Posts tagged "Kanye West"

Putin Says Russians Love Elton John “Despite His Orientation”: Morning Mix

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:: Russian president Vladimir Putin tried to assure journalists that gay people will be safe to visit the Winter Olympics in Sochi, despite a national law banning homosexual “propaganda” to minors. His proof? The fact that millions of Russians love Elton John, “despite his orientation.” Sigh. [Yahoo]

:: Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar will perform at ESPN’s pre-Super Bowl bash on January 31, simply titled “The Party.” Robin and Kendrick? Sounds like a reason to do “Give It To You.” [Billboard]

:: Kanye West covers the latest issue of Interview, and the end result makes for a stunning image, with the magazine’s name “branded” onto his forehead. He talks with film director Steve McQueen. [Interview]

:: Fun. plan to raise $250,000 to benefit LGBT youth in Detroit. Proceeds will go toward a community center that would provide food, housing, clothing and medical services. [Billboard]

:: Ariana Grande has addressed those who actually criticize her for continuing to wear her hair as she does on her debut Yours Truly. She talks of how dye “completely destroyed” it to the point where her current ‘do is “all that works for now,” before she says, “IT’S JUST HAIR AFTER ALL.” [Facebook]

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Mac Miller Dyed His Hair Hot Pink: Morning Mix

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:: Mac Miller changed his hair color hot pink and shared the process — from beginning to end — on Instagram. I’m not sure it’s a great look but he definitely achieved his goal of “transformation”. [VIBE]

:: Congratulations (of sorts) to Kanye West. His critically acclaimed Yeezus album has been certified platinum despite selling less than 700,000 copies. Close enough, I guess. [Complex]

:: Sky Ferreira hasn’t quite cracked the charts just yet but she’s doing considerably better as a model — starring in the latest commercial Redken hair care products. Get money! [YouTube]

:: Sending our best wishes to Mel B and family. The former Spice Girls star’s six-year-old daughter Angel was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles with a suspected heart murmur. [Daily Mail]

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Bruce Springsteen Is A Kanye Fan: “West Is Incredible”

Kanye West has another old, white rocker dude in his corner. After the release of Yeezus, the late Lou Reed famously raved about the album, saying “No one’s near doing what he’s doing, it’s not even on the same planet.” And now the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, has praised West in a recent interview with NPR. When asked whether he listens to hip-hop, Springsteen cited 2Pac, Biggie, Public Enemy and West as his favorites, singling out Kanye.

“Kanye West is incredible,” he said. “I saw him on television, he did the song called ‘Blood On The Leaves’… it was fantastic, you know. He’s a very, I still find him very interesting.” More »

The Chinese Government Lifts Its Ban On Lady Gaga: Morning Mix

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:: Lady Gaga has just been given the go ahead to release ARTPOP by the Chinese government. Her last album Born This Way was banned by authorities for being too crude. Congrats! [The River]

:: Country music superstar Trace Adkins has checked into rehab for alcohol abuse. He had been sober for 12 years but fell off the wagon while performing on a country cruise. What now? [Radar Online]

:: Lucy Hale‘s much-anticipated debut LP will feature a duet. The Pretty Little Liars actress disclosed that she is a big fan of his music but refused to give more details. Tease. [MTV]

:: It was bound to happen eventually. Someone has founded a religion based on Kanye West called Yeezianity.This is actually real life and someone interviewed the founder. [Noisey]

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Kanye West Sues COINYE Digital Currency For Trademark Infringement

Well! As if there weren’t enough legal complications to keep Kanye West eye-deep in lawyer’s fees (at least he can afford it!), the rapper has now filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the creators of a digital currency called COINYE (get it?). New York Daily News reports that COINYE is a crypto-currency (like Bitcoin!), which features a cartoon illustration of West sporting shutter shades; unsurprisingly, West objects to his likeness being used in this context.

As the suit details: “In interviews with the press, defendants brazenly admit that they adopted the marks COINYE WEST, COINYE and COYE to directly associate their newly minted crypto-currency with Mr. West… With each day that passes, Mr. West’s reputation is irreparably harmed… Consumers are likely to mistakenly believe that Mr. West is the source of these digital coins.” More »

Kanye West Allegedly Punched Man Who Called Kim A “N****r Lover”

UPDATE: Kim claims the man threatened to kill her (“I will kill you, slut”) and TMZ reports she is going to file a police report and seek charges related to making criminal threats.

This is one of those stories that just makes you feel icky all around and makes you wish everyone could just retire to their own private underground bunker and never interact ever again, because people are just the worst. On Monday (January 13), Kanye West allegedly assaulted a man who hurled racial slurs at his fiancee Kim Kardashian in Beverly Hills. According to TMZ, it started when Kim was swarmed by photographers as she tried to enter a medical clinic. Some weirdo apparently tried to help clear the crowd by yelling, “Fuck these faggot-ass niggers” (sounds like a real gem!), at which point Kim told him not to use that language. The man then screamed at her, “Fuck you, bitch. Just trying to help you.  Shut up nigger lover, stupid slut.”

