Kanye West

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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Will Smith Considering “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit” Music Again, With Help From Kanye and Jaden

A lot’s changed since Will Smith was considered a music star. Though he hasn’t released an album in a… Read More

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Sorry, Statistics Show That Kanye Was Right: Links You Need to See

These Grammy Awards sure have had some long legs this year, mostly due to Kanye West, who performed twice but did not take home a single award. (Mostly because he was barely nominated.) Anyway, part of what Kanye said about Beck winning, and part of what a lot of people said before the ceremony itself, was that the awards have become “too white.” Which seems like a knee-jerk reaction to a lack of diversity in this year’s nominations, but no: statistics show that popular music has, overall, become less diverse — or, “more white.” … Read More

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Michael McDonald on Kanye West: “He’s Just Talking to Hear the Sound of His Own Voice”

The musical superstar deemed a “jackass” by our President has now been decried by someone even less likely: yacht rock… Read More

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Steve Buscemi Becomes a Sexual Powerhouse and Taylor Swift Experiments with Modern Dance: Links You Need to See

Recently, Tom Petty sued Sam Smith over the purported similarities between Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” and is now reaping 12% of his royalties. The people at Funny or Die, however, noticed some similarities between Petty’s songs and other artists’ hits, and decided to let the world know about them. Surely Petty will do the right thing and pay 12% royalties to anyone whose songs came first and bare any resemblance to his?  … Read More

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