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Aug
12
Rap-Up TV: DJ Mustard Talks ‘10 Summers,’ Rihanna Ballad, & Jay Z

On Monday, DJ Mustard dropped his star-studded debut 10 Summers for free via Google Play. Prior to its release, the 24-year-old beatmaker teamed up with Brisk Bodega to preview the album for tastemakers at a listening event in L.A.

The project, which he describes as a “good classic West Coast album,” features appearances from Big Sean, Lil Wayne, YG, Lil Boosie, 2 Chainz, and more.

As the producer behind some of the West Coast’s biggest hits including Tyga’s “Rack City,” YG’s “My Hitta,” and Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” Mustard has been compared to the legendary Dr. Dre.

“That’s a big comparison,” he told Rap-Up TV. “I’m just happy that they’re comparing me to somebody that’s a billionaire. I can’t really complain.”

Now Mustard is expanding his résumé by producing for superstars including Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna.

“I got a song on her album already, but I’m tryna get some more,” he said. “It’s a ballad. It’s not like anything you’ve ever heard from me before. Some new shit. New sound. Might have me here for the next 30 [summers].”

Signed to Roc Nation, the in-demand hitmaker has also sent four beats to his boss Jay Z, and is confident a collaboration will happen. “We got a relationship, so I’m sure that’s coming regardless,” he said.

So where does he see himself a year from now? “Probably like $15 million up. I’m almost there. I think a year from now I should have $15 million. I’ll be cool.”

Jul
31
Win Tickets to See Beyoncé and Jay Z’s ‘On the Run Tour’ in L.A.!

Jay Z and Beyoncé

Beyoncé and Jay Z are making their way across the country on their epic “On the Run Tour.” After shutting down stadiums in Miami, Brooklyn, and Chicago, the superstar couple will hit the West Coast with two back-to-back shows at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. this weekend.

Rap-Up is giving two lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to the biggest tour of the year, which wraps its U.S. leg on August 6 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

If you haven’t purchased tickets, some are still available at Ticketmaster or you can enter to win below.

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Jul
23
Bridget Kelly Reflects on Touring with Jay Z in ‘The Road to Independence’ [Episode 1]

Jay Z and Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly keeps it real in the first episode of her “Road to Independence” docu-series, premiering on Rap-Up.com. After teasing with a trailer earlier this month, the former Roc Nation songstress reflects on the past as she gears up for the release of her debut All or Nothing.

Bridget, who is now independent, toured with Jay Z on his “Blueprint 3″ tour in 2009-2010.

“Being on the road with Jay was one of the most exciting points of my life, my entire life,” she said. “When those kinds of things happen prematurely before you really have a chance to know just how monumental they are, sometimes you lose yourself in it.”

But she was able to get through trying times with help from her team and mother. “Just to have them by my side is really what kept me afloat.”

She got emotional while describing the experience. “I really had no idea what to expect from the next couple years or even the next phase,” she said. “I didn’t know what life was going to hand to me. I look back at how much of myself I gave to that process and how little in the grand scheme of things it seemed to give back to me.”

Watch Bridget bare her soul and stay tuned for Episode 2 to see her take on her next challenge, the Nike Marathon.

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Jul
17
Jay Z Tears Up While Writing ‘Seen It All’ Verse

Jeezy and Jay Z

First Jay Z made the “Song Cry,” and now he’s the one with tears in his eyes. The Roc Nation mogul got emotional while penning his nostalgic verse on Jeezy’s “Seen It All.”

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Jul
13
HBO Presents Beyoncé and Jay Z’s ‘On the Run Tour’ [Trailer]

Jay Z and Beyoncé

Earlier this week, it was announced that Beyoncé and Jay Z will bring their “On the Run Tour” to HBO in September. Now the network has released a 25-second trailer teasing the concert event, which will be taped at Stade de France in Paris on September 12 and 13, the only international dates on their tour.

“This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

The couple just wrapped two back-to-back shows at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium and will head to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Tuesday.

See the Carters’ coming attraction below.

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Jul
12
Jay Z, J. Cole Join Jay Electronica at Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Jay Electronica and Jay Z

The Roc was in the building at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday. Jay Electronica celebrated the 10th anniversary by bringing out some special guests during his headlining set.

Mac Miller joined the New Orleans rapper for “Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes,” and J. Cole and Talib Kweli thrilled the crowd with their collaboration “Just Begun.”

But the real surprise was when his Roc Nation boss, Jay Z, blessed the stage.

“Feels good to be home,” said Hov, who was headed to his “On the Run” concert with Beyoncé at MetLife Stadium.

The two performed “Shiny Suit Theory,” “We Made It (Freestyle),” “Young, Gifted, & Black,” and “Public Service Announcement.”

“Put your diamonds in the sky and let it be known from this day forward, this is the new black national anthem,” said Jay Electronica.

Before leaving, Jay Z took off his Five-Percent Nation chain and handed it to Jay E.

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Jul
10
Beyoncé and Jay Z Bring ‘On the Run’ Concert Special to HBO

Jay Z and Beyoncé

The Carters are coming to HBO. Beyoncé and Jay Z will bring their “On the Run Tour” to the network.

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