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hungry lorde

Lorde is pulling a Jay (not mocking jay, but Jay-Z) and curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1.  This is the first released song from the track, from none other than Lorde herself, who did so in celebratory fashion: Pure Heroine turned one on the 27th. Nom nom nom.

-j

 

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Girl Power

Beyonce and Nicki remix “Flawless.” I feel like we all should have seen this coming. Everyone is buzzing about it because B addresses the “elevator brawl” in the song:

“We escalatin’, up in this bitch like elevators
Of course sometimes shit goes down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator”

Still a little ambiguous but take a listen for yourself.

P.S. I don’t believe the rumors. c. 

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all kinds of excited

Uhhh….definitely NSFW.

The rest of my day is totally shot, thanks to you, Mr. Grey.

AND…B’s broken down version of “Crazy in Love”?

I have a feeling the soundtrack is going to be 50 Shades of definitely-not-fucked-up because it’s already sounding like Jay-Z’s outstanding production of most recent The Great Gatsby‘s soundtrack.

Am I right? : 

-j

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jay z vs art

JAY

Two nights ago, Jay-Z participated in his own performance art “mashup” at Pace Gallery. Jay rapped “Picasso Baby“, a track off his recently released album, as a rotating cast of hand picked art “superstars” danced or stood in his presence. The hours long “performance”, or Kanye-West-esque music video filming featured the likes of Marina Abromavic and RoseLee Goldberg.

Jay, you’re some Renaissance Man entrepreneur, but be careful in certain waters; the art world is one in which to tread lightly…even across the Hudson.

READ MORE HERE.

-j

source.

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GREAT Gatsby

Expect a lot of posts from this soundtrack because it is literally the best thing I’ve heard in a while.  I shared the teaser a while ago, but this my friends is a damn game changer.  Not only is it a gathering of absolute all-stars, but each artist keeps and holds true to the sound that makes them so great.  Here are some examples:

This is actually my favorite song from the album.  Jack White MURDERS this and my good lord is it 100% Jack White:

 

Haunting and beautiful, Andre 3000 and Beyonce nail this:

 

And this is so good, I still can’t believe it’s real:

 

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I Am Supposed To Be At A Gatsby Party

So I am going to give you all fair warning:  I am obsessed with “The Great Gatsby.”  It is one of my most favorite books of all time.

Here’s your next warning: I’m almost completely convinced I was born into the wrong time era.  I’m pretty sure I was supposed to be IN this time period, the 1920s, with Gatsby at all his swanky parties and wearing unbelievable jewelry.  It’s bordering on unhealthy.

I’m also planning on going to the movie in costume.  Say I won’t.

NOW.  Let’s just discuss the absolute EPIC-NESS of this soundtrack.  First and foremost, Jay-Z produced the ever loving life out of it and the lineup of artists on it will make you so excited you can’t even see straight.

Second: the majority of these artists have appeared somewhere, sometime on PB&Jams.  Did j, c and i essentially  predict one of the best soundtracks of all time to one of the soon to be best movies of all time?  Probably.  All in a day’s work, people.

Third: I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you so. What did I tell you?  THAT I AM SUPPOSED TO BE AT A SWANKY PARTY WEARING SOME SICK DRESS AND FILTHY AMOUNTS OF DIAMONDS AND PEARLS EVERYWHERE.

I digress.

This sneak peak of the soundtrack will get you all sorts of happy and put you exactly where you need to be: at a damn good swanky-ass “roaring twenties” party.  This soundtrack takes you all the way back to this time period while channeling the modern party scene of today.  How do they do it?  It’s goddamn magic.  And Jay-Z.

Some favorites?  Emeli Sandé, Jack White, xx and Sia.

Check it out and get excited, peeps.  What will I be doing to prepare?  So glad you asked!  I’ll be sipping on Bourbon, wearing flapper dresses, practicing my dancing and classy flirtation with men.  Who am I kidding, I’ll read the book again and cry because I’m nostalgic for a time period.  Lord help me, somebody has toa

P.S. I realize I haven’t even touched on the casting for this film.  That is all saved for another post when I can catch my breath over this soundtrack.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/listen-clips-from-the-great-gatsby-soundtrack-20130416

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woman

“You make me proud to spell my name w-o-m-a-n”–Maya Angelou. Oprah used this quote to describe Beyonce in her one-on-one interview before the premier of Beyonce’s documentary “Life is but a Dream” on HBO. Beyonce uses her computer as a diary–she used three years of videos to construct this beautiful documentary. When she is lonely, confused, lost she speaks to her computer. We saw her reaction to her miscarriage, the first time she felt Blue Ivy kick, her love for Jay-Z, her shows, preparation, and a lot about her relationship with her family–she showed us, the viewers, just about everything. The film was raw but in an empowering way. When she was speaking with Oprah she said that she made the video for women–she really shows herself as a powerful woman who has flaws and missteps.

I think some documentaries about stars can be self-loathing or self-promoting. This was the opposite. She let her fans into her life in a humble and honest way in order to heal herself and help her fans. If you have HBO take the time to watch–I promise that you will not be disappointed. c. 

Interview.

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Bring Me Back My Rap

I feel like good rap these days is hard to come by, or maybe I’m just not looking hard enough.  I feel like most of what you hear out of rap these days is along the lines of “I’m rich” and “I got so many bitches” or “do the [insert stupid dance move name here].”  This is not to say I don’t like the songs, or bob along to them, or learn the [insert stupid dance move name here].  Hell, I posted one tonight.

However, I have not lost sight of the rap I like to listen to and appreciate.  I liked when Kanye and Jay-Z dropped “Watch The Throne” and I still listen to that album often.  But there is some rap that I don’t think will ever be topped.

Here are some of those for me.  a

P.S. I know I’ll be criticized cause some older rappers aren’t on here.  I don’t care.  These are a few of my faves.

He’s too clever:

 

One of the strongest, most emotionally raw songs from him:

 

Powerful.  And yes.  I love Lil Wayne:

 

Good beats, good flow, chill mode:

 

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