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    November 25, 2013

    The Top Five Black Album Remixes

    This month, Jay Z's "retirement" album The Black Album turned 10 years old. While it's historic for being a lavish (third) retirement album, arguably its greatest impact was ushering in the era of the underground remix album. Bridging the gap between the initial mash-up craze of 2003 that gave us th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 14, 2013

    PICASSO BABIES

    MoMA PS1 turns up the bass

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    July 26, 2013

    Magna Carta Holy Marketing

    [Editor's note: LA Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on our sister paper's music blog every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] When we look back on 2013, we'll consider it the year of the event album. What's less clear is whether we'll remember the music or simply ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Craziest Musical Gambles That Paid Off

    Every year it's a guarantee someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, it's not been true in much of 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's Yeezus and the ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/19/13

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

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    July 19, 2013

    We Know What Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Did Last Summer

    Today and Saturday, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake take the stage at Yankee Stadium for their Legends of Summer tour. While they're both certainly living legends in their own right, it's interesting to look back on how truly different both Hov and Timberlake's summers have been over the years, and yet ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 17, 2013

    2 SHOWZ

    Jay-Z, J.T., and Lil Wayne headline a night of arena concerts

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Kill Your Idols: Why Rap's Superstars Stay Relevant

    For the most part, we agree. Three of Jay-Z's last four albums have been terrible. Lil Wayne, addled as he is by lean and anatomical discharge (or just pure not-caring), don't rap so good no more. Eminem hasn't released a worthwhile LP in over a decade. Nas is wildly inconsistent--but we await all h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    No One Cares About Jay-Z's New Music

    Ever since the announcement of his game-changing arrangement with Samsung Electronics, most of the conversation about Jay-Z's forthcoming studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail has revolved around the nature of the deal, not the coming music. Even as the project (out officially tomorrow) is being roll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Joey Bada$$ on Summer Knights, and His Relationship With Jay-Z

    Joey Bada$$ is the face of new New York rap. The 18-year-old Brooklyn native flipped Internet fame into real-life buzz with his debut mixtape 1999 last year and became one of the city's most prodigious rhymers. His tender age belies his mature lyricism and Joey has already received cosigns from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Jay-Z's Great Gatsby Soundtrack is a Failure

    When the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby was released a year ago, it was set to the music of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," from the sometimes duo's incredibly self-important Watch the Throne album. On the surface it made sense. Jay-Z -- who retired as a rapper in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

    Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." We really mean it. And, c ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 30, 2013
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    December 31, 2012

    The Ten Best Concerts In New York This Week

    These are the 10 best concerts in NYC this week.

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    December 19, 2012

    What the Not Jay and Ye Members of Roc-A-Fella Records Have Been Up To

    Tonight Gramercy Theater is hosting a Roc-A-Fella Records reunion concert. (Although, ummm, considering the notable absences, it seems maybe unauthorized.) It's been just over eight years since Jay-Z and Dame Dash split, ending one of the most influential and dominant labels in rap. While the long-r ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 19, 2012
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    October 15, 2012

    Barclays Center's Security Put Jay-Z Fans Through The Wringer. Streisand Fans, Not So Much.

    Here's the easiest quiz in the world, and not just because we gave you the answer in the title of the post. If you had to guess, which artist's fan base had to deal with much tighter security at Barclays Center? A) Jay-Z's B) Barbra Streisand's If you guessed A), congratulations, you live in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Counterpoint: Jay-Z Saved Brooklyn

    Sean Carter has always let it be known that he is a ruthless cultural capitalist, a man who's out for success for himself and his own. Now that he's achieved that success, it's worth thinking about what his single-minded pursuit of the American dream means to his native borough, where he just perfor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Jay-Z - Barclays Center - 9/29/2012 (Day 2)

    See Photos From Night One: Hello Brooklyn: Jay-Z's First Night at the Barclays Center Jay-Z Barclays Center 9/29/12 Better Than: Seeing Jay-Z on the third night at Barclays Center. Brooklyn has quickly become New York City's most popular borough, amassing a cult-like following (and real estate e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    President Obama Arrives In New York Today To Drink Champagne With Jay-Z And Beyonce (And Appear On Letterman)

    President Obama is heading into the city to attend campaign events today including an appearance on David Letterman and a fancy party at the 40/40 Club with hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The New York Post reports that there will be a custom-designed 350-bottle champagne tower with $800-per-bottle bubbl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    The Top 3.5 Hip-Hop Songs Of The Week

