On the same day that Kanye West unveiled his dates, Jay Z has announced he's bringing his Magna Carter World Tour to North America in late 2013 and early 2014. Still hanging on and dominating after two decades in the rough-and-tumble rap game, Mr. Shawn Carter did it by becoming one of the best perf ... More >>
Related:Polica debuts new video for "Lay Your Cards Out" on Jay-Z's Life Times sitePolica's "Amongster" video depicts sex in the woodsPolica has just unveiled another high-concept music video from Give You the Ghost. Much like the sexually charged "Amongster" clip, this is not a showcase of the memb ... More >>
By Mike MaddenRelated:Bambu on the L.A. riots' 20th anniversary, his Soundset debutTraveling from his native Sacramento to take over Shakopee, Chuuwee might be the best bet among this year's Soundset freshmen to blow up by the time May 2013 rolls around. Not long removed from his excellent Wa ... More >>
It was 1998, the Smokin Grooves Tour was in its second year, and a group of friends and I were geeked out about going to the show. Public Enemy, Gang Starr, Wyclef Jean, Cypress Hill and others were booked, but everyone was waiting and most excited for Busta Rhymes, known for his killer live show ... More >>
"Lay Your Cards Out," the first video from Polica's debut album, Give You The Ghost, made its premiere today via Jay-Z's Life Times online site. The mostly black and white clip, which is directed by Minneapolis resident Chris Hadland, features ghostly images of Channy dancing along to the groo ... More >>
Kanye West and Jay-Z's collaborative effort Watch the Throne sees two of rap's hugest artists team up to become even more hugest-er. Prior to listening, I had mixed feelings about the whole concept: Both rappers are so gigantic and rich and bored that I figured the album would be like an episode ... More >>
Kanye West and Jay-Z have been taking fans in the Twin Cities on a roller coaster ride this week -- and not the fun kind with glitter cannons and verses about which rapper's watch cost more money. No, this roller coaster found people getting amped up over the announcement of an October 8 show at ... More >>
This week's big news from perpetually rising R&B heartthrob Lloyd--real name, no gimmick--isn't new album King of Hearts, which hit the streets Tuesday. It's the new tattoo he's sporting, a colorless melange of guns, roses, and shading inked around the back of his head like a piece ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
by Matt BardinsIf a day is a week in internet time, then we've been waiting on "H.A.M." for nearly two months now (announced last week), or two and a half years since Kanye and Jay-Z announced that they would be releasing a collaborative album (back in August). Our long national interwebby dayma ... More >>
Originally announced last August, Yeezy Baby and Jay-Z's collaborative album is sort of nearly upon us, with West announcing the first single's release last night on (where else?) the Twitter thing.That first single, titled "H.A.M.," is set to be released this coming Tuesday, and boy are there so ... More >>
The Jigga penned a memoir. Co-written with journalist dream hampton (Source, Village Voice, SPIN), Decoded unpacks Shaun Carter's journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan -- the rote tale of pauper to prince, sardines to steak -- and explicates his most famous lyrics, explaining the density and persona ... More >>
In case you've been living inside of a Louis Vuitton handbag, Kanye West is kind of back. In a big way. As in, making himself totally unavoidable. Everywhere you turn, there he is again: popping up as an animated character on The Cleveland Show, closing out the Video Music Awards in the most bomb ... More >>
The two local producer/DJs hit us with their new jam.
In tiny increments via social media.
The California festival runs April 16-18.
It's time to get hacked, boys.
Jay-Z goes Hawaiian, Amanda Blank gets with 'Ghosts 'n Stuff' & a celebration of the Beatles (or Beastles, as the case may be).
We're checking our head and we're checking it twice.
Ok. NOW we're talking.
And you know what? She doesn't sound half bad.
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