• Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Here's Why Christmas Shopping with Jay Z Is A Terrible Idea

    Last week, upscale New York retailer Barneys announced the "New York Holiday" collection, in which it pairs with luxury-rap icon Jay Z to produce a bunch of superfluous shit you'll never, ever buy. Amidst the $70 t-shirts and fancy knit scarves and gold double-rings (which are something that people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The Five Greatest Hip-Hop Clean Versions of All Time

    There's a reason Arrested Development's fourth season came fully-bleeped despite being on Netflix, and it's the same reason some people prefer their Die Hard replays on basic cable and their "Gold Digger" MP3s ripped from a Wal-Mart version of Late Registration. Sometimes the censored version is jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Jay-Z Insists He Knows What Twerking Is (But Magna Carta's Good Anyway)

    At 43 years old, it seems safe to say that Jay-Z is on top of the world. Within the past year, he's become the face of an NBA basketball franchise, had a beautiful child with his tremendously famous wife, and had a mega-collaboration with Justin Timberlake. Hell, he even picked up the new title of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    How Jay-Z and Samsung's Revolutionary App Is As Gross As Farmville

    Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is--well, I haven't listened to it yet. (iPhone 3GS users are actually barred from owning it until they upgrade to a newer device.) This isn't a review of the album, except to say that I think "BBC," with its bizarre, layered production and conciliatory Nas verse, is r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    As a 26-Year-Old White Woman, I Can Really Relate to Jay-Z

    A confession: When Jay Z writes his lyrics, I feel as if he is writing them for me, a white woman from suburban Pennsylvania. His soulful rhymes about drug-dealing, his forlorn verses about incarceration, and his triumphal beats about being a pioneer in the music industry are all things I see reflec ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013
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    April 15, 2013

    Why Talk More About Jay-Z's Cuba Trip Than Rick Ross's Date Rape Rap?

    Having solved all of the country's economic problems, come to an agreement on DOMA, and figured out what to do about gun control, the American government finally has time to focus on what really matters: where richer-than-God superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé spend their obscenely luxurious vacations. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Phoenix Rapper Sar KAZum Says "F**K a Label"

    When it comes to hip-hop, cadence is everything. Well, maybe not everything, but a rapper's flow is a damn big deal. Whether you're making a club banger or flexing your lyrical chops, delivery makes or breaks a jam. Phoenix emcee Sar KAZum knows this, so he looked to hip-hop heavyweights like KRS-O ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012
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    February 15, 2012

    Time Lapse Butchery: A Meat Market Strip Session with Chef James MCDuffee

    Matt Kane ​ Who knew that watching someone turn a slab of pork into chops really fast could be so interesting?! Maybe it helps when the soundtrack is Jay Z's "The Takeover."

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    A Champagne Guide to Ring in the New Year with Style

    ​Besides the occasional mimosa, here at wine school we typically save the bubbly for holidays and celebrations. You too? We'd hate to find you trampled and confused at the closest Bevmo. So here are a few suggestions to facilitate your holiday cheers.  Find our champagne suggestion ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 10, 2011
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    October 26, 2011

    Music Videos Beavis & Butt-Head Should See

    ​Beavis & Butt-Head makes its triumphant return to MTV on Thursday, October 27 at 10/9c, and quite frankly, we can't wait. This preview of "Holy Cornholio" looks promising, but one thing is missing--music videos! Half the fun of watching Beavis & Butt-Head was listening to the duo's commentar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Random and Mr. Miranda Team for "Planet Silk"

    ​I don't want to get too hyperbolic here, but this year Jay-Z and Kanye teamed up for one of the year's biggest albums, and I can't help but make the comparison when I think about Phoenix emcees Mr. Miranda and Mega Ran hooking up for a combo album. Titled The Memorandum, and due out in December, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Chris Brown Carelessly Infuriates His Neighbors

    ​It's tough enough to have a regular bad neighbor, but your living situation will be made particularly difficult if your neighbor is Chris Brown, according to the Boom Box.Residents of the same West Hollywood condos as Chris Brown have been complaining about the late night dog races that he holds ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 5, 2011
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    November 26, 2010

