The divorce rumors surrounding Jay Z and Beyonce have been coming in at a rampant pace, but the two have not spoken out publicly about it. Since they won’t talk, media outlets have been asking anyone available to give their take on the situation. Yesterday, TMZ cameras caught up with Akon and the singer gave an insightful look on the relationship.

“Their relationship has been more of a business to the outside world than an actual relationship,” said Akon. “To them, it may feel like a relationship, but the way it was presented to the world, it feels more corporate…I think they were trying to keep their relationship out of the public. When you’re a person of interest to the public, it’s almost impossible to do without speculation…If you don’t open up to the public, people will naturally speculate and those speculations may be completely opposite or wrong of what is actually happening.”

Akon also believes that the situation will only result in great music. “It’s going to make better music, believe it or not. Now they have more content to speak about because they’re not the only ones dealing with it. People are dealing with the exact same thing just on a much smaller scale.”

Until Hov and Bey speak on the rumors themselves, all the public can do is speculate. Props to Akon for providing actual insight instead of dragging them through the mud.

[TMZ]

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Despite rumors of divorce and poor ticket sales plus someone losing a chunk of their finger at a tour stop, Jay Z and Beyonce’s massive On The Run tour can only be considered a success. Billboard released an article today claiming that once the North American portion of the tour wraps up this week, ticket sales will amass over $100 million and will have sold more than 90 percent capacity with an attendance of over 850,000.

“These shows sold tremendously well at the end,” said VP of North American touring for Live Nation, Omar Al-Joulani. “We were able to sell-up limited-view and clean up production holds or other holds. It was a very successful tour, and we’re pleased to have that big gross number at the end.”

As Al-Joulani put it, “Everybody’s winning.”

[Billboard]

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If you are an aspiring rapper, do not diss Beyonce for attention and fame because the BeyHive will rip your self-esteem to shreds. Aspiring rapper/model…


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The news of Lil Wayne throwing his hat into sports management by starting an agency and partnering working with PolarisSports—which is affiliated with the CAA agency and GestiFute—was very surprising. The Young Money Mogul made a huge splash by signing international soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course the comparison was immediately made to Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports. They have been in operation for over a year and continue to sign top talent. But when you compared who’s better equip to head a sports agency, who’s better?

Check the breakdown below.

Sports Knowledge

Edge: Wayne

Lil Wayne is a notorious sports buff. The NOLA spitta has been a frequent guest on ESPN. Seriously, he’s been on ESPN’s First Take discussing everything in sports like the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant, NCAA College Final Four, The Green Bay Packers and Tim Tebow. That’s not even counting his time on Around The Horn and his one-on-one with Randy Moss. He’s a huge L.A. Lakers, Green Bay Packers and boxing fan. Wayne literally only tweets when he’s watch sports. Weezy has also penned for ESPN Magazine and on their website. Even though Jay Z was part owner The Brooklyn Nets and was huge influence on the franchise, slight lean goes to Lil Wayne when it comes to sports knowledge.

Network

Edge: Jay Z

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s network is massive. Forbes ranks him No. 6 among “the most powerful” celebrities in the world. He has grown his Roc Nation empire into a force, currently has numerous business ventures and is worth $520 million. Anything Jigga wants, he has access too.

Biggest Signing

Edge: Wayne

Yes Hov’s Roc Nation Sports has signed a plethora of talented superstars—Robinson Cano, Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz and Skylar Diggins—but Lil Wayne’s signing of Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is massive. Ronaldo is one of the most marketable and recognizable sports star in the world. Forbes named Ronaldo the 30th “most powerful” celebrity in the world and seventh among athletes, just edging Kevin Durant. He is without a doubt the biggest star in professional futbol and his fame only continues to grow after the World Cup.

Experience

Edge: Jay Z

Jay Z clearly has the edge over Weezy when it comes to experience in the sports industry. Roc Nation Sports has been around for over a year and doing extremely well, young new stars from the NFL, NBA and MLB. Hov was also apart of the ownership team for the Brooklyn Nets. He knows what he’s doing.

Who would you choose?

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According to Eben Gregory, Kim Kardashian posted a picture of Kanye West on her Instagram. In the pic Kanye was wearing a face mask just like…

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What many people may not know, is that Jay Z’s hit, “99 Problems,” was originally a record made by Ice-T. Another thing people may not know is that the hook to Ice-T’s record “99 Problems” wasn’t actually devised by him. In actuality, according to Ice-T, the hook was made by Brother Marquis from the 2 Live Crew. In an interview with Radio.Com, Ice-T revealed how the track came to fruition and why he wished Jay Z paid him homage for using his record.

