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The-Dream Explains How Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” Inspired Half Of Watch The Throne

Super-producer The-Dream is the latest artist to be recruited by Genius to annotate some of his biggest hits. His list of annotations is pretty extensive, covering his solo work and the songs he’s produced for Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, and more, plus some of them even include a back-and-forth between him and hi… More »

By: James Rettig / March 17, 2015 - 10:59 am

Kanye West Will Headline Glastonbury 2015

Glastonbury, the UK’s most storied music festival, announced Foo Fighters as a 2015 headliner back in February, and now they’ve announced another: Kanye West. A statement on Glastonbury’s site reads: “We’re very excited to reveal that Kanye West will headline the Saturday night of this year’s Glastonbury Festival. This will be the rapper’s first appearance… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 16, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Watch Barack Obama And Jimmy Kimmel Chat About Kanye West, Who’ll Be At SXSW

Last night, Barack Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition to the sure-to-go-viral Presidential Mean Tweets segment, Obama also sat down for an interview where he addressed his relationship with Kanye West. During a lecture at Oxford earlier this month, West noted that the President “calls the home phone,” but Obama disputed that. Here’… More »

By: James Rettig / March 13, 2015 - 10:05 am

The Week In Pop: Zedd And Selena Gomez Bleed The Same Light

“I want you to know that it’s our time/ You and me bleed the same light.” That intuitive nonsense is the hook from “I Want You To Know,” the new single from German-Russian DJ-producer Zedd and Mexican-American singer-actress Selena Gomez. Zedd (born Anton Igorevich Zaslavski) is an ascendant superstar in the vein of Calvin Harri… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Portland Metal Band Is Pissed That Kanye’s Using The Same 800-Year-Old Religious Symbol As Them

When Kanye West cryptically dropped the name of his forthcoming album, So Help Me God, on Twitter last week, it was accompanied by equally mystifying artwork. At the time we noted the diamond embellished with lowercase m’s at the corners originated as a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary. Some people began commenting… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 12, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Kanye West Made A Zine

Admittedly, we are working with a very loose definition of the term “zine” here. But as Pitchfork points out, Kanye West and the photographer Jackie Nickerson have teamed up for some form of online publication called Season. They’re calling it a zine, and Factsheet Five isn’t around to set them straight anymore, so whatever, let… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Kanye West – “Awesome”

“Awesome,” Kanye West’s long-rumored love ballad for his wife, Kim Kardashian, has emerged online. And although I wouldn’t describe it as awesome per se — in fact, I really hope it won’t be on So Help Me God — it is at the very least awesomely entertaining. Good luck keeping track of all the head-slapping… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 11, 2015 - 10:27 am

Watch Kanye West & John Legend Perform An Early Version Of “Gold Digger” In Unearthed 2003 Video

In late 2003, Kanye West performed an early version of “Gold Digger” for an audience at something called the 2nd Annual Dynamic Producer Conference. It was a few months before The College Dropout was released, and almost two years until it showed up on Late Registration, but the bare bones of the song are apparent,… More »

By: James Rettig / March 10, 2015 - 11:18 pm

A-Trak Shares Stories Behind Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” “Stronger,” & “RoboCop”

Genius has been on point with their verified annotations recently, with Rick Rubin, Grizzly Bear, and Michael Chabon all contributing some notes on tracks they worked on or had a special interest in. Their next get is Fool’s Gold founder A-Trak, who added his two cents on a number of tracks, including some of the… More »

By: James Rettig / March 10, 2015 - 11:04 am

Watch A Preview Of Kanye West’s “All Day” Video

During the first night of his four-night Paris residency, Kanye West debuted the video for his new single “All Day,” which was directed by 12 Years A Slave‘s Steve McQueen. The full video hasn’t surfaced yet, but it features some super close-ups of Kanye rapping in what looks like an abandoned warehouse. Watch some cli… More »

