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Jay-Z

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    August 27, 2014

    The Video Music Awards Completely and Unfairly Snubbed Stitches

    This past Sunday, MTV aired the highly anticipated 31st installment of its Video Music Awards. Always an unpredictable and raucous night, there was unfortunately a black cloud looming over the entire telecast owing to the complete and total snubbing of Florida rapper Stitches.

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    February 13, 2014

    Comedian TJ Miller Wants to Tickle Hitler, Have Sex with Obama and Make You Laugh

    TJ Miller is a standup comedian versed in the styles of sketch, improv and absurdist comedy. His most recent cinematic venture, Transformers: Age of Distinction, just wrapped and he has three more in post-production. In 2011 he released The Extended Play E.P. demonstrating that laughter, while a one ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    An Illustrated Guide Confirming Josh Homme Is a Badass

    Queens of the Stoneage frontman Josh Homme is so badass, he 'died' and came back to life in 2010 (after surgery complications). Mortality ain't got nothin' on this rocker! Homme never has difficulty speaking his mind either. Who could forget this memorable dis he gave Jay-Z during a radio interview ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    University of Missouri English Class Teaches the Poetry of Jay-Z, Kanye West

    Ever spend a late night with your friends listening to rap and debating your favorite artists? For Andrew Hoberek's students at the University of Missouri, that's homework. Hoberek's newest class, "English 2169: Jay-Z and Kanye West," teaches non-English majors how to examine some of their generat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Mac Lethal Brings Texts From Bennett to Bookshelves

    Whether you first saw Mac Lethal serving sucker MCs at Scribble Jam, fiercely and independently touring with his Black Clover Records imprint or rapping while flipping pancakes, chances are some time in the past decade he's entranced and entertained you. Now, the Kansas City-based rapper has invaded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse Was an Exciting Moment for Hip-Hop -- And Now It's Over

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Five Greatest Clean Versions of Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

    July's almost over, and as we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to pack up the kids and head on that great family road trip. As wonderful as it is to bond with one another over hours spent in the car, it's should be noted how more and more adults have been diagnosed as being Kidz Bop-intoleran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

    Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." I really mean it. And, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Ten Songs for Celebrating President's Day

    It is that time of year again. That special time after Mardi Gras, in the middle of Black History Month, when we drop our Valentine's Day chocolates and honor the past and present Presidents of the United States of America (for the shortest month of the year, February seems to really be collecting h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Pine Lawn Cops Boast of Seizing Pot and a $1,000 Bottle of Champagne

    Pine Lawn Police Chief Rickey Collins told KTVI FOX 2 yesterday that one of his officers scored big in a traffic stop -- although I'm a bit skeptical of how impressive it really was. An officer reportedly pulled over a motorist on I-70 near Jennings Station Road and noticed the driver acting weird. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Jay-Z's Barack Obama Ad: You Can't Stay Rock & Roll Forever

    I think I'm plagiarizing from Heraclitus here, but it's in the public domain, so whatever: You can't be scandalized by the same pop star twice. The ones you found thrilling or off-putting, even, will be anodyne to your younger cousins and goofy and gauche to your children. All this is to say that Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    The Six Best Diss Tracks

    This month, you won't be able to watch an episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" without seeing a half-dozen attack ads. The music world doesn't have attack ads, it has diss tracks. In honor of the onslaught of negativity in our political process, here are the six best diss tracks of all time. Let us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Author of "99 Problems" Legal Breakdown Explains Why Drug Dealers Should Know Their Rights and How Hip-Hop Helps

    "99 Problems" is a classic, one of the most famous hip-hop songs ever and no small part of the case for Jay-Z as the greatest rapper ever. It is also, according to Southewestern University Associate Law Professor Caleb Mason, a valuable lesson for law students, policemen and drug dealers alike. Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Lessons I Learned From Nelly

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Toward A Taxonomy Of '90s Pop Songs You Kind Of Remember

    I should begin here: During the actual '90s, I was much too busy listening to Japanese videogame soundtracks (educate yourself) to actually enjoy '90s pop music. My first-hand memories of most of it are hearing it in a car, at a skating rink, on somebody else's Discman, and shaking my head in lonely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Eleven Things Every Independent Artist Should Work On

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Rodney King and The Psychotic World We Live In

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Surfer Blood Covers Pete & Pete Theme Song, Fulfills Indie-Revival Destiny

    Yesterday I watched as two completely disparate things I like a lot for very different reasons collided and were completely satisfying in the process. (This is like getting your chocolate in my peanut butter, and my peanut butter in your chocolate, only the result is one of those still-pretty-good o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Kanye West Is Batshit Crazy: Decoding The Ten Boasts That Prove It

    Image viaThe rules of the game: Try to guess what Kanye meant by these quotes in less time than it takes to make sure you read them correctly.​The only thing that's legitimately surprising about Kanye West comparing himself to Hitler last weekend is that he did so in a negative sense. To the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Kanye West and Jay-Z, The Horrors, Pepper Rabbit: This Week's New Releases

    ​‚ÄčEach Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings many notable releases, including the much-anticipated collaboration between Kanye West and Jay-Z, British shoegaze punks the Horrors and Pepper Rabbit.

