With his “Yeezus” tour kicking off last Saturday night in Seattle, we finally got a glimpse of the subsequent merchandise Kanye has in-store for his first solo tour in five years. Naturally ‘Ye teamed up with artist Wes Lang for a contemporary twist on 80s metal band logos, complete with praying skulls and Confederate flags. This certainly ain’t your older brother’s Kanye tour. More photos after the jump. Read More
“Why the hell does he need those gatekeepers?” Preach, Brother Marc. “Luxury, says who?!” This is terrific. (To be fair, Marc Ecko has a color privilege that Kanye does not have.)
Two weeks following his well-publicized Twitter beef with Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye stops by the late night personality’s show to bury the hatchet. And rant some more. It’s not safe for you in this zoo. Read More
Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame has not lived up to his grand expectations…the kind you have when you name your sophomore album Hall Of Fame, that is. But he is not without talent and some cleverness to boot so he’s giving fans and other viewers a chance to get to know him better (since it doesn’t appear that they’re buying anything he’s selling). He’s but a few Nicki Minaj and Kanye West features away from another hit and then — BAM! — famous again. Hang in there, Sean.
“Rap the new Rock and Roll!” is the Kanye-inspired hook on this new Mickey Factz joint. He’s making sure the culture is alive by responding to it and moving with it, one of Mickey’s best attributes. The rhymes work too. Stream after the jump.
it’s safe to say that hip-hop has reached its Emo Era. rappers, for the first time on a major scale, are extremely comfortable expressing their darkest thoughts and lowest emotions. good for them!
The year’s not even over and Drake is at #11 on this list, with $10.5M banked already. King Kendrick ain’t far off his heels with $9M in total. 50 Cent has also tumbled way down this list as compared to a few years ago. It looks like the young guns are taking their official place and not just some “Saved-By-The-Bell-The-New-Class” knockoffs either. Read the full list after the jump. Hat tip to TSS.
kanye west gives the best interviews of all time. OF ALL TIME! just when you think he’s gone into hiding for good, that the president throwing dirt on his name might permanently relegate him to begrudging exile, that a n*gga might be better off in Paris, he emerges more defiant than the last time.
A nationally renowned French talk show? Yea, why not. Kanye is making his Euro tour count with unique stops at places like this one. First sit through an interview with a Buddhist French author on the path to enlightenment. Then, listen to Kanye rap about Black Skinheads (starts at ~13:15 mark), strange fruit and other very American things. (I wonder what the Dalai Lama would think about “Bound 2″?)
“I know how to make ‘perfect’.” Mr. West is in the building. And he’s doing interviews. Zane Lowe sits down with Kanye for an exclusive talk with the now-public artists. After years of avoiding interviews, it seems Yeezy’s found his stride with careful press appointments like this one. It must be the Dad thing.
Yeezy’s soulful live performances are giving his Yeezus project — that of the uneven critical reception — some new life. His time with Charlie Wilson fine-tuning each song for presentation hasn’t hurt either. Check the video of him on Jools Holland performing the two singles from the album.