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T.I. Says He’d ‘Rather Be Will Smith Than Jay-Z’
While most would kill for the success that Jay-Z has accumulated in his four decades on this planet, T.I. is saying he'd have chosen retirement.
"I'm not going to be the 40-year-old rapper. I would not," the 29-year-old "King of the South" explained in an…
Jay-Z and Will Smith-Funded ‘Fela!’ Snags 11 Tony Nods
The Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith-funded musical 'Fela!' was nominated for a whopping 11 Tony Awards when the nominations were announced early Tuesday (May 4). The production, based on the life of Nigerian musician-turned-activist Fela Kuti, received rave reviews when it opened at …
Name That Tune: Songs Notorious for Their Use of Sampling
Once controversial, the practice of sampling is now generally regarded as a viable artistic method of production and a mostly legitimate commercial endeavor. Good public reception of a sample-use often depends on a combination of factors including what is sampled, who is sampled, and how that sample…
Documentary Explores Women’s Role in Philly Hip-Hop
Filmmaker Maori Karmael Holmes set out to shoot her master's thesis at Temple University with two goals in mind -- one was to explore the history of women in hip-hop, and the other was to look at the city of Philadelphia's contributions to the genre...