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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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 22, 2013

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

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 "SuitMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2013

The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2013 Grammys

About two thirds of the way through last night's endless Grammy ceremony, Justin Timberlake ambled onstage for the second time, this time to flank Recording Academy CEO and inveterate pirate-scolder Neil Portnoy. Timberlake asked a question: "Best Grammys ever?" Then he answered himself: "Best Grammys ever." Well, no, Justin. The idea of a "best" Grammys,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013

Watch Courtney Love Cover “99 Problems”

Jesus, I don't even know what to do with this. At a small Sundance show last week, Courtney Love played an acoustic cover of Jay-Z's "99 Problems," and it is ridiculous. The pros: Courtney's voice is still a powerful weapon, and she still has that husky emotive rasp to it even when she's quasi-rapping… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2013

Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie” (Feat. Jay-Z)

After teasing it out, in various different forms, for the better part of a week, Justin Timberlake has just announced his first new album since 2006's ridiculously good FutureSex/LoveSounds. In an open letter on his website, Timblerlake writes that he started work on the new LP last summer, that it's called The 20/20 Experience,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2013

Jay-Z Scoring Great Gatsby

When the trailer for Baz Lurhmann's Great Gatsby first appeared, the inclusion of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church In The Wild" was a bit of a head-scratcher. As it turns out, the Watch The Throne-opener was foreshadowing the rest of the film's musical programming. Over the weekend, Jeymes Samuel, bka producer the Bullitts, More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 2, 2013

2012 In Review: Filling The LCD Soundsystem Void

2012 was the first full year without LCD Soundsystem since James Murphy distilled the fleeting essence of cool into seven-some comically heartrending minutes a decade prior. To remind us what we lost when the balloons came down and the lights came up at Madison Square Garden, directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace released ShutMore »

By: Chris DeVille / December 26, 2012

Frank Ocean Nominated For 6 Grammys

Frank Ocean has had a pretty good year, and he's closing it out in style, cleaning up on year-end lists and now, being nominated for Grammys in six categories: Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Short Form Music Video. The other… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 5, 2012

Meek Mill – “Lay Up Remix” (Feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z & Trey Songz)

Last month, Philly rap energy-bomb released his very good album Dreams & Nightmares. Before the album dropped, Meek had mentioned that Jay-Z had contributed a verse. But Jay, possibly unhappy with his own work, ended up not appearing on the album, though he did record a verse -- and a pretty good one! -- for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2012

Watch Jay-Z Play Obama’s Rally In Columbus

Jay-Z just went on at Obama's final Ohio rally. Watch it below! UPDATE: Jay-Z's performance is over but now Obama's speaking, which you can totally stick around for if you want to. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 5, 2012

Watch Jay-Z’s Video For Obama

Barack Obama and Jay-Z pretty much have each others' backs, so it's probably no surprise that Jay-Z filmed B.O. a campaign ad. You can watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 15, 2012

Watch Beyoncé Join Jay-Z In Brooklyn

Though Jay-Z told Rolling Stone that there wouldn't be any guests hitting the stage during his eight-night run at Brooklyn's brand-new Barclay's Center -- he wasn't exactly true to his word -- the final night featured a dramatic appearance from his wife Beyoncé, who came out to perform "Diva" and duet with Jay… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 8, 2012

Jay-Z Albums From Worst To Best

Back in 1990, an extremely young Jay-Z showed up wiggita-wiggitaing all over "The Originator," a single by his fast-rapping buddy the Jaz. And between that moment and 1996, when he released his stately and ridiculously assured debut album Reasonable Doubt, Jay more or less disappeared. He spent a little while on the road with Big… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 5, 2012

Jay-Z @ Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, NY 9/28/2012

"Nothing feels like tonight," Jay-Z kept repeating on-stage at last night's Barclay's Center-opening blowout, a night that Jay himself and NYC developer (/civic villain, depending on who you talk to) Bruce Ratner had dreamed up almost a decade ago. Though both were keen to enjoy their moment in the sun -- high-definition video screens curled… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 29, 2012

Watch Coldplay, Jay-Z, Rihanna Play Paralympics Closing Ceremony

A couple of weeks ago, we beheld the weirdly moving spectacle of Orbital and Stephen Hawking performing together at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. The games ended this past weekend, and last night's closing ceremony had a far more conventional big draw: Coldplay, who called in some favors for their set. The band played "More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2012

Kanye West – “Clique” (Feat. Jay-Z & Big Sean)

Yesterday, a snippet of Kanye's new one, "Clique," emerged, a preview that presented a track buoyed by a compelling, maximal Hit-Boy beat. Now the whole thing has showed up. When the track turns to Kanye, he doesn't waste time, dropping a humdinger of a line that people surely will be talking about; "My girl… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 6, 2012

Watch Made In America Fest Highlights: Jay-Z With Pearl Jam, Kanye, Run-D.M.C. & More

Philadelphia's inaugural Made In America festival took place over the weekend, touting an eclectic Jay-Z-curated lineup of Pearl Jam, Skrillex, a reunited Run-D.M.C., D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Santigold, Drake and many more. While there was potential for disaster -- a Philly-native friend told me that this was the first ticketed event Philly has ever held… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 4, 2012

Rick Ross – “3 Kings” (Feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z)

Earlier tonight, Rick Ross dropped the latest single from God Forgives, I Don't -- a release from which we've already heard "Hold Me Back", "So Sophisticated" and "Touch'N You" -- the Dre/Jay-featuring "3 Kings." It's arguably the most anticipated cut of the release; it's either that or "Diced Pineapples," which I don't… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 19, 2012
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