Posts tagged Jay-Z
Tickets went on sale today for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” concert in D.C. on November 3. Once upon a time, I considered going to the concert, although I knew ticket prices would be a little high. It is, after all, Jay and ‘Ye. They have a good enough reputation to charge a little extra. But then I found out this morning that the cheapest tickets were $72. Floor seats were $276.
Give me a [BLEEP]ing break.
Let’s put this in perspective. One of those floor tickets amounts to:
- 33.58% of my monthly rent
- Four full tanks of gas in my car
- $21 more than what I’d have to pay to go skydiving again
- $47 more than a brand-new iPod Touch
- Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for three nights for my upcoming Miami getaway
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Anyone who pays $276 to see these two guys (however talented they may be) perform is insane. But my gripe with the ticket prices goes a lot deeper.
I know I’m mad late with this. And for that, I apologize. A friend of mine actually put me on to this album a few months ago, but I’m just now realizing this album’s greatness.
Viva la Hova is a mashup album putting Jay-Z’s lyrics over Coldplay’s music. Honestly, there’s no way that I couldn’t like this album. First of all, I love mashups. Second, I love Jay-Z’s music. Third, I love Coldplay’s music. So this was a win-win-win for me, which I realized when I first downloaded the album.
But then the album got caught up in the continuous flow of music that was being imported into my iTunes, and after listening to a few tracks, I forgot about the album for a while… until last night.
Recently, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z released a single entitled “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” in which he calls out rappers for following the recent trend of using Auto-Tune to improve their voices. He notes that while their voices are sounding better, their rhymes are sounding worse, in so many words. One of my favorite lines from the track is this:
I know we facin’ a recession, but the music y’all makin’ gon’ make it the Great Depression.
And that’s why Jay-Z is Jay-Z. He tells it like it is.
Recently, however, I saw something that was inspired by this song, and I immediately fell in love with the new product. The clothing maker dangerousNEGRO, which specializes in creating “Black Empowerment Apparel,” made a new T-shirt called “Death of Auto-Coon,” which is pictured above.