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Electric Taco w/ DJ Vice

KYLE joins Vice on his latest Electric Taco Tuesday run to the most fire taco truck in Los Angeles, Leo's Tacos! The rapper dishes on how he went from handing out free mixtapes in High School to headlining festivals in front of thousands. Join them on their Electric Taco journey as they search for the best tacos in town! #VersaceHangGlide

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Dead at 41


Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has committed suicide at age 41. TMZ first reported that Bennington hanged himself at his Palos Verdes residence on Thursday, July 20, after which the L.A. County coroner confirmed to Associated Press that Bennington had died. Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted "shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He spoke openly about both, as well as about being molested by an older man when he was a child. Bennington was married and is survived by six children.

The band's most recent album, One More Light, topped the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

Linkin Park's massively popular 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, introduced the world to their immaculately produced hybrid of alt-rock, metal and rap. Its follow-up, 2003's Meteora, became the first of the band's six chart-topping albums. Over the course of seven studio albums and a collaborative EP with JAY-Z, Linkin Park established itself as one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of the 21st century.

Their biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, "In the End" from Hybrid Theory, peaked at No. 2 in 2002. "Numb" from Meteora hit No. 11 in 2004, "What I've Done" reached No. 7 in 2007, "New Divide" peaked at No. 6 in 2009 and "Shadow of the Day" earned a No. 15 spot in 2008.

In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, who released one album, Out of Ashes, in 2009. Bennington teamed up with Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland's departure for one EP, High Rise, in 2013.

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Deville on Club Killers Radio


Deville Episode 173 Tracklist

1. Cutty Ranks, Bro Safari, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer - Limb By Limb (Deville Moombah Bootleg)
2. Major Lazer ft J Balvin & Sean Paul - Buscando Huellas (Original Mix)
3. Daddy Yankee - Vaiven (Juan Alcaraz Moombah Edition)
4. The Boy Next Door & Art Inc. - La Colegiala (Original Mix)
5. Happy Colors & Danilo ft Trankilo - Con Ese Culazo (Original Mix)
6. Sak Noel, Los Tioz - Blekete (Original Mix)
7. Wuki - She Got Some (MOONBOY Bootleg)
8. DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat (Buza x Rever Deep Remix)
9. Crooklyn Clan ft Fatman Scoop vs MineSweepa - Be Faithful (Deville 2017 Moombah Bootleg)
10. Iggy Azalea - Bounce (Deadly Zoo Remix)
11. Skrillex & Habstrakt - Chicken Soup (Funtain Remix)
12. Party Favor & NJOMZA ft FKi 1st - Caskets (Original Mix)
13. Flume ft Kucka - Numb & Getting Colder (Baauer Remix)
14. dEVOLVE & Red Rat - Higher (Original Mix)
15. Vybz Kartel ft Wiz Kid - Wine To Di Top
16. DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller - Wu Tang Clan Gets Wild Thoughts (Deville Tone Play Intro)
17. DJ Tool - Where The Ladies At Acapella Loop
18. Afro Bros ft Ghetto Flow - 18 Plus (Spanish Version)
19. El Chevo - Tu Ta Loca (DJ Version)
20. Celso Pina vs Diplo & DJ Snake - Cumbia Sobre El Rio (Mike Carbonell Moombah Mix)
21. Los Del Rio - Macarena (Billy The Kit Bootleg)
22. French Montana ft Swae Lee - Unforgettable (DJ Nasa & DJ Mimic Redrum)
23. EMF - Unbelievable (Acapella)
24. Jason Derulo ft Ty Dolla Sign - Swalla (JETFIRE Remix)
25. TLC vs Ape Drums - No Scrubs (JD Live 2017 Mash Up)
26. Lorna - Papi Chulo (Original Mix)
27. Johnny 500 ft Protek, D'Concept & Julian Alaino - Me Like It
28. Tujamo ft Sorana - One On One (Original Mix)
29. Drake - Signs
30. Soulja Boy - Crank that (Dj Stoggi Remix)
31. Usher ft Ludacris & Lil Jon - Yeah (Sine Square Moombahton Remix)
32. Enur, JSTJR, Deville - Calabria (Deville 2017 Moombah Reboot)
33. J Balvin ft Willy William - Mi Gente
34. Wizkid ft Chris Brown - African Bad Gyal
35. Major Lazer ft Machel Montano & Konshens - Front Of The Line
36. Machel Montano - Fast Wine
37. Sean Paul ft Migos - Body (Deville Club Refix)
38. Rihanna, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Diplo - Pon De Replay (Deville 2017 Mashup Refresh)
39. Ed Sheeran ft Nyla & Kranium - Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)
40. Drake - One Dance (DJDX 104-128 Reggaeton To Mambo Transition)
41. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al (Flight Facilities Mix)

