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Tuesday, September 10 2013

Jay-Z’s Philadelphia Experiment: The Budweiser Made in America Festival, 2013

Can the white and non-white, racially progressive, pro-gay rights, middle and lower middle-classes embrace a notion of patriotism as much as any other Americans? Jay-Z thinks so, and for the second year in a row, he was right.


Tuesday, July 2 2013

The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date

As Hov readies the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, it's time to take a look at the 20 best songs his career has offered so far.


Wednesday, May 29 2013

In Defense Of… Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.


Thursday, June 7 2012

Flash Points: Racial Profiling, Riot Porn and the Zombie Apocolypse

This week we look at racial profiling through the lens of controversial writer John Derbyshire. We also talk about racism within hip-hop and find ourselves stimulated by the riot porn of the new Jay-Z and Kanye West video. Flash Points ends on a more positive note: the rise of the walking dead.


Wednesday, February 8 2012

“Don’t Let Me Fall”: Hip-Hop in the Age of Austerity

Rappers have always wrestled with the question of how to succeed in a society where the odds are stacked against them. The biggest difference now is that their middle class listeners have the same worries.


Wednesday, September 21 2011

Watch the Discourse: Luxury Rap, Success and Self-Absorption

The value of a release as large as Watch the Throne is that it goes beyond the gargantuan personalities involved or even the monster show dates designed to promote it. Part of the value is the discussion it generates.


Thursday, August 11 2011

Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch the Throne

It's not the beacon of creativity that some may expect on the heels of Kanye's epic 2010, but Watch the Throne is definitely one of 2011's most entertaining, ear-perking offerings.


Tuesday, August 9 2011

Jay-Z and Kanye West ascend the ‘Throne’


Sunday, July 17 2011

The Hate for Southern Hip-Hop: Why So Serious?

The way some of us disparage Southern rap, you'd think rappers like Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame had recorded a record dissing Kool G. Rap and Big Daddy Kane.


Tuesday, March 1 2011

Jay-Z: The Hits Collection Volume One

Artistically, Jay-Z's Hits Collection could be tons stronger, and anyone curious about the rapper who buys this without skimming his non-radio friendly cuts will be missing out on his best work.


Guessing the Grammys (Mixed Media) [4.Feb.11]
The Year in Music: April 2010 (Mixed Media) [14.Jan.11]
Deciphering the Jay-Z Code (Columns) [3.Jan.11]
Why won’t rappers rap about marriage? (Sources Say) [16.Nov.09]
Jay-Z: The Journey of an Icon (Columns) [28.Sep.09]
When They’re 65… (Columns) [4.May.08]
Jay-Z: American Gangster (Reviews) [8.Nov.07]
Chrisette Michele: I Am (Reviews) [12.Aug.07]
T.I.: T.I. vs. T.I.P. (Reviews) [2.Jul.07]
Jay-Z: Kingdom Come (Reviews) [21.Nov.06]
Jay-Z: The Black Album (Reviews) [20.Nov.03]
State Property (2002) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
Backstage (2000) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
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