Check Out The 12th Episode Of The 'Thinking Outside The Boombox' Podcast

 

On this week's episode of Thinking Outside The Boombox, I discuss Raury, The Game, and KYLE's new albums. Also, the "Where's The Beef??" segment returns and I tackle the historic beef between Jay Z and Nas. Check out the episode above and if you want to listen to previous episodes, check it out on iTunes or the website.

-AO

Jay Z Announces TIDAL Festival

TIDAL is still kicking and they just turned it up a notch with this announcement. The TIDAL X: 10/20 concert has been announced and will feature Beyoncé, Jay Z, Prince, Usher, Nicki Minaj, and many more. You do not want to miss this show; the lineup is incredible. Hurry and get tickets before they sell out.

-AO

TIDAL Exclusives

TIDAL has been staying strong with their model of offering exclusive content to their subscribers. While I can't post the TIDAL exclusives, I can certainly link you to some of them if you're a TIDAL subscriber. Check out the list below and sign up for TIDAL here if you like what you see. Enjoy.

Nicki Minaj- "Feeling Myself (feat. Beyoncé)" (Music Video): Link

Jay Z 'B-Sides' Concert: Link

Jay Z- "Glory" (Music Video): Link

Vic Mensa Signs To Roc Nation: Link

$50 2-Day General Admission Tickets to This Year's Made in America Festival in Philly (Discount Available Until 10PM on 5/21, Offer Code Given W/ Subscription): Link

-AO

Jay Z Has Made A SERIOUS Business Move

Jay Z recently acquired Swedish tech company Aspiro for $56 million dollars, making him the owner of Tidal, a high-tech music streaming service. I thought nothing of this acquisition when I heard of it earlier this month, but now I am truly beginning to understand just how serious this was. Many artists are on record stating they're not big fans of Spotify and how the money barely trickles down to them at all (Spotify would be one of Tidal's biggest competitors). Taylor Swift entered into headlines as one of these artists when she pulled her entire catalog from Spotify. Well, guess where you can find Taylor Swift's entire catalog? That's right, on Tidal. This could mark big things for the music industry. Think about it: Jay Z and Beyoncé alone are known to do some interesting things as far as album releases (i.e. Magna Carta Holy Grail's Samsung release and BEYONCÉ's surprise release). Imagine if they release new albums and stream them exclusively on Tidal. Game changer. Tidal HiFi is $19.99/month with Tidal Premium running at $9.99/month compared to Spotify's cheapest price point of $5/month so Tidal doesn't hold a complete advantage over Spotify. But, the potential of artists possibly having more control over the system of music streaming is a big deal. Tidal officially launches tomorrow afternoon. If you stand with Tidal, take Kanye's advice below. Enjoy.

-AO

This Map Lists Every State's Favorite Artist

Music Machinery created the map above to illustrate each state's favorite artist. They used streaming data from The Echo Nest to determine which artist dominated each state based on streams. Jay Z dominated most of the East while Macklemore controls the Northwest and Drake surprisingly dominates the Southern states. What do you think? Are they right? Enjoy.

-AO

Beyoncé- "Ring Off" x "7/11" (Music Video)

Beyoncé is releasing BEYONCÉ: The Platinum Edition tomorrow but we were treated to two of the songs before the release. "Ring Off" is a really nice track where Beyoncé seems to be singing to her mother, advising her on moving on and finding love again. The second song, "7/11," is just insane. It's 'Yonce in full form as she makes a trap song anyone can turn up to. She released the video for the song and it's just amazing. She's dancing all over hotel rooms with her dance team just TURNING UP and there's even an appearance from Hov with a hilarious somersault in the background. Check them both out above. Enjoy.

-AO

If you’re like me and you’ll be unfortunately sitting at home while Jay Z and Beyoncé bless stadiums around the nation, there is now a small reason to rejoice. HBO will be airing a special in December about the “On The Run Tour”. Chances are it will feature most of the concert and this will be a good consolation prize for missing the concert even though they are in no way comparable lol it will be based on the two Paris venues from the tour on September 12th and 13th. Check out the trailer above. Enjoy.

