As if we needed more reasons to love Charles Barkley, it turns out he knows all the words to Kanye's iconic verse to "N****s In Paris" (as did the House of Blues: Chicago crowd that I captured last week at Lupe's Tetsuo & Youth Preview Tour).
Enjoy this quick video of the Auburn alum going gorillas over his team's thrilling victory over Alabama! (h/t Deadspin)
And since you're here for the funny moment, also enjoy a little "Afternoon Delight" as the Anchorman cast put on quite a fantastic impromptu performance for what I'm hoping is the funniest movie all year December 18th.
The New York Post is reporting the news today that 'Ye's new deal with adidas is worth $10 million. Well worth it if you ask me.
Wherever Kanye goes fashion wise is at an all-time high of influence. I wonder if we'll look back at this change one day like how we looked at adidas not being able to sign Michael Jordan and MJ then going to Nike. The companies went two different directions after that, and with 'Ye's switch, I'm predicting Nike and adidas will be as close together as ever before.
Here's that video we've been waiting for since Kanye's hotly-talked about spaz out on Sway this morning. This is the full 34 minute interview that touches on topics like the Yeezus tour, DONDA, almost not including Nicki Minaj's verse on "Monster", G.O.O.D. Music, and the MTV's Hottest MC List. What sent 'Ye off though: Sway asking him why he doesn't break into the fashion game himself over trying to get through to the corporations. Fast forward to the 17:20 mark to hear how this escalated.
I love how Sway handled 'Ye and his energy helped bring him back down. This isn't a beef as it looks like it's hugs and handpounds even within the interview. Nothing else to say but... Enjoy!
From my observations and assessment of the scene, I gather that "Blood On The Leaves" is one of the most-liked tracks off 'Ye's polarizing summer album. To me, it's probably my favorite and certainly most-played since June so naturally I'm stoked that it'll get more push with a music video.
Kanye on Juan Epstein: The day he met Michael Jackson
MOAR. KANYE. INTERVIEWS!
Here are two more clips from Kanye's media run in NYC (and there's probably plenty more to come, considering it's NYC) as first up above, Kanye visits Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg for the Juan Epstein podcast to talk about his come-up as a producer and taking it back to some old stories in Chicago and working with J. Dilla. As fascinating as this was ('Ye also said that drums are his producing "achilles heel"), Kanye also reveals the story of meeting Michael Jackson for the first time, who said Kanye could sing after hearing "Good Life".
And then, as tranquil as Kanye was above, he was the opposite of that on Sway in the Morning today. 'Ye took it a little too far as this felt uncomfortable to listen to as Kanye and Sway got into it a little bit when talking about the fashion game. Surely many people will be talking about this more than the content itself, which is unfortunate. Regardless, both are must-sees in addition to the Breakfast Club interview earlier today and Angie Martinez yesterday.
No doubt there will be an update on this Sway interview so keep it locked.
UPDATE: Here it is — the full 30 minute interview with Sway. Listen below (via HHNM).
Kanye continues his media run with The Breakfast Club this morning. This one is another fascinating interview as you can imagine with both parties involved. Charlamagne Tha God is probably the most confrontational radio host out and he has been especially critical of Yeezus since the summer. Add that into the mix and we have a few contentious moments (see: 16 min., 24 min.), but we get even more out of Kanye West above all.
'Ye really goes in on classism, his frustration in the clothing world, the "rich people problems" as Charlamagne says, and more along these lines. As a close follower of these interviews and hearing 'Ye address these topics already, I learned even more about his perspective and where he's coming from. His frustration of being boxed in in a whole nother industry is something I feel a little more clear about after this interview. It's a must-watch for anyone who's still not fully there yet too.
A couple of brand new topics were touched on as well, namely Kanye's new "Bound 2" video that is up there with the Confederate Flag that has received the most criticism towards 'Ye. Kanye explains why he wanted it to look as phony as possible right around that 24 min. mark too. If you were also curious as to what Kanye and Kim thought of the "Bound 3" spoof that went viral yesterday, see that they can laugh about themselves below.
Lastly, did anyone else find it ironic and comedic that, perhaps the most open-ended question of the interview yielded the most simple answer from Kanye (towards the end):
"What is the end result for Kanye West? What are you looking to be?"
