Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film’

Jay Z's 'Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film'

Jay Z has released “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.” Directed by Mark Romanek, the video is a new spin on the music video and brought the performance of “Picasso Baby” from Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail into a more intimate setting: an art gallery. The result is beyond anything we’ve seen in the industry, even from Jay Z himself.

The video was shot at New York City’s Pace Gallery last month, as Jay Z invited spectators and viewers in for a unique experience as he interacted with fans, other artists, and art enthusiasts while the Timbaland-produced instrumental played in the background. The list of cameos is long with Marina Abramovic, Wale, Judd Apatow, George Condo, Rosie Perez, Taraji P. Henson, and others leading the charge.

Magna Carta Holy Grail | Jay-Z Talks ‘Heaven’, ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Oceans’

Magna Carta Holy Grail | Jay-Z Talks 'Heaven', 'Holy Grail' and 'Oceans'

The promo campaign for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail continues as he’s dropped three short clips that give some knowledge on the inspiration behind a few of the tracks on this his twelfth solo album. Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz look on as Jay talks “Heaven,” “Oceans” and “Holy Grail,” with topics ranging from heaven and hell to entrapments of fame and success.

Samsung owners can download the Jay-Z Magna Carta app now at play.google.com. As previously noted, 1 million Samsung users will get the album for free on the Samsung-only release date of July 4th, while the masses get access to the album on July 7th.

Inside Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail

Inside Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

Earlier this week, Jay-Z announced the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, his 12th solo album. He’s working with Samsung on the release and the tech giant’s already signed on to buy 1 million copies of the albums, with free copies going to users of the Galaxy SIII, S4, and Note II on July 4th, ahead of its official July 7th release date. Billboard’s confirmed these freebies won’t count towards Billboard’s Top 200 tallies. Nonetheless, the album’s expected to sell nearly half-a-million copies and Hov’s banking on it all. Check out this three-minute promo that previews the release a bit and showcases some of the heavy-hitting producers that Jay-Z has collaborated with on this album.

Kanye West Talks Career and Yeezus Album

Kanye West Talks Career and Yeezus Album

The New York Times has an in-depth interview with Kanye West ahead of the release of his sixth solo album, “Yeezus”. Ye covers off on a range of subjects spanning the length of his illustrious career, including his work on Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint” and the influence of “808s and Heartbreak” on the industry. When shifting to talking his latest project, the artist gets into how it’s more simple and minimalistic than his over-the-top and extremely complicated works of the past.

Read the full article on NYT. “Yeezus” is due out on Tuesday, June 18th.

Kanye West ‘Yeezus’ Official Album Artwork

Kanye West 'Yeezus' Official Album Artwork

Here’s the official album artwork for Kanye West’s Yeezus. The details of the album have been widely rumored down to each and every detail including the packaging. Well, Ye’s unveiled the official artwork via Twitter and his website to deliver the truth. The hip hop artist has gone the minimalist on this one, with just a red tape slit with the Yeezus written by a Sharpie. The album’s due to release on June 18th.

BeoPlay H6 and H3 Headphones

BeoPlay H6 and H3 Headphones

The B&O Play line by Bang & Olufsen is the brand’s collection of entry-level product which has just gotten two new members — the BeoPlay H6 and H3 headphones. The H6 is a pair of over-ear headphones made from high quality materials and delivering high quality sound. We recently had the opportunity to give them a try and the best way to describe the sound is “crisp”. They’re great for easy listening, feature exceptional clarity, and still pack a punch when needed. The BeoPlay H6 has a bass port which optimizes the bass performance and the drivers are slightly angled to get the best distance and sound direction into the ears. The headphones also feature memory foam inside the ear pads which adapts for optimal comfort. The BeoPlay H3 are in-ear headphones that are made from aluminum and come in three different colors. It features a custom-designed 10.8 mm driver, Micro Bass Port and 23 ventilation holes for superior sound quality.

Pricing for H3 is set at $249 while the H6 will be $399. Look for both to be available starting July through Bang & Olufsen stores, shopbangolufsen.com, the B&O PLAY online store, Apple retail stores, and Apple Online.

Jay-Z | Open Letter

Jay-Z | Open Letter

Jay-Z has dropped a new track dubbed “Open Letter” this morning produced by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. It was written less than 24 hours ago and is fresh off a trip to Cuba which some people aren’t happy about and word that he’s selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to be able to expand his Roc Nation Sports representation business into basketball.

Where I’m From: A Jay-Z Barclays Center Documentary

Where I’m From: A Jay-Z Barclays Center Documentary

On his 43rd birthday, Mr. Shawn Carter drops this special. In this documentary short, Life + Times takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Jay-Z’s Barclays Center opening concerts. From a year ago when the stadium was still being completed to just weeks ago when the hip-hop artist blessed the stage of the newly minted arena in his hometown of Brooklyn for eight days.

Closer Look | Diesel VETKR by Monster Headphones

Closer Look | Diesel VETKR by Monster Headphones

Monster recently gave us the opportunity to give one of their latest designs, a collaborative effort with Diesel. The VEKTR takes much of what we know about the Beats-making headphone brand and throws it out the window, along with the mixed reviews of past headphones. These ones having a backing of a reputable clothing label and feature a design that’s equal parts functional and futuristic. Win-win. The multi-planar, tri-fold design can be easily collapsed to fit your backpack and pull out with ease with a detachable triangular cable for tangle free use. The quality of listening is higher than what we’ve seen in past designs, a sign Monster continues to focus on research and innovation even while reaching widespread success. We’ve put together a short video (below) for your viewing, giving a closer look at the headphones and showing off some of the VEKTR’s finest aesthetic details.

The Diesel VEKTR headphones can be had now via Monster.