#WhatJayZSaidToSolange Highlights Spectacular Ignorance of Solange's Career

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Solange live at Bowery Ballroom 12/18/12
Unless you've been living under a stack of used and discarded copies of Kingdom Come, you've no doubt seen the security footage of Beyonce's sister Solange losing it on Jay Z in an elevator. The footage leaked yesterday morning via (who else?) TMZ and quickly became all anyone could talk about. It's easy to understand why. Celebrities: They're just like us!

What's followed since the leak has been rampant speculation about what brought the fight on. We fielded theories on gchat yesterday that ranged as far and wide as Jay Z/Rihanna cheating rumors to other things people couldn't possibly know about. Of course, Twitter had their own ideas about #WhatJayZSaidToSolange, and many of them highlight one important fact: People need to show Solange a lot more respect.

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Westboro Baptist Church's Insane Parody Video of "Big Pimpin'"

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Last week, Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps died at the age of 84. Known for leading thousands of anti-gay demonstrations and organizing the picketing of dead soldiers' funerals, his Church (which mostly consists of his extensive family and isn't affiliated with any other church) has used the media to draw the most controversial of attention to their hate-filled message.

And did we mention they made music videos? Some that were parodies?

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The Top Five Black Album Remixes

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This month, Jay Z's "retirement" album The Black Album turned 10 years old. While it's historic for being a lavish (third) retirement album, arguably its greatest impact was ushering in the era of the underground remix album. Bridging the gap between the initial mash-up craze of 2003 that gave us this and this, and the decade of gimmick-y concept remix albums to follow, the choice to release Jay Z's entire album's acapella wound up being among music's biggest game-changing choices of the decade. Now that we've had 10 years to marinate on all of them, we've made out decision on the five best.

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Hit-Boy: Split With GOOD Music Was Amicable; "Dealing With Other Humans Is a Struggle"

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Hits for hire.

Hit-Boy sounds like a superhero name when you say it over and over again while talking with his publicists. The same conversation can also make you realize Hit-Boy is currently an "it boy" in production circles. It was his Grammy winning composition, "Niggas In Paris," that would get the "rewind selectah" treatment on the Watch the Throne Tour; intensifying the frenzy it created each time it was performed. It was also his beat that gave A$AP Rocky his first certified radio smash, "Goldie," and, most recently, his work on Drake's new album's got people excited. Now, with a label deal at Interscope in tow, Hit-Boy is excited to showcase his talent roster, as well as some incendiary sounds for your favorite rapper to spit on. Imagine what he'll have accomplished by the time he's a Hit-Man.

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Magna Carta Holy Marketing

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[Editor's note: LA Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on our sister paper's music blog every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]

When we look back on 2013, we'll consider it the year of the event album. What's less clear is whether we'll remember the music or simply the marketing.

Over the last four months, there has been an unusual influx of blockbuster albums: Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Kanye West's Yeezus and Jay-Z's Magna Carta ... Holy Grail. Thanks to pre-existing popularity, exhaustive media coverage and viral marketing campaigns, all debuted at No. 1. As Jay-Z put it in his Samsung commercial (disguised as an album announcement): There are new rules in play.

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The Craziest Musical Gambles That Paid Off

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Every year it's a guarantee someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, it's not been true in much of 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's Yeezus and then Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, both of which took unique approaches to their releases while dropping some #newrules along the way.

Who knows what will come next, but it's always good to remember that sometimes musicians and record labels do take huge risks and gambles, which sometimes even pay off and end up reshaping the way we think about music.

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We Know What Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Did Last Summer

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Today and Saturday, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake take the stage at Yankee Stadium for their Legends of Summer tour. While they're both certainly living legends in their own right, it's interesting to look back on how truly different both Hov and Timberlake's summers have been over the years, and yet both paths lead to this weekend's shows. Let's take a look back at 20 years of summer fun for the two.

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Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana

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Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus have arrived; somehow, Jay-Z's album has the better production, and Kanye's has the better lyrics.

In any case, one of the most polarizing aspects of the former work is how it uses Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the opening track, "Holy Grail." Between verses, Justin Timberlake sings "and we all just entertainers / and we're stupid and contagious." (The track is below.) Fans and observers have called it both genius and blasphemy, while critics have used phrases like "beyond triple corny" and suggested Jay-Z's never really engaged with Kurt Cobain's work.

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Every Person, Place, and Thing on Magna Carta Holy Grail: A Checklist

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If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every person, place, thing and movie white people like mentioned on Magna Carta Holy Grail to determine what it all means. (Honestly: no clue.)

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No One Cares About Jay-Z's New Music

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Ever since the announcement of his game-changing arrangement with Samsung Electronics, most of the conversation about Jay-Z's forthcoming studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail has revolved around the nature of the deal, not the coming music. Even as the project (out officially tomorrow) is being rolled out via in-studio video clips and scavenger hunts and lyric sheets, the focus remains on the logistics of the album, its delivery and its meaning for the music business.

It's no wonder. Almost immediately, the Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung paid $5 a piece for one million copies of the album, to be given away free to owners of select Samsung devices. Granted, Samsung, which is worth over $200 billion (with a net cash position of $28.5 billion), essentially has enough money to buy the entire Vatican a couple of times over, so $5 million to them is probably like thirty bucks to the rest of us. Yet how many of us would pay thirty bucks for a Jay-Z album in 2013?

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