Kanye West

Jun
19
Rap-Up TV: Marsha Ambrosius Talks Visual Album, ‘Detox,’ & Kanye West

On July 15, Marsha Ambrosius will release her sophomore album Friends & Lovers featuring production from Pop & Oak, Da Internz, Eric Hudson, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.

The gifted singer-songwriter, who’s worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Dr. Dre, recently sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss her famous collaborators and the follow-up to her 2011 debut, which she calls her “baby.”

“It’s been a tedious, very rewarding journey as far as creating the album, but that’s what I do. I make albums,” she said. “I had to live and breathe this, whether that was the heartache, whether that was getting over it, whether that was lust, love, fuck, love, whatever it was, I had to be there. For me, that’s what I’ve been enjoying the most is living it.”

She also revealed that every song on the album will have a visual starting with the single “Run.” “I have to make a movie surrounding this album. Everything’s gonna have a video. Everything will have a story behind it. It really is the sequel to what Late Nights & Early Mornings was. Late Nights & Early Mornings resulted in some Friends & Lovers.”

In addition to working on her album, she has been back in the studio with Dr. Dre. “This is our seventh year. We went to Hawaii just before the end of last year for a couple of weeks and got to really cram in with the production team that he’s got going now, Focus and the squad, so we’ve been working. You’ll get to slowly see the work.”

But if you’re still waiting for Detox, don’t hold your breath. “Detox was a title that was thrown around so many years ago,” said Marsha. “There’s so many other things in the works for you to not have to be concerned about anyone detoxing. It sounds like a fitness center now. No. You’ll see something else.”

Plus, she’s collaborated with her longtime friend Kanye West. “I don’t know what it’s for, but there’s a couple of things floating around. You’ll hear them soon.”

Jun
17
Kanye West Talks Wedding Photo, Apple/Beats Deal, & Beautifying the Internet

Kanye West

After celebrating Father’s Day and his daughter North’s first birthday in New York, Kanye West left his family behind and flew to Cannes for a surprise appearance at the Translation seminar at the Cannes Lions festival on Tuesday.

During his conversation with Translation CEO Steve Stoute and venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, the hip-hop impresario revealed that famed photographer Annie Leibovitz pulled out of his wedding at the last minute (“Maybe she was scared about the idea of celebrity”).

The wedding photo that Kim Kardashian posted on Instagram took “like four days” to edit because the colors on the flower wall didn’t look right. But he says it was worth it because it became the most liked image on Instagram.

Plus, he once again shared his admiration for Apple founder Steve Jobs and weighed in on Apple’s $3 billion dollar purchase of Beats by Dre.

So what’s next for the creative genius? Yeezus wants to bring his design aesthetic to the Internet, starting with a redesign of Instagram.

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Jun
16
Kanye West Celebrates Father’s Day with Kim Kardashian and North West

North, Kim, and Kanye

Kanye West spent his second Father’s Day with the two people he loves most, his wife Kim Kardashian and their daughter North West. The day after performing at Bonnaroo in Tennessee, the 37-year-old rapper took some time to relax and enjoy a day off with his family.

It was also North’s 1st birthday, and they celebrated with a trip to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Kim posted an Instagram photo of father and daughter sleeping alongside each other, along with a sweet message.

“This is what life is about!” said Mrs. West. “Our baby girl turned 1 today! We played so hard they passed out while we were watching the game! Happy Father’s Day to the best daddy in the world! The way you love our daughter and protect her makes me filled with so much love!”

Check out more photos from the family outing below.

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May
30
New Music: Kanye West – ‘Black Bruce Wayne’ [Snippet]

Kim and Kanye

While Kanye West is enjoying his honeymoon in Europe, a snippet of a purported new Yeezus song has hit the net. The track, entitled “Black Bruce Wayne,” was reportedly sold to a Kanye fan for $500 before it leaked online. There are also rumors that the full song features 2 Chainz.

Yeezy, who’s possibly recording his next album in Florence, raps in French: “Ou la la, très bien, magnifique.”

The response has been mostly positive. “Hooooooly shit kanye’s back,” wrote one fan, while another added, “this is like 808 and yeezus production with graduation flow.”

Just last week, Kanye debuted a new song called “God Level” in an adidas commercial for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Is this a hint of new music to come? Take a listen below.

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May
27
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Wedding Photos Revealed

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian tied the knot in front of friends and family over the weekend in Florence, Italy. While they wed in privacy, the couple is sharing some special moments from their fairytale wedding with the world.

After saying “I do” at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere, the beaming bride, dressed in a white Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown and long silk veil, kissed her husband in front of a giant walls of flowers.

Kim and Kanye took their first walk down the aisle as husband and wife as their daughter North West looked on from the arms of Kim’s mother Kris Jenner. “Mr. & Mrs. Kanye West,” tweeted Kim.

Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed a four-course meal and seven-tiered wedding cake at the lavish reception. Kanye gave a passionate 20-minute speech about his new bride, while an emotional Bruce Jenner toasted the couple, who took their first dance as John Legend performed his No. 1 ballad “All of Me.”

The lovebirds locked lips in a photo booth donning leather jackets that said “Just Married.”

The couple is reportedly heading to Ireland for their honeymoon.

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May
25
Kimye Wedding Photo Booth: Big Sean, Tyga, Common, John Legend, & Jaden Smith

Common, Kanye, Big Sean, Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian became Mrs. West during the couple’s fairytale wedding at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere on Saturday. The bride wore a Givenchy lace gown and a long silk veil, while the groom looked dapper in a Givenchy tuxedo.

During the reception, John Legend serenaded the newlyweds with “All of Me” and “Ordinary People,” and Kanye delivered a passionate 20-minute speech. According to E! Online, he called the Kardashian family an “industry” and “the most remarkable people of our time” who can “make the world a better place.”

He gushed about his new bride, whom he described as the “ideal celebrity” and the “ideal art,” and looked forward to spending “every day of my life with Kim.”

While there were no E! cameras or cell phones allowed inside the wedding, the Wests set up a photo booth to document their special day. Friends and family took black-and-white snapshots and posted them online.

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen locked lips, Big Sean stuck out his tongue for a group photo, and Tyga and his girlfriend Blac Chyna posed with Kimye. Jaden Smith, dressed as “white Batman,” photo bombed Kourtney Kardashian and Joe Francis.

Beyoncé and Jay Z did not make the trip to Florence, but Bey wished the couple on Instagram. “Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family,” she said.

Check out more candid pics from Kimye’s big day below.

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May
24
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Are Married

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

It’s official. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian tied the knot on Saturday in Florence, Italy.

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