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2014 Bonnaroo Lineup: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White Headline

The 2014 Bonnaroo lineup is here, and this summer it’s really giving Coachella a run for its money as the year’s premiere festival. The trio of headliners for the Tennessee fest is hard to beat: Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White. This probably makes Elton the biggest legacy act to ever grace a festival, right? Maybe we’re forgetting someone from a past lineup, but it’s a pretty huge get. And he’s not the only wily veteran at the top of the bill. Lionel Richie, incomprehensibly, is performing. As for Kanye, there are two storylines. First, how will he translate his breathtaking Yeezus tour spectacle to a festival setting — will it be similar to his Governors Ball setup from last summer? And secondly, this is his first Roo appearance since his 2008 set for which he showed up roughly six hours late and got booed.

Other acts the Idolator crowd will be excited about:  Skrillex, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Disclosure, Zedd, (Ms.) Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, Chvrches, Capital Cities, Sam Smith, Pusha T, MS MR, Rudimental, and BANKS. More »

Pete Wentz Is Going To Be A Dad Again: Morning Mix

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:: Pete Wentz is going to be a dad for the second time. It will be his first child with girlfriend Meagan Camper but Fall Out Boy rocker’s already has a 5 year old son with Ashlee Simpson. Congratulations! [MTV]

:: Don’t mess around with Rihanna‘s finances. The good girl gone bad sued her accountants after bad advice after almost going bankrupt in 2009 and they have agreed to pay her $10 million in damages. [Complex]

:: Kanye West is heading down under. The controversial rapper is bringing his Yeezus tour to Australia. He will perform in stadiums around the country in early May. Fingers crossed he doesn’t cancel. [Billboard]

:: The members of Pussy Riot just can’t win. They were arrested at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia but were later released without being charged. Keep fighting the good fight! [Pitchfork]

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Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” Now Gets A T.I. Remix: Listen To The Latest Overhaul

The onslaught of “Drunk In Love” remixes continues. Beyonce‘s all-conquering top 5 hit has been overhauled by Kanye West, Diplo and The Weeknd over the past couple of days. But wait, there’s more! T.I. put his spin on the song today (February 17) and it’s another highly explicit brag about bedroom antics.

Bey clearly favors Ye’s remix (his is the only official version), which is odd because it’s the least enjoyable. T.I. takes a lighter approach, injecting some humor into the X-rated goings on with lines like “she say champagne ain’t strong enough but she never will say it ain’t long enough” and “don’t take this as misogyny when I say take this mahogany”. Listen to the Atlanta MC’s racy interpretation after the jump. More »

Is Beyonce Releasing A Video For Kanye West’s “Drunk In Love” Remix?

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Beyonce‘s “Drunk In Love” now faces stiff competition for R&B/hip-hop radio airplay, from Pharrell‘s “Happy” and Pitbull‘s “Timber” featuring Ke$ha. Just as it started to descend the charts, however, Beyonce surprised yet again: On February 14, Hot 97′s Angie Martinez debuted the official “Drunk In Love” remix featuring Kanye West. The next day, Bey herself hinted of a video remix treatment, too.

Recent clips show Beyonce wearing a cowgirl hat and swinging a lasso inside a pen; immediately, they recall West’s more explicit lines in the remix — “You reverse that cowgirl / you reverse, reversing / and I impregnated your mouth, girl.” (Lovely.) Buzzfeed points out that the footage is from a behind-the-scenes peek at a 2011 Essence cover shoot, to accompany a story that Beyonce wrote of how she’s “taking the reins herself” after father Mathew Knowles managed her career for 15 years.

Could Beyonce be using her Essence footage for a remix video? It’s hard to say now, but doing so wouldn’t be new to her — after all, she did use Star Search clips for Beyonce‘s “***Flawless” video. Watch Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” video teaser up top, then check out the official remix, plus other inspired takes by  Diplo and The Weeknd, in full after the jump. More »

Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour Returns With A Glorious Rant Marking “10 Years Of This Sh*t”: Watch

The second leg of Kanye West‘s Yeezus tour kicked off Thursday night at Penn State, and West took the occasion to launch into another impassioned diatribe against the doubters and haters. In the middle of “Touch The Sky,” he yelled, “Stop that shit! Stop that shit!” and once the music was cut off, screeched, “This is the fuck I’m talking about. Ten years of this shit! If I go to a radio interview, shut the fuck up! Shut the fuck up!”

Then West really laid into a couple radio hosts who shaded him during his last media tour: “What the fuck did you do? What have you done with your past 10 years of your motherfuckin’ life, Charlemagne, Sway?” He wrapped it up with the moment everything has been building to ever since he titled his sixth album, bellowing, “Fuck these niggas names is? I am Yeezus!” which was basically just as badass as “THIS IS SPARTA!” so Ye should think about adding a bottomless pit to his stage setup to complete the look.

