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

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]

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