Entries tagged with: Kanye West
by Andrew Sacher
RIhanna announced a 2016 tour with support in North America from Travi$ Scott and support in Europe from The Weeknd (who's on tour now with Travi$ Scott) and Big Sean.
The tour hits Brooklyn on March 27 at Barclays Center and Newark on April 2 at Prudential Center. Tickets for Brooklyn go on sale 12/3 at 10 AM with VIP, AmEx, Samsung, Tidal presales starting 11/30 at 10 AM and Live Nation, venue, Facebook presales starting 12/2 at 10 AM. Newark ticket info should be up soon (same link). All dates are listed below.
The tour is supporting Rihanna's eighth album ANTI, which is executive-produced by Kanye West, and includes the Kanye/Paul McCartney collab "FourFiveSeconds," the undeniably banging "Bitch Better Have My Money," and "American Oxygen." She also just launched the site antidiary.com which has snippets of other tracks. It's apparently coming out this Friday (11/27) exclusively on TIDAL and everywhere else on 12/4. Watch the video for #BBHMM (like you haven't already) and an ANTI/Samsung commercial that premiered during the AMAs, below. That's the album artwork above.
Travi$ Scott plays NYC again sooner: New Year's Eve.
by Andrew Sacher
Ty Dolla $ign's much-anticipated official debut album Free TC is finally out today (via Taylor Gang / Pu$haz Ink / Atlantic). The guest list is stacked, with modern rap (Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, YG), veteran R&B (R. Kelly, Brandy, Babyface), rap moguls (Kanye West and Puff Daddy -- on the same song), and weird outliers like E-40. The veteran R&B guests make a ton of sense; Ty's biggest song to date ("Paranoid") is over a DJ Mustard beat, and there are two here, but a chunk of this album actually sounds like the kind of R&B that was popular 15-20 years ago. The acoustic guitars on the Babyface collaboration "Solid" make it sound like a radio hit from no later than 2002, the same could be said for the clean electric guitars of "Horses In The Stable," and the slow jams of "Straight Up" fit in more with those guests than Ty's contemporaries (like say, The Weeknd or Miguel).
It's not all nostalgia though. The Metro Boomin-produced Trey Songz collab "Know Ya," the Future & Rae Sremmurd collab "Blase," and the Fetty Wap collab "When I See Ya" sound entirely of the moment. And as if you expected any less, Kendrick's show-stealing verse on "LA" (the first song on the record) continues to prove that he just cannot be stopped. There's a lot to unpack on this 16-song, 73-minute album, and now you can do just that by listening below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: James Blake at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Jono Bernstein)
Still no word on that James Blake album, which reportedly will feature Kanye West and Justin Vernon, but James did appear on BBC Radio 1 last night where he chatted with Justin and then debuted a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "The Sound of Silence." It's mostly James and his keyboard, and he gives the song the kind of sparse arrangements he had on his first album. As you may remember, it's not the first time he covered a classic folk song.
Listen to the whole BBC show here and stream the cover below...
Travi$ Scott releases his new album Rodeo this Friday (9/4), and a new track from that, "Piss On Your Grave," has surfaced. It features frequent collaborator Kanye West, and isn't far from the kind of stuff Travis and Kanye made together on Yeezus. It had been rumored that "Piss On Your Grave" was the name of another Kanye/Paul McCartney collaboration, but no word if Paul is on this. Listen below.
Last week Travis announced a record release show for NYC's Gramercy Theatre on September 9. That since sold out, and now he also added shows on 9/7 and 9/8. 9/7 is sold out too, but tickets for 9/8 are available. He's promising a special guest at the last two shows.
After those shows, Travis opens The Weeknd's tour, which includes more NYC-area shows. Updated dates are listed below.
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Vic Mensa at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa's rise has been quite the interesting one. It's almost hard to remember how closely tied to Chance the Rapper he was only two years ago, considering both have gone in wildly different directions. He put out a couple impressive singles last year -- the danceable "Down On My Luck" and the Kaytranada collaboration "Wimme Nah" -- and so far this year he's released two even better ones. There's the Kanye West-featuring "U Mad" that came out back in the spring (following Vic's appearance on Kanye's "Wolves" single) and the more recent Skrillex collaboration, "No Chill." Say what you will about Skrillex's own music, but he's undeniably great when he produces for rappers (like "Wild for the Night" with A$AP Rocky, who Vic opened for in NYC last month).