Watch the spirited rant below. More »

Drake Says ‘Rolling Stone’ Misquoted Him Shading ‘Yeezus’ Lyrics: “I’m Done” Talking To Magazines

Drake was profiled in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and used the platform to take a shit all over Macklemore. But the story (which isn’t online yet) also quotes him poking fun at some of Kanye West‘s Yeezus lyrics (he wouldn’t be the first). “There were some real questionable bars on there. Like that, ‘Swaghilli,’ line? Come on man,” he supposedly told the mag. “Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that.”

Perhaps panicking at the prospect of more G.O.O.D.-OVO tension, Drizzy took to Twitter this morning (February 13) to dispute the quote. “I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone,” he clarified. “They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue.” The cover for the issue ended up being the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Ugh, whining that your precious magazine cover was swapped out in favor of a tribute to a recently deceased actor? Not a good look. Probably realizing that, Drake launched another tweet for damage control, but sounded equally callous: “I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”

Then he signed off by retiring from the print game. “I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately.” More »

Kanye West’s Air Yeezy 2 Sneakers Sell Out In Minutes: Morning Mix

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:: Kanye West‘s Air Yeezy 2 sneakers sold out in minutes despite Nike starting the online sale with no prior warning. Bidding for one pair has reached $16.4 million on eBay. [Pitchfork]

:: Speaking of hip hop fashion pioneers, Pharrell is doing his bit for the environment by signing on to design a line of jeans made from rubbish fished out of the ocean for G-Star Raw. You couldn’t make this up! [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: 2 Chainz is a man of many talents — rapper, weed connoisseur and educator. He dropped by Tanner Elementary School in Chicago to give students a lecture about staying in school. [VIBE]

:: Some critics made the mistake of slamming Bruno Mars‘ halftime performance at the Super Bowl. He fired shots back in the most hilarious way possible on The Ellen Degeneres Show. You tell ‘em! [YouTube]

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Kanye West Tweets Thanks To Collaborators & Fans On 10th Anniversary Of ‘The College Dropout’

Kanye West‘s already-classic debut The College Dropout turns 10 today (February 10), and to mark the occasion, West made a now-rare Twitter appearance to thank collaborators and fans for the past decade. “Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout,” he started off. “I say ‘finally’ because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love.”

“I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project, and to all the projects that followed, and are to come,” he continued. “I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.”

As for what he has in store, Ye didn’t offer any details, but did offer a little bit of inspiration for the disciples of Yeezus. “Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM.” Sounds like he’s finna start a new movement.

See all of West’s tweets from this afternoon below. More »

Kanye West’s “The New Workout Plan”: Revisit His Hilariously Brilliant ‘College Dropout’ Single

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Second Spin is a look back at our favorite pop gems that never got their due. They may be gone, but we’re here to make sure they’re not forgotten.

Before there was Yeezus, there was Kan The Louis Vuitton Don — a blossoming young producer from Chicago and Roc-A-Fella’s newest gem. Replace his menacing scowl with a cheesy grin, the leather joggers with a pink polo and a (fuckin’) backpack and Kim Kardashian with Alexis Phifer — and the result is a younger, more humbled Kanye West. Today (February 10) marks the 10th anniversary of West’s debut album The College Dropout, and its fifth and final single “The New Workout Plan” embodies the album’s underlying educated humor.

So head below to revisit a tongue-in-cheek, joyous Kanye West (so much smiling!) as he teaches women how to transform from a ho into a housewife, in one of his most fun music videos to date. More »

Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Turns 10: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

“I’m the funny version of Dead Prez.” That’s Kanye West giving an amazingly succinct and accurate summary of his career during an interview. Without a timestamp on that quote, it could have easily been something he said in the handful of, ahem, “honestinterviews he gave during the lead-up to the June 2013 release of his cathartic, abrasive and game-changing sixth studio album Yeezus. West’s incendiary “New Slaves,” for all intents and purposes, was the best Dead Prez song they never recorded, and it was a fantastic example of the ways in which his sonic and thematic fascinations mirrored those of the Brooklyn duo’s seminal first record Let’s Get Free. But that quote was actually from a Rolling Stone profile that ran in May of 2004, only a few months removed from the release (and subsequent smashing success) of West’s debut The College Dropout, which turns 10 today (February 10).

That made me take a step back. I’ve spent the past eight months lauding Yeezus as not only West’s best album, but one of the most important, innovative hip-hop albums of the last decade. For me, the angry, bass-blaring, Corbusier lamp-inspired, Chicago house-riddled Yeezus made the rest of his back catalog look downright saccharine. I remembering thinking at some point during the fourth minute of “I’m In It” that it would be very hard for me to revisit West’s earlier material — like, say, the day-glo urban working class paean “We Don’t Care” from his debut —  and not yearn for what I saw to be his career’s avant-garde zenith in Yeezus.

But I went back, and ended up being astonished at how Ye’s creative vision and philosophical ruminations have stayed consistent and vital throughout a career spanning 10-plus years. The College Dropout is the brilliant foundation of his raging, creative restlessness, as well as his constantly sharpening social mind. With this album, he wasn’t given access to the zeitgeist. He took it. More »