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Jay-Z Faces Lawsuit Over 2000's Hit 'Big Pimpin'

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The Egyptians are not Jay-Z's biggest fans right now. Currently, Hov is facing a lawsuit for his chart-topping 2000 single "Big Pimpin'". Various Egyptian songwriters are claiming that they have the copyrights to the sample used in the track, and are trying to take the rapper to court for "their share" of the profit.

Jay-Z May Be Giving Up The B-Word

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  Jay-Z is changing his ways. According to NME, the new proud father wrote in a poem that he's going to clean up his lyrics in honor of his baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. Could it be true? Is the rapper, who once spit that he had "99 problems," really giving up the B-word? UPDATE: Jay-Z told NY Daily...

Beyonce And Jay-Z's New Baby, Blue Ivy, Creating Havoc In Hospital

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Because if the media is to be believed, Blue Ivy (the obligatorily horridly-named celeb child of Beyonce and Jay-Z) is the second coming of Jesus, the child is already being allowed to take over whole buildings.  At least, that’s the complaint of several new parents currently having to share space with the celebs at the Manhattan hospital where Blue Ivy was born.

The Top 20 Albums of 2011

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Without a doubt, 2011 was a year of great music. Wrapping up the year is no easy task, especially with so many new emerging artists hitting the indie scene and settled greats releasing records as good or better than their efforts decades prior. Our picks for the Top 20 Albums of the year cover a lot of ground, ranging from Indie Beard Rock to Spaghetti-Western, Rockabilly to Hip-Hop, and...

Jay-Z To Play Carnegie Hall's First-Ever Hip-Hop Shows In 2012

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New York City’s renowned Carnegie Hall is set to hold its first ever hip hop series on February 6th and 7th of next year, as Jay-Z will be holding court with two sure-to-be-sold-out performances.  The shows are meant to “aim to bolster the efforts of his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, founded in 2003 by Carter and his mother, Gloria.”

Profits From Jay-Z's New Occupy Wall Street T-Shirt Won't Actually Go To...

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Well, gosh, this sure is a case of a guy simply advocating a good cause, and certainly not a millionaire trying to cash in on a legitimate protest movement, as it turns out that Jay-Z is now selling an Occupy Wall Street-based T-shirt “via his Rocawear clothing label, but he doesn't plan to share any of the profits with the protesters.”

Kanye West and Jay-Z Steal Syl Johnson's Song

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Syl Johnson, soul legend and blues icon, is suing Kanye West and Jay-Z for sampling his 1967 song "Different Strokes" on their album Watch the Throne without permission and failing to give Johnson proper credit. Rolling Stone reports that Johnson filed a lawsuit against the klepto rappers in Illinois federal court on Friday, stating...

MTV VMAs: Beyonce Is Pregnant, 'Hunger Games' Gets A Trailer, Chris Brown...

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Sexual reproduction—homo sapiens have been using this process of meiosis and fertilization to genetically further our species since we first originated in Africa some 200,000 years ago.  It is a method of reproduction that has generated such historically and culturally significant human beings as Gandhi, Napoleon, Alexander the Great, William Shakespeare, Adolf Hitler, Mother...

Aziz Ansari Appears In New Jay-Z/ Kanye West Video, 'Otis'

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Aziz Ansari is everywhere these days—in addition to starring in NBC's Parks and Recreation, and showing up in the new flick 30 Minutes or Less (dig our compatriot’s review here), the comedian is now popping up in the video for Jay-Z and Kanye’s (a.k.a., Watch The Throne) new song, “Otis.”

Jay-Z Tops Forbes' List Of Top Hip-Hop Earners

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Jay-Z has had a nice year so far, having released the insanely popular The Throne as part of his Watch the Throne collaboration with Kanye West, and now he’s rocketed to the top of another chart—Forbes Magazine’s top hip hop earners of the year.

Jay-Z And Kanye West Release 'The Throne'

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Just in case you haven’t received your fill of Kanye West team-ups today (apparently, Kanye is joining forces with the likes of Hitler and Michael Jordan—go figure), his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, released their first record today, cleverly titled—you guessed it—The Thorne.  And while full reviews have yet to start pouring in, the initial and early reactions...

Kanye West and Jay-Z Debut New Song on Facebook

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For fans of hip-hop, the collaboration between Kanye West and Jay-Z is nothing short of a dream come true. These two are modern legends, and although we find it kind of difficult to believe that Kanye would ever want to work with anyone other than himself, we must say that fans of this genre of music probably have a lot to look forward to. A lot of skeptics were probably silenced last night,...

The Best Concerts of 2010

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Even when it seems as though half of the music you hear these days has been processed and auto-tuned to death, the fact is that there are still plenty of artists out there with raw talent, and the best way to recognize this is to catch their live shows. 2010 was a great year for concert-goers of all tastes. Whether you like country-pop, rap, indie rock, and whether you prefer festivals, concert...

Review Roundup: Jay-Z's Memoir 'Decoded'

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Jay-Z's first book "Decoded" hit the shelves last week and it's his rags-to-riches story. The memoir follows the rapper from his humble beginnings in New York and throughout his highly successful music career. We've got some reviews from those who read it, and have gathered them so you can see if the book is worth your $35. Check out what the critics had to say…

Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch The Throne EP May Become Full-length Album

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Kanye West has been pretty good with his part of the deal in regards to the "G.O.O.D. Friday" series.  We've gotten numerous songs from the rapper since August and his loyal fans were even more excited when he announced that he and long-time pal, Jay-Z, would be collaborating on a 5-song EP titled Watching the Throne together. One of...

The Miami Police Department Is Totally Not Racist, You Guys (But Jay-Z...

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The Miami Police Department is finding itself in the middle of a public relations snafu—according to Entertainment Weekly, the law enforcement agency’s website debuted a new banner yesterday requesting that citizens report any and all gang activity.  Why, then, all the hubbub?  Well, the banner clearly uses two characterizations of rapper/mogul Jay-Z as stand-ins for gang members.  But...

Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z Win Big at BET Hip Hop Awards

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Over the weekend, the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place in Atlanta and the big winners of the night were rappers Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj. Are you surprised? You should be, considering that Minaj hasn't even dropped a full length album yet. She's been floating on a mixtape high for the past few years. Check out who else brought home the gold...