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Listen to ‘Songs for Survival,’ Jay Z’s Playlist About Social Injustice

After sharing "Spiritual," an original protest song addressing police violence against African-Americans, Jay Z has returned to TIDAL with a curated playlist of activist music…
Anna Gaca / July 10, 2016

Jay Z Responds to Injustice With New Single ‘Spiritual’

This is a comeback year of sorts for Jay Z, but the New York legend has stayed away from releasing his own single. That changed…
Brian Josephs / July 8, 2016

Marcy, You Don’t Stop: Roc-a-Fella’s Kareem Burke on Re-Creating Jay Z’s Brooklyn Apartment

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Rebecca Haithcoat / June 30, 2016

I’m Afraid of the Future: Jay Z’s Second Act

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
Paul Thompson / June 29, 2016

Once in a ‘Lifetime’: Why ‘Vol. 1′ Remains Jay Z’s Forgotten Masterpiece

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Tyrone Palmer / June 28, 2016

From Lukewarm to Hot: Video Director Steve Carr on Capturing the Early Life and Times of Jay Z

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Andrew Unterberger / June 27, 2016

DJ Khaled Debuts ‘I Got the Keys,’ Featuring Jay Z and Future

Longtime DJ and recent Snapchat phenomenon DJ Khaled premiered his new single "I Got the Keys" late last night. The track features guest appearances from none other than Jay…
Anna Gaca / June 27, 2016

Watch Jay Z’s New Documentary About the Making of ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Jay Z's seminal debut Reasonable Doubt turns 20 this weekend. SPIN is celebrating with a collection of features we're calling Jay Z Week, starting with a look back…
Anna Gaca / June 25, 2016

It’s Jay Z Week at SPIN

This week, Jay Z's bulletproof debut album, Reasonable Doubt, turns 20, marking two decades of almost entirely unknockable hustle from the Jiggaman. When he first broke…
SPIN Staff / June 24, 2016

The Hustler’s Manual: Jay Z’s Producers Remember Making ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we're publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper's singular…
Brian Josephs / June 24, 2016

Spencer Pratt: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Is the ‘Most Obvious Marketing Stunt On the Whole Planet’

When SPIN interviewed Spencer Pratt seven years ago, he was an aspiring rapper — you know, in addition to being television's most reviled villain on MTV's sort-of reality…
Rachel Brodsky / June 8, 2016

SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: Beck, Pusha T, and More

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the SPIN staff's favorite new songs. Below, sample the best from iconic genre-clashers, Bronx-born rappers, and more.
SPIN Staff / June 3, 2016

Pusha T and Jay Z Link Up for ‘Drug Dealers Anonymous’

Pusha T has made his appreciation for Jay Z known: He sampled "A Million And One Questions/Rhyme No More" on "Numbers on the Boards" and…
Brian Josephs / May 31, 2016

SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: The Strokes, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and More

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the SPIN staff’s favorite new songs. Below, sample the best from East Coast keepers of the classic rock flame,…
SPIN Staff / May 27, 2016

Well Hell, Jay Z Finally Addresses ‘Lemonade’ on His New ‘All the Way Up’ Remix

Consider us floored: Jay Z has just dropped a remix of Fat Joe and Remy Ma's street anthem "All the Way Up." A TIDAL exclusive…
Brennan Carley / May 24, 2016

Rachel Roy Says She’s Not Jay Z’s ‘Becky With the Good Hair’ in New Statement

One Instagram post led to a pretty rough weekend for Rachel Roy and Rachael Ray. Roy posted an Instagram picture on Saturday night with the caption,…
Brian Josephs / April 26, 2016

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: An Examination of Broken Relationships and Black Womanhood

The "On the Run" tour was too good to be true. In his review of the MetLife Stadium stop, Noisey's Jeff Rosenthal wrote that Beyoncé…
Brian Josephs / April 25, 2016

Download Drake’s New Singles, ‘One Dance’ and ‘Pop Style,’ Right Now

Update 3: Drake has announced that Views From the 6 will be released April 29, Pitchfork reports. Reportedly, the entire album will be an Apple Music exclusive.
Brennan Carley / April 5, 2016

Puff Daddy Will Head Up All-Star Tribute Show to Notorious B.I.G. in Brooklyn

Puff Daddy has been teasing a Bad Boy Entertainment reunion tour, and the kickoff has been announced: BBE artists will perform May 20 at Brooklyn's Barclays…
Anna Gaca / March 30, 2016

Santigold’s New Video for ‘Can’t Get Enough of Myself’ Features Andy Samberg, Jay Z, and Pharrell

Santigold's new album 99¢ contains fewer knockouts than her previous work, but the bouncy "Can't Get Enough of Myself" is one of the exceptions. The…
Dan Weiss / March 22, 2016
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