Kanye West

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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Kanye Lives Out Everyone’s Fantasy of Punching a Racist Teen in the Face

Yesterday, having returned from their trip to “heaven,” Kanye West and Kim Kardashian found themselves in a situation… Read More

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6 of Music’s Most Controversial Samples

Today marks a momentous occasion in the history of pop music: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, she who can do no wrong, admitted to doing something wrong. “XO,” a track off of Queen Bey’s recent surprise album, features about six seconds of audio from a NASA public relations officer narrating the 1986 Challenger explosion. Apologizing for the perceived insensitivity to ABC news, Beyoncé wrote: “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster…The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.” The mega-star is hardly the first to provoke a backlash with sampled material, however. Here’s our list of clips that ruffled a few feathers. … Read More

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