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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 »

Kanye West, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd Featured On Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’: See The Tracklist

Rick Ross just unveiled the tracklist to his forthcoming album Mastermind (out March 4), and unsurprisingly, it boasts an A-list roster. We already knew Jay Z was on the LP for “The Devil Is a Lie,”  but Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, The WeekndJeezy and Meek Mill are also featured on the release. (Guess we’ll have to wait a bit longer to get that apparent Justin Bieber collab.)

Ye and his G.O.O.D. Music signee Big Sean join forces on “Sanctified,” while Weezy appears on a cut called “Thug Cry.” As for The Weeknd’s collab, it sounds appropriately druggy with the title “In Vein.” Mastermind clocks in at 16 tracks, plus three bonus tracks including a reprise of “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt,” Rozay’s collaboration with Hov from Magna Carta Holy Grail. In addition, yesterday (February 6), Ross announced Diddy is the album’s co-executive producer.

Check out the tracklist and the video announcing it below. More »

Watch Kanye West & A Baby-Faced A-Trak Shop For Shoes In ‘College Dropout’-Era Footage

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Kanye West‘s debut album The College Dropout turns 10 next week, and already the flood of nostalgia and retrospectives has begun (our Backtracking feature will run on the LP’s anniversary on February 10). Over at 2 Dope Boyz, they’ve unearthed a clip from A-Trak‘s 2006 Sunglasses Is A Must documentary that shows behind-the-scenes footage from Ye’s first tour, for which A-Trak was the DJ. The eight-minute clip shows West shoe shopping with the baby-faced DJ in between shows in 2004, as well as some concert footage, which is an absolute trip in light of the extravagance of the Yeezus tour.

There’s also a shot of a young John Legend getting pranked when he falls asleep in the bus, Anna Nicole Smith posing during the making of the “New Workout Plan” video and, in what turns out to be a predictive vignette, Ye redesigning GLC‘s Adidas kicks.

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Report: Kanye West Has Settled Assault Case

TMZ reports that Kanye West has settled with his alleged assault victim for $250,000. The gossip site says the man agreed to the settlement and no longer wants to proceed with criminal charges against West. The D.A. is still mulling over whether to charge the star with battery, but with a now uncooperative victim, TMZ claims any more movement on the case is unlikely. More »

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 »