-AO

"They Don't Love You No More (feat. Meek Mill, French Montana, Rick Ross & Jay Z)"- DJ Khaled

Well, DJ Khaled is releasing another album and it’s called I Changed A Lot…smh. His first single, “They Don’t Love You No More,” is a typical Khaled track. He got Meek Mill, French Montana, Rick Ross, and Hov to jump on the track and add some verses. It’s really nothing new but I will admit Meek bodied the beat. Check it out above.

-AO

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The rumors were true. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have announced the “On The Run Tour.” Their stadium tour kicks off in Miami on June 25th and ends in San Francisco on August 5th. Although, I’ve gotta believe they’ll add more dates. I’m specifically hoping they’ll perform at the Made In America Festival in Philly on Labor Day weekend. Pre-sale started yesterday and general sale starts Friday. Check out the dates below and enjoy.

25-06 - Miami, FL - Sun Life Satdium
28-06 - Cincinnati, OH - Great American Ball Park
01-07 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
05-07 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
07-07 - Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
09-07 - Toronto, ONT - Rogers Centre
11-07 - East Rutherford, NJ - Metlife Stadium
15-07 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
18-07 - Houston, TX - Minute Maid Park
20-07 - New Orleans, LA - Mercedes Benz Superdome
22-07 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
24-07 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
27-07 - Winnipeg, MB - Investors Group Field
30-07 - Seattle, WA - Safeco Field
02-08 - Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
05-08 - San Franciso, CA - AT&T Park

12-09- Paris- Stade De France

13-09- Paris- Stade De France

-AO

"We Made It"- Jay Electronica & Jay Z

So, Jay Electronica just released a new track where he and Jay Z completely MURK Drake’s “We Made It” track. However, the thing that has everyone’s panties in a bunch is one of Jay Z’s lines. In a Rolling Stone interview, Drake says, “It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references.  I would love to collect [art] at some point, but I think the whole Rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.” Not even really a serious stab at Hov. Now, in this new track, Jay says, “Sorry Mr. Drizzy for so much art talk, Silly me rapping ‘bout shit that I really bought. While these rappers rap about guns they ain’t shot and a bunch of other silly shit they ain’t got.” The blogosphere erupted as they are all deaf and claim Jay calls Drake “Ms. Drizzy.” That’s just clearly not the case. So kill all the noise of a Drake-Jay beef. Drake made a comment and Jay responded lol. Anyway, Jay Elec and Jay Z killed this track and two tracks from Jay Electronica in a month?! Maybe, his album is dropping this year. Time will tell. Clean ya ears out people. Enjoy.

-AO

Top 40 Favorite Songs of 2013

I had originally intended for this list to include my top 25 favorite songs of the year, but after realizing that there were around 50 candidates, I decided to make it a top 40. These are my top 40 favorite songs from 2013, listed in order based on how much I enjoyed them, not their merit. Happy New Years everyone and here’s hoping that, musically, 2014 is as good to us as 2013 was. Enjoy.

