Category Archives: Jay-Z

Jay-Z. Kanye West. No Church In The Wild.

Music vid’er Romain Gavras directs Jay-Z and Kanye West’s No Church In The Wild short-film off Watch The Throne — with the vocals of Odd Future‘s Frank Ocean.

Leica Portrait ~ Jonathan Mannion

A Cleveland, Ohio native, Jonathan Mannion began capturing images of up-and-coming urban music superstars after working for a year with world-renowned photographer Richard Avedon. In 1996, he launched his professional career by shooting the photographs for the classic hip-hop album Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z. In the years since, Jonathan’s photography has grown alongside the culture he so loves, helping to visually define an era of urban music. As DJ Quik once pointed out to him, the world sees hip-hop through his eyes. However, he is modestly circumspect about his role.

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I’m just a messenger, he observes, and I’ve been given a talent to document an extremely important era of music history. I have a love for hip-hop that goes back to when I was a teenager, and I feel blessed to have had the chance to shoot the artists I’ve worked with. I’ve had the opportunity to grow with them and the photos I’ve shot over the years have become visual bullet points of their creative evolution and mine.

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Thom Yorke & Jay-Z @ Coachella 2010

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The lineup for the eleventh edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – which happens over the weekend of Friday, April 16, 17 & 18 – has officially arrived. And it’s about as hot as the sometimes triple-digit temperatures the Southern California festival is known for.

Coachella Valley Arts & Music is an insane festival full of cultural, arts and sounds from some of today’s super music acts. This year’s line-up’ll be even more insane with Hov on the marquee. Shawn [Jay-Z] Carter has had some recent success with his latest NYC concrete-jungle single of Empire State Of Mind featuring the R&B sensation songstress – Alicia Keys – which has become the “new gotham city anthem”.

Headliners Shawn [Jay-Z] Carter, Thom Yorke and the recently reunited indie-rock demigods Pavement join a host of indie clan of all-stars kids – MGMT, Muse, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Florence and the Machine – as well as formative Brit icons: Public Image Limited, the Specials, Echo & the Bunnymen, Gary Numan, and assorted rarely-seen-live legends – Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Grace Jones, Faith No More.

To oogle all of the Coachella passes and prices, visit and tix go on sale on Friday, January 22 @ 10am.

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Jay-Z @ The Oprah Magazine

In the summer, when Oprah Winfrey was seen palling around with rapper Jay-Z, the media went wild. And now the outcome of their friendship and visit to Marcy housing project in Brooklyn, is the content of the new O magazine article. Jay-Z discusses drugs, music and married life with Oprah Winfrey in the O October 2009 issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, September 15.

Here are some blog snippets from the rapper and media mogul interview in their first interview together:

Winfrey: Do you believe that using the N word is necessary?

Jay-Z: Nothing is necessary. It’s just become part of the way we communicate. My generation hasn’t had the same experience with that word that generations of people before us had. We weren’t so close to the pain. So in our way, we disarmed the word. We took the fire pin out of the grenade.

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Jay-Z: It was natural…[dealing drugs @ a young age of 13]

Winfrey: Because drug dealers were your role models. There wasn’t a teacher or lawyer or nurse of doctor or and accountant in the neighborhood?

Jay-Z: Well, we were living in Marcy by then, so no. And if anyone did become something like that, they moved out. They never came back to share the wisdom of how they made it. If anyone made it, you never knew it. That’s why I’ve always said that if I become successful, I’d come back here, grab somebody, and show him how it can be done.

Winfrey: Can I ask how in the world you kept your wedding [to Beyonce] a secret?

Jay-Z: Late planning!

Winfrey: How many people knew?

Jay-Z: Very few. The sad part is that we offended some. But people who love you understand. Because at the end of the day, it’s your day.

Jay-Z @ My President Is Black – Live Remix

Jay-Z celebrates the inauguration of President Barack Obama, joining Flo Rida (I think) on stage in a remix of My President Is Black. Check out the video below and it’s NSFW – Enjoy!

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is repped by Cara Lewis @ William Morris Agency and his management, publicity, and bookings are handled by Island Def Jam Music Group.


Rihanna @ Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ & InStyle

Rihanna, Jay-Z and Usher perform at the third annual Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ Festival in Abuja, Nigeria. Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Ozwald Boateng, Naomi Campbell, Oluchi, Tyson Beckford and Alek Wek appeared in the next leg of Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. And the festival will move to Washington, DC on August 1, and then conclude in London, UK on October 13.

Rihanna graces the cover and pages of Instyle August issue, and she delves into her personal style. The issue hits newsstands on Friday, July 18.

On her style: I love to play to both sides of my personality – the girlie and the tough. That’s what makes my style different. … (Growing up in Barbados), I wore my brother’s clothes, dresses with sneakers, or no shoes at all. I would always get into trouble with my mom. She would say things to scare me like, ‘You’re going to get cut!’ But I couldn’t help it. I would climb trees, steal mangoes, catch birds—silly things that were fun to us at the time.

On her short hair: The first time I heard people were asking for the Rihanna, it was really flattering and maybe a little strange. It caught be by surprise, but now I feel it’s a very cool thing. I don’t feel the pressure to change it up again at all. I like it, as they like it.

On where she’ll be in 10 years: …In 10 years I want to have already started my family and have some business of my own. A fashion line, a makeup line, and I still want to be doing what I’m doing at a much bigger capacity—by the grace of God!

To read the full article, visit InStyle.

Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ Festival is set to project positive images of Africa by showcasing the renaissance of Africa’s music, fashion and the arts.

Beyonce @ Gianni Versace Milan Menswear

Beyonce Knowles, Sean ‘Jay Z’ Carter and Kelly Rowland took front row at Gianni Versace fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2008-2009 in Milan, Italy.

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Beyoncé Knowles is repped by Dennis Ashley, Robert Gibbs, II and Andrea Nelson-Meigs @ International Creative Management, attorney Ken Hertz @ Goldring Hertz & Lichtenstein LLP, publicist Alan Nierob @ Rogers & Cowan Public Relations and manager Mathew Knowles @ Music World Entertainment.

Jermaine Dupri & Jay-Z vs. Apple’s ITunes

Jermaine Dupri supports Jay-Z’s decision not to have his latest disc, American Gangster, broken up as singles in order to sell it on Apple’s ITunes. Jermaine Dupri blogs on The Huffington Post to state his concerns with selling concept albums as singles.

Jay-Z Humps Blender

RR Sideshow: Jay-Z Humps Blender

Jay-Z graces the cover and pages of Blender magazine to sell his latest disc, American Gangster.

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