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Willow Smith is the nine-year old daughter of Will Smith. She already has a popular single and a recording contract, as she was signed this week to Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

Now, the young girl also has impossibly high expectations to meet, as Jay-Z appeared on Ryan Seacrest's radio program yesterday and actually made a comparison between Willow and Michael Jackson.

Jada and Willow

"I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded by a nine year old and I was like, man that record's a smash," said the music mogul. "I believe in superstars. I believe in big records and in superstars and I think [Willow] has both.

"She has a child's innocence but she has a clear vision of who she is and who she wants to be. I can only imagine that's how Mike [Michael Jackson] was as a young kid, he knew exactly what he wanted."

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Jay Z is already a music mogul, a wildly successful rapper and producer.

If he can lure free agent NBA star LeBron James to the New Jersey Nets, though, the team's new minority owner will become a god among sports executives as well.

James becomes fair game July 1, but Jay is already putting on a full court press, with an assist to his close friend Steve Stoute, one of LeBron's marketing gurus.

Stoute, whose firm, Translations, has hooked LeBron up to a number of big corporate sponsors, welcomed James to his birthday party, which Jay Z also attended.

Z-ROUTE: Can Jay bring LeBron to the Nets?

There, LeBron got the full Jay-Z experience: he arrived with his wife Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige was also on hand, and his sister-in-law, Solange Knowles, even DJ'd.

No word if Jay's got sway with James, who recently made news for flaming out of the playoffs amid reports that Cavs teammate Delonte West is nailing his mom.

We'll find out soon enough, though, as soon as King James is done having his ego stroked and milking publicity from his free agency as long as humanly possible.

Where will LeBron James end up?

 

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Rapper and noted Yankee fan Jay-Z is suing Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz for opening a nightclub in his native Dominican Republic named "Forty-Forty."

Jay-Z thinks that's a sample that's too close to his line of "sports lounges" which carry the "40/40 Club" name ... even if Big Papi is spelling out the digits.

Jay-Z and business partner Juan Perez own 40/40 Clubs in New York City, Atlantic City and Las Vegas and have plans to open venues in Tokyo and Macau.

They have accused Ortiz of "trading on the fame, value and goodwill of their name through his club Forty/Forty and its website, www.fortyforty.net."

Okay, but would he sue Alex Rodriguez for the same thing? Just asking.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em! Wait, the Yankees won the World Series last year. Never mind. That's just adding insult to injury then.

The lawsuit also notes that "David Ortiz is fully aware of plaintiff's Manhattan 40/40 Club, since he had been a patron there on several occasions."

Jay-Z named his club "40/40" because in baseball, that refers to a 40-home run, 40-steal season, or "as exclusive as it gets." Cool name for a club.

An odd choice for Ortiz to rip off, though, as he is one of the slowest land mammals to ever roam this planet, having recorded just 10 thefts career.

Make he just likes the food (clearly his waist line would corroborate that)... or he means 40 injections in 40 days, or some better steroid reference.

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When Jay-Z speaks, people listen. That's the kind of respect this artist and producer has earned.

That's why his critique of the recently-remade version of "We Are the World" is receiving so much attention, as the rapper told MTV News over the weekend:

"I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: 'We Are the World,' I love it, and I understand the point and think it's great. But I think 'We Are the World' is like [Michael Jackson's] 'Thriller' to me. I don't ever wanna see it touched."

The man makes a good point. No offense to Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber (okay, some offense to the former), but the iconic single loses a lot of luster when such young musicians are taking the place of Jackson, Bob Dylan and other luminaries.

"I'm a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that's going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts," Jay-Z added. "But... some things are just untouchable... I think it's time for us to make a new [song]."

Do you agree with Jay-Z? Listen to the remake NOW and then vote below: What do you think of it?

 

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Having dominated headlines last week with her two-part Good Morning America and 20-20 interview detailing Chris Brown's brutal assault on her in detail and for the first time in her own words, Rihanna is ready to get back to the music.

To that end, she made a surprise cameo Sunday night at her mentor Jay-Z's concert at UCLA. We believe this is her first live performance since the Chris Brown assault, and while it's only one song, it doesn't look like she missed a beat.

Check out her performance with Jay-Z of "Run This Town" below ...

For more Rihanna live, follow the jump for a look at her performance of a new song, "Hard," at the very same venue. Not sure how we feel about this one ...

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On the list of intelligent feuds one can start, dissing Jay-Z doesn't strike us as one you'd see ranked very high. But that's not about to stop Beanie Sigel.

The rapper dissed Jay-Z in his new “Average Cat” song, according to the Wall Street Journal, debuting the track today on New York’s Hot 97 radio station.

Referencing Jay-Z's real name Shawn Carter, Sigel's lyrics state, “The rapper Shawn called the police on me 'cause I was front row at the Blue Print 3.”

