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Jay-Z to Open 40/40 in Barclays Center
Jay-Z often flaunts his business acumen in his rhymes, and now the mogul is set to stack one of his businesses onto one of his other businesses. The minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets will be opening one of his famed 40/40 clubs in the Barclays Center (rendering below), where his hoops team will play its home games starting this fall. Ticket holders for any sporting event or concert at Barclays will have access to this 9,000-square foot edition of Jigga’s 40/40 club.
The Nets garnered attention earlier this year by revamping its logo and preparing to leave its former New Jersey digs for Brooklyn. With Hova’s attachment and the 40/40 club enticing patrons to stay after games and events, Barclays Center may soon be the place to be and be seen.
Wiz Khalifa and LoLa Monroe 'Gettin' To It
She graduated from magazine modeling to acting in films, but LoLa Monroe long had her sights on becoming a household name as a rapper. The Ethiopian native had success with Trina on the boast-heavy “Overtime” single and a string of mixtapes that established her brash, confrontational microphone persona.
Signing with Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang imprint in 2011 gave the Washington, D.C.-raised artist a legitimate shot at reaching her goal. As Wiz prepares for his next album, he teams with his female protégé on the synth-propelled “Gettin’ To It." Monroe certainly appears to have the focus, drive and connections in place to become a superstar. Now it comes down to her delivering quality music.
Camp Lo, Ski Beatz Reunite for EP
Producing high impact material for Jay-Z (selections from “Reasonable Doubt” and others), Sporty Theivz and Original Flavor made Ski one of rap’s more interesting beatsmiths. But his work during that era with Camp Lo on its “Uptown Saturday Night” album may have been his best. Now known as Ski Beatz, he recently reuinited with Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede for the six-song EP “Fort Apache."
The first video from the release is for the EP-closer “Did You Know,” a black-and-white clip that highlights the rap duo’s peculiar lyrical approach and its distinctive fashion sense. Working with Murs on 2011’s “Love & Rockets Vol. 1 The Transformation” and now Camp Lo, Ski Beatz has shown that his work remains top-notch.
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