Kanye West

“I Won”: Kanye and Future Rap About Their “Trophy Wives,” Kim and Ciara

“I put an angel in your ultrasound,” Kanye West brags in one of his verses on “I Won,” a new collaboration with Future that hit the web late last night. ‘Ye quickly follows up that bold claim with a pick-up line that should get some mileage this spring: “I want to dip that ass in gold.” It’s a visceral line, but then again, so is the one that came before: seemingly loving but still sort of problematic, much like “I Won” itself. Future and West spend the song declaring their love and adoration for their fiancées — R&B star Ciara and living brand/legitimate businesswoman Kim Kardashian — by referring to them as trophies they won. … Read More

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Witty Vintage-Style Ads Starring Contemporary Music Icons

There’s just a week and a half left before the new Mad Men season rolls out, but in case the ’60s-style withdrawal is too much to bear, Ads Libitum has the graphic design beat covered. Run by David Redon, the Tumblr has been posting faux-aged ads starring pop culture figures from the last two decades since July 2013. Redon’s favorite subject is musicians, but the full site has a spot for Breaking Bad‘s Pollos Hermanos as well. Click through for thoroughly retro renditions of OutKast, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and more. … Read More

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Decoding Lady Gaga’s ‘G.U.Y.’ Video: Rebirth With a Side of Michael Jackson Clones

As Lady Gaga promised during her SXSW keynote, she released a new, batshit crazy video this weekend. It’s billed as a video for ARTPOP track “G.U.Y.” but it’s actually a 12-minute film that includes “ARTPOP,” “Venus,” “G.U.Y.”, “MANiCURE” and four minutes of credits in which Gaga thanks every PA, lifeguard, and security dude who worked on the thing. As we’ve done in the past, Flavorwire picked apart Gaga’s mixed messages and seemingly endless sources of inspiration. … Read More

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From Kanye to Zombie: A Guide to Bret Easton Ellis’ Current Projects

Oh, Bret. After making waves in the ’80s and ’90s with novels chronicling the ennui of the urban super-wealthy, he’s been on a weird run. There were the poorly received sequels to early hits, there was Lindsay Lohan disaster The Canyons, and now, there’s a slew of new projects. The latest, announced today, involves none other than Rob Zombie. It’s difficult to keep track of all the bizarre collaborations and solo efforts Ellis is currently involved with (in addition to his always-entertaining Twitter), so here’s a guide to what we can expect from the author and provocateur in the near future. … Read More

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Frenetic Trailer for ‘Yeezus’ Tour Film

In case you, too, were a victim of prohibitive concert prices, Kanye’s website announced today that a Yeezus tour film… Read More

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Kanye West Is Not Crazy! A Nation Reels in Shock

Kanye West was on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, and in the absence of anything they could call a “rant,” the media seems rather nonplussed by the whole thing: most of the reports this morning have focused on his performance, rather than the interview he did with Meyers. This is interesting, because West returned to subject matter he’s been discussing for most of the last year. The difference is that this time there were fewer soundbites and less anger — and hey, if there’s no rant to report, it’s not worth reporting!

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Kanye Unleashes his Happiest, Most “Humbled” Tweets Ever in Honor of ‘The College Dropout’s 10th Anniversary

Today, February 10, 2014, marks the ten year anniversary of Kanye West’s flawless debut album, The College Dropout. It was on The… Read More

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Kanye West and Steve McQueen Had a Meeting of Minds: Links You Need to See

Happy Martin Luther King Day! Here are your links for the day, which you should definitely read because what else could you possibly be doing today? … Read More

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10 Great Songs Built Around the 808

Some rather exciting news crept by almost unnoticed yesterday — according to this report, synth manufacturers Roland might be reissuing their iconic drum machine, the TR-808, along with the TB-303 bass synth. These two pieces of equipment were commercial failures on their release in the early ’80s, but they’ve become hugely sought after since, changing hands on eBay for thousands of dollars. Why? Because you hear them everywhere. The 808, in particular, defined the sound of early hip hop and also a whole lot of dance music, and it’s as ubiquitous today as ever. Here are ten songs that demonstrate its versatility and its iconic sounds. … Read More

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