Jay-Z @ SXSW (live performance)

Just in case you missed this live on Monday. He gives his first “shout-out” to the parents in the audience.

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Posted on March 14th, 2012

Jay-Z – Glory feat B.I.C.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce had their daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7th.  Also, Just Blaze’s birthday – FYI.  On Monday, the proud dad made a song to commemorate the birth of his daughter.  Read his words:

 

“Life just got REALLY good.

Hello Hello Baby Blue!

We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.

She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives.

We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

 

Shout out to all the Dad’s of daughters who truly understand this song.

 

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Posted on January 10th, 2012

Jay-Z & Kanye West – N*ggas In Paris (live)

I got a chance to see one of my most anticipated tours recently when The Throne touched down in San Jose for one night. The concert was groundbreaking in that Jay and Kanye separated themselves from hip-hop act or MCs to full-on performers. This concert from production, setlist, staging, and confidence was at the level of U2, Coldplay, or The Who. Much like on the album, Jay was the more reserved elder statesman when compared to the emotional, relationship-driven Kanye on stage. What did strike me though was that although Jay has more classics and icon in the game, it was clear that Kanye was more popular and who the crowd came to see/enjoy.

The vid above is of them ending the night with the anthemic “N*ggas in Paris”. Unlike LA’s 10 times in a row, we only heard it 3 times.

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Posted on December 16th, 2011

GQ Interviews Jay-Z & Raekwon

I just had to post that gangsta pic of Raekwon. GQ broke some dope ground recently with making Jay-Z one of their Men of the Year and including Raekwon on their Survivor list along with Eminem and Keith Richards. I think its not only socially notable but just great content to read. I’ve included both links for you to enjoy!

 

GQ Interviews Jay-Z

GQ Interviews Raekwon

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Posted on November 16th, 2011

The Tanning of America

In promotion of his new book, former punching bag of Diddy and current brand consultant, Steve Stoute partnered with the Huffington post to create a video series called “The Tanning of America”. The book and vid series focus on hip-hop’s influence on mainstream culture and consumerism. Pretty big deal to have Jay, Pharrell, Jimmy Iovine and Gaga on the same vid. Check this link for an excerpt. Thanks Riq for the post.

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Posted on September 16th, 2011

Inspired by Paris

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Posted on September 8th, 2011

DJ Craze killsJay-Z’s “Stop”

DJ Craze (you should know who he is) destroys Jay-Z’s “Stop”. Man, what he does with that intro inspires me to get on the decks. It does help he has that Pioneed mixer but still, how amateur did he just make your favorite local DJ feel?

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Posted on August 16th, 2011

The Throne – “Otis” (video)

Game is over. Viva Mexico. Shout out to Aziz Ansari.

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Posted on August 11th, 2011

Watch The Throne – Mini documentary

A leaked 10 min documentary on Kayne and Jay’s behind the scenes workings of their album, “Watch The Throne”. Blessed to see these guys in work mode. Thanks to Riq for sending me the link.

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Posted on July 29th, 2011

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis

 

This song is a monster for me. Compared to their past works, its not their best or even classic. But, what I feel makes it different than the rest is that it captures the essence of Ye & Jigga’s posturing.  This is what Biggie could do on Gimme The Loot, Nas on One Mic. The soul sample is simple but effective in my eyes. No real drums just a sample flip with lyrics and timing to punctuate the flurry of one-liners.  I’ve listened to this like 23 times already, no exaggerating.  I did the same with Exhibit C when it came out.  Like Exhibit C wasn’t Jay Electronica’s best work, this song too has come at a point in the hip-op climate where the timing just works.  Hope you like it, if not, for a good opinion and don’t hate. (Link  from TSS)

 

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis

 

 

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Posted on July 21st, 2011