Vic also recently released a freestyle called "Heir to the Throne" which disses fellow Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott and pays tribute to Jay Z, whose Roc Nation imprint will release Vic's debut album. It's titled Traffic and is due out at some point this year. Vic also recently released a cover of Future's "Codeine Crazy," which like the aforementioned tracks, is streaming below.
Two weekends ago, Vic played hometown festival Pitchfork Festival, and on Friday (7/31) he made a surprise appearance at another hometown festival, Lollapalooza. He jumped down about 15 feet from the DJ booth to the stage during Dillon Francis' set and proceeded to dance on stage. It's pretty amazing considering that jump looks like it hurt. Watch below, and stay tuned for a Dillon Francis remix of "U Mad." The next day at Lollapalooza, Travi$ Scott was arrested during his set.
Vic has more dates coming up, including the first of two Mad Decent Block Parties in Brooklyn (8/8) (sold out), Philly's Made In America festival, and the big Asbury Park (9/19) show with How to Dress Well, The Front Bottoms and more (tickets).
All dates are listed, with videos and song streams, below...
Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)
The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West's set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith's set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl's broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered "Times Like These" as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter's set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like "Brick House" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."
On Justin Vernon's appearance with Kanye, NME writes:
A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of 'FourFiveSeconds', and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during 'Lost In America' and 'Can't Hold My Liquor'. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as "one of the baddest white boys on the planet."'Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and then called himself the "greatest living rock star" on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC's broadcast of the festival:
As for Justin Vernon's appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing "Make It Holy" off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye's full set (via Nah Right) below.
"China resolutely opposes any country, organization, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China splittist activities," Lu said. CONGRATULATIONS GLASTONBURY!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #dalailama #HHDL #glasto #pattismith #peoplehavethepower #enlightenment #freetibet
Part of Patti Smith's reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:
"We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below...
The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. "Thank you, thank you," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people's expression of warm feeling." He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. "These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!"
Madonna's upcoming tour lands in NYC on September 16 & 17 at MSG and 9/19 at Barclays Center, and those three shows just got a pretty sweet opener. The very funny comedian Amy Schumer, who played NYC on her trainwreck tour earlier this week, will support Madonna at the shows. Tickets for all three are available.
Naturally, Amy (whose movie Trainwreck is out in July) has footage of her childhood self singing "Like A Prayer." Watch that, with Amy's recent hilarious "Celebrity Interview" clip from her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, below.
Madonna also just put out a new video. It's for her song "Bitch, I'm Madonna" (ft. Nicki Minaj, prod. Diplo & SOPHIE), and it features both Nicki and Diplo, as well as Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock and more. Watch below.
A$AP Rocky's new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) had a release date of June 2, but in true 2015 rap fashion, Rocky "surprise" released the whole thing early. It has appearances from Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Mos Def, M.I.A., Juicy J, UGK, Miguel, Danger Mouse, newcomer Joe Fox and more. Pick yours up at iTunes.
Check out the full tracklist and listen to the whole thing via Spotify below...
Kanye & The Weeknd (via Coachella Facebook)
Kanye West wasn't billed for Coachella 2015, but it seemed impossible that he wasn't going to do something. And he did in fact show up. After The Weeknd covered "Heartless" in his set, he brought out Kanye to do four of his songs, "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Black Skinhead," "Don't Like (Remix)," and "All Day." Watch videos, via Miss Info, below...
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
by Zack Baker
Even if you haven't heard of New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap, you've probably heard his single "Trap Queen." He's not setting out to be a one hit wonder though, and today dropped a new track with the impressive team of Baauer (who probably wants to escape the one hit wonder thing himself) and Dubbel Dutch called "Promises." The track comes as a result of the Yours Truly/Adidas Songs From Scratch series, which has been responsible for collaborations between Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper, Shlohmo and Jeremih and many more. Check out that track below.
