May 6, 2013 |
'My life has got to be like this," says Leonardo DiCaprio, as Jay Gatsby, pointing his finger towards the sky. "It's got to keep going up," he adds, in Baz Luhrmann's version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby , opening Friday. Those aspirational words are the first ones heard on the soundtrack to Luhrmann's ( Moulin Rouge! ) juiced-up take on the Jazz Age novel. And they serve as a prelude to the opening track, "100$ Bill," by Jay-Z, who helmed the star-studded Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby (Universal ***)
September 1, 2012 |
And so, it is finally upon us. The inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, headlined and "curated" - the most overused word in pop culture these days - by Jay-Z will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. It'll be the first-ever paid event on the city's museum-lined grand boulevard where free fireworks and music celebrations are held annually. With the most respected rapper in the game and grunge survivors Pearl Jam divvying up headliner duties, plus significant electronic dance music (EDM)
September 26, 2001 |
Several weeks back, when Jay-Z performed with break-dancing hoopsters on the steps of the Met for the MTV Video Music Awards, I thought Jigga had gone performance-art. The stage set up for Monday's sold-out Roc-A-Fella-label jam at the Electric Factory reinforced the thought. With a stocked bar, saloon stools occupied by Jay's peeps, and a DJ where a barkeep might be, the Lounge Tour production came across as a hip-hop talk show with Jay as intelligent, opinionated, humorous, boasting host.
November 14, 2007 |
For the final song before his encore, during his electric, 90-minute show at the Fillmore at the TLA on Monday, Jay-Z did "Big Pimpin'. " Or, rather, his audience did it for him. The 37-year-old rapper, mogul and boyfriend of Beyonc? is that rare MC who commands a room without raising his voice. In this instance he didn't even have to open his mouth. There were about a thousand souls packed into the South Street venue, making for a rare, intimate gathering for an arena-size act like the rhymer born Shawn Carter.
October 17, 1997 |
As Sean Carter, he's part of a triumvirate that owns an up-and-coming independent recording label with a newly signed major distribution deal with Def Jam. As Jay-Z, he's a rapper on the verge, weeks away from the release of his second album, "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. " His first solo album, "Reasonable Doubt," was a critical and commercial success, spawning the hit single, "Don't Knock the Hustle. " But it would be the smash hit "Ain't No Ni--a" from the "Nutty Professor" soundtrack that would propel him and newcomer Foxy Brown into hip-hop's stratosphere.
April 23, 2008 |
IT'S OFFICIALLY official, even if neither she nor he is talking. A signed wedding license bearing the names of Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) has made its way to the Scarsdale, N.Y., town clerk, confirming that the pair did indeed wed April 4. The license came in last Friday's mail, said Scarsdale Clerk Donna Conkling. It also was signed by the person who officiated at the ceremony - but nobody's saying who that was. There was a celebrity-studded party at Jay-Z's apartment in Manhattan April 4, with guests including Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce's former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
January 10, 2012 |
It's been centuries since a birth has caused as much hubbub - and collective cooing - as the emergence Saturday of Beyoncé and Jay-Z 's first child, Blue Ivy Carter . Gossip semioticians are working nonstop to determine the origin and meaning of the girl's name. Dietitians discuss how she'd get the right nutrients and antibodies. As for dad, he's been inspired to heights of rapturous versifying. "You're my child of a child from Destiny's Child," he sings in "Glory," a song he posted on his site.
December 9, 2011 |
If you're an amazing athlete, musician or artist, staying in school may not help you with your career. But most people aren't one-in-a-million talents. They need an education. Jay-Z gets that. So even though he didn't graduate high school, he's not recommending that as a path to wealth and fame. Beyonce 's husband announced yesterday that he will perform two shows at Carnegie Hall in February to benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the United Way of NYC. "Education is super important," he said.
October 7, 2008 |
Coldplay will release an eight-song EP next month, "Prospekt's March," that will include a new version of the song "Lost" featuring rapper Jay-Z. Six of the eight tracks on the EP are new studio recordings, including "Glass of Water," which the band has lately been performing live. The track list is rounded out by the Jay-Z version of "Lost" and the Osaka Sun remix of "Lovers in Japan. " Coldplay will begin a North American tour later this month in support of its latest album, "Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends.
May 17, 2012 |
AT MONDAY'S news conference announcing Jay-Z's Budweiser music festival, a fan shouted out, "You're the best, Hov!" "I agree," he said. I don't. Not to sound like an old fogy, but hits of his such as "99 Problems" may be catchy, but I can't get with all the b-words and other misogynistic lyrics in Jay-Z's music. It felt bizarre to me to see the performer of such awful songs as "Big Pimpin'" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" standing with Mayor Nutter acting like some kind of hero.