Dec 042014
 

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

The American Dream is to be self-made. To carve out an identity wholly one’s own and to succeed beyond one’s wildest imagination.

The life and times of Shawn Carter are a blueprint of the American Dream and bear striking resemblance to one of modern American fiction’s greatest protagonists, Jay Gatsby.

Both F. Scott Fitzgerald’s eponymous parvenu and the Brooklyn-born MC sprung from conceptions of themselves – impoverished Midwestern teenager James Gatz morphed into the infamous Jay Gatsby while Shawn Carter took on the nom de rappeur Jay-Z.

Both knew the excesses and trappings of extraordinary wealth as young men and both fell in love with golden girl goddesses with voices full of money.

One noteworthy difference between Gatsby and Jay-Z?

Gatsby was a man, a mere mortal, damned and doomed from the onset, whereas Jay-Z is also Jay-Hova, and gods are not as easily felled.
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Aug 262011
 

Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

Ever since her debut single, “Just Dance,” hit the airwaves back in 2008, Lady Gaga has captivated America (and the rest of the world, for that matter) with her ever-changing looks and music. This is far from the first time we’ve mentioned the mega pop star — her hit songs are clear favorites for musicians everywhere looking for something catchy to cover. But we would probably be doing Gaga a disservice if we failed to acknowledge her chart-topping sophomore album, The Fame Monster. Continue reading »