Kanye Receives an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Earlier today Dr. Kanye West received an honorary doctorate in the fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Check out the presentation ceremony and his relatively brief acceptance speech above.

Previously: Kanye Performs “All Day” at the Cavs/Bulls Game

Video: Kanye Performs “All Day” at the Cavs/Bulls Game

Monday, May 11th, 2015

I missed most of this game, but I literally put it on just as Lebron was sinking that clutch game winner. The other big highlight was Kanye hitting the court during a timeout earlier in the game and treating his hometown Chicago crowd to a cleaned up, TV friendly rendition of “All Day”.

Previously: Kanye Changed The Name of His New Album

Too Honorable ft. Cam’ron, Styles P (Film Trailer)

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Dame Dash and Kanye West premiere a trailer for their new “mixtape movie” Too Honorable, which will feature Cam’ron, Styles P, Murda Mook Smoke DZA and Stacey Dash. Really? Stacey Dash? I know she’s your cousin Dame, but get her outta here. Her presence in this movie almost makes me not want to see it ever and that’s saying something considering Killa and SP are in it.

Previously: Cam’ron Talks Snitching on The Nightly Show | Dame Dash Studios Presents Loisaidas (Trailer)

Kanye Changed The Name of His New Album

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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Kanye took to Twitter yesterday to announce that he has changed the title of his new album to SWISH. At first I thought he was fucking with us or just tweeting without thinking, possibly gassed up by the ongoing NBA Playoffs. But no, in his very next tweet he says he might still change it again, but for the time being the title is SWISH. Which is a cool I guess. I have to say it’s better than So Help Me God, a title so generic I have literally had to look it up multiple times because it completely escaped me, including just now before writing this very post.

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Video: Kanye Performs at the Time 100 Gala

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Time held a big black-tie gala last night to celebrate their new 100 Most Influential People issue and Kanye was the designated turn-up man. By all accounts it was quite a night, with celebrities giddily tweeting the performance, Amy Schumer pulling a fainting prank on the red carpet right in front of Ye and Kim and one attendee having the Best Night Ever.

Above you can check out roughly 11 minutes of Kanye’s performance during which he broke out the MPC and did “Runaway” before transitioning into a freestyle/riff session during which he told a story about sparing the life of a fly at Coachella and joked that if you might see the moment recreated on the next season of Empire, before going into a performance of “Only One”.

Previously: Kanye Covers PAPER Magazine, Pens ‘American Dream’ Essay

Kanye Covers PAPER Magazine

Monday, April 20th, 2015

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Kanye graces the new April 2015 issue of PAPER magazine and for the cover story he penned an essay that is ostensibly about the sometimes elusive American Dream. It does touch on that, but like any good Kanye discourse, it’s also all over the place.

Check out a couple of choice quotes below and read the full piece here.

On giving gems to the new generation of artists:

I think it’s so important for me, as an artist, to give Drake as much information as I can, A$AP, Kendrick, Taylor Swift, any of these younger artists as much information as I can to make better music in the future. We should all be trying to make something that’s better.

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Kanye Covers Time’s 100 Most Influential People Issue

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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Kanye joins the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Nolan and his own wife Kim Kardashian on Time’s 2015 100 Most Influential People list. Elon Musk wrote a short blurb about Ye’s influence:

Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today.

Hit the jump to watch a clip of Ye speaking to Time and check out the full list here.

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The NY Times‘ T Magazine Profiles Kanye West

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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NY Times writer Jon Caramanica shadowed Kanye back during New York Fashion Week, observing his first Yeezy/adidas fashion show and digging into the mind of Ye. The T Magazine profile is now available for your reading pleasure and it offers a look at Ye’s new attitude after finally having achieved a goal he strived towards for over a decade.

He explains his frustration with being shutout by the high-end fashion establishment for so long:

A couple of years ago, in 2013, West could be found inveighing against the gatekeepers he perceived as impediments to his success: the designers who wouldn’t collaborate with him, the financiers who wouldn’t back him. He did this in interviews as well as on stage, from the 60-foot tall mountain that was the centerpiece of his Yeezus tour. “I would scream — ‘Look at this mountain I just made! You don’t think I can make a T-shirt?’ ” he told me. “ ’Look at everyone in the audience — we’re selling $300,000 worth of T-shirts every night!’ ”

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A Kendrick Lamar Verse Over Kanye’s “All Day” Exists

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Did Kanye recruit Kendrick Lamar for an upcoming remix of his single “All Day”? Or did Kendrick just decide to throw a verse on the beat? I can’t call it, but this is an extremely short snippet of what certainly sounds like K.Dot spitting over Ye’s track.

UPDATED: Another snippet has leaked, listen below.

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Vic Mensa ft. Kanye West – U Mad (Preview)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Last night during a performance, Vic Mensa performed “U Mad”, his collaboration with Kanye that the pair first performed at KoKo in London back at the beginning of March. During the performance he let the Kanye verse ride and a fan captured some pretty clear audio and video of the whole thing. Check it out above.

UPDATED: Here’s an mp3 ripped from the Youtube video.

Previously: Blended Babies x Vic Mensa – Shakedown ’99