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“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

Back in spring 2014, when Sam Smith was beginning his climb from angel-voiced Disclosure collaborator to world-conquering superstar, I worried about the direction his career might take. Noting the distinct lack of star power emanating from Smith at the time, I compared him to Rick Astley (fair) and Susan Boyle (cruel) and wrote, “He is… More »

Who knew a tweet from Weezy last December would unfold into the ugly soap opera that is Lil Wayne vs. Birdman? After nine months, three lawsuits, three spinoff dramas, direct verbal shots, social media shots, subliminal lyrical shots, actual gunshots, a hurled drink, two mixtapes, and an album, here we are. More »

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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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2013 - 10:45 am
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