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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, March 28 2012

A Million and One Questions: Jay-Z and the B-Word

Could a “hot 16” change black fatherhood for generations to come? If that is the thought, than we’ve forgotten what hip-hop does best: It reflects and narrates.


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.


Monday, January 25 2010

Part 2: From Handsome Furs to Oneida

Slipped Discs continues with hip-hop royalty, a genre-busting classical quartet, the future of soul music, an Americana demigod and many more. All records that missed our top 60 list last year.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best Singles of 2009

PopMatters kicks off our annual two-week-long best music of the year feature with the 50 best singles of 2009, highlighted by a trio of American indie rock headliners.


Columns

Monday, August 6 2012

In Defense Of... Jay-Z as the Most Important Person in Hip-Hop History

In light of Jay-Z being named executive producer of the NBA2K video game franchise last week, we look at just how far Mr. Carter has taken the boundaries of hip-hop and success -- and how or if the culture will survive once he decides to leave it for good.


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.


Monday, January 3 2011

Deciphering the Jay-Z Code

He's got 99 problems but a book ain't one. Jay-Z's nonlinear memoir illuminates rap as personal narrative, lyric poetry, and transformative medium.


Monday, September 28 2009

Jay-Z: The Journey of an Icon

We can debate this greatest rapper business from now until the end of time. Let's just say Jay-Z is the greatest hip-hop icon ever, and call it a day.


Reviews

Thursday, July 11 2013

Jay-Z: Magna Carta...Holy Grail (take two)

Well, it's here. Does it live up to the hype? No. But are there valuable moments within the context of the work as it stands against the rest of Hov's catalog? Without a doubt.


Monday, July 8 2013

Jay-Z: Magna Carta... Holy Grail (take one)

Jay-Z's flow returns to a late '90s rapid fire stop-and-start while Timbaland returns from the grave with everything great about his own late '90s empire integrated into what's popping today. So why doesn't it work?


Wednesday, September 19 2012

Made in America Festival: Labor Day Weekend - Philadelphia

Made in America’s line up just kept pushing the ante and winning every time. Each artist brought such talent to the stage that it was hard to miss any moments.


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.


Monday, September 7 2009

Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3

A frustrating attempt at experimentation with flashes of brilliance, mediocrity, and wackness, The Blueprint 3 falls short of breaking Jay-Z's curse of following up a great album with something lackluster.


Blogs

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.


Monday, June 17 2013

Jay-Z Dropping New Album, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Jay-Z's 12th album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' will release this July 4th. This three-minute trailer released last night spotlights the new record.


Monday, January 10 2011

Listen: Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Thrones' Single "'H.A.M."

Kanye West and Jay-Z premiered “H.A.M.”, the first single off their forthcoming joint album Watch the Thrones, around midnight today on Facebook. The


Wednesday, May 19 2010

Eminem and Jay-Z Ready to Rock Yankee Stadium, Comerica Park

When Jay-Z and Eminem announced last week on ESPN that they'll be doing a double concert at Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park this fall, I


Monday, November 16 2009

Jay-Z and Rihanna Live in London (video)

R&B superstar Rihanna formally launched her new album, Rated R, last night in London. The album drops last week and she played her first


News

Wednesday, July 9 2014

Global Citzen Brings Attention to Extreme Poverty with Festival in September

Learn about social causes and take political action online to earn a chance to attend the Global Citizen Festival with Jay-Z, Tiësto and more.


Friday, June 29 2012

The innovators of hip-hop

Few would have imagined that one of the most powerful and acclaimed protest songs of the year, “Reagan,” would be about the Iran-Contra scandal of


Tuesday, August 9 2011

Jay-Z and Kanye West ascend the 'Throne'

JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST "Watch the Throne" Roc-a-Fella Records (3 1/2 stars) The kingdom is in peril. Confidence has been shaken: "Tears on the mausoleum floor/Blood


Monday, August 23 2010

Jay-Z still rides his cash cow

LOS ANGELES — All hail returning royalty. For the third time in the last four years, Jay-Z has been anointed hip-hop's "Cash King" by Forbes; he


Wednesday, April 21 2010

Coachella festival thrives as other parts of the music industry falter

LOS ANGELES — The big question heading into last year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was whether the event would survive the recession. This year, the


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