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.
Kanye West has proven to be a motivating force…even when he doesn’t know it. Just ask Mike Posner.
The Detroit singer-songwriter sat down with pop duo Timeflies in Best Buy’s Collaboration Room to discuss an encounter with Yeezus that would change his life. After hearing a song Mike had produced for Big Sean, Mike asked Kanye if he liked the record, and the always honest rapper said no. But instead of feeling discouraged, it only made him work harder.
“It made me want to impress him and do better,” said Mike, who is currently working on his sophomore album Pages.
Two years later, he ran into ‘Ye again, but this time he only had good things to say.
Watch Mike describe the inspirational moment and see him perform “Amy” with Timeflies.
Just in time for Flashback Friday, a snippet of Kanye West’s “RoboCop” video has hit the net. The stop-motion clip, directed by Hype Williams, was filmed circa 2008-2009 for Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak album, and stars ‘Ye’s then-girlfriend Amber Rose as his voluptuous robotic lover.
Wearing a plastic bodysuit, she hypnotizes a tuxedo-clad ‘Ye with her lady lumps against a pink backdrop.
The visuals were inspired by his love for video games. “I think that’s the holy grail, if you can make your video look as good as a video game, and not be computer generated, and just have that type of intensity coming off the screen,” Kanye said during an on-set interview.
The “RoboCop” video was reportedly scrapped after the couple broke up.
Stuntin’ like her daddy. North West has been spending time with her father while he records his next album.
Kim Kardashian shared an adorable photo of her husband in the studio with their 14-month-old baby with the caption “#BringYourDaughterToWorkDay.” The proud papa is all smiles as little Nori sits on his lap.
Kanye was recently in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, recording the follow-up to Yeezus. According to E! News, North spent much of the family’s vacation in the studio. “She loves music and is obsessed with hearing it in the studio,” says the source.
In his GQ cover story, Kanye announced that his new single “All Day” will drop soon, with an album to follow in the fall.
Today marks the 73rd day of Kim and Kanye’s marriage, which TMZ points out is a day longer than Kim’s marriage to Kris Humphries.
“Family is super cool,” ‘Ye told GQ. “Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool.”
The stars gathered in Ibiza, Spain to celebrate Riccardo Tisci’s 40th birthday on Friday. Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Justin Bieber, Diddy, and Cassie toasted the Givenchy creative director at the lavish affair.
Ciara stepped out for the first time since giving birth to her son Future in May, rocking head-to-toe Givenchy, gold jewelry, and long hair down to her back.
“Happy Birthday To My Brother and Friend King Tisci @riccardotisci17!! So Excited 2 Celebrate This Night With You!” tweeted CiCi.
Bieber cozied up to Kendall Jenner and even put the moves on her mother. “@kendalljenner @kyliejenner who’s your daddy,” he joked while posing with his arms around Kris Jenner.
With a giant disco ball towering over his head, Kanye entertained the fashionable crowd with hits including “Black Skinhead,” “All of the Lights,” and “Ni**as in Paris,” and praised the designer.
“Me and Virgil and Don would see your work and think, ‘This is the dude that’s in Paris that’s making shit that the ‘hood can relate to,’” ‘Ye told Tisci.
Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss serenaded the birthday boy with “Happy Birthday” as he was presented with a four-tier white cake.
Kanye West graces the August cover of GQ. In his first interview since his marriage to Kim Kardashian in May, the rap mogul/devoted father/fashion designer speaks about his new outlook on life, what he’s learned from his wife, and redefining celebrity.
He also opens up about his upcoming album, which he hopes to drop around September, and even shares some of the lyrics from his new single “All Day.”
Kanye admits that Drake is currently the most popular man in rap, but he’s considering taking back his spot. “It’s a real question for me. Do I want to?” he said.