New Music: Rick Ross f/ Jay Z – ‘Devil Is a Lie’

Devil Is a Lie

The Bawse is closing out 2013 in a big way. The MMG chief reunites with Jay Z on “Devil Is a Lie,” their second collaboration this year following “F*ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt.” The rap titans trade boastful bars over the horn-heavy instrumental, produced by K.E. on the Track.

King Hov addresses the Illuminati (“Devil want these ni**as hate they own kind/ Gotta be the Illuminati if a ni**a shine”), his Barneys partnership (“Brooklyn all in Barneys like we own it, bitch”), and Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse (“All these ni**as claimin’ king, but I’m still that”).

Rozay’s sixth album Mastermind was originally due December 17, but will now arrive in early 2014.

In addition to Jay Z, he has collaborated with R&B legend Bobby Womack. “I got in the studio with a few people just to do a lot of different things and it’s gonna be some dope shit,” he said of the follow-up to 2012′s God Forgives, I Don’t.

Listen to the music masterminds’ most explosive collaboration yet.

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Rap-Up TV: R. Kelly Praises Chris Brown, Considers Jay Z Reunion

R. Kelly returns to the charts with his 15th top 10 album Black Panties, which debuted at No. 4 this week. In the final part of his interview with Rap-Up TV, the R&B veteran speaks out about some of his famous collaborators and peers including fellow Chicago native Kanye West.

“A lot of people didn’t believe in Kanye, a lot of people didn’t believe in me. He’s a genius in his own right and he’s on top now,” said Kellz, who worked with Yeezus on Cruel Summer‘s “To the World.” “That’s why I know if we got together again on one of these days in that studio, some magic is gonna happen again.”

While he and Jay Z had a fallout after their Best of Both Worlds albums, he is not ruling out another collaboration. “In this business, man, you just never know,” he said. “It happened once, it happened again. You just never know.”

One thing that is certain are more “Trapped in the Closet” episodes. “I got 50-something chapters in the studio just waiting to be shot and then there’s more to come. It’s just one of those forever things, man.”

A “Trapped in the Closet” movie is already being written along with a Broadway show and a book.

When it comes to today’s stars, Kellz has a lot of respect for Chris Brown. “I don’t look at Chris Brown as an R&B guy. He’s a superstar, hands down. It doesn’t matter. He’s music. I don’t put him in a category ’cause he’s got that Michael Jackson thing on him.”

So what does he find himself listening to when he’s riding in the car? “I will listen to Jay Z, I listen to Trey Songz, I listen to Dream, I listen to Ciara, Rihanna, Destiny’s Child, and some Beyoncé stuff.”

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Video: Beyoncé f/ Jay Z – ‘Drunk in Love’

Jay Z and Beyoncé

Beyoncé dropped 17 new videos from her surprise album last week, but she has decided that “Drunk in Love” will serve as one of the lead singles. In the VEVO premiere, Bey hits the beach with her husband Jay Z in the steamy, black-and-white clip directed by Hype Williams. The superstar couple shows how madly in love they are as Jay sips D’Usse and Bey rocks his chain.

“We shot in Miami last summer,” said Beyoncé during her iTunes Radio session. “The shoot was extremely effortless and spontaneous and we completely captured the energy of the song.”

Her visual album is on track to debut at No. 1 and could top 600,000 copies in its first week.

Watch the Carters sizzle in the sand in the intoxicating visuals.

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Nicki Minaj, Dame Dash, Kelly Rowland, & Wiz Khalifa Attend Jay Z’s L.A. Show

Paris Hilton and Nicki Minaj

Hov brought out the stars when his “Magna Carter World Tour” touched down at L.A.’s Staples Center on Monday. Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose, Kobe Bryant, Jessica Alba, Martin Lawrence, Taylor Lautner, Matt Kemp, and Khloe Kardashian were just some of the famous faces spotted in the audience.

Paris Hilton posed with birthday girl Nicki, while Kelly Rowland was all smiles as she held hands with her fiancé, manager Tim Witherspoon.

During the show, Jay shouted out Dame Dash’s daughter Ava and caught up with his former business partner backstage.

He brought out his pal, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, to perform “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)” and dedicated “Young Forever” to Nelson Mandela.

At the after party at Lure nightclub in Hollywood, the Roc Nation mogul kicked it with Wiz Khalifa and Kevin Hart. “Ahhhhh. I juss met Jay Z,” tweeted an excited Wiz.

Check out photos and footage from Mr. Carter’s L.A. show below.

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Jay Z Leads Grammy Nominations

Jay Z

All hail Hov. Jay Z leads the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Roc Nation mogul was nominated nine times this year in categories including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta…Holy Grail and Best Rap Song for “Holy Grail.”

Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis follow with seven, while Drake and Daft Punk score five nods. Bruno Mars, Lorde, and Taylor Swift pick up four apiece.

“Very surreal moment. It’s like we’re not supposed to be here, but we’re here,” said Macklemore, who was nominated in the coveted Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

Robin Thicke was humbled by his three nominations including Record of the Year for “Blurred Lines.” “What an incredible honor, thank you to the Grammy committee for the nomination,” he tweeted. “This is the icing on the cake for this year.”

The nominations were announced during “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” special at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday.

The awards will be handed out during the live ceremony on Sunday, January 26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

See a list of nominees below.

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New Music: Jay Z f/ Pimp C – ‘Tom Ford (Remix)’

Pimp C and Jay Z

On the sixth death anniversary of Pimp C, Jay Z remembers his late friend by releasing the remix to “Tom Ford.” Mr. Carter, who also celebrates his 44th birthday today, unleashes a previously unheard verse from the UGK member.

R.I.P. Pimp C.

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Jay Z Ranks His Solo Albums

Jay Z Albums

In honor of his 44th birthday, Jay Z has ranked his 12 solo albums starting with Reasonable Doubt and going all the way up to this year’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail.

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