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The MTV Video Music Awards are, by their very nature, extremely awkward. Maybe it’s just that I long since aged out of the network’s key demo, but the entire enterprise feels teeth-clenchingly forced and needlessly faux-outrageous — even Miley Cyrus’ freed nipple in a night filled with NSFW moments. But if you’re a pop-culture addict… More »

The College Dropout changed rap — and really the course of music history, full stop — more than any other album this century. It introduced Kanye West, the most influential pop icon of his generation, and his maniacal swirl of self-admiration and self-doubt. It detonated the boundaries between rap’s flossing mainstream and philosophizing underground. It… More »

Earlier this week, we learned that Kanye West would become the latest recipient of the MTV Video Vanguard Awards, the Video Music Awards’ basic equivalent of a lifetime achievement award and the highest honor that MTV knows how to give. It’s easy to quibble with that award. Kanye West has at least a few great… More »

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Kanye West Booed After Heavily Censored Billboard Music Awards Performance

Kanye West closed out this year's Billboard's Music Awards with a performance of his latest SWISH single "All Day" alongside Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom,…
James Rettig | May 17, 2015 - 11:14 pm
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Watch Bleachers Play A Great Live-In-Studio Cover Of Kanye West’s “Only One”

Last month, we posted fan-made footage of Bleachers, the great new-wave band led by Fun.'s Jack Antonoff, covering Kanye West's elegiac single "Only One" i…
Tom Breihan | May 14, 2015 - 10:52 am
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2015 Billboard Music Awards Will Open With Taylor Swift, Close With Kanye West

The Billboard Music Awards have always been at the very bottom of the music-awards-show totem pole. This year, though, the show is determined to make…
Tom Breihan | May 12, 2015 - 11:07 am

Watch Kanye West And Vic Mensa Perform At Chance The Rapper’s OpenMike In Chicago

Even though Chance The Rapper moved out to the West Coast, one of the ways he and the Social Experiment still support Chicago is their…
Chris DeVille | May 11, 2015 - 10:27 pm
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Kanye West To Appear In Spike Lee’s Comedy Musical Chiraq?

UPDATE: A representative for Kanye West reached out with this statement: "Contrary to published reports, Kanye West will not be starring in Chiraq.
Chris DeVille | May 11, 2015 - 5:20 pm
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Hear Kanye West’s Speeches At The School At The Art Institute Of Chicago

UPDATE: West gave another short speech today at the commencement ceremony. He shouted out old foe George W. Bush's painting skills and referred to credential…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 11, 2015 - 1:25 pm
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Watch Kanye West Perform “All Day” At A Chicago Bulls Game

Kanye West was in attendance for today's NBA play off game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers to cheer on his hometown team.
James Rettig | May 10, 2015 - 5:13 pm
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Watch Kanye West Do His Hits At Wango Tango 2015

Kanye West headlined 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango festival last night, alongside a lineup that included Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, Nick Jonas, David Guetta, Sia,…
James Rettig | May 10, 2015 - 10:21 am
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The Week In Pop: Zac Brown Band Branches Out In The Blandest Way Possible

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there's no legitimate competition. This wa…
Chris DeVille | May 7, 2015 - 2:42 pm
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Kanye West Changes New Album Title To SWISH

Two months ago, Kanye West tweeted out that his upcoming new album would be called So Help Me God, and debuted what is presumably the…
James Rettig | May 3, 2015 - 2:43 pm
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Brandon Flowers Thinks No One Is Allowed To Criticize Kanye West

Brandon Flowers is bravely going where no man has gone before -- criticizing Kanye West! Back in 2006 the Killers frontman said, "Kanye West make…
Caitlin White | May 1, 2015 - 12:19 pm
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Kanye West Performs At Time 100 Gala, Is Not Amused By Amy Schumer

Kanye West attended last night's Time 100 Gala in New York City after recently being named by the magazine as one of the most influential
James Rettig | April 22, 2015 - 8:31 am
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Kanye West Also Joined Stromae At Coachella

Whenever Kanye West shows up somewhere, it makes headlines. So obviously his appearance during the Weeknd's set at Coachella was news. But Kanye also joined…
Caitlin White | April 20, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Watch Kanye West’s Surprise Coachella Performance With The Weeknd

The second weekend of Coachella is not without its surprises, even though it's typically received with much less fanfare than the first. For example, last…
James Rettig | April 19, 2015 - 1:23 pm
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We're very nearly a third of the way through 2015 already, and as legions of astute commenters have continually pointed out, it's been a hell…
Stereogum | April 17, 2015 - 5:29 pm
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Mumford & Sons Frontman Learning How To “Chop Up Beats” For New Hip-Hop Project

It seems like Marcus Mumford is trying to reinvent himself a bit. The Mumford & Sons frontman rose to prominence for his band's shambling folk…
Caitlin White | April 16, 2015 - 4:15 pm
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Kanye West – “All Day (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)”

A maddeningly short six-second snippet of Kendrick Lamar rapping over Kanye West's "All Day" emerged last week, and now the full song is here. It'…
Chris DeVille | April 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm
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Hudson Mohawke: “The TNGHT Record Spawned Kind Of A Parody Genre”

In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Hudson Mohawke was fairly candid about his feelings regarding TNGHT, the production duo he formed with Lunice and the…
Caitlin White | April 14, 2015 - 5:05 pm
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Watch Kanye West Play A Surprise Concert And Jump Into A Lake In Armenia

Kanye West is currently accompanying the Kardashians on a trip around their homeland of Armenia, and he put on a surprise concert earlier tonight at…
James Rettig | April 12, 2015 - 6:25 pm
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Kanye West – “Midas Touch”

A snippet of a new Kanye West song called "Midas Touch" has surfaced. It's still clearly in demo form, but the track provides some insight…
James Rettig | April 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm
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