Fetty Wap's next show will be this week's House Party at Webster Hall (4/2), which is the weekly party's first anniversary. (He played the party in January too.) He'll be joined by Funk Flex, plus Just Blaze and the other House party regulars. Tickets are on sale.
Fetty Wap also just released a vlog centered on his performance with Kanye West at the Roc City Classic back in February. While built around the show, there's a lot of narration from Fetty about his current status and the rapper seems genuinely humble about his rise. Check it out below.
In related news, Dubbel Dutch is playing a big show at Output on Thursday (4/2) with Mike Simonetti, Peaking Lights Acid Test, and Huerco S. It's free before midnight with RSVP, or you can also buy tickets.
photo: David Crosby at City Winery in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
David Crosby was once the radical musician who pushed The Byrds in a more psychedelic direction until it resulted in his departure, and then formed one of the greatest folk rock supergroups of all time. And as Stereogum points out, yesterday the 73-year-old legend himself took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, including a lot about his opinions on other people's music.
Here's what Croz had to say about Kanye West:
As for someone who does have talent, Billy Joel...
If you didn't already know, Croz has kept up to date too. He digs Fleet Foxes, the band you may have heard compared to CSNY:
And Jessica Pratt:
He likes Kanye collaborator Paul McCartney:
But thinks he'd only work with 'Ye to widen his audience:
He loves Brian Wilson:
But definitely not Mike Love:
There's at least a chance you could see him jam with Phil Lesh during all this Grateful Dead excitement:
But not at the actual Dead shows in Chicago or the Jerry tribute in Maryland:
Many asks about the upcoming Dead shows I would go but I am working ...did go to many ...played with them a number of times— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) March 5, 2015
He does not dig The Doors though:
And last but not least (for now), Ryley Walker asked him about bongs:
You can read way more of the very entertaining Q&A at his Twitter.
Listen to some of Crosby's finest (and one of his weirdest) moments below...
Kanye West already released "Wolves" and "Only One" from his upcoming album, which he recently said will be called So Help Me God. That's the artwork (which looks like this Christian Mistress artwork) above. He recently played a third song from it, "All Day," at the BRIT Awards and he now premiered the studio version on Power 106 and Hot 97 today. The song features Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom.
UPDATE: The official video is out now, and it's also been revealed that the song features whistling from Paul McCartney. Watch/listen below,
Madonna's new album Rebel Heart is out this week, and she's now announced an international tour in support of it. The tour begins in Miami this August and is set to wrap up in Glasgow in late December.
She'll hit NYC for two arena shows -- September 16 at Madison Square Garden and September 19 at Barclays Center -- and will also be nearby for an Atlantic City show on October 3 at Boardwalk Hall. Presales for all dates begin at her website on Tuesday (3/3) at 10 AM local time, which you'll need an Icon Live Pass for (unless you're a Lifetime Legacy Member). Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Monday, March 9 at 10 AM with a Citi cardmember presale starting Wednesday (3/4) at 10 AM.
Rebel Heart features a handful of modern collaborators, including Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Blood Diamonds, Sophie, Ariel Rechtshaid and more. Stream the song with Chance the Rapper, alongside the full list of tour dates, below...
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
Big Sean's already released a handful of songs from his new album Dark Sky Paradise (due next week via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), and now he's put out two more. One is the full version of his Kanye West collaboration, "All Your Fault," that he put out a 30-second clip of last week. The full version's an even huger song than that clip hinted at. Backed by dark, ornate production from Kanye, his protege Travi$ Scott and others, the song opens with an auto-tuned hook from Kanye that goes into the kind of biting verses he delivered on Yeezus. Then Sean takes over the spotlight, and finally the song ends with the two of them going back and forth. The other song he put out is a bonus track, "Research," a collaboration with his pop star girlfriend Ariana Grande. You can listen to both below.
