Jay Z

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order By Artist

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2021

A good year topped by Prince

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through November 30th

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2020

very real, a week after the album dropped he was shot to death

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through October 31st, 2020

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2020

she can swing like Count Basie swings…

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2020

everything you want from reggae by one of the greats

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through August 31st

By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2020

a rock n roll Big Thief

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through July 31st

By Iman Lababedi | August 3, 2020

Ethiopian pop meets True Groove black rage unharnessed, is the third of the Haile Selassie trilogy

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through June 30th

By Iman Lababedi | July 2, 2020

bedroom pop’s coming of age

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through May 31st

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2020

instrumental last act

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through April 30th

By Iman Lababedi | April 30, 2020

a minimalist and ambient sound that breaks through on Pharaoh’s sax and waves of drums before quietude stills it again

No, Pop Music Is No Longer The Voice Of A Generation… So What Is It?

By Iman Lababedi | April 14, 2020

Bruce is too old, Jay Z too selfish, hip hop too angry, pop too shallow, and rock and roll sounds like shit. 

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through March 31st

By Iman Lababedi | April 2, 2020

Jay and Jay shout out Elijah Mohammed and the big A itself,

Surviving R Kelly And The #MeToo Movement

By Alyson Camus | January 11, 2019

‘I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women’

Live Through This: rock nyc Top Concert Picks Week Of July 30th, 2018

By Iman Lababedi | July 29, 2018

a must see if only to help you remember exactly what you hate

Beyonce And Jay-Z (The Carters) “Everything Is Love” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 17, 2018

40 minutes of spin put to music

Jay Z and Beyoncé, OTR II At Hampden Park, Saturday, June 9th, 2018, Reviewed

By Miriam Miriam El-Djazairy | June 13, 2018

they always have new ways of making things even better

Jam Today: Saturday, April 7th, 2018

By Iman Lababedi | April 7, 2018

at sixteen he was netting $2K A DAY selling drugs

Beyoncé And Jay Z To Divorce

By Iman Lababedi | April 1, 2018

neither MetLife show has sold out…

Ticket Brokering Is Not Illegal, Though Refusing To Give Consumers The Ticket They Paid For Should Be

By Iman Lababedi | March 15, 2018

a business guy taking a flutter

The Best Song Of 2017: Jay-Z And Little Wayne Take On Real Racism And Real Blacks Respectively

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2018

they deep end the case against racism against blacks in the USA by inclusive horrorshow

Live Through This: rock nyc Top Concert Picks Week Of October 16th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | October 15, 2017

No Beyonce, true.

These Days: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | June 7, 2017

from TidalHifi

My Death Playlist

By Iman Lababedi | December 21, 2016

now is the time for your tears

Streaming War Over Prince’s Catalog

By Alyson Camus | November 15, 2016

‘no interest in signing a deal for Roc Nation’

Tidal Lost $28 Million Last Year

By Alyson Camus | September 16, 2016

A net loss of 239 million Swedish kronor ($28 million) in 2015

rock nyc Top 10 Songs 6-24-16 – 6-30-16

By Iman Lababedi | June 28, 2016

That Jay Z verse is excellent

Oldies But Goldies: Beyonce And Jay Z Live 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 7, 2016

Well over the top hip hop manipulation

Beyonce And Jay Z About To Release An Album Recorded Together?

By Alyson Camus | May 23, 2016

‘Sources confirmed exclusively to Page Six that Jay and Bey’s surprise album is complete’

Jay Z Musical Response To Beyonce

By admin | May 7, 2016

His rumoured album will tell “his side of things”

Jay Z And Rachel Roy Explained

By admin | April 25, 2016

Dash won Aaliyah’s affections over Jay Z

A Fan Is Suing Kanye West And Tidal Over The Exclusivity Of ‘The Life Of Pablo’

By Alyson Camus | April 19, 2016

‘Mr. West and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services’

Event Producers ESM Join Roc Nation

By admin | April 19, 2016

ESM has been a production pioneer

Tidal Facing a $5 Million Lawsuit

By Alyson Camus | March 1, 2016

  Tidal may be in trouble again, as Jay Z’s streaming service is facing a $5 million lawsuit from Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuel who plays in the band the American Dollar. For a service which was promising to take care of its artists and to pay every artist with a higher royalty rate than any other…

Jay Z Wants To Transform Harry Styles Into ‘The Biggest Artist In The World’

By Alyson Camus | January 4, 2016

‘I can get him working with the bigger artists, the biggest producers – and have him as the biggest artist in the world within a year.’

Prince Bailed On Tidal Gig, Everybody Else Played Two Songs Each At Barclays

By Iman Lababedi | October 21, 2015

Yes, Prince, the cherry on top, was made to be here to support Tidal -a music streaming service so moribund, Jay Z forgot he was part owner as he attempted to dance his way around forgetting to get clearance for a sample on “Big Pimpin'”. But apparently he wanted to be the little man at the top of the Christmas Tree -like Barbra Streisand, all by himself and has bailed on the only possible reason to go.

Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams Sue French Company ElevenParis

By Alyson Camus | October 8, 2015

The brand was selling clothes with slogans such as ‘Kanye is my Homie’, ‘Pharrell is my Brotha’ or featuring nicknames like Jay Z’s ‘Hova’, Beyonce’s ‘Cayonce’, or even lyrics and the Hollywood Reporter is saying that The lawsuit ‘asserts a whopping 58 claims’.