Play Or Die - DJ's turntable throws vinyls and destroy creeps!

A random little 8-bit adventure emerges from the shadows, attempting to take on the likes of Angry Birds and Bloons Tower Defense. Its one goal? To stop the digital invasion of the dancefloor! Thats right. The app store is hitting rock bottom!

All joking aside, Play Or Die has a fairly unique game concept that pits you (the DJ) against evil USB drives that are flung at you as you defend yourself with the power of vinyl! This game will definitely appeal to those who take the analog side in the digital vs. analog debate that has been raging for a while now. So if you ever find yourself thinking, I wish I could just throw vinyl at USBs while not breaking the vinyl, than this game is for you. Be sure to check out the trailer below and download the game from whatever app store you may use!

iOS Apple download here: Click

Play on Android here: Click

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Denon DJ X1800 Prime Club Mixer

The X1800 is perfectly suited to integrate with Denon DJs new SC5000 Prime media via the Engine Connect protocol. This shares the beatgrid and time information with the mixer, from the player, to align the FX LFOs. Denon DJs expressive Flex- Fader, Crossfader adds diverse physical performance flexibility, whilst the all-new frequency controlled Band-Isolation brings even more sonic manipulation possibilities to creative DJs.

The X1800 incorporates a comprehensive array of performance and convenience features that set it well apart from ordinary mixers. Its dedicated Sweep and BPM FX controls, deliver dub, echo, noise builds and reverb effects for each channel, giving DJs even more performance options to craft a unique sound. There is also Send and Receive FX routing. Add to this, the ability for DJs to express themselves using more powerful, menu based EQ tools, with switchable Classic or Isolation modes available plus a powerful Lo/Hi Pass Global Resonance control. Viewed via the crisp, OLED screen, the main BPM FX unit has 12 high-quality effects and also includes a quick-to-set Effects Quantization Touch Strip, empowering DJs to apply elegant rhythm-based adjustments to shape their sound to its maximum potential.

In addition, the X1800 has dual USB audio connections to facilitate 3rd Party DJ software and perfect DJ changeovers in the booth. MIDI-based effects and instruments can also be connected to the X1800, locking in tempo-based FX plus other rhythm or synth based instrumentation. For unsurpassed system expansion potential, theres a 4-port LAN hub to connect up to four SC5000 players. Its dedicated digital inputs and output (for mixing in pure 24-bit/96kHz when connected to the SC5000) ensure the very highest audio qualitya must for demanding professionals.

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Dillon Francis ft G-Eazy New Video 'Say Less'

Both Dillon Francis and G-Eazy are featured in the music video a long with a special cameo by Luke Hemsworth. The track itself is a hit with over 13 million stream plays and official remixes already released by Gorgon City & Eptic. Dillon Fracis said "I'm really excited to share this with the world and having G-Eazy and Luke involved enhanced everything". G-Eazy mentioned "I've known Dillon forever and it's always fun working with him. With this video, we wanted to do something out of the ordinary with a cinematic feel to it. I think the twist at the end really takes it to another level".

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X-Ecutioners vs Russian Scratch Crew | 3 on 3 DJ Battle

Legendary X-Ecutioners battling with young generation scratchers from Russia, see for yourself.

