Gwyneth Paltrow’s N-Word Tweet Gets Thumbs-Up From Russell Simmons
Gwyneth Paltrow’s use of a racial slur on her Twitter account over the weekend angered many. But Russell Simmons wasn’t one of them. Hip-hop mogul Simmons weighed in on Paltrow’s controversial tweet via a post on Global Grind on Tuesday, and to hear him tell it, the only thing that offended him about the actress’ tweet was that he wasn’t also at the Jay-Z and Kanye West concert that Paltrow tweeted from.
“It was at this show that my friend Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted something that got me a little twisted,” Simmons wrote. “I follow Gwyneth on Twitter and when I saw her tweet about the ‘N*ggas in Paris’ show in PARIS, I said ‘Damn everybody is there but me.’ I’m a bit older and I don’t get to jet-set to concerts like I used to, but when I saw Gwyneth was there, I must admit, I got a little jealous.” (more…)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has come under attack for using the N-word when referring to a photo of two of her African American friends Jay-Z and Beyonce. When partying on stage with the couple during a Jay-Z and Kanye Watch The Throne stop in Paris Friday, Paltrow tweeted a photo with the message, “Ni**as in paris for real @mrteiusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh.”
Many who took offense to Paltrow using the derogatory term slammed her online. Amanda Seales called Paltrow’s comment “wreckless.” A post on popular African American blog site, Bossip.com, said “Gwyneth might be getting a little too comfortable around her black friends …”
On Sunday, Paltrow defended using the word. “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!” she said in response to a post from blogger B. Scott. (more…)
Blue Ivy Carter made a million dollar entrance into this world. Literally. Beyoncé and Jay-Z paid $1.3 million to rent out the entire 4th floor of Lenox Hill hospital in Manhattan, according to The New York Daily News. The price tag ensured the A-list couple, who checked in under the guise “Ingrid Jackson,” would have complete privacy during their stay.
The couple even went so far as to make hospital employees turn in their cell phones when arriving for their shifts and place tape over the maternity ward’s security cameras to make sure unauthorized images would not be leaked to the media.
But not everyone was happy with the resulting security measures, as it prevented other parents from seeing their newborn children in the intensive care unit.
“Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) just because they wanted to use the hallway,” Neil Coulon of Brooklyn told the Daily News. “These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology.” (more…)
Hip-hop artist and clothing designer Jay-Z is being scrutinized for allegedly profiting off of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Last week, friend and fellow business mogul, Russell Simmons tweeted a backstage photograph of himself standing next to Jay-Z, who was wearing a T-shirt that read, “Occupy All Streets.” Simmons’s tweet and the tee, from the Jay-Z owned company Rocawear, quickly became an online sensation as people scoured the Net trying to get their hands on the shirt. However, (more…)
Beyonce continued to celebrate her 30th birthday and first-time pregnancy in Europe on Tuesday. After spending the weekend in Venice, Italy for film festival fun, the “Love on Top” singer popped up in Hvar, Croatia with her husband Jay-Z. And unlike the bump-obscuring maxi-patterned dress she wore in Venice on Saturday, Beyonce’s Tuesday attire flaunted her expanding belly.
For her Croatian beachside look, the Grammy winner donned a frilly white two-piece bikini as Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), 41, stood by. “He’s wanted this so badly,” a pall tells Us of the first-time father. “Jay didn’t have a father in his life, so he wants to be an amazing dad,” adds another source. Beyonce (who famously announced her pregnancy at last week’s MTV VMAs in L.A.), meanwhile, is enjoying the baby prep. “She’s been hungrier for Southern cooking,” a source close to her band says. “Voracious!”
The superstar – glowing in a long, flowing crimson gown with a side-swept ponytail – cupped her hands around her stomach as she posed on the black carpet at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, showing off a small baby bump.
This will be the first child for the “Run The World” singer, who married hip hop mogul Jay-Z in April 2008.
Poster’s Note: So I guess it’s only right to download this album. These dudes obviously don’t need my money.
Kanye West and Jay-Z Auctioning Off Mutilated $373,000 Maybach for Charity
In “Otis,” the first video from the Kanye West and Jay-Z (a.k.a the Throne) joint album Watch the Throne, the two hip-hop moguls oversee some unconventional body work to what appears to be a brand-new Maybach: The German luxury car — base sticker price approximately $373,000 for the cheapest model — gets sliced and diced with a blowtorch and power saw. In the first 30 seconds of the clip, the automobile loses its roof and doors and gets remixed into an open-air Jeep-style vehicle perfect for joyriding around a parking lot with a quartet of young ladies in the back seat while fireworks blast off, which is exactly what Jay and Kanye proceed to do in the Spike Jonze-directed video. (more…)
Beyonce graces the March issue of L’Officiel Paris, but it’s a controversial photo of the superstar inside the French fashion magazine that’s getting the most attention.
