November 13, 2000 |
If at first glance you don't see the biggest names in hip-hop on this week's music charts, look closer to the top. More than a million albums were sold between the top two spot holders on the Billboard 200 in less than a week. Jay-Z's "The Dynasty: La Roc Familia" moved 557,000 units, living up to all of the hype. The 16-track CD also features members of his squad, Memphis Bleek, and South Philly native Beanie Sigel. Nipping at the heels of the Brooklyn emcee is the Southern-fried rap duo, Outkast.
July 9, 2013 |
It's no secret that Jay-Z thinks highly of himself. Long before Kanye West declared "I Am a God" on his new album Yeezus , Jay-Z, the rapper and entertainment mogul born Shawn Carter. embraced the nickname "Hova," short for Jay-hova. His one-word job description on Twitter is "Genius. " And his new album, which became available to owners of the Samsung Galaxy smartphone on July 4 and to everyone else July 9, is called Magna Carta ... Holy Grail (Roc-A-Fella ***). Boasting, of course, is de rigueur in rap. It'd be hard to think of an MC who would not have reacted as Jay-Z did when he stood on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art last year to announce his inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, and a fan called out "You're the best, Hov!"
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.
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.