Kanye West

The Secret, “Dank” Lives of Maraschino Cherries: Links You Need to See

Nostalgia has ruined the world, but what’s a world for if not ruining? That’s the question asked by Cat Frazier, a 23-year-old graphic designer who runs Animated Text, a website capturing the beautiful life of the young Internet, a life which has been flattened and Helvetica-d to death. Her mission is a noble one, and so has been briefly catapulted to “famous for the Coastal few who still read the New York Times” status with this gloriously pre-millennial layout. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Kanye #ALLDAY Edition

It’s Kanye’s world, we’re just livetweeting it. This week’s best new music includes the redemption of GOOD Music associate Big Sean (with the release of his third album, Dark Sky Paradise, this week), and also Nick Jonas, who did West proud with a killer “Only One” cover. … Read More

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The Best Quotes From Kanye West’s Tear-Inducing Talk with Zane Lowe

Kanye West set the music world on fire with his performance of new single “All Day” at the Brit Awards yesterday, and today his honest interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe resulted in genuine tears, introspection, bon mots and enigmatic catchphrases. We culled the best quotes below. … Read More

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Bro, What Was the Bro, Bro?: Links You Need to See

“Bros” — the history of the term and culture of “bro” — is not something taught in elementary school, but bro-ness is so essential to mainstream masculinity that it should be. Now, go forth, and mail printed copies of this Awl essay to your local school boards: the history of the bro is important, and it must be taught. … Read More

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The Quiet Radicalism of Kanye West’s Fashion Collection

Say what you like about Kanye West — everyone does — but there’s one thing for certain, and that’s that America’s most consistently fascinating musician is a mass of contradictions. They’ve always manifested to various extents in his music: braggadocio and self-awareness (contrast his verse on the remix of Beyoncé’s “Ego” with “Runaway,” for instance), arrogance and vulnerability, the desire to control his public image and the propensity for doing spontaneous, often ill-advised things that undermine it. They all seem to come back to a desire to which a lot of us can relate: wanting to be accepted by the establishment while at the same time wanting to tear it down. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that it’s his ongoing obsession with fashion, and specifically the new line he’s created for Adidas, that have thrown these contradictions into the sharpest relief. … Read More

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Kanye Played a New Track, “Wolves” feat. Sia and Vic Mensa, at His Adidas Presentation

Yesterday was the culmination of years’ of work for Kanye West, and it happened all at once: West presented his… Read More

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