-making process and setup has changed over the years. Here is a look at their studio environment.

1. No Church in The Wild (Feat. Frank Ocean)
2. Lift Off (Feat. Beyoncé)
3. Niggas in Paris
4. Otis (Feat. Otis Redding)
5. Gotta Have It
6. New Day
7. Prime Time
8. Who Gon Stop Me
9. Murder to Excellence
10. Welcome to The Jungle
11. Sweet Baby Jesus (Feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Why I Love You (Feat. Mr Hudson)

13. Illest Motherfucker Alive
14. H*A*M
15. That’s My Bitch
16. The Joy (Feat. Curtis Mayfield)

Video: Saigon Speaks On Jay-Z, Just Blaze, Entourage And Leaving Atlantic

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The Yardfather gives some updates on where he's at since working hard to finish and finally release his long-awaited album "Greatest Story Never Told", leaving Atlantic Records and his continuous efforts in helping others through non-profit activism. I never realize Jay-Z had the power to steal beats from an artist while their working on them! Watch the interview to learn more about Saigon's predicament in recording around Jigga man.

Interview courtesy of The Urban Daily

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