Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."
Song-of-the-summer seekers will find many gone-viral candidates in this first summer in which YouTube clicks count in sending a song toward the top of the charts.
It's no secret that Jay-Z thinks highly of himself. Long before Kanye West declared "I Am a God" on his new album Yeezus, Jay-Z, the rapper and entertainment mogul born Shawn Carter, embraced the nickname "Hova," short for Jay-hova. His one-word job description on Twitter is "Genius." And his new album, which became available to owners of the Samsung Galaxy smartphone on July 4 and to everyone else Tuesday, is called Magna Carta Holy Grail (Roc-A-Fella ***).