Tag: jay z

Jay-Z’s The Blueprint Inducted Into Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry

Rapper Jay Z performs onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California. Photo: Christopher Polk (Getty Images for Coachella) ‘Hov is cemented in history, y’all! The new National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress has dropped, and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint is on […]

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Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper, The Killers And More Have Been Announced As Part Of The Woodstock 50 Lineup

Getty Image 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music And Arts Fair, the historic festival that was held on a dairy farm in upstate New York. It was billed as “3 Days of Peace and Music” and included performances from many of the era’s defining acts. This August, the festival’s co-founder and co-producer […]

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Hold Up: Beyoncé Resists Relinquishing Personal Texts in Blue Ivy Trademark Dispute

(L-R) Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Beyoncé Knowles attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, La.Photo: Theo Wargo (Getty Images) When Beyoncé and Jay-Z sought to trademark firstborn daughter Blue Ivy’s name soon after her birth in 2012, it seemed a standard case of savvy celebrity parenting—after all, […]

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They Good! Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Be Honored With GLAAD’s Vanguard Award 

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z look on before Miguel Cotto takes on Canelo Alvarez in their middleweight fight on November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Al Bello (Getty Images) Everything is love and love wins. The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards is coming up and the LGBTQ-centered organization has announced the recipients of one […]

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Jay-Z and Roc Nation Helped Dismiss Case of 11-Year-Old Boy Who Refused to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Romeo Santos Joins Roc Nation Management and Named CEO of Roc Nation Latin on June 8, 2016 in New York City. Photo: Nicholas Hunt (Getty Images for Roc Nation) A big triumphant *Otis Yell* goes to Jay-Z and Roc Nation. The philanthropic division of the famous entertainment company stepped in to help an 11-year-old boy […]

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Brooklyn’s Blackness Is Strongest Because of Its Rich Diaspora Influences and Deep History

Celebrants participate in the annual West Indian Day Parade on September 5, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. More than a million people were expected to line the streets for the Labor Day ritual. Photo: Stephanie Keith (Getty Images) America’s Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they […]

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Jay Z and Tidal Decide Not To Stream De La Soul’s Catalogue Following Royalty Dispute

Getty Image On Monday, hip-hop trio De La Soul caused a minor stir when they posted a message to their Instagram account announcing that they had entered into discussions with their former label Tommy Boy Records about releasing their back catalog onto all digital streaming platforms. The announcement was big news considering the legendary group’s […]

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Tidal Will Give Emerging Musicians $1 Million With A New Grant Program

Getty Image The advent of music streaming platforms and the emergence of independent digital distribution services like Tunecore and Distrokid have made it exponentially easier for scrappy, independent musicians to get their recorded music out into the world. While these developments have certainly lowered the barrier of entry into the music industry, it hasn’t eliminated […]

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Unraveling The Paradox Of Jay-Z’s Billionaire Social Consciousness

Getty Image On the second verse of Jay-Z’s “Moment Of Clarity” track off his 2003 Black Album classic, he contended that: “I dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars,” admitting that he scaled back his lyrical gifts in a bid for mass appeal and the financial rewards that come with it. That admission […]

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Beyoncé And Jay Z Accept Their Brit Award In Front Of A Portrait Of Meghan Markle

via Instagram Beyoncé and Jay Z thrilled fans last year when they surprised released Everything Is Love their first collaborative album as The Carters. The project nabbed them three Grammy nominations, including a win for “Best Urban Contemporary Album.” The album also garnered the attention of the BRIT Awards, the annual award show held in […]

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21 Savage Finally Speaks Out, Says ICE Arrest ‘Was Definitely Targeted’

21 Savage, on Good Morning America Screenshot: ABC News (YouTube) For the first time since being released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on $100,000 bond, 21 Savage is speaking his piece. After countless statements on his behalf, he is breaking it all down in his own words. He appeared on Good Morning America […]

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Wait —: Wait — Beyoncé Is Not Actually a Vegan

“Wait —” is a weekly newsletter in which Caity Weaver investigates an unanswered question in the news and pop culture. Sign up here to receive it in your inbox. How long is life? According to Official Rules set on behalf of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, life is a period of up to 30 years, beginning at […]

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Fashion And Feistiness At The Roc Nation Pre-Grammys Brunch In L.A.

Getty Image Celebrities gathered in L.A. to get an early start on The Grammys celebration at the annual Roc Nation brunch Saturday morning. The brunch was hosted by Jay-Z and saw a lineup of top entertainers. Jay-Z and Beyoncé stepped out shining in color coordinated outfits. Beyoncé wore a rouged shoulder Balmain mini-dress and her […]

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Jay-Z Is Reportedly Lending His Lawyer to 21 Savage

Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter speaks onstage during the launch of The Reform Alliance on January 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Nicholas Hunt (Getty Images for The Reform Alliance) He got 99 problems, but effective legal representation ain’t one. 21 Savage is currently in ICE custody and it looks like one Shawn Carter is offering […]

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Meek Mill, Justice League NYC Demand Action as Hundreds of Inmates Go Without Heat, Hot Water at Brooklyn Detention Center

Screenshot: Google Maps With it’s spate of polar vortexes and record-breaking temperatures, this winter has been especially torturous. But for inmates housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., these brutal conditions have officially crossed into inhumane. According to the New York Times, despite temperatures as low as 3 degrees Fahrenheit, over 1,600 inmates […]

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Go Vegan. Get Beyoncé and Jay-Z Tickets for Life. Deal?

Beyonce attends the 2017 NBA All-Star Game on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Ronald Martinez ((Getty Images) Imagine getting to go to Beyoncé and/or Jay-Z concerts for life. All you have to do is… Bitch, you guessed it: Go vegan. The woman who reinvented Coachella posted the challenge on her Instagram this week […]

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Jay-Z Demands a More Diverse Panel to Settle Trademark Lawsuit—and Wins

Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter speaks onstage during the launch of The Reform Alliance at John Jay College on January 23, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Nicholas Hunt (Getty Images for The Reform Alliance) Jay-Z just scored a legal win relevant to arbitration proceedings everywhere. Page Six reports that the rapper and mogul, also known as Shawn […]

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Beyonce And Jay-Z Are Giving Free Concert Tickets For Life To One Fan With Their New Vegan Project

Getty Image Beyonce and Jay-Z began 2019 by spreading the word about veganism: In the intro of the book The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World — which was written by Beyonce’s trainer, Marco Borges — they wrote, “We all have a responsibility to stand up for our health and the health of the […]

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Critic’s Notebook: For Innovation at the Grammys, Look at the Best Music Video Category

Another year, another persistent worry that the Grammy Awards will once again fail to recognize boundary-pushing black performers. The nominations are led by Kendrick Lamar, Drake and a crop of female artists — a promising shift after years of complaints about a lack of diversity at the music industry’s big night. However, nominations don’t necessarily […]

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