DJ Khaled Returns to ROTW With Some Familiar Faces

DJ Khaled has had his fair share of stay on ROTW, the last time being thanks to his Beyonce and Jay Z featured jam ‘Shinning’.

This iconic producer is said to have gone as far as relocating to New York just to try and bag himself a Jay Z Beyonce collabo and seeing as how ‘Shining’ was ridiculously successful, it makes sense that he thought to record and release yet another single with the power couple, a single we now know as ‘Top Off’.

The joint single also features Trap Music king Future and while we may still be holding it in comparison with ‘Shining’, ‘Top Off’ is its own banger with notable verses from all three acts including Beyonce who channels her inner rapper and shows out with lyrics like;

I’m the only lady here, still the realest nigga in the room
I break the internet, top two and I ain’t number two
My body, my ice, my cash, all real, I’m a triple threat
Fuck it up and then leave, come back, fuck it up and leave again

‘Top Off’ took over ROTW from Post Malone’s second stay at that spot and is currently enjoying world-wide airplay.

Have you listened to it?

Here you go!

Forbes Crowns Beyonce Highest Paid Woman In Music

Forbes just released its annual list of the highest-paid women in music and Beyonce took back the throne pulling in a whopping $105 million pretax.

Queen Bey’s success was mostly due to her incredibly successful Formation World Tour. Adelle came in second earning $69 million after her first full tour since 2011.

 Last year’s top paid woman Taylor Swift came in third with Céline Dion and Jennifer Lopez falling in fourth and fifth.

Here’re the top 10 highest paid women in music:

  1. Beyonce $105 million
  2. Adele $69 million
  3. Taylor Swift $44 million
  4. Celine Dion $42 million
  5. Jennifer Lopez $38 million
  6. Dolly Parton $37 million
  7. Rihanna $36 million
  8. Britney Spears $34 million
  9. Katy Perry $33 million
  10. Barbra Streisand $30 million

Fashion Friday: The Trendiest Hairstyle Of The Week Award Goes To?

Remember the daring multicolored fabric hair-do we featured some time back stating that it wasn’t for the faint heart? (Here’s the link: TREND ALERT: ANKARA BRAIDS) Well, it just found a daring heart.

The daring heart is none other than Kenya’s Hip Hop sensation Muthoni Drummer Queen. She  is no stranger to head turning experiments and as expected her new hair style has captured the attention of most of us.

We first saw the do on sultry Singer Dija at the beginning of the year and we admired it from a distance. Since then none (at least that we know of) has strutted the streets in this trend but looks like the non conformist MDQ has set the stage for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her previous Brazillian wool hairstyle was quite the work as well, accessorized with Masaai beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her hair clearly has a mind of its own and combined with her artistic mind we just can’t wait to see what she pulls out of the bag next time.

Celebrating Beyonce: Top 10 Best Beyonce Songs

Beyonce has had one of the most successful solo careers ever. Her first solo effort, Dangerously In Love, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and produced four top five singles. She’s been going nowhere but up since then and it’s no doubt Bey is not letting her guard down anytime soon.

It’s Beyonce’s birthday today and to celebrate her great music career, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Beyonce songs:

Formation

Serving as the lead single off Beyonce’s latest album “Lemonade”, Formation became a huge hit the moment it dropped.  “Formation” debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 100. The track’s video also won Grammy Award for best music video.

Drunk In Love ft Jay-Z

The intensely erotic track featuring Bey’s husband Jay-Z won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. Beyonce’s performance in this song is wonderful and Jay-Z sure does not disappoint.

7/11

The video to this song was nothing but fun. It sees Beyonce and her friends dancing all over her hotel room/apartment. 

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Beyonce’s signature song, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” is all urgency and attitude. The video won MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. It became a favorite for every single lady as well as wedding receptions. The song was no doubt a success having sold over four million digital copies and earning three Grammy Awards including Song of the Year. 

Halo

Beyonce’s amazing vocals were clearly demonstrated in this 2008 track. “Halo” peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year while winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Love On Top

Love On Top demonstrated just how well Bey perfected the art of performing pop songs. This is just one of those songs that will get you on your feet. No doubt.

Run The World (Girls)

This song is the lead single from Beyonce’s fourth studio album 4. It speaks directly to the power of women over a marching band beat.

XO

We got to see the soft side of Beyonce in the video to “XO”. The song is heartwarming, catchy and hooky.

Hold Up

Hold Up clearly represents that moment when you’re done playing it cool and decide to take all that anger out. Bey demonstrates this on the video where she walks down the streets breaking things with a baseball bat.