By: James Rettig / March 7, 2015 - 4:13 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Despite David Crosby’s protestations regarding Kanye West’s talent, Yeezy undoubtedly made one of the 5 Best Songs Of The Week. Again. So did Courtney Barnett and Chromatics, who’ve both made appearances on this list in the past month, and Kelela, who popped up about a year ago. And then, of course, there’s Carly Rae Jepse… More »

By: Stereogum / March 6, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Madonna Will Appear On Kanye West’s So Help Me God And Is Working With Drake

We already knew Kanye West was involved with Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart, but now it turns out she’ll be on Kanye’s So Help Me God too. Madonna shared that tidbit with Complex along with news that has plans to collaborate with Drake: “We’re gonna work together. Yeah, baby, it’s in the pipeline.” Madonna previously… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2015 - 3:52 pm

Kanye West Announces 4-Night Paris Residency Starting Tomorrow

Kanye West loves high-fashion bag designer Louis Vuitton, so much so that one of the earliest nicknames he gave himself was “the Louis Vuitton don.” West also loves Paris; he’s spent much of the past five years recording/partying/designing/balling so hard in the French capital. So he must be pretty stoked to play a four-night stand… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2015 - 12:10 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Most of us have better video-watching experiences by falling into YouTube wormholes than we do by keeping up with new music videos as they come out. So with that in mind, let me start off this week’s column by introducing you to one. Kelefa Sanneh’s great New Yorker article about New York hardcore led me… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015 - 9:46 am

David Crosby On Kanye West: “He’s An Idiot And A Poser”

How many more old white dudes are gonna say Kanye West doesn’t have any talent? Say what you want about his ego, his spontaneous, unruly public persona or even his wife (although I love you Kim), but pretending like he’s not talented is starting to feel like the last refuge of scoundrels. (Especially scoundrels namedMore »

By: Caitlin White / March 5, 2015 - 5:41 pm

The Week In Rap: Kanye West Murders The Brits

Last week, for the third time ever, a rapper won an Oscar. And for the first of those three times, it didn’t feel like a fluke. The first rapper to win was Eminem, who would’ve taken home the trophy for “Lose Yourself” in 2003 if he’d bothered to show up. That was the Academy acknowledging… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015 - 10:52 am

Watch Kanye West Do New Song “U Mad” With Vic Mensa And “C.R.E.A.M.” With Raekwon At Surprise London Show

Kanye West’s been hanging out in Europe over the past week since his appearance at the Brits, and tonight he performed a last-minute surprise concert at London’s KOKO that sold out in minutes. During the show, Kanye brought out a bunch of guests, including Big Sean, Raekwon, Vic Mensa, Skepta, CyHi The Prynce, Skepta, JME,… More »

By: James Rettig / March 3, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Big Sean – “Blessings” (Feat. Drake & Kanye West) Video

Last week, Big Sean released his shockingly OK new album Dark Sky Paradise. Its greatest moment is probably “Blessings,” the churning event-rap banger that features Sean holding his own alongside Drake and Kanye West. Kanye isn’t on the album version, for some reason, but he’s in the brand-new video, which Darren Craig directed. The atmospheric… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 3, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Kanye Shares New Kanye-isms In Oxford University Lecture

Kanye West has been on a tear lately as he promotes his recently confirmed new album So Help Me God. His latest appearance was as a guest lecturer at Oxford University, where 5,000 students entered a lottery for the 350 spots to attend. The lecture, which was hosted by the Oxford Guild Business Society, bega… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 2, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Kanye West – “All Day” (Feat. Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London, & Paul McCartney)

Kanye West debuted his much-leaked single “All Day” at the Brit Awards last week, and now a studio version has emerged. The So Help Me God song’s bouncy, bass-heavy beat also features verses from Allan Kingdom and Theophilus London, and a massive “Monster”/”Black Skinhead”-style riff slices through the track from time to time. There’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 2, 2015 - 2:22 pm
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