Jay-Z NY Times Interview :: Discusses Family, Race, Marital Problems & Kanye Tensions [VIDEO]

Jay-Z sat down with Dean Baquet and did NOT hold back. It was a refreshingly revealing interview from someone usually so closed from the modern world of Tweeting anything and everything about your life. He speaks candidly about his family, cheating on his wife, his friendship with Kanye, and about race and his mother. We pick out the best bits from the interview, plus post the full 35 minute video!

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SoundSwitch Is Now Compatible With Virtual DJ 8

Virtual DJ 8 users can nows spin with their own custom lights shows thanks to a new SoundSwitch update.

SoundSwitch, the software / hardware solution that syncs DMX lighting with DJ software, just received a huge update that grants it compatibility with Virtual DJ 8. Now at version 1.5, it lets Virtual DJ 8 users create their own custom lighting effects when running the SoundSwitch app in tandem with Virtual DJ 8 and using light fixtures connected to the SoundSwitch hardware box.

Previously, SoundSwitch only worked with Serato DJ. Adding Virtual DJ 8 to its compatibility list will open up the product to even more users, particularly mobile and professional DJs who are one of the fiercest Virtual DJ supporters. Coincidentally, it’s these mobile / pro jocks who stand to benefit the most from the customised light show promise of SoundSwitch. We can’t wait to try it – watch out for our review of SoundSwitch soon.

• SoundSwitch 1.5 is now available. Check the SoundSwitch site for more details.

Serato DJ 1.9.10 Released, Adds macOS High Sierra and Denon DJ Prime Support

Serato just announced an update to Serato DJ that includes macOS High Sierra compatibility and support for the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime, X1800 Prime, and Mixars Quattro mixer.

Serato just announced an update to its Serato DJ software. Now at version 1.9.10, it adds compatibility with macOS High Sierra, the latest operating system for Mac users. It also brings Official Serato Accessory support for the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime media player, along with Serato DJ and Serato DVS compatibility with the Denon DJ X1800 Prime mixer. Support for the Mixars Quattro mixer is also included in the update.

This comes hot on the heels of Denon DJ announcing a firmware update that allows the SC5000 Prime to read USB drives with music prepared via Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox software. And of course this is great news for Serato DJ users who have been holding off on updating their Macs – as always, make sure that both your DJ software and DJ hardware are compatible before doing the update.

• Serato DJ 1.9.10 is now available. Check the Serato DJ site for more details.

Kendrick Lamar Credits Three ’90s Hip-Hop Albums with Influencing His Artistic Direction

In an interview with Variety, Kendrick Lamar cites DMX’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, Tupac Shakur’s Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory and The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death as the three records that helped him understand how albums are more valuable than an hour’s worth of songs.
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The Unlikely Story of a Street Musician Who Shared the Stage with JAY-Z

CREDIT: By Yoh, aka Yoh The Profound, aka @Yoh31

The magnetism of curiosity arrested JAY-Z’s attention. In a building big enough to be considered a colosseum by ancient Roman standards, his eye was caught.

Throughout his performance on the Atlanta stop of his 4:44 Tour, Jay had been the momentary center of our universe. Yet, something in the distance transfixed the man who held a near-capacity arena spellbound. My eyes roamed from the stage where he stood to where his eyes stared, and I saw a golden trombone held toward the heavens. It was surreal watching as the trombone moved closer to the stage, per a request made by Hov himself. To the sound of applause, a random man looked out toward the crowd, trombone in hand, standing beside one of hip-hop’s greatest.

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Pharrell F***ing Hates N.E.R.D’s “Hot-n-Fun,” Blames Clueless Record Label

During ComplexCon, celebrated artist-of-all-trades Pharrell Williams and the rest of N.E.R.D sat down for an interview with Scott Vener in the OTHERtone studio, where Pharrell expressed just how much he fucking hates “Hot-n-Fun.”

The track appears on N.E.R.D’s 2010 album, Nothing, and according to Williams, was the byproduct of record labels chasing trends instead of trusting the artist. Read more

T.I. Admits “Elders” Like Him Need Time to Adjust to New Generation Rappers

In response to 21 Savage’s sharp analysis on the judgments being passed on new generation rappers from hip-hop’s older generation, Atlanta OG T.I. chimed in on Instagram with a strong sense of humility.

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GIBSON ARE CEASING DEVELOPMENT OF CAKEWALK AND SONAR

Gibson Brands is ceasing development of Cakewalk branded products and with it, the popular DAW SONAR. Cakewalk was one of the first ever DAWs, originally developed for DOS as a MIDI sequencer in 1987, before growing into a popular workhorse recording software.
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SPOTIFY HAS ACQUIRED CLOUD-BASED RECORDING FIRM SOUNDTRAP

Spotify has acquired cloud-based recording firm Soundtrap, which gives producers access to an online music studio where they can work with others in real time, regardless of each party’s location— providing everyone has an internet connection, of course.
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BURNING MAN APPLYING FOR NEW 10-YEAR PERMIT FOR BLACK ROCK DESERT LOCATION

Burning Man is set to apply for a new permit granting permission to hold the festival in Black Rock Desert for the next 10 years.

The event has taken place in the same spot for the past 27 years, but from 2019 will once again need to renew its permit from the Bureau of Land Management.
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DGTL AMSTERDAM SECURES JEFF MILLS, EATS EVERYTHING, JACKMASTER, MORE FOR 2018 EVENT

DGTL Amsterdam has announced the artists set to provide the vibes at the NDSM Docklands over Easter weekend 2018. Jeff Mills, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Honey Dijon and Recondite are among those on the line-up.

Laurent Garnier, Recondite, Floating Points also locked


Dax J, DVS1, Maya Jane Coles, Hot Since 82, Laurent Garnier, Floating Points, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, Âme II Âme, Amelie Lens, CC: Disco! and Damian Lazarus are also stand-outs among the 70+ artists set to perform 30th March through 1st April 2018. Read more

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