 

Crazy In Love Ft Jay-Z

This 2003 song made Beyonce even more popular.”Crazy In Love” was the winner of two Grammy awards, including Best R&B Song. The perfect blend with Jay-Z made the song amazing in all kind of ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Things We Learned From JAY-Z’s Latest Album

(Written By Hondo Kanhema)

 

The rap legend JAY-Z’s latest album, “4:44”, was released exclusively on TIDAL a few days ago to positive reviews from critics. Neil McCormik of The Telegraph gave it a full score, saying: “It’s a highly personal work bravely opening up the artist’s very human flaws as an example to others, locating in his own suffering a path towards forgiveness, redemption and, ultimately, a better world. There is little braver than admitting your mistakes and trying to change your ways. By embracing vulnerability, JAY-Z has taken a step towards genuine wisdom.”

 

The album is one of, if not JAY-Z’s most personal, on the project he opens himself multiple times, discussing family, personal issues, ego, and race multiple times through. The theme of the album seems to be about Hov’s legacy, how he will be remembered not just in the rap game but as a whole after his time is up. The 11 track album is his 14th studio album, his first since 2013’s “Magna Carta”, and delves deeply into his personal life. So what did Hov address in his album?

 

Apology to Beyonce & Meaning of 4:44

The fifth song in the album “4:44”, Is an apology to his wife Beyonce, for being unfaithful. In the song, Jay pours out his honest and true feelings and isn’t afraid to reveal his vulnerability, something seldom seen with fellow hip hop artists.

Look, I apologize, often womanize

Took for my child to be born

See through a woman’s eyes

Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles

Took me too long for this song

I don’t deserve you

 His apology confirms the speculation that he had cheated, based on lyrics on Beyonce’s last album, “Lemonade”.

4:44 was written by JAY-Z when he woke up one morning at 4:44 AM, called up his engineer and recorded on Beyonce’s personal microphone. The song covers HOVs personal life, covering his relationship, being a father and how he affects his kids. JAY himself has called the song special, and “one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

 

“Killing” Jay Z

The first track on the album titled, “Kill Jay Z”, comes out guns blazing talking about ego, with Jay himself describing the song as a “killing of his ego”. Jigga brings up many of his troubles from the past and criticises himself for how he handled them. He goes on to throw shade at Kanye West, referring how he gave Ye 20 million dollars in advance (for his TIDAL contract), only for Kanye to turn around and start trashing him on stage during his 2016 breakdown.

You walkin’ around like you invincible

You dropped outta school, you lost your principles

I know people backstab you, I felt bad too

But this ‘f*ck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural

But you ain’t a saint, this ain’t KumbaYE

But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye

You gave him 20 million without blinkin’

He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f*ck was he thinkin’?

“F*ck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’

But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane

The friends met after the incident and have since reconciled (although Kanye has been trying to leave JAY-Z’s TIDAL recently, claiming breach of contract), but it’s not like JAY-Z wouldn’t address the drama between the two in a song.

The stylization of the title of the song “Kill JAY Z”, is interesting, with JAY-Z recently changing his name from Jay Z to JAY-Z. The song being the intro, it signifies that this album comes from an entirely new persona and perspective that is represented by his new name.

 

‘Sorry Solange’

The 36-minute  album address other challenges and shortcomings he has faced over the years, including some slightly embarrassing situations, such as the notorious elevator scuffle between his wife’s sister Solange in 2014 and himself, stating:

Let go your ego over your right shoulder

Your left is sayin’, “Finish your breakfast!”

You egged Solange on

Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong

The incident at the 2014 Met Gala

 

 Thesbian Theatrics

The third longest track on the album, “Smile” features an outro with Shawn’s (JAY-Z) mother, Gloria Carter. Jay looks back at all the bad memories and how they led him to change for the better. On the first verse, Jay mentions publicly for the first time his mother’s sexuality and how she had to ‘act’ straight, having 3 kids and marrying her husband. In the song, he raps:

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian

Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian

Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate

Society shame and the pain was too much to take

Cried tears of joy when you fell in love

Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her

Shawn Carter and Gloria Carter

 

The last song, “Legacy”, discusses the legacy of his family and his family name, Carter. It is directed from his point of view, as he explains to his daughter Blue Ivy in a verbal will, the members of the family, what they have done in the family name and how Jay has worked hard to get where he was.

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Although “4:44’ takes a slightly different route than his past albums, speaking about himself and his loved ones, it still has many of the themes that we’ve come to love and expect from Jigga. Themes like black empowerment and of course flexing if you got it (he denounced the “money phone” trend though) can be found on the album.


 

At the moment the album is only available on TIDAL

JAY-Z Album Set for Release June 30

(Written By Hondo Kanhema)

 

Fans of HOV rejoice, because it looks like the rumours were true, JAY-Z will be releasing his 14th studio album on June 30, titled: “4:44”, exclusively on his music streaming platform TIDAL less than two weeks from now. It will be his first solo album after “Magna Carta Holy Grail” was released in 2013, 4 years ago. The album also could be a film project similar to Beyoncé’s “LEMONADE” visual album released last year.

