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The Carters Spotted Sitting Courtside At OKC vs. Clippers Game

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The NBA is back! YDBR favorite celeb couples are once again sitting court side at arenas across the states. Last night Thursday (November 21), The Carters (Jay-Z & Beyoncé) was spotted sitting in floor seats, enjoying the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers game at Oklahoma’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The happily billionaire couple was photo’d greeting their good friends Chris Paul (who plays for the Clippers) and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports client Kevin Durant. OKC defended the Clippers 105-91.

In related music news, Jay-Z kicks off the North American leg of his ‘Magna Carter‘ world tour on November 30th  in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center. See the full list tour dates here. On December 2, Beyoncé is set to embark on the second leg of her ‘Mrs. Carter‘ U.S. world tour.

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Across The Pond: Jay Z Takes The Tube To London’s 02 Arena; Plus Debuts Made In America Documentary

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Around this time last year, music mogul Jay-Z took NYC’sR” train from Canal Street in Manhattan to Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center for his final “grand opening” show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. See the original post here.

Yesterday Saturday (October 12), across the pond in London, Jigga caused complete chaos as he arrived at the Waterloo Train Station and hopped on the Tube to O2 Arena for his sold-out Magna Carta Holy Grail tour. Jay-Z’s childhood friend Ty Ty Smith, Atlantic Records Exec Mike Kyser, music producer Timbaland and singer Chris Martin accompanied Jigga on his Tube ride to the O2 Arena.

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In related Jay-Z news, he just released his Made In America documentary which features commentary and performances by Jiggaman himself, Janelle Monae, Odd Future, Gary Clark Jr., Jill Scott, Run DMC and more. Watch the full documentary below:

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Jay-Z For Vanity Fair Magazine; Looks Dapper In Tom Ford

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He went from rags to riches, the street corner to the corner office, the streets to the boardroom, Marcy Project’s to the cover of Vanity Fair’s November 2013 issue. On the cover, Jigga looks dapper in Tom Ford. For the cover story, Jigga was interviewed by the publication’s contributing editor Lisa Robinson. He talked about Blue Ivy being his biggest fan, dealing drugs, his rough upbringings, and much more. Below are some highlights:

On his 18-month-old daughter Blue Ivy listening to his music and Beyoncé saying that she prefers Jay-Z’s music:

That’s not true. She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta [album], the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”

His mother knew he was dealing drugs as a teenager:

but we never really had those conversations. We just pretty much ignored it. But she knew. All the mothers knew. It sounds like ‘How could you let your son . . . ’ but I’m telling you, it was normal.”

How dealing drugs taught him a few things as far as business and having an exit strategy:

I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.”

On his rough upbringings:

We were living in a tough situation, but my mother managed; she juggled. Sometimes we’d pay the light bill, sometimes we paid the phone, sometimes the gas went off. We weren’t starving—we were eating, we were O.K. But it was things like you didn’t want to be embarrassed when you went to school; you didn’t want to have dirty sneakers or wear the same clothes over again.”

On crack over flooding his community when he was growing up:

crack was everywhere—it was inescapable. There wasn’t any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway. You look out in the puddles on the curbs—crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about it.”

Read the interview in its entirety at Vanity Fair.

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Drake’s ‘Nothing Was The Same’ Official Cover Art & Tracklisting; LIL WAYNE & NICKI MINAJ Is NOT On The Album

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Fall 2013 means OVO season! YMCMB’s Drake drops his third album, Nothing Was The Same on September 24th. The project’s official cover art and tracklisting has been released. Each cover features an interesting concert; Drizzy got his head in the clouds.  Kadir Nelson illustrated the cover arts. On NWTS, Drizzy gets assists from Jay-Z and Detail on the standard edition and Big Sean and 2 Chainz assists him on the deluxe version.

