| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Boasting six nominations apiece, resurgent pop titan Justin Timberlake and collegiate hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dominated the MTV Video Music Awards nominations, which were announced Wednesday morning.
Competing for the top video of the...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Now he’s got 100 problems. Rapper Jay-Z was widely praised for his business savvy after he announced a plan to give away 1 million copies of his new album to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users through a special app.
But that app has generated a...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 12:12 PM
In the wake of Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, New York rapper Pharoahe Monch has released an incendiary track called “Stand Your Ground.” It’s a potent, hard song that...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
To judge by the media coverage this summer, only two hip-hop albums of note have been released. Both were recorded by multi-platinum multimillionaires raised on first- and second-generation hip-hop.
As even your grandma could probably tell you, these...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Jay-Z has a flair for the theatrical. Does he also have a flair for the cinematic?
The rapper’s latest stunt, a six-hour performance of “Picasso Baby” — he rapped the song over and over at an art gallery in New York on Wednesday...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 2:28 PM
Jay-Z has turned the second song of his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail" into a new art form.
The musical mogul Wednesday repeatedly rapped “Picasso Baby" during a six-hour performance piece at the Pace Gallery in New York.
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:44 PM
When Jay-Z issues his new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," it will have platinum status after all -- just with a tiny asterisk.
However, the 1 million copies of the album given away for free through the hip-hop mogul’s deal with Samsung -- the...
| Jun 23, 2013
Baseball, football, wrestling
ACT: 34. GPA: 4.88/4.0.
Athletics: All-Suburban Christian Blue football 2012, baseball 2012-13. 138-pound regional runner-up, wrestling 2013.
Academics: IHSA All-State Academic 2012-13,...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:15 PM
We're not sure where Kanye West and Jay-Z's duel of self-mythologizing will end up -- perhaps with a "Yeezus" sequel titled "I Am Cthulhu"? But Jay-Z has escalated matters with his newest promotional gambit.
His new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," has...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 3:28 PM
“You ain't gotta count it … I can add / 1 million, 2 million, 3 million, 20 million / Oh, I'm so good at math / Might crash ya Internet / And I ain't even into that,” Jay-Z boasts on “Somewhereinamerica.”
| Jul 4, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Jay-Z’s new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” came out Wednesday night, and as the rapper predicts on one track from it, he did indeed crash the Internet. Not literally, of course, but the artist's 12th solo studio album, released early...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 5:00 AM
It's possible to pare down the gist of "Magna Carta Holy Grail," the 12th solo studio album from New York rapper/businessman/new dad Jay-Z, to three simple words uttered in a track called "Tom Ford."
"I'm so special," declares the rapper, 43, and anyone...