Posts from November 2011


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Jay-Z seems to excel at everything he tries. As a rapper, Jigga's track record is impeccable and his accomplishments as a businessman have kept Hov hovering around the top of various Forbes lists for almost 10 years now. But how will Jay, who seems to do so many things so well fare at fatherhood? It's a topic the mogul tackles in a cover story in GQ magazine's "Men of the Year" issue.

"Providing — that's not love," Jay says. "Being there — that's more important. I mean, we see that. We see that with all these rich socialites. They're crying out for attention; they're hurting for love. I'm not being judgmental — I'm just making an observation," Jay, who was anointed the mag's King of the Year, tells writer Alex Pappademas. "They're crying out for the love that maybe they didn't get at home, and they got everything,all the material things that they need and want. So we know that's not the key."

The soon to be 42-year-old rapper graces the cover of the December issue, which hit newsstands on November 22, wearing a black suit, a matching skinny tie and sporting a grin. It's a familiar look for Jigga, but the feature story reveals someone new: Big Poppa Jay.

The Roc Nation boss' complex relationship with his absentee dad factors into his own views on becoming a papi, and it's a topic he tackled on his 2000 The Dynasty album ("Where Have You Been"), his '03 "retirement" LP The Black Album ("December 4" and "Moment of Clarity") and, most recently, on "New Day," a standout track off of his and Kanye West's Watch the Throne.

On "New Day," the duo rap hypothetically about fatherhood, except that now for Jay, life will imitate art. When the Throne wrote the song, Jay explains to GQ that he and wife Beyoncé were not yet expecting. The RZA-produced track finds Jay vowing not to do what was done to him as a child: "Promise to never leave him, even if his mama tweakin'/ 'Cause my dad left me and left me and I promise to never repeat him."

"My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero," Jay says in the interview.

But does being a dad mean Jigga will lose his swag? Not in the least. While Jay does admit he will change diapers and strap the baby seat in the Maybach, the hip-hop icon also promises to play rap classics like Reasonable Doubt, Ready to Die and Illmatic for his kid — when the time is appropriate of course.

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It's National Adoption Month -- Meet Chris

Let's meet Chris, a kiddo from Youthville who is looking for a forever family. 

Heather here, blogging about something extremely important. It's National Adoption Month! I am blessed to have a niece in my life who I wouldn't have had if not for adoption. November is a special month in our family each year, and November 19th -- National Adoption Day -- is one of the happiest days of the year for her and her mom. My life would not be complete without this child and she is part of the reason why I volunteer at Youthville. Maybe your family is looking to feel a little more complete too. 

Chris is currently in a foster home and is much-loved -- however, he still needs to find his forever family. Chris is going to be on the air with us to talk about what kind of family he hopes to find himself in very soon. It could be your family, I hope. I don't know much about Chris at the moment, except that he loves football and used to play the trumpet. Oh -- and he's one of Wendy's Wonderful Kids! Thanks to Wendy's for being involved every year in National Adoption Month and helping to find forever homes for kids. Let's make this the year Chris finds his forever home. I'll post more about Chris after we meet him. 

Here's a photo of Chris and a link to more info about adoption with Youthville

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X-Factory Contestant Caught Lip-Syncing

Live proformances are dangerous. There is always the risk of technical issues or maybe someone forgetting a

word. SO, some go the opposite route to try to eliminate some of these problems. This weeks X-Factor episode,

one of the contestants during a musical number with all the other contestants is seen not singing even though

the track is. HAHA, you can see the, "oh S***" look on his face". PRICELESS. The producers insist that all

singing competition shows like this pre-record the non-competitve parts so the contestant have more time to

work on their competitive pieces.

I can appreciate this, but now I'm going to be looking ever harder to catch moments like this:

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I wonder if he watches this now and thinks, "I'm still better than Brittney Spears."

-Youso OUT

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