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Swagga Like Us: A Flashback

And now for a flashback. Today, we look into the annals of time to remember one of the greatest live performances in hip-hop history. I’m talking the 2009 51st Grammy Award performance of the hit single “Swagga Like Us”. T.I. Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and the jiggaman himself, Jay Z, took the stage like a modern-day rat pack (or as Queen Latifah introduced them, a “rap pack”) and showed the world […]


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Jay Z And Beyoncé “On The Run” Summer Tour

Not only are Jay Z and Beyoncé on the run from scandalous headlines (Solange elevator brawl, anyone?) but they are “On The Run” with their first mega mash-up tour launching June 25th in Miami.  The 16-city national tour will hit the majors; Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, Houston and San Francisco. The Internet basically exploded when tickets went on sale.  Pre-order sales were so high in California that the multi-million […]


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Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” Is Here. Is It A Magnum Opus?

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Jay-Z announced the new album Magna Carta Holy Grail during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but since he is a business, man, not a businessman, more facts surrounding the business arrangement with Samsung Electronics have come to light than qualitative information about the music it contains. With a dream-team production crew of Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beats and even Rick Rubin in tow, it was almost a given that sonically […]


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Weekly Mixtape Mini-Reviews: Gunplay, Consequence, 9th Wonder/Jay-Z

Occasionally, a whole bunch of musical content is released all at once, and it may be difficult to keep track of all the fresh mixtapes that come available. Allow me to remedy that situation. This mini-roundup of a week’s worth of music should catch you up to speed.   Cops & Robbers by Gunplay – Gunplay is off house arrest and angry at the world. No surprise there, right? His […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.10.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 10, 2012.   Mac Miller, “One Last Thing” Lest we forget, there’s another white rapper whose stage name begins with “Mac” and who, at the end of the day, is a pretty talented dude. Mac Miller got the drop on Macklemore in terms of the whole, “debut album” thing by about a year, and he has spent many of the past 365 days trying […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 10.12.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape October 12, 2012.   Jay-Z, “Give It To Me / Big Pimpin (Live in Brooklyn)” As can perhaps be expected from a businessman of Jay-Z’s savvy, the MC’s string of eight shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is being commemorated in the imminently consumable form of a concert album. For those frustrated by cruising a week’s worth of shaky YouTube clips, this double helping […]


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Jay-Z Opens Up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Over the weekend, Jay-Z helped to open up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn by the playing the first of eight concerts he has scheduled at the sports arena/venue/upscale real estate development. The concerts, which began on September 28, mark not only the anomalous opening of a sporting venue that many speculated would never get built, but also an emotional homerun for the Jiggaman. He gets to see a basketball team […]


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Dissecting Jay-Z

Yesterday’s New York Times profile of Jay-Z (courtesy of unimpeachable novelist/memoirist Zadie Smith) took a precariously laudatory tone toward its subject, a tack that helped both to highlight the Jiggaman’s extant qualities (of which there are many) as well as the contradictions that make those qualities such a tough pill to swallow. The article’s cause célèbre—the opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will house the partly-Hova-owned New York […]


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Sick Threads: Highlights from hip-hop’s best clothing lines

Even rock music’s most diligent fountains of ephemera (I’m looking at you Kiss) pale before hip-hop artists when it comes to building the brand. Whether it’s 50 Cent’s dalliances in flavored water or Snoop Dogg’s willingness to lend his name to pretty much anything, rappers tend to diversify frequently and well. While this habit has resulted in some of the world’s more embarrassing attempts at cross-promotion (again, this), it has […]


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Forbes’s 5 Richest Hip-Hop Moguls: Or, Rappers and the Money that Loves Them

Thanks to Forbes Magazine, that steely bastion of in-depth economic news and fiduciary genital measurement, we can now resolve the age-old debate over who, in fact, is the ballin’-est player in the game. This past week, Forbes published a list of the five richest hip-hop stars in the world. To the surprise of almost no one, those who made the list tended to have a significant behind-the-scenes presence, in addition […]