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Mr. Shaw On Club Killers Radio



Rick Ross Introduction
Mr.Shaw Mashup
Rick Ross - Trap Trap Trap (Pullovr Remix)
Young Drop - We in Da City
Kendrick Lamar - Humble (Paul-Ahi Bootleg)
Drake vs. Brick Squad (Kid@Heart Mashup)
Drake - Jumpman (Kid@Heart Edit)
Kanye West - Facts
Fuck Up Some Commas vs. Soundclash (Dj Nasa Break)
Chris Brown ft Usher - Party
Soulja Boy - Kiss Me Thru The Phone
Zara Larsson vs. Kill The Noise - Never Forget you (JD Live Trap Flip)
Fake Love (Beatbreaker Intro)
Look at me now (Kid@Heart Wordplay Edit)
Dj Khaled - All I do is Win (Mr.Shaw Clubkillers Break)
Rick Ross - Purple Lamborghini
Future - Mask Off (Kid@Heart Intro Edit) vs. Nova Tom Ford Edit vs. Eptic
Jay Z - You dont know (Beatbreaker Edit)
Kanye West - Power vs. NYMZ (Kid@Heart Mash)
Dj Khaled - Im the One (Kid@Heart Intro Edit)
Brillz, Jackal & Kstylis - Twerk Star (Kid@Heart Intro Edit)
Bitch better Blow my Whistle (Deville Wordplay MegaMix)
Bitch better have my money (Kid@Heart Mashup) All About the Benjis
All About the Benjis vs. Where Da Party At (Spindiana Twerk Bootleg (Kid@Heart Mashup)
Lil Dicky ft Fetty Was & RHQ - Save Da Money (Kid@Heart Toneplay Edit)
Marian Hill - Down
All the way up (Miles Medina Bootleg
Bubba Sparks - Mr. New Booty
J-Kwon x Jackal - Tipsy Animal (Joey Illness Bootleg)
Single Ladies Dance vs. Bounce Like This (Kid@Heart Edit)
Chainsmokers - Roses (Kid@Heart Mashup)
Nicky Jam - Hasta El Amanecer
Carlos Santana - Maria Maria
Dj Khaled - Wild Thoughts
Luis Fonsi - Despacito
Deorreo ft Elvis - Bailar vs. Bassjackers (JD Live Bootleg)
Curbi - 51
Zara Larsson - I Would Like vs. DBN (Kid@Heart Mashup)
Amine -Caroline (JD Live Bootleg)
Devotion vs Jauz - Tribe (Kid@Heart Mashup)
Boom Boom Boom (JD Live Bootleg)
Pitbut Dont Stop The Party - DJ EDIT HYPE
Bad and Boujie (Dirty Lou Bring it Back Bootleg)
F.D.B - MAKJ When I Say Bootleg
Kid@Heart BPM Intro Mashup
Chance the Rapper - No Problem
Drake - Portland
Migos - Key to the Streets
Dj Khaled - I got the Keys
Kendrick Lamar - DNA (NOVA Acapella Intro)
Drake - Free Smoke
Bruno Mars - Thats What I like
David Guetta Ft. Justin Bieber - 2U
Chris Brown ft Usher - New Flame

HBOs Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Documentary The Defiant Ones

If you sent only the music of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre into outer space, alien cultures would still have a pretty good picture of the American industry over the last four decades. Premiering this past Sunday on HBO, and then airing over the next three nights, The Defiant Ones covers the arc of both men, devoting the first two episodes (of four) to their careers before they met and the second two to how music changed when they united their formidable talents.

The documentary, directed and co-written by Allen Hughes, has elements of fan servicenegative aspects of either gentlemans personal or professional lives often feel rushedbut it makes the case that this pair deserves carving on the Mt. Rushmore of the music industry. And while the documentary falls into the trap of a talking-head structure, these are some damn impressive heads. Basically, everyone that Iovine and Dre have worked with over the years appears to discuss their legacy and importance to the industry. Pay attention, Earthlings.

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JAY-Z Announces 4:44 Tour Dates


After watching his 13th album 4:44 go platinum, JAY-Z will bring his newly-crowned opus on the road as part of his 4:44 Tour.

