Kanye West

Jul
17
19-Year-Old Kanye West Raps in Throwback Video

Kanye West

Kanye West was always ahead of his time, and we’ve got the video to prove it. Before he was selling out arenas across the globe and designing sneakers for Nike and adidas, the then-unknown Chicago rapper, who was only 19 at the time, freestyled at the opening of Fat Beats 6th Avenue store in August 1996.

DJ Eclipse, the former manager of Fat Beats’ New York store, shared the 18-year-old footage, which shows a skinny Kanye sporting an oversized Polo and spitting some aggressive bars.

“My style is too cold / Always forever like Luther / But it ain’t original because I stole it from the future,” raps the future 21-time Grammy winner.

Celebrate Throwback Thursday with some vintage ‘Ye.

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Jul
16
Kanye West, Iggy Azalea Join ‘Budweiser Made in America’ L.A. Lineup

Kanye West and Iggy Azalea

Kanye West and Iggy Azalea have been added to the lineup for the 2014 “Budweiser Made in America” Music Festival in Los Angeles.

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Jul
3
Rap-Up TV: Common Makes ‘Majik’ with Jhené Aiko, Talks Kanye’s ‘Royal’ Wedding

Twenty years after the release of his critically-acclaimed album Resurrection, Common reunites with No I.D. on Nobody’s Smiling. During his trip to L.A. this week, the hip-hop veteran sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss his 10th album, which arrives July 22 via Def Jam.

The concept-driven project, inspired by the violence in Chicago, includes appearances from Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples, and Jhené Aiko, who is featured on the No I.D.-produced “Blak Majik.”

“Jhené Aiko is an artist that I truly respect,” said Common. “I think she has a unique voice in music, in culture. When I say unique voice, not only is it her singing voice, but her perspective, who she is, what she offers to the world is something that’s very, very special. It’s a soul to it. It’s a spirit to it.”

“I wanted to team up with her and do a song that was fresh. I called it ‘Blak Majik’ because I say we make something out of nothing,” he explained. “It’s also a feel-good, fun song, but it’s hard, it’s rough. It’s something special about that song too.”

He also worked with his G.O.O.D. Music brother Big Sean on “Diamonds,” for which a video was recently shot in L.A. “‘Diamonds’ for me, talks about shining. You got shine no matter what. No matter what situation you gotta get to shining. I’m talking about shining for today, not waiting for tomorrow. You just gotta embody it now.”

While he didn’t work with Kanye West on this album, he did attend his fairytale wedding. “That was a very special wedding in the way that it was fun,” he said. “I had been to Italy, but never to Florence. It felt very family-oriented, very simple but beautiful, and it felt like they cared about the guests. The way we were treated, it was royal. Everything was simple and beautiful and we had the best time.”

Jun
22
Kanye and Kim Throw ‘Kidchella’ Bash for North West’s 1st Birthday

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and North West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spared no expense, throwing an over-the-top bash to celebrate their daughter North West’s 1st birthday. The newlywed parents turned Kourtney Kardashian’s Calabasas backyard into a mini Coachella festival dubbed “Kidchella”—complete with a Ferris wheel, teepees, and carnival goodies.

In addition to the Kardashian clan, Kim and Kanye’s friends including Ciara and her new baby Future, Tyga’s girlfriend Blac Chyna and their son King Cairo, and La La Anthony and her son Kiyan were among those in attendance.

Guests were decked out in their festival finest and received tie-dyed wristbands before roaming the grounds. Booths were set up as teepees with activities including hair-braiding and face-painting.

There was even a stage for performances. Kylie and Kendall Jenner got on the mic to sing karaoke with some help from Jaden Smith.

“#KIDCHELLA rivaled Coachella,” said Kanye’s longtime pal Virgil Abloh.

After snacking on churros and cotton candy, guests went home with their very own Yeezus T-shirts.

Check out more pics from the North’s birthday bash below.

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Jun
21
Kanye West Joins Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall

Dave Chappelle and Kanye West

There were plenty of jokes and even a surprise appearance from Kanye West during Dave Chappelle’s comeback show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night.

Fresh from Cannes, the hip-hop superstar appeared at the end of the reclusive comedian’s stand-up set to perform a medley of hits including “New Slaves,” “Jesus Walks,” and “Gold Digger.”

Chappelle’s 10-show engagement kicked off Wednesday and is set to include performances from Nas, The Roots, Janelle Monáe, and Erykah Badu.

Watch Yeezus and Chappelle share the stage.

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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.

Read more Kanye quotables below.

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