    The worst result of 21st-century technological advances, at least from a musical point of view, is the dual proliferation of DIY recording equipment and social media, allowing millions of—notice the quotation marks—"musicians" to flood inboxes, festival backpacks, Facebook timelines and ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 25, 2012

    LORD KNOWS

    Just Blaze heats up THE RUB

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Jay-Z Adds Two Shows To Barclays Center Run; Tickets Go On Sale Friday

    Jay-Z has added two more shows to his run of gigs at the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn arena that will serve as home to his imminently-of-the-borough Nets. A presale going for American Express cardmembers will last until 10 p.m. tonight; the rest of the tickets, including a bunch priced at $30, go o ... More >>

  • Music

    June 20, 2012

    Large Professor, Bigger Than Life

    The legend continues with Professor @ Large

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Phil Mushnick Offers The Voice A (Poor) Explanation Of "New York N-----s" Column

    Since our prior post about New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick's column suggesting the Brooklyn Nets should change their name to the "New York Niggers," Mushnick sent us an explanation of his offensive column.It's pretty lame -- he basically says we can thank rappers (read: black people) like Jay- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    New Logo for the Brooklyn Nets

    The new logo was set to be unveiled on Monday but Jay Z--who owns 1% of the team--couldn't wait, unveiling this t-shirt yesterday

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Baby's First Feature: Hear "Glory," By Jay-Z And B.I.C.

    ​It's been about 36 hours since BeyoncĂ© gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter, her first child with Jay-Z, so why shouldn't he release a song dedicated to his new offspring? And so, here's "Glory," credited to Jay-Z and "B.I.C.," who apparently is an up-and-coming young star responsible for the coos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Hey, Bono, Here Are Five Songs You Might Want To Consider For This "Song Lyrics Of Literary Excellence" Contest You're Judging

    ​The New England branch of the literary society PEN has announced that it's bestowing its inaugural award for outstanding achievement in song lyrics in February (hat tip: Dave Bry/Maud Newton). Lyrics from all stripes of popular music can, of course, be utterly banal, but they can also employ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Beyond Jay And Kanye's Throne: Ten More Regal Seats In Hip-Hop

    Coming to an arena near you this weekend: Jay-Z and Kanye West. ​Kanye West and Jay-Z's grandiose Watch The Throne tour comes to the New York City area tomorrow, and sticks around through next week—the pair perform at the Izod Center on Saturday and Sunday, and at Madison Square Garden o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Live: Wale Brings Lots And Lots Of Friends To The Highline Ballroom

    Wale Highline Ballroom Wednesday, November 2 Better than: watching next week, when the show will air on MySpace. The line had packed itself six-deep, turning the long sidewalk from the Highline Ballroom to Ninth Avenue into a traffic jam of Wale fans. Or maybe just fans of events. Or maybe sheep. ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 26, 2011

    THE KING’S TWO BODIES

    Jay-Z and Kanye conquer Jersey

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Jay-Z And Kanye West Will Be At Madison Square Garden Next Month

    ​Jay-Z and Kanye West will follow up their Izod Center performances as The Throne with two shows at Madison Square Garden, November 7 and 8. Tickets go on sale to those people who have an in with Citibank on Wednesday at 10 a.m., and the rest of the world can get tickets on Friday at 10 a.m. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    The "Otis" Video Debuts Tomorrow Night; Get Ready For Lots Of Smoke And Broing Down

    The press release announcing tomorrow night's debut of the "Otis" video (on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, BET and Centric, at 8:56 p.m. ET) has a bit of a boxing-ring flair to it; Watch The Throne, the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration that the track comes from, gets dubbed "the Undisputed Number One Album in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Ten Trends That Watch The Throne Could Kickstart

    ​It's way too early to have a critical judgment on Watch The Throne; didn't you read the rules? But since Kanye West and Jay-Z's colossal collaboration plopped into the raging waters of Internet opinion early Monday morning, I've been watching for ripples. Here are ten new things that Watch Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    The Watch The Throne Trailer: Twenty Seconds Of Footage That Will Tell You Pretty Much Nothing At All

    ​ After lots of speculation, and singles, and events you weren't invited to, Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative album Watch The Throne comes out Monday, with a tour following later this year. For some reason, someone (maybe Live Nation? maybe Roc Nation? maybe a superfan with too much time o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Those Jay-Z/Kanye West Concerts At The Izod Center Have Been Pushed Back To November

