For a certain segment out there, I imagine that Jay-Z’s song “The Story of O.J.” introduced them to Nina Simone (born Eunice Waymon). The song samples her famous 1966 song “Four Women,” released on the Wild Is the Wind album. For those who were introduced to her through Jay-Z, I’m both happy and sad: happy because at…
Thank you for the kind words! I should tell you, though, that this explainer is actually about the colloquial use of “hungry” and “thirsty,” not the standard definitions.
I have three kids, two of whom are under 3 years old. This means that whenever we go ANYWHERE, I have to have a few things on deck: diapers, wipes, a first-aid kit of some sort, snacks, and water or juice. You can get away with water for a while, but once your little ones taste that sweet nectar of concentrate, all…
The Grammys were all about messages this year. From Blue Ivy letting us know she runs the Knowles-Carter household, to everyone with white roses in support of Time’s Up, Kendrick Lamar’s American satire and Kesha’s powerful Time’s Up-esque performance (featuring Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and more),…
Love them or not, you must admit that music’s most powerful couple knows how to make an entrance. Attending the Roc Nation brunch at New York City’s One World Trade Center this weekend, the Carters took a kid-free day-date to the next level.
President Donald Trump didn’t have much to say to rapper Eminem,
who has been excoriating him on wax (wait—do people even say “wax” anymore?) who has been ethering him in the cloud for a minute, but, again, Trump hasn’t responded.
Well, well, well. Another day, another white person not realizing that it’s really never appropriate to use the word “nigga” (or any variation thereof).
Because of Jay-Z, this New Year’s Eve, I found myself thinking about families and feuding.
There are a few fundamental truths that we all know as black people. You don’t eat at work potlucks. You always ask who made the potato salad. And when “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly & Maze comes on, you get up out of your seat and join the rest of the party as they do the Electric Slide.
Last week, Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, frontman for the Roots, tried to break the rapper-nets with a 10-minute freestyle with Funkmaster Flex over the Mobb Deep “Burn” instrumental that even had people who think Kevin Gates is the best rapper of all time impressed.
Trayvon Martin’s killer is still flapping his lips. And this time, George Zimmerman has threatened violence against Jay-Z over a Trayvon documentary that is currently in production.
Perhaps there are bigger fish to fry. Racism is still alive; they just be concealing it, after all. Or more likely, I’m dazed by the fact that Alabama did the unthinkable, entirely thanks to black people, so I’m feeling greedy. Yo no sé.
Despite releases from Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and the unmerciful tyranny of Bieber’s “Despacito,” I have to say I think 2017 was still a generally good year for music. We saw some solid debuts and some great sophomore follow-ups. To be honest, there aren’t many projects released this year that I can say I viscerally…
Damn it, I was going to wear that.
1. Jay performed for roughly two hours. And I could have danced and rapped along for two more hours, easy. Obviously this is not news to anybody, but that man’s catalog is STACKED. He ran through a few records from Reasonable Doubt (he did “Can I Live” to give a shoutout to D.C. drug kingpin Rayful Edmonds, “D’Evils”…
Jay-Z, who, along with his fabulous wife, Beyoncé, usually tends to hold things very close to the chest, recently opened up about his infidelity, his relationship with Kanye West and the thoughts that went into the making of his deeply personal album, 4:44.
For the second time on his 4:44 Tour, Jay-Z has canceled a date, citing “technical difficulties” as the reason.
You may have wept over sweet baby Jesus this Sunday, but there have also been some tears shed over two other babies, Sir and Rumi Carter, twins of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who were caught by paparazzi in Miami.