Sean still hasn't announced a full tour, but more dates keep popping up. He's got an upstate NY show on April 12, and a NJ show April 22 at Starland Ballroom (tix on sale Friday, 2/20, at noon), so hopefully that means a NYC date is coming around that time too. All known dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Big Sean - 'Dark Sky Paradise'
We've already gotten a few tastes of Big Sean's new album, Dark Sky Paradise (due next week, 2/24, via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), and now he's just given us two more songs. One is "One Man Can Change The World," a piano ballad with guest sung vocals from Kanye West (who's also on the great "Blessings" with Drake and the "All Your Fault" clip) and John Legend, as well as the downtempo rap of "Win Some, Lose Some" which features past collaborator Jhene Aiko. Listen to both below, along with a mix of snippets from the album.
UPDATE: Big Sean announced a few dates, including a NYC-area show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (2/19) at 9 AM. All currently known dates (more TBA?) are below.
In related news, Kanye collaborator Cashmere Cat (who co-produced Ye's new single "Wolves" that he just debuted at his fashion show and then performed on SNL 40) also just co-produced (with Stargate) the new single for another Kanye collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign. It's called "Drop That Kitty" and has an all-star cast of guest appearances from Charli XCX and Tinashe. They all bring their own personalities to the song: Ty in auto-tuned sung-rap mode, shouty/sassy Charli, and soulful Tinashe. Check it out below.
Cashmere Cat will be on tour soon supporting Ariana Grande, including her MSG shows on 3/20 & 3/21, and headlining his own NYC show on March 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tinashe is also supporting a bigger star (and Ariana Grande collaborator) on an arena tour, Iggy Azalea, including her Barclays Center show on May 7.
And Charli XCX will return to NYC for Governors Ball, which just announced its daily lineups.
In more related news, Big Sean recently put out his own verse for "Used To" from the new Drake mixtape (and from Lil Wayne's mixtape). You can listen to that below too. Like Kanye and Big Sean, Drake was in NYC this past weekend for a surprise show at Irving Plaza, which he brought Kanye out during. Video of that below.
And speaking of Kanye collaborators, producer Hudson Mohawke tweeted yesterday that he's in the studio with Miguel, so that's something to look forward to.
Song streams below...
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary was a spectacle, bringing together most of the show's famous cast, guest hosts, and favorite musical guests for a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza (with commercials, and not counting the extra hour of red carpet interviews that started an hour earlier on NBC). On the musical front, Kanye West got a lot of air time, performing "Jesus Walks" (while on his back), then getting up for "Only One" and new song "Wolves" (complete with ice-blue contact lenses) with Sia in a white wig, and Vic Mensa. Class skits were revisited, and Kanye was the target of some jokes in the new "Wayne's World" segment where "Kanye, Sit Down" came in at #5 on their Top 10 List.
Sia's wig would later appear on Zach Galifianakis when he introduced new Digital Short, "That's When You Break," that starred Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler (and clips of SNL actors cracking up ["breaking"] on camera). There was also Paul McCartney, who played Irving Plaza the night before, performing "I've Just Seen a Face" with Paul Simon and then "Maybe I'm Amazed." (He was very memorably, hilariously introduced by Keith Richards.) Later in the show Simon, introduced by Jack White, would come back out for "Still Crazy After All These Years" Related: Miley Cyrus covered Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (with Fred Armisen on invaluable tambourine, and Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing as part of her band too). Miley was introduced by Win Butler and frequent guest-host Candice Bergen.
Best buds Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a pretty impressive Beasties-style rap that chronicled the history of SNL. Later in the show Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (as Beyoncé) did a tribute to the many comedy musical sketches over the years many of whom made their return: Bill Murray's lounge singer (still great), Joe Piscopo as Frank Sinatra, Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell & Ana Gasteyer), and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd was wearing his Crystal Skull vodka knit hat on the red carpet).
The SNL band got a big shout-out too, which saw the return of longtime guitarist G.E. Smith. Late bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who Smith played with on SNL and in Hall & Oates' band and died in 2010, was acknowledged in the "In Memoriam" segment that, hilariously, also included Jon Lovitz (who, not dead, was in the audience waving incredulously both times he was referred to as dead during the show). There was also a tribute to Tracy Morgan who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash.
We got a lot of updates of classic sketches including the welcome return of "Celebrity Jeopardy," the maybe less welcome "The Californians" (with original cast member Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift> and a game Bradley Cooper who got to make out with Betty White), and Ackroyd did his famous "Bass-O-Matic" sketch again.
