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

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

Album: Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch the Throne (Mercury)

News that the two undisputed heavyweights of hip-hop were planning to collaborate on an album smacked of some dreadful finance-first Hollywood franchise tie-up.

Album: Watch The Throne, Watch the Throne (Mercury)

Sometimes, music requires more than merely combined star power to make it work, as Watch the Throne, the eagerly-awaited alliance between Jay-Z and Kanye West, seems to confirm.

Jay-Z and Kanye West confirm album release date

Jay-Z and Kanye West will release their long-awaited album next month.

Jay-Z begins work on his next album

Jay-Z has started work on his next album.

Ashley Cole to propose to Cheryl

Cheryl Cole's ex-husband Ashley is planning to propose to her for a second time.

Jay-Z cool because of his mother

Jay-Z says his mother helped make him "cool".

Kanye and Jay-Z triumph deep in the heart of Texas

Since 1987, South by Southwest in Austin has become renowned for one-off shows by mega-stars and showcases for hot new acts. Althea Legaspi reports from its 25th anniversary celebrations

P Diddy richest artist in hip-hop

P Diddy has been crowned the wealthiest artist in hip-hop, with a fortune of $475 million.

John Lydon blasts Jay-Z

John Lydon has branded Jay-Z a "parody".

It takes two to rap – and make a killing

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaboration is going to be a massive hit, says Elisa Bray. Just don’t expect too much subtlety

Dick Whittington and His Cat, Lyric Hammersmith, London

There is nothing like a really good pantomime dame to satisfy an audience's deep desire to be dominated. This is proved again, to deliriously enjoyable effect, in Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Lyric Hammersmith. It's hard to believe that Shaun Prendergast is making his first foray into stage-damehood with this magnificent performance as Sarah the Cook. Modelling a succession of outrageous outfits and dominating the proceedings with his raucous gravel-voice and his wickedly glinting, manic personality, he comes across as the gaudy love-child of Dame Edna and Timmy Mallet.

Willow Smith, 9, signs record deal with Jay-Z

Willow Smith, the nine-year-old daughter of actor Will Smith, has signed a record deal with rapper Jay-Z and her first single is already kicking up a storm on the Internet.

Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words, Pleasance Dome

He may look like the older brother of Justin Bieber, but don't let the youth and fragility of the 19 year-old American comedian Bo Burnham fool you. This is his "United States of Whatever" and he has come to kick some serious comedy butt.

Must watch: Newport state of mind

Straight from the Goldie Lookin Chain school of performing arts, it’s a new take on a Jay Z classic for today’s Must watch video.

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