The full tribute video that was played when Jay-Z was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been released. And it features his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, rapping some of his famous lyrics. Check it out inside….
Last month, Jay-Z was inducted into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and we told you a bevy of entertainers helped introduce him.
A star-studded line up of celebrities were featured in his introduction, which included cameos from his wife Beyoncé, his daughter Blue Ivy, President Barack Obama, Rihanna, LeBron James, Chris Rock, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Samuel L. Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend, Common, Chris Rock, H.E.R., and Jamie Foxx. Also, comedian Dave Chappelle hit the stage during the event to give an intro to Hov…as if he really needed one.
We shared clips of the introduction video. Now, the video, produced by Questlove, has been posted in full after the ceremony aired on HBO over the weekend and it features his 9-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, quoting her dad’s famous lyrics.
"Congrats S. Carter, ghost writer. You paid the right price, so we just make your hits tighter," laughed Blue as she recited rhymes from her dad’s 1998 track, “Ride or Die.”
The clip also featured Halle Berry, Kevin Hart, Tracee Ellis Ross, DJ Khaled, Idris Elba, Alicia Keys, Usher, Rick Ross, Lupita Nyong’o, Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry, Kerry Washington, Questlove, Lena Waithe, Trevor Noah, Lenny Kravitz, Rashida Jones, David Letterman, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, and Aziz Ansari.
Watch How receive his flowers in its entirety below:
President Barack Obama appeared in a separate video where he shared how he used Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” lyrics on the campaign trail for his 2008 presidential bid.
"I’ve turned to Jay-Z’s words at different points in my life, whether I was brushing dirt off my shoulder on the campaign trail, or sampling his lyrics on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma march to Montgomery," said POTUS.
Dave Chappelle also gave Hov his props during the ceremony.
"He is ours. He is Hip-Hop. Forever, and ever, and a day. I need everybody in rock and roll to know, that even though you are honoring him, he is ours,” Chappelle continued. “You embody Black excellence," he said.
Jay-Z does a rare interview with The Sunday Times where he drops some parenting gems and shares what it’s been like in quarantine with his wife Beyoncé and their three kids, Blue Ivy, Sir & Rumi Carter. More inside…
It’s very rare Jay-Z does interviews – let alone share details about his life. But the Hip Hop mogul got candid about his personal life in a recent Zoom interview with The Sunday Times while promoting his partnership with Puma.
The 51-year-old rapper-turned-entrepreneur shared details about life in quarantine with his superstar wife Beyoncé, their 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, and their soon-to-be 4-year-old twins, Sir & Rumi Carter.
"In the beginning it was time for everyone to sit down and really connect, and really focus on family and being together, and take this time to learn more about each other," he said. "And then, as it wore on, it’s like, ‘OK, all right, what is the new normal?’"
Hov has been figuring out his new normal in quarantine while managing his many businesses that helped him to become Hip Hop’s first billionaire, according to Forbes. While he’s all about his business, he’s a father first. And the business mogul believes the best thing you can give a child is love.
"Feeling loved is the most important thing a child needs," The Roc Nation founder said. "Not ‘Here’s this business that I’m going to hand over to you, that I’m creating for you.’ What if my child doesn’t want to be in music or sports? I have no idea, right? But as long as your child feels supported, and feels loved, I think anything is possible.”
And that’s on Mary Had A Little Lamb.
He said the key to raising a successful child is to "provide a loving environment."
"Be very attentive to who they want to be. It’s easy for us, as human beings, to want our children to do certain things, but we have no idea. We’re just guides," he said.
In April, Jay & Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy won her first Grammy Award for Best Music Video for the song “Brown Skin Girl,” which was a cut from Bey’s Lion King: The Gift. Blue Ivy is the second-youngest Grammy winner in history.
It’s clear she’s surrounded by love because our niece is flourishing.
HERstory was made at the 2021 Grammy Awards by one famous 9-year-old. Blue Ivy Carter won her first Grammy Award for her part in Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl” featuring WizKid. She’s now the second youngest winner in Grammy history. Celebrate inside…
Our niece is growing up y’all! And she’s making HERstory at the tender age of 9.
Blue Ivy Carter hasn’t even reached a decade of life and she’s already accomplishing more in life than most adults. She has won her first Grammy Award, making her the second-youngest person to ever take home a Grammy.
The Recording Academy announced Beyoncé‘s “Brown Skin Girl,” featuring WizKid, from The Lion King: The Gift Album, won Best Music Video, beating Future’s “Life Is Good,” Anderson .Paak’s “Lockdown,” Harry Styles’ “Adore You,” and Woodkid’s “Goliath,” ahead of the 63rd annual ceremony.
On the track, Blue is credited as a featured artist and songwriter.
Megan Thee Stallion just won her first Grammy and made history! The Houston Hottie and fellow Houston baddie Beyoncé won the Best Rap Performance award and it’s the first time an all-female collaboration received the award. More inside…
Women’s History Month just got sweeter!
The ladies are taking over this year’s Grammys Awards. Houston ladies to be exact.
