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How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You: The BeyHive

An essay on Beyoncé and her fans.


The House That Hova Built

An essay on Jay-Z.


Tracking The Biggest Star In The World

David Johnson’s unrequited correspondence with Jay-Z.


Word on the Suite

With flash, hip-hop echoes rock’s golden age.

When rock was at its peak in 1972, Americans earning the equivalent of $1m a year took just over 1 per cent of national income. In 2010, this group’s share of national income had grown to almost 10 per cent. At the same time, the average tax paid by these top earners almost halved. The rise of Jay-Z’s “new black elite” reflects the growth in numbers of the super-wealthy. But the opulence that he and West flaunt also reflects the growing estrangement of those at the top from the rest.


American Mozart

A profile of Kanye West.


Jay-Z’s Great Champagne Robbery

Reposted after it was pulled by The Atlantic:
How the little known $50/bottle champagne Antique Gold became the $300/bottle Armand de Brignac that Jay-Z "happened upon in a wine shop" and then featured in a video.

Interview Transcript: Jay-Z on Fresh Air

Jay-Z on his new book Decoded, his parents’ record collection, and the real reason rappers have a tendency to grab their junk on stage.