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Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is a testament to the power of vulnerability

It’s been a tough year for music fans. Not even halfway through 2016, we’ve lost legends including David Bowie, Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg of the groundbreaking hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest and most recently, Prince, one of the most innovative, talented artists of our […]

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Concert review: Beyonce and Jay Z are ‘flawless’ in Foxboro

FOXBORO — Two-and-a-half hours, more than 40 songs and too many wardrobe changes to count. Music’s reigning supercouple Jay Z and Beyonce delivered an eye-popping, breathtaking show at Gillette Stadium Tuesday night that raised the bar for joint tours — and tours in general. It was a concert that featured lengthy dance interludes, video snippets […]

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5 questions I still have about the Jay Z-Solange elevator brawl

I know, I know. Elevatorgate has already been discussed to death. There are more important things to focus on and more constructive things I could be doing with my time than writing about the family strife between Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange. Just because I share the last name Carter with two-thirds of the clan does […]

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Jay Z, 2 Chainz, Timberlake heat up winter concert scene

If you’re looking for reasons to stay indoors over the next few months (and with the wacky weather we’ve been having, who isn’t?), here’s a short list of area shows that should bring the heat. Some ticket info is provided, but for shows that are already sold out, try sites like StubHub.com or AceTicket.com. Jay […]

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Review: Jay Z, Timberlake put on legendary show at Fenway Park

Picture this: Two musical heavyweights perform at a sold-out Fenway Park, sharing the stage and commanding it separately with help from a sprawling live orchestra. The songs range from lush, emotive pop/R&B numbers to anthemic rap tracks that shake the venue, where fans alternately scream, dance, rap, sing along and sometimes just stare in awe. […]

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Why rap needs to step up in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict

Since George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin, the reaction within the hip-hop community has ranged from long-winded Twitter rants to total silence. While rappers like Lupe Fiasco, Immortal Technique and Phonte have been vocal about the verdict and what it says about the value of black life in this society, far too […]

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Kanye’s kilt: Avant-garde fashion or affront to hip hop?

Kanye West has set the Internet abuzz by appearing at last night’s Hurricane Sandy relief concert in a leather kilt. The general reaction has ranged from disbelief to disgust that the Louis Vuitton Don would be caught dead wearing a skirt. But Kanye wearing a skirt is nothing new, and most of this negative reaction […]

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Paltrow’s tweet heard ’round the world

It was the tweet heard ‘round the world — at least the portion of the world that pays attention to Twitter. One weekend in early June, actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted a picture while onstage at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris, with the caption “Ni**as in paris for real” (the asterisks […]

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Review of Jay-Z’s “American Gangster”

(Originally published in the Boston Herald on Nov. 5, 2007.) Jay-Z’s second post-retirement release is a concept album inspired by the hustler biopic “American Gangster.” And make no mistake, this is inspired. Whatever remnants of mediocrity the God MC displayed on his last album, “Kingdom Come,” have been shaken off in this journey back to […]

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