 

After being inducted into the songwriters hall of fame on June 15, speculation that the rapper was working on new music started to build, along with theories about strange advertisements popping up in New York City and on various music websites saying: “4:44”. It was during game 3 of the NBA finals, when a commercial featuring actors Mahershala Ali, Danny Glover and Lupita Nyong’o revealed that the project would be hosted on TIDAL and mobile provider Sprint, with hints that the video could be part of a music video or alternatively, the song and video could be part of a entirely Visual Album.

You can view the video, titled “Adnis” after his father, HERE

 

In the short promo, we can hear Jigga getting personal, talking about a letter he wrote to his late father who abandoned the family when Jay was only 11, opening with: 

Letter to my dad that I never wrote
Speeches I prepared that I never spoke
Words on a paper that I never read
Prose is never pen, they stayed in my head

The album is produced entirely by No I.D., who is known for production on hit songs like “Heartless”, “Run This Town” and “Holy Grail”. From HOV’s lines on the trailer, it’s possible that this album might take a more personal and emotional theme compared to his other releases. 

 

Later on Twitter, TIDAL tweeted this: 

In addition to the announcement, JAY-Z’s name is now all caps and he has brought back the hyphen to his name after retiring it in 2013, now changing from Jay Z to JAY-Z in a purely cosmetic way (I’m just hoping this doesn’t mess up my music library).

 

Although the 30 second promo was vague and didn’t mention the reason for the name, it didn’t stop the internet from going wild with theories about what “4:44” meant. A popular theory floating around brings to light the deep but coincidental meaning of the number 4 in HOV’s life, his birthday is on December 4, his wife Beyoncé was born on September 4, and their marriage was on April 4. Although this could be just a crazy theory, we’ll find out the true meaning of the album’s title in just a few days.

 

The Best Of Beyonce’s Recent Maternity Looks.

Queen Bey almost broke the internet when she posted photos of her second pregnancy on Instagram not too long ago and ever since she has kept us abreast of everything she wears on Pinterest (and when she doesn’t well, that’s what paparazis are for)

I must say that I thought her style would get slouchy boring as weeks past because of the fact that she’s carrying twins this time but boy was I wrong, shes out here working that bump like it almost doesn’t exist.

The “Preggers” branded tee she rocks in one of the photos below, has since ran out of stock!

From street style to red carpet the “Formation” songstress is certainly serving maternity style tips for days, take a look below:

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RECORD OF THE WEEK || ‘Shining’ by DJ Khaled ft Beyonce & Jay Z

RECORD OF THE WEEK || ‘Shining’ by DJ Khaled ft Beyonce and Jay Z

 

Shortly after the 59th Grammy awards, DJ Khaled released a brand new single called ‘Shining’ that features two of music heavy weights Beyonce and Jay Z. 

The track’s artwork (photo above) is actually an adorable photo of Khaled’s infant son Asahd Tuck Khaled.

While the Grammys were great for Jay and Bey who are expecting twins, this jam is a good look for the snap chat king since this power couple last featured on a song back in 2013 (‘Drunk in love’).

His album ‘Major Key’ was nominated for Best Album of the year at this year’s Grammys which is no mean feat regardless of the fact that he lost it to Chance the rapper.

 

Enjoy this brand new banger as it plays out as your record of the week and in case you didn’t know them, here are the official lyrics.

 

“Shining”
(feat. Beyoncé & JAY Z)

[DJ Khaled (Beyoncé):]
(Yeah, yeah)
We The Best Music!
I worked my whole life for this one
(Yeah)
Another one
(Yeah)
DJ Khaled!

[Beyoncé {DJ Khaled}:]
Shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, yeah (Shinin’, yeah)
All of this winnin’, I’ve been losin’ my mind, yeah (Losin’ my mind)
Oh, hold on, hold on, baby
Don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down {down}
Don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down
Slow me down

[Beyoncé:]
Oooh and I done make ’em act a fool for it
You gon’ need an address when I lose the boy
Ratchet, ratchet, ratchet, you a tool, lil’ boy, oh
Mama say I’m trippin’, daddy say I’m trippin’
Mouth talkin’ dirty but my lips so clean
I’m about it like a bumper car sticker
Better make a smile when you see that bitch pull up (pull up)

Money don’t make me happy (make me happy)
And a fella can’t make me fancy (make me fancy)
We smilin’ for a whole ‘nother reason (whole ‘nother reason)
It’s all smiles through all four seasons

