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No I.D. served as executive producer on JAY-Z’s new album 4:44. Crafting all 10 songs on the project, the veteran producer who previously worked with JAY-Z on “Blueprint 2,” “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune),” “Run This Town” and more, sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss creating the deep and personal album. The 46-year-old opens up on how the idea of 4:44 first came together, guiding JAY-Z to open up on songs like the title-track, the album being very sample-heavy, and releasing three bonus songs that didn’t make the final cut including one with James Blake.

How did you first start working on 4:44?
“Maybe a year ago I saw Jay-Z at a restaurant. He goes, “You got any music for me?” And I go, “Nope.” He goes, “What are you working on?” I said, “Getting better.”

The thing that made me want to get better was I heard a quote by Quincy Jones where they asked him, “What do you think about music nowadays?” He said, “four-bar loops.” It really affected me. I said, “Wait a minute, that’s not what I want to be a part of.” So I went and did some studying with the intention of growing.”

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Jay Z was set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City on Thursday night (Jun. 15). The Roc Nation mogul is making history, becoming the first rapper ever to be inducted, joining follow 2017 nominees Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Peter Cetera, Chicago and Max Martin. Sadly, the Brooklyn MC was not able to make the ceremony due to his wife Beyoncé expecting to give birth to twins at any moment. In a classic moment, Hov took to Twitter to thank a list of fellow rappers that have inspired him over two decades in music.

Legends like The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Mobb Deep, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Grandmaster Caz were mentioned, along with current stars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi were named dropped. Jay even shined the light on the young generation, shouting out artists like Chance the Rapper, Travi$ Scott, Quavo of the Migos, Playboi Carti and Detroit up-and-comer Tee Grizzley.

Ending his rare interaction on social media, Jay Z tweeted a video of former U.S. President Barack Obama, who inducted the icon into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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ILOVEMAKONNEN made news earlier this year, opening up about his sexuality and coming out as gay. A month later, the subject was brought up to the Migos during an interview with Rolling Stone, where the Atlanta group who previously worked with ILOVEMAKONNEN responded with some puzzling comments. After much backlash on social media, the group released a statement.

Migos frontman Quavo later tried to clear up his comments in an interview with Billboard, but again left readers questioning his thoughts. Makonnen now gives FADER his first interview since coming out in January.

In the piece, the Atlanta-based artist (who now moved to Portland) speaks on his decision to come out, his mother’s phone blowing up after the announcement, moving to Portland, and the Migos’ recent questionable remarks. The 27-year-old also opens up for the first-time on signing to OVO when his hit-song “Tuesday” blew up, getting no proper support from the label, having no relationship with Drake during his tenure there, parting ways with the label and a confrontation with Drake at a VMAs afterparty.

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Rick Ross’ new album Rather You Than Me released at midnight, and one track listeners immediately gravitated to was the song “Idols Become Rivals.” On the song, the MMG rapper takes aim at Birdman over the Cash Money CEO’s history shady dealings and recent lawsuits filed against him by Lil’ Wayne.

I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/ His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain / I watched this whole debacle, so I’m part to blame/ Last request, can all producers please get paid?,” raps Ross on the scathing record. Less than 24 hours after the song’s release, Birdman has decided to respond.

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Remy Ma had social media and the internet in a frenzy over the weekend with her song “ShETHER,” a lethal 7-minute diss track aimed at Nicki Minaj. To this point, the Young Money Queen has only chosen to respond with various Instagram posts following the release of “ShETHER,” Following its release, as music lovers are hoping for some form of response on record.

Lil’ Kim, who has a long-storied history of issues with Nicki Minaj, caught up with Billboard where she discussed Remy vs. Nicki, motherhood, her 24/7 Star fashion line, being independent and her new album which she expects to arrive later this year. “We all know the situation that’s going on with Remy and ol’ girl. That’s their situation and I have nothing to do with that,” said the Queen Bee on the subject. She later confirmed that there’s no “Ladies Night” remix song with Remy Ma and Cardi B, which sites began speculating following a Winter Wonderland concert in Pennsylvania where Kim, Carbi B and Remy Ma performed at together.

But the situation with Remy, for them to say that we were coming together to do a diss track? First of all, after hearing “ShETHER,” that shit is so hard, Remy don’t need no damn help! Why would I need to come together for that? I mean, I’m into the music and I’m speaking musically wise — the song is just hard, period.” Check out the full interview below.

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Chance the Rapper is everywhere. The now three-time Grammy Award winner announced his spring 2017 North American tour on Tuesday (Feb. 14), and now a day later graces the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Entertainment issue with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler. Sitting down with Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated, the two entertainers discuss first meeting each other via Lil’ Wayne at Chance’s Magnificent Coloring Day festival, various social issues in the city of Chicago, using their power in a positive way to speak out on those issues, and Donald Trump’s idiotic tweet on how to stop gun violence in the Windy City.

How daunting is it knowing the perceptions that come with being young and black and male in Chicago?

CHANCE:It’s heavy, you know what I’m sayin’? Like, I’m at the age where most of my friends have kids, and I’ve seen a lot of crazy s— happen, just in a Chicago fashion. To be a Chicago mainstay for a lot of people, you wanna give people familiarity, but you also want to give them something to look up to. So it is a hard balance.”

BUTLER:It comes with the good and the bad. But with that being said, I think there’s a lot more good that happens than bad. They look up to us. We give a lot of people hope. And I think that’s all you can ask for. That’s all you can want to do.”

Read the full feature here and watch video highlights below.

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Frank Ocean posted a letter to his Tumblr page on Saturday night (Feb. 11), responding to comments made by GRAMMYs producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild.

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The Migos are No. 1 everywhere. Along with their new album CULTURE sitting at the top of the Billbaord 200, their “Bad And Boujee” single sits pretty as the number one record on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The Atlanta group recently sat down with Rolling Stone, where they discussed Donald Trump, the Super Bowl, Quavo’s mom raising the trio, Offset’s jail time, and more. The interview with Jonah Weiner also includes some puzzling comments, after fellow ATLien ILOVEMAKONNEN became a topic.

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Chrisette Michele has been in the news after accepting Donald Trump’s invite to perform at his inauguration ball. Despite putting out an open letter speaking on her decision, Michele faced a lot of backlash on social media and throughout the news. Entertainment figures such as Spike Lee and Questlove spoke against the singer going forward with the performance, to which she responding with her new single “No Political Genius.”

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Leading up to Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day on Friday (Jan. 20), various entertainers have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the now 45th President of the United States and to praise former President Barack Obama for his eight-year tenure at the White House. Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr page hours after Trump’s ceremony where he was sworn in, touching on the poor showing at Trump’s White House ceremony earlier in the day.

I’M REALLY EXCITED FOR THESE INAUGURATION CROWD NUMBERS TO COME IN,” said the Grammy Award-winning singer. “Don’t cook the books either Donald. We all know your event was dry. No matter how many times CNN anchors repeat majestic or peaceful transition of power. The world can see America divided and the chaos in the streets.” He later turned his focus to Obama, supporting the 44th POTUS for his class.

Barack we love you but it would’ve been equally presidential if you would’ve just walked on out while Donald got through that struggle speech trashing your career,” Ocean noted. “In any event, a first family that I can relate to will be missed. Really though.”

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