Kanye West

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    September 5, 2014

    Ridiculous Kanye West-isms, In Illustrated Form

    Kanye West and Paul McCartney are rumored to be collaborating, according to New York Post's Page Six. What's more surprising is one song's tentative title: "Piss on Your Grave." "West's wife Kim Kardashian has been heard telling friends she was a little surprised they chose such a provocative name, ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Kanye West Rapping at Fat Beats in '96, and DJ Eclipse's Other Discoveries

    It's been four years since New York's treasured hip-hop mothership Fat Beats closed down its historic 6th Avenue location. But while the physical space may no longer contain rows upon rows of vinyl and hungry rappers freestyling for absolutely anyone, the store's legacy has found a new interest onli ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014
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    August 26, 2014

    Popular Music Needs to Become Political Again

    Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Your Guide to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

    This Sunday, one of cable television's most storied traditions, the MTV Video Music Awards, beams from the Forum in Southern California into living rooms nationwide. The VMA's 32nd broadcast, this year's hostless show looks to carry on the quality of well-received recent installments, namely the 201 ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    The 7 Best Semi-Extinct Band Logos

    There are plenty of bands out there that arrive with their legacy already in mind. They drape their debut album with their stoic, monumental logo, and wait for the cult to arrive. Sometimes this works. (The xx currently own one of the most commanding stage set-ups in music thanks to their all-time g ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014
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    May 13, 2014

    How Not to Run an Indie Rap Label

    Ten years ago, Matt Diamond started Coalmine Records. The Brooklyn-based independent rap label's first release was "The Raw," a 12-inch single featuring the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, horrorcore-styled rapper Bekay, and one-time savior of New York hip-hop Saigon. Since then the Coalmine vault ha ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014
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    January 15, 2014

    For the Fourth Time in Six Albums, Kanye West Takes the Top Pazz & Jop Prize

    You don't have to ask. Kanye West will do it for you. "How much do I not give a fuck?" he wonders just over a minute into the grinding, bombastic first track off his 2013 victory lap, Yeezus, which is bubbling with answers to that very question. "Let me show you right now . . ." See also: Kanye We ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    The Year's Most Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artists Transcended Backpack Pasts

    "In this season, the man of goodwill will wear his heart up his sleeve, not on it." —W.H. Auden "Wu-Tang forever." —Drake There are only so many ways to conceal your backpack past. You can auto-tune your voice to sound like an answering machine or submerge it in a chopped-a ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    2013 Pazz & Jop Tabulation Notes

    In 2010, this poll had a high voter-count of 712. In 2013, only 457 critics filed ballots (offset slightly by the percentage of completed ballots rising from 66 percent to 75 percent). The results, however, are rather similar. In both years Kanye West won handily, appearing on more than a third of a ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The Greatest Action Scenes of All Time, Mashed Up With the Songs They Deserved

    We all love action movies. There is no better way to escape from the brutal, sometimes flagrantly unfair world than to hunker down with a bunch of cool-looking people shooting each other. But sometimes our favorite action movies need something more. Perhaps a different selection of music will best e ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Five Early Kanye West Clips You Probably Haven't Seen

    Kanye West plays Barclays Center Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It's crazy to think that, as recently as a decade ago, there was a time when he wasn't absolutely everywhere. And yet, even in those days, he was still lurking, just a bit beneath the surface. So here are five early Kanye clips you proba ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/18/13

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    November 14, 2013

    Why Kanye's Tour Is Really Being Postponed

    It's been almost two week since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour. There is still no new information regarding the nature of the crash or the people involved, and the investig ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013


    Yeezus makes his triumphant return to the city

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    October 10, 2013

    Which Female Country Star is Your Favorite Rapper?

    Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Disliking Kanye Doesn't Make Me a Racist

    It's OK to be a white person who is frustrated by Kanye West. That might seem obvious, but the aftermath of West's epic Twitter rant against Jimmy Kimmel necessitates it be reiterated. The feud is nothing more than the clash of two pop personalitiies, but it became something much bigger than that. O ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Magna Carta Holy Marketing

    [Editor's note: LA Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on our sister paper's music blog every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] When we look back on 2013, we'll consider it the year of the event album. What's less clear is whether we'll remember the music or simply ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    The Craziest Musical Gambles That Paid Off

    Every year it's a guarantee someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, it's not been true in much of 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's Yeezus and the ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Kanye Producer Mike Dean Talks Yeezus

    Producer/engineer extraordinaire Mike Dean has worked with Tupac and Rap-A_Lot's best. But he's perhaps best known for having worked on every Kanye West album (save 808 & Heartbreaks--the only Kanye album not to win a Grammy). Currently in New York to work on "a few projects," we talked to Dean abou ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Why Kanye and Kim Named Their Baby North

    Well, it happened. We knew it would be crazy and annoying and that we'd talk and tweet and giggle about it anyway. Kim and Kanye named their baby North. North West. For those of you who arrived here by simply googling " WHYYYYYYYYYYY?," here are our most reasoned and intelligent guesses.

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    June 19, 2013
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    June 18, 2013

    Yeezus: Innovative or Simply Another Example of the Mainstream Aping the Underground?

