Two major items of Jay-Z News this week: first, that he may have become a key player in President Obama’s Latin American policy. And more plausibly, he’s a time-travelling vampire.
The Obama thing is said to concern a recent Jigga Man jaunt to Cuba, with the president being forced to claim publicly he had better things to do than meddle in the rapper’s holiday schedules. Fair point. But then, it turns out the Pres may indeed have played a hand in Jay’s latest holiday, using him as a diplomatic ruse/assassination cover for a CIA plot to take down his old rival Tupac’s auntie.
At this point things get complicated, and ridiculous, but also worrying if true. Continue reading
A$AP Rocky is the latest star to rub hip-hop’s nose in its own homophobic stench. Speaking to Interview magazine, A$AP not only criticised the rap world’s treatment of gay people, but attempted to drag it into the enlightened age by spreading some long-overdue messages of solidarity. “One big issue in hip-hop is the gay thing,” said A$AP. Continue reading
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The New York Post’s grumpy-old-white-dude in residence, columnist Phil Mushnick, has taken another stab at Jay-Z. After slating Brooklyn’s favourite son for his involvement with the Nets basketball team, the party pooper has now deemed Jay-Z’s relationship with president Barack Obama to be inappropriate.
Taking aim at the world’s most popular rapper in his Prime Time column, the serial grumpster uses the reverse race card to imply that Jay-Z gets off lightly from the press because he’s black. Musnick argues that Jay shouldn’t be hanging around with presidents by making note of the violence in his lyrics – and states that George W. Bush never would have got away with courting such characters. Let us not forget that Bush played host to, and took money from a whole host of crooks and despots – from vile Middle Eastern dictators to the directors of Enron – none of whom were known for making a banging tune between them, let alone 17 Grammy nominations’ worth! Continue reading
Alicia Keys talked romance on the Wendy Williams show in the US recently. She’s often been forced onto the defensive when justifying her relationship with Swizz Beats, AKA Kasseem David Dean, after gossip hounds claimed they had an affair during his first marriage. But Alicia revealed that she’s still happy with her husband, who she married in 2010, especially after his decision to have a tattoo of Alicia’s face. She described it as ‘pretty’, which isn’t surprising, given the beauty of the thing it’s depicting. Continue reading
Well that was disappointing. After tuning into the annual Brit Awards hoping for our favourite R’n’B acts to shine through, all we came away with was one award, International Male Solo Artist for Frank Ocean. But what an award that is. Continue reading
It was that time of year again and we have to say, the 2013 Grammys did not disappoint!
Leave it up to Beyoncé to get us Brits tuned into the Superbowl! Us Weekly has recently reported that Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be joining Beyonce for a DC reunion at the Super Bowl Halftime Show on the 3rd of February.
And if that has got you all twisted in excitement then their upcoming album Love Songs, released at the end of January, will just send you into a spin. This will be the first album in eight years from the fiery threesome and their fans couldn’t be happier.
While there will only be one new original track on the album, Nuclear, produced by Pharrell Williams, the album is already slated to be a hit on the charts and we’re wondering if a surprise tour isn’t already on the books.
Listen to Nuclear below on the trio’s official Vevo channel!
“Life Is But A Dream” which premieres Saturday, February 16, at 9 p.m. on HBO, is the latest celebrity documentary to be gracing our screens. Directed and starring Miss B herself, the show promises to give fans the low down on her music, loves, struggles with fame and of course, the arrival of Blue Ivy. It documents her attempts to hide her baby bump from the paparazzo and how down to earth the self proclaimed diva really is.
Melanie Fiona has finally shot the music video to accompany her single “Wrong Side of a Love Song” from her sophomore album ‘The MF Life’ which was released in 2012. As one of the most popular songs to her album, this comes as great news to her patient fans.
Larenz Tate from Love Jones is the video’s director and the leading man is played by the gorgeous Omari Hardwick.