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The Man Behind the Music for Jay-Z's Intimate '4:44' - New York Times

Jay-Z knew it was time to reveal another side of himself. He just needed a palette. More than two decades and 12 albums into one of the most storied careers in hip-hop — and after the seismic pop event that was his wife Beyoncé's visual album ...and more »

10 Producers Who Bring Out The Best JAY-Z - Vibe

We all know the phrase, “It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks.” Thankfully, JAY-Z doesn't listen to silly clichés. Because, at the age of 47, we saw the legendary rapper do something he's never done before: lock in with one producer and create one ...and more »

Review: The Business of Being Jay-Z Gets Complicated on 4:44 - Vulture

Rappers love gangster flicks. They see their own reflections in a mob boss's rise from poverty to power. They relate to betrayals and attempts on their lives. They admire the strength and defiance of every cocaine-flecked, bullet-riddled demise. They ...and more »

'4:44' Producer No ID Talks Pushing Jay-Z, Creating '500 Ideas' -

No I.D. may not have been a household name before becoming the sole producer credited on Jay-Z's new 4:44 album. But the 46-year-old has built an extraordinary resume in hip-hop, crafting essential singles for Kanye West (“Heartless,” “Black Skinhead ...and more »

James Blake collaborates with Jay-Z on new music - Resident Advisor

James Blake has worked with Jay-Z on upcoming music. Jay-Z released his latest album, 4:44, last week. The entire LP was produced by No I.D., who hinted at three new bonus tracks in an interview with Rolling Stone, adding, "James Blake came in and ...and more »

A Guide to the Best Beats From 4:44 Producer No ID - Vulture

By now, you know that Jay-Z's 4:44 was produced entirely by No I.D., the Chicago-born producer responsible for some of the best beats in hip-hop. But to leave it at that would be reductive. No I.D.'s career is as storied as it gets: He's the one who ...and more »

JAY-Z Producer No ID Teases 4:44 B-Sides Featuring James Blake - Stereogum

JAY-Z worked with a single producer on his soul-baring new album 4:44. That producer is No I.D., also known for his work with Common, Kanye West, and Vince Staples, and in a new interview with Rolling Stone, No I.D. teases the release of B-sides from ...and more »

Watch Jay-Z's New Animated Video for “The Story of OJ” - XXLMAG.COM

One of the hottest songs off JAY-Z's new 4:44 album is the second track "The Story of O.J." No I.D. chopped the hell out of a crazy Nina Simone sample and Hov is really spitting. Now, he's dropped the video for the song, and you can watch it below via ...and more »

These Are the Samples on Jay-Z's New Album '4:44′ - XXLMAG.COM

No I.D. produced every track on JAY-Z's new album 4:44, and he bodied every beat on the 10-track album. If there's one thing that sticks out about No I.D.'s style is how he chops samples, and there's plenty of source material to sort though on Hov's ...and more »

New JAY-Z Album 4:44 Getting Physical Release - Pitchfork

Last night, JAY-Z dropped his new album 4:44 exclusively to Tidal subscribers and Sprint customers. However, the record didn't include “Adnis,” a new track that JAY-Z previewed in one of his mysterious trailers. Today, his long-time engineer Young Guru ...and more »