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Drake’s NWTS standard and deluxe versions tracklisting:

1. Tuscan Leather
2. Furthest Thing
3. Started From the Bottom
4. Wu-Tang Forever
5. Own It
6. Worst Behavior
7. From Time
8. Hold On, We’re Going Home
9. Connect
10. The Language
11. 305 To My City (Feat. Detail)
12. Too Much
13. Pound Cake (Feat. JAY Z)/ Paris Morton Music II

Deluxe Edition:
14. Come Thru
15. All Me (Feat. 2 Chainz x Big Sean)

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The Carters Spotted At Made In America Fest Day 2

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Day 2 of Budweiser’s Made In America 2013 took place in Philadelphia over this past weekend. After Beyoncé slayed the stage Saturday night at Day 1, she stayed in Philly to watch her little sister Solange’s performance. On Sunday, Solange shut down the stage for a medley of her hits. Jay-Z and Beyoncé were spotted arriving with Baby Blue. Bey and Solange were also spotted chatting and smiling backstage. Steve Stoute and Solange’s boyfriend Alan were also present. Solange looked cute in her mixed prints. See the pics below:

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The Carters Photo’d In Miami; Beyonce Shows Off New Hairstyle

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Baby Blue are enjoying the nice Miami weather. Yesterday afternoon Thursday (August 15), The Carters were spotted spending some family time on the Atlantic coast in Southeastern Florida. They were photo’d leaving Sylvano’s in Miami Beach. Beyoncé sported a new hairdo! This time around, she went for a shorter blonde bob. This weekend Beyoncé will jet set to England for her ‘The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour‘. Peep the pics below:

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BTS: Draya Michele Shoots Ad Campaign For Jay-Z’s Roca Wear

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Model turned reality star Draya Michele is the face of Roca Wear’s Fall 2013 campaign. The Basketball Wives: Los Angeles breakout reality star continued to work right through the hate as she invaded NYC for the shoot. In the photos, Draya wears some sexy tee-shirts with high heels and a tomboyish inspired look in a sweatsuit, oversized buttoned down shirts and a baseball cap. Expect the official images to be release in the coming weeks and look out for some billboards in Times Square. Stay tuned for Draya’s exclusive interview with Roc4LifeDraya slayed this photo shoot!

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She Slayed The Stage: Beyonce Invaded Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

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Last night Saturday (August 3), Beyoncé’sMrs Carter Show‘ world tour stopped at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center for the first of three scheduled shows and on the chilly summer night, KING BEY heated up her husband’s (Jay-Z) stomping grounds. Celebrities including Bey’s husband, Jay-Z, music artist Justin Timberlake and media personality Gayle King were in attendance. After slaying the stage, Bey & her dancers, Jay and JT got together backstage for drinks as well as posed for some photos. Bey slayed her show! For the performance, Bey dressed in various outfits including a custom Gucci black and white beaded top and white pants. Check out some of the photos below:

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Jay-Z Spotted Wearing A $690 Christopher Kane Grayscale Creature Print Hoodie In Philly

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Last week, Jay-Z surprised his wife Beyoncé during her concert in Philadelphia by running out on stage to give her a hug and kiss in front of almost 20,000 screaming fans while she was in the middle of performing “Halo“. Well, wasn’t that a nice way for Jay to surprise his lady? Jay ran on stage in a $690 Christopher Kane Grayscale Creature Print Hoodie paired with black cargo pants. The hoodie features Universal Studio’s Creature from The Black Lagoon-themed print throughout. You can get this hoodie at SSENSE. Kendrick Lamar also wore this hoodie with the matching sweatpants here.

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Jay Z Releases “Picasso Baby” Trailer; Visual Premieres On HBO

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A few weeks ago, I reported that Brookyn-breed music mogul Jay-Z descended upon Manhattan’s Pace Gallery for a six-hour performance of his single “Picasso Baby” and some of the footage will be used for the official music visual. The moment draws inspirations from artist Marina Abramovic’s 2010 MoMA exhibition Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. It is being reported that the visual was directed by Mark Romanek who also directed Jay-Z’s99 Problem“. Romanek also coordinated the event along with Salon 94. Marina Abramovic, Wale, Jerry Slatz, Judd Apatow and George Condo were in attendance.

Jay-Z continues to set #newrules! HBO will premiere “Picasso Baby” official visual on August 2nd at 11pm. Following the premiere, Jigga is set to appear on Real Time with Bill Maher.

What I like and respect the best about Jigga is that he always finds new ways of making more money than his peers. Jigga is bigger than BET, MTV and Fuse.

Watch a preview of Jigga’s 6-hour performance called, Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film below:

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