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 11, 2013 |
It's as close as you can get to a showbiz slam dunk. Get Academy Award winner Ron Howard to train his cameras on the inaugural Made in America musical festival in Philadelphia in 2012. Jay Z as impresario and headliner and a lineup of performers that is both eclectic and stacked - what could go wrong? Well, your director's eyes could be considerably larger than his mouth. That's not necessarily a liability for a filmmaker, but in this case, it makes for an incongruous and indulgent documentary.
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.
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...
July 28, 2013 |
Al Gore didn't exactly succeed with Current TV. Oprah has pulled it off, so far, with OWN. Now Sean "Diddy" Combs is making that giant leap - founding a new cable TV channel. Combs on Friday said he plans to launch Revolt by late October. It'll be purely about popular music, of all genres. You know, the way MTV used to be before it dived into the (germ-infested) reality TV pool. Not that Combs faults MTV's business plan. "If I was in that position, I probably would have bit at that apple, too, to be more than just a music channel and be more of a youth culture network," Combs, 43, said in Los Angeles, according to USA Today.
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.
November 11, 2007 |
Everybody loves a gangster movie, but a rapper loves a gangster movie more than most. That's not only because Hollywood has long provided a second career path for charismatic sorts who went to school on their own music videos, including T.I., Common, and the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, the troika who hold down secondary roles in American Gangster, the Denzel Washington-Russell Crowe cops-and-mobsters drama that topped the box office last weekend....