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Jay Z’s New Arnold Palmer Drink To “Disrupt The Consumer Package Goods Market”

An Arnold Palmer (or, if you’re from Baltimore, a half-and-half) is one of the best drinks you can have, in just about any situation. It’s half lemonade and half iced tea, and it will make an oppressive summer afternoon a tiny bit breezier. And now it will apparently come with “exclusive content” from Jay Z,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 23, 2014 - 10:01 am

Kanye Blasts The Press, Slights Jay Z In Triumphant Bonnaroo Return

Six years after Kanye West’s infamous Bonnaroo debut — a performance that didn’t begin until 4:30AM BECAUSE OF PEARL JAM, SQUID BRAINS!! — the newlywed rapper returned to Manchester last night for what, by most accounts, was a strong headline set, though uneventful by Yeezus Tour standards. One notable outburst, which you can watch below,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 14, 2014 - 11:19 am

Pharrell – “Frontin’ (Disclosure Remix)” (Feat. Jay Z)

Although people tend to think of music publications as monolithic hive-mind entities, the Stereogum staff comprises individuals, and we don’t always agree. One prime example: In his review of Pharrell’s G I R L, Tom called “Frontin’,” Pharrell’s debut solo single from 2003, “a vaguely terrible lounge-funk midtempo jam.” Although “Frontin'” is definitely lounge-funk, unquestionably… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 6, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Owen Pallett Explains Why Recent Hits By Ariana Grande, Haim, And Beyoncé Are So Likable

One of the things Owen Pallett mentioned when we spoke with him about his great new In Conflict is that he doesn’t want to make a habit of breaking down the music theory behind pop hits as he did for Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” But it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much “How did Paramore end up on American Idol?” as “Why did it take them so long to get there?” As I explained at length last month, the Warped Tour scene that carried Hayley Williams and company to stardom was very much a pop star delivery system, and if anyone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Made In America Los Angeles Lineup 2014

We learned the lineup for the Philadelphia edition of Jay Z’s Made In America Festival — including headliners Kanye West and Kings Of Leon plus the National, Pharrell, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, J. Cole, Grimes, De La Soul, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost!, and Young & Sick — earlier this afternoon. Now the first LA… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Made In America Philadelphia Lineup 2014

This year, its third, Budweiser’s Jay Z-curated Made In America festival is expanding to two different coasts, holding down Labor Day weekend in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles. And while we don’t yet know who’s playing the L.A. festival, the organizers have just announced the Philly lineup. Kanye West and Kings Of Leon will serve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Jack White Talks Scrapped Collabs With Jay Z, Kanye

Jack White has a general reputation as a guy who doesn’t like rap, but it seems that this reputation is way off. Talking to Rolling Stone recently, White revealed that he worked on a few unfinished tracks with Jay Z at some point. According to White, the reason those songs never came out might be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2014 - 11:31 am

Watch Jay Z & Beyoncé’s Action-Packed Tour Trailer Starring Sean Penn, Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, & More

Jay Z’s Life + Times website shared an action-packed promo trailer for the Jay and Beyoncé’s upcoming On The Run Tour that kicks off next month. It’s a glossy affair that’s fitting for two of the richest musicians in the world, featuring guest spots from Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Rashida Jones,… More »

By: James Rettig / May 18, 2014 - 2:01 pm

SNL Season Finale: Solange/Jay Z Cold Open, EDM & Pharrell Digital Shorts, St. Vincent Confounds Twitter

Tonight’s SNL season 39 finale addressed the week’s big viral video (Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, in case you forgot) right in the cold open. It was pretty good! Jay (Jay Pharoah) and Solange (Sasheer Zamata) let us know everything’s cool between them, and actually if you watch the video with audio it… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Solange Release Statement About Elevator Fight

The pop cultural sphere went off its rocker earlier this week when footage surfaced of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator at New York’s Standard Hotel the night of the Met Gala. Plenty of theories have emerged as to why Solange went after her brother-in-law, and today Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Solange released… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Video Shows Solange Attacking Jay Z In An Elevator

Last week, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles attended the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. And today, TMZ released some video of the three artists getting into an ugly scrap at the Standard Hotel in NYC after the gala. The footage comes from the Standard’… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 12, 2014 - 12:15 pm

The Week In Pop: John Legend Reaches Peak Normalcy

Is he really a legend or isn’t he? There’s no doubt John Legend is a music industry power-player, the kind of safe yet pliable talent who moves in many circles, who appeals to many demographics, who’s such a lock to appear at the Grammys every year that he inspired this genius tweet from our ow… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 8, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Major League Lacrosse: “Jay Z Would Not Last One Minute On A Lacrosse Field”

When Jay Z attempted to subliminally diss Drake by calling him “soft as a lacrosse team” on DJ Khaled’s new posse cut “They Don’t Love You No More,” my first thought was that lacrosse is one of the most violent sports imaginable. It’s basically 22 people running around battering each other with sticks. You don’t… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 29, 2014 - 3:00 pm

DJ Khaled – “They Don’t Love You No More” (Feat. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana)

DJ Khaled has been an A-list rap fixture for the better part of a decade, even though he doesn’t really do anything except yell. I have no idea how he keeps lining up big stars for his songs, but he keeps doing it, and now he’s done it again. “They Don’t Love You No More”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 29, 2014 - 10:26 am

Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, De La Soul Win Webby Awards

The results of the 18th annual Webby Awards are in, selected by an International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) panel including Ariana Huffington, Kevin Spacey, and Tumblr founder David Karp. Among the internet awards ceremony’s musical honorees are Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Bob Dylan. De La Soul (pictured) was named… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Beyoncé & Jay Z Announce On The Run Tour Dates

Beyoncé and Jay Z have been a couple of roughly equal fame for so long that I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to launch a major co-headlining tour. Maybe they didn’t want to have the uncomfortable “who goes on first?” conversation. In any case, they’ve presumably figured out that question now. After a few… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2014 - 10:00 am

Jay Z’s Made In America Fest Is Coming To L.A.

The Jay Z-curated, Budweiser-owned Made In America festival first came to Philadelphia two years ago and quickly established a rep as one of America’s better-put together big general-interest music fests. And now it’s expanding. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Made In America will come to L.A.’s Grand Park 8/30-31, Labor Day weekend. This won’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Watch Jay Z Perform With Nas At Coachella

The twentieth anniversary of Illmatic is less than a week away and Nas celebrated in style by performing his entire debut album from beginning to end at his Coachella performance. The only interlude from the album was when Nas was joined by former rival Jay Z to perform “Dead Presidents” and “Where I’m From.” Diddy… More »

By: James Rettig / April 13, 2014 - 2:47 pm

LeBron James – “Fuckwithmeyouknoigotit (Freestyle)”

Back in the mid-aughts, hip-hop mixtape culture was driven by MCs aiming to one-up each other by freestyling (or “freestyling”) on other people’s beats. Lil Wayne was the king of this particular conceit, and his effortless genius inspired seemingly every professional basketball player of note to drop some bars over a hit rap instrumental. Alle… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 1, 2014 - 5:42 pm
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