Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg release the full audio of an interview that they did Kanye West for their "Juan Epstein" show. During the the interview they talked about his influences, producing, and much more.
Kanye West at Art Basel in Miami (wearing a W.W.J.D. bracelet?)
For all the new Kanye interviews in the past month, his upcoming album hasn't been talked about at all. And well, for good reason, because Yeezus just came out and he's on tour for the album through the end of the year. But Yeezy fans will jump at any new info on an upcoming album. Case in point: a couple of days ago when Q-Tip revealed he and Rick Rubin will be executive producing Kanye's next album.
At Art Basel in Miami last night, Kanye talked with architect Jacques Herzog primarily about design but also this tidbit on the new album:
"West also offered some brief insight into his next album project during the talk. "I think my next album is going to be eight songs," West said. "It's just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can't take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn't made Yeezus, I wouldn't be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here."
- Kanye West
And here's 'Ye's explanation on why he chose music over art:
"I thought my opinion wasn't strong enough with what I was painting. When I would see my own work, I never thought I would visually be able to become one of the masters — I thought I had a stronger opinion when I worked on music. I got a stronger response."
Another new Kanye radio interview — this one on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show that touches on a few additional topics to previous interviews. Namely: life without his mother, prisons for profit that he mentions in "New Slaves", and the talked about follow-up to Watch The Throne. Watch the three-parter above and below.
Big news courtesy of Q-Tip himself today as he reveals to Elliott Wilson that he and Rick Rubin will be producing Kanye West's next solo album!
"I’m producing Kanye’s new album with Rick Rubin, I’m doin’ that, so that’s coming up." - Q-Tip
Of course one's quick to assume that the album will have a more traditional hip hop sound with Tip and Rubin involved, but as we all know with Kanye, we really shouldn't have any expectations. The bottom line is that I think these three will make for a good mix, and I'm intrigued to hear how working with Rick Rubin from the start of the album (as opposed to the end, like Yeezus) will be different for 'Ye. There is of course no word yet on when everyone will be together working on the album, but hopefully we'll hear more updates as 2014 is upon us.
We often hear of awesome interactions between artists and this is no exception. We get a hilariously animated story of an interaction between Pharoahe Monch and Kanye West. Be warned and step your stylistic game up!
In the ongoing press run for Anchorman 2, Will Ferrell touches on the hip hop community's love for the movie. In fact, I'm pretty sure communities of all kinds love Anchorman, but Will is specifically marveled at how the characters and lines have been referenced in rap songs for the past decade. That should only continue after the release of the second movie on December 18th.
Ferrell also laughably brings up "N words in Paris" so stay tuned through to the end of this quick 2 minute clip for that.
The cameos they talk about as well (apparently there are a ton in one scene) will also feature Drake & Kanye, in case you forgot.
Not that it hasn't been confirmed really, as Yeezy has said in multiple interviews that he's left working with Nike and now with adidas, but here's adidas' official statement today:
"For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow."
Once again, I'm excited for this collab — truly one of the most influential icons today, his innovative design and product ideas, with one of my favorite sneaker brands. As adidas says, more details to follow.
It's been a few days... so alas, we have a new Kanye interview!
This one's interesting because it covers some new topics such as one of the biggest rappers ever: The Notorious B.I.G. 'Ye actually says he doesn't vibe with the beats for "Juicy" or "Big Poppa". 'Ye also talks about how it was his fault the Sway interview escalated and explains why he got frustrated, more about what he means by "New Slaves", sampling, and below: breaking down barriers, relevancy, and Louis Vuitton. This was with Greg Street of V103 out in Atlanta as the Yeezus Tour stopped and drew a who's who of the music industry in attendance: Lil Wayne, T.I., and even OutKast as photographed together last night.
Be sure to also stay tuned til the end of the top video for a killer a capella freestyle from CyHi The Prynce. Good to see him and 'Ye still connecting too.
A quick bit of Yeezus news today makes fans of his elaborate proposal to Kim Kardashian happy. Fast forward to the end of the new Keeping Up season teaser to see 'Ye down on one knee. And yup, I'm only tuning into Kanye-related scenes of this show too.