    DJ Rolemodel Talks Roy Orbison, Pussycat Lounge, Kanye West, Little Boots, and More

    DJ Rolemodel​Name: Randell Carlton Green AKA: DJ Rolemodel Current club nights: Tuesdays at ACME, Fridays at Smashboxx, Saturdays at American Junkie. Genres spun: You name it and I have it. Origin story: Started off as a radio DJ while in college. I was actually fired for playing "Rape Me" by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Kanye West - Power

    ​Song: Kanye West, "Power" (Remix featuring Jay-Z)Context: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released today. Another strong effort from 'Ye. Certainly a lot better than that shitty new Dre single, "Kush." KANYE by ahasver1

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    9 Year Old Hip-Hop Sensation Makes Her Music Video Debut

    ​Little Miss Hit Maker and potential diva-to-be Willow Smith will premiere the music video for her first single today, according to Gossip On This.Willow has announced on Twitter (@OfficialWillow) this morning that she's making her video debut via Vevo and BET's 106 & Park. She has also made a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2010

    Will Smith's Daughter Drops Her First Single, Jay-Z Signs Her Right Away

    Will Smith's little fashionista and pop star, Willow​ Child pop stars have been making it big for ages. I'm not talking about teens who hit it big from their participation in the Mickey Mouse Club; I'm talking about the Osmonds and Stevie Wonder.And don't forget Michael Jackson; he was kind of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Jay-Z, Jack White Record New Song Together

    Jay-Z and Jack White. Together at last. (Image taken from​Jay-Z and Jack White have collaborated on a new song.Can this week get any better? I submit that it cannot!While the two had publicly discussed a desire to work with one another, no specifics had ever been announced. Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Pazz and Jop is Out!

    Albums Winner: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective​Singles Winner: Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys​ This year's annual collection of the opinions of thousands of music critics regarding the best albums and singles of the year has arrived. The poll was started in 1974 by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Black Sabbath's Stem Cell Treatment, David Lynch and Billy Corgan, Passion Pit Mp3

    Electric Mustache: mp3: Passion Pit Remix Max Tundra "Which Song"Everyone's Blog Posts: All Nov. Events @ The Trunk Space: K Recs, Sound Art, Local break-neck rock, Label show cases, punkersIdolator: Aqua Warn Against The Dangers Of Color-Coordinating Your Dinner Parties' MenusNME: Black Sabbath's T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O. Sings to Fatties, Nirvana vs. Courtney Over Cobain's Guitar Hero Likeness, Weezer Unveils New Album Art

    NME: Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O to soundtrack anti-fat advertsRolling Stone: Grohl, Novoselic Didn't Approve Cobain's "Guitar Hero" AvatarRolling Stone: Paula Abdul and "American Idol" Insiders React to Ellen NewsPitchfork: Weezer's Raditude Cover RevealedIdolator: Someone Decided To Put Together A Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Amy Winehouse Not Guilty, Jay-Z's Mayoral Campaign, Thom Yorke Writes for 'New Moon'

    NME: Amy Winehouse found not guilty of assault NME: Jay-Z replaces Beastie Boys at All Points West Idolator: Jay-Z Enlists Kanye West And Rihanna For His Mayoral Campaign Idolator: Jordin Sparks Is Not Singing About Giving Head On Her New Record Pitchfork: Director: Thom Yorke Wrote New Song for New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Jay-Z, First Friday, and Joey Arroyo Over the Weekend

    Could Jay-Z Replace Michael Jackson? Jay-Z's claim to being "The Best Rapper Alive" is delivered so flippantly it's almost filler anymore. Certainly, there was a time after 2003's The Black Album dropped that it'd have been indisputable to any serious fan of hip-hop music, but, in the years since, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Could Jay Z Replace Michael Jackson?

