Jay Z

Dr. Dre Made $20 A Second In 2014!

By Alyson Camus | January 14, 2015

Rappers are still going strong even those I haven’t heard anything from for a long time, like Diddy ($60 million and $1.90 per second)! Beside this you have Calvin Harris ($66 million and $2.09 per second), Jay Z ($60 million and $1.90 per second), and Drake ($33 million and $1.05 per second)

The A+ List: 11-1-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2014

Sure, that was in the far past but it was real problems, and he had real problems, between jail and paparazzi, and pussies, no not that kind, the world accumulated on him and the problems mounted… 99 of them.

The Global Citizen Festival At Central Park's Great Lawn, Saturday, September 27th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 28, 2014

This was the third “Global Citizen Festival” where 60K music fans and concerned citizens win tickets by completing tasks to aid the extreme poor and if at this time you are wondering when I’m gonna get to the music, you know how I felt, standing for six hours

Mathew Knowles Says The Elevator Scuffle Was A PR Stunt

By Alyson Camus | August 31, 2014

[They needed something to] ignite that tour. It’s called a ‘Jedi mind trick.’ The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of the time. So things you see, sometimes, are …. All I know is: everyone is talking about it. Ticket sales went up, Solange’s album sales went up 200% …’

More Controversy Before Made In America Arrives In Los Angeles

By Alyson Camus | July 25, 2014

You know how it works, only people who disagree protest, but if Facebook comments can be any indication of the success of a festival, well, this Made in America thing is not going to please many.

Jay Z And Beyonce "On The Run" At Metlife, Friday, July11th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 13, 2014

I have zero doubt it is difficult to do much but rub your audiences noses in the flash of funds at a Stadium extravaganza but like Bono and Bruce, Jay Z seemed capable of it and this show, not unlike the entire on the run concept, was forced.

New York City's ‘Global Citizen Festival’ Lineup Trickle

By Helen Bach | July 11, 2014

So .. is that why we get Jay Z? The ol’ standby guy is back headlining the Global Citizen Festival along with the amazing Gwen Stefani and No Doubt. Personally I would reverse the bill making Gwen the headliner but hey it aint my gig

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of July 7th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 6, 2014

Whatever your taste and wherever it may or may not coincide with the free for all 4Knots festival at the Southside Seaport, still, nobody can deny the garage rocking , country hawking Those Darlins, a band I’ve planned on catching yp with for a coupla years now. And did I mention it is free? Saturday, July 12th 1pm – 8pm

Jay Z And Beyonce On The Run Annotated And Spotified Setlist

By Iman Lababedi | July 5, 2014

As promised, an annotated jay Z and Beyonce setlist plus a Spotify (except for bey’s last album mostly). Impressive… to a degree and they do go deep enough, right? Here and there they trade off songs (“Hard Knock” followed by “Pretty Huts”) and sometimes they have little run of songs, but it isn’t two separate shows: they comingle freely.

Music: The New Reality TV

By Iman Lababedi | July 5, 2014

Ah, yes, reality. Now that the script writers of reality shows are suing for royalties the question as to what is real becomes murkier though Lennon’s “nothing is real” probably comes closest. And this sense of nothing is real invaded the music world this week.

10 Songs: Monday, June 30th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 30, 2014

Nas Is Like… Nas – 1999, this was one of my fave tracks, the verse is all spit strong rap and choppy beat but the chorus is half a man and half amazing and my question is why does it sound so much like… A

The Jay Z Beyonce On The Run Setlist 2014!

By Iman Lababedi | June 27, 2014

“the couple sang the rousing “Young Forever” before turning their backs to the audience to sing at the screen, which showed images of family life centering on the newest addition, daughter “Blue Ivy,” who they serenaded with “Halo.”

Jay Z-Beyonce Tour Breaking Records.

