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.
September 6, 2016 |
Five years in, what is the Budweiser Made in America festival? A first-class hip-hop fest, for starters, that usually lands a big-name rock headliner - this year's catch being Coldplay, the British pop superstars who closed down the event Sunday - and has less success bringing in midlevel rock acts. It's a winning business proposition for festival curator Jay Z and his various enterprises, from his Roc Nation management company to the Tidal music service that live streamed the event all weekend.
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.
April 27, 2016 |
BACK WHEN Tattle was a boy, people kept their opinions to themselves. Then sportstalk radio let every fan with a transistor and a rotary phone have a forum to boorishly mouth off. Then political call-in radio replaced the oratory of Lincoln with the bloviating of . . . pick anyone. This development meshed with online comments sections, which allowed trolls who couldn't write a whole letter to their newspaper to spew venom before the minimalist ideas rattling around in their brains even had time to gestate.
September 5, 2016 |
The Budweiser Made In America festival turned five Saturday with Jay Z's perennial Philadelphia music festival drawing a crowd of more than 46,000 to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an all-day, multigenre (but hip-hop-heavy) event at which all concertgoers could agree on one thing: Rihanna. Every Made In America has been headlined by an R&B or hip-hop bright light in Jay Z's inner circle: Beyoncé, Kanye West, or Hova himself. This year it was the 28-year-old Barbadian superstar.