As previously Kanye West went on to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. And it was Taylor Swift who of course presented Ye with the award… because ratings. In addition to calling Ye a “friend,” she joked “I’mma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time,” referring to West’s infamous interruption in 2009. Ye went on a wild diatribe about kids, award shows, and even Justin Timberlake (who apparently inspired him.) Oh right, he also announced his run for President in the 2020 election. Okay, cool. You can watch the entire video after the jump.
Kanye’s performance at the VMA’s has sparked some speculation as to if he is really working on an album, how the fu*k he has time to do so, and what it would be called. In news a few weeks back, Kanye was slated to produce the entire Blueprint 3, and word is he’s still doing that. At the same time, he’s working on new music for his own fourth album. The first single, “Love Lockdown,” was put up on the site earlier today, and sounds like very different territory for Kanye. The album is rumored to feature a bit more of the vocoder and a lot of love-themed tracks. Supposedly Kanye’s done four tracks so far, and he’s working on completing the rest.
The name of the album is rumored to be titled 808’s & Heartbreak. Maybe Ye’s still a bit sour after his breakup from his fiance a few months back. Either way, one thing’s for sure – Kanye’s innovative musical ear and knack for catchy lyrics will definitely make his fourth album a hit. And if anyone doubts that Ye puts in work, he just stuck a proverbial foot up your mouth. Look for the album to hit stores on December 16th on Def Jam/GOOD.
If you didn’t catch the MTV VMA’s last night – there were a few highlights you should catch on the rerun. Wayne performed with T-Pain, Travis Barker & DJ AM were the house band, Britney Spears won three awards, and Kanye absolutely shut the house down with his new single, “Love Lockdown.” Supposedly the new track is off his new album, set to drop by December. He had an enormous stage backdrop and had what seemed like a 30-piece drumline – clearly inspired by China’s Opening Ceremony for the Olympics.
Download “Love Lockdown” below and let us know what you think of Kanye’s new direction.
Format Magazine has made a replica of what they think Kanye’s personal diary would look like. Below are a few pages from the collection – and they just might have it right. I have to admit – they rip Kanye a little bit, and I’m a huge fan, but this is still really fun. On another note, Ye will perform the closing of the VMA’s next week.