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Beyoncé Makes Surprise Cameo On Jay-Z’s New Song With Nas — Listen

Author: Jason Brow
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Ex-rivals Jay-Z and Nas collaborating on the same track wasn’t the only surprise that DJ Khaled’s new song, ‘SORRY NOT SORRY,’ brought. If you listen closely, Beyoncé is also on the track!

Hey to you too, Beyoncé! Her husband Jay-Z, 51, made a surprise move by linking up with his former rival Nas, 47, to rap on DJ Khaled‘s new track “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which was track No. 10 on his star-studded project Khaled Khaled that came out on April 30. But their unlikely partnership wasn’t the only surprise on the song: Beyoncé sings one word — “Hey” — after Jay-Z raps, “Sorry, that’s another B / Haters still ain’t recover from the other B, mm / That’s a double B, now that’s a treble B / Can’t forget ’bout the other B.” We see what the power couple did there.

But Beyoncé does more than say “hey.” She also lends her beautiful vocals to harmonize on “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which solves the mystery as to who Harmonies by The Hive is (one of the featured artists on the song, along with James Fauntleroy). While Beyoncé didn’t appear in the song’s accompanying music video, the video does address her surprising cameo: once she sings “Hey,” Jay-Z looks behind his shoulder.

Long before Pusha T versus Drake or Taylor Swift versus Katy Perry (or Taylor Swift versus Kanye West) were the biggest feuds in music, Jay Z and Nas’s rivalry were the definition of beef. The schism began in 1996, according to High Snobiety’s timeline of the feud, after Nas reportedly failed to show up to record verses for Jay’s “Bring It On,” off of Reasonable Doubt. Nas’ second album, It Was Written, starts with “The Message,” which contained the line “Lex with TV sets the minimum,” which was a shot at Hova (who made many references to the luxury brand on Reasonable Doubt.)

“I saw JAY-Z driving a Lexus with the TVs in them. I got rid of my Lexus at that point, and I was looking for the next best thing. It wasn’t a shot at Jay, but it was just saying that’s the minimum you gotta have,” Nas told Complex. “It’s not a shot at him but he inspired that line.” Jay seemingly shot back at Nas on “Where I’m From,” rapping, “I’m from where n—– pull your card, and argue all day about/Who’s the best MC’s, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas.” Some would claim that Roc-A-Fella artist/Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek was brought in to feud with Nas, but things went problematic when Nas dropped the “Stillmatic Freestyle.” Along with the unfortunate homophobic insults, Nas called out the “fake king of New York,” before rapping, “You show off, I count off when you sample my voice / I rule you, before, you used to rap like the Fu-Schnickens / Nas designed your Blueprint, who you kidding?”

Jay-Z, Nas, and DJ Khaled — all on the same track. (Shutterstock)

The pressure from Nas saw Jay respond with “Takeover,” first as a freestyle and then as a polished track on 2001’s The Blueprint. “That’s why your (lame!) career’s come to an end / it’s only so long fake thugs can pretend,” rapped Jay on the track. “ So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong / You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song (Woo!).” It was considered a fatal blow – until Nas unleashed “Ether” off his 2001 album, Stillmatic. “I got this, locked since Nine-One (1991), I am the truest/ Name a rapper that I ain’t influenced,” he rapped. Nas would then insinuate that Jay copied his style and sold out. “Y’all n— deal with emotions like bitches/ What’s sad is I love you cause you’re my brother, you traded your soul for riches.”

Most gave the round to Nas, but Jay-Z fired back with “Supa Ugly,” which saw Jay brag about an alleged three-year affair with Nas’ girlfriend at the time, Carmen Bryan (Jay bragging about affairs seems odd in the post-Lemonade era, but these were the early 2000s.) Most listeners thought the response was weak, and Jay’s own mother called him and told him to apologize. “Mom put in a call and said, ‘That went too far.’ And she’s never, ever called me about music,” said Jay, per HipHopDX. “So I was like ‘Okay, okay, okay. I’ll go shut it down.’”

It got shut down – seemingly for good – in 2005. Jay and Nas buried the hatchet during Power 105.1’s Power House concert, per Billboard. Jay suggested that an earlier reunion between Diddy and rapper Lox/D-Block had inspired him, and he brought out Nas “to deafening applause.” The two stood next to each other for two minutes of cheers before launching into a fifteen-minute set that included “The World Is Yours,” “Street Dreams,” and more.

So, when are we getting the JAY-Z/Nas Verzuz?

Beyonce Stuns In Sheer Top & Neon Green Mini Dress In Gorgeous New Glamour Photos

Author: bshilliday
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Beyonce is serving up some incredible spring looks via her Instagram page. She proved neon green is the color for the season in a figure-hugging mini-dress.

