5 Rap Collaborations We’d Like to Hear in 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

We’re still in A&R mode after putting together our Illmatic tribute mixtape with UpNorthTrips, which dropped this past weekend on the 20th anniversary of the album’s release. And though we’re in no way anxious to dive back into another project of that magnitude, we’ve got a few ideas for collaborations we’d like to hear this year. There’s nothing more exciting than a sick collabo. Remember when Jay Electronica and Jay Z’s remix of “We Made It” dropped? We all woke up that Sunday morning and neglected our loved ones for the rest of the weekend listening to it and tweeting about whose verse was better. And a month later, we’re still talking about it.

Well, we’ve got five more ideas for rap collaborations that we think will not only be epic for hip-hop in 2014, but also just flat-out dope to listen to for years to come. We even included in our choice of producers for each to save the artists the work of finding the right person to make the track if they intend to follow through on any of these proposed records (in which case we will expect a percentage of the iTunes sales thank you kindly). Check out the collabos we cooked up below, and feel free to let us know if you have any additional ideas of your own in our comments section.

Continue reading this post…

Video: Future ft. Kanye West – I Won

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Future’s sophomore LP, Honest, drops April 22.

Directed by Hype Williams.

Previously: Future ft. André 3000 – Benz Friendz (Watchutola)

Future ft. Kanye West – I Won

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Produced by Metro Boomin. Honest in stores April 22nd.

Previously: Kanye Says the adidas Yeezys Drop in June | Future: Honest Webisode #1 (Video)

Future ft. Kanye West – I Won (Artwork)

Monday, April 7th, 2014

broke bitches make me nervous #iWon

Coming soon. Look out for the Hype Williams directed video as discussed here as well.

Previously: Future – Honest (Artwork)

UPDATED: Kanye Says the adidas Yeezys Drop in June

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Speaking at the adidas Global Brand conference in Germany, Kanye just announced that we can expect to see the new iteration of the Yeezy sneaker this June. Obviously he’s going to have to rework the silhouette to differentiate them from the wildy popular Nike models, anybody care to speculate on what they will look like?

UPDATED: So apparently the new sneaker will be called the YEEZi. Continue below for Ye’s full speech from the conference.

UPDATED: Highsnobiety spoke to an “internal source” at adidas who told them that the June date quoted by Ye is more of a deadline for him and his team to submit the collection to the company and suggests that we probably won’t see merchandise hitting retail until 2015. (via Miss Info)

Continue reading this post…

Report: Kanye Rescheduling Australian Tour to Work on New Album

Monday, March 31st, 2014

According to a report by the The Sydney Morning Herald based on a statement issued to Live Nation Australia, Kanye is pushing a bunch of Australian tour dates back from May to September to instead work on a new album. It seems kind of odd that we’d get this news from a third party via a statement about a tour delay, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true. Although, it also seems odd that Kanye would even give such a detailed reason for delaying tour dates when he could’ve just blamed it on his elaborate stage setup like he has in the past.

Again, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. We know Yeezus originally had 16 tracks, but Rick Rubin convinced him to chop it down to 10. There were some rumors of a possible sequel to the album, but I’ve never thought that was a play Kanye would make. Not that I don’t think he would release those songs, I just imagine that they would arrive as Good Friday type leaks rather than as an album. Back in November he said he hadn’t decided on a name for his next album yet, but he had some ideas. He told a crowd at Art Basel in December that his next project would be just 8 songs. And then this was supposed to happen. So really, who the hell knows. Kanye is gonna do what he’s gonna do and we’ll know what we’re supposed to know when he decides to tell us.

Noisey has a round-up of all of the hints.

Previously: Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Cover Vogue (April 2014)

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Cover Vogue (April 2014)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Annie Leibovitz shoots the rockstar couple for the April cover of Vogue Magazine. I guess those rumors of Ye spazzing on Anna Wintour months of media campaigning for this cover finally paid off!

In a statement Wintour made on the cover:

As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.

There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that.

Check out the candid behind the scenes video from some remote locations for the shoot after the jump.

Previously: Kanye Cuts Deal in Paparazzi Assault Case

Continue reading this post…

Video: Jay-Z & Kanye West Live at the Samsung Concert Series at SXSW

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Honestly though, this is how you know SXSW is over. And I’m not just saying that to sound prescient because I decided not to go this year. Miss Info ain’t lying. As far as corporate carpetbagging goes, it’s been pretty bad for a couple of years now, but looking at the size and scope of this show and the footage from the Kendrick & Q event, I think we’ve finally reached critical mass. It used to be that the really big artists would show up towards the end of the week to bat cleanup, but now it’s just an all out orgy of sponsored mini-festivals from jump. Does anybody even care about discovering new artists anymore? Or nah?

Continue reading this post…

Video: Rick Ross ft. Kanye West & Big Sean – Sanctified (Live on Arsenio)

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Kanye and Sean made a surprise appearance alongside Ross for a performance of “Sanctified” on Arsenio earlier.

UPDATED with a clip of Ross doing “Nobody” below.

Continue reading this post…

Kanye’s DONDA Partners with Roc Nation

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Today, Kanye West’s creative agency DONDA announced a new partnership with Roc Nation that will see the Jay-Z founded company providing music management services for the DONDA camp.

According to the press release, the partnership will focus on Kanye’s recording brand and worldwide touring initiatives. Hit the jump for the press announcement.

Continue reading this post…