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
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    November 9, 2010

    See Jay-Z's Decoded Book Chat, Courtesy of Vintage Vinyl and Left Bank Books

    The cover of Jay-Z book, Decoded​Next Monday night, November 15, at 6 p.m., Vintage Vinyl and Left Bank Books will be co-presenting a live screening of a chat between Jay-Z and Cornel West. The topic of discussion: Hova's new book, Decoded, which Left Bank describes as "a narrative journey thr ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2010

    Trey Songz/Monica

    8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20. Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2010

    Show Review Photos: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy and Trey Songz at the Scottrade Center, Friday, March 19

    People of all ages, races, and backgrounds piled into the Scottrade Center last night to watch one of the biggest names in music perform. Jay-Z is following up the success of last year's Blueprint 3 album with a tour of the same name, and it's obvious that his appeal reaches beyond the scope of the ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010
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    January 19, 2010

    Coachella's 2010 Lineup Announced, Makes Heads Explode

    Coachella announced its 2010 lineup this morning -- and heads all over the country exploded because of the lineup. The list of bands/performers includes (but isn't limited to) Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, Pavement, Faith No More, Public Image Limited, Echo & the Bunnymen, Them Crooked Vultures, the Specials, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Jay-Z Playing Champaign, Illinois, in November

    Jay-Z's forthcoming album, The Blueprint 3, will be released on Friday, September 11 -- and to celebrate, today he announced an arena/college tour for the fall. The closest date so far is a November 12 one at Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois-Champaign. (Hey, that's a 3-hour drive or so; t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 4.15

    Kentucky Fried Chicken makes a big bet on grilled chicken. (AP)Jay-Z has elevated a pricey, obscure Champagne to new heights of fame. (Independent)A vegetarian -- by choice -- cat? (UPI)

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Review Preview: The Bleeding Deacon

    This week I visit the Bleeding Deacon, a South City bar with a surprisingly appealing menu.Damn. My cell phone was at home, charging. I didn't need to make a call, didn't need to take a photo. I needed light, and barring an unexpected nuclear detonation, the faint glow of my phone's screen was the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    My President Is Black: St. Louis Rappers and Obama

    Today, the brainy pundits at Slate tackled this interesting topic: "How will Obama's presidency change hip-hop?"Beyond mentioning that Obama has dusted off his shoulders like Jay-Z, author Jonah Weiner does an admirable job breaking down the history of hip-hop's hatred for the establishment (i.e. P ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007
  • Music

    December 26, 2007

    Face the Nation

    We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.

  • Music

    April 18, 2007

    Nas

    8 p.m. Monday, April 23. The Pageant (6161 Delmar).

  • News

    December 27, 2006

    2006: The Year in Music

    Week of December 28, 2006

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    December 20, 2006

    Unreal News Challenge 2006

    Week of December 21, 2006

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006
  • Music

    December 6, 2006

    Jay-Z

    Kingdom Come (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

  • Music

    December 6, 2006

    B-Money in the Bank

    St. Louis native B-Money is hanging with rap's heavy hitters.

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    November 21, 2006

    B-Money's Beat Kicks Off the New Jay-Z

    from myspace.com/bmoneynicc B$ gave Jay-Z "The Prelude" When the throngs pop in Jay-Z's new CD, Kingdom Come, the first notes they'll hear will arrive courtesy of native St. Louisan Brian "B-Money" Hughes. B-Money produced Track 1 on the Jigga's highly anticipated "comeback" album (can one "come ba ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2006

    Busta Rhymes

    The Big Bang (Aftermath)

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    March 15, 2006
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    December 14, 2005

    Bun B/Ebony Eyez/The Allstars

    Sunday, December 18; The Arena (formerly the Limelight, 9973 Lewis & Clark Boulevard, north St. Louis County)

  • Music

    October 26, 2005

    Busta Rhymes

    Monday, October 31; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)

  • Music

    April 6, 2005

    Beanie Sigel

    The B.Coming (Roc-A-Fella)

  • Music

    October 20, 2004

    In Their Own Words

    We imagine Jay-Z and R. Kelly's medley to us all

  • Music

    April 7, 2004

    Can We Kick It?

    Old-school hip-hop is ready for revival

  • Music

    December 3, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z signs off with The Black Album

  • Music

    April 3, 2002

    Fighting the Power

    Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying

  • Music

    December 19, 2001

    Urge to Submerge

    One of St. Louis' favorite bands calls it quits

  • Music

    October 3, 2001

    Jay-Z

    The Blueprint (Roc-A-Fella/Island Def Jam)

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