January 17, 2012 |
In the world of babies and hip-hop, it has been a very interesting week. Jan. 9, we learned that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were the proud new parents of a baby girl, Ivy Blue Carter. Oops. That was a mistake, the little girl's name is really Blue Ivy. I can dig it. Nice name. Then it was reported that Jay and Bey allegedly paid more than a million dollars to take over the whole maternity wing at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. Maybe Beyoncé's life was in danger.
May 23, 2012 |
Pearl Jamand Philly-raised Santigold are among top artists who will perform along with Jay-Z at the Budweiser Made in America festival over Labor Day Weekend. Dirty Projectors, Skrillex, Afrojack, Odd Future and Mike Snow are also performing over the two-day event, Sept. 1 and 2, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We reported the lineup's biggest names Monday morning at PhillyGossip.com after noting that an apparent Ticketmaster goof had prematurely listed acts online Friday.
May 14, 2014 |
B EYONCE WHO? Queen B's little sis, Solange Knowles , has finally stolen her more-famous sibling's thunder with an elevator performance that could land her a bout with Damon Feldman 's "Celebrity Boxing. " The fight took place at an after-party for last week's high-fashion Met Gala in New York City at The Standard, a swanky hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District - soon to be renamed Solange's Punchpacking District. The video, available on TMZ.com, shows Solange, Beyonce, Jay Z and a large bodyguard getting into an elevator.
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 15, 2015 |
Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star. Boucher, who plays a sold-out late show Saturday at Union Transfer as part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl tour, has just released Art Angels , her fourth album and by far her most pop-targeted effort to date. It's also the first sign of evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks. You might not know that by looking at the album cover.
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.
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.