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Shawn Carter

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Jay Z In Pictures: Can I Get a...

    When I first began to listen to rap music as a student at Jesse H. Jones Senior High, it was mostly screwed-down versions of hits by UGK and freestyles by Lil Keke, Lil Flip and Yungstar. Only after I graduated did I begin digging deeper into rap's history, with East Coast lyricism pulling me one wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    The Most Absurd Beyonce Headlines We've Seen Recently

    Being Beyonce is apparently a tough gig to pull off. Not only is she a pop icon, she's also a faux-baby-bump-sporting member of the Illuminati who is buying Neverland Ranch. And that's just the Bey of the past year or so. Look back a bit further and you'll figure out that she's been pregnant once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: Jay-Z, Obama & G.O.O.D. Music Close Out Day 1

    Rewind: #MadeInAmerica: The Heat, Crowds & Fireworks of Day 1 The setting was grand: One of the most iconic set of stairs in the world, in one of the most historical cities in the country, showcasing one of the most successful people in the entertainment business. The very same steps that Rocky Bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    What Is Jay-Z's Best Album?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Chingo Bling, Chane, Pyr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    The Five Most Bogus Rapper Apologies

    ​It's the unwritten rule in rap: never apologize. Offering apology in hip-hop is a sign of weakness and rappers simply can't appear weak, no matter what. Sorry, that's just the way it is. Yet, every now and then we'll see a rapper apologize for stepping out of line. Earlier this week, Paul Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Beyonce: What Was She Texting While Driving?

    ​A few days ago, Beyonce was texting while driving, which is not only dangerous but now actually against the law in most places. One of those places happens to be New York City, where she was pulled over by the police and given a ticket for the aforementioned digital-age misdemeanor. What was ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Summer Sounds

    Enough shows to keep concertgoers busy all season long

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    Reform School

    The College Dropout rethinks his stance on education in the year 2010

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z previews his latest opus, The Black Album

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