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A New Jersey-based rapper named Wais P the Pimp was charged with promoting prostitution on Thursday, according to the Daily News. Not since C-Murder went to prison for murder has a rapper been arrested for something so on-the-nose. Wais P the Pimp appeared on a 1998 Jay-Z song called “If I Should Die.” He doesn’t […]

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Hip-hop moguls came together on Wednesday to talk to Governor Andrew Cuomo about reforms needed in the wake of the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD. Jay Z and Russell Simmons came together at Cuomo’s Manhattan office to talk about the specific changes that should be made to restore public confidence […]

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On Monday night, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn might as well been the center of the universe. There were protesters, NBA players, rap royalty, a real life prince, a duchess, and a whole lot of media. As the masses gathered outside to protest a Staten Island jury’s decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo […]

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The arsty-analytical online project Staplecrops has created an abstract visualization of every geographical location mentioned in the lyrics of artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West. Converting the place names — like “Brooklyn” or “Paris” — into geo-coordinates, they then used a robotic arm holding a light pen to trace them from point to point, creating a lingering […]

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“I used to cop in Harlem, all of my Dominicanos/Right there up on Broadway, pull me back to that McDonald’s/Took it to my stash spot, 560 State Street/Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons with them pastries” The “stash spot” Jay Z immortalized in his still-inescapable 2009 hit “Empire State of Mind” is now […]

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In 2013, Jay Z is infinitely more adept at turning a profit than he is rapping. The last time he sounded truly hungry on a solo album was ten years ago, when he said he was bowing out of music forever. Fans, unsurprisingly, are wising up to this. According to a survey by “branding expert” Jeetendr […]

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Artist Daniel Edwards has been creating statues of celebrities for some time now, even utilizing leaked ultrasound images to create a sculpture of Kanye West’s child long before it was even born. Most recently, the artist created a sculpture in response to Jay Z’s recent criticism regarding his new collection at Barneys and accusations of the […]

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Hip hop mogul Jay Z went ahead and launched a new collection with Barneys on Wednesday, despite several claims of racial profiling against the upscale retailer by black customers. Boxer shorts ($2590), t-shirts ($995), and ski masks ($695) are just some of the absurdly priced products being sold. There’s 30 items that would cost a […]

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The anonymous buyer who took home Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Mecca at the Sotheby’s auction in Manhattan last week was Jay Z, reports the Post. And because it was the Post that reports it, Mecca is “quirky” and “Jay Z has had a love affair with the late graffiti artist and fellow Brooklyn native for several years.” This must have been a most fulfilling purchase […]

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Here’s a single-serving Tumblr that re-imagines the Carters and their various friends as personages in famous paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and etc — The Carter Family Portrait Gallery! Vivid snapshots of the life and times of The Carters – Jay Z, Beyoncé, and little Blue Ivy – as captured by their official portrait […]

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