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YN posted some footage from is vault of a 2003 show Rocafella did in Puerto Rico, where the whole roster was in full force. Above is Kanye West performing “The Wire,” like it was his new single.

Damn.

That’s cuz it was his new single in ‘03.

2003 seems so ancient when you think of it like that. Hit the jump for Jay spittin’ a freestyle that later would become “The Threat,” and Freeway doin’ “Flipside.”
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photo: aznightbuzz/AZ Daily Star

You probably heard by now that The University of Arizona recently put on a concert that had a $1.4 million budget. That’s a lot money for a student group to be granted to put on a show. Of the trio of performers (Third Eye Blind, Kelly Clarkson and Jay-Z), Hov commanded a reported $750,000 for the show.

The word yesterday is that the show was significantly undersold, and the university is taking a huge hit. A $917K hit. It’s so bad that the university is tapping into emergency funds and taking revenue from the bookstore to compensate.

I think the best part about this story is that everyone’s blaming this “flop” on the economy. Maybe it plays a part, but it’s pretty obvious it was poor event planning that did it. They were expecting to fill the stadium (30,000 seats), but didn’t even sell 7,000 tickets, and gave away 4,400 more.

I used to live in Arizona, and to put a million dollar concert on in Tucson doesn’t make much sense. The event organizers had to know the stadium wasn’t going to be filled with U of A students alone, as there’s barely 30,000 undergrads at the university. Clearly, they were banking on people to make the trip to Tucson.

There’s one problem with that: Tucson is 2 hours from the Phoenix metro area (where everyone in AZ lives practically). No one’s making that trip on a Wednesday night with money they don’t have.

Despite all that: it’s still a college show. It’s not Brooklyn, it’s not MSG, it’s not a one-night-only at Radio City Music Hall: it’s Tucson, Arizona.

On the bright side, it looked like it was a good show and Hov gave them their “money’s worth.”

Hit the jump for a video of a dead crowd from the concert. You’re in John McCain’s home state, Hov, that’s why no one was singing with you…

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Drake and Just Blaze hinted yesterday on Twitter at a collabo between him and Jay-Z, and on Angie Martinez’s show today, Drake confirmed he’s “working with New York’s finest.”

Thanks to Rap Radar for the audio.

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DOWNLOAD: Jay-Z - When the Money Goes

New to us, but according to Just Blaze on Twitter, it’s an probably an American Gangster leftover, and probably not from Blueprint 3. Either way, it premiered tonite on DJ Envy’s show.  I can see it being an American Gangster leftover; it’s got the vibe of the album, and the title/theme kinda match it too.

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President Obama. Love the way that sounds.

George Bush is just plain ole George Bush now.

Anyway, here’s the track that people have been going crazy over today. May as well be the inauguration anthem.

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Jay-Z- My President is Black (DC Mix)

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Download: Jockin’ Jay-Z (Travis Barker Remix)\

I think this may be better than the original. A beat like the original one needs to hit hard, and Travis makes the old version sound like it was made with some Fruity Loops drums. To be fair, it’s hard to compete with a well-mic’d live drum-set.

I also heard Travis is back on the drums after that horrible plane crash, so we can look forward to more from him soon. I’m glad to hear he’s doing well.

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Jay-Z recently told MTV News that he never said Blue Print 3 would drop before the end of 2008. Kanye West also told MTV that they’re taking their time on the album because of the success of “Swagger Like Us”:

“I mean, it’s phenomenal,” West told MTV Base. “We went in and we done the whole album. He wanted to do a few more joints, so he kinda pushed it back. Now we’re gonna go in and just work on some more records. So I got some more stuff to kill it with! I think [Jay pushed the album back because] ‘Swagger’ just did so incredible. We wanted to go up [and make sure] everything was on that level.”

Let’s briefly breakdown the Blue Print 3 time-line of events:

The internets started buzzin’ in August with word that The Blueprint 3 would be Hov’s next album. Things got even crazier when a release was pinned before the end of 2008, and Kanye West was being tapped to handle most of the production duties.

Shortly after that, Mr. West dropped “Love Lockdown” and announced 808’s and Heartbreak. Then the speculation inevitably came through as to how Yeezy could handle two major projects in a short time period. Rumors soon surfaced on gossip sites that Jay missed the necessary deadlines to have an album printed before the end of 08. The same sites also said Ye wasn’t turning in beats anymore either. MTV’s latest report kinda squashes all this.

The moral of the story is that you won’t see Blue Print 3 til next year. It’s not like there’s any shortage of releases in the last days of ‘08 though.

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Until Tuesday, you’re going to see all the blogs, including mine, hit you with election stuff. But we’ll keep it hip-hop.

Even though it’s a short video and put out by Obama’s campaign, it’s good because it wasn’t rambling and Jay made sense, unlike some of these artists with shorts on MTV right now…

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Hip-hop and politics seem to be in a love affair, whether they want to acknowledge it or not. So, I’ll try and break it down for you.

If you follow American politics at all, you’ll see that John McCain started pushing a huge negative ad campaign against Barack Obama. Now, a few days later, he’s kinda going back on it, but he’s letting his posse do the shit talkin’ while he tries to look like the good guy. Kinda like this….

And now new word of a new Jay-Z diss against DJ Khaled and Fat Joe surfaced. You know Roc Nation was going nuts over this in the little time it had to brew. But here’s Jay squashing it on his part.

Now I ain’t comparing John McCain to Jay-Z, cuz that’s just blasphemy. My point is, that all the people who say “keep politics out of hip-hop,” or, “I don’t care what rappers have to say about politics,” should realize hip-hop is the same game as politics. It’s only natural that things will over-lap. Most of all, it’s only natural they’re acting the same way.

Rappers are people too, and I want to hear them talk about politics. Whether they sound like incoherent dumb asses, or articulate critics and advocates. Because they are “real people,” they can also be “real stupid” and “real smart.”

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Oh, Peedi…

Should I start making FREE CRAKK t-shirts now that Peedi’s in some trouble?

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