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Jay Z archive

Listen Jay-Z Stays Fresh On 'The Blueprint 3'

September 9, 2009 – Thirteen years after the release of his first album, Jay-Z proves he's still standing and striving.

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Listen Rapper Feud Mirrors World Politics

July 22, 2009 – Jay-Z, like the U.S., is the dominant force, but has a lot to lose if he engages with a challenger.

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Listen Urban Desi: A Genre On The Rise

October 15, 2008 – Urban desi blends South Asian pop culture and American hip-hop.

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Listen A Pricey Investment, Even for Jay-Z

April 11, 2008 – A reported $150 million deal between the rap mogul and Live Nation is nothing if not high-stakes.

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Read Best Hip-Hop of 2007 Changes the Game KEXP

December 24, 2007 – The best hip-hop CDs of 2007 helped push the boundaries of the genre. KEXP

Listen 'Rolling Stone' Names M.I.A. Top Album

December 17, 2007 – Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Jay-Z place well in the magazine's list of 2007's top 50 records.

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Listen Rapper Jay-Z Un-Retires Again

November 6, 2007 – A look at new album releases from Jay-Z, Tokyo Police Club and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Listen Guest DJ Lily Allen

February 22, 2007 – British singer Lily Allen writes infectious, bouncing pop music with wickedly biting lyrics. Alr...

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Listen Jay-Z, Offering Hip-Hop for Grownups

December 6, 2006 – Kingdom Come may speak more to older listeners than to college students.

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Listen Jay-Z's Return with 'Kingdom Come' Spotty

November 21, 2006 – Jay-Z's new album, Kingdom Come, is his first since he announced his "retirement."

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