Slated to launch Oct. 27 in Anaheim, CA., JAY-Z will embark on a 31-city trek nationwide. Hov's journey will find him in major cities including Atlanta, Toronto, Las Vegas, Dallas, and of course, his hometown, Brooklyn. Then, he'll wrap things up right before the holidays with a Dec. 21 gig at The Forum in Los Angeles.

Check out the tour dates below.

JAY-Z's 4:44 Tour Dates

10/27 -- Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center

10/28 -- Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

11/1 -- Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center at Fresno State

11/3 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

11/5 -- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena

11/7 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

11/8 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

11/9 -- New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

11/11 -- Orlando, FL @ Amway Center

11/12 -- Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena

11/14 -- Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

11/15 -- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

11/16 -- Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center

11/18 -- Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

11/19 -- Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

11/21 -- Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

11/22 -- Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

11/25 -- Boston, MA @ TD Garden

11/26 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

11/29 -- Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

12/2 -- Uniondale, NY @ NYCB LIVEs Nassau Coliseum

12/5 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center

12/6 -- Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

12/9 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

12/11 -- Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

12/13 -- Seattle, WA @ KeyArena

12/14 -- Portland, OR @ Moda Center

12/16 -- Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

12/17 -- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

12/19 -- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

12/21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

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Exposing Deadmau5's Studio

The owner of the 4.2 million subscriber YouTube channel named Linus visited deadmau5 and spent the entire day nerding out. The video below showcases a variety of deadmau5's equipment and his work-space. They go through synthesizers, speakers, and even play around with the iconic LED mau5head!

Fans also learn how much of what goes into a deadmau5 show is done in house such as the 3D rendering for his shows etc. Take a look at the in-depth 10 minute video below and try to follow along!

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Pioneer DJ INTERFACE 2 Official Introduction

Pioneer DJ has just released Interface 2, a two channel audio soundcard that lets DJs use Pioneers rekordbox DVS to control their digital music on a computer using any DJ set up.

The Interface 2 is not locked down to Pioneer DJs products, as it can be used with any DJ DVS set up as well as a standalone sound card.

Licence keys for rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs, as well as two timecoded vinyl records worth a combined $230 will ship with Interface 2. The package will be available from early July for $260.

Some of the main features include LED lights to indicate signal flow and warn DJs about signal problems.

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'What Would Diplo Do?' Trailer

Do you ever find yourself in an unusual situation and think to yourself, "What would Diplo do?" You'll find out the answer Aug. 3 as Viceland premieres its first ever scripted series, What Would Diplo Do?, starring Dawson's Creek alum James Van Der Beek in the main role.

The trailer's tongue-in-cheek humor should come at no surprise, given Diplo's comedic sense. The preview even includes a cameo from Diplo's real-life friend and fellow DJ Dillon Francis.

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Jay Z Shares Powerful Music Video For Single "The Story of O.J."


Jay Z has shared a song you can actually listen to! He dropped his highly anticipated new album 4:44 last week but has remained exclusive to Tidal subscribers, and new Tidal subscribers must also have Sprint as well to listen.

Now hes shared the animated music video for The Story Of OJ via Youtube after only being available on Tidal previously. Unless you downloaded the album illegally or grabbed a free download during the two hour window it was available on Sunday you likely havent heard the album. The track is politically-charged as a commentary on racism in America with impressive production by No I.D.. Enjoy the animated video below and enjoy!

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DJ Exile on Club Killers Radio


