Did You Hear?
:: 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]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
‘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 »
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.
Check out Drake’s karaoke game below. More »
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.”
Check out the time warp below. More »
was named The Source‘s Man of the Year
, which will immediately enrage all the Drake
, Kendrick Lamar
, Kanye West
stans out there. And they’d all have a point. THAT BEING SAID — in the accompanying article, Macklemore is saying all the right things. He realizes he has (somewhat unfairly) become a piñata in the hip-hop world, and is approaching the whole scenario with modesty and levelheadedness. Instead of having a chip on his shoulder and taking shots, he’s lauding his rap peers. Case in point: “If we win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, hip-hop is going to be heated. In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick… I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist
was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album.” We sure hope the Grammy cabal reads this interview.
The Seattle MC also talked a bit about Ye (the Grammy chunk of the interview started with a question about the potential for a Kanye rant if The Heist were to win). “Kanye told me the first time that he heard ['Thrift Shop'] on the radio, he was in LA, and he was listening to it in his car,” Macklemore relayed. “He said he turned it the f— up and said, ‘This dude is about to be famous.’”
Then he floated out the prospect of a Ye collab. “I always used to say, “My goal is I want to be on G.O.O.D. Music.’ That would be my ideal. But I think that, you know, I could work with Kanye without having to sign to G.O.O.D. Music. I want to build my own G.O.O.D. Music.” More »
closed out his artful Yeezus tour just before the New Year in Toronto, with a surprise appearance from Drake
. But Yeezy season has been extended, as West announced a second leg of dates for 2014. This string of shows begins at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center on February 13, then works the Eastern Seaboard and Canada, wrapping up February 23 at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. (Sorry Kim, but he’s working on Valentine’s Day.)
West’s ambitious arena tour had a few hiccups early on in 2013, after a key piece of equipment was damaged in transit, but after a short hiatus, Kanye treated venues across the country to his stark vision comprising a giant mountain, a bouncing triangular stage and a huge circular LED screen. And many, many masks.
Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest, Travi$ Scott and Pusha T provided support the first time around, but there’s no word yet on openers for this leg. See the new dates below. More »
The G.O.O.D. Music/YMCMB bromance is continuing unabated — there was Kanye West
, Lil Wayne
, Busta Rhymes
linking up on “Thank You,”
then Ye declaring Drake a “rap god”
and bringing him on stage during the final stop of his Yeezus tour, and now Kanye is cooking up something with Cash Money rapper Tyga
. Although, the world learned Kim Kardashian
and Tyga’s lady Blac Chyna
are booty buddies
, so maybe the ladies shepherded this latest venture.
Regardless, Tyga today (January 6) posted a black-and-white photo of him and West in the studio. It’s unclear what T-Raww and Ye were working on, but Tyga has a new album on the way (for which he has already enlisted Justin Bieber), and Ye, of course, has his Yeezus follow-up in the works.
UPDATE: As you can see below, the Instagram post has been deleted, presumably because it violated Kanye’s code of secrecy. More »
A few months ago, The New York Times
published an op-ed titled “Much Ado About Bitcoin.
” By then, Bitcoin had been called “the future of online currency” and “an online form of money laundering” by a local senator. Writer Adrian Chen had his doubts. “I don’t think we’ll all be paying in bitcoin for tickets to Kanye West
’s 2024 presidential victory tour,” he said.
The anonymous makers behind CoinYe West, an online currency debuting January 11, disagree. “We chose to represent Kanye because he is and always has been a trendsetter, and he’s always keeping things unique,” they said to Noisey. “I can picture a future where Coinye is used to buy concert tickets, with cryptographically verified virtual tickets, and other ideas I can’t give away just yet.” More »
celebrated the New Year by unveiling a “freestyle” over Kanye West
‘s “Bound 2.”
Rozay starts off with a laid back flow, then about 30 seconds into the thing, he starts it over again verbatim, to give it the effect of a true freestyle (we’re guessing). But, ya know, since it isn’t a real freestyle, that part is kind of annoying.
After that, though, the Mastermind MC lounges over the soulful beat and rhymes about everything from the Kardashian Krew to [plays it back again to make sure] putting your infant in a blender. This remix makes you wait even longer for that glorious Charlie Wilson hook, and when it finally kicks in at the halfway point, the song switches over to Ye’s original verses (with the “Maybach Music” drop chirping in the background, of course).
Hear it below. More »
During one of his patented concert stump sessions, Kanye West
laid out his New Year’s resolution to stop being a media flash point with a penchant for dispensing controversial quotes. At his December 23 Toronto concert — the final date on the Yeezus
Tour — Ye claimed this “might be the last time y’all hear me talk shit for a long time. Might be another like six months. At least.” Well, it was a New Six Month resolution. At least. West added “you’re just gonna have to run back the interviews and shit if you wanna hear some realness.”
He picked an interesting forum to claim he was going to change his ways, considering the rant portion of his Yeezus shows saw Ye at his most raw and unguarded (although he’s always pretty raw and unguarded) repeatedly using the platform to rail against topics ranging from his feud with Nike, Heidi Silmane and the Grammys. He even called out his specific targets and said he’s done calling them out: “I won’t ever bring up Nike again, and the only way I’ll bring them up is in a positive light… I’ll never bring up the Grammys again in a negative light, because I actually appreciate the 21 Grammys that I did win… So I’m letting you all know that this is the last Yeezus show, and this is the last time you’ll ever hear me say [anything] negative about anyone.” More »