JAY-Z – “Blue’s Freestyle” Video

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Blue Ivy was just featured in her father JAY-Z’s “Family Feud” video, and now he’s shared another music video for the 4:44 bonus track “Blue’s Freestyle.” The animated clip from Artlife Studios depicts Blue Ivy performing at a talent show. Watch below. More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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I wrote the last one of these columns almost a month ago, so this is really the five best videos of the last three weeks. Don’t worry, though. Not that many videos came out during the holiday, and most of the ones that did come out weren’t that good. Some of them were, though, including … More »

Jay-Z To Guest On David Letterman’s Netflix Series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

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David Letterman’s net Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction premieres one week from today. A trailer for the show just dropped, revealing the celebrities who’ll be joining Letterman throughout the year. Among them are Jay-Z and Jay-Z’s personal friend Barack Obama. George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Howard Stern, and Tina Fey round out the … More »

Lil Wayne – “Family Feud” (Feat. Drake)

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Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” is uniting all sorts of stars on this final Friday before the ball drops. The song’s newly released music video, directed by Ava DuVernay, brought together Rosario Dawson, Mindy Kaling, Constance Wu, Rashida Jones, Brie Larson, Susan Kelechi Watson, Janet Mock, and Niecy Nash to form a new world order — … More »

Jay-Z – “Family Feud” Video (Feat. Beyoncé)

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Jay-Z’s thoughtful and confessional 2017 album 4:44 has already yielded a great many music videos, including truly great ones for the songs “The Story Of O.J.” and “Moonlight.” Today, he unveils a new one for “Family Feud” that features appearances from members of Jay’s actual family. The lush, sumptuous clip, directed by … More »

Jay-Z Teases New “Family Feud” Video Featuring Beyoncé And Blue Ivy

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Jay-Z has shared a teaser for his new “Family Feud” video, which will be officially released tomorrow (12/29). The snippet features both Beyoncé and the couple’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, and finds Jay speaking to an unknown entity (presumably a priest) in a church confessional booth. Jay has released a series of excellent videos to … More »

How Musicians Turned To Their Mothers During A Destabilizing Year

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One of the most disarming moments in a sea of disarming moments on Frank Ocean’s 2016 album Blonde comes four tracks in, after the haze of “Pink + White” clears and a keyboard interlude trots in. Over the keyboard, a woman’s voice, scratched by phone compression, warns at length about the dangers of using alcohol … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

10 Protest Songs That Defined 2017

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Whichever side you’re on in the “art is inherently political” debate, there are certain eras wherein political turmoil overwhelmed artistic output. From the ’60s through the present day, there has been music made to protest things like war, civil rights violations, the criminalization of drugs, police brutality, mass shootings, and pretty much every president who … More »

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017

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Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »