As most of you know by now, Kanye West a.k.a. Yeezus has been hospitalized in L.A. shortly after cancelling his Saint Pablo Tour on Saturday November 19, 2016. The tour still had 21 dates remaining including a stop in Houston on December 2, 2016. Ticketmaster is offering refunds, but what is really going on with Kanye? This is a question many of us may never know, but his recent rants gives us some insight into the rapper’s struggles with the media, music superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce, racism and politics.
During saturday’s show in Sacramento, Kanye expressed his feelings over the radio playing the same songs over and over again…let’s not front though, turn your radio on and you will find yourself ranting and complaining about the same damn thing! I know i do EVERYTIME! He also goes on to express that he is not pointing a finger at those who work in radio because they “have to feed their kids”, but he is speaking on the program directors and those who have a major hand in what the public is being fed musically. He used Drake and DJ Khaled as examples of artists who stay in constant rotation by saying that “they set that shit up!” West also goes on to expose Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards by saying that she refused to perform unless she won Video of the Year. “We are all great, but sometimes we play into politics too much, F$#k being cool, F$#k winning” he screamed into the mic while standing on his platform a few hundred feet above the crowd.
Of course he was met with some applause and some resistance, but at the end of the day, you can’t knock this man for telling his truth. Kanye West has always been known as an artist that is not afraid to speak his mind whether it is about the music business, fellow rap artists, politics and even on who should have won video of the year. So are we really surprised that all this is happening right now?? Is Kanye really the crazed, arrogant, hot headed, and drug induced man that everyone is saying he is? Or is that a personal opinion placed on him, just as he has his own opinions and truths on what he experiences firsthand with artists and an industry that is known for being cutthroat and full of snakes?
Overall, i do believe that cancelling the tour was a bit much, however, i don’t knock the man for his viewpoints on Trump or Clinton. Everyone has a right to vote for who the like and if his decisions and feelings don’t line up with the majority, it does not give us a right to bash him. During his rant he kept asking Khaled and Jay-Z to not send killers at his head…what exactly does he mean by that? Is he in danger? What is really going on in the Life of Pablo? Only time will tell and Mr. West has been and continues to be one of the most controversial artists of our generation leaving the question to be asked; Is he a mad genius or is he just mad?
Kanye West is steadily giving fans a taste of his new album piece by piece. He has released four hot singles that already have the radio going crazy in recent weeks and now he is teasing the release of his seventh studio album. Yeezy took to Twitter where he posted two hints at the album title and possible artwork. We know this album his going to be hot as ever!! Now all we need is a release date Ye! Check out out Kanye’s tweets below.
Big Sean’s upcoming Dark Sky Paradise is looking like it will be something amazing. He’s given us a taste of what to expect with ‘IDFWU’ and ‘Blessings’ and now he’s sharing ‘Win Some, Lose Some’ featuring Jhene Aiko. The Detroit native proves he’s been putting in work in the studio and it is all paying off. He has also cut an emotional record with the help of his G.O.O.D. brothers Kanye and John Legend on the track ‘One Man Can Change The World,’ that serves a tribute to his grandmother. Fans are truly able to see Big Sean’s versatility and dynamic flow. Listen to the track below and pre-order the new album for a free download of Sean’s song ‘On Man Can Change The World’ with Yeezy and John Legend.
Yeezy performed a number of time over the weekend in New York City for All-Star Game events and NYFW events, but his best performance came during his set for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special. Kanye took us back with his hit song ‘Jesus Walks’ while laying flat on the floor. He then went into ‘Only One,’ which served as a transition into his new song ‘Wolves’ featureing Vic Mensa and Sia. The performance once again proved Kanye’s genius and eye for art. Watch the artistic piece in the video below.
As if NBA All-Star Weekend didn’t have enough events already, the real MVP and Yeezy are linking up to headline Roc Nation’s first annual Roc City Classic. Roc Nation Sports is stepping into all types of ventures as this event parallels the recent Throne Boxing Match which was headlined my Fabolous and Roc Nation Sports-signed Boxer Andre Ward. There are no details yet on what fans can expect at the Roc City Classic but be sure to tune in on Thursday February 12 at 8 p.m. The Classic will take place in the Flatiron District of New York City and fans are able to win tickets by listening to Power 105.1 in NYC or visiting www.rocnation.com. The afterparty will be held at none other than Manhattan’s 40/40 Club because…Jay-Z. The Roc is in the building!!
Sneakerheads, Kanye fans, and combinations of both have been anticipating the moment Kanye will release his collaborative collection with Adidas. The classic sneaker company released the first-ever sneaker reservation app, ‘Confirmed,’ that will streamline the sales system ahead of Kanye’s shoe release. Basically, ya’ll don’t have to wait in line for the shoes if they’re available in you’re area. According to a screenshotted invitation to Ramon Ehlen, menswear buyer at Renaissance, the shoes will make their debut at New York Fashion Week on February 12th.
If you’re just as excited as us, download the adidas ‘Confirmed’ app here and get your Kanyedidas kicks.
The internet has been discombobulated since Rihanna, Kanye, and Paul McCartney dropped the acoustic jam ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and as soon has the web has gotten itself together, the video for the single drops. How clever of the trio to release the video when we got three more days ’til Friday. The video is simple, letting the music speak, as they dress down in denim and give drama with the black and white filter. Enjoy the video below. The group is expected to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
The good people over at Complex Magazine shared a cryptic photo they anonymously received this week that kinda, sorta hints at a collaboration tour for Kanye West and Rihanna. Both artists have shared new music in recent weeks and Rihanna dropped bombs that Kanye was going on tour during her Diamond Ball when she put up a ‘Kanye West 2015 Tour’ package to be auctioned off. We may have to wait a little bit for confirmation from the mega-stars, but how could this not be true!? We’re here for it either way it goes.
In pure Kanye fashion, the icon took to the Ellen show to share with the world the new visual for his somber lullaby, ‘Only One,’ created in collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney. North West and her daddy are the stars of the video, walking through a field on a beautiful rainy day. The video director, Spike Jonze, made sure he kept it simple, matching the beautiful song and contrasting the adorable famous family. Watch the video at www.kanyewest.com, and if you don’t the least bit teary-eyed, you have no heart.
The Bajan bad girl has been holding on to her new music for so long and now it seems that she’s ready to share with the world. Rihanna nearly broke the internet when she released her new song ‘FourFiveSeconds’ which features Kanye West and the legend Paul McCartney. We are really surprised at Rih Rih’s range and talents with this jam. She nearly blows us away with her epic harmonizing with Kanye and Sir McCartney’s guitar skills. The song was available to stream on Rihannanow.com, but with everyone swarming the site to get a listen you can only find the record on iTunes. Be sure to check out the new joint as we all anticipate the release of Rihanna’s new album.
On New Years Eve, Kanye dropped a new jam to kickoff the new year. ‘Only One’ is Kanye’s dedication to the women in his life; his wife, his daughter and his mother. Kanye shares that the song came to him during a brainstorming session with Paul McCartney. He believes throughout the recording session, his mother, the late Dr. Donda West, was singing through him a message for his daughter North. The song is a very touchy one and Kim has noted that it is her favorite song from her hubby. Enjoy the precious record below and try not to get too emotional.
Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian-West are the stars of the Spring/Summer 2015 Balmain Paris ad campaign. It’s only right, after all they’re always caught wearing the latest fashions from the high-end line. The shots were take by Mario Sorrenti and we can expect to find the ads in magazines in early March of next year. The campaign debuted via twitter through Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing account. Rousteing also released this statement:
“For this Menswear campaign, I wanted to capture a moment of love. Kim and Kanye are style icons and friends. It is an honour to have them in this Balmaincampaign. Together, they represent love, beauty and diversity—they are the new modernity. This is more than a campaign, it expresses something beyond clothes—it is a celebration of love and friendship. This is a new statement for Balmain.”
No matter how hard you try, you can’t hate this power duo. They keep the edge and trends coming. Congrats to them! Check out a few of the ads below.
The crew over at G.O.O.D. Music just added a new addition to the fam. Kacy Hill, a 20-year-old model, dancer, and singer discovered by Kanye West. She toured as a backup dancer with Kanye during his Yeezus tour. In an interview, Hill described her style as ‘music that feels good and creates movement in redefining pop and it’s interaction with fashion.’ Hill released her debut single and video, ‘Experience,’ in September and has been making waves and garnering attention over since. She is currently working on her debut album and hopes to release it in the Spring of 2015. We’re looking forward to what she has to bring to the G.O.O.D. Music table. Checkout her ‘Experience’ song below.
Kanye West’s hardwork, dedication, and emotional rants are all starting to make sense now. Yeezus will be one of five honorees at the 2015 BET Honors where he will be receiving the Visionary Award for his contributions in music, fashion, and overall hip-hop culture. Other honorees include Usher receiving the Musical Arts Award, Phylicia Rashad receiving the Theatrical Arts Award, Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole will with the Education Award and Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson receiving the Technology/Business Award. The event will be hosted by Wayne Brady on January 24th and will later air on BET on February 23rd. This is an amazing moment, blessing and honor for Kanye.