November 19, 2006 |
Coming out of retirement is a big deal for anyone. But for Jay-Z - the superstar rapper who "retired" from music-making in 2004 - reentering the workforce means coming back bigger and faster than everyone else. The 36-year-old performer (born Shawn Carter) has a day job as president and chief executive officer of Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records and a high-profile girlfriend in songstress Beyonc? Knowles. But on Tuesday, the New Yorker will restart his recording career by releasing Kingdom Come, a double CD. In anticipation of that, Jay-Z made an improbable trek yesterday: playing seven mini-concerts for radio-contest winners in seven U.S. cities.
October 27, 2008 |
Virtually on the eve of what's being called America's most important election, Jay-Z - hip-hop's unofficial CEO - put civic duty in most succinct terms to the throng that sold out Power 99 FM's Powerhouse showcase at the Wachovia Center on Friday night. "You voting?" he asked from the stage, then directly told the crowd not to screw up - albeit not exactly in those words. Howard Dean couldn't have made a sharper case. With that, Powerhouse and Jay-Z proved how much they have grown.
July 5, 2003 |
Rap royal Jay-Z and current rap "it" boy 50 Cent's Rock the Mic tour, one of the biggest summer concerts for the MTV set, arrived to a nearly full house Thursday at the Tweeter Center. Opening acts included rap veterans Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes. As a female rapper who has won success without marketing her sexuality - and has even shunned the recording industry's unrealistic body-type standards - Elliott might have been expected to exhibit similar values in her live show. No such luck.
November 13, 2013 |
'Are you tired yet, Philly?" Justin Timberlake asked, checking in with the crowd 21/2 hours into his three-hour set Wells Fargo Center Sunday night. Tired? There was no room for tired with the 360-degree laser light show that danced from song to song. Or the video projections that flipped back and forth between live shots and filmed pieces that interacted with what was happening on stage. Fancy audiovisuals aside, it was Timberlake's performance that kept the audience not just alert, but hypnotized and hooked throughout a 30-song spectacle that ended just before midnight.
October 31, 1997 |
Jay-Z's much-anticipated second album, "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1," is apparently a victim of his success. While there are many solid tracks, there are several that never should have made this album. Jay-Z is too gifted to allow weak music to undercut his flow. He might think sampling Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City" on "The City Is Mine" is a good idea, but the pop track just doesn't work with Jay-Z's staccato delivery. And while it would seem there's no way a duet with Li'l Kim wouldn't be a smash, "I Know What Girls Like" sputters out before it ever gets cooking.
May 16, 2012 |
With Mayor Nutter as his opening act, hip-hop mogul and rapper Jay-Z stood atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. His theme: Made in America, the music festival - announced Monday morning - that will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend. Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, was saying he embarks on a venture only if it has potential to be great. Just then, a fan shouted, "You're the best, Hov!", a shortening of "Jayhova," one of the MC's noms de rap. Without missing a beat, Jay-Z answered back: "I agree.
February 7, 2014
"TASTY enough to turn Jay Z vegan!" That's a slogan Mickey Davis and Dorinda Hampton have not yet used to promote their Philly-based food line Really Fresh Vegan. But it's not out of the question. Davis, a/k/a "Black Key," is a Grammy-nominated music producer who's worked with Ludacris, 50 Cent and DMX. He told me how, as producer of the official B-side remix of Beyonce's 2006 "Deja Vu" single, he'd discussed vegan food with Jay Z, and got him to try some. Whether the superstars' December "22-day vegan challenge" was inspired by Davis and Hampton may never be known - until I get the chance to ask Jay Z himself - but Really Fresh Vegan aims for a big impact here in the Delaware Valley, where RFV sandwiches, snacks, juices and dessert items are increasingly showing up on store shelves.
December 16, 1999 |
West Philly's own Charli Baltimore is heated at yesterday's New York Post story that put her in the middle of a hip-hop love triangle. The Post article said that she had been the cause of the feud between rapper Jay-Z and record executive Lance "Un" Rivera that resulted in Rivera's stabbing in Manhattan's Kit Kat Club. The fiery redhead told the Philadelphia Daily News yesterday that the reports were false. "I never had any type of relationship other than business with Lance "Un" Rivera.
September 4, 2012 |
EXENE CERVENKA was upset to miss Mount Airy native Santigold 's performance Sunday during the Budweiser Made in America festival. Cervenka, whose band X performed right before Pearl Jam on Sunday night, was delayed getting to the concert but did listen online to Santigold's set. Despite more than 30 years fronting Los Angeles punk pioneers X, Cervenka told us she was too shy to introduce herself to Santigold, born Santi White, daughter of late lawyer and...
November 4, 2008 |
On a stage outside a North Philadelphia theater where some of the greatest R&B artists once performed, Jay-Z and other members of the hip-hop elite exhorted 10,000 young people yesterday to become part of history by voting for Sen. Barack Obama. A throng of energized young people, many of them Temple University students, gathered in front of the historic Uptown Theater on Broad Street about 1 p.m. to hear rappers Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs and singer Mary J. Blige urge them to cast ballots for the senator from Illinois.