The usually private Beyoncé  has totally been spoiling her fans lately with more Instagram fashion posts than she’s shared in years. The superstar shared two incredible new looks on Wednesday, Apr. 28, and the Beyhive is going wild. Neon green isn’t the easiest color to pull off, but on the “Halo” singer it absolutely glowed. She wore the color in a long sleeved mini-dress with a plunging neckline. It featured a bodice of slightly draped fabric criss-crossing her chest, along with a strong shoulder line.

Bey’s waist looked super tiny in the stunning frock, which featured a skirt so short that the hemline grazed the top of her thigh. As a result, in her swipe right photo that showed her full outfit, the “Formation” singer’s incredible dancer legs looked so long and toned. The 39-year-old went all-in with neon green, wearing a pair of high heels that matched the exact shade of her dress. She held on to a matching neon green handbag in the perfectly styled ensemble. While the singer didn’t caption the photo, her stylist Zerina Akers posted the photos to her Instagram page and ID’ed the dress as Balmain. Zerina wished the label’s creative director Olivier Rousteing a “Happy 10 year anniversary” at the Paris-based fashion house.

The mother of three wore her caramel colored locks long and wavy as they blew in the wind while she posed on a high rise balcony. She added chunky gold drop earrings and a pair of purple tinted sunglasses to cap of her winning look. But Bey wasn’t done, as she gave fans photos yet another sensational outfit that she posted at the same time on Apr. 28.

Bey could be seen looking far more playful while wearing a sheer blue patterned shirt and the shortest of avocado green leather shorts. She flashed her million watt smile in the first snapshot, which was taken from above as she looked up at the camera while sitting on a blue and white rug. Mrs. Carter was then seen in the swipe right photos standing against an orange, blue and white long curtain while showing off her whole ensemble.

The itty bitty shorts featured larger pockets on the front exterior of the garment. Bey posed with her arms up in the air to show off her entire sheer shirt, which seemed to feature a flesh colored bralette underneath. In one photo, she closed her eyes and puckered up to make kissing lips for the camera. In the second picture against the curtain, she put her hand in her left shorts pocket, while she held up her right hand to rest it against her stunning face, which glowed thanks to her bright smile.

Beyonce even gave the post a close up photo of her incredible footwear. She donned open toe tan snakeskin high heels that showed off her gorgeous, bright red pedicure. They tied in small strings around her ankles, as Bey’s hands could be seen lacing them around her right ankle. Zerina didn’t repost any of the photos of this outfit, as it seems Beyonce just really loved the ensemble and wanted to share snapshots in it with her 174 million Instagram followers.

Beyonce Looks Gorgeous On Date Night With Jay Z While Dripping In Gold Chains In White Suit

All that glitters is gold when you’re Beyoncé. The icon wore a bold, white suit that was draped in 24-karats for a romantic date with hubby, Jay-Z.

The notoriously private Beyoncé blessed fans with a wealth of images on Friday (Apr. 16), posting three Instagram galleries full of photos taken of her in a dramatic and glamorous white suit. Beyonce, 39, wore a white blazer and matching trousers from Area’s Spring/Summer 2020 Ready to Wear collection (per Harper’s Bazaar). That wasn’t all, as she was dripping in gold chains, many of which bore her name in cursive script. Beyonce rocked this suit with no shit underneath, which only amped up the outfit’s sex appeal.

Beyonce also accessorized the outfit with textured hoop earrings, a pair of retro sunglasses, white heels, and hair down, allowing her waves to flow free. She didn’t caption and of the three galleries that she shared, but 1) she’s Beyonce and 2) if a picture’s worth a thousand words, she said plenty. A couple of photos featured Jay Z – including one of them headed towards a casino. Though Jay, 51, seemingly dressed down for the occasion, it’s likely that the track pants and long-sleeve sweater the hip-hop icon/business tycoon was wearing were worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

It’s unclear where or when the photos were taken, but presumably, they were taken during her and Jay-Z’s wedding anniversary. The couple recently celebrated thirteen years of marriage on Apr. 4, and they commemorated the occasion with a trip to Las Vegas. Beyonce gave fans a glimpse of her anniversary look on Apr. 10, posting her black-and-red outfit to Instagram. The tweed top with matching short-shorts was a throwback to the 1980s. She accessorized the look with a chunky, silver choker and red velvet heels with bows around the ankles.

A day after Beyonce showed off her anniversary outfit, the Beyhive got the news that Keri Hilson’s longstanding feud with the “Formation” singer had come to an end. “It was a gracious moment,” Keri said during an interview with radio host Persia Nicole. “I appreciated it. I feel like she understood what happened, what had transpired, and there was a bit of healing at that moment when we met. I take her as a very intuitive kind of soul, as am I.”