What else: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler did Weekend Update with Jane Curtain (and Edward Norton as Stefon and Melissa McCarthy as Chris Farley character Matt Foley); Jerry Seinfeld fielded questions from audience members Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Tim Meadows, Dakota Johnson and Sarah Palin; and Chris Rock paid tribute to Eddie Murphy who came out on the SNL stage for the first time in 30 years. That may have been one of the most awkward moments of the night. Everyone was hoping Eddie, who also talked to Al Roker on the red carpet in the pre-show, would perform, but that unfortunately didn't happen.
There was lots more: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, a sports montage, a shorts montage.... You can watch the whole thing over at NBC.com. More pictures and clips of many of the highlights, below...
La Colombe photos by P Squared Photography
barista Win Butler serving up his new Haitian coffee blend
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler had a busy weekend in NYC. His eventful three days began on Friday when he played the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at MSG. His team, The West, beat The East (which Common and others were on) 59-51. Win had eight points and 12 boards. You can watch a video of him doing a layup, below.
He was wearing his Kanye West-designed Nike Red Octobers (not to be confused with Kanye's new Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost shoe that he debuted last week). Win's brother/bandmate Will tweeted "Kanye, you have to fix this #MVP thing. They have to respect the artistry" after Kevin Hart (who returns to MSG in July) got MVP.
After the game, Win headed to Bowery Ballroom where he was one of several DJs at the Rock On Foundation benefit, as DJ Windows 98. The Hold Steady headlined. Other DJs included members of Vampire Weekend, Das Racist and Caveman. That's him at Bowery pictured above.
Then Saturday afternoon Win headed to La Colombe cafe in Hudson Square where he acted as a barista, serving his new blend of RaRa Haitian Coffee that he created in partnership with La Colombe. The blend was partially to benefit Haiti, with proceeds going to Partners In Health and Haiti Coffee Academy. We stopped by the cafe to see barista Win in action, and while we were there he jumped on a table to give a speech about how the coffee is for a good cause. He then gave out sample cups to the crowd, took pictures with fans, and signed stuff. Some pictures of that are in this post.
That night, he was back under his DJ Windows 98 guise to get a late-night party at Baby's All Right going. Anyone catch that? UPDATE: Win now uploaded a mashup of Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" and Beck's "Loser" which (according to a commenter below) he played back to back at Baby's. Listen below.
Finally, on Sunday Win headed to SNL's 40th anniversary to introduce Miley Cyrus. Some people were not happy about this decision. Here are some tweets:
Talented: Win Butler, Jack White. Not talented: Miley Cyrus, Kanye West. Understood SNL? #SNL40— AbsoluteQuinn (@AbsoluteLunati6) February 16, 2015
In a personal affront to musical talent, SNL just made Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus.— Bethany Biron (@bethanybiron) February 16, 2015
Having Win Butler introduce a performance by Miley Cyrus, and not the other way around, is emblematic of everything wrong with SNL today.— Thomas Pashko (@thomaspashko) February 16, 2015
are you kidding me...having Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus?? log off, SNL— Mike Smith© (@TheMikes_) February 16, 2015
Actually sat through SNL just to have Jack White appear for 3 seconds, Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus, and Fiona Apple not appear at all— Hannah (@spooketti) February 16, 2015
SNL: *includes Arcade Fire in list of guests* SNL: *Has Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus*— Sara (@Saraa26) February 16, 2015
More pictures of Win's weekend, including shots of him as a barista, a basketball player and a DJ, below...
Though Kanye West said the Grammy thing was a joke ("like the Grammys themselves") and Beck was excited about it and thinks he is a genius, some Beck fans are still none too happy. As Gothamist points out, a few of those fans whose office building happens to be right outside the location in NYC that Kanye played last night took the opportunity to get their message across. Gothamist writes:
A company called PNYC, located around the corner from the stage, welcomed the rapper by putting up large letters in their windows that spelled out "BECK." This was, of course, a nod to Kanye interrupting the musician as he was about to accept his Grammy award this past weekend.Photographic proof is above.
