July 29, 2013 |
Pop star Jay-Z will bring his art gallery what-is-it project "Picasso Baby" to television audiences with a new documentary airing on HBO starting Friday. "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film," debuting Friday at 11 p.m. on the premium cable channel, chronicles Jay-Z's six-hour performance at New York's Pace Gallery in July. The pop-star performed his single "Picasso Baby" and engaged in various sorts of audience interaction during the marathon gallery event. The documentary is directed by music-video veteran Mark Romanek.
July 26, 2013 |
Kanye West may believe he is a god, but somehow Jay Z just upped him in the ontological battle over each's greatness. This particular flame war started in 2012, when singer and longtime civil rights activist Harry Belafonte told the Hollywood Reporter that " I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities," he said. "But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example.
July 12, 2013 |
Jay-Z has turned the second song of his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail" into a new art form. The musical mogul Wednesday repeatedly rapped “Picasso Baby" during a six-hour performance piece at the Pace Gallery in New York. In what will likely become a music video, Jay-Z was surrounded by an entourage of cameras, curators, celebrities and Picasso's own granddaughter. “I'm the modern day Pablo / Picasso, baby,” the rapper repeated to a demur Diana Widmaier Picasso.
January 16, 2014 |
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports, the agency announced Thursday. "Roc Nation Sports is excited to welcome CC Sabathia to the family!" the agency touted in a simple statement posted on its website underneath a photo of Sabathia and Jay Z apparently signing contracts. Sabathia joins former teammate Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners at Roc Nation Sports, as well as Oklahoma City All-Star forward Kevin Durant, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
February 12, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z may be taking their buddy act on the road, possibly for a stadium tour this summer, according to various press reports. Having appeared together Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, following another recent joint performance in New Orleans on Super Bowl weekend, Timberlake and Jay-Z are said to be lining up perhaps a dozen or more stadium shows together. GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Nomination snubs & surprises | Timeline | Red carpet | Video: Red carpet | Red carpet fashion “We're definitely going to go on tour,” Timberlake told the New York Post on the Grammy ceremony red carpet Sunday.
April 8, 2013 |
Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, and Universal Music Group have entered a multiyear, worldwide partnership, the companies announced Monday. The venture will allow the Roc Nation music label to operate as a standalone within the UMG family -- the largest music company -- effective immediately. As part of the agreement, forthcoming albums from Jay-Z, Rihanna and others will be released through UMG worldwide, according to the announcement. “This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation's artists -- being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major,” Jay-Z, who founded the entertainment company in 2008, said in a statement.