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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 - 12:31 am

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 + Times website,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013 - 9:43 am

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 - 10:19 am

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 - 4:10 pm

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 - 9:48 am

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 - 12:30 pm

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 o… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm

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 - 10:38 am

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 - 3:35 pm

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 in at 10 minutes long. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 29, 2013 - 12:41 pm

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 Performance ArtMore »

By: Liz Pelly / August 3, 2013 - 12:53 pm

HBO Will Debut Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film

Jay-Z recently stopped by the Pace Gallery in NYC to play “Picasso Baby” on loop for six straight hours. The experience was documented, and now HBO will be releasing a film, Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film on August 2 and 11pm EST. “Rap is painting out loud, and you’re putting your fears and vulnerabilitie… More »

By: Liz Pelly / July 27, 2013 - 10:19 am

See Scenes From Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” Video Shoot At An NYC Art Gallery Right Now

Jay-Z is taking a page out of the National’s book and is currently performing “Picasso Baby” on a loop for six hours at one of the Pace Gallery locations in NYC. But, unlike the National’s same-length performance, Jay-Z is filming the song’s music video and not turning it into a sound-sculpture. Marina Abramovic’s live installatio… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 10, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Stream Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail is out in the world now, and it’s pretty clear at this point that it’s a Samsung promotional branding move first and a Jay-Z album second. But whatever your feelings about the album’s massive promotional push, or about Jay’s late-career big-money art-collector largesse, the album has tracks that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 9, 2013 - 10:47 am

Highlights From Jay-Z’s Twitter Q&A

A few days after Jay-Z announced Magna Carta Holy Grail during the NBA Finals, he unleashed a tiny Twitter dispatch explaining the #NewRules of music marketing — projecting a “lead single” on buildings across the world, selling a million records before an album drops, and launching an app for a public listening session. He closedMore »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 8, 2013 - 3:44 pm

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
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