Posts Tagged ‘Jay Z’

With Jerry Seinfeld’s Help, Wale and Complex Bury the Hatchet

"Ariana Grande? I had that at a coffee shop one time. It’s coffee with cinnamon in it."

Nas at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Illmatic, the debut album by Nas that set the gold standard for East Coast hip hop, came out. Actually no, when you see Nas rapping in a tuxedo backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, it’s not that hard to believe. For rock bands like Metallica, doing [...]

Listen: Kingpen Slim, “Show Must Go On” and “She Loves Me”

I wonder why Kingpen Slim isn't "on" yet. Not saying he hasn't made moves—his 2012 LP, Triple Beam Dreams, featured notable rappers Jim Jones, Styles P and No Malice—but Slim seems stuck in place despite the national headlines he's picked up the past few years. He feels the same way.
On "Show Must Go On," one of [...]

Listen: Jon Laine, Number 9 EP

KRS-ONE, Jay Z, and The Beatles. Blaxploitation flicks, nuclear holocaust protection, and Diet Coke. These are just a few of the things you'll hear referenced on producer Jon Laine's new 21-track EP, Number 9. The versatile release is his first project since 2011's GIANT, which paired local MCs with his drum-heavy beats.
For the most part, Laine goes at it [...]

Arts Roundup: Judy Chicago Edition

Budget deal omits Eisenhower memorial funding but restores Smithsonian's. [AP] [Post]
After a deep burn, Judy Chicago returns to D.C. [Post]
The Natural History Museum's Dinosaur Hall to close for five years. [Post]
Adrian Loving scores Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party. [Post]
Jay Z parties at Echostage after his Verizon Center show. [Post]

Arts Roundup: Mildly Uneducated Edition

Arcade Fire's Win Butler responds to the Washington Post's negative review of the band's last album, calling it "mildly uneducated" and himself a "fucking rock star." [Stereogum]
Michelle and Barack Obama, besties with Beyonce and Jay Z 4 life. [Washingtonian]
Is there enough demand for all these new movie theaters opening in D.C.? [Housing Complex]
Also: More renderings [...]

DMV Beats: An Appreciation for Pat Is Dope

Pat Is Dope vs. Danny Brown
D.C. blogger and all-around hip-hop head Pat Is Dope hasn't gotten much attention from DMV Beats, and that's unfair. He serves up a steady stream of content on and has more than 190,000 followers (!) on Twitter. Surely they're not all stripper/porno bots. Pat's rep stems, in part, from [...]

Arts Roundup: Oh, Come On! Edition

The backstory behind Wayne Perry, the notorious D.C. hit man Jay-Z references on his track "Tom Ford" [WTOP]
The D.C. Docent just doesn't get Adrian Parsons. [D.C. Docent]
Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington raises more than $100 million. [Washingtonian]
The New York Times weighs in on the resignation of Hirshhorn board chair Constance [...]

This Ain’t Our First Rodeo: Arts Desk Touches Down at SXSW

Arts Desk's Texas correspondent covers D.C. music (and funny shit) at South by Southwest.
I randomly ran into Matt Pinfield around 2:40 a.m. in a Whataburger men’s room on Wednesday. I wanted to tell the former MTV VJ how much I enjoyed the liner notes he wrote for the Queen box set that I acquired secondhand, [...]

Fatz Da Big Fella’s Heart of a King, Reviewed

Wale’s Board Administration imprint slow-cooks its roster of rappers like brisket. Mixtapes are indiscernible from albums nowadays, but one flaw in the free .zip file model is that rampant digital droppings (bundled with YouTube channels and stand-alone files) blur an artist’s catalog into oblivion. Board releases are staggered, free, and blessed by Wale guest spots, [...]