Matt and Jason from PNYC told us this morning, "We are an agency actively researching the effects of Out of Home (OOH) advertising. We found out Kanye was playing outside of our building and we wanted to make a point about being in the right place at the right time with the right message and how that can be amplified through digital channels. And... don't fuck with Beck."
In related news, some kind soul took the time to put together a Beck/Beyonce mashup, because obviously that was going to happen. Listen to Beckyonce's "Single Loser (Put a Beck on It)" below...
photo via SiriusXM Instagram
Kanye West's concert at Madison Square Park Thursday night drew in thousands of fans and spectators, despite the backlash from Flatiron community and business leaders.Kanye West had a pretty eventful Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon, he debuted a new song "Wolves" at the fashion show for his new Adidas line, and then at night he played the first annual Roc City Classic at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza, which Kevin Durant co-hosted. As you can see in the picture above, it was packed. Were you one of the people in attendance? If not, did you stream it online?
A long line of concertgoers had to go through three blocks of barricaded streets to get to the free show at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza inside Madison Square Park. The 37-year-old rapper's fans braved the freezing temperatures and the small green space and were thrilled with a big screen, bright lights and plenty of tunes.
...The packed show worried Community Board 5 and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who pushed the city to reconsider holding the concert at the park. Brewer said she couldn't fathom why Roc Nation, Jay Z's media company which produced the show, didn't stage the concert at a bigger outdoor space such as Times Square.
Some of the concertgoers said they had no problem with the tighter quarters of Madison Square Park, however. [AMNY]
'Ye didn't play "Wolves" at the show, but he did close the set with his recent Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One." He brought out his G.O.O.D. Music pals Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Big Sean, and did a handful of their songs too. The show opened with three Travi$ Scott/2 Chainz songs, and later on they included Big Sean's recent Kanye-featuring single, "Blessings," Sean's huge hit "I Don't Fuck With You," posse cuts "Don't Like" and "Clique," and more. He also brought out rising Paterson, NJ rapper Fetty Wap (who also opened for Meek Mill at Best Buy Theater the same night) for his buzzy "Trap Queen." "I wanna bring out a special guest. Young new artist, my favorite song out," he said. Jay Z and Beyonce must like it too, since they were in the crowd dancing to it, as you can see in a short clip below.
Full setlist, a few more pictures and videos, and the "Wolves" video ICYMI, also below...
photo via Adidas
So far this year, Kanye West has released the Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One," the Macca/Rihanna collab, "FourFiveSeconds," and earlier today at the fashion show for his new Adidas shoe (part of the ongoing NY Fashion Week) he debuted another new song, "Wolves," featuring Sia, Vic Mensa and production by Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke. It's said to be the first track on his upcoming album. Watch a video of the debut, below.
UPDATE: The full official video of the show is out now, and watchable below. "Wolves" starts at the 8:19 mark.
Kanye also appears on Big Sean"s new song, "All Your Fault," which a 30-second clip of was just released. Kanye produced it, along with Travi$ Scott (who recently expanded his tour with Young Thug). The song will appear on Big Sean's upcoming new album, Dark Sky Paradise, which is out on February 24 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. Kanye (and Drake) also appear on previous single "Blessings." Listen to that, and the "All Your Fault" clip, below.
Maybe you've heard by now that Kanye West said "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyonce" after Beck beat her in the Grammys' 'Album of the Year' category. Maybe you've also noticed that several other people have offered up their own responses to Kanye's quote, including Garbage singer Shirley Manson. She writes:
Dear Kanye WestIn related news, it's been announced that Kanye's free NYC show taking place during NBA All-Star Weekend with co-host Kevin Durant on Thursday (2/12) will stream live on Jay Z's Life + Times website, starting at 8 PM. Given last weekend's events, something tells us there may be auto-tuned explanation happening during this show.
It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.
Ps.I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn't need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she's got everything covered perfectly well on her own.
Trailer video for the live stream below...
Though Kanye stopped himself during the Grammys (much to Jay-Z and everyone's amusement), he let his opinions be known right afterwards, live on TV with Kim Kardashian by his side. Watch the E! afterparty interview below...