    ​Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne Tour has been shuffled around a bit, and the two concerts at the Izod Center originally scheduled for the end of September are now taking place at the Meadowlands' arena on November 5 and 6. The presale starts at 10 a.m. on August 2 (yes, that's today!) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Live: People Gather To Watch Jay-Z And Kanye's Throne, See The Stars

    ​ The Throne (Watch The Throne listening session) Hayden Planetarium Monday, August 1 Better than: any listening session I've ever been to. Album listening parties have almost always existed as excuses to drink on the record company's dwindling dime, the music itself largely ignored; backgro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Live: Jay-Z Cheers Up Kanye West At MoMA

    ​Kanye West Museum of Modern Art Tuesday, May 10 Better than: The obscenely long line outside. (There may still be people waiting to get in.) Even if you're put off by the tortured, why-so-serious vibe underpinning Kanye West's performances these days, it's hard to deny the charisma of the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Q&A: Singer Angela "Mecca" Scott, Star Of Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, On Working With Jay, Big L, And A Real Housewife Of Atlanta

    "I was before my time, as the record labels would say." ​At 17, Angela "Mecca" Scott was beckoned by producer Ski Beatz to fly from her Virginia home up to New York City to sing on a track for an up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper named Jay-Z. Over a beat based around a sample from jazz pianist Ah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Top Ten Greatest Rap-Acronym Anthems

    ​Kanye West and Jay-Z's Lex Luger-produced "H.A.M." is a creative union of the two biggest currently recording rap stars in the world -- as the lead single to the duo's upcoming Watch the Throne project, it's a feisty statement of intent. But more importantly, it's a fresh edition to the canon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    The Jay-Z Fast Food Jukebox at Brooklyn's Buffalo Boss

    While waiting for my fiery chicken wings at Buffalo Boss (read the review here ), the new wing joint at least partly owned by Jay-Z, I got to wondering, What should the music be at a place owned by Brooklyn's most respected hip-hop artist and businessman? Rap, of course, but what kind of rap? The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Week In Review: The Love and the Wizardry

    We are all Jay-Z's children,. Photo by Jori Klein.​In the week we told you why you can't hate Kanye West and love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at the same time, we made similarly bold claims about Girl Talk--ten worst moments on that record, right here--and the Beatles, who along with a c ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2010

    Big L's Unfinished Business

    The young rapper had a killer sound. Then the street rubbed him out.

  • Music

    November 17, 2010

    Decoding Jay-Z's Decoded

    Why the rapper's memoir is definitely not Shawn Carter's

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Jay-Z Talked About Magic and Wizardry at the Box on Friday Night

    ​Tonight, he's at the New York Public Library, talking with Cornel West about his excellent new book, Decoded, but Jay-Z held a different sort of event on Friday night at the Box. Invitations sent out less than 24 hours in advance asked guests to something called "The Turn"; the email said som ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Jay-Z To Talk Decoded With Charlie Rose at the Brooklyn Museum

    The Decoded cover​To celebrate the release of Decoded, the "narrative journey through the lyrics and life" of Jay-Z, which will be published by Spiegel & Grau on November 16, the rapper will sit down for an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose in front of a live New York City audience. The eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    See Jay-Z and Cornel West Talk About Rap Music at the New York Public Library on November 15

    ​Yesterday, we brought you a brief but compelling excerpt from Decoded, the autobiography-slash-annotated-lyric-sheet of a book Jay-Z will be releasing through Spiegel & Grau on November 16th. Now comes word that one day prior, on Monday, November 15th, Shawn Carter will be at the New York Pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Q&A: Tanya Morgan's Von Pea Shares His High School Memories of Fabolous, Biggie, and Jay-Z

    ​Boys & Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn--once home to both the Notorious B.I.G. and Fabolous--has long since become a legendary spot for New York hip-hop. Von Pea, one third of the indie rap group Tanya Morgan, also attended its hallowed halls--a move which inspired his new b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Jay-Z Is The Miami Police Department's Poster Boy For Gang Activity

    ​So yesterday, our friends at Miami New Times made an amusing discovery: Seems the cops down there unveiled a new "Report Gang Activity" banner on their official website, featuring a drawing of a totally hypothetical and not even remotely menacing five-person gang with, uh, a few faces you mig ... More >>

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