Tag: Kanye West
Lord Yeezus covers the August issue of Gentlemen’s Quarterly, which should be on newsstands any day now. Hit the jump to see the whole spread, and to steal your outfit ideas for the next four months. Real drill.
Complex just got their hands on some unearthed footage of Yeezus rocking the mic at the Fat Beats NYC grand opening in 1996. What. In. The. Hell. If you’re in the dark about Fat Beats, it was a legendary hip-hop shop in NYC that favored underground artists — it’s actually one of the most respected and revered spots ever. Says DJ Eclipse who had this footage:
“The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Business was doing so well 2 years in that Joseph Abajian decided to move the store from it’s small 9th St. basement space into a 2nd floor location on 6th Avenue. August 1996 (day?) was the grand opening of the 406 6th Avenue location. It was also the beginnings of our independent movement which had recently started bubbling about a year before.
Yesterday I started converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVD and came across some interesting footage from that day. Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day such as ILL BILL, Arsonists, Lord Finesse, Adagio, Breeze Brewin, A.L. Skills, Percee P, J-Live, Mr. Live, Chino XL, Al Tariq, Black Attack, Xzibit, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rawcotiks, Ak Skills, Rob Swift, Roc Raida, DJ Spinna and many, many more. But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”
Throwback Thursday, indeed. Kanye low key had some bars here. A must watch.
So back in 2010 (which seems like a whole lifetime ago), Kanye was featured on a failed reality show about a celeb travel agent named Brett Grolsch. Somehow, someway, TMZ got their hands on it. In the clip, you see Kanye and Don C talking travel plans with Brett, and also get some scoop on how Yeezus curves fans and unwanted attention. Surprised this didn’t get the greenlight, tbh.
French Montana and Yeezy have been busy keeping up with the Kardashians, but that hasn’t stopped the two emcees from collaborating on a handful of tracks. French has hinted that he and Ye have knocked out around six tracks for his new project, and earlier this morning he took to IG to preview one titled “Money Can Change That.” It sounds epic. Hit the jump for a quick preview.
The Yeezus summer run hit Ireland yesterday as ‘Ye hit the stage at Dublin’s Marlay Park. Pharrell performed prior to Kanye, so this wasn’t a show to miss if you were in the area. You can catch Yeezy opening his set with “Black Skinhead”, “On Sight” and “I Don’t Like” up top and watch him perform “Blood On The Leaves” below.
Also, pieces and details from the latest run of the Kanye x A.P.C. collection recently surfaced. You can get caught up on that right here.
Stand-up comedians bringing out rappers is a real thing — and it’s awesome. Last night at the first of Dave Chappelle’s week-long run at Radio City Music Hall, he surprised the sold out crowd by bringing out Kanye West for “New Slaves.” Yeah, so fans definitely got their money’s worth.
Words by John Walaszek (@JWalaszek)
A year ago today Kanye West released his sixth studio album, Yeezus. The album is no doubt the darkest of Kanye’s work, and Yeezus can be summed up as 40 minutes of music, anger, and pure aggression packed in a clear case.
Leading up to the release of Yeezus, Kanye was finishing his ascent into the top tier of A-list super stardom. He reached that level where your parents, aunts, pets, coworkers, and just about anybody on the planet had their own firm opinion of Mr. West. His engagement to Kim Kardashian, and the birth of their daughter, received seemingly all the press; and then there were the battles with the paparazzi, disputes with Nike and the self-comparisons to Steve Jobs. Kanye was talking his shit again, but his audience was bigger than ever, and many people weren’t ready to hear it.
Fresh off his honeymoon with Kim K, Kanye took to the Cannes Lions Creativity Conference to sit on a panel (of sorts) with Ben Horowitz and Steve Stoute. Kanye was as entertaining as ever at the talk, and discussed a slew of topics including his wedding, wedding photos, being a genius, Jay’s Samsung deal, the internet and being a creative.
Remember the other day when a mysterious card showed up at the Complex offices containing an illustrious title and release date to a Kanye West project called ‘The New Testament.’ Well, people took that to mean that Kanye had an album dropping on said date, but it turned out to be giant troll. Yeah, as if Yeezy was just going to drop an album today. I mean, stranger things have happened, but this sounded just too far fetched.
Well, it turns out The New Testament is actually a fan made mini-documentary chronicling Kanye’s best rants and quotes since being recorded at the beginning of Kanye’s public history. So yeah, now we finally have some closure on The New Testament thing — and a bizarre documentary to go with it. Not mad at this, I guess?
On Saturday night, Yeezus took his talents to Austin (where is that? Texas) to perform at the 2014 X Games. Kanye took it to the extreme in front of the Xtreme audience by running through his Xtensive catalog (see what I did there?) Check out his elaborate set above and below. Looked like yet another dope show. But that goes without saying — it’s Yeezus after all.