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Kanye Wasn’t Kidding, Says Beck “Should’ve Given His Award To Beyoncé”

The best moment at last night’s Grammys was an easy thing to miss; it was over in about a split-second. Beck had won the Album Of The Year trophy for Morning Phase, shockingly beating Beyoncé, among others. At least within my Twitter feed, the prevailing sentiment was something like whaaaaat? We were not alone. Kanye… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 7:40 am

Grammys 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Videos

As exciting (?) as Music’s Biggest Night™ itself is, the real treasures are the countless GIFs, videos, tweets, memes, and other ephemera that will survive on the internet long after the ceremony is over. For those of you watching live, playing catch up, or examining the ruins of our civilization long after we’re all gone,… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Watch Kanye West Perform, Denounce Nike At Big Sean’s Yahoo! Live Concert

Last night, Big Sean brought out a ton of guests for his headlining show at Los Angeles’ House Of Blues, which was streamed on Yahoo!. Travi$ Scott, Meek Mill, and J. Cole all got to perform a few tracks of their own, serving as a precursor to Kanye West’s appearance. Big Sean and Kanye did… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Yeezy.Supply Revealed? Check Out Kanye’s Adidas “Yeezy Boost”

Next Week, Kanye West is expected to unveil his Adidas shoe collaboration at New York Fashion Week, and he’s set up a website (yeezy.supply) presumably counting down to the reveal. But Ibn Jasper, Kanye’s barber, posted photos of the new shoe early on his Instagram yesterday. It’s apparently called the Yeezy Boost, and it look… More »

By: James Rettig / February 7, 2015 - 1:02 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We’re officially five full weeks into 2015, so where do we stand (besides shin-deep in gray-curb slush puddles)? From the sounds of this playlist, we might not be standing at all. We could be bounding through aquariums, huddling in storm-wrecked caves, kneeling in funereal cathedrals, feasting in royal courts, or traipsing around the woods. Thi… More »

By: Stereogum / February 6, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Hear A Higher-Quality Leak Of Kanye West’s “All Day”

There might be a whole scrapped Kanye West rap album out now. Last year, Kanye was talking up his return to populist rap dominance, and a shitty leak of the early single “All Day” found Kanye in full strut mode. But this year, Kanye has released two Paul McCartney collabs, “Only One” and “FourFiveSeconds,” that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2015 - 9:02 am

Beck Will Perform With Chris Martin At The Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday, and we already know that host LL Cool Jay (cue a collective groan) will not be the show’s main attraction, nor will it be the winning results. Most of us watch the Grammys for the insanely over-produced performances and incredulous conversation fodder. We already know that… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am

Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds (DJ Mustard Remix)”

Maybe the most striking thing about the unlikely Rihanna/Kanye West/Paul McCartney team-up “FourFiveSeconds” is the way it flies in the face of current pop and rap conventions. It is, after all, essentially an acoustic coffeehouse open-mic-night singalong jam, and it has absolutely no drums. But the skeleton of the song is strong, and now producer-of-the-moment… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015 - 9:15 am

Buzzy Singer-Songwriter Paul McCartney Is Now Recording With Lady Gaga & Mike McCready

Paul McCartney, the up-and-comer who was recently featured on Kanye’s “Only One” and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds,” just finished up a session with Lady Gaga and Mike McCready. Gaga posted some photos via Instagram earlier today of them recording together in the studio, including a group shot featuring the Pearl Jam guitarist. “Had a beautiful session with… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015 - 10:56 pm

Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds” Video

Last week, the unlikely trio of Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney released the divisive new single “FourFiveSeconds,” an acoustic threat of a song that happens to be, probably, Rihanna’s finest-ever vocal performance. A few days ago, we saw a behind-the-scenes look at the video, including Rihanna wearing what she calls “some Sean John throwback… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2015 - 9:16 am

Rick Rubin Just Annotated A Ton Of Kanye West, Beastie Boys, & Johnny Cash Songs On Genius

One of the redeeming qualities of community-annotated lyric site Genius is that they sometimes recruit cool artists and behind-the-scenes players to talk about songs that they worked on or that they really love. Case in point: Super producer Rick Rubin recently made a profile on the site and set about adding some background information to… More »

By: James Rettig / February 2, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon Booked For SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special

Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and the show will mark the occasion with a big three-hour prime-time special on 2/15. A ridiculous array of celebrities is set to appear on the show, including a ton of past hosts and cast members. There are more than a few music-universe names in there,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2015 - 9:05 am

Watch SNL’s 100% Accurate Jay Z Story Feat. J.K. Simmons As Nas

Besides D’Angelo’s stunning musical performance, there was one other highlight on yesterday’s Saturday Night Live: Mike O’Brien’s The Jay Z Story, “the definitive, fully accurate biopic” of Jay Z’s rise to fame that mock’s Hollywood’s obsession with cheap biopics and the industry’s tendency to shove white guys in leading roles whenever they possibly can. O’Brie… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Watch Kanye West And Rihanna Perform At DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night Party

DirecTV held their invite-only Super Bowl pre-party concert last night in Arizona with featured performers Kanye West and Rihanna. Both artists ran through their biggest solo hits: Rihanna sang “We Found Love,” “Umbrella,” and “Rude Boy” throughout the night, while Kanye did “Jesus Walks,” “Flashing Lights,” and “Black Skinhead.” They also joined up occasionally: both… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 10:37 am

Watch Rihanna, Kanye, & Paul McCartney Behind The Scenes Of The “FourFiveSeconds” Video Shoot

One good thing about having Rihanna involved with “FourFiveSeconds” is that she’s a lot more open and communicative with her fans than someone like Kanye, which means we get videos like the one below, which is a behind the scenes look at the upcoming music video for the oft-discussed RiRi/Kanye/McCartney collab. The video sees all… More »

By: James Rettig / January 30, 2015 - 10:05 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The biggest song this week brought together three of the biggest names in music; it arrived with no warning and exploded into our lives. We talked about this last week — we talk about it all the time, or maybe we don’t even talk about it at all anymore, because we now take it for… More »

By: Stereogum / January 30, 2015 - 4:47 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 10:43 am

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

We’re all going to have to start taking Big Sean a whole lot more seriously. A few hours after he stole Meek Mill’s “B Boy” away from Meek and A$AP Ferg, Kanye’s Detroit progeny has thrown an absolute monster of a new song onto Soundcloud in the middle of the night. That song is called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 3:16 am

Kanye West – “Only One” (Feat. Paul McCartney) Video (Dir. Spike Jonze)

UPDATE: The full “Only One” video is now up; watch below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2015 - 6:25 am

Kanye West Received BET Honors’ Visionary Award After An Awkward Speech By Damon Dash

Kanye West was awarded BET Honors’ Visionary Award at a ceremony last night, and he was introduced with an awkward speech by former associate Damon Dash. The beef between the two goes back almost fifteen years, after Kanye sided with Jay Z when he left Roc-A-Fella, which Dash had founded with Jay. The ice betwee… More »

By: James Rettig / January 25, 2015 - 10:15 am
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