Kanye West

Oct
31
Kanye West, Nas, Diddy, & Madonna Attend Alicia Keys’ Black Ball

Alicia Keys and Nas

The stars put on their finest and stepped out to Alicia Keys’ 11th Annual Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Thursday. A pregnant Alicia, whose second child is due in December, was the belle of the ball as she hosted the fundraiser alongside her husband Swizz Beatz and Diddy.

Swizz, Diddy, and Kanye West took the stage to honor Givenchy’s artistic director Riccardo Tisci, while Nas, Angel Haze, and David Byrne performed.

“We’re here to roll up our sleeves for the children and families living with HIV in India and Africa,” said Puff. “We need the money!”

Alicia, Swizz, and Diddy performed a mash-up of Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” and “Mo Money Mo Problems,” Angel Haze covered OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” and Nas put the crowd in a New York state of mind.

Madonna, Aretha Franklin, and Russell Simmons also showed up to support Keep a Child Alive, which has raised over $22.6 million for children and families affected by HIV.

See more photos from the black-tie benefit below.

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Oct
28
New Music: Theophilus London f/ Kanye West – ‘Can’t Stop’

Kanye West and Theophilus London

When he’s not working on his own album, Kanye West has been overseeing projects for Tyga, French Montana, and Theophilus London. Yeezus serves as executive producer of the latter’s new album Vibes and guests on the blissful “Can’t Stop.” He delivers a glorious verse over the soulful production, which is reminiscent of his Dark Twisted days.

“It’s alright, but it ain’t Ralph though / And unless your money talkin’, keep your mouth closed,” raps ‘Ye. “We smokin’ indo outdoor in Palo Alto / If this party ain’t got hoes, my intro’s my outro.”

“The goal was to get back to a happy place in my life,” London told The FADER of Vibes. “I went through some dark times. On this album, I was chasing demons and sacrificing a lot. I’m just excited that I could make a piece of work that I’m happy about, that my great aunt was spiritually here for me to help me finish writing this album.”

In addition to getting the Yeezus co-sign, London has tapped fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld to shoot the artwork for the album, which drops November 4.

Stream the entire album including the Kanye-assisted “Can’t Stop” below.

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Oct
27
Kanye West Turns Down $4.5 Million Las Vegas Gig

Kanye West

Money can’t buy Kanye West. The hip-hop superstar reportedly turned down a $4.5 million payday for nine days of work.

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Oct
21
Kanye West, Chris Brown, & Big Sean Join Teyana Taylor at ‘VII’ Listening Party

Teyana, Kanye, and Kim

Teyana Taylor has been patiently waiting for her moment and it finally arrived last night. The Harlem singer was surrounded by friends and family as she celebrated her debut album VII in Hollywood.

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Oct
20
Big Sean Teams with Kanye West in ‘IDFWU’ Video

Big Sean

Big Sean touched down at College of the Canyons football field in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Sunday to shoot a video for his Kanye West and DJ Mustard-produced single “I Don’t Fuck With You.” MTV News was on set as the Detroit rapper suited up in his uniform and took the field as the team quarterback.

His collaborator E-40 served as football commentator and DJ Mustard played Sean’s teammate. Even his G.O.O.D. Music mentor Kanye West worked the sidelines as coach.

“Obviously football plays a part of it. I’m the star quarterback, one team against another team,” said Sean.

The song, rumored to be inspired by his ex Naya Rivera, has became an anthem. “Everybody got people they don’t mess with. Soon as it came out, tons of people were relating to it,” said Sean.

Go behind the scenes of the football-themed clip below.

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Oct
14
New Music: Tyga – ’40 Mill’ (Produced by Kanye West)

40 Mill

Tyga won’t be caged in. Days after his public fallout with Young Money, the L.A. rapper is moving forward with the release of his new single “40 Mill.” The Yeezus-inspired track, which he released to iTunes via his label Last Kings Music, finds him teaming with producers Kanye West and Mike Dean.

He gloats about fame, fake friends, and money on the poignant record, which features a sound bite from the 2013 film Pain & Gain. “I don’t f**k with these ni**as, stop pretending and shit / I don’t wanna be famous, I just wanna be rich.”

In protest of Young Money, Tyga threatened to leak his album The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, which was set to drop November 18. “Gold album been done. my label holding me hostage so i can't release nothing. might just leak it for my fans then let them make $ off it,” he tweeted.

Young Money president Mack Maine fired back, crediting the label for building Tyga’s career, and his labelmate Nicki Minaj reportedly stopped following him on Twitter.

Hear T-Raww roar.

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Oct
10
Kanye West, Diddy, Ne-Yo, & French Montana Support The Weeknd at Hollywood Bowl

Diddy, French Montana, and Kanye West

The Weeknd brought his “King of the Fall” tour to the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday. Following performances from Jhen√© Aiko and ScHoolboy Q (who was joined by Tinashe and BJ the Chicago Kid), the Canadian crooner performed a 90-minute set under the stars, capping it all off with a dazzling fireworks display.

The stars also came out in droves to support XO. Kanye West, Diddy, and French Montana were all spotted backstage at the Bowl. ‘Ye posed for a pic with Wale, while Ne-Yo praised the Toronto singer.

“Shouts to the vessel @abelxo Dope energy, hella cool,” he tweeted, while possibly teasing a collaboration on his upcoming album. “#NONFICTION great things to come. #JustWaitOnIt.”

French also kicked it with his ex-girlfriend Khloe’s sister Kendall Jenner, and Katt Williams even made a rare appearance.

The Weeknd will close out the tour on Saturday at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

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