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One-upmanship has been part of hip-hop since the first mic got passed to the second hand, but this, surely, is a golden age. Kanye West set the bar high when…

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Whether striding on at Glastonbury to sarcastically cover Oasis or storming awards show podiums to ruin acceptance speeches, Jay-Z and Kanye West already know a thing or two about making…

After welcoming Blue Ivy Carter to the world earlier this month, Jigga didn’t waste any time heading into the studio to wax lyrical about his and Beyoncé’s “greatest creation”. With…

The problem with supergroups is that they are, almost by definition, a breeding ground for complacency. When you’ve realised virtually all of your musical goals and become used to fame…

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To hear Shawn Carter speak recently, you’d think that ‘The Blueprint 3’, his 11th studio album, was set to change the face of hip-hop music forever. When it comes to…

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The campaign and subsequent election of Barack Obama has brought up some lofty comparisons in the Americas over the past year. It’s a new era many regard as a realisation…

Retirement is a pretty sedate affair: collect your gold watch, channel your pension into a selection of comfy slippers, and clear out your BlackBerry – but for those urgent appointments…

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Man, if NME didn’t know any better, we’d say this was a new Jay-Z single. But it can’t be, he retired from ‘the rap game’ three years ago, right? Well,…

Strike a balance between good and evil and you’ll find Jay-Z. He’s gone from hustling drugs in Brooklyn’s no-go zones to a penthouse on the Hudson River, and breathlessly ostentatious…

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The ruler’s back. You don’t have to take Jay-Z‘s word for it (although listening to ‘The Blueprint’ makes that tough). Check this week’s American chart for confirmation of the unique…

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