    DJ Exile Full Tracklist

Dj Exile Jedi Intro
Future- Mask Off (Dj Scene Bootleg)
Teriyaki Boyz- Tokyo Drift (Rarri x Exile x Nasa Bootleg)
Kanye West vs. Ookay- Bound 2 a Thief (Nova Bootleg)
Jack U ft. Aluna George- To U
Skrillex & Diplo ft. Kai
Kanye West vs Dj Khaled ft. Beyonce & Jay Z- Touch The Sky vs Shining (Deville Wordplay)
Major Lazer ft PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj- Run up
Nina Sky vs J Balvin- Oye Mi Ginza (Exile Segway)
Ed Sheeran- Shape Of You (Zion y Lennox Remix)
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul- Rockabye (CK Redrum)
Aluna George- I Am In Control (Tall Boys Edit)
Drake- Blem
Shaggy- It Wasnt Me
Kamaiyah- How does It Feel
Tate Kobang- Bank Rolls (Remix)
Dj Mustard ft. Quavo, YG & Jay-Z
Problem ft. 2 Chainz- My Squad (Remix)
Nef The Pharaoh- Big Tymin
Nicki Minaj ft. Drake & Lil Wayne- Truffle Butter
Rae Sremmurd ft. Lil Jon- Set the Roof
Lloyd Banks- On Fire
Styles P - Good Times I Get High
Kanye West - Dark Fantasy x Knife Party - Boss Mode (RARRI & Exile VIP)
Boss Mode vs Hot Nigga (Vantage Mashup)
Young M.A. - OOOUUU (DJ Fade Hot Nigga Edit)
E-40 - Function (High Profile Party Break)
Major Lazer - Light It Up feat Nyla & Fuse ODG (Remix)
Major Lazer - Light It Up feat Nyla & Fuse ODG (Joe Maz Remix)
Jack U - Jungle Bae *Get Your Damn Hands Up* (Exile Transition)
TJR - Bounce Generation
Bell Biv Devoe x Dimitri Vegas, Martin Garrix, Like Mike (DJ Smerk Bootleg)
Mia Martina Ft Waka Flocka - Beast (Victor Niglio Remix)
Tujamo - The Imperial Booty March (Phase Bootleg)
Diplo - 6th Gear (GTA Remix)
MadeinTYO - Skateboard P
NGHTMRE & Slander - Gud Vibrations
Drake & DJ Khaled - For Free
Dj Khaled feat Lil Wayne Paul Wall Fat Joe Rick Ross & Pitbull - Holla at Me Baby
Asap Rocky - Fuckin Problem feat. Drake, 2Chainz, Kendrick Lamar
Pharrell & Jay-z - Frontin

Tyler, The Creator & A$AP Rocky Drop Who Dat Boy Insane Music Video

After not releasing music for a while and teasing a new release, Tyler, The Creator has returned with an incredible new track "Who Dat Boy" featuring A$AP Rocky! It comes along with a wild music video that was self-directed by Tyler.

Rocky and Tyler show off an incredible chemistry together that we've heard from them before on "Telephone Calls" and a joint freestyle following a co-headline tour where the two seemed to become best friends. "Who Dat Boy" is just the sound we want to hear from Tyler who perfectly nails the abrasive production on this banger of a track. The video is incredibly entertaining as well as Rocky sews a new face onto Tyler after a bomb exploded maiming his face. In typical Tyler fashion, the end of the video switches up to a new song that's much more laid-back track that we can't wait to hear. Enjoy!

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Vegas Gears Up for Nevadas July 1 Cannabis Launch


With the July 1 launch of Nevadas adult-use cannabis market less than a week away, state regulators in Nevada are rushing to make sure all regulations are in place before doors open at dispensariessome as early as the stroke of midnight.
Officials in Clark County and Las Vegas have approved a combined 37 dual-use permits for medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling adult-use cannabis. And yes, theres one on the Strip.

Saturdays festivities were up in the air as recently as last week, after a Carson City judge ruled in favor of alcohol wholesalers who sued, arguing that the ballot measure approved by voters in November gives them exclusive rights to cannabis distribution licenses in the state for 18 months.

Yes, There Will Be a Dispensary on The Strip

Party animals in Las Vegas this weekend will be pleased to learn that cannabis can be purchased at a few dispensaries that are either on the Las Vegas Strip or just a stones throw away.
Essence Vegas, which has two locations in the city, will be open to customers at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. Adults can visit either the Essence-Strip or Essence West location.
Reef, another shop near the Strip, will also launch adult-use sales immediately after midnight. The store has announced that State Sen. Tick Segerblom, who has championed legal cannabis in the Silver State, is scheduled to make the first purchase of the night.
Las Vegas ReLeaf will also be open on July 1. The store is located less than a block away from the Strip.

