April 28, 2014 |
The Carters are coming! The Carters are coming! For weeks rumors have circulated that married icons Beyonce and Jay-Z would headline a tour this summer, and the rumors have now been confirmed: You can see the mega-stars Thursday, July 24 at Soldier Field as part of the “On the Run” tour. The title is a play on the 2013 Jay-Z track “Part II: On the Run” that featured - wait for it - Beyonce. A promotional item for the tour features a photo of the couple in ski masks. Good thing there's no mistaking Mrs. Carter's eyes.
February 7, 2014 |
Andrew Barber of FakeShoreDrive.com has been documenting Chicago rap at great length for years. I recently sat down with my friend Barber for a casual conversation about Barber's thoughts on "The College Dropout" and its impact on the city and hip-hop scene. "I'd already been a huge fan of Kanye's production since Jay Z's "The Blueprint," and "Izzo" remains one of my favorite Jay songs to date. I remember the MTV News brief in '02, '03 about Kanye pursuing a solo rap career, and it was on my radar...
January 26, 2014 |
At some point Macklemore and Ryan Lewis went from breakout independent rap stars to a duo it was uncool to like. Is it theoretically surprising to see them take down Kanye, Jay Z, Drake and Kendrick all at once? Yes. But you know what? "The Heist" is a good album. It's fun. It has something to say. Let's turn the backlash backwards. Besides, there's nothing you can do about it. M+RL were big winners during Sunday's Grammys, taking home best new artist, best rap album and, more significantly, setting the scene for a mass wedding (officiated by Queen Latifah and...
January 10, 2014 |
During Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" tour, he's been lending valuable stage time to a random concert-goer to spit his or her stuff for the audience. Thursday night at the United Center, the rapper in question was 19-year-old Monique "Mobo" Burrell of Kankakee. Her charismatic freestyle was captured and passed around social media -- watch the video, here -- garnering largely positive response and getting the attention of the Jiggaman himself. RedEye tracked her down, and the story of how she got that moment to...
January 7, 2014 |
As if Jay Z could get any cooler in the eyes of his fans. During his Greensboro, N.C. concert on Sunday, the rapper invited 12-year-old Justin onto the stage to rap one his songs. (Read more of the behind-the-scenes story on TMZ.com ) But Jay Z is no fool. He knows some of his lyrics can be controversial. So he stopped Justin from rapping the part of the song that references "drug dealing," and instead had him jump to the next part of the song. Watch for yourself to see how Justin performed under...
July 23, 2013 |
When Jay Z and Justin Timberlake announced their “Legends of the Summer” stadium tour in February, it seemed like a shrewd business decision--putting arguably the commercial kings of hip-hop and pop/R&B together for a short, expensive tour. It suddenly gave another meaning to "being on their 'suit and tie' [bleep]" too: They were not just hobnobbing musicians in black ties by night but savvy brand managers in sharp business suits by day. The tour predictably has been an insane success, garnering both sellouts and critical praise, and Monday night at Soldier...