First Dibs: Is Jay Z Teaming Up With A Racist Company?

Why did Kendrick Lamar skip the GQ Men of the Year party? What’s Miranda Lambert doing with Keith Urban now? Who is Rihanna ripping off in her new music video?

  • Jay Z is not severing ties with Barneys even though the retailer is in the middle of an investigation over whether or not they racially profile black customers as possible shoplifters. Jay Z released a statement last night that explained all of his collection’s proceeds are going to charity and that he will take a leadership role in the current investigation over whether or not the store has racist policies. [USA Today]
  • Kendrick Lamar might have been named one of GQ’s Men of the Year, but the rapper isn’t happy with the magazine. Lamar and his camp opted out of the publication’s Men of the Year party because of offensive racial overtones in Lamar’s profile. [Rap-Up]
  • A few years ago Miranda Lambert was opening for Keith Urban, but now the two country stars are collaborating on a duet. The singers debuted their new single, “We Were Us,” on Facebook last night. [People]
  • Rihanna’s new music video for “What Now” seems to be full of images that rip off Rihanna’s earlier videos. MTV News breaks down all the similarities. [MTV News]

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