Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar were spotted together at an LA Clippers Basketball game watching intently. Their expressions unsurprisingly led to some jokes at their expense on the internet.
Jay-Z just wants to watch the game guys, can't you put your differences aside?
Eventually, though, they found some common ground.
So this happened, and you just "can't even" because you are literally dying.
The British Royal Family met the royal family of the United States on Monday at the Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers game in New York.
Jay-Z and Beyonce walked over to meet and greet Prince William and Kate Middleton during the 3rd and 4th quarters, while "God Save the Queen" and "Crazy In Love" blasted through the Barclays Center, according to US Weekly.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in the U.S. for a three-day tour, and the epic basketball game meetup followed a brief meeting with President Obama Monday at the White House.
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."
Mashup of the Day is a feature series focused on showcasing notable mash ups and remixes fresh out of the internet music tubes.
"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.
In his Equal Time column today, the New York Post's Phil Mushnick goes straight racist on the Nets' new logo as the team transitions from New Jersey to Brooklyn (with a little influence from Jay-Z, who owns 1.5 percent of the team):
As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots -- what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new "urban" home -- why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande -- who leads incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy after the first round of voting -- has co-opted Jay-Z and Kanye West's anthem "Ni*as In Paris" for his latest campaign ad. The song backgrounds footage that shows Hollande campaigning in the outer Parisian suburbs among people of various ethnic backgrounds, as they hold up their voter registration cards. And Slate helpfully points out: "Creil," one of the suburbs Hollande campaigns in during the ad, is pronounced "cray" as in, "That sht Creil."
Despite the perhaps questionable song choice, Hollande's general play is a smart one -- Sarkozy has a lousy history with the outer regions of the Paris metro area, where a high percentage of racial minority and immigrant populations live. The next round of voting is May 6.
(Not Safe For Work, Kanye and Jay-Z)