Rhapsody Redemption?

In an interesting turn of events (*gasp* another coincidence?!), the Rhapsody advertisement for Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 (released today) recreates past iconic Jay-Z album covers. To quote tastemaker Steve Pristin, “Blueprint 3 Commercial > Blueprint 3 Album”. It’s an impressive feat to put out a one minute advertisement that eclipses an entire album. Record breaking, indeed. … Continue reading

The Plot Thickens: Jay-Z “Off That”

It’s official: not even Timbaland production can save The Blueprint 3. Feel free to disagree with me but this track is straight trash. Shout out to OKP for keeping it one hunnit and heeding the wisdom of Andre 3000 — “‘this old lady told me if I ain’t got nothin’ good, say nathan..” Nathan’ it … Continue reading

The Business of Creativity: Art & Copy

As an interesting follow-up to my previous post, I stumbled upon the trailer for Art & Copy (via @DeePhunk over at Trees For Breakfast) that raises similar questions about the business of creativity. The trailer opens with the following quotation: “The frightening and most difficult thing about being what somebody calls a ‘creative person’ is … Continue reading

Death of Album Artwork: Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3

With the blogosphere buzzing over the latest leak of the artwork and rumored tracklisting for Jay Z’s Blueprint 3, I’m caving under pressure to offer my two cents. Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a Jay-Z head and witnessing the way fools jock his every move isn’t propelling me into fandom. For some … Continue reading

Nick James Presents The Original Samples

One of my personal favorite producers (and people, period), Nick James recently put out two comprehensive compilations of original samples to his remixes: American Producer and The Nas Remixes. If you aren’t knockin’ those by now, you better catch up! For my fellow archivists and music enthusiasts, you will undoubtedly appreciate these collections of rare … Continue reading

Neighborhood Ballin’

Michelle Obama is the flyest first lady Barack Obama can out dance any past President Beyonce’s rendition of “At Last” made me cry…I’m a cornball Kanye West never fails to flaunt bad decisions re: HIS NEW MULLET?!?! (I’m appalled but not surprised)…No hate in ’09! Jay-Z is the first member of Hip Hop royalty to … Continue reading

City of God’s Son

“City of God’s Son is an experimental hip-hop opera starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, “Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden mythical city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster … Continue reading

Brooklyn Go HARD

Jay-Z ft. Santogold — Brooklyn Go Hard Nothing like a Jay-Z/Santogold collaboration to kick off the 9-5 grind. I can get down with a Kanye produced hometown anthem considering Brooklyn continues to be held hostage by the death grip of gentrification. According to Vibe, Jay-Z’s new joint will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack to the … Continue reading

I Repeat, I Watch Cartoons

Lil’ Wayne feat. Juelz  Lil’ Wayne feat. Jay-Z I am forever indebted to my boy Glynn for introducing these spoofs into my life. I haven’t laughed that hard in a hot minute. This one’s for all you diehard Weezy fans…y’all are WILDING! I repeat, I watch cartoons. HA!!!!!!!!! Rappers and Republicans lose. Comedians win. Affion … Continue reading

Rapper or Republican?

Ice-T or Fred Thompson? THIS GAME IS HELLA HARD!!!: Shout out to Sam for bringing that video to my attention. It’s a relief to finally come across a funny segment with Wyatt, I was seriously doubting him for a minute there. Hopefully you bothered to play along with John Stewart. I thought the 50 cent … Continue reading