Kanye West

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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The Year in NSFW Music Videos

The decline of MTV and the rise of the Internet means that artists making music videos these days have far more creative freedom than they ever did in the past. This has been a particularly good year for videos, and foremost amongst the year’s best have been some that are most definitely not safe for work. So, again, here’s an examination of how videos that are raunchy, terrifying, and/or plain old strange have featured in… Read More

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15 Eye-Catching Calendars to Keep You Organized in 2014

The new year approaches, and for those of you unwilling to let go of certain paper ephemera (we understand), it’s time to purchase a 2014 calendar. If scribbling your personal appointments on gorgeous letterpress paper or livening up your kitchen with 12 months of pop culture-inspired photos makes you tingle, we have some delicious calendar candy for… Read More

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A Look at Hip Hop’s Moral Compass in 2013

There’s a feeling that listening to hip hop gives you. The aggression is a defibrillator, giving life to the lifeless. The wordplay is a unique, poetic combination of cleverness and wit. Oh yeah, and hip hop is the most exciting genre of music for youth culture right now, and has been for quite some time. But despite all that’s great about hip hop, it has an issue with morality: its moral compass is broken. Actually, it’s never really been too functional. … Read More

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What Pitchfork’s Top 10 Songs of the Year Say About Us

It’s become something of an end-of-year tradition to look at what’s probably our generation’s most representative end-of-year list — Pitchfork best songs of the year — and ponder what it says about its readership. After all, the music we’ve found ourselves listening to over the course of a year is a pretty good indication of where our heads have been at. And so, with the publication of this year’s list, it’s time once more to over-analyze the top 10 and see what it has to say about the year gone by. … Read More

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The Naughty List: The Most Hated Pop Cultural Icons of 2013

What a year it’s been, full of wonderfully interesting people and movies and music and books. And yet, there were still plenty of things that made us angry, shaking our clenched fists at our computer screens and leaving angry anonymous comments on various blogs. Most of our ire, though, was directed toward famous people who managed to get a lot of attention for doing stupid stuff, saying stupid stuff, or being generally stupid. While Flavorwire, like everyone else, likes to share what we loved the most this year, let’s take a quick moment to remember those who drove us bonkers in 2013. Take a look at our picks, and leave your own grievances in the comments! … Read More

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