Vintage Video: Kanye West at Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening Circa 1996

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Wow. DJ Eclipse just liberated this footage of a young19 year-old Kanye spitting at the grand opening of the old Fat Beats store on 6th Avenue in the West Village. Eclipse gave Complex some context:

“The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it’s small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before. Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”

Fat Beats famously closed its NY and LA retail locations in 2010, but lives on as an online store and indie label. Previously: Kanye on a Failed Reality Show Pilot

Video: Kanye on a Failed Reality Show Pilot

Monday, July 14th, 2014

TMZ got their hands on a short clip of Kanye appearing on a reality show pilot back in 2010 for a show about “Travel Agent to the Stars” Brett Grolsch. In the clip we see Ye’s manager Don C going over some future travel plans with Grolsch and Kanye explaining how he tries to avoid unwanted fan attention by pretending to talk on his phone. For whatever reason, the show was not picked up by a network.

Previously: French Montana Teases New Kanye Collaboration

French Montana Teases New Kanye Collaboration

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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As we know, new BBILF (Best Brother-In-Laws Forever) French Montana and Kanye have been working on new music. According to French, the two have completed as many as 5 new collaborative songs together. Early this morning the Cokeboy gave us a quick IG video preview of a song called “Money Can Change That”.

Listen below.

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Video: Kanye West – Live At Wireless Festival 2014

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Here is dope footage of Kanye West’s set at Wireless Festival 2014 shot using GoPro. Watch as he runs through his old and new records.

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Kanye Played 20 Unheard Songs at a London Club

Monday, July 7th, 2014

After filling in for a sick Drake with a couple of show closing performances  at the Wireless Festival in London this past weekend, (one of which included a 20 minute rant that reportedly got him heavily booed by the audience), Kanye played an exclusive DJ set at an unidentified London club. According to attendees, as reported by Vulture, Ye treated listeners to an impromptu listening session of about 20 previously unheard tracks that are being described as “dark” and “hellish”.

Vulture reports:

Following his second set at London’s Wireless Festival last night, Kanye reportedly got behind the DJ booth and treated attendees of a private club event to about 20 never-before-heard tracks. While photos and videos were prohibited, a few details have leaked on social media, with one attendee describing the new songs as “dark,” “hellish,” and “ground-shaking.” Should Yeezy attempt to try to one-up Beyoncé by dropping 20 new music videos at the same time, we would not object.

Previously: French Montana Recorded 5 Songs with Kanye

French Montana Recorded 5 Songs with Kanye

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Speaking to MTV News, French reveals that he and Kanye have been working on each other’s albums and that they have recorded about 5 track together so far.

Previously: Puff Daddy ft. French Montana & Meek Mill – We Dem Boyz (Remix) (Trailer)

Video: Kanye West, Steve Stoute & Ben Horowitz at Cannes Lions (Full)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Read some highlights here, watch the full 53 minute panel above.

Previously: Kanye West Joins Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall

Video: Kanye West Joins Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Yeezus made a surprise appearance at Dave Chappelle’s comeback show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night. ‘Ye hit the stage for a surprise performance of “New Slaves,” “Jesus Walks” and “Gold Digger” to close out the reclusive comedian’s stand-up set.

Previously: Video: Kanye at Bonnaroo (Recap)

Video: Kanye at Bonnaroo (Recap)

Monday, June 16th, 2014


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After a controversial late night set back in 2008, Kanye made a triumphant return to the Bonnaroo Festival this past Friday in Manchester, Tennessee. Here’s a recap of his appearance from Complex which covers the alleged boos he got when he called out “the media” for the 2008 fuckery.

In other news, Kanye has been selected to deliver a presentation at the Cannes Lions Music Festival this coming Thursday the 19th.

Previously: Kanye West’s New Testament (Mini-doc)

Video: Kanye West’s New Testament (Mini-Doc)

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Last week a few media outlets received a cryptic notice about a new project called Kanye West’s New Testament. Some simple research (and common sense), quickly revealed that the mysterious release, whatever it was, had nothing to do with Kanye, his camp or a new album. This morning the New Testament was revealed to be a fan-made, 34-minute mini-documentary featuring quotes from Kanye’s 2013 media run set to the ominous theme from There Will Be Blood and images of art, culture, sports, scenes from newsreel footage and other sources. It sounds deceptively simple, perhaps even a waste of your 34 minutes, but it’s actually a really effective way to present audio in an impactful way. Check it out above.

Spotted: Complex

Previously: Kanye West Live at the 2014 X-Games