See the lyrics for Jay-Z's "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake.
+ See the lyrics for Jay-Z's "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake; the song references Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and uses lines from the band's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Hova's forthcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail drops July 4. (MTV News)
+ In case anyone had missed Jay-Z's initial record announcement, his latest Magna Carta Holy Grail promos are pretty much guaranteed to turn heads in Times Square, where his ads stand several stories high. Go big or go home, indeed! (MTV News)
+ Get a sneak peek of Jonas Brothers' "First Time" music video. The 15-second clip quickly flashes by poolside and city scenes while a bit of the song plays. (Just Jared Jr.)
+ Wiz Khalifa is readying his third major-label album for release later this year, and he announced that it will be named Blacc Hollywood. Also, check out his NSFW "Old Chanel" video featuring Smoke DZA. (Billboard)
+ Listen to a NSFW track by Ying Yang Twins entitled "Miley Cyrus." The Atlanta rappers reportedly saw that Miley had referenced them on Twitter, and being that they liked her twerking skills, they dedicated the song to her (and her behind). (RapFix)
+ Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary (!!) of Beyoncé's Dangerously In Love. To celebrate the occasion, Bey shared a few never-before-seen photos from the era on her Tumblr page. (Iam.Beyonce.Tumblr)
+ Beyoncé's headed to North America to launch another leg of her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" on Friday. In case you missed out on tickets for this round, she's announced an additional 22 dates! Tickets go on sale July 1. (Rap-Up)
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Listen to Big K.R.I.T.'s "King Remembered In Time" mixtape.
+ Stream and download Big K.R.I.T.'s new free(!) mixtape, King Remembered In Time. The set includes features from Wiz Khalifa, Future, Trinidad Jame$, Smoke DZA, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more. (RapFix)
+ Jay-Z's 2013 Made In America lineup has arrived. Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails headline on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 respectively. The eclectic fest features hip-hop, rock, R&B, and EDM, with 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Miguel, and deadmau5 among the performers. #wewanttogotothere (MTV News)
+ Sing along with the Obamas... as they sing along with Justin Timberlake! The "Suit & Tie" crooner performed Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" at the White House, part of the "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" TV special, airing April 16 on PBS. (MTV News)
+ Frank Ocean made Out magazine's Top 10 of their 2013 Power List, which honors the 50 most powerful LBGT people in America. RuPaul and "Glee"'s Jane Lynch also made the list. (E!)
+ Watch Jonas Brothers perform "Pom Poms" with a rollicking brass section and backup singers on Tuesday's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." It was the first time the guys performed their new single live. (Just Jared Jr.)
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Joey Bada$$ goes underground (literally) with Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA in their "Underground Airplay" video.
It's no surprise that a rapper like Joey Bada$$ has found a comfortable home in underground, throwback-inspired hip-hop. The young Brooklyn MC (and MTV "Artist to Watch" in 2013) wraps his rapid-fire rhymes in gully, marauding '90s hip-hop beats and had the privilege of rapping on a song like "Unorthodox" (created by seminal hip-hop producer DJ Premier), which is just MORE evidence to the kind of revivalist sound Joe gravitates to. Now, Joey's teaming up with fellow NY rapper Smoke DZA and Southern rhymer Big K.R.I.T. (aka The Smokers Club) on "Underground Airplay," set to appear on Ecko Unlimited's (yep, the clothing line) Underground Airplay mixtape.
Watch Joey Bada$$ featuring Smoke DZA and Big K.R.I.T.'s "Underground Airplay" video after the jump.