  1. "Blood On The Leaves”- Kanye West, Yeezus
  2. “Wanderlust”- The Weeknd, Kiss Land
  3. "Let The Groove Get In”- Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: 1 of 2
  4. "Acid Rain”- Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
  5. "Lose Yourself To Dance (feat. Pharrell)”- Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  6. "Holy Holy (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid & Ab-Soul)”- Vic Mensa, INNANETAPE
  7. "Pusha Man (feat. Nate Fox & Lili K.)”- Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
  8. “Nosetalgia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Pusha T, My Name Is My Name
  9. "She Knows (feat. Amber Coffman)”- J. Cole, Born Sinner
  10. “Primetime (feat. Miguel)”- Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
  11. "Ghosts That We Knew”- Mumford & Sons, Babel
  12. "Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)”- Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ
  13. "Tears For ODB”- J. Cole, Truly Yours
  14. “Answer”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  15. "Too Much (feat. Sampha)”- Drake, Nothing Was The Same
  16. “48 (feat. Nas & Frank Ocean)”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  17. “Victory”- Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
  18. “Runaway”- J. Cole, Born Sinner
  19. "Worst Behavior”- Drake, Nothing Was The Same
  20. “Adaptation”- The Weeknd, Kiss Land
  21. "Part II (On The Run) (feat. Beyoncé)”- Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
  22. "Spaceship II (feat. GLC & Chance The Rapper)”- Alex Wiley, Club Wiley
  23. “IFHY (feat. Pharrell)”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  24. "All Me (feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)”- Drake, Nothing Was The Same
  25. “Control (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)”- Big Sean
  26. "U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)”- Black Hippy
  27. “Rusty (feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  28. "World Ablaze (feat. James Fauntleroy)”- Big Sean, Hall Of Fame
  29. “Lit (feat. J. Cole & KQuick)”- Bas, Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. II
  30. "Too Early (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)”- The-Dream, IV Play
  31. "1 Train (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Yelawolf, Danny Brown & Big K.R.I.T.)”- A$AP Rocky, LONG.LIVE.A$AP
  32. "Somewhere In America”- Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
  33. "Chain Smoker”- Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
  34. "Hopeless Wanderer”- Mumford & Sons, Babel
  35. "Electric Lady (feat. Solange)”- Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
  36. “Cabaret (feat. Drake)”- Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
  37. "Girls Love Beyonce (feat. James Fauntleroy)”- Drake
  38. "Time Is Money (feat. Rockie Fresh)”- Vic Mensa, INNANETAPE
  39. "Change Me”- Justin Bieber
  40. “Immortal”- Kid Cudi, Indicud

-AO

My anticipation for Nothing Was The Same is now at an all-time high haha. I got my hands on the anticipated track, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” which features Jay Z for the first half. This track is incredible. Drake goes in with his first verse and Jay murders his verse, name dropping all the people that have gotten rich through him. It’s played out better than it sounds. Then Drake comes through and spits some real bars for the last half of the track. The album drops next Tuesday. Enjoy.

-HB

Magna Carter World Tour North American Dates: 
  November 30th St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center   December 1st Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena   December 2nd Denver, CO Pepsi Center   December 6th Anaheim, CA Honda Center   December 7th San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center   December 9th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center   December 10th Fresno, CA Save Mart Center   December 11th San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose   December 13th Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center   December 18th Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena   December 19th Houston, TX Toyota Center   December 20th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center   December 21st Dallas, TX American Airlines Center   December 27th Atlanta, GA Philips Arena   December 28th Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena   January 2nd Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center   January 4th Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena   January 5th Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex   January 8th Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena   January 9th Chicago, IL United Center   January 10th Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills   January 12th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center   January 13th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center   January 16th Washington DC Verizon Center   January 17th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena   January 18th Boston, MA TD Garden   January 19th Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum   January 21st Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center   January 22nd Newark, NJ Prudential Center   January 24th Montreal, PQ Bell Centre   January 27th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre   January 29th Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center   January 30th Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center   January 31st State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center  
   

Magna Carter World Tour North American Dates:

November 30th St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
December 1st Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
December 2nd Denver, CO Pepsi Center
December 6th Anaheim, CA Honda Center
December 7th San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
December 9th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
December 10th Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
December 11th San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
December 13th Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
December 18th Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
December 19th Houston, TX Toyota Center
December 20th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
December 21st Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
December 27th Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
December 28th Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
January 2nd Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
January 4th Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
January 5th Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
January 8th Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
January 9th Chicago, IL United Center
January 10th Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
January 12th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
January 13th Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
January 16th Washington DC Verizon Center
January 17th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
January 18th Boston, MA TD Garden
January 19th Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
January 21st Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
January 22nd Newark, NJ Prudential Center
January 24th Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
January 27th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
January 29th Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
January 30th Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
January 31st State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center