Afterwards, Beanie Sigel did not deny his intent, but qualified it by saying that he isn't encouraging an ongoing feud with Jay-Z or anything like that.

Here's Beanie Sigel supposed diss of Jay-Z ...

Of the lyrics, he said, “This ain’t a green light for everybody to start making 'diss Jay-Z' records. This is just me taking my brother out for five minutes.”

Their feud is reported to have originated from their Roc-A-Fella business dealings, and Jay-Z's allegedly adequate marketing of Sigel’s album in 2007.

Interestingly, his visit to Hot 97 occurred just hours after Jay-Z performed “Empire State Of Mind” at Yankee Stadium for Game 2 of the World Series.

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The only person yet to weigh in on Kanye West's Taylor Swift ambush at the MTV VMAs has finally said his piece, thanks to a BBC Radio 1 DJ who got ahold of him.

"It's an awards show," Jay-Z said, dismissing the controversy surrounding his collaborator and good friend Kanye. "He's just a super passionate person."

That's a nice way of saying "jackass."

Jay-Z, the husband of Beyonce, who Kanye was giving props to during his rant on stage, did acknowledge that, "Of course it was rude, it was her moment."

But, "that's the way he felt. It was rude, but the way they're treating him… He's on the cover of every paper. He didn't kill anybody. No one got harmed."

No. No one got harmed. Including Kanye himself. If he can blindside a cute, very talented 19-year-old, why can't the rest of the world take him to task?

Jay-Z has Kanye West's back ... to a point.

Jay-Z, who was at the center of some party-crashing drama of his own (thank you Lil Mama) continued to walk the line when defending his friend, saying:

"It just wasn't appropriate. It wasn't fair to Taylor at all."

But qualifying that with, "at the end of the day, we're gonna celebrate him for his passion more than vilify him. As he matures, he has to balance that."

Still, Jay-Z said he doesn't back West's promise to take a break: "I don't think he should lay low. I think he should move on and have a brilliant career."

Whose side are you on?

 

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The post-VMA apology tour continues, headlined by Kanye West (who even the U.S. President thinks is a jackass) and featuring Lil Mama on the undercard.

Lil Mama, whoever that is, issued a statement to explain why she ran on stage during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ performance to close out Sunday night's show.

Beyonce and Jay

“I did not mean any disrespect towards Jay-Z or Alicia Keys,” the rapper and judge on America’s Best Dance Crew says. “I admire them and look up to them as role models. ‘Empire State of Mind’ just had my emotions running high."

"In that moment I came up on stage to celebrate two icons singing about NY.”

AMERICA'S BEST STAGE-CRASHER: Lil Mama was just giving props, yo!

So in conclusion, Lil Mama ran on stage for two reasons:

  1. “Empire State of Mind” is a cool song (no argument here).
  2. It made her want to give props to her two favorite stars.

Lil Mama may want to consider that "celebrating icons" by randomly popping up next to them in the middle of a live television performance is what most law enforcement officials consider stalking and can result in a restraining order.

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Leave it to Lil Mama, whoever that is, to try to close out the already-strange 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with one of the oddest moments of the night.

While it wasn't as ridiculous or rude as Kanye West's meltdown and hijacking of Taylor Swift's speech, the spectacle of Lil Mama climbing on stage for no reason during Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' VMA performance last night was still hilariously weird.

For nearly five minutes, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were performing “Empire State of Mind,” a number that was to close the always-memorable MTV award show.

But then there was Lil Mama, appearing out of nowhere, standing awkwardly beside Jay and Alicia in a B-girl stance, whatever that is, as the song ended:

What the hell was Lil Mama doing on stage with Jay-Z?

In short, it was a puzzling and random conclusion to the evening.

A representative for Jay-Z, quoted by Entertainment Weekly this morning, says she has “No clue how it happened.” That makes about 10 million of us.

Viewers and celebrities alike had a field day with it. Fabolous even Twittered "lil mama is JayZ’s hypeman, she jus got there late!" That one's pretty good.

It's actually not as remarkable as it sounds, especially following Kanye's drunken antics, but watching Jay-Z’s understated, yet perplexed-seeming body language when he sees her unannounced appearance is still worth watching.

Follow the jump for a video of Lil Mama crashing Jay-Z's performance ...

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Beyonce and Jay-Z, seemingly one of the most normal couples in Hollywood, took a rather normal vacation over the holidays.

The singer and the rapper touched down in the Caribbean, where they hung out on a boat, went jet skiing and likely had lots of hot sex.

Here's a photo of Beyonce doing one of those things...

Riding the Waves

Beyonce rode the waves prior to riding Jay-Z. [Photo Credit: Splash News]

Check out more shots of Beyonce and Jay-Z on vacation below. Click on each thumbnail for an enlarged version...

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  • A Cuddling Couple
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