[Beyoncé {DJ Khaled}:]
Shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, yeah (Shinin’, yeah)
All of this winnin’, I’ve been losin’ my mind, yeah (Losin’ my mind)
Oh, hold on
Don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down {down}
Hold on, don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down
Slow me down, yeah

[Beyoncé:]
I drop the top out the coupe
They tryna get at me, oooh
They say I’m sweet just like looooooose
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Say yeah, yeah, yeah, uh
Said everything, y’all, uh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Petty, petty, petty, I’ve been winnin’ steady
Yoncé, Yoncé all up on your grill, lil’ boy
Poppin’ off after my thought, yeah boy
Came in ’97, winnin’ 20 years, boy, oh
All of this good, I don’t feel bad for it, yeah
When you see me smile, you can’t be mad at it, yeah

Money don’t make me happy (make me happy)
And a fella can’t make me fancy (make me fancy)
We smilin’ for a whole ‘nother reason (whole ‘nother reason)
It’s all smiles through all four seasons

[Beyoncé (DJ Khaled):]
Shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, yeah (Shinin’, yeah)
All of this winnin’, I’ve been losin’ my mind, yeah (Losin’ my mind)
Oh, hold on (hold on)
Don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down {down}
Hold on, don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down
Slow me down, yeah

[Beyoncé {Jay Z}:]
All of this winnin’ (haha)
All of this winnin’
All of this winnin’
All of this winnin’
All of this winnin’
{That dance}
All of this winnin’
{That dance}
All of this winnin’

[Jay Z {Osunlade} (DJ Khaled):]
Ayy don’t (don’t) try to (try to) hold me (down) down
Don’t (don’t) try to (try to) hold me down
{Just because you say
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change}
(Another one)
Make ’em wait

[Jay Z:]
One ain’t enough, I need two
That night I mix the Ace with the D’US’
Hit a triple-double in the Garden
I done my left wrist like I’m Harden (swish)
Ran to the dealer, bought twin Mercedes’
The European trucks for the twin babies
Don’t let me have a son, I’m a fool (ooooh)
Send him to school in all my jewels
I want a boy and girl I fight for truth
Whatever God give me, I’m cool
I’ve been winnin’ so long it’s like alchemy
I’ve been playin’ cards with the house money
21 Grammys, I’m a savage nigga
21 Grammys, I’m a savage nigga
I shouldn’t even worry ’bout with niggas
12 solo albums, all Platinum, nigga
I know y’all ain’t, ain’t talkin’ numbers, right?
I know y’all ain’t, ain’t talkin’ Summers, right?
I know you ain’t walkin’ ’round talkin’ down
Sayin’ boss shit when you a runner, right?
Plain Patek, been had it
Flooded when I got it from Khaled
That was just a thank you for his last year
Next year he gon’ have to buy a palace, shinin’

[Beyoncé (DJ Khaled):]
Shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, yeah (Shinin’, yeah)
All of this winnin’, I’ve been losin’ my mind (Losin’ my mind)
Oh, hold on, hold on, baby
Don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down {down}
Don’t {don’t} try to {try to}
Slow me down
Slow me down, yeah

[Osunlade (Beyoncé):]
Just because you say
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change
(All of this money
Slow me down)
-ing something’s wrong
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
(All of this money, yeah)
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enough
Isn’t good enoughRec

Adele Breaks Grammy Trophy, Shares With Beyonce

Adele has too much love for Beyonce.

After sweeping the night’s biggest categories — Song, Record, and Album of the Year — the British songstress used her acceptance speech to pour out her heart on Beyonce’s importance as an artist.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said. “I’m very humbled, and very grateful, and very gracious, but the artist of my life is Beyoncé. This album to me, the LEMONADE album, was so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental, well thought-out, beautiful, and soul baring, and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see and we appreciate that. All us artists here adore you. You are our light,” she said while accepting the Album of the year trophy.

As if all these praises were not enough, Adele went on to break her trophy backstage and gave part of it to Beyonce.

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New Music: Dj Khaled “Shining” Ft Beyonce & Jay-Z

Now this is one MAJOR key.

Dj Khaled surprised us with a brand new song “Shining” featuring Jay-Z and Beyonce. The track was dropped immediately following the end of the 59th Grammy Awards.

The adorable cover features Khaled’s son Asahd Tuck Khaled and is the first single off the Snapchat King’s upcoming 10th album Grateful, which will be executive produced by his son.

Beyoncé just won several Grammy awards, including Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album. The last time she and her husband appeared on a record together was 2013, on the song “Drunk in Love.”

 This is Beyonce’s first collaboration with Khaled, and Jay Z’s first since “I Got The Keys” off of Major Key.

Have a listen below:

https://youtu.be/nD92-vOEUG8