The Week That Was: The Diddy Can’t Breathe Edition

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<a href="hhttp://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=148755"> -- Jay Electronica exorcised the ghost Christopher Wallace & got down with the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/jay-electronica-signs-to-jay-zs-roc-nation">nation of Roc</a>.

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Jay Electronica – “The Announcement”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/jay-electronica-signs-to-jay-zs-roc-nation"> For his first act as <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/jay-electronica-signs-to-jay-zs-roc-nation">a Roc Nation superhero</a>, Jay Electronica wastes no time in getting his CDQ inaugural address out to the world after being sworn in.

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Jay Electronica Is The Roc Nation’s Newest Diamond

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/video-jay-electronica-on-the-last-call-with-carson-daly"> As an artist, the only thing more frustrating than being sidelined from a puny buzz is being sidelined because your buzz drew the interest of a major label. Wealthy as they may be, most are still in the beta stage of harnessing new age talent. Too often, burgeoning talent see their momentum come to a standstill because the label needs that heat and wants the artist's next move under their umbrella, no matter the cost. In <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/jay-electronica">Jay Electronica's</a> case, he's had to rest on his epigrammatic laurels while the rest of the world speculated, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/03/blu-and-jay-electronica-fail">criticized</a> and wrote him off as an <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/12/download-jay-electronica-exhibit-c">one-hitter quitter</a>, not knowing he was silently securing the most coveted position for a formidable MC in 2010.


Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=141121"> Roc Nation's latest and greatest signing Willow Smith is fresh on the scene with the video for her breakthrough jam "Whip My Hair." When word first started circulating on her signing, I wasn't sure whether this was a favor owed to Will & Jada or if it was straight legit. Looks to be official by my book, as "Whip My Hair" is gaining momentum by the day. I'm not saying that she's the next great American voice, but I detect less Auto-Tune in her flow than some others in her lane. On top of that, the song is pretty damn infectious. The way she's got these little girls wringing their necks, I'm willing to bet that aspiring chiropractors will thank her some day. As for the video, it's just as fun and colorful as the song killing a lot of the other videos out right now, which means that she learned a thing or two from Pops. At this rate, between her and Jaden (who makes a cameo with all his Troy Polamalu crowning glory), we may never hear from Will and Jada again. Now that's what I call a retirement plan. Download -- <a href="http://www.mediafire.com/?lvcgy59nadyh970">Willow Smith - "Whip My Hair"</a>.

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What’s Next For Jay-Z?

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/jay-z-to-buy-ownership-stake-in-arsenal"> Each time I get into the mindset to write a post about <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/jay-z">Jay-Z</a>, he makes another quick power move that usurps the last.

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Wale – More About Nothing

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2008/05/download-wale-the-mixtape-about-nothing"> Fans appreciated Wale when he took it back to collaborating with his fellow rappers. They even stomached an honest yet unfocused album. But what they really wanted to hear from the kid from D.C. was nothing. Nada. Diddlysquat. Seinfeld. That definitive postmodern music. Coming out of syndication, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/wale">Wale</a> gives the people want they want with a little More About Nothing.

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Rita Ora Rocs!

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<a href="http://adserver.uproxx.com/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a21f6bf2&cb=20433256914"> You know how us Yanks are. We're suckers for a pretty face/smile combo and an English accent. Roc Nation's new beauty, Rita Ora sports all pretty well as her <a href="http://adserver.uproxx.com/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a21f6bf2&cb=28763394470">Roc Nation x Skullcandy Aviator headphones</a> as a way to get her name a buzzin'.

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J. Cole – “Who Dat” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/04/download-j-cole-who-dat"> North Carolina, stand up! And if y'all are wise, you better run towards the river because <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/j-cole">Jermaine Cole</a> is hellbent on burning your city to a crisp and not just with the fiery flow either.

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J. Cole – “Higher”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/j-cole-higher"> Young <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/j-cole">Cole</a> invokes a playful but structured flow for this Tapemasters Inc.

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Video: J. Cole: From SXSW To S.O.B.’s

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/04/the-smoking-section-x-yours-truly-present-316-with-j-cole"> From gracing our <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/03/sxsw-assessing-the-aftermath">Bootleggers & Tastemakers</a> stage in Austin to taking over S.

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J. Cole – “Who Dat”

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A song named "Who Dat" without an ode to my Saints.

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J. Cole – “Ignorant Sh#t” Freestyle

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/04/j-cole-ignorant-shit-freestyle"> “Something like a pimp cause I’m still with the 'caine, a lil drug dealin' reference what I can’t try, these aggins out here lyin, Why can’t I?” On a typical Monday, it's slow motion and we can coast while preparing material for the rest of the week. Today has been an atypical Monday. The lil niglet from the 'Ville went for his while on Tampa's Wild 94.1FM, kicking a nice set of lines over Jay's "Ignorant Shit." Download -- <a href="http://www.mediafire.com/?nyyyzy2mtmw">J. Cole - "Ignorant Sh#t" Freestyle</a> <a href="http://www.xclusiveszone.net/2010/04/jcole-ignorant-shit-wild-941-freestyle.html">[X.]</a>.

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Video: Beanie Sigel Disses Jay-Z & T.I.

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The black <a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/rex-ryan.jpg">Rex Ryan</a> is back like cooked crack or an angry ex.


1.11 The Cooler

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Autumn Renee x Cold Mondays Pendelton X Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons <a href="http://www.bkrw.com/news/pendleton-x-comme-des-garcons.html">[BRKW]</a> 20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer <a href="http://www.uncoached.com/2010/01/08/facts-about-beer/">[Uncoached]</a> Illinois Early Prison Release Program Comes Under Fire <a href="http://www.bvblackspin.com/2010/01/08/illinois-early-prison-release-program-comes-under-fire/">[Black Voices]</a> The Ting Tings Collaborate With Rihanna For Their Roc Nation Debut <a href="http://thecsperspective.com/2010/01/10/the-ting-tings-collaborate-with-rihanna-for-their-roc-nation-debut/">[C.S. Perspective]</a> A Bynum-for-Bosh Deal.


Video: On The Level With J. Cole

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For all of the perks an affiliation with <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/jay-z">Jay-Z</a> should bring, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/j-cole">J. Cole</a> has managed to live & rhyme a quiet existence, flying under the radars of most media outlets.

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Event Recap: Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 Tour

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At this point in my blogging career, there's no need to describe situations as "surreal.

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Event Reminder: Jay-Z, J. Cole & Wale Come Perform @ Vanderbilt University

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I'm not sure if I have a true bucket list of performers I'd like to see, as I've seen the majority.


Notable Quotable – J. Cole On “Beautiful Bliss”

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Like sunshine on a rainy day, behold one of the best verses of the year.

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Video: Jay-Z Answers Beanie Sigel

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While it took Beanie Sigel over <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/10/beanie-sigel-i-aint-your-average-cat-jay-z-diss">a half-hour</a> to convey his thoughts, Jay gives his assessment in under a minute.

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