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Here’s the visual aftermath of the art and rap world colliding when Jay Z recited “Picasso Baby” for hours on end during an invite-only performance at Pace Gallery a few weeks ago. In the video’s intro, Jay Z says this of the relationship he shares with the likes of Marina Abramović and Lawrence Weiner: “We’re […]

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News Vines is ANIMAL’s reoccurring series in which we retell current events in six-seconds or less. Jay Z would like you to stop using a hyphen when writing his name, please. […]

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The internet’s got Jay-Z on the mind lately, so here’s a little more to get you through the weekend: illustrations for each of Jigga’s 99 problems, brought to you by artist Ali Graham, who posts a new problem to Tumblr every day. See a few of our favorites in the gallery. […]

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“There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY you’re getting in,” Pace rep told my editor. She’s been getting calls about Jay-Z all day. “It’s a closed set.” Jay-Z was shooting a Mark Romanek-directed music video inside a gallery in Chelsea, lip-syncing and dancing with half the New York art world as cameos. When Tweets alleging “Jay-Z is doing performance […]

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As the art world goes crazy and the rap world goes “meh” for Magna Carta Holy Grail, here’s a very special Jay-Z edition of Sample Wars. “Crown,” one of that album’s standouts, was produced by a 16-year-old girl named Wondagurl, and used a sample from Sizzla’s 2006 dancehall classic “Solid as a Rock” –also reworked for 50 […]

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As if Jay Z‘s new song “Picasso Baby” from the upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail wasn’t already art enough, the rapper has decided to perform the song at the Pace Gallery — for six hours without stopping. Pace Gallery is “a leading contemporary art gallery representing more than 70 artists and estates, with galleries in New York, […]

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Jack White has long gone to dizzying heights to make the releases on his Third Man record label as bizarre as possible. From memory, there’s the blues single by Stephen Colbert, a live album by Conan O’Brien, and that unforgettable ICP/White/Mozart collabo. This, however, may present a new high (or low, depending on your perspective): […]

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If you weren’t one of the 1 million Samsung smartphone owners who were treated to a free copy of Jay-Z’s new album last week, you could choose one of two options–wait for the thing to pop up on the Pirate Bay and torrent it, or, if you have an Android, get a pirated version of the […]

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To mark the upcoming release of his new album-cum-viral-marketing-stunt, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z created some shiny, mostly contentless promotional books, then sent fans on a scavenger hunt to find them. Inside was the album’s tracklist accompanied by black bars that look like censored lyrics–I’d call it some kind of comment on NSA surveillance, but even that […]

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Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. This week’s Sample Wars pits two generations of NYC-bred rappers against each other: Jay-Z and Azealia Banks. Jay’s “Lucifer,” produced by Kanye West, heavily samples Max Romeo’s roots reggae […]

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