Jay Z And Friends At Barclay October 20th? Hell On Earth

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2015

If you give all the big names half an hour each, and every else quarter of an hour, and it starts promptly at 8pm, you won’t be out of there until 4am. And if you aren’t, well then what are you doing?

10 Songs: Sunday, September 6th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | September 6, 2015

Crown – Jay Z – Years later, and I am beginning to think maybe I am underestimated Holy Grail. The problem with the album is it came out around the time of Yeezus and felt a little whatever in its shadow, but this song, with Travis Scott’s excellent hook, is actually pretty darn out there – B+

Jay Z Is Preparing A Tidal Exit Strategy

By Alyson Camus | August 5, 2015

What? After making so much noise about his Tidal streaming service, TechTimes is reporting that he is reporting he is planning an exit strategy? Is it a rumor or is the rapper giving up? Wow that would be Jay Z’s first failure? Actually with his Made in America festival cancelled downtown LA this year, it would be his second failure!

Gwyneth Paltrow Selling Hip Hop Theme Clutches?

By Alyson Camus | July 29, 2015

‘We asked Edie Parker to designed a duo of hip-hop-themed clutches, just for us,’ says the description and of course they are sold for the modest sum of $1,695 each.

No Made In America In Los Angeles This Year!

By Alyson Camus | June 5, 2015

‘This is not at all a stepping back — this is a reevaluation of the model of going from one location to two to three,’ told Budweiser VP of marketing Brian Perkins to Billboard. ‘We’re a very ambitious brand, and we have a very ambitious partner in Jay Z, who also dreams big. And we always want to do big, bold things with music under the moniker of Budweiser Made In America.’

Oldies But Goldies: Jay Z Opens Barclay Center, September 2012

By Iman Lababedi | May 22, 2015

Back three years to opening night at the Barclay Center and the vibe around Jay Z’s performance is mammoth. I wish I was writing back in the “Fade To Black” reunion days… mow that was a concert. This one? It didn’t live up to the hype but what does, right? 2012, Hov was still a minority stock holder and Barclay Center was opening..

What’s Going On Between Marina Abramovic And Jay Z?

By Alyson Camus | May 21, 2015

‘YES, BUT THERE WAS ONE REASON FOR THIS THAT I CAN’T TALK ABOUT. I AM VERY PISSED BY THIS, SINCE HE ADAPTED MY WORK ONLY UNDER ONE CONDITION: THAT HE WOULD HELP MY INSTITUTE. WHICH HE DIDN’T.

Fox News Blame Rap For The Decline Of Christianity

By Alyson Camus | May 14, 2015

Rap is not responsible for the decline of Christianity, on the contrary they push the God agenda all the time… but O’Reilly is a simple guy with huge blinders on each side of his big head… A decline of Christianity? I see that as a good thing, may be the product of more science in school curriculum?

Indie Musicians Are Not Sold On Tidal And Its ‘New School Plutocrats’

By Alyson Camus | April 17, 2015

We wouldn’t have joined it anyway, even if they had asked. We don’t want to be tribal. I think smaller bands should get paid more for it, too. Bigger bands have other ways of making money, so I don’t think you can complain. A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining. And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.’

It’s A War Between Streaming Services To Get Artists

By Alyson Camus | April 13, 2015

We still don’t know much about Tidal, but according to The Verge,Tidal reportedly offered millions of dollars and an equity stake to artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Jack White, Madonna, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5,… in exchange of their exclusive conten

Time And Tidal Wait For No Man

By Iman Lababedi | April 10, 2015

I have never heard of a business enterprise whose main selling point was more money for the billionaire artists and not a thing for the consumers. What sort of business model is that? There are many things that might concern the average fan, but Beyonce not making enough money isn’t among them.

Let’s Take The Tidal Sound Test

By Alyson Camus | April 5, 2015

There is a very simple test you can do on Tidal, it allows you to play five songs (you don’t pick the songs, and I got the Killers, James Blake, Daft Punk, the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks) using two sound sources A and B. You can switch back and forth between A and B during the short music sample, then determine which of the two is the high fidelity sound source. I was using my Macbook connected to a Logitech speaker system. I paid around $40 for them and they sound okay for me, but I did very badly at the test, I guessed 2 out of 5 correctly!! Not bad? Are they kidding?

Jay Z Launches Tidal, His New Streaming Service

By Alyson Camus | April 1, 2015

Jay Z recently purchased the streaming service for some $56 million and he wants to make it as a competitor to Spotify, or Rdio. Alicia called it the ‘beginning of a whole new era’,… but for whom exactly? A new era for Jay Z and Madonna to make even more money? What’s new exactly? A new sound? a better listening experience?

Personal Bests: January 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2015

If “We Can Be Together” sounded like a good trip (man, that Grace Slick can sing, how did you lose her cool?) it wasn’t, it was based on Black Panther’s war cry, “Up against the, motherfucker”) and from there it blows blues hot (try a terrific “Wooden Ships” and folk cool. Add on top two of the best songs, the title track and “Somebody To Love” and you have a career peak.

Mike Huckabee Thinks Jay Z Is Pimping Out Beyonce

By Alyson Camus | January 15, 2015

“She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object”