Last Lap: Jay-Z Is Now Known Simply As Jay Z

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Can Macklemore & Ryan Lewis snag a win at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards? An alleged Kanye West rant makes the rounds, and Snoop Lion does the news (sort of).

  • The hypen that’s long been a part of Jay Z‘s name is no more. The word is still out on whether we’re also supposed to be styling the rapper’s name in all caps — one change is enough for today. [Pitchfork]
  • Kanye West reportedly unleashed an epic rant following his infamous show-stealing moment with Taylor Swift in 2009. On an audio recording, the rapper-producer seems to trash Taylor, Pink, and claims his mother died for “this fame sh*t.” If it indeed is Yeezy, it’s good to know his brand of crazy isn’t just for the cameras. [Gawker]
  • Snoop, for some reason, made a video with venerable news personality Larry King. Watch the clip of the two reporting for GGN, the Double G News network. [Vibe]
  • This may be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ first time at the VMAs, but they bringing the heat with six nominations! Check out what the guys have to say amidst all the excitement. And don’t forget to tune in to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25. [MTV]

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