Magna Carta

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    For the Fourth Time in Six Albums, Kanye West Takes the Top Pazz & Jop Prize

    You don't have to ask. Kanye West will do it for you. "How much do I not give a fuck?" he wonders just over a minute into the grinding, bombastic first track off his 2013 victory lap, Yeezus, which is bubbling with answers to that very question. "Let me show you right now . . ." See also: Kanye We ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/10/14

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

  • Voice Choices

    January 8, 2014


    Sean Carter brings his new LP to Barclays

  • Music

    August 7, 2013

    The Graying of Hip-Hop

    What happens to the youth-obsessed genre when its greats reach retirement?

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    July 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    What to Expect From Lady Gaga's ARTPOP

    Last Friday Lady Gaga revealed on her website that her new album would be released on November 11th. It will be called ARTPOP. She elaborated (of course) with the following gibberish: "ARTPOP explodes onto the physical and virtual universe at once on November 11, our 'BIG BANG! On this day HAUS OF G ... More >>

  • 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 11, 2013

    Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana

    Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus have arrived; somehow, Jay-Z's album has the better production, and Kanye's has the better lyrics. In any case, one of the most polarizing aspects of the former work is how it uses Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the opening track, "Holy Grail." Between ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    WIN TICKETS to See NAS at Citi Field!

    This summer has been a weird season for rap. Kanye fell short of ascending to heaven withYeezus. Jay-Z's attempt to transcribe the Illuminati Handbook ended up being a Magna Carta Holy Fail (YUK YUK). J. Cole ranted on Twitter about no one paying attention to him because not Ye or Jay. But luckily f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Every Person, Place, and Thing on Magna Carta Holy Grail: A Checklist

    If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every pe ... 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 21, 2012

    Mitt Loves N.Y.: Robert Rosenkranz

    With Mitt Romney as its de facto candidate, the roster of Restore Our Future, Romney's designated Super PAC slush fund, reads like a laundry list of New York City's wealthiest denizens. And, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and contrary to popular belief, Super PAC ... More >>

  • Film

    July 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2011

    Is Sex a Thing Of the Past?

    Nope.‚ÄčIs sex over? First the Observer said the Youngs are through with it. Now the New York Times, always on the vanguard, is exploring the notion that sometimes, people don't want to have sex. In fact, sex is sort of unfashionable now, due to the widespread availability of porn and various other ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2010

    Grinding Justice

    Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2009

    Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free

    ​Leaf peeper map of NYS What little there is left, we have here, and we're at peak leaf (according to the News, we owe that information to the city's official foliage monitor, Cori Carl). Local foliage tours are here.

  • News

    January 9, 2007

    Our Human Rights Show

    Countries abusing their prisoners say they are following America's practices

  • Film

    May 30, 2006
  • News

    April 25, 2006

    Third American Revolution

    Chancellor Joel Klein's plan to turn students into active citizens for the Constitution

  • Dining

    November 29, 2005

    Daruma Bums

    Please don't ban the bomb at cave-like Williamsburg Japanese

  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Bushwhacking the Constitution

    U.S. Senate proves as disdainful of the Constitution as George W. Bush. Be forewarned.

  • News

    February 24, 2004

    The Rumsfeld-Bush Legal Black Hole

    Powers Formerly Reserved Only for Kings

  • Film

    August 12, 2003
  • News

    July 18, 2000

    One Man’s Machines

    Lone Guy Wrangles Worldwide Weirdness in Winner Show

  • News

    October 13, 1998

    Quiz Show

    Fans drop beer and pick up pencils to find out who's best

  • NYC Life

    July 21, 1998

    Petticoat Junction

    The struggle for dress reform