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What's Reasonable to Expect from a New JAY-Z Album in 2017?


JAY-Z is about to release 4:44, his first album in four years and his fifth since his 2003 retirement, which almost certainly drew a line in the sand for longtime fans who've been mostly unhappy with his post-hiatus output since. (The gap between 2013s Magna Carta... Holy Grail and 2017s 4:44 is actually longer than his retirement.) The critical exceptions have been 2007s pretty-good American Gangster -- a late-period critical triumph that is now ten years old -- and 2011s excellent Kanye West collab Watch the Throne, which addressed black America in socioeconomic and political terms like very little else in Jay's catalog before it.

As for the perceived failures, 2009s vastly underrated pop-crossover smash The Blueprint 3 and yes, the mildly undervalued Magna Carta... Holy Grail werent as thematically focused, and they were suitably punished for it. But those albums (along with 2006's agreed-upon letdown Kingdom Come) beg the question of what exactly we even want from an upcoming Jay album and what we could even possibly get.

For the most successful rapper in the world (and recently the first one to ever enter the Songwriters Hall of Fame), its kind of absurd how little people currently expect of him. But pretty simply, at 47 hes been popular and acclaimed for longer than any other rapper, and no one really knows what to do with that. Icons like Rev Run, Chuck D, and LL Cool J have more or less ceded the spotlight via some kind of unspoken agreement; whens the last time a rapper actually plotted a comeback or had the savvy to pull it off?

Thats why it feels like so much is riding on 4:44 -- and one reason its important to assess how the people dismissing most of his post-2003 output have actually been pretty spoiled. Starting with Kingdom Come, an admittedly awkward first game back that Jay himself ranked last, at least the always-hot Just Blaze brought his A-game with the thunderous, Whipping Post-sampling Oh My God and Super Freak-deconstructing title track up top. American Gangster is spottier than its reputation -- which was probably inflated due to necessity after Kingdom Come, and because of its more satisfying Wait, wait, I remember more crime tales from my youth! conceit, after Kingdom Come failed to posit 30-something life in a beach chair beside Chris Martin as attractive to his older fans. But Roc Boys (And the Winner Is) and the Nas olive branch Success were a boisterous relief, and gratifying reminder of old times.

It was The Blueprint 3 that truly made him a shoe-in for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, though, and so little of its artistic and commercial success depended on the rapping that the Reasonable Doubt diehards finally threw up their hands. It was a pop album, through and through -- and a great one, helping introduce Drake to the masses with a futuristic Timbaland beat on Off That that would seem ill-fitting now, but remains addictive as ever. Empire State of Mind you may still be sick of, but the less-overplayed On to the Next One made a lean banger out of a Justice childrens choir sample, and Reminder was his most credible dancehall ripoff since Lucifer. The album wasnt lyrically notable for the most part, but it wasnt lyrically weak either, the words were just supporting something larger than rapping, the most surefire pop hooks he ever put himself behind.

Watch the Throne teamed Jigga up with Kanye West to examine the duo's increasingly peerless level of riches. They did this philosophically, via Frank Oceans hubris-cautioning chorus on No Church in the Wild, hedonistically on Niggas in Paris, which he and West took great pleasure in performing more than ten times in a row on some nights of the accompanying tour, and moralistically on Made in America, including a verse in which Jay confessed to a moment his grandma caught him cooking crack. It was one of his best lyrical turns in years.

Magna Carta Holy Grail was something else, though, and artistically, it never quite found its footing in slogans like I dont pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford, or in the overblown, five-minute-plus Justin Timberlake opener Holy Grail. But its heart is what matters, particularly to the discussion of what would come next. Holy Grail was the first time since 2006s 30 Something and Beach Chair where Jay made an attempt to really act his age, writing autobiographically about something other than his hustle.

