Oddly enough, this iconic ODB mural is not on the map. via Flickr user Hobo Matt
Brooklyn has a long and proud hip-hop tradition, everyone knows that. But aside from downloading buying Notorious B.I.G. albums and blasting them loudly, how can you pay the proper respects to the people who dominated the game so hard for so long? Well, you could always go by where they hung out and grew up and leave a little incense shrine. And now thanks to Fuse’s hip hop map of Brooklyn, that idea can be a reality. A ridiculous and strange reality. (more…)
Is this the new face of the Nets? (via flickr user Scott Beale)
Now that Jay-Z’s severing his last, tepid ties to Brooklyn and throwing in the Nets towel, it’s time for someone new to reign over Kings County dwellers as the Lord of the Rusty Turtle Barclays Center. And he might be bringing a few AMAs with him — reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is reportedly in talks to buy Jay-Z’s minority shares, and he’s making his bid on (surprise) reddit. (more…)
Despite their win last night, it’s been a rough few days for the Nets. The Knicks just clinched the Atlantic Division crown, Gerald Wallace is moping about being terrible and it’s looking more and more like they’ll play the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, and no one wants that assignment. Now on top of all that, Jay-Z finally got bored being their public face and talisman of cool, and is selling his stake in the team so he can go be Arliss. (more…)
He’s sad for you that your fake tickets were printed on some sort of cracker-like substance. Via ILP Video.
So you were all excited about the eight crazy nights of Jay-Z shows to open up the LIBOR Barclays Center, or, as no one but me calls it, Hovanukkah. Problem is, the tickets disappeared faster than Memphis Bleek. Or you bought some scalped ones that cost $150 or were fake, as we heard someone complaining about at a bar. But now, like a benevolent deity, Hov is opening his palace of wonders to we mortals with a free live stream of Saturday’s eighth and final show, on his new YouTube channel, Life and Times. (more…)
My president is black, my Lambo’s blue, my stadium is rust-covered.
You’ve got to hand it to the people still fighting the good fight over at Occupy Wall Street. What they lack in numbers or media attention right now, they more than make up for with the same kind of earnestness as your friend who hangs around forever waiting for you to have sex with him. Shocked that multi-multi-multi-millionaire Shawn Carter wasn’t enthusiastically on board with a progressive taxation system, they’ve vowed to respond the best way they know how…with a teach-in outside the Jay-Z-supported monument to capitalism. (more…)
Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z didn’t quite get down with the Occupy movement, which isn’t entirely surprising for a guy who’s worth about $475 million and boasts about having $200 million worth of extra identities.
“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” Jay-Z told Zadie Smith in an interview for The New York Times. “Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad. Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”
Too long, didn’t read version: Jay: “We DID build that.” Hm, catchy! Of course, he wasn’t above profiting from Occupy. Because you can never have too many Maybachs.
As Spike Lee said in this interview when asked about the Barclays Center: “it’s up, it’s a reality, and that’s just that. It’s here; you have to deal with it.” Spike says one of the positives of that rusty looking monstrosity is that Jay-Z is going to christen it with a big concert in September. Now The Local reports Jay has added two more shows for a full three-night run Sept. 28-30. But even more surprising, the tickets are actually kind affordable (unlike, say, some other performers). The cheapest seats are $30, which works out to $37 with fees and such. But still, not too shabby for a guy who brags about owning an $890 blazer. (more…)
Far be it from us to echo unconfirmed reports, but this one is all over the interwebs today, and we love a good leak (mind the blue tape). Someone claiming to be an IT worker at the stadium leaked the picture on twitter. The official announcement of colors and uniforms partially designed by Jay-Z himself will be officially revealed on Monday.
Oh, and in case you’re worried we’re in the tank for sports with all of our Nets coveragelately, rest assured this is only a temporary news spike in between puffing our inhalers and working esoteric Doctor Who references into posts.
Just in time for the hospital-wing dominating birth of the Most Important Baby of Our Time this weekend, below you will find our favorite entries from our Babyonce pun contest! The winners got two tickets to tonight’s Punderdome 3000 at Southpaw in Park Slope, where all your groaners turn magically into golden side-splitters. Even if you didn’t win, the event is $5 and well worth it, especially as you’re probably in need of something silly and fun to fight off these winter grays. It’s jokes, jovialness and just a good ole Monday night. Read the winning entries below to get warmed up: You may have 99 problems, but these bitches can pun. (more…)