All Jay-Z stories

Featured Jay-Z stories

Last October, Jay Z was photographed exiting Samsung’s Silicon Valley offices, where he’d reportedly taken a meeting with Daren Tsui, the vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions Center. That bit of news led to speculation that Jay was in talks with Samsung to sell his newly acquired streaming service, Tidal, to the South… More »

The US president’s annual State Of The Union address is always a loaded subject because no one can agree exactly what state the union is in or why it’s in that state, especially in such a polarized, compromised, altogether monumentally fucked political environment. We can’t even agree on who should be considered a part of… More »

In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I was accompanied on this tour by a writer from another music publication, and our walk-through was guided by two high-level Apple Music representatives; all four of us were arranged on… More »

More Jay-Z stories

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…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2013 - 10:19 am
11

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…
Tom Breihan | November 15, 2013 - 4:10 pm
3

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…
Chris DeVille | November 14, 2013 - 9:48 am
35

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…
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…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm
1

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
34

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
4

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
2

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
3

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
2

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
1

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
3

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
3

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
58

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
67

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
10

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
27

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
7

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
8

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
3
1 ... 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...