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Jay-Z will be releasing his first book entitled Decoded on November 16th. According to Rolling Stone, Decoded mixes first-person memoirs with detailed discussions of his most famous and provocative lyrics.

Jigga collaborated with former The Source Magazine editor Dream Hampton on the script which includes interviews with Jay, his family and friends.

The 336 page book will discuss Jay-Z’s early life in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects, his stint as a drug dealer as well as his Hip-Hop success.

Decoded will also include illustrations and detailed explanations of many of his lyrics.

“It’s too much. For the book, I was interviewed, people close to me were interviewed. So I was learning a lot of things I didn’t know as a child,” Jay told Rolling Stone in the June issue. “It’s not anything i haven’t said in the past, in songs. It’s just more detailed. A song is three minutes long. A book doesn’t have to rhyme, and it has no time limit, so you can say exactly how everything went.”

Jay was also scheduled to release another book in 2003 around the time he dropped The Black Album. The Black Book Jay pulled the plug on because it allegedly contained a lot of personal things he wasn’t ready to release to the world.

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Posted: June 22, 2010 in CELEBZ

Jay is bein sued by a private jet company after fail’n to pay a $250,000 bill!!! According to TMZ, Jay spent 55 hours flyin on private jets owned by “Air Platinum Holding” in 2009 but only paid for 37 hours of the service.

The lawsuit also claims Jay-Z skipped out on some other payments:

* 18 hours of flight time at $4,500-per-hour (discounted from $6,000-per-hour) … $81,000
*Catering for 17 domestic flights ($500-per-flight) …. $8,500
* Catering for 4 international flights ($750-per-flight) … $3,000

JAY-Z is refusing to sign off on the autobiography he completed with writer Dream Hampton, despite his insistence that he’s covered most of the information in the book through his song lyrics:

“It’s too much. For the book, I was interviewed, people close to me were interviewed, so I was learning a lot of things I didn’t know as a child.

“It’s not anything I haven’t said in the past, in songs. It’s just more detailed… You can say exactly how everything went.”

Despite his refusal to publish the book, the material hasn’t gone completely to waste. The rapper born Shawn Carter says working on the project gave him a fresh perspective on his Dad, who left the family when he was only 11.He tells Rolling Stone magazine:

“It was still wrong… that he left, but he did stick around at a time when it wasn’t cool or popular. He married my mom at a time when guys were just leaving, and you’d never even meet your dad.

“So it (book) made me ease up a little bit in how I felt about him.”

When asked about the current state of hip hop in his cover story with Rolling Stone Magazine, Jay Z took the liberty of using LL Cool Jay as an example of what NOT to do, saying:

“One of the reasons I wanted to make Blueprint 3 was because of the challenge. We’ve seen people like LL Cool J have longevity, and we respect the heritage of what he’s done, but it’s not like, right now, he’s competing on the same level as Lil Wayne. So for me to still be able to compete at that level at my age, that’s rarefied air. It’s never been done.”

“I think the problem with people, as they start to mature, they say, ‘Rap is a young man’s game,’ and they keep trying to make young songs. But you don’t know the slang – it changes every day. You can visit the topic, but these young kids live it every day, and you’re just visiting. So you’re trying to be something you’re not, and the audience doesn’t buy into that. And people wonder why. ‘I made a great Southern bounce song!’ You’re from New York, and you’re 70! Why are you bouncing?”

Bronx bred emcee Fat Joe recently sat down to discuss the status of his relationship with fellow rapper Jay-Z.

In the interview with, Fat Joe states that although there is no static between him and Jay Z, he has no plans to collaborate with the Roc Nation mogul.

“I respect Jay [Z] as a business man,” Fat Joe said, “but as far as working on a project, nah.”

In addition to addressing his relationship with Jay Z, Fat Joe also talked about the issue of ageism in Hip-Hop and why there can be no age limit. Joe who turns 40 this year, states that trying to put an age limit on Hip-Hop is impossible.

“How can they say that people who are 40 can’t make good music?” Fat Joe said. “ I mean it’s obvious we are doing it, look at Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, LL. Cool J, they have successful careers and are 40. If you tell an emcee that is 40 they can’t rap, then you are eliminating history because Hip-Hop is not even 40 years old. You can’t put an age limit on Hip-Hop. It’s not R&B, it’s not Rock, It’s Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop is still a baby so we’re writing history right now.”


Posted: June 8, 2010 in CELEBZ

Jay-Z’s “Empire State Of Mind” will replace Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” at the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes.

The New York Racing Association said it will play “Empire State of Mind” as the horses are brought out on the track for tomorrow’s race.

Jigga’s track is featured on his latest platinum selling album Blueprint III and features Alicia Keys.

Sinatra’s version has been played since 1997. Prior to that, a vaudeville tune called “Sidewalks of New York” was the race’s main song.

Teenage singer Jasmine Villegas will perform Jay and Alicia’s version.

The Yankees also previously took a liking to the song and played it throughout their champonship run.


As previously reported Kim tried her hand at a remake of Waka Flocka Flame’s “O Let’s Do It” and previously released tracks to the net including “Pu**y  Purr” and “Sex Toy”

Now according to HipHopBeef, Kimmie’s the newest addition to Jay-Z who will executive produce her album.

An official statement on her new signing is expected to be announced this week.

Sonny Vaccaro, the Adidas sneaker king who has known LeBron James since James was in ninth grade, told The Post that Jay-Z could emerge as the biggest force in LeBron James’ decision on free agency.

Vaccaro said Jay-Z’s influence may even trump that of his top inner circle of childhood friend/business manager, Maverick Carter, notorious confidant William Wesley and agent Leon Rose. And Vaccaro says that bodes well for the Nets and Knicks. Jay-Z has a 1.5 percent piece of the Nets, but also is an occasional celebrity-row occupant at the Garden, with his wife Beyonce.”I don’t think the Nets would be involved without Jay-Z,” Vaccaro told The Post. “LeBron and Jay-Z is something that is inseparable and you almost have to include that in the equation. I think he will be consulted. It’s a very good relationship. Jay-Z was LeBron before LeBron was LeBron. That’s the respect LeBron shows him.”
One NBA source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person didn’t want to offend James’ inner circle, told The Post, “If you ask me who the most important person in this is besides blood, I’d say Jay-Z. That helps the Nets, but Jay-Z will understand it as a friend if he doesn’t come. But I think (Jay-Z) helps the Knicks a lot more than Chicago.”

Another NBA insider said Jay-Z’s dream scenario would be James signing a contact with the Knicks with an opt-out after three years, then darting across the Brooklyn Bridge once the Nets are ensconced there. James would still be in his prime at 28. According to a Jay-Z spokesperson, the rapper is touring Europe much of June and July but assured he and James communicate regularly. Jay-Z’s public wooing of James before July 1 could be construed as tampering by paranoid NBA commissioner David Stern. Carter, James’ top advisor, said James will sit down this week to look over his options.

Two years ago, with James’ free-agency still far away, Jay-Z was quoted in an Esquire magazine story, saying James playing for the Nets “would be a dream for me. But he’s my friend first. I want the best for him wherever he is. He’s my friend before he’s a commodity.”

He recently joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for breakfast.

Accompanied by developer Bruce Ratner, and NJ Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov at Gracie Mansion, the group discussed the future of the New Jersey Nets and what would be necessary for the team to actually be a factor in the NBA.