Update: Video of just the performance is now in the replies. - RD
Kanye West just performed a new song "All Day" at the BRIT Awards. The performance included a mob of the UK grime scene, FLAMETHROWERS, and an amazing shot of Taylor Swift in awe at the whole spectacle. Stream it via YouTube's livestream of the show at about 1:45:50.
Kanye West made an appearance on The Breakfast Club today, where he said his album is "80% done," will be a suprise release, and be "cookout music." He also commented on Beck (saying he has been meaning to call him about the Grammys), and the recent drama between Tyga, Amber Rose, and the Kardashian family.
Adidas is the perfect place to be. If someone was to say, “Hey, do you want to go to a high-end house now?” I’d absolutely say no. I’m not trying to [sound] presumptuous, I’m just saying that if in my wildest dreams I was presented with the opportunity, I would absolutely say no at this point. Because I’m only concerned with making beautiful products available to as many people as possible … The least I could do is spend my time trying to give other people a piece of the so-called good life. Everyone should have the good life. It’s like [Amancio] Ortega [founder of Zara] and H&M group. Before that happened, you could...
For starters, if he doesn’t interrupt her, then he never gets shredded into a million pieces in the news. And if he never gets shredded into a million pieces in the news, then he never makes My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which was his emotional response to the blowback, and that is truly devastating, because MBDTF is a (very nearly) perfect album. If there’s no MBDTF, then that means we never get RZA drunk-mumble-shouting, “Fuckhhn ruhdihhkulus” on “So Appalled,” and oh no, but also we never get Pusha T admitting to cheating on a girl and telling her, “All right, all...
Kanye West appeared on Ryan Seacrest's morning show this morning. He discusses the Grammys and working with Taylor Swift. 3/4ths of me is posting this because it's a really good interview, 1/4 of me is posting it simply to annoy certain people that don't like Kanye West news.
"Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game," he said. "There’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way." He said he misworded his comments and added: "Obviously Beck is one of the most respected artists, and respects artistry." He also said, "But Taylor Swift came up to me right afterwards, literally right afterwards, and tells me...
A planned Kanye says, “I want to be like Andy Warhol.” But how could you possibly want that version of Kanye? If you are genuinely holding out any hope that our biggest and brightest can also be our most honest and flawed, you have to want, “I am Warhol.” You have to. He wants respect, but even more than that, repeatedly, wants the people he respects to get respect. It’s not a foreign concept. But because he’s Kanye, it’s different. Because it lacks the grace that society has deemed necessary to make such demands.
How many times has Kanye tried to give away his awards to artists he felt deserved them more? Fader has collected video of Yeezy doing that here, plus an added bonus where he talks about how he doesn't keep any of them.
Kanye West will be performing twice at the Grammys. First with an as-yet-unannounced new solo track and then he'll be joining Rihanna and Paul McCartney for the live world debut of Rihanna's new single "FourFiveSeconds." Hit the replies to watch the new video for that song.
Big Sean has shared "Blessings" featuring Drake, and an extended remix that also features Kanye. The song is from Sean's upcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, and you can stream both versions in the replies. This is the first time Kanye and Drake have officially appeared alongside one another since "Forever" in 2009.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Seth Rogen talks about how Kanye rapped his entire upcoming album to him in the back of a limo shortly after his parody of the "Bound 2" video. Read it here.
Shortly after his and James Franco's parody of the rapper's "Bound 2" video – "Bound 3," in which the actor played the role of topless Kim Kardashian – West cornered Rogen at a New York hotel and invited him to his limo van for a listening session with a twist. "There's no lyrics, only beats," Rogen said. "So he raps the whole album, and after each song, he stops it, like, 'So what do you think?' We were in the van for two hours!"
Remember how Kanye got sentenced to 250 hours of community service a while back and it was reported he'd be teaching a fashion class? Looks like that's come to fruition: head to Complex to read a students account of Professor Yeezy's first class.
A highlight? "He did not mention the word Addidas at all."
Kanye West has responded to criticism from the media about the incident over the weekend in a speech during "Runaway" at his concert in Australia. Watch the video in the replies.