Humans, they’re just the worst, aren’t they? Once inside, Kim reportedly called Kanye, while this (alleged) racist shitbag continued lobbing the N-word at Kim and Ye. West allegedly arrived at the office waiting room, saw the man and punched him, as Kim screamed “We have it all on tape!” regarding the mouth-breather’s repulsive comments. So now the knuckle-dragging instigator (who turns out to be 18, lucky for West) is pressing charges and the LAPD wants to interview Kanye. More »

Madonna & Adele May Be Writing Music Together: Morning Mix

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:: Madonna has reportedly turned to Adele for help with a “grown-up” ballads album. A source says that in exchange, she promises to write a song for Adele’s next album. [Daily Mail]

:: Beyonce and Jay Z rented out Miami wildlife park Jungle Island for daughter Blue Ivy‘s second birthday. Meanwhile, family friend Kanye West wrote her a lullaby. [Starpulse]

:: Jessie J pulled out of her opening slot for Robin Thicke‘s U.S. tour. She plans instead to work on the U.S. version of her album Alive. [Digital Spy]

:: Hilary Duff has separated from her husband of four years, retired NHL star Mike Comrie. “They remain best friends and will continue to be in each other’s lives,” a rep says. [Detroit Free Press]

:: Rudimental has recorded four new songs and planned a live collaboration with Ed Sheeran. “A certain rapper” will also be featured. Hmm… [Capital FM]

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T-Pain Thinks He Deserves More Credit For Influencing Kanye West

Kanye West‘s 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak may not be the most loved release of his career, but it’s probably the most important. By dropping that sharp left turn at the height of his stardom, West freed himself to do whatever he wanted in its wake. After that, no sonic element was off limits for his palette, and thus the palette of hip-hop. And now, more than five years after its release, T-Pain has revealed that he thinks he didn’t get enough credit for influencing that landmark LP.

In a recent interview with DJ Vlad, the rap crooner revealed that he worked for 10 days on 808s in Hawaii, and relayed a conversation he had with Ye at the time, basically claiming Ye all but credited him for the concept of the album. “[Kanye] said ‘I listened to your album Rappa Ternt Sanga. I heard all the songs. I fuckin’ love your album Rappa Ternt Sanga. I think you a genius,’” T-Pain told Vlad TV. “He said, ‘But what I figured out that Rappa Ternt Sanga is just a bunch of love songs with a shitload of bass in ‘em.’ And I’m like ‘Well, love songs is like heartbreaks and the shitload of bass is the 808s. So, you calling your album 808s & Heartbreak because you making a bunch of love songs with a shitload of bass in ‘em?’ And he basically was like ‘Yeah, pretty much.’”

T-Pain went on to explain why he’s a little bitter about the lack of recognition. “The praise that he got from it was like ‘Oh my God, this is so creative. This is the new shit. This is the shit,’” he said. “And I’m like ‘Well, what happened in 2005 when I dropped Rappa Ternt Sanga and it was the same album? That’s kind of weird.’ You know what I’m saying. It just felt like I was unappreciated.” More »

Drake Sings Kanye West’s “Heartless” At Karaoke: Watch

The Drake-Kanye West love affair is going strong. In the latest chapter, Drizzy has taken on Yeezy’s 808s & Heartbreak standout “Heartless” at a karaoke bar. In the video — which Drake posted on Instagram along with the caption “Everybody on Good Music!!” — the Toronto superstar sways back and forth as he raps the verse, and gives the waiter checking in on their private room some screen time. Then the chorus kicks in, and, well, don’t worry, that’s not Drake butchering it.

This show of Kanye unity comes after West invited Drake on stage for the final 2013 stop of his Yeezus tour, which followed Kanye’s surprise performance at Drake’s OVO Festival last year.

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Watch Kanye West Freestyle In 1998 Home Video

One way to build some hype around your new mixtape? Release a trailer with lost ’90s footage of a baby-faced Kanye West. That’s what Chicago rapper Cap 1 has done with the trailer for his forthcoming mixtape Caviar Dreams, and here we are talking about the trailer to Caviar Dreams. The spot includes a chunk of a home video from 1998 showing Cap and a grinning West freestyling, and it is wonderful.

Cap 1 (who was recently heard on 2 Chainz“Where U Been?”) starts things off at about the 17-second mark, then he passes the mic to West, who would have been in his early 20s at the time of this video. Despite being in the basement with a makeshift gold curtain behind him, and rocking a cut-off Champion t-shirt, Ye’s already rapping about keeping the fame and how he’ll “rise to the top because it ain’t in me to fail.”

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