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Relationships strained between the two after Obama slammed West for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2009

Between the Covers 13/01/2013

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Robert Gifford, right, the chief executive of AIG Global Real Estate, lays down his office Christmas party speech to the tune of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”

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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.

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K. Koke is being hailed by Jay-Z

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"My story relates to a lot of people's stories, my experience relates to a lot of people's experiences," says K. Koke – which is quite a contention, considering he's been acquitted of attempted murder.

Rihanna could find herself feeling a bit chilly if she sports her usual risqué attire

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Umbrella singer Rihanna may well need her brolly today when she takes to the stage to headline at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.

Watch The Throne – Jay-Z and Kanye West, O2 Arena, London

“I guarantee this will be the greatest concert of your life,” says Kanye West, with typical modesty, at one point in this first London Watch the Throne show. For fans of the pair, he might not be too far off the mark.  

Wale, Scala, London

Despite topping the iTunes charts last year with his second album Ambition, Wale (pronounced "Wah-ley") has struggled to filter into mainstream media.

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The American rapper was in England supporting his wife Beyonce who headlined Glastonbury festival.

Jay-Z to headline the Hackney Weekend 2012

Rap superstar Jay-Z is to headline BBC Radio 1's Olympic celebration, the Hackney Weekend 2012

MIA’s single digit disaster

Trending: Another body part, another scandal at the Super Bowl

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 wants to be godfather to Jay-Z's baby

Kanye West is confident he will be godfather to Beyonce Knowles' baby.

Jay-Z spends £250,000 in champagne bar

Jay-Z has splashed out $250,000 on champagne.

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