Recording academy president says women need to “step up” if they want to win more Grammys

Though the bulk of the statuettes had been handed out before the 60th Grammy Awards telecast began, the ceremony was still a lively affair thanks to stirring performances from Kendrick Lamar, Kesha, and Childish Gambino. But as the night went on, astute viewers noticed how few female nominees were making their way to…

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Donald Trump is very concerned with impressing JAY-Z

Donald Trump likes to present himself as a tough guy who doesn’t need anyone’s approval or—ahem—consent, but like all men who think they’re bigger than everybody else, he’s really just a whiny little brat who is extremely insecure and hates the fact that so many people don’t like him. Today, Donald Trump is lashing…

Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

JAY-Z confesses his sins in the epic, star-studded "Family Feud" video 

JAY-Z sure does know how to commit to a bit. At 4:44 p.m. ET this afternoon—you know, like the title of his latest album?—the hip-hop multi-hyphenate released a lavish, star-studded video, “Family Feud,” directed by Ava DuVernay. Opening with a sepia-tinted, Godfather-esque scene of violent family drama, the video…

Issa Rae and Jerrod Carmichael made a black version of Friends for JAY-Z

It’s been more than a month since JAY-Z’s latest album, 4:44, broke onto the music scene, and while we’ve grown accustomed to the weekly release of Tidal-exclusive visuals supporting the album, this week’s release carries an extra satirical/nostalgic punch. Starring Issa Rae, Jerrod Carmichael, Tessa Howard, Tiffany…

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JAY-Z releases three new bonus tracks and a Mahershala Ali visual for 4:44

JAY-Z continues to expand and promote his latest album/visual album/experience, 4:44, adding three new bonus tracks to its Tidal release this weekend. The three new songs are “ManyFacedGod” (or maybe “MaNyfaCedGod”), featuring James Blake, “Blue’s Freestyle / We Family”—which, as the title suggests, features vocals…

JAY-Z heads to Jamaica for “Bam,” the third visual off of 4:44

In what’s becoming a regular weekly thing, JAY-Z has now released the third “short film”—i.e., music video—for his album 4:44. Like the other two (“The Story Of O.J.” and “4:44”), the full version of the video will start as a Tidal exclusive, but you can watch a preview below. (Also, we just noticed that all the…

JAY-Z’s lyric about Jews draws criticism from Anti-Defamation League

Furthering its reign as the hot summer album everyone will be cranking out op-eds about, JAY-Z’s 4:44 has come under fire from the Anti-Defamation League for the lyrics to “The Story Of O.J.,” a song that some have branded anti-Semitic for its deployment of Jewish stereotypes. The line in question—“You wanna know…