“Brother Marquis from 2 Live Crew, he made the hook,” said T. ”We were talking about ‘Whoomp! There It Is!’ [by Tag Team] which was a big hit, and he said, ‘Man, all the days when I was in Magic City and the girls would bend over and the DJs would say, “Whoomp! There it is!” It was the phrase that pays!’ And then out of nowhere he said, ‘Man, I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one!’ I said, ‘That’s a song [title]!’ So I made the song and called him to do a verse on it. [Years later], Chris Rock heard the song, and told Rick Rubin that Jay Z should remake it. They paid for the publishing and they made the song.”

As far as his beef with Jigga for not paying him homage, Ice-T said it’s nothing personal, and that he just wanted some love from the Brooklyn rapper.

“Why Jay Z never said, ‘This is Ice-T’s song,’ and showed me some love, I don’t know,” Ice T says. “I’m friends with Jay. I met him with Big Daddy Kane. I would have handled the situation differently. If I use your music, I want to let people know. You hear my song ‘Shut Up, Be Happy,’ that’s Black Sabbath in the background. I think that being a real life player, there’s nothing you like better than to give props with other people. That’s just what you should do. But you know, that’s how I get down.”

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9 Rappers Kickin’ It With Their Boos

Thursday, 17 July 2014 by

As the summer is in full swing and THOTs are too, XXL decided to show a little love for the rappers who cuff in the summer too. Check out, “9 Rappers Kickin’ It With Their Boos.”

Have you ever wondered sometimes what your favorite rapper was saying? Like maybe their lines were so intricate that you couldn’t grasp the meaning any of them. Well, maybe their lines were either that potent or they just didn’t make any sense at all. A new meme called, the “Fact Checking Rap Meme” is on a rampage and is on a mission to point out the errors in some of your favorite rappers’ lines.

The creator of the meme, emanhudson, has made it his duty to shed light on the lyrical inaccuracies made by a bevy of successful rappers including Jay Z, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj.

Emanhudson poked fun at Kanye West for his line on “Black Skinhead.” “I keep it 300 like the Romans,” says Ye. Emanhudson begs to differ. “But 300 was about Spartans…,” says the meme.

The meme was also critical of Nicki Minaj for her lyrics on Young Thug’s “Danny Glover” (Remix).“I am not gay, but let’s be precise/‘Cause if she pretty, then watch it ‘cause I’mma be fuckin’ ya wife. “But thats gay…,” says the meme.

The “Fact Checking Rap Meme”, also went after Jay Z for his line “It’s Hot” from his 1999 album, Vol 3…Life & Times Of S.Carter. “Thirty-eight revolve like the sun ‘round the Earth,” rapped Jay Z. The meme fired back by saying: “But the Earth revolves around the sun…”

You can check the rest of the memes at Buzzfeed.

Jay Z has taken on a world of a project. In coalition with headlining the Global Citizen Festival, Jay Z joins the Global Poverty Project in efforts to end world poverty.

Jay spoke on his association with the project stating, “I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.”

The Global Citizen Festival will take place on September 27 in Manhattan’s Central Park. The Roots, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, and Tiesto will also hit the stage.

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Check out all the hip-hop winners from tonight’s 2014 BET Awards, hosted by Chris Rock. The nominees are below, winners are in bold, and we’ll be updating this story as the evening progresses.

Best Group
A$AP Mob
Daft Punk
Macklemore And Ryan Lewis
TGT (Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese)
Young Money

Best Collabo
August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$, “I Luv This Shit”
Beyonce featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Drake featuring Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
YG featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, “My Nigga”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Iggy Azalea
Eve
Angel Haze
Charli Baltimore

Video Of The Year
Pharrell, “Happy”
Beyonce featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Chris Brown, “Fine China”
Drake, “Worst Behaviour”
Beyonce, “Partition”

Best New Artist
Ariana Grande
****August Alsina
Mack Wilds
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q

Centric Award
Aloe Blacc, “The Man”
Jennifer Hudson featuring T.I., “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)”
Jhene Aiko, “The Worst”
Liv Warfield, “Why Do You Lie?”
Wale featuring Sam Dew, “LoveHate Thing”

Best International Act: U.K.
Dizzee Rascal
Ghetts
Krept & Konan
Laura Mvula
Rita Ora
Tinie Tempah

Viewers Choice Award
Jhene Aiko, “The Worst”
August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$, “I Luv This Shit”
Beyonce featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Drake, “Worst Behaviour”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

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