    As you might have noticed, Kanye West's feverishly anticipated Yeezus arrives today. If you're reading this, chances are you were aware that Yeezus leaked last Friday, and maybe you've already been listening to it obsessively all weekend. Maybe you found a way to work "Hurry up with my damn croissan ... More >>

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    June 16, 2013

    Dead Prez React to Kanye's New York Times Comments About Them

    Thank God for the remix. Without it Dead Prez and Kanye West may never have established a working relationship and thus shared a certain kinship. Although his contribution to the seminal Dead Prez debut Let's Get Free was just a remix to their most popular song, the bass heavy "Hip Hop," (a beat so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    The Six Stages of Waiting Six Hours to See Kanye West Live

    With headliners at music festivals you have to be of supreme dedication to get to the front row. Being dedicated means waiting by the barrier all day just to stay close and be in the middle of it all. With Kanye West, who played Sunday night's headlining spot at Governors Ball, his unpredictabilit ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Rejected YEEZUS Cover Art

    Kanye West surprised and disappointed many fans (and non-fans) last week after releasing the very stark CD cover art for his controversially-named newest album, YEEZUS. After a string of album covers featuring broken hearts, flying cartoon bears, and film-noir doorway stances, we celebrate Kanye's n ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Kanye West Gets Dark and Political on SNL

    In true finale fashion, Saturday Night Live didn't mess around with the season's closing episode--and the musical guest successfully (and rightfully) upstaged not only the host and the cast and every single performer that hit the stage before him in recent memory, but the departure of STEFON, and th ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013
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    April 10, 2013
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    April 3, 2013
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    February 20, 2013

    Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

    Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." We really mean it. And, c ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Defend Your Ballot: Rob Sheffield, Pazz and Jop 2012 Contributor

    You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    The Kanye You Once Loved Is Dead and Gone

    Well, thanks for getting Kim Kardashian knocked up, Kanye? Ever since the rapper announced from the stage that the world's most famous (and least talented) Armenian is now carrying his seed, everyone's on Kimye baby alert. To tell the truth, I'm starting to think that all the attention being paid t ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012
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    September 26, 2012

    Review: Kanye's Sex Tape G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer

    By David Thorpe [Note: I thought I had a pretty hot scoop when I snagged a copy of Kanye West's notorious sex tape, which remains unseen by most of the public. Unfortunately, my editor didn't think a review of an ill-gotten celebrity porn clip was appropriate for a reputable family blog like Sound ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Bi-Polar Bear Roams Park Slope

    There's a dilapidated storefront on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets where Brooklyn-based hip-hop duo Bi-Polar Bear (Gabe Karter and Andy Kaufman) decided to film a man dressed up in an over-sized bear head there as part of their "Been Hiding" video. With Bi-Polar Bear's new alb ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    New On The Hot 100 This Week: Taylor Swift's "Ronan," PSY's "Gangnam Style," And More

    This week's Hot 100 debuts include big names and the viral video of the year—and, surprisingly, a nearly year-old track by Beyoncé. "Dance For You" was released on the deluxe version of 4 a little less than year ago and has been on the Hot R&B Songs chart since April; for a good but nowhere n ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    The Fall Of Curtis: How September 11, 2007 Changed Everything For 50 Cent

    Let me indulge in a little bit of Jay-Z/Kanye fan fiction in the least 50 Shades of Grey way possible: Def Jam President and retired rapper Jay-Z was fed up. 50 Cent had been sending subliminal barbs Jay's way for eight years, starting with a shot Mr. Carter's way on "How To Rob" when they were b ... More >>

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    February 12, 2012

    Oddsmaker: Do Beyoncé And André 3000 Have Enough Swagu To Beat Kanye And His Dozens Of Friends At The Grammys?

    ​The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Help Me, Drs. Jay And Ye: Six Images I Saw In The Rorschach Test That Is The "Paris" Video

    The video for Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Paris" has finally come out, and it's probably not surprising that the setting is one of the giddy live performances of the track that closed the Watch The Throne Tour last year. This is no straight-up "check us out live" video interspersed with shots of the two ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Oddsmaking: Who Will Win This Year's Best New Artist Trophy At The Grammys?

    In this week's Voice I wrote about Skrillex, the emo-dude-gone-dubstep-auteur who's spawned a bunch of funny-Photoshop blogs and garnered five Grammy nominations. One of the categories he's nominated in is one of the Big Four—Best New Artist, which seems to have shaken off its "one-way ticket ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Jay-Z and Kanye West Guard the Throne

    And try to bring back the group listen

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    January 18, 2012

    Pazz & Jop 2011: Nick Minichino On Funkmaster Flex's ALL-CAPS Premiere Of Jay-Z And Kanye West's "Otis"

    To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. This is from Nick Minichino, who voted specifically for Funkmaster Flex's premiere of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" this summer. ​That was the driving force of i ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    2011: The Year In Kanye

    Remember the time?​Does Kanye West exist because the world gives him so much attention? Or does the world exist because he gives it something to pay attention to? Heavy stuff, man. Whatever the answer is, the rapper-cum-producer has both dominated critics' best-ofs and been a celebrity-news st ... More >>

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    December 24, 2011

    Underwhelmed And Overstimulated, The Finale: Jay-Z And Kanye West Fiddle While The Underground Gets Wasted

    Smell that money burning. ​This concludes Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, a conversation about pop music in 2011 between Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph. Read it all again. Thanks for the handoff, Nick, and thanks to Katherine, Tom and esp ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Q&A: Amy Sheridan, The Woman Who Commits Kanye West's Greatest Tweets To Thread

    ​Now available on Etsy for your gift-giving needs: hand-stitched cloth versions of Kanye West's tweets. The commemorations of West's epic 140-character missives ("Sometimes I get the usage of puns and double en- tundras mixed up. I know sometimes one thing can be both. Rap God issues!!! LOL!!! ... More >>

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