I wanna start with Matt Lauer, because I heard the story's gonna hit the Today show tomorrow: so Matt, when this runs tomorrow morning, I want you to do me a favor. Don't try to force me into some fake apology like the last time I was on the show with you. What I want you to do, Matt, what I want you to do is I want you to run the video that everyone is talking about where I so-called screamed at somebody. I want you to run that, since this is such big media press news and obvious shit where you try to demonize...
Since some of our readers jump at every opportunity to drag Kanye West's name through the mud, they wanted us to post TMZ's story about Kanye forcing a handicapped fan out of his wheelchair. Just like most of TMZ's stories, it was embellished and untrue. You can find a video of what really happened in the replies.
The rapper and the former Beatle have quietly been collaborating on a number of tracks that could develop into an album, we’re told. One song, tentatively titled “Piss on My Grave,” is sparking some chatter.
Hype Williams was slated to direct a video for "Robocop" off Kanye West's 808s and Heartbreaks, but it never came out. Now, a CG model named Shihan Barbee has posted a clip of the video to his Instagram. You can watch a previously unearthed behind the scenes of the video in the replies.
In the grand tradition of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber's snarky and confrontational depositions -- TMZ has acquired a transcript of Kanye West's deposition during the court proceedings over his assault of a paparazzi last summer. It includes Ye telling the photog's lawyer that he "represents scum," "needs a hall pass" to use the n-word, compares celebrities to pre-Civil Rights Movement black Americans, and that he's "the smartest fucking celebrity you'll ever meet. I'm not Britney Spears." No, no you are not, Kanye, and we love you for it.
Kanye West has revealed to GQ that he wants to release his new album this September or October. He also states that his new single, "All Day" should be released in the next couple weeks.
I don't know, man. I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I'm like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.
West reportedly has held three seminars at L.A.'s Trade Technical College over the past two months discussing, as one student posted on Instagram, "the business of fashion and his personal experience within the fashion industry." His latest class, which took place Monday, focused on designers and lasted three hours.
Last night at Dave Chappelle's standup performance at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Kanye West came onstage to deliver a brief, three-song medley of "New Slaves," "Gold Digger," and "Jesus Walks." There's a video recording in the replies.
Kanye West spoke at the Cannes Lion Festival, on a panel called "Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape," AdWeek has some quotes from the talk.
There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal. It showed the number one company the importance of connecting with culture. The reason I said I didn’t like Samsung particularly is because throughout my entire life, because of how my parents raised me, I have to work with the number one. I can’t work with anyone but Jay Z because he’s number one. I can’t be with any girl but Kim because that’s the girl whose pictures I look at the most and get turned on by. I’m not going to represent any...
But this isn't just a Bonnaroo problem, even if that festival's admirably devoted fanbase has a particular grudge against Kanye and a higher-than-average number of gay fish-themed signs in its midst. It’s everyone’s problem: It’s our problem that we still think that calling someone gay is an inherently OK way to insult them. More than that, people need to get over the three things Kanye West did in 2009 that they thought were lame, and pay attention to what he's doing now. You might like it. Even if you hate it, maybe you'll at least find something better to make fun of than the one...
NME is reporting that Rick Rubin has confirmed he's currently working with Kanye West on the follow up to Yeezus.
Rubin added: "It was just a funny conversation because it was completely normal to him, it’s just the way he works… today, Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album."
The poster for Kanye's Hype Williams-directed Yeezus film has been released, and it comes with some information about the production of the film. No word on a release date or much of anything else yet. Check it out in the replies.
This morning, James Franco was a guest on ABC's "The View" and revealed that Kanye West actually called him and Seth Rogan concerning their "Bound 2" parody video, asking the pair to perform it at his wedding. It doesn't seem like it will actually be happening, but it's the thought that counts.
"Kim loved the video, and we didn't hear back from Kanye, so we kind of felt like 'he's not bashing us, but he probably hates it but he's not going to say anything.' But then two weeks ago, we got a call from Kanye. Seth and I were on the phone. We thought he was just going to let us have it. But he loved it! And I'm pretty sure I can say it now because I'm pretty sure it's not going to...