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  • Review: Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' full of empty boasts

    Review: Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' full of empty boasts
    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...
  • 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...
  • Beyonce: A few reasons we're gaga for this pop star

    Beyonce: A few reasons we're gaga for this pop star
    Beyonce will perform two concerts here this week, both sold out (while, when last we checked, next week’s show in her hometown, Houston, was not). This makes perfect sense — Mrs. Carter was made for South Florida. It takes a certain brand of...
  • 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...
  • Album review: Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta ... Holy Grail'

    Album review: Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta ... Holy Grail'
    2 stars (out of 4) Jay-Z is one of those MC’s so gifted he often sounds like he’s tossing off his best lines as afterthoughts, the epitome of New York City cool. But that casual air has now given way to name-checking and product-plugging....
  • Jack White's Third Man Records to issue Jay-Z vinyl

    Jay-Z drew both praise and scorn last week by unveiling his latest studio album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," through an exclusive smartphone app. Music industry pundits hailed the Brooklyn rapper's business acumen; listeners complained about the app's...
  • Jay-Z's 'Picasso Baby' performance has a filmic bent

    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...
  • Hip-hop voices, beyond Kanye West and Jay-Z, are worth hearing

    Hip-hop voices, beyond Kanye West and Jay-Z, are worth hearing
    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...
  • Hear now: Rick Rubin classics celebrated by Trackstar the DJ

    Hear now: Rick Rubin classics celebrated by Trackstar the DJ
    Rick Rubin has remained in the public eye for nearly 30 years now, a rare producer/executive/music enthusiast whose ubiquity hasn’t diminished either his consistency or his image. Already in 2013, the co-founder of Def Jam Records, former...
  • Watch Jay-Z turn 'Picasso Baby' into performance art

    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. In what...
  • Jay-Z says he and Kanye West argued over 'Magna Carta' songs

    Jay-Z says he and Kanye West argued over 'Magna Carta' songs
    Jay-Z and Kanye West argued for days over the songs "Holy Grail" and "Oceans," Jay-Z said in a new interview with the BBC's Zane Lowe. "We had this whole plan when me and Kanye did [the] 'Watch the Throne' album that we would go right into our solos...