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It started with a New York Internet radio host dissing a New York rapper. Troi Torain (a.k.a. DJ Star), speaking with a March 19 caller, claimed that Jay Z is in fact 50.
Stop the presses, y’all: E! News can confirm that public records show Shawn Corey Carter (yep, that’s Jay Z’s pre-Hova name) was born December 4, 1969. In case you need some help with the math, this makes the king of hip-hop 44-years-old — a.k.a. his actual age.
Bill O’Reilly, the best journalist ever according to Bill O’Reilly, knows why America’s youth is struggling: The dreaded rap music. Speaking to Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, O’Reilly said that Jay-Z and Kanye West are a “disease” and simply need to “knock it off.”
“You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it,” said O’Reilly. “You’re gonna have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West — all these gangsta rappers — to knock it off.”
Lord knows that everything Jay has made since the Black Album has been trash and West’s Yeezus was awful, but we don’t exactly want them to stop creating music.
Maybe that’s not what O’Reilly meant. The Fox News host was definitely confused, as both Jay and West hardly qualify as “gangsta rappers.” So maybe O’Reilly was just rambling and tossed out the first two black people he could think of to blame for our nation’s problems. Yeah, that’s probably it.
The GQ Barbershop also has the early 2014 lead for most innovative HQ city elongation of a monthly glossy magazine. It opens Friday at the Barclays Center, in partnership with Fellow Barber:
To celebrate the launch, Brooklyn Nets player Deron Williams and former World Champion boxer Luis Collazo will be getting the inaugural cuts at our grand opening.
The Christie’s catalog descriptor really does not do this December 10 item justice. CAPS notwitstanding. Sale 2752-Lot 496 is much more than “A DIAMOND RING.” Think more along the lines of “Rich Guy BFF.”
The fluctuating suggested price range for this massive 52.58 karat Golconda diamond is currently set at $9.5 to $12.5 million. While we’re no Christie’s browsing experts, it does seem as if the Web side of the operation could use a better photo stylist. Seriously, does that picture on the right look in any way like something that would make a point-one-percenter start polishing their numbered paddle?
Maybe Jay Z (hyphen-free since this past July) can do some early Beyonce Christmas shopping. Or perhaps one of these guys can grab the ring for their Significant Other’s stocking.
It’s one of two lists put forth in the November issue of Vanity Fair under the annual heading of “The New Establishment.”
“The Powers That Be” ranks 25 “members of the power elite [who] demonstrate why they’re not going anywhere soon.” At press time, pretty much all readers who have taken the time to comment have a problem with the list, crowned by cover boy Jay Z and Beyoncé:
DentonFisk: Wow. What a dearth of talent! If this is the best the USA has to offer, we’re done. Most are celebrities for celebrity’s sake. These are the crypt keepers…
Jay Z is featured on the cover of the latest Vanity Fair, and the man looks like he’s loving life. Inside the November issue, the Brooklyn born rapper discusses a wide variety of subjects. Below are some highlights.
On his never-ending love for rap:
I know I said I wouldn’t be doing it when I was 30, so that’s how I know I love it. Thirty years old was my cutoff, but I’m still here, 43 years old.
On Blue Ivy preferring his music to Beyoncé’s:
There’s a wonderful interview in the fall issue of DuJour magazine. Author and veteran journalist Anthony DeCurtis sat down earlier this summer with Robert De Niro at the actor’s Tribeca offices, just a few days in fact after the sudden, tragic passing of James Gandolfini.
That topic comes up briefly, but the main thread of conversation is the bond shared by the interviewer and interviewee to a certain portion of Lower Manhattan:
Growing up in the same [Greenwich Village] neighborhood less than a decade after De Niro, I took those [after hours] night swims in Carmine Pool and, more disturbingly, experienced the same complicated contrast between the tough Italian-American street environment and the alternative bohemian culture that suffused the Village in the 1960s and 1970s…
From the moment Kanye West revealed from a stage that Kim Kardashian was pregnant, the race has likely been on among magazines like People and OK! for rights to the exclusive first photos of the famous couple’s child. Now that the baby girl has officially arrived, we thought we’d check in with a New York publishing figure who used to be in the thick of such cutthroat competition for the photo scoop.
Fuller suggests three likely scenarios through which the couple may choose to bypass a paid magazine exclusive and possible donation of proceeds to charity. One would be to follow the Tumblr lead of Jay-Z and Beyonce; another would involve setting up a cover story in a prestige magazine like Vanity Fair or Vogue, tying in a photographer of the couple’s choice. The third possibility connects to Monday July 15.
If you ask us, Time only needed one cover for its annual Time 100 issue, which lists the 100 most influential people in the world. Instead, the glossy published five U.S. covers, along with two international ones. The one person we would’ve picked? Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who stood up for women’s rights, despite being hunted by the Taliban. This is just a hunch, but we think she might be more influential than Jennifer Lawrence.
Some highlights from the Time 100:
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