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Premature Evaluation: Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z has compared himself to a lot of people in his decades-long career: Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson on "Niggas In Paris," before that "Biggie in his prime" on the disturbingly prescient "The City Is Mine." But on Magna Carta Holy Grail, he knights himself the Jean-Michel Basquiat of hip-hop and oddly also self-anoint… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 5, 2013 - 10:00 am

Deconstructing: Jay-Z, Kanye West, And The #NewRules of Hip-Hop Marketing

Tomorrow, Jay-Z will release Magna Carta Holy Grail, which comes just three weeks after Kanye West's Yeezus. Both new LPs are the first solo albums to be released by those artists since they worked together on Watch The Throne, one of 2011's finest hip-hop records. In the two years since their massive collaboration, Kanye West… More »

By: Max Blau / July 3, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Jay-Z Reveals Cover For Magna Carta, Which Has Already Gone Platinum Basically

When you're a gigantic stadium-headlining rap star -- and when Samsung has already gone ahead and bought its subscribers a million copies of your new album -- you apparently don't have to spend too much time workshopping your album-cover designs. Those four letters you see above are the cover art for Magna Carta Holy Grail,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2013 - 10:23 am

Rick Rubin Not Involved With New Jay-Z Album

Ads for Magna Carta Holy Grail, the surprise new Jay-Z album that'll arrive later this week, had Jay in a room with four of the greatest rap producers ever: Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, and Def Jam co-founder/megabearded guru Rick Rubin. Those ads sure made it seem like Jay had a dream lineup of beatmakers i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2013 - 4:54 pm

New Jay-Z Album Quotes R.E.M., Too

Yesterday we posted lyrics for upcoming Jay-Z single "Holy Grail" which features a few lines from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Well, today he's released lyrics for another track from Magna Carta Holy Grail called "Heaven" that features "that's me in the corner/that's me in the spotlight/losing my religion" from R.E.M.'s, yes, "Losing My Religion."… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 25, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Here Are Those Nirvana-Referencing Jay-Z Lyrics

Over the weekend we learned two things about Jay-Z's forthcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail: the tracklist (although no features were revealed, boooooo) and that one of the songs would include lyrics from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Turns out, that song is the album's penultimate track "Holy Grail" and it features a guest appearance from… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 24, 2013 - 11:18 am

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail Tracklist Revealed Via Scavenger Hunt

Yesterday we learned that Jay-Z will incorporate Nirvana lyrics into a forthcoming track. We're not totally sure if that track will be on his next record, Magna Carta Holy Grail, but we do now have the tracklist for that album. Yesterday, Jay-Z's publicist Jana Fleishman sent fans on a scavenger hunt of sorts around Brookly… More »

By: Liz Pelly / June 23, 2013 - 3:34 pm

New Jay-Z Song To Use Nirvana Lyrics, Says Courtney

Surrounding a quick tour she's currently on, Courtney Love recently did an interview with the Huffington Post discussing her new music, a forthcoming autobiography, why she's not doing a reality a show, and more. Most interestingly, she talked about how Jay-Z is planning to cover Nirvana at some point. More »

By: Liz Pelly / June 22, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Jay-Z Announces Magna Carta Holy Grail Via Samsung Commercial

I'm not sure it's possible to steal Kanye West's thunder at this point, but if it is, his buddy Jay-Z just did it. Just as last night's NBA Finals game was going into halftime, Samsung aired a three-minute commercial that centered entirely around Jay and some famous friends at work in the studio. The commercial… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2013 - 9:08 am

The-Dream – “High Art” (Feat. Jay-Z)

One of the first things The-Dream says before getting into any singing on his Jay-Z-featuring cut "High Art" is "girl, I'm missing you like bitches miss my music." I'm one of those people who has her first listen of "Sex Intelligent (Remix)" permanently etched into her brain because of one lyric: "6/7/2011, I'mma drop that… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 9, 2013 - 4:52 pm

White House Responds To Jay-Z’s “Open Letter”

This is turning into a weird, weird news day. Earlier today, Jay-Z released a new one-off song called "Open Letter," part of which was about his recent trip to Cuba and a couple of Congress members' inquiries into it. Jay sprinked in a few lines about Obama, who, according to Jay, said that they should… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Jay-Z – “Open Letter”

Jay-Z's been in the news a bunch lately, for going on vacation to Cuba with Beyoncé -- a trip that a couple of Congressmen decided to investigate -- and for selling his shares in the Brooklyn Nets to become a sports agent. And in grandly cantankerous old-man fashion, Jay's just posted a brand-new song directed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2013 - 10:45 am

Great Gatsby Soundtrack To Feature New Songs By Jay-Z, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé & André 3000

As we reported earlier this year, Jay-Z had a large hand in the music component of the upcoming Baz Lurhmann's film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The tracklist for the soundtrack, which Jay executive produced, has been revealed and includes an eclectic array of artists. On the theme of the music, Lurhma… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 4, 2013 - 11:09 am

Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)” (Feat. Jay-Z)

As Tom pointed out last week, Young Guru debuted Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)" featuring Jay-Z during SXSW at BitTorrent showcase. The entire thing has been unearthed, including new verses from Lamar that update the tone of the original from concern about credibility into a snarling declaration of individuality. Check it out… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 18, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Preview Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” Remix, Featuring Jay-Z

Kendrick Lamar is, at the moment, the general-consensus greatest young rapper in the universe, which Jay-Z is the general-consensus best old rap man left standing. When those two guys link up with each other, it's a big deal. And that's why it's worth clicking on the video below, even though it's an insanely irritating way… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2013 - 11:56 am

Watch Justin Timberlake Host & Sing On SNL

Last night, Justin Timberlake returned to Saturday Night Live to host for the fifth time. He took on musical guest duties, as well, as he did when he hosted in 2006. That was also the year that he and Andy Samberg -- who recently got engaged to Joanna Newsom! -- debuted their Color Me Badd-indebted… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 10, 2013 - 11:30 am

The 10 Best The Notorious B.I.G. Songs

Choosing the ten best songs by one of Brooklyn's most beloved children, the Notorious B.I.G., is essentially a fool's errand. The rapper, né Christopher Wallace, had too dynamic a scope, despite his catalogue being limited to his debut, Ready To Die, and its double-disc follow-up, Life After Death. At times he was Aesop, others Hitchcock,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 8, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z Reveal Legends Of The Summer Tour Dates

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are two people who are very, very good at performing in front of vast crowds, and they're both present on Timberlake's new "Suit & Tie" single. And it just makes sense that both guys are about to link up and spend their summer playing shows at vast football and baseball stadium… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 22, 2013 - 11:38 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The two videos I liked best this week are about reintroducing superstars: One who's been away for a while, one who's barely taken enough time off for anyone to notice it's been a year since he dropped an album. And both are heavy on old-school music-video values: Expert rhythmic editing, implied sex, the goofily in-charge… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 15, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie” Video (Feat. Jay-Z) (Dir. David Fincher)

Justin Timberlake spent a whole lot of time away from music so that he could try acting, but he really only made one good movie, The Social Network. That movie's director, David Fincher, got his start making videos for people like Madonna and George Michael, and now he's returned to the form for "Suit &More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2013 - 10:34 am
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