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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. Both of this week’s contestants are aging rap legends who’ve spent a lot of time in headlines recently: Jay-Z, for his trip to Cuba, “Open Letter,” and sale of […]

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“Geeks are definitely the new rock stars,” goes the tagline to Bravo’s goofy new reality show about “startup culture,” and hamfisted a sentiment though it may be, at least one proposed mega-high-dollar business transaction is playing right into it! Reddit cofounder and Brooklyn native Alexis Ohanian told Bloomberg News Tuesday that he’s “absolutely” interested in […]

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Hip-hop entrepreneur Michael “Blue” Williams is proposing an unusual plan to deal with gun violence in New York: offer tickets to see Jay-Z or Beyonce at their upcoming shows to anyone who brings in a firearm for buyback. Williams also plans to augment the buyback model in more substantiative ways, giving the option for kids […]

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Here is ANIMAL’s original supercut of over 30 references to “Brooklyn” in song and rap lyrics. Ta-da! Beastie Boys – “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” Jay-Z – “Empire State of Mind” Wolfe Tones – “Streets of Brooklyn” 3rd Bass – “Brooklyn Queens” Barry Manilow – “Brooklyn Blues” Jay-Z – “Brooklyn Go Hard” Charles Hamilton – “Brooklyn […]

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In case you somehow forgot, Jay-Z has a partial ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets, who call the much-discussed Barclays Center home. And to celebrate his 43rd birthday today, jigga man posted a 25-minute documentary to his YouTube channel, detailing the rise of the arena he helped build. It’s as epic an bombastic as you’d […]

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In a new ad for D’Ussé luxury brand cognac, Jay-Z lounges in presumably-his pad, puffing on a cigar in a snazzy housecoat, granting us the presence of the back of his easily-recognizable Hov head. As he’s guzzling at these symbols of wealth, in the corner, there’s Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1983). As he’s bragged in Ain’t […]

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If you’re not one of the lucky souls who were able to cop tickets to one of Jay-Z’s eight-show opening run at Barclays Center, rest assure that you’ll able stream Saturday’s concert–the last of the series–on YouTube. The livestream will mark the inaugural broadcast of Jigga’s Life + Times YouTube channel, through which he hopes […]

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Before Meaghan Garvey began creating the exquisitely detailed tributes to the heroes of rap that have gained her an enthusiastic internet following, she was an art school student making what she describes as “serious drawings.” “I was in a weird place in life,” she says, “so it was all like, sad animals and occult shit.” […]

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French directors Lionel Hirlé and Grégory Orhel created an impressive visual for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s played-out-but-still-kinda-great “Niggas In Paris,” in which two mammoth actors romp around the titular city, destroying buildings and impressing passers-by. It’s hard to say how much these guys actually look lika Jigga and Yeezy, as their eyes are obscured by […]

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Remember last fall, when Jay-Z’s Rocawear label began selling t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Occupy All Streets,” without donating any of the profit to Occupy Wall Street? The shirts caused some understandable uproar before Jay and co. pulled them from their online store, then quickly began selling them again, presumably after deciding the profit outweighed […]

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