Jay Z & Beyonce donated thousands of dollars to bail out protestors

Thought this story today was a cool one — The Carters bailed out protestors in Baltimore and Ferguson by wiring “tens of thousands dollars” in a non-public fashion that only became so due to some tweets from Jay Z biographer Dream Hampton.

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She deleted original tweets with the news that also mentioned that Jay and Bey insisted that their donations were kept secret. I trust all of this honestly, and it’s cool that Jay and Bey were donating out of the goodness of their heart. More tidbits via Huff Post.

ICYMI: Jay Z’s B-Sides freestyle mentioning Freddie Gray & Michael Brown | Beyonce rocks a D. Rose jersey swimsuit in new “Feeling Myself” video with Nicki Minaj

Tuesday Roundup

Once again, you may have seen a lack of updates on the site the past couple of days. We were undergoing some site updates even though we were still live and running. Now that we’re back live and running I got your roundup of Tuesday’s new content right here!

I actually thought it would be natural to start with the albums that were released today. I like all 3 of these artists and the albums of which I’ve previewed already — Jhene Aiko Souled Out, Lecrae Anomaly, and Banks Goddess are all in stores now! Be sure to listen and support, and then scroll below for more new videos, songs, and Monday’s Roundup as well!

VIDEOS

I thought it appropriate to start with Pharrell’s appearance on CNN, talking about the Ferguson situation a few weeks past now. He thinks President Obama should come to Ferguson — do you agree? Sound off here, then see some more big names below: Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Common, Sam Smith & A$AP Rocky, and more.

Pharrell on Ferguson on CNN

Alicia Keys “We Are Here” on Jimmy Fallon
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Audio Push “Reppin'” (prod. Hit-Boy)

Sir Michael Rocks f/ Robb Bank$ & Pouya “Kill Switch”

BJ The Chicago Kid “Real Love Never Dies”

Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” @ Fashion Rocks

SONGS

MC Lyte f/ Common “Dear John”

Sam Smith f/ A$AP Rocky “I’m Not The Only One”

B-Real f/ Snoop Dogg “Anybody”

Ne-Yo f/ Juicy J “She Knows”
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h/t HHNM

Various Artists “Don’t Shoot”

A la Game’s Michael Jackson tribute track (Remember that one?! Loved that one.), he recruits an incredibly big lineup of big names for a tribute to the fallen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It naturally took a lot of time for all these artists listed above in the cover art to do their thing and yet, the song still impacts at a time when a message this big and delivered by this many big artists can really speak to the people. Can’t knock that sentiment right?

It’s hard to pick my favorite raps from this one, but I will say that TGT’s singing contribution is the perfect break between each series of verses. Keep your ears peeled.

2014 VMAs Performances

The 2014 VMAs — standing this year for the 2014 Video Minaj Awards — just concluded with a flurry of big-name performances in the books.

Nicki Minaj seemingly appeared in all of them. Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but Nicki opened the show with Ariana Grande & Jessie J and performed with Usher too. Sam Smith slowed things down with his performance of the top 5 hit, “Stay With Me” (I think of John Legend’s song of nearly the same name when I hear this though, no shade.) Common led a moment of silence for #Ferguson — this is as great as it sounds on paper. Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora performed their Kill Bill-inspired “Black Widow”…

BUT it was Beyonce that stole the show away from Nicki and the others, making the VMAs her own. Her show-ending performance featured a snippeted version of every song from her self-titled album and about 47 heartwarming moments with Jay & Blue Ivy watching on. Fast forward all the way down for those. She was phenomenal, and her performance was phenomenal. Could the VMAs have closed out any more perfectly?

2014 VMAs Performances (Videos)

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J

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Rita Ora reacts.
Rita Ora reacts.

Usher & Nicki Minaj

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Usher's fantastic photobomb is MEME'd.
Usher’s fantastic photobomb is MEME’d.

 

Sam Smith

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Ariana & Big Sean (Photo)

FWIW, confirmation.
FWIW, confirmation.

 

Common leads moment of silence for #Ferguson

(Video hopefully coming soon)
(Video hopefully coming soon) Details

 

Hip hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change.

 

Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora

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Somewhere… Drake is missing out on the VMAs…

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Beyonce

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Blue Ivy dancing to “Flawless”

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“Go Mommy!” — Blue Ivy