Ever wondered what Jay-Z's "99 problems" are all about? Artist Ali Graham is doing his best to figure them out in his new Tumblr blog 99 Problems, where he showcases color illustrations of Hova dealing with first world rapper problems (as often referenced in his lyrics), ranging from brushing dirt off his shoulder to figuring out "where Brooklyn at." So far, more than 40 of the rapper's problems have been illustrated, with new updates being posted via @99probs99 Twitter feed.
A video clip of Jay-Z striking up a casual conversation with an elderly passenger on the subway is making the rounds, following yesterday's release of the rapper's latest documentary "Where I'm From." The soft-spoken lady, who seemed to be unaware of who she was talking to, has been identified as Ellen Grossman, a 67-year-old Brooklyn-born artist. For more details, check out The Guardian's interview article.
Soundcloud artist Marcus Coronel takes a memorable line from the animated TV series Adventure Time and pairs it up with the chorus part of Jay-Z's 2009 NYC anthem hit "Empire State of Mind."
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"The year is 2009/ And the White House is mine/ But the economy's in full mother-f--king decline/ My choices at the time were to sh-t on the poor or/ Fellate the banks to get elected once more."
(Not Safe For Work -- explicit lyrics, obv.)
When 24-year-old Odd Future member Frank Ocean admitted on Tumblr last week to falling in love with a man, it was quite the shock to the hip-hop world, notorious for its tendency to disparage gays.
Nonetheless, Ocean's bandmate Tyler, the Creator tweeted a classy congrats, and Def Jam's Russell Simmons said Ocean "changed the game" for hip hop in a positive way.
Now, industry royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z have joined the ranks of Ocean's supporters.
Beyoncé, whose track "I Miss You" was written by Ocean, posted a pic of Ocean to her site over the weekend. The overlay reads:
Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration.
Beyoncé's show of support was one-upped only by hubby Jay-Z -- a powerful missive to Ocean (penned by dream hampton) on his site is more than worth a full read, but here's the money excerpt:
We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic detail about your letter.