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On his 44th birthday, Jay Z is reflecting on his life's work.
In a post on his "Life and Times" website Wednesday, Jay ranked all of his solo albums and even provided some commentary about each.
Jay put his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt at the top of his list, calling it a "classic." The Blueprint, The Black Album and The Life and Times of Shawn Carter Volume Two also earned "classic" status in Jay's eyes, but ranked behind his first project.
As for his latest record, Magna Carta Holy Grail, he placed it in the center of his cannon at number six. Jay's 2006 comeback album Kingdom Come came up last, but Jay points out that it was his "first game back" after a three year hiatus.
Here are Jay Z's rankings with his commentary in parentheses:
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta Holy Grail
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album... Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
8. The Blueprint 3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
11. The Blueprint 2 (Too many songs.)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)
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Drake is teaming up with Nike for his own line of Michael Jordan brand sneakers.
Drizzy made the announcement during a concert stop in Portland, Oregon this week, telling the crowd that while at Nike's headquarters in the city he officially "became inducted into the Team Jordan family."
On Instagram, the rapper also posted photos of his "OVO Stingray" line of Air Jordans. The new kicks seem to come in both black and white versions and are adorned with both the Air Jordan and OVO logos.
Drake's announcement comes just after Nike's rival, Adidas, confirmed their partnership with Kanye West.
(Yahoo!) - News of actor Paul Walker's death has affected every corner of the entertainment industry, right up to Queen B herself. On Tuesday night, Beyoncé dedicated an emotional medley to Walker at her Staples Center show in Los Angeles.
Beyoncé's performance of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" that runs right into her own song "Halo" has always been a moving staple of her stage shows, and was certainly a touching moment between performing her mega hits.
There's no obvious evidence that the singer and Walker were close, or even friends, but news of his death has proved to be shocking for even the most cynical film fan.
Beyoncé's song dedication comes right on the heels of another musical dedication from Wu-Tang's RZA, who released his song "Destiny Bends" on Sunday as an homage to his friend. RZA and Walker met on the set ofBrick Mansions, one of Walker's two films that are yet to be released in 2014, along with Fast & Furious 7. RZA wrote, "we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood."
Watch Beyoncé's medley from her Vancouver tour date, the day Paul Walker was killed:
Production on Fast & Furious 7 is shutting down indefinitely in the wake of Paul Walker’s death, Universal announced on Wednesday.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Walker and the cast had been shooting the movie in Atlanta this fall, but filming was temporarily halted after the actor died in a car crash on Saturday.
Now the studio is trying to figure out how to proceed respectfully.
In a statement, the studio says:
Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers.
At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.
We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.
In the days since Walker’s tragic crash, the franchise’s stars and crew have expressed their devastation and paid tribute to their longtime friend and colleague.
Also on Wednesday, the coroner’s office announced Walker died from “traumatic and thermal injuries.”
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(Yahoo!) - Paul Walker died of "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries." That's the official word from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department, which conducted autopsies on the "Fast & Furious" star and his friend Roger Rodas on Tuesday and released the results Wednesday morning.
The report formally identified Walker, 40, as the passenger, and Rodas, 38, as the driver, in what was ruled for the first time as an "accident." According to the report, Rodas died of "multiple traumatic injuries" and Walker of "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries." The injury occurred via "auto versus Fixed Object."
A toxicology report is still pending for both men and should be completed in six to eight weeks.
Walker and Rodas were killed when Rodas apparently lost control of their 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and slammed into a tree and light pole on Saturday afternoon in Valencia, California. Walker had just participated in a nearby charity event. He was on a Thanksgiving weekend hiatus from filming "Fast & Furious 7."
The Los Angeles Country Sheriff's Department is still investigating the cause of the crash. Investigators hope to have their initial findings in the next week. Although speed was determined to be a contributing factor, detectives are also looking at the possibility of a mechanical failure or blown tire.
In the meantime, the scene of the accident has become a makeshift memorial, attracting family, friends, co-stars, and fans, who are leaving flowers, photos, and other mementos.
Also Wednesday morning, Universal Pictures announced it was shutting down production on the latest sequel.
"Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended 'Fast & Furious' family of cast, crew, and filmmakers," the studio said in a statement. "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on 'Fast & Furious 7' for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping 'Fast & Furious' fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker."
Sources tell Yahoo that about two-thirds of the film would have to be rewritten to accommodate the loss of Walker, and the screenwriters will be huddling with studio execs, director James Wan, and franchise co-starVin Diesel to come up with a respectful way to proceed. Among the options: scrap the footage that has been shot and start over from scratch.
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Conan O’Brien believes he’s uncovered a hidden message in the Kardashians’ Christmas card - one that says “WE SUCK.”
The images, conceptualized and shot by celeb photog David LaChappelle, feature nods to the Kardashians’ controversial fame.
But did O’Brien really uncover one more? Check out Conan's version of the Kardashian Christmas card below!