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2014

The distribution services are still shaking out and until Apple finds a way to cut the major labels into Beats, it feels like Spotify’s game to lose, but the result is here in a diluted form. Jay Z will not make $2M off Holy Grail but from this tour? Figure once every one is paid, $25M mininum and the same for Bey. It is obvious that the way the Beatles retired from touring to make Sgt Pepper? It could never ever happen now

Let's Play With Food For The Rock Stars

By Alyson Camus | June 21, 2014

But let’s imagine for a minute all the possibilities for other bands. If it would be very easy to imagine any entrée inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Meat Loaf, Salt-N-Pepa, Spice Girls, the Black Eyed Peas, Korn

Must See: Beyonce And Jay Z… Like XO

By Iman Lababedi | June 5, 2014

Last year, Jay Z blew Timberlake away at Metlife, this year he will be gentler to his wife but still out for revenge after Beyonce bested Magna Cart… Holy Grail. So everybody and I mean everybody should bring their “a” game and then Hov will holla at em.

The N Word

By Iman Lababedi | May 27, 2014

Jim Crow was hurting the black population and racism was making the States look bad, so the Government gave the blacks some rights, stuck them in ghettos, cut off jobs, threw in hard drugs, cut off the supply of hard drugs, made the punishment for drugs worse than the punishment for murder, and mixed. Damn right I’d tell the Government to call me a nigger.

Made In America Announces Its Los Angeles Line-Up And It Sucks!

By Alyson Camus | May 26, 2014

Not only the line-up sucks big time, but the price is high: $200 for a 2-day pass and $629 for a VIP pass (against respectively $129 and $229 plus fee for the FYF fest). I wonder what you will get for these 600 bucks, champagne with Jay Z? Rather a beer I presume, because the festival is sponsored by Budweiser, a shitty beer for a shitty fest. Where is Solange when we need her?

Was Cheating The Reason Of The Fight Between Solange And Jay Z?

By Alyson Camus | May 17, 2014

Is Jay Z banging Rihanna? Probably, if you believe the rumors… I usually don’t care about rumors like this one, but I have had enough of the hip hop royal couple strutting on every red carpet around, while looking as the ultimate role models

The Jay Z And Solange Knowles' Elevator Fight,… What People Make Of It?

By Alyson Camus | May 15, 2014

‘Rumors…but one states that they heard them screaming about Jay getting caught with someone by Solange. Solange told Bey whom kept her calm until they left. But Solange couldn’t. At the end you see Bey yelling at Jay. Could be a rumor though but whats being said. Sad. It just shows money still brings problems

Mr And Mrs Carter Take Their Insufferable Excess On the Road

By Iman Lababedi | April 30, 2014

The couple who tours together gets to sell 70,000 seats together goes the old adage. Or rather doesn’t go the old adage, and it doesn’t rhyme either,. But it sure expresses the sentiments swirling round the over baked Mr. and Mrs. Carter, whose outrageous proliferate life of excess has gone well past the point of…

Is Made In America the Beginning Of Downtown LA Rave Parties?

By Alyson Camus | April 20, 2014

More and more EDM DJs every year? EDM promoters have had some difficulties to find a venue around LA, and since the Los Angeles State Historic Park (home of Hard Summer and Insomniac) is currently closed for renovation, it is crucial for them to find a new venue, and that’s why the EDM promoters are all eyes for Grand Park.

Beware Grand Park, Jay Z Is Gonna Destroy You Soon

By Alyson Camus | April 18, 2014

His Made in America festival is coming to Los Angeles. He and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this morning that the festival will take place in the new Grand Park downtown LA, during Labor Day weekend (August 30th-31st).

Watch VH1's The Fabulous Life Of Beyonce and Jay Z

By Alyson Camus | March 30, 2014

They offer themselves birthday presents that could feed a third world country for a few years, like a $2 million Bugatti , a private island or a $40,000,000 private jet!! Jay Z also owns a $2,500 pair of sneakers made with the skin of 9 different animals, elephant included, and only for this, he should be put in jail.

US Top 10 Singles 3-29-14

By Iman Lababedi | March 20, 2014

I don’t think much of the brooding Soko’s sound, the French chanteuse has a brooding presence but not musch more. But the vdeo? A collaboration between Soko and Wren “a women’s wear brand” called “First Kiss” is awesome and sexy even if it is manufactured.

