JAY-Z is feuding with the mayor of Philadelphia over a concert near the Rocky steps

There are few places on the planet better suited for a big underdog moment than Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which includes—among its many other features—the “Rocky steps” that Sylvester Stallone jogged his way up in his beloved 1976 Oscar-winner. Still, it’s not every day that the “underdog” in question…

The Louvre is now offering Beyoncé-based tours, so there's some good shit to see there at last

After years of serving as little more than a backdrop for Tom Hanks and his wigs to stare blankly at messily constructed anagrams, Paris’ Louvre museum is finally getting some content for the rest of us to enjoy. Relenting to the unstoppable buzz of the Bey-hive, Pitchfork reports that the museum has now started…

The best albums of 2018 so far

As arbitrary as the demarcation of New Year’s Day is, it’s always thrilling to watch a new year in music take shape. While it’s often slow going in the earliest weeks, our first serious best-of contender arrived in the earliest hours of 2018 via Jeff Rosenstock’s vital, politically charged POST-. By the spring, we had…

The post-A career: 8 artists we'll always follow despite never living up to their initial greatness

We recently ran an AVQ&A called “The B+ career,” on artists who always deliver very good—but never truly great—work. As a kind of sequel, this week’s question comes from reader Jim from Gainesville, Florida:

Everything Is Love is big enough for Beyoncé and JAY-Z both

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It’s tempting to view Everything Is Love as the conclusion of a trilogy begun with Lemonade, Beyoncé’s revelatory 2016 exploration of JAY-Z’s infidelity. But that narrative didn’t need a sequel, let alone a trilogy; it was self-contained, resolution and all. Jay told his side of the story on last year’s sober, soulful …

Here's a brief history of celebrities trademarking their kids' names, in honor of DJ Khaled and his "toddler mogul" son

Internet celebrity and music producer DJ Khaled made headlines this week—the non-getting-dunked-on-by-Jack-White kind, for once—with his announcement that he intended to trademark the name of his 18-month-old son, Asahd. And while promises of Asahd-branded “cosmetics, clothing, video games, children’s books, pacifiers…

Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish can’t agree which is better: JAY-Z’s The Blueprint or 4:44

Tonight, Tracy Morgan returns to television alongside Tiffany Haddish in The Last O.G., a show about an ex-con adjusting to life in a gentrified Brooklyn, and reckoning with his sudden role as a father. At a SXSW panel for the show, we played a game with Haddish, Morgan, and pilot director Jorma Taccone called ’90s Or…

Beyoncé and JAY-Z announce, quickly retract, another joint tour

All we need in this life of sin is another tour from Beyoncé and JAY-Z, which Pitchfork and other outlets reported was in the works earlier today. The announcement seemed inevitable after the release of the Ava DuVernay-directed video for “Family Feud,” and a post on Beyoncé’s official Facebook page seemed to bear…

Live’s not dead: 21 great live albums from the 21st century

In May 1968, Johnny Cash released Live At Folsom Prison, a recording of a raucous, emotionally charged performance before a group of grateful inmates that went on to top the country charts, completely reinvigorating Cash’s career. Folsom wasn’t the first successful live album, obviously, but it quickly became a…

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…

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…