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The Best, Worst, and Funniest Moments From Jay-Z’s Interview With David Letterman

For the latest episode of his Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, David Letterman spoke with Jay-Z about the rapper's upbringing, his past as a drug dealer, rap…
Israel Daramola / April 6, 2018

JAY-Z’s 4:44 Going Platinum in Five Days Is Fake News

RIAA announced earlier today that JAY-Z's 4:44 achieved platinum status just days after its release, an achievement that immediately seemed like a logistic absurdity. One equivalent album unit…
Brian Josephs / July 5, 2017

New Video Short for JAY-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” Shows Kendrick Lamar, Chris Rock, More Discussing Racism

JAY-Z's album 4:44 dropped a few days ago, and now, he's released a new 8-minute clip via Tidal that explains "The Story of O.J.," an animated…
Geena Kloeppel / July 4, 2017

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Rock Hall of Fame 2021 Nominations: The Snubs, Surprises, and Long Shots

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame traditionally announces its annual slate of nominees in October and narrows it down to a set of official…
Al Shipley / February 10, 2021

The 35 Greatest Concerts of the Last 35 Years

We know, we know — the best concert of all-time is your friend’s obscure indie-punk band playing a sweaty neighborhood basement back in ‘94. We admit…
SPIN Staff / November 28, 2020

The Most Influential Artists: #24 Jay-Z

As part of our 35th-anniversary, we’re naming the most influential artists of the past 35 years. Today, we’re at #24. From Brooklyn, New York here…
Raymond Cummings / November 13, 2020

The Weeknd to Headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

The Weeknd's big year will continue into 2021. On Thursday, it was announced that the Weeknd would be headlining the Super Bowl LV halftime show,…
Daniel Kohn / November 12, 2020

Jay-Z and Smashing Pumpkins Get the Mash-Up Treatment With Marcy Projects And The Infinite Sadness

Jay-Z's The Black Album has not only earned its own accolades, but it helped birth one of Danger Mouse's lauded mashups -- The Grey Album…
Emily Tan / October 13, 2020

The 50 Best Songs of the Year 2000

The year 2000 looms large in pop culture history: the Y2k non-scare, the Seinfeld "Newmannium" episode, the "In the Year 2000" sketch from Conan O'Brien's…
SPIN Staff / September 25, 2020

The 25 Best Soundtrack Albums of the 1990s

In the 1980s, music and film collided for cross-promotional blockbusters both transcendent (Purple Rain) and transcendently cheesy (Footloose). In the ‘90s, soundtracks continued to sell…
Al Shipley / August 27, 2020

Pharrell Enlists Jay-Z for Powerful New Single ‘Entrepreneur’

Pharrell wasn't "Frontin" when he announced his new track with Jay-Z on Thursday. Just hours later, the legendary Neptunes producer has shared his…
Brenton Blanchet / August 21, 2020

Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z Will Drop New Song ‘Entrepreneur’ Tomorrow

Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z are surprising us with a new collaboration that's set to release tomorrow (Aug. 21). "Entrepreneur" is about not only…
Emily Tan / August 20, 2020

A Brief Guide to the Endless Hip-Hop Samples of Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone, the celebrated Italian film composer who died on Monday at the age of 91, could elevate any film…
Zach Schonfeld / July 8, 2020

Jay-Z Spoke With Minnesota Governor to Seek Justice for George Floyd

As protests continue to take place across the country following George Floyd's murder last Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz shared a tidbit during a…
SPIN Staff / May 31, 2020

Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s Criminal Justice Organization Is Donating 100,000 Masks to Prisons

Jay-Z and Meek Mill's criminal justice organization, REFORM Alliance, has teamed up with advocate Shaka Senghor to send nearly 100,000 surgical masks to prisons across the…
Katrina Nattress / April 4, 2020

Made in America Festival 2019 Live Stream: Travis Scott, Cardi B, Juice WRLD, More

Jay-Z's annual Made in America festival kicks off today at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event, which started back in 2012, announced its lineup back…
Rob Arcand / August 31, 2019

Watch Jack White Jam to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”

A treat for your holiday weekend: lo-fi footage of Jack White jamming in a dressing room to Jay-Z's classic Black Album single "99 Problems" before…
Tosten Burks / August 30, 2019

Meek Mill to Perform at Roc Nation’s NFL Kickoff Concert

As part of the recent partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z's Roc Nation, Meek Mill, Rapsody, and Meghan Trainor will perform a free concert before…
Maggie Serota / August 30, 2019
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