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  • Album Review: Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

    Jay-Z is one of pop music's greatest mythmakers, and his most jealously guarded myth is the notion that what he does is effortless. You see this in his insistence on composing rhymes without pen and paper, his omnipresent yet offhand allusions to his...
  • Ranking Jay-Z's power

    Ranking Jay-Z's power
    Jay-Z has been on top for so long that sometimes it’s hard to remember where he began. The rapper, who grew up in New York’s Marcy projects, started from the bottom and now he’s chilling with the President. Some people say the Jigga Man...
  • Album review: Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

     Album review: Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'
    ** 1/2 (out of 4) Jay-Z has been rapping about having a lot of money for a long time: "Without rap, I was crazy straight/partner, I'm still spending money from '88" he spat on "Dead Presidents II" in 1996. Back then, though, there was a populist tilt...
  • Jay-Z reveals 'Magna Carta' art next to the actual Magna Carta

    Jay-Z reveals 'Magna Carta' art next to the actual Magna Carta
    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...
  • First impressions of Jay-Z's new album, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

    First impressions of Jay-Z's new album, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'
    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...
  • Jay-Z takes to Twitter, offers fans advice on life, music, cereal

    Even though the coverage seems to have gone on for years, a mere five days have passed since users of a particular brand of smartphone (and anybody willing to illegally download music) first heard “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the 12th solo...
  • 2012-13 Tribune Scholar-Athlete team

    2012-13 Tribune Scholar-Athlete team
    Alex Alcantara St. Francis 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,...
  • BET Awards 2013: Complete list of winners

    BET Awards 2013: Complete list of winners
    The BET Experience focused its attention on the awards portion of the weekend's festivities after numerous performances, high temperatures and well-attended seminars. Rapper Drake led with the most nominations as the awards were handed out at L.A.'s Nokia...
  • J. Cole rides into BET Experience a 'Born Sinner,' proven rapper

    J. Cole rides into BET Experience a 'Born Sinner,' proven rapper
    Rapper J. Cole didn't attract much attention during a recent photo shoot at an upscale Beverly Hills hotel. He had no entourage (a rarity by hip-hop standards) and appeared unassuming in a plain T-shirt and jeans. The only clear spoil of fame? A...
  • Powerhouse's thrills come and go

    Powerhouse's thrills come and go
    Two years ago at Powerhouse — the annual summer hip-hop concert presented by L.A.'s KPWR-FM (105.9), a.k.a. "Power 106" — the Compton rapper Problem performed on a small outdoor stage designed to showcase up-and-coming acts. In 2012 he made it...
  • Beyonce discusses Cuba trip on 'GMA,' says she wants more kids

    Beyonce discusses Cuba trip on 'GMA,' says she wants more kids
    Beyonce appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to set the record straight about her trip to Cuba and open up about expanding her family. Bey, who is in the middle of the European leg of her world tour, the Mrs. Carter Show, spoke with Amy Robach...
  • Revisiting Ginevra King, the Lake Forest woman who inspired 'Gatsby'

    Revisiting Ginevra King, the Lake Forest woman who inspired 'Gatsby'
    Remarkable how two words, scribbled nearly a century ago about a 16-year-old Lake Forest debutante, can evoke a whole country, its hypocrisies and promises, its aspirations and crushing realities. Last week, the University of South Carolina posted...