Stop the presses! All y’all news organizations who already printed your Top 10 Lists for 2013 need to go back and print an addendum, stat, because Beyoncé dropped an album out of the blue (Ivy!) overnight. Sure, a few weeks ago we (lightly) admonished King Bey for failing to release an album in 2013, but as of this morning, we BOW DOWN before King Bey and take everything back. Beyoncé’s self-titled Beyoncé is a game-changer not only because it broke every rule in the book about music marketing, but because it arrived complete with VIDEOS FOR EVERY SONG ON THE ALBUM!
There’s no way we can close out 2013 without looking back at all the amazing music that came out this year. No matter which genre you pump the most, 2013 offered more than its fair share of hits to play in your ear. But as you sift through everything you listened to this year, you’re certain to have at least one track on your favorite album that you think should’ve reached the masses.
Biggie‘s friends and proteges referred to themselves as the Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Rick Ross is a self-proclaimed “Don.” When it comes to allusions to organized crime–both fictional and factual–we need look no further than the catalog of our favorite hip-hop act. Mob Wives: New Blood premieres tonight, and to get you prepared for what’s about to go down, we’re taking a look at some of the most memorable mob references in music.
We’d like to wish a very happy 44th birthday to one Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay Z. The one and only HOV is celebrating his birthday by—we kid you not—going vegan for the next 21 days. “On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!” he wrote on his Life and Times website. Well, while we’d certainly prefer to spend our birthday going H.A.M. on a frosting-covered ice cream cake than eating seitan, we applaud Mr. Magna Carta Holy Grail not just for his commitment to healthiness, but for the lady he’ll have by his side during this cleanse: Miss Beyoncé Knowles Carter.
As we all know, Jay Z isn’t a businessman, he’s a business, man. And one of his latest ventures launches nationwide today — a men’s cologne called Gold Jay Z.
Thanksgiving is here and you’re no doubt already feeling thankful, for getting the day off from work! Later today you’ll be stuffed to the gills on turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and washing it down with spiced wine and spiked eggnog and then the reality will sink in. You’re stuck here. With your family, who you love to death but who drive you crazy with their non-stop questions about whom you’re dating, why you didn’t get that promotion, why do you still live in that crappy neighborhood, when are you going to settle down and have kids and on top of that you’re really, really, really, uncomfortably full. Read more…
J. Roddy Walston And The Business get “Heavy” on Big Morning Buzz Live, Jay Z drops millions for an art legend, and R. Kelly recalls the incident that eventually inspired the title of his forthcoming LP.