Entries in Kanye West (170)


[Watch] Kanye West Debuts New Music at Governors Ball

This year's Governors Ball was messy, to say the least. The festival organizers had to reschedule much of the Friday night lineup and heavy downpours left the festival grounds a muddy pool. Despite this, the weekend was a success, and how could it not be? Kanye West closed out the festival Sunday night, and as expected it was pretty outstanding. During his headlining set, Ye debuted a number of songs from the fast-approaching Yeezus, including the previously heard "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" as well as new tracks "I Am A God," "Onsite" and "Send It Up." Check out fan footage of each song after the jump.

Kanye also had one of this trademark rants during his performance, where he talked about the promotional campaign behind Yeezus, due out June 18th. Read or watch the rant below.

You know with this album, we ain’t drop no single for radio. We ain’t got no big NBA campaign or nothing like that. Shit, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music. Back when I used to make albums and shit a couple years ago, three years ago, four years ago, we’d go away and work for the albums five months or something, we’d always have to hold the album to August or September, perfect moment and shit because it means I think you’re going to sell more because I think you’re going to get more audience and radio and shit. Honestly at this point when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I wanna be no more. Honestly at this point, I could give a fuck about selling a million records. As long as I put out an album for the summer that you can all rock to all mother fucking summer. Because at this point I don’t really give a fuck about outside opinions."

If there wasn't enough new Kanye for one morning, Hudson Mohawke dropped another surprise this past weekend. At Parklife Festival in Manchester, the producer slipped in a (possible) new Ye track during his set. Keep in mind, it is just a version of TNGHT's banger "R U Ready" with auto-tuned Kanye vocals layered overtop, but who knows, it might appear on Yeezus or it could simply be a remix. Either way, enjoy it below.

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[Watch] Kanye West Debuts "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" on SNL

After projecting new material onto the sides of 66 buildings across New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles and more Friday night, Kanye West continues to own the spotlight. He took to the stage last night on Saturday Night Live, and to say it was memorable is an understatement.

Yeezy debuted two new songs during his visit to 30 Rockefeller. The first was "Black Skinhead," an intense Marilyn Manson-sampling cut that was paired with barrage of equally intense visual imagery. The second was "New Slaves," the song he premiered on the walls of buildings Friday night. Kanye stood still throughout the whole performance, but his stillness was met with incredibly quickfire verses. Watch both performances below.

The two songs are the first material we've heard from Kanye's just-revealed sixth album Yeezus, due out June 18th.

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[News] Kanye West to Release New Album 'Yeezus' on June 18th

After a week of re-entering the spotlight, Kanye West will release his aniticipated follow-up to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on June 18th. Titled Yeezus, his sixth album was revealed by his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, who posted the above album artwork on her Instagram.

The album, recorded in Paris, reportedly features contributions from Daft Punk, TNGHT, Frank Ocean, Chief Keef, Azealia Banks and more.

Stay tuned for more on Yeezus.

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[News] Kanye West Rants About Some Shit... Again

Kanye West took to the stage in London Saturday night, and what better way to excite the crowd than a good old fashioned rant? While performing "Clique", Ye bluntly voiced his annoyances to the audience, and his first target was "Suit & Tie", Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z's hot new single. He told the crowd, "I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fucking with that 'Suit & Tie'."

The 11-minute tirade saw Kanye complaining about everything from the value of art, his grudge against business people and corporations, why the Grammys suck, and more. Check out video footage of the rant below or read the full transcript of Ye's delightful opinions after the jump.


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[News] Governors Ball 2013 Announces Full Lineup, and It's Awesome

The Governors Ball Music Festival, which takes place every June on Randall's Island in NYC, has announced the lineup for the 2013 festival, and it's absolutely awesome. With headliners like Kanye West and Kings of Leon, the lineup goes from "meh" to "holy crap" very quickly. Continuing the awesomeness are Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Cut Copy, Animal Collective, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Bloc Party, Local Natives, Crystal Castles, Dirty Projectors, Holy Ghost!, Death From Above 1979, Japandroids, and so many more. Of note, there's one name that is blacked out, which we're assuming will serve as a big announcement in the future.

Tickets for the three-day festival go on sale this Friday, January 25th. Below, you can watch the announcement video for the festival.


[News] Kanye West's 'Cruel Winter' is "more of a rumor", Solo Album Likely

Ever since G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer was released last summer, there have been rumors of a seasonal pairing to the album titled Cruel Winter. G.O.O.D. Music artists have mentioned it, there were even teases of an accompanying documentary, but it seems all that was for nothing and Kanye West has moved past the idea. When asked by Vulture about the project, Common stated, "I don't think that's happening. It was more of a rumor — cats been creating, but everybody's been doing their solo album. So that's what that is."

Since Common is so sure that Cruel Winter isn't happening, it would make sense that Kanye is working on something else, right? Fake Shore Drive, a rap blog based in Chicago, hints at this, saying, "All I know is that there’s a gaggle of G.O.O.D. people in Paris right now working on something, and that something is likely Kanye’s album." If this is true, we may even see a new Kanye West solo album later this year.


[Listen] Kanye West - "White Dress" (Alternate Version)

Kanye West's contribution to RZA's The Man With the Iron Fists Soundtrack, the smooth and seductive "White Dress", was a pretty standout track, and now the song gets a slight reworking with an alternate version. RZA dropped the new take yesterday, and it's more basic than the original, dropping the extravagencies in favor of a more sultry delivery. Check out both the original and the alternate versions below.

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[Watch] Check Out the Trailer for Kanye West's 'Cruel Winter' Short Film

Following the release of the so-so Cruel Summer, members of G.O.O.D. Music have been hinting at a possible follow-up titled, wait for it, Cruel Winter! Sarcasm aside, Kanye West plans to make an accompanying documentary also entitled Cruel Winter, and the trailer for the short film hit the web today. The film will be directed by Austin Christianson and features some biocentric visuals—just think lots and lots of trees. Watch the trailer above (via Hypetrak).

UPDATE: The trailer has been confirmed as being unaffiliated with Kanye West or G.O.O.D. Music, as Austin Christianson, the director of the short clip, said to Forbes: "Without getting into many details, I will say that the trailer was independently made and the video is essentially a concept trailer... It's used for pitching an idea and/or concept to a client." It seems Christianson just wanted to get Kanye's attention, and I'm sure it worked. More details to come.