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Don’t Waste Your Money Going to See Jay Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On the Run’ Tour
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Earlier today, hip-hop power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé announced that their cash-hungry “On the Run” tour would be grubbing it’s greedy way to Gillette Stadium on July 1. All across the Bay State, there was a resounding “YAAAAAAASSSS” heard through the streets, but all that elation is misplaced, because the On the Run tour will be an epic disappointment for all in attendance. More

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Have Jay Z’s business ventures hurt his music cred?
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Jay Z has made a career of talking up a mean game. His latest album, ambitiously titled “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” provided us a plethora of flashy boasts. “Picasso Baby” let us know he prefers passing time at the MOMA, “Tom Ford” purveyed Jay’s affinity for the esteemed high-end designer, and “Holy Grail” served as a five-minute lament over how Jay is too rich and famous for his own good. The content that saturated “Magna Carta” seemingly verified claims that he is too intoxicated by his own celebrity to embrace his ability to stand as a social figure and that currently there is zero integrity and authenticity associated with his brand.

Between the ubiquitous Samsung deal and all of the controversy surrounding his affiliation with Barney’s, Jay Z’s obsession with becoming a keen businessman can rightfully be pushed to the forefront. But does that criticism affect his artistry? And despite all of the missteps, does Jay Z still possess significant cultural impact? As he sets to play TD Garden on Saturday, we take a closer look. More

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Quit hating: Kanye West is making America confront racism
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Kanye West certainly knows the currency of not being liked. His verbal candidness, which can simply be defined as not knowing when to shut the hell up, has made him the perfect centerpiece for media fodder. West called out then-President George Bush on his disturbing post-Katrina apathy, infamously tap danced all over the feelings of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs, and recently denounced corporate-sponsored music (as well as the Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake collaboration “Suit and Tie”). Whether or not you stand behind West’s antics, the man knows how to spark dialogue — even it if means inadvertently showing just how racist America remains. More