Not With The Band: What's The Deal With This Pompous Art In Pop And Rap?

By Alyson Camus | March 19, 2014

Art is now used as an accessory to promote music, it’s not an inspiration, it’s a promotional tool, that may or may not work. I am tempting to think that mainstream music is so weak right now that this is a need, a requirement to get all these artifices to attract attention and interest. Gaga and Jay Z take the high road dropping more famous painters in songs than the Met owns

What Happens To A Song When You remove The N Word And Replace It With a J? Jerkie What????

By Iman Lababedi | January 21, 2014

Four years ago rock nyc was a much looser place than it is now, not only did we have more energy but we were also convinced nobody was reading us and were free to write any piece of silliness we felt like. One memorable day, Mike Nessing, Helen Bach and I spent a day writing as many posts as we could think up reaching an astonishing 32!!

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks For The Week Of 1-20-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2014

I’ve been planning to see Monica Passim for around six months now but something keeps getting in the way of my chance to catch New York’s gift to country music. But NO MORE. A Saturday night gig and in Midtown must be seen

Active Viewin': rock nyc's Top Concert Picks

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2014

I know you think it should be Neil Young but my feeling is John Newman is gonna be brilliant on Thursday at Bowery Ballroom. Completely sold out of course, but that’s because everybody is ready for the new soul rebel who has fronted a couple of Rudimental’s best song and whose own album is about to release Stateside.

Hear Ye: What rock nyc Is Listening To 12-22-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2013

You Send Me – Sam Cooke – The smoothest of all soul singer seduced a white audience with this grown up puppy love masterpiece of 50s; pure and innocent but with the suggestion of sex – A+

Hear Ye: What rock nyc is listening to 12-16-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 16, 2013

Runner – Laura Stevenson – Not only is her singing lovely, her lyrics are kinda great “Static transmit me to the other side of another room in pieces; like a steady beating, the summer hurts” but the guitars are all zoom lens Byrdsy excellence – A

Beyonce And Jay Z, The Vegan Poseurs

By Alyson Camus | December 8, 2013

PETA praises Jay Z and Beyoncé for getting animals off their plates for 22 days and hopes that this great spiritual exercise will open their eyes to the suffering of all animals—including the wonderful ones who are killed not for the table but for a coat, a belt, or a bag.’

Jay Z Back On Tour 2013-2014, Here's The Annotated Set List

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2013

Yes folks, he is back and on tour as a solo act for the first time in FOUR YEARS. Sounds incredible, right? Especially since I’ve seen Jay Z on stage some five times in the past four years! Well, that’s New York for you

Jay Z And Beyoncé Going Vegan For 22 Days

By Alyson Camus | December 5, 2013

The term spiritual had such a bad connotation for me as people put so much behind the term. Jay Z, you aren’t going to find God or Buddha or achieve a higher level of consciousness when turning vegan, you are just going to be healthier and do something very good for the earth.

Jay Z Continues His Collaboration With Barneys, Despite Racial Profiling Scandal

By Alyson Camus | November 17, 2013

‘I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policymaking to others hoping that someone addresses the problem,’ declared Jay Z

Billy Joel For New Year's Eve!!!

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2013

The last time I saw Billy was at the 12-12-12 gig, and the time before that the closing of Shea Stadium. He was terrific in one and not terrible in another but absolutely the perfect way to take out (or bring in) 2013 – 2014.

US Top 10 Singles 10-12-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2013

If it wasn’t for the fact that Lorde apparently is only 16 years old, you’d be excused for believing Lorde is a 28 year old Disney XD actress playing a 16 year old

QOTSA's Josh Homme: 'This Is Me Breaking Jay Z's Gifts'

By Alyson Camus | September 22, 2013

‘The guy’s a kook, you know. He has security frisking bands on the way in. I just told him, ‘If you open up my bag, we’re not playing. So I guess it’s up to you to have to decide whether we’re playing or not.’… You shouldn’t frisk my guys’