Teeming with references to African culture and experience, the couple's latest work places 'blackness'at the heart of the Western canon.
Jay Z, Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy sit court side at a basketball game in New Orleans in Feb. 2017. Jay Z opened up about his relationship with Beyoncé on his new album, “4:44.”
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In 4:44, his 13th album, Jay-z gets confessional and socio-political, challenging traditional notions of Black male bravado and masculinity.
By offering single platforms exclusive rights for their new albums, some musicians are streaming against the tide.
Beyonce’s baseball bat wielding spree in Lemonade, left, bears more than a passing resemblance to the work of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist.
Left, still from Lemonade (2016), right, still from Ever is Over All (1997)
From Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Kanye and even Rihanna, pop royalty is crazy for high art. Is this a phenomenon worth celebrating or are pop stars mining the art world to gain credibility?
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage is the immediate focus of ‘Lemonade.’ But it’s also a tale of the black family in America.
Prince had 'Purple Rain.' Michael Jackson had 'Thriller.' And now Beyoncé has her own self-reflective masterpiece.
Jay Z’s artist-led revolution won’t be your average artists’ commune.
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The latest streaming service is artist owned, which sounds great unless a group of 16 "top-tier" artists receive most of the royalties.
Danger Mouse’s 2004 album belongs to a decades-long chain of musical practice.
The Grey Album
In early 2004, I downloaded The Grey Album, created by a then unknown producer named Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). Like many others I did so as a result of the Grey Tuesday protests sponsored by cyber…