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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”

Don’t cry any tears for Miami. While they might still be in the dumps because of the Heat loss in the NBA Finals, the city is also the launch site of one of the most anticipated tours of the summer; Jay Z and Beyonce’s “On The Run” tour. Mr. and Mrs. Carter kicked of their cross country musical trek with a show that included a massive 41 song set list and a rare glimpse into their personal life.

The notoriously private couple opened their vault and shared footage from their wedding as part of the concert’s opening. The pair walked down the aisle in 2008 and last night was the first look for anyone outside of their inner circle. While performing Jay’s “Forever Young” the crowd erupted as video footage of the private wedding ceremony was shown.

Recently rumors of lack luster ticket sales for the power couple’s arena tour were refuted when concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement.

“The On The Run Tour opens next Wednesday in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium to over 48,000 fans, then rolls to Cincinnati to a sellout crowd of more than 37,000 fans, and on July 1st more than 50,000 fans will pack Boston’s Gillette Stadium. With sellout nights across North America, these first three shows are indicative of the strong demand. Overall, the tour has sold well over 750,000 tickets, grossing more than $90 million, and has unprecedented VIP and Platinum ticket sales.”

The tour will continue through August. Check footage o The Carters wedding video below.

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This can’t be reality. A petition has been launched in response to 2 year-old Blue Ivy’s looks. As the Carter family was photographed hopping off a plane in the wee hours of the morning, a photo surfaced of Blue Ivy looking quite unkept causing onlookers to take matters into their own hands.

Change.org has started a campaign called “Comb Her Hair.” Uncertain of if the petition is actually serious or not, the site reads:

It’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.

If it helps, Beyonce looked just as dressed down in the photo and was not sporting any make-up at the time.

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