Sep 29, 2012
Released 14 years ago today on September 29, 1998 (the same day as OutKast's Aquemini and A Tribe Called Quest's final LP The Love Movement), Hard Knock Life mixed Jay's newfound pop sensibilities with the unapologetic street gruff he'd been previously known for. And it was all spearheaded by the pain-stricken "Annie"-sampling title track.
"I feel like, that song, that record, that album took Jay to another level," former Roc-A-Fella recording artist DJ Clue told MTV News.
Read More: Jay-Z's Hard Knock Life Took Him To Another Level
Where I'm From , Clique, 3 Kings, Big Daddy Kane
Sep 28, 2012
Check this twitter list for show updates: Barclays (List) || Random Pictures
|Photo credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.|
- Jay-Z Holds Court in Brooklyn For Barclays Center Opening: Show Recap (xxl)
- Jay-Z Puts The Focus On Brooklyn At First Barclays Show (mtv)
- Photo Opp: JAY-Z Hosts D’USSE VIP at Barclays Center and 40/40 Club After Party
- Wide-eyed fans descend upon Brooklyn to christen Barclays Center for soldout Jay-Z show
- Video: Jay-Z Performs New Verse During Opening Night Concert at Barclays Center
- Jay-Z's Inaugural Barclays Show To Wrap Up 'Happy' Week In Brooklyn (mtv)
- Barclays Center To Boost Jay-Z's Bottom Line From Many Angles ... (forbes)
- Jay-Z's Barclays Shows Have Experts Hoping For Kanye, Obama Cameos (mtv)
The new 40/40, located in the sprawling confines of the Barclays is a unique twist on the Manhattan flagship location. The ambiance is the same, but the new digs are tailor-made for the arena with the Brooklyn Nets hardwood in full view for club patrons.
"I walked around here earlier and I just seen everybody busy and at work trying to finish up and it was a great feeling," Jay-Z told gathering press as he entered the 40/40 for its grand opening. "A guy stopped me in the hallway and said, 'Man this is a great thing for New York City.' And that's what the whole thing was about.
Rihanna, J. Cole, Lyor Cohen and Hov's close friends and family all attended the first party at the eye-popping club. The opening comes just a night before Jigga will christen the Barclays with an inaugural performance on Friday. The multiplatinum rap star will follow with seven more shows.
The Barclays features 101 luxury suites, four bars and lounge destinations, three clubs and of course Jay-Z's 40/40 Club and Restaurant. There will be eight retail shops as well. In the coming months, the multi-billion dollar complex will not only house the Nets, but also open its doors to an array of artists like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Green Day and Barbra Streisand. College basketball and boxing events will also bring fans through the door. Not since Ebbets Field, the Major League park which the Dodgers called home until they moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950's, has Brooklyn had an entertainment complex of this magnitude. [mtv]
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
|^Yep, that's Bee inspired LOL|
I'm currently working on updating this site for the trillionth time. As you can see there is a new template up and I'm working through the kinks. I'm going to update some stuff that has happened over the last few weeks (for archive purposes) and course the eight straight shows at Barclays Center are coming up starting this Friday so look forward to updates on those shows...that's why I'm leaving the site open while I work on the template. It's just me and I'm STILL a Jay fan, I just have to find time and be motivated to keep this site up. Also, I will retweet something way quicker than I'll log on to do a post about it so pay attention to that Twitter Feed on the side. And I'm definitely going to change the domain name (Yay!). I'll let you know more later! In the meantime, I did something I haven't done in years *at least just for the heck of it* and made a lil' video. Check it out: Jay-Z on Beyonce II.
Thanks for your support,
I compiled a video of moments of Jay talking about Beyonce after of course watching random videos on Youtube and running across another of the same title. Haven't done this in a while (took forever), so check it out.
This is for those of you who wanted to have fits over a line on Clique. haha
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 2, 2012
Watch Jay-Z perform at the Made In America Festival [via Mr. World Premiere]