The glossy is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and Beyonce marks the occasion with an homage to Nigerian musician and humanitarian Fela Kuti; Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, is a producer on the acclaimed Broadway musical “Fela!,” based on the icon’s life, music and courageous defiance against government corruption. In a statement (via Jezebel), L’Officiel describes the Feli-inspired photo of Beyonce — sporting blackface, tribal paint and a dress designed by her mom — as a “return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened.” (more…)
Classic case of a no longer relevant rapper trying to make himself relevant through a “diss” record. I don’t even understand this. Jay-Z didn’t even diss this dude all he did was mention how Hammer messed up like $30 million. And what is that nonsense at the end? Is Hammer trying to tell Jay-Z he needs to get saved? SMH
Ms.Info finds a Gem:”Also, don’t pretend that your diamond Hov pic is 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide, GC. That’s disrespectful. There’s 22,500 stones in there….on their website, they don’t specify the ration of real stones to rhinestones, but at that size, those diamonds would be multiple carats each? What a bargain at your price of $1million! Its weird because Damien Hirst’s infamous diamond-encrusted human skull sold in 2007 for….$100 Million.Anyways, this and the Obama portrait are just lame. Lame if a dumb rich man fan buys it. Lame if Jay himself buys it (which I’m sure he’d never do). See video and read her original post
After T Pain said Jay Z was old- he has gotten a strong backlash – 59 years old to be exact- the discussion of age in hip hop surfaced again and when a rapper should retire.Ghostface Killah speaks on why there is no age limit on rappers in his opinion. He states he won’t stop rapping but his content will evolve with him. He says if you love the music you won’t stop and you will just reach another phase but still make music your fans relate too.However some may say at 60 years old they will simply listen to the music of the youth but as El Hajj Malik Shabazz once said “Time will tell“.
Lyrics: B // Content: C // Production: B-
Originality: B // Quality %: B // Bonus: N/A
Release Date: November 6th, 2007
Perhaps Jay-Z wasn’t as retired as some of us thought, or perhaps he was really as “inspired” by the tale of Harlem Drug Lord, Frank Lucas, coming to the big screen as he has indicated, but in any case he’s back with a new album less than a year after his generally maligned comeback LP, Kingdome Come. On many levels it’s a testament – and not necessarily a good one – to who Jay-Z is at his very core that he felt the need to go back into the studio to record this LP that plays like a soundtrack and narrative for the Frank Lucas, biopic of the same name, American Gangster. As such the music and mood of American Gangster finds Jay-Z revisiting and focusing more on his hustler persona ala Reasonable Doubt, though this LP is hardly as good as the previously mentioned.
As a period piece American Gangster relies on trying to create a feel of the times of Frank Lucas, that would be late 60′s and early 70′s Harlem, by sampling and splicing pieces of Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and sounds of the time, such as on the cuts “American Dream” and “Sweet”. At times this mood setting is very successful and the songs hit the mark such as “Pray” and “Fallin” the latter of which chronicles the rise and fall of a drug dealer. “Success” featuring Nas also wins with a stellar verse by the latter that helps boost the track’s appeal. Then of course there is the rather mediocre lead single “Roc Boys” and the simple but effective “Bue Magic”. Another tune sure to be a fan favorite, if for no other reason than the guest appearance, is “Hello Brooklyn” which features Lil’ Wayne who apparently has finally figured out that he would rather be Jay-Z’s friend than enemy. The biggest failures are in the albums inability to keep it’s mood properly or maintain any sense of gravity, as the production machinations of beatmakers like The Neptunes and the like seem determined to turn every song into a party. Sad is the day when 50-Cent’s stab at the drug addiction anaology “A Baltimore Love Thing” is far superior to Jay-Z’s allegory of heroine addiction, “I Know”. Also at times Jay-Z lyrically seems a little lazy as his wordplay is not consistently sharp as it’s usually known to be. Overall American Gangster contains enough material to be a solid listen and enjoyable for most Jay-Z fans, although since Jay-Z has staked his claim on being a Frank Lucas or some other drug kingpin on wax, this whole album is more or less Jay-Z traveling down a road he has traveled many times before.