New Basquiat documentary highlights the artist’s focus on exposing racism

Thirty years after the premature death of Jean-Michel Basquiat, PBS released Rage to Riches, a provocative documentary about the life and art of the revolutionary artist. Although he was one of the most influential artists of his time, Basquiat’s work became legendary after his death. Ironically, his work foreshadowed the ongoing violent history between the police […]

Beyoncé hosts Jay-Z’s celebrity-filled birthday bash

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and Shawn Corey Carter appear to be in a much better place today than they were a few years ago, based on the confession of infidelity by Jay-Z on his blockbuster Grammy-nominated album 4:44.  Evidence of a deeper level of love was seen, in part, with the birthday bash that Queen Bey threw for […]

Jay-Z explains why he cheated on Beyoncé

It turns out that the smash hit album 4:44 was a lot more than just great music making for rap legend Jay-Z. The entire process was therapeutic, cathartic. It was also a confessional about deeply personal issues and marital failings. In a one-on-one Q-and-A with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, the 47-year-old rapper […]

Dr. Obari Cartman talks Black men’s mental health and Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’

Mental health can be a taboo subject in the Black community. In many circles, the admission of having a mental health issue can bring about shame and embarrassment. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the suicide death rate for Black men was more than four times greater than rates for Black women […]

Jay-Z says his mother didn’t want to come out on his album

Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, went from relative obscurity to being the talk of the town this year when the legendary rapper revealed that she is a lesbian on his much talked about 4:44 song “Smile.” Although Carter even provided a personal poem at the end of the song about her struggle to live life openly […]

Future throws shade at Jay-Z

Jay-Z caused quite a stir in the hip-hop world months ago when he famously bashed rappers who hold stacks of money up to their ears like cellphones. Since then, a number of rappers have clapped back at Jay-Z about wanting to show off their riches and now Future has reportedly done the same in the […]

50 Cent says his new album ‘won’t be as smart’ as Jay Z’s ‘4:44’

Jay Z’s 4:44 album may be one of the most critically-acclaimed hip-hop albums of the year, but fellow hip-hop legend 50 Cent has been one celeb who has unabashedly shared how he’s not that impressed with Jay’s new record. And in a new interview, 50 explains that he’s working on a new album of his […]

The viral components of Black culture are explored in Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ video

Jay-Z’s 13th album, 4:44, has been the talk of the music world. The album has prompted questions regarding his relationship with Beyonce, explored the complicated narrative of his friendship with Kanye, and also inspired an overhaul of thought regarding Black excellence and ownership. Equal to the music are the visual components of 4:44. After releasing the woke-cartoon […]

Jay-Z admits that he and Beyonce once lived a lie

Jay-Z shocked many of his fans and contemporaries with his brutal honesty and revealing introspection in the “Footnotes for 4:44” short film, which features appearances by Kenya Barris, Chris Paul, Kendrick Lamar, Jesse Williams, Omari Hardwick, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Chris Rock, Rel Smith, Will Smith and Meek Mill, among others. Hov and the guest celebs […]

50 Cent thinks Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ sounds like ‘golf course music’

50 Cent reviews Jay Z’s 4:44. While many are raving over the Roc Nation mogul’s new album, rapper 50 Cent, real name Curtis James Jackson III, simply isn’t feeling it. In a new rant posted on Instagram, the “Power” star described the release as “golf course music” and “Ivy League s—,” among other colorful terms: […]

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill trade vicious shots at each other

Former inseparable lovers Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj are now archenemies trading snipes with each other over social media. The rapper, who was just embroiled in an altercation with Minaj’s previous boyfriend Safaree at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, took offense to the Pink Barbie giving props to Hov’s new album. It seemed innocuous […]

Jay Z primes fans for release of new album, ‘4:44’

This past week, Jay Z finally announced that his new album, 4:44, will be released on June 30. The album will arrive amid much anticipation; last week several posters in major cities and online materials advertised the text “4:44” and “6.30.17” without much context, leaving people confused but incredibly excited at the even the slightest hint of […]