Megan Thee Stallion just copped her very first Grammy Award and she shares it with none other than her idol, Beyoncé.
The female duo won Best Rap Performance for “Savage Remix,” the background track for a TikTok challenge craze. It’s the first time an all-female collaboration has won the award, marking a shift in the music industry that the future is female.
The Houston ladies beat Lil Baby (“The Bigger Picture”), Big Sean (“Deep Reverence”), the late Pop Smoke (“Dior”), DaBaby (“BOP”), and Jack Harlow (“WHATS POPPIN”).
And look, when Meg was announced as the winner, her reaction was all of us. The “WAP” raptress was SO shocked and surprised by win. By the end, she was fighting back tears.
She’s the first female rapper to win Best New Artist since Lauryn Hill received the honor in 1999.
Woot! Congrats Meg! After an insane 2020, she deserves this.
By the way, Bey is on track to surpassing Alison Krauss’ 27-win record. She just won her 26th Grammy for “Savage Remix” with Meg and she also won Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl” with her 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter and Wiz Kid. Blue is the 2nd youngest to ever win a Grammy. In total, Bey was nominated for 9 awards, so she has 7 more categories to get through (at the time of this post) to see if she’ll become the official Grammy Queen.
Talk about Hip Hop royalty.
Swipe through our gallery below of celebs on the Grammy’s red carpet – both in-person & virtually!
Here’s a surprise we need during these trying times. Beyoncé just released an epic trailer to her upcoming visual album, Black Is King, set to be released on Disney+. Watch the new trailer, plus deets on Bey donating PPE supplies to Cleveland inside….
Beyoncé loves a good surprise.
After weeks of rumors about Beyoncé inking a $100 million deal with Disney, a new project created by Mrs. Carter and Disney + has just been announced.
Black Is King is a new visual project/album set to drop July 31st on Disney+. The new visual album comes a year after Bey was featured in Disney’s The Lion King in which she voiced Nala. Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, which is the official soundtrack of the Disney reboot.
Black Is King was written, directed and executive produced by Bey and it will feature the soundtrack’s featured artists as well as special guests. The pro-black project will boast features from Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Jessie Reyez, as well as African artists including Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Busiswa and Salatiel.
"Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment said in a statement to Variety. “The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”
According to the companies, Beyoncé’s visual album reimagines lessons of “The Lion King” for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.” The film was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent “diversity and connectivity.”
"Black Is King pays tribute to voyages of Black families throughout time. The visual album tells the story of a young king’s “transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity.” His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.
“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” according to the announcement. “‘Black Is King’ is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.”
The Wakandafication of the continent and Black diasporic identities is entirely uninspired. The repeated tropes/symbolic gestures that homogenise & essentialise thousands of African cultures in service of securing the terrain for Black capitalist possibilities & futures is tired.
Black Is King will be available to stream on July 31st via Disney+.
As for new music….
On Juneteenth, the Grammy Award winning singer dropped a new track titled “Black Parade,” which was co-written with her husband, Jay-Z. The track serves up Black empowerment vibes all while touching on the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests that have been raging on since the police killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd. Take a listen above.
After donating millions to the COVID-19 relief, Mrs. Carter just recently donated tons of PPE supplies to help people in need in Cleveland amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
What a beautiful event that they’re putting on in #MyGlennville today
Beyoncé slated to receive the Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts at the 2020 BET Awards that will go down tonight! She has been nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Album Of The Year for “Homecoming," Best Movie for "Homecoming," and Best Her Award for "Brown Skin Girl." Stay locked to TheYBF.com for tonight’s awards festivities!
JAY-Z and Beyonce delivered a star-studded cinematic video for “Family Feud.”
The short film-themed cut is what everyone on social media is talking about this weekend after the couple premiered it on TIDAL on Friday night. The stunning visual features some big name stars including Omari Hardwick, Jessica Chastain, Thandie Newton, America Ferrera, Michael B. Jordan, Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Constance Wu, Brie Larson, Rosario Dawson, and many more. This is the first video from the album 4:44 that JAY-Z is making a cameo in and his wife Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy Carter also appeared in the cut.
The video gets underway with a quote from James Baldwin that reads, “The wretched of the earth do not decide to become extinct, they resolve, on the contrary, to multiply: life is their weapon against life, life all that they have.”
The video begins in a setting dated to the year 2444 which pays homage to the album title and 4 is a significant number for JAY-Z. The storyline chronicles across several generations including the year 2050 where Susan Kelechi Watson plays an older Blue Ivy who was among a group of women who revised the Constitution. “America is a family and the whole family should be free,” Watson said. “It’s like I remember my father saying when I was a little girl: Nobody wins when the family feuds.”
Perhaps the most talked about part of the video is when JAY-Z, Blue Ivy, and Beyonce goes to church and the couple went into the confession booth with Hov on one side and his wife on the other side. The overall theme of the album 4:44 is one of confession with Hov admitting to infidelity and even going public about his mother being a lesbian. We’ve already seen nine other videos from the album and I guess the rap legend saved the best for last.
Watch the video for “Family Feud” by JAY-Z and Beyonce below.