Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Jay Z

Jay Z

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Jay-Z: In My Lifetime Volume 1 (Northwestside)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, October 1997

THE FIRST WORDS you hear are spoken by Jay-Z himself, assuming a parodic Italian-American accent, imagining himself as a dying Al Pacino in Carlito's Way, ...

Jay-Z: Vol.2…Hard Knock Life (Roc- A-Fella/Def Jam)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, 1998

ALTHOUGH RAPPER Jay-Z may be new to mainstream America, he has been a rising star in the hip hop community for years. ...

The Life And Times Of Jay-Z: An Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

REMIND SHAWN CARTER, aka Jay-Z, that his last long player, Vol.2...Hard Knock Life, which spawned the Annie-sampling single of the same name, sold 5 million ...

Jay-Z: Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter (Roc-A-Fella)/Rakim: The Master (Universal)

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, Village Voice, The, January 2000

THIS ISN'T A generation-gap piece, really. I ain't even 30. But a lot of folks ain't authentically feeling Rakim Allah; they just takin' the "experts' ...

Jay-Z: Something For The Weekend, Sir?

Interview by Paul Elliott, Q, April 2000

"How about freedom?" wonders rap nabob Jay-Z, on bail pending trial for a near-fatal stabbing and facing a possible 22-year jail term. Some distraction from ...

Jay-Z, DMX, Juvenile and The Lox Albums

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2000

Huge over there, ignored over here – the state of the rap art, US-style: Jay-Z: Volume 3...Life And Times Of S Carter; ...

Jay-Z: The Blueprint (Roc-A-Fella)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 2001

Sixth album from Brooklyn rap don ...

N*E*R*D: Irving Plaza, New York City

Live Review by Will Hermes, Spin, September 2002

WHAT do you do when you're a studio rat who's passed the Courvoisier with Busta Rhymes and P. Diddy and logged hits for 'N Sync, ...

Jay-Z: 'Hard Knock Life'

Profile by Johnny Black, Blender, November 2002

Vital Statistics on Jay-Z's hit ...

The Jay-Z Interview

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, 2003

NOTE: The Black Album was not only Jay-Z's eighth studio album, reportedly it was also meant to be his swansong: a collection of jams meant ...

Jay-Z: Get Carter

Interview by Ted Kessler, Guardian, The, January 2003

America's favourite hip-hop artist Jay-Z is hanging up his mic. After all, what's left to talk about when you've achieved everything? Ted Kessler raps things ...

R. Kelly & Jay-Z: Unfinished Business

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, October 2004

R. KELLY AND JAY-Z. Whichever way you cut it, it's an odd pairing. ...

Jay-Z: Change the Game

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Stop Smiling, Winter 2007

FROM CINEMATIC outlaws Vito Corleone (The Godfather) and Priest (Super Fly) to real life dons like John Gotti and Nicky Barnes, the mythology of gangsterism ...

Jay-Z: American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, January 2008

Four years and two albums into his "retirement", hip hop's chief tycoon relocates his mojo. ...

Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3

Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

IN 2001, SHAWN "Jay-Z" Carter released The Blueprint, a critical and commercial smash which set a standard the Brooklyn-born rap mogul has struggled to match ...

Coldplay/Jay-Z: Lancashire Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2009

THEY MAY BE one of the most successful bands in the world, but Coldplay still really, really want us to love them. ...

Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London *****

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, July 2013

HAS LONDON ever had a more dystopian venue than the Olympic Park? Compared to Wireless's old home of Hyde Park this partially astroturfed gravel car ...

back to LIBRARY

COPYRIGHT NOTICE