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

8 years ago by Jaron Ikner
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...

On the Intimate 4:44, Jay-Z Is Less Hova, More Humble

3 years ago by Amy Young
In order to drop a bomb, you have to build one first. This album's explosive.

Why the New Earl Sweatshirt Is Better Than the New Jay Z

8 years ago by Derek Askey
"It's money" opens Doris, the way-way-way-too-much-anticipated album from Odd Future standout and internal rhyme genius Earl Sweatshirt. "It's money," the intro repeats, "It's money." If you bought a physical copy, you're hearing that opening while thumbing through the artwork: an intoxicated-looking (though he kind of always is) Earl standing next...

Blimey, Phoenix! Another Royal Wedding — Let's Have a Pint

3 years ago by Sean Holstege
Americans love royal weddings and Phoenicians can celebrate with tea, champagne, and viewing parties.

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

8 years ago by Dan Moore
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...

10 Athletes Who Tried to Break into the Rap Game

4 years ago by Eran Ryan
Kobe, Lebron, and yes, John Cena.

Jarrett Maupin Leads Blockade of Biltmore Area Intersection Demanding Police Reforms

5 years ago by Stephen Lemons
When it comes to orchestrating a civil rights-themed public spectacle in Phoenix, the Reverend Jarrett Maupin cannot be beat. Billed as a protest of police brutality, the event that took place Friday at 24th Street and Camelback Road in the city's tony Biltmore area lacked the spontaneity, the fear and...

2014 Grammy Nominees: Why Metal Will Make A Strong Showing

7 years ago by Lauren Wise
The Grammys has never been known for supporting heavy metal. Heavy bands show up and it's like a burnout kid crashing his parents' fancy dinner party. Even when Halestorm won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for their song "Love Bites (And So Do I)" at the 2013 Grammys, Lzzy Hale told...

Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

8 years ago by Phoenix New Times
Important concert-going note: Until Friday, at the earliest, it is still at least a little weird to go to a show--whether it's on this list or not--in a Halloween costume. We're just trying to help. (View our complete concert calendar here.)...

Improv Nation

18 years ago by Quetta Carpenter
If you still think of improv comedy as amateur night, let the Phoenix Improv Festival change your mind. This second annual two-day event brings the best of Valley improv together with the best of the nation's offerings to convert all of you unbelievers. The festival was founded by Jay Melius...

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