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Grammys 2014: Winners List

UPDATE: Check out GIFs and performance videos from the Grammys here and our wrap-up essay here. Here we go! The festivities are underway and the hardware is being handed out, and in this space we'll keep track of your 2014 Grammy award winners as they are announced. Of course, a crushing-majority percentage… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 26, 2014

The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you're a regular reader of this site, chances are you're hoping Daft Punk gets lucky with an Album Of The Year win for Random Access Memories, or perhaps you'd prefer if Kendrick Lamar took home top honors for good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Both acts are… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 23, 2014

Watch Jay Z Play Some “Pagan Poetry” As Björk Attends His Concert On Long Island

Björk has been living in New York for a while now, and if you're in New York and you get a chance to see Jay Z live, you go; duh. Last night, Björk went to Jay's show at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum, and Jay shouted her out from the stage as his band played a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2014

Watch Jay Z Bring A 12-Year-Old Fan Onstage To Rap For Him

At Jay Z's show Sunday in Greensboro, he noticed a kid holding up a sign that read "Can I rap for you?" So he invited the kid, a 12-year-old named Justin, on stage. Justin proceeded to recite the clean version of Jay's "Clique" verse with authority, only pausing when Jay interrupted and asked him to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 7, 2014

The Year In Unconventional Album Launches, From artRave to Indiegogo To SNL

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget crowdfunding, the haves and have-nots alike made selling albums an art unto itself this year, staving off the format's impending extinction for now and turning music fandom into… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 20, 2013

Rick Ross – “The Devil Is A Lie” (Feat. Jay Z)

The Rick Ross collab "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" was easily the best song on Jay Z's last album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and now Jay has returned the favor, showing up on Ross's new single "The Devil Is A Lie" and sounding more engaged than he has lately. It always feels like an event when these two… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2013

The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new Molly movement since the dawn of the decade. But ever since spring 2012 -- around the time Madonna named her album MDNA and Kanye rapped "Somethin' 'bout Mary, she… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2013

Jay Z Signs Grimes To Roc Nation Management

Now it looks like Jay Z and Grimes have more than just being vegans in common. The rapper's Roc Nation management company announced via tweet that the Canadian musician has been added to their roster. In a Tumblr post following the announcement, Grimes throws up an Illuminati hand sign (in a… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2013

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love” Video

Beyoncé brought much delight to everyone (even those of us who already published our best albums lists) when she released her stunning 17-song visual album Beyoncé by surprise around midnight EST last Thursday. As Billboard reports, the album racked up more than 430,000 in sales (and a whopping 80,000 in its first… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 16, 2013

Beyoncé Just Released A Surprise Album

Bey just surprised everyone by releasing her self-titled fifth solo album exclusively on iTunes. The BEYONCÉ "visual album" includes 14 songs -- featuring musical collaborations with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, Justin Timberlake, Blue Ivy, The-Dream, Sia, Miguel, Hit-Boy, Caroline Polachek, Noah "40" Shebib, and others -- and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 13, 2013

Jay Z Ranks Jay Z Albums Best To Worst

Last year, before he dropped the hyphen, I undertook the difficult task of ranking Jay-Z's albums from best to worst. I had my opinions, and the comments section, by and large, did not agree with them. Neither, it turns out, did Jay. The superstar recently ranked his own albums on his Life + Time… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013

Jay Z & Beyoncé Plan To Go Vegan

Today is Jay Z's 44th birthday, and last night, he posted a note on his Life + Times website claiming that he and his wife Beyoncé are making a life change, at least temporarily: They're going fully vegan for 22 days. It would be pretty amazing if they'd come to this change of heart because… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 4, 2013

Timbaland – “Know Bout Me” (Feat. Jay Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)

It's almost comforting to know that Timbaland is still the sort of person who will recruit Jay Z and Drake, two of the world's most successful rappers, to drop verses on his single, and he'll still insist on giving himself the first verse. That's the case on Timbo's new single "Know Bout Me," which, despite… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013

The Black Album Turns 10

How big of a deal was Jay-Z in 2003? Big enough that when he announced The Black Album would be his last, he rightfully drew comparisons to Michael Jordan, Jim Brown, and Barry Sanders, legendary athletes who stepped away from the game at the peak of their powers. Big enough that everyone from the hip-ho… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 14, 2013

Jay Z Releases Statement About Barneys Racism Controversy

Back in September, it was announced that Jay Z and luxury department store Barneys New York would launch a collaborative holiday collection later this year and that the rapper would be instrumental in curating their iconic holiday window display. But last week, the store and the NYPD were hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit by… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 28, 2013

Watch Ron Howard’s Jay Z Documentary Made In America

Showtime debuted the Ron Howard-directed documentary about Jay Z and last summer's inaugural Made In America festival on Friday, and someone has bootlegged it and put it online. The 90-minute feature covers the acts that performed that weekend, like Run-DMC, Pearl Jam, and Janelle Monae, as well as Philadelphia locals, including people who worked… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 14, 2013

Josh Homme Calls Jay Z Rude, Kooky

Jay Z has been called many things over the years, but "a kook" may be a new one. Recently, Jay held his second Made In America festival in Philadelphia, and one of the bands who performed, Queens Of The Stone Age, apparently wasn't too happy with the experience. In a recent interview, QOTSA frontman Josh… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2013

Watch The Made In America Movie Trailer

The last time Jay-Z made a documentary out of a concert, it was called Fade To Black, and it was incredible. Last year, Jay curated and headlined the first iteration of his Made In America festival in Philadelphia. Willow director Ron Howard (he's made a lot of movies, but Willow is obviously the best one)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 30, 2013

Jay Z – “Holy Grail” (Feat. Justin Timberlake) Video

Jay Z has delivered a music video for his Justin Timberlake collaboration, the Nirvana-referencing "Holy Grail." It's the first song from Magna Carta Holy Grail to get a standard visual treatment, unlike "Picasso Baby," which was filmed during a six-hour performance at an NYC art gallery this summer and clocked i… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 29, 2013

Jay Z – “Picasso Baby” Video

Last month, Jay Z stopped by the Pace Gallery in NYC to perform "Picasso Baby" for six straight hours, rapping directly into the face of attendees one at a time. The "performance art piece" was documented for a music video of sorts, in the form of a short film titled Picasso Baby: A PerformanceMore »

By: Liz Pelly / August 3, 2013
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