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Campaigners call for lethal-force law reform as 100 vigils and demonstrations are held for the teen shot dead after buying sweets
Mr Carter and JT chose the site of last summer's glories to try out their collaborative show
"H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A/ For shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down to VA,” Jay-Z maintains on his rousing anthem “Izzo (HOVA)”. The nizzle does feel shizzled at this sizzling, three-day urban festival.
In this age of the spectacle, music increasingly matters less than the event surrounding the music - this year has seen Daft Punk's album applauded as much for its marketing campaign as for any intrinsic musical value it may have, and now we have Jay-Z's new album, notable largely for the deal struck with Samsung to deliver a million free downloads to its customers, at a cost of $5 apiece to the company, three days prior to its official release.
They seem like an unlikely group: a school girl from Pakistan, the President of the United States of America, a multi-million selling rapper and the war-mongering supreme leader of a closed socialist state.
The White House has been forced to deny that President Barack Obama was involved in granting clearance to the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, for a recent trip to Cuba.
The pair were greeted by big crowds as they strolled through Havana
Hip-hop mogul widens his portfolio with venture into sports management
Kanye West hit out at Justin Timberlake’s comeback song “Suit & Tie”, the Grammys and commercial sponsorship in an 11 minute on-stage rant this weekend.
After the mid-tempo disappointment that was Destiny's Child's long-awaited new single last week, the pressure was on for Justin Timberlake's latest, Suit & Tie' which, as the title suggests, is an ode to the joys of being handsome and well-dressed (a topic close to Timberlake's heart, presumably).
One only needs to compare their images to know that old white men with hair the same colour as their suits would do better than to imitate rappers. Which explains the cringeing now greeting a clip posted on the Mother Jones website.
Hip-hop has a difficult relationship with gay culture – could a raft of new club nights fix that? Lemma Shehadi reports
Umbrella singer Rihanna may well need her brolly today when she takes to the stage to headline at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.
Rap superstar Jay-Z is to headline BBC Radio 1's Olympic celebration, the Hackney Weekend 2012
It's happened again. Much of America has got their knickers in a twist over the half-time performance at the Super Bowl, that hallowed 12-minute slot that introduced us to the term "wardrobe malfunction" back in 2004, after Janet Jackson's right nipple made a surprise cameo. And after tame contributions from the likes of Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones in recent years, on Sunday "controversy" returned to America's biggest sporting event when MIA, the English-born singer and rapper, "flipped the bird" at the camera during her guest spot in Madonna's medley.
Kanye West is confident he will be godfather to Beyonce Knowles' baby.