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The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

About three hours after the conclusion of yesterday’s titanic Tidal announcement, Billboard posted a story called “8 Things We Found on Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service.” Those eight things were:… More »

People love to hate Simon Cowell — for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of resident asshole on those shows — but give the guy credit for this much: In this era of rampant individualism, he sees the enduring value of a team. We saw… More »

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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

Jay Electronica – “We Made It” (Feat. Jay Z)

Last year, Drake heard a track on a recent Soulja Boy mixtape and freestyled over it, and the result was “We Made It,” arguably the most purely fun song of Drizzy’s entire career. Meanwhile, the reclusive rap cult hero Jay Electronica reemerged last week with a new song called “Better In Tune With The Infinite.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2014 - 11:15 am

The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Are Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Kanye & Jay Z Brought The Throne To SXSW’s Samsung Owners

As previously reported, Kanye West and Jay Z headlined Samsung’s SXSW showcase last night at Austin Music Hall. Attendance was free for people with Samsung devices that have installed Samsung’s new streaming service Milk Music (not to be confused with these guys). As ABC notes, Samsung’s show was in direct competition with Kendrick Lamar and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 10:21 am

Jay Z & Kanye West Will Play Samsung’s SXSW Show

Three years ago, Kanye West closed out SXSW with a late-night G.O.O.D. Music showcase at a converted power station. At the end of the show, Kanye brought out Jay Z for a quick set of collaborative songs. Not long after, they announced their collaborative Watch The Throne album. And now it’s time for an encore. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2014 - 9:47 am

Daft Punk & Jay Z – “Computerized”

From “Stronger” to “I Am A God,” we’ve heard Kanye West rapping over beats by Daft Punk several times over. Now it seems Yeezy’s big brother and Throne bandmate Jay Z once collaborated with the robots too. A song called “Computerized” has surfaced on YouTube, and Pitchfork confirmed that it’s genuinely the work of Daft… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 10, 2014 - 5:16 pm

An Annotated Media Guide To Danger Mouse

On February 24, 2004, music fans worldwide participated in a coordinated act of civil disobedience. Dubbed Grey Tuesday, the digital demonstration was this simple: Hundreds of websites posted a free download of The Grey Album, Danger Mouse’s mashup of the Beatles’ self-titled “White Album” and Jay Z’s The Black Album, and more than 100,000 fa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2014 - 2:08 pm

The Week In Pop: Candice Glover And American Idol’s Decline

Did you know the reigning American Idol champion’s album is out this week? Maybe the better question is: Do you know who the reigning American Idol champion is? Candice Glover is quite alright, so I hope your answer is yes, but I suspect it’s no. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Kanye West & Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love (Remix)”

You heard versions by Future, Feature, and Harmonimix. Now Kanye West has hopped on a remix of Bey and Jay’s “Drunk In Love.” The new beat was co-produced by Mike Dean and it premiered on Hot 97 personality Angie Martinez’s new site. Listen below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 14, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunken Love (Official Remix)” (Prod. Detail)

If you didn’t think there was any way to improve on the ostentatious Beyoncé/Jay Z collab “Drunk In Love,” think again. Over at Complex, producer Noel “Detail” Fisher has unveiled his official remix of the song. Dubbed “Drunken Love,” the remix trades in the booming drums of the original for a more cinematic and orchestral… More »

By: James Rettig / February 14, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Future – “Drunk In Love” (Beyoncé Cover)

When we last caught up with Future, he was putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated Honest and kicking out a handful of mixtape tracks and remixes. It looks like Honest is finally finished, with a release date coming next week, but in the meantime, Future has released another online curiosity to hold u… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Grammys 2014: GIFs & Videos

The Grammys aren’t about Grammys — the vast majority of them aren’t even given out during the televised ceremony. (UPDATE: Here’s who won, though.) No, the Grammys are about the performances, and this year is looking pretty stacked. Here we’ll be posting videos of the live sets including Daft Punk (with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, and… More »

By: Stereogum / January 26, 2014 - 8:56 pm

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 of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 26, 2014 - 6:59 pm

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 - 4:49 pm

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 - 12:01 pm

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 - 9:53 am

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 an exceptionally… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

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 link… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2013 - 1:30 pm

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 gone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

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 move that will fuel… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2013 - 3:50 pm
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