Jay-Z and Beyonce, elevating the concept of “white party” (MEGA)

The feud began in 2009 when Keri, on “Turnin’ Me On,” sang, “Your vision cloudy if you think that you da best, You can dance, she can sing, but need to move it to the left,” a line apparently about Beyonce. A few years later, while attending the 2011 South Train awards, Juicy Magazine asked Keri to give them a shout-out while holding the latest issue. When Keri realized Bey and Jay were on the cover, she declined.

Jason Brow

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Who run the Grammys? Beyoncé sets new record for women with 28th win

Beyoncé and Taylor Swift both made Grammys history during Sunday night’s show.

NEW YORK — The Grammys are drunk in love with Beyoncé and Taylor Swift: the singers both made history at the 2021 show.

Swift, 31, became first woman to win album of the year three times.
“We just want to thank the fans,” said Swift, who won the top prize with “folklore.”
Swift previously won album of the year with her albums “Fearless” and “1989.”
Meanwhile, Billie Eilish won the Grammy Award for record of the year for the second straight year. 
Beyoncé made history by surpassing Alison Krauss to become the most decorated female act in Grammy history.
Beyoncé earned her 28th Grammy on Sunday, picking up honors like best R&B performance for “Black Parade,” best music video for “Brown Skin Girl” as well as best rap performance and best rap song for “Savage,” with Megan Thee Stallion.
“As an artist I believe it’s my job, and all of our jobs, to reflect time and it’s been such a difficult time,” Beyoncé said onstage as she won best R&B performance for “Black Parade,” which was released on Juneteenth.
She went on to say she created the song to honor the “beautiful Black kings and queens” in the world.
She added: “I have been working my whole life … This is such a magical night.”
Beyoncé now ties producer and multi-instrumentalist Quincy Jones as the acts with second most Grammy wins. The late conductor Georg Solti is the most decorated Grammy winner with 31 wins.
The royal family of music all won honors Sunday: Jay-Z shared the best rap song win since he co-wrote “Savage” and nine-year-old Blue Ivy Carter — who won best music video alongside her mother — became the second youngest act to win a Grammy in show’s 63-year history. Leah Peasall was 8 when The Peasall Sisters won album of the year at the 2002 show for their appearance on the T Bone Burnett-produced “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.
Megan Thee Stallion, who won three honors, also made history and became the first female rapper to best rap song. She’s also the fifth rap-based act to win best new artist.
Beyoncé was the night’s top contender with nine nominations, and was a double nominee for record of the year thanks to “Black Parade” and “Savage.”
Beyoncé didn’t perform but Swift did.
She sang “cardigan” and “august” from her nominated-album “folklore,” as well as “willow” from “evermore,” and was joined by the collaborators who helped her make the albums, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, who both are also nominated alongside Swift for the top prize.
The 19-year-old Eillish won on Sunday night for “Everything I Wanted,” a year after winning it for “Bad Guy.”
Eillish appeared genuinely stunned accepting the award, saying, “This is really embarrassing for me.”
She told fellow nominee Megan Thee Stallion, “Megan, girl, I was going to write a speech about how you deserve this, but then I was like ‘There was no way they’re going to choose me.’”
Silk Sonic, aka Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, also performed, bringing a throwback R&B vibe to the show with their smooth new single, “Leave the Door Open.” Dua Lipa proved her pop star status with a performance of her hits “Don’t Start Now” and “Levitating,” where she was joined by the DaBaby, who was an all-star during his own performance of his guitar-tinged rap hit “Rockstar,” flipping the song for an exceptional live rendition featuring R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, a skilled violinist and background singers. And country singer Mickey Guyton – the first Black female nominated for best country solo performance – gave an impressive performance of her song “Black Like Me.”
Other performers included Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Harry Styles, who won best pop solo performance for the hit “Watermelon Sugar.”
“To everyone who made this record with me, thank you so much,” said Styles, the first member of One Direction to win a Grammy.
Host Trevor Noah kicked off the show telling jokes about the coronavirus pandemic and the year that was 2020. He was live from downtown Los Angeles, with attendees wearing masks and sitting, socially distanced, at small round tables.
R&B singer H.E.R. won two honors, including song of the year for her protest anthem “I Can’t Breathe,” becoming one of the rare R&B songs to win the top prize. Another track about the Black experience – Anderson Paak’s “Lockdown,” released on Juneteenth – also won a Grammy, picking up best melodic rap performance.
Other double winners include Fiona Apple, Kaytranada and late performers John Prine and Chick Corea.
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