Hot on the heels of the lineup announcement of the Jay-Z curated Made In America concert, Jay-Z has released a new song, “Open Letter.” Co-produced by Swizz Beats and Timbaland, Jay takes on the critics of his trip to Cuba, expresses his opinion about his Brooklyn Nets ownership, his new deal with Universal, brags about his “White House clearance” and declares himself the “Bob Dylan of rap music.” Let’s just say, he’s got a lot on his mind and takes the gloves off on this new song, that you can listen to below.
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake perform at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, August 13th. Go here for tickets.
It’s okay. Really, it is – some music simply transcends boundaries and genres and space and time. Some music is simply good music. So just because you got a momentary thrill and / or pique of curiosity a few hours back when the Facebook posts first started flying and reporting that Justin Timberlake‘s new album The 20 / 20 Experience was streaming on iTunes, there’s no being ashamed here. It doesn’t impeach your credentials as a discerning listener of new music or rock or indie rock or whatever you fancy your poison to be. It’s exciting! Dude is space-age crooner, a classy pop performer who evidently holds Prince, Sinatra and Take That in equal regard. There’s not many doing what he’s doing – there’s not many capable of doing what he’s doing. “Suit and Tie” is a jam and a half. The album as it proceeds from there, 70 minutes and change, is even more adventurous. Dig in – listen to it here. And get pumped to see JT on tour with Jay-Z on tour this summer; they play Hershey Stadium on August 4th and Citizens Bank Park on August 13th.
Last night on Saturday Night Live the show featured a star-studded lineup of former SNL cast members Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short and Andy Samberg, along with former guests Paul Simon, Candice Bergen, and Alec Baldwin. Timberlake was the guest host and the musical guest on the show. Below, watch JT perform “Mirrors,” and “Suit And Tie.” Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience is out on March 19th. Jay-Z and JT play Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, August 13th. Go here for tickets and more information.
With all the summer tour announcements this week catering to the indie rock crowd – which, those are exciting, no doubt – here’s a reason for fans of aughties pop music to start freaking out. Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z announced a co-headlining summer tour that brings them to the Hershey Stadium on August 4th and Citizens Bank Park on August 13th. Tickets go on sale next Thursday, February 28th, at 10 a.m.
The two artists recent collaborated on “Suit & Tie,” a Prince-vibing disco banger from JT’s forthcoming release The 20/20 Experience, out in March. Jay-Z’s been pretty busy himself, given the successful Made In America Festival from last summer, and the Watch The Throne album from the summer previous. He reportedly has an album in the works for this year as well. In addition to that, both artists have the distinction of having performed with Philadelphia’s Legendary Roots Crew. (I think that’s their official name, right?) After the jump, watch Jay-Z’s entire MTV Unplugged concert from 2001, when The Roots were his backing band, and JT’s “History of Rap” appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots work as the house band. Continue reading →