    Luke HolwerdaJay Z took the "connect with the fans" thing to extremes at his Dodge Theatre show.Jay Z's claim to being "The Best Rapper Alive" is delivered so flippantly it's almost filler anymore. Certainly, there was a time after 2003's The Black Album dropped that it'd have been indisputable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    July 3 In Blogs: Shawna Forde, Jay-Z, The Mission, and Roosters

    In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Shawna Forde Associate a Former Pima County Sheriff's Deputy in Training? Up on the Sun: Could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Jay-Z's Official DJ Visits Tonight's Groove Candy

    Jay-Z and Neil Armstrong: BFFs for reals. NYC's DJ Neil Armstrong is one lucky mofo. Not only does the dood get to spin the backbeats for Jay-Z as the hip-hop superstar's official turntablist, he also got to hang with Obama during the inauguration and has been lauded in the pages of Rolling Stone, U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Other People's Blogs: Grammys ditch polka, Black Keys Work With Mos Def, MGMT Hating on Headbands

    Spin: Jay-Z's 'Blueprint 3' Out This SeptemberRolling Stone: The Biggest, Oddest (and Most Unique) Sound in New YorkPitchfork: Santigold's Label Attempts to Block Santigold MixtapeNME: Grammys ditch polka category for 2010 AwardsSpin: Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman Perform Together in NYCPitchfork: Bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Other People's Blogs: Toby Keith in Town, Jay-Z's Plans, Handsome Furs

    The Dish with Jess Harter: Toby Keith to attend restaurant grand opening WednesdayIdolator: So What Is Jay-Z Up To, Anyway?So Much Silence: Handsome Furs: Radio KaliningradNME: Beyonce to offer $20 tickets on North American tourElectric Mustache: Kid Cudi Playing Marquee Theatre July 27thPitchfork: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Other People's Blogs: Jay-Z Splits From Def Jam, Green Day vs. Wal-Mart, Vampire Weeked DJs Prom

    Rolling Stone: Jay-Z Buys Out Def Jam Contract, "Blueprint 3″ Heads to Roc NationElectric Mustache: Photos: Miniature Tigers at The Phix 5/15/2009Rolling Stone: Allen and Lambert iTunes Hits May Be a Predictor of Future SuccessIdolator: Green Day Knows Its Enemy, And Its Name Is Wal-MartNME: Vampi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Jay-Z Has 99 Problems (But A Bush Ain't One)

    Last night was the Obama Staff Ball in Washington. While the stars of the night were the president and vice president, the entertainment was top-notch, Jay-Z and Arcade Fire. The ball was the final event in the weeklong celebration of the historic inauguration. It was a party for the thousands of st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Young Jeezy and Jay-Z: "My President Is Black" (Live)

    I'm not sure I've seen anything that sums up the raucous atmosphere surrounding the Obama inauguration better than this live video for "My President is Black" with Young Jeezy and Jay-Z (a.k.a. Old Jeezy), which I came across over on The Village Voice's music blog, Sound of the C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Is This Jay-Z and Radiohead Mash-Up Really Necessary?

    Brand new to the internet this week is the latest effort from DJ Minty Fresh Beats, otherwise known as 22-year old New Yorker Max Tannone. Tannone has harnessed the eternal power of Jay-Z's The Black Album for his own evil-doing, choosing Radiohead as his partner in crime in creating this week's mas ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2008
  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Snap To It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Music

    December 28, 2006


    Hip Hop Is Dead
    (Def Jam)

  • Music

    November 30, 2006


    Turn it up

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Critical Fatwa


  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    On the Map

    Some kind of hip-hop monster

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    Little Brother

    The Chittlin Circuit 1.5

  • Music

    May 6, 2004
  • Music

    April 29, 2004

    Dead Prez

    RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta (Sony/Columbia)

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Original Soul

    This time, it's personal: Our look back at an intimate year in music.

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z returns with The Black Album - and renewed disdain for the hip-hop game

  • Music

    August 14, 2003

    The Roots

    Step into their realm

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Rock the Mic Tour, featuring Jay-Z and 50 Cent

    There's plenty of "Ice" to cool the Valley

  • Music

    November 28, 2002

    Talib Kweli/Jay-Z

    Quality (MCA/Rawkus)

    The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse (Rocafella/Island Def Jam)

  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    World Atlas

    Driven, ambitious Valley MC takes feelers from two labels, and prepares for global domination

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