"If it was a movie, a combination of.. Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Michaelangelo... that's it."
Kanye himself just confirmed it on air with Hot 97's Angie Martinez. Here are the quotables:
“I asked them when the Yeezy “Red Octobers” are coming out. I asked them, me Kanye West, asked Nike when’s it coming out. They said, ‘we’re not sure yet.’ They let me design two shoes over five years. And I’m happy I could design them, but they didn’t do me no favor because Eminem designed a shoe, Pharrell designed a shoe. I just designed the Yeezys. I turned up, because I was in fourth grade designing Jordans and I brought back that feeling. You ain’t never felt that way about a shoe, since the Jordans, the way people feel about the Yeezys. I put that feeling. The same feeling that I put in College Dropout, Graduation, 808s, I put that feeling in there.
“So then I start turning up in the BBC interview, so [Nike] said, ‘ok cool, we’re gonna give you a bigger sandbox to play in. We’re gonna give you this amount right here to design, and two collections a year, and 30 SKUs — that’s the amount of items that you have. Would that make you happy, Kanye?’ And I said, ‘well I need royalties.’ It’s not even like I have a joint venture. At least give me some royalties. Michael Jordan has 5%, that business is $2 billion. He makes a $100 million dollars a year off of 5% royalties. Nike told me, ‘we can’t give you royalties because you’re not a professional athlete.’ I told them, ‘I go to the Garden and go one on NO ONE. I’m a performance athlete.’
“So the old me, without a daughter, would have taken the Nike deal because I just love Nikes so much. But the new me, with a daughter, takes the adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family."
- Kanye West
Now, a few notes:
1. I'm a little puzzled about the last quote and need to hear him say it, because on paper, we all know Kanye could provide for his family: royalties or no royalties. So is that really why he took the adidas deal? Purely business? Or is it to also work with the three-stripes and their definitive aesthetic (including Yohji Yamamoto as the Y-3 rumors are sizzling)? I'm assuming it's very much the latter too and so let's not take this quote all too seriously, yeah?
2. 'Ye mentions adidas but not Y-3. As I mentioned when the rumor broke last week, I feel like Y-3 would be such a smooth fit and between 'Ye and Yohji, I think they can come up with a fresh and memorable design. As a fan of 'Ye's designs and adidas Y-3, I'm pulling for this collab to be confirmed. We shall see soon enough to what extent Kanye is working with adidas.
3. How about "I go to the Garden and go one on NO ONE." — Ha! I love that comeback. 'Ye gets the W for that.
4. Of course, everyone is wondering about the Red Octobers and will they ever see release? I'm betting NO, but what do you guys think?
And oh yeah, there's a couple more provocative gems from Kanye in this interview:
"Whatever is official, non-official, official—what y'all gonna see is I'm gonna be the Tupac of product."
"I'm gonna be the first hip-hop designer and because of that I'm gonna be bigger than Wal-Mart."
- Kanye West
Stay tuned for an update to this post and more details on the new adidas collab.
UPDATE: Here's the video of the interview with Angie, where someone named Kim Kardashian was with Kanye (are they together or something?). Browse below for the clips.
UPDATE: Here's another interview update as Kanye says to 92.3 Now that he wants a boycott of Louis Vuitton.
“While I was in Paris I wanted to meet the head of Louis Vuitton and he said ‘I don’t understand why we need to meet with you?’ I said let me explain to you why you need to meet with me,” he said before sending out a message to his fans.
“Everybody in New York City right now, don’t buy any Louis Vuitton until after January… Now do you wanna meet with me? Influence… they think that I don’t realize my power.”
Did Kanye save his most intense "rant" for the bright lights at MSG? You be the judge as the Yeezus Tour impacted the world's most famous arena and Kanye discussed a little bit more about first and foremost: being him, and not trying to be anybody else or follow a formula. 'Ye also tells a story about Hedi Slimane (a recent target), unleashes more frustartion about Nike and the Red Octobers (He never got an answer from Nike on when the Red Octobers would drop), and talks about wanting the support of Eric Schmidt. Very interesting to the Kanye fan. Watch above and hear the autotuned words yourself.