Kanye West

Sep
16
Rap-Up TV: Teyana Taylor Talks ‘VII,’ Kanye West, & Chris Brown

Teyana Taylor will silence her critics when she releases her debut album VII on November 4. The project has been years in the making for the Harlem singer, who parted ways with Pharrell’s Star Trak/Interscope Records and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music in 2012.

And no one could be more excited than Teyana herself. Rap-Up TV caught up with G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady backstage at August Alsina’s “Testimony Live” tour in L.A. to discuss the long-awaited release.

“It’s kinda hard because people don’t really know the politics behind the industry,” said Teyana. “Everybody is being impatient and so am I. I’m like, ‘I need answers now.’ I finally got an album. I’m just as excited as everybody else and I just hope everybody likes it.”

She has enlisted production from Bangladesh, Harmony, Boi-1da, Hit-Boy, and The Order, with appearances from Pusha T, Yo Gotti, Fabolous, and her friend Chris Brown, who appears on “Do Not Disturb.”

“It’s one of those slow animated songs,” she said of the Breezy duet, which she has been performing on tour.

Unlike her past situation, Kanye West has given her the freedom to do what she wants. “He definitely gives you that creative control. He kinda lets you do you and then you take your project to him,” said Teyana. “You have it all laid out and then he puts the icing and the candles and blows ‘em out and everything else.”

But she won’t hand in the album to Kanye until it’s perfect. “I’m a perfectionist just like him. He always says I’m a female version of him.”

In keeping with the title, VII will be packaged with seven visuals, which she plans to tease in the weeks ahead.

Sep
11
Kanye West Hospitalized for Migraine

Kanye West

Kanye West was hospitalized on Wednesday night after suffering a severe migraine while on tour in Australia.

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Sep
9
New Music: Theophilus London f/ Kanye West – ‘Can’t Stop’ [Snippet]

Vibes

On October 28, Theophilus London will release his new album VIBES! Kanye West serves as executive producer and is featured on the soulful “Can’t Stop,” which utilizes his famous line, “It ain’t Ralph though.”

The dapper Brooklyn rapper has also enlisted the legendary Karl Lagerfeld for the artwork. The two shot the cover in Paris earlier this year.

“His whole schedule is booked up for the next three years and he was only free for two hours, so we made it work,” said London. “He brought all the ideas to the shoot. His handwriting is even on the cover.”

Preview Kanye’s verse on the 90-second snippet below.

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Sep
3
Rap-Up TV: French Montana Talks ‘Mac & Cheese,’ Khloe Kardashian, & Kanye West

French Montana is just getting started. With his new single “Don’t Panic” burning up the airwaves, the Bad Boy rapper is gearing up for the release of his sophomore album Mac & Cheese (Note: the album is not titled Mac & Cheese 4) this November/December. The Coke Boy recently sat down with Rap-Up TV to talk about his new music and new love.

Since his relationship with Khloe Kardashian went public, French has been the fodder of tabloids and even appeared on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” So it only made sense to get his girl to star alongside him in the video for “Don’t Panic.”

“It was just like, why would I get a video vixen when I got one of the baddest bitches?” said French. “That’s all it is. It just makes more sense to keep it in the family.”

He has been in the studio with Khloe’s brother-in-law, Kanye West, who is executive producing Mac & Cheese. “Kanye was somebody that I was supposed to sign with when I first came in the game,” said French. “I have nothing but respect for him. He’s a legend, he’s an icon. I just feel like he has that Mac & Cheese sound, that soul food sound.”

French has recorded around 80 songs including the Kanye and Mekanics-produced “Gucci Mane” featuring Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. “We based it on when Gucci went crazy at that one time, just like went bad on everybody. The record’s like when you’re about to lose it—Ross on the hook, me and Wayne. It’s a crazy record. We gon’ blow their socks off.”

He has also worked with Miguel on a song called “Explicit.” “It’s a crazy, beautiful record. It’s both our worlds put together,” he said.

While in the studio with ‘Ye, he heard some of his new music including the single “All Day.” “It sounds incredible. He’s about to have another classic album. He’s grindin’. It’s that sound that everybody missed about [Yeezus].”

Sep
2
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Pharrell, & Rita Ora Attend GQ Men of the Year Awards

Pharrell, Kanye, and Kim

Fresh from headlining both days of the Made in America Festival in Philly and L.A., Kanye West jetted overseas for the British GQ Men of the Year Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Tuesday. A dapper Mr. West cheered on his wife Kim Kardashian as she was honored with Woman of the Year by the magazine.

“Thank you @BritishGQ for making me Woman of the Year! Such an honor!!!!!!” said Kim, who stunned in a beaded skirt by Ralph & Russo.

Nicole Scherzinger was there to support her man Lewis Hamilton, who received Sportsman of the Year. Jessie J was gorgeous in a green vintage Jean Paul Gaultier gown, while fellow Brit Rita Ora wowed in a Zuhair Murad one-shoulder number.

Pharrell Williams was honored with Solo Artist of the Year, and caught up backstage with his “Number One” collaborator Kanye.

See more pics of the well-dressed crowd below.

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Sep
2
Kanye West Serenades Kim Kardashian with ‘Awesome’ Ode

Kanye and Kim

Kanye West thinks Kim Kardashian is totally “Awesome.” A snippet of Kanye’s sweet ode to his wife was played during last night’s season finale of E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

North West’s father (and even baby Nori) made some brief cameos during the two-part episode, which focused on the pre-wedding festivities including Kim’s bachelorette party in Paris.

“‘Cause baby you’re awesome / Don’t let nobody bring you down / You’re so awesome,” sings an Auto-Tuned ‘Ye.

Kanye debuted the song live at the Adult Swim upfront party at New York’s Roseland Ballroom in May 2013.

Hear Kanye profess his love to Mrs. West in the clip below.

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Aug
31
Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, & Iggy Azalea Invade Made in America Festival

Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar

The Budweiser Made in America Festival touched down in Philadelphia and Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend. The two-day concert event returned to Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday and brought with it an all-star lineup including J. Cole and Kanye West, who closed out the Day 1 festivities with “Black Skinhead,” “Runaway,” and “New Slaves.”

On the West Coast, Hit-Boy and YG repped for their hometown crowds. Fans filled the streets of downtown L.A. to catch the Compton rapper performing his hits including “My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love,” with DJ Mustard on the turntables.

Fresh off her VMA performance, Iggy Azalea graced the steps of L.A.’s City Hall with “Pussy,” “Fancy,” and “Black Widow,” on which she was joined by fellow blonde bombshell Rita Ora.

As the temperature cooled down, TDE came and conquered the main stage with Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q. Kendrick Lamar capped off the 75-minute set with “Poetic Justice” and “m.A.A.d city,” and brought out Q for “Collard Greens.”

SZA, Rita Ora, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, and Kanye West will close out Day 2 in L.A., while Pharrell and YG take on Philly.

Watch the performances and see backstage photos from Day 1 below.

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