Namely, family: the bass-powered Picasso Baby was an underrated look at what JAY-Z, the man, the band, can offer his first-born Blue Ivy, with his and his equally-or-even-more-powerful wife Beyoncs accrued celebrity and wealth. He instructs her to lean on an expensive Basquiat painting because she owns it. It may be secretly one of the most powerful moments in rap history, because for all the millions of materialist hip-hop mixtapes boasting of how much money and power an artist has attained, this man purged his sins (publicly, at least), wrote a memoir and befriended President Barack Obama -- all in the service of passing this self-earned privilege onto his daughter, whom just last week acquired twin siblings.

JAY-Z's fatherhood hovered over Grail in a way that completely alters the way it can be heard. Whereas Kingdom Come fell flat on its face with a My Chemical Romance pun, theres a dad-joke charm when he cant resist riffing off Oceans Eleven in a song called Oceans featuring Frank Ocean, twice. And theres now a elder-critic feel in Somewhereinamerica, when the line Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still twerking cuts harder now that Cyrus is no longer borrowing from black culture than it did the year #Bangerz came out. (Dont worry, Jay half-singing Losing My Religion in Heaven still makes no sense.) But thus far, Chance the Rapper is the only other major player whos put so much of his life as a new father into commercially impactful rap.

There's another factor riding against 4:44 in the public eye: Beyoncs 2016 critical and commercial landmark Lemonade was completely tied to a largely uncontested narrative in which Jay cheated on his wife, who may be the most fervently beloved artist of this generation. Early reports teased the idea that Jay might release an album telling his side of the story, but even a Tidal owner knew that would be career suicide.

Then again, the short film or visual album reportedly attached to 4:44 via a Tidal exclusive boasts the Oscar-winning likes of Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyongo, and Danny Glover, and could do for his artistic career what Beyonc and Lemonade did for his bride's -- we forget today, but 2011s preceding 4 album was considered somewhat of a commercial disappointment. And with Jays newfound political clout, the man behind the Katrina-damaged Minority Report and the sly missive Reagan turned me into a monster from Blue Magic could be gearing up for his grandest political statement yet.

The legendary MC-whisperer No I.D. is rumored to be producing 4:44 in its entirety, which is fitting considering hes been a fly on the wall through generation after generation of hip-hop. He helmed Commons breakthrough single I Used to Love H.E.R. in 1994, and went on to mentor Kanye West, specifically through the period from 808s and Heartbreak to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, where Wests sound ended up radically changing the rap landscape altogether. He was last seen turning Vince Staples into an underground superstar on Summertime 06. No I.D.s innumerable proximity to various big and small landmarks of the genre spans such a long time that it would be only fitting for him to go mano y mano with raps longest-running champ.

Finally, that title definitely signals a deep interest in significance, as JAY-Zs birthday is December 4, Beyonces is September 4, their anniversary is April 4 (4/4). And if youre feeling particularly illuminati, you could style the name of their firstborn daughter Blue Ivy as Blue IV. Barack Obama, his good friend, was the 44th president of the United States, whom he recently called the greatest rapper of all time on Twitter (and swore he wasnt drunk). Sure, it could amount to something overblown and disconnected -- but he and Beyonc, especially energized by new parenthood, appear to be following the pulse of America as well as any extremely wealthy person right now. And when has underestimating JAY-Z ever done anyone any good?

Posted by David Miller (via Billboard)

Video: DJ Serafin "Juicy Dream"

Serafin just released his music video for Juicy Dream featuring Big Omeezy & The Notorious B.I.G.! The song serves as a tribute to the late east coast rap legend, and a callback to the hip-hop classics of yesteryear. Listen to all of Serafins music here, and check out the official music video.

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Calvin Harris - Feels (Official Video) ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean

A visual for Feels, the latest of Calvin Harris genre-bending, made-for-summer bangers, has just been unleashed. Peep the video for the Big Sean, Katy Perry and Pharrell-assisted track below.
The Emil Nava-directed Feels video looks exactly how the song sounds, if that makes sense. The visuals are colorful and sparkling like the combo of Big Seans confident, but relaxed flow, Pharrells sweet falsetto, Perrys pop-friendly vocals and the tracks vibrant, electric guitar-fueled instrumental. In the vid, all four of the artists lounge around on a glossy beach paradise in a clip that looks like a sunscreen commercial on steroids.

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