Tag Archives: Jay-Z

Concert review and setlist: Jay-Z at BankAtlantic Center

Jay-Z and special guests Young Jeezy and Trey Songz kicked off The BP3 Tour with a performance at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.  You can read my full review and see photos from the show at the Miami Herald. Continue reading

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Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

5) Wale “Attention Deficit”

“… Wale proves on his debut that he is a multifaceted songwriter and performer who can make seemingly unrelated musical styles coexist through the often narrow lens of hip-hop.”

4) K’naan “Troubadour”

“… Troubadour is an eclectic batch of musical influences: Rock guitar riffs, African percussion, reggae horns and chanting all coexist in a fluid bedrock that supports a foundation of great hip-hop.”

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Review: Jay-Z “The Blueprint 3” (2009)

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Jay-Z has nothing left to prove in hip-hop, or even music. And he spends much of his time on The Blueprint 3, his 11th studio album, making sure we know that.

Jay-Z’s raps have been on a decline for years, and as with most of his albums, The Blueprint 3 is a mixed bag of innovative and uninspired, although as usual, the good outweighs the bad. Continue reading

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Jay-Z “D.O.A.” (2009)

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Rest in peace, Auto-Tune. Just as the trend has reached its peak, Jay-Z has declared it dead. And who are we to argue?

“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” is the first single from Jay-Z’s highly anticipated new opus, Blueprint 3, his first since leaving Def Jam Records. Continue reading

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Grammy Awards 2009

As usual, The Grammys didn’t live up to the hype… how could they? But on a night where Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban improvised “Let’s Stay Together” (Chris Brown and Rihanna no-showed because of… ahem… legal trouble), the “Rap Pack” stole the show… Continue reading

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