You may remember the incident last week, captured in the video above, where Kanye got into a physical altercation with a paparazzi photographer (they're all starting to run together, I know). Well, the photographer is trying to press charges after he was "injured" during the scuffle. Kanye's lawyers don't like the sound of that, so are looking to settle out of court with the guy instead, which is probably going to result in a very nice payday for him. A notice to people of the world: you, yes you, can (essentially) get paid to harass Kanye West! I'm sensing a career opportunity here if this writing thing doesn't pan out.
Here's a funny video to add to your fun Friday courtesy of Stephen Colbert. On a new Colbert Report, he dedicated a segment to roast Kanye West's new collab with A.P.C. — more specifically the "Hip Hop T-Shirt", which is just a long white tee priced at $120. The ensuing Colbert Yard Sale is pretty clever so have a good laugh above. On the real though, I may need to get me a pair of those Kanye x A.P.C. jeans. Simple and fresh.
Long time no see, old duo Consequence and Ye on a track again. Not exactly something new because Kanye's verse is the same as the original, but Cons decided to put his take on Ye's hit "Black Skinhead". Could this be a prelude to more music from the two lyricists? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
Watch Kanye West's interactive music video for "Black Skinhead" at kanyewest.com.
Kanye does it again! Nope, no paparazzi headlines but back to the art. He delivers the interactive music video for "Black Skinhead" tonight... once again innovating the delivery and presentation beyond the box of your everyday music video.
It's simple too. Watch the video at kanyewest.com and you can control the speed of the music video with your own (middle finger) mouse pointer. Why would you want to do that? So you can take your own custom screencap of your favorite moment of the video. Love it. Playing around with it was fun and soon enough, I grabbed my own... err... screengrab, for the lack of a better word, above.
The video itself is a smooth black and white computer animated presentation, with a, yes, NBA 2K sculpted version of Kanye rapping "Black Skinhead" with the intensity and off-the-wall energy of that of his SNL debut of the song. All we're missing is the 2K version of a shirtless Mano going ape sh*t in the background. I'm vibing with this one, I don't know about ya'll.
UPDATE: Kanye just tweeted this "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD INFO". Video directed by Nick Knight.
Last night, well, I guess it was nothing new. For the second week in a row, 'Ye is on camera for a paparazzi incident — this time getting into a brief scuffle with one, which apparently will be a "felony attempted robbery charge" (edited). Watch above and you'll see that that's gotta be a joke, ha.
Alas, I really just wanted to post this for these two fantastic photos...
Earlier today, Gawker posted an audio of Kanye West recorded the night he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The recording was supposedly taken at a restaurant in New York's West Village where West was dining with other musicians after the show. In the audio, the artist is engaged in a pretty heavy rant about his hard work, his mother's death, the choice of Pink to perform at the ceremony over him, and of course, Taylor Swifts win over Beyonce. Check out the transcript below and head over to Gawker to hear the recording.
I'd rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it's like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn't say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I've, like, defended myself... [Tape break] I'm pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin' 'Run This Town' verse for a fuckin' month! When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin' care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I'm alive! And if I'm alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I'm alive, you gon' have to deal with it. 'Cause there ain't gonna be no more motherfucking Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, "Why are you so angry? What's the anger?"] Because my mother got arrested for the fuckin' sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to fuckin' Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. Fuck MTV.
It ain't no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don't nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the fuck Pink perform two songs and I didn't even get asked to perform "Heartless." "Heartless" is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don't know that Pink song! But I noticed that she's pink! They put me in a fuckin' room and [inaudible - maybe "projected it"].
[A male voice asks, "How the fuck did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?"] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that shit, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear - "ran all this shit," maybe]. I said, "Nigga, I'm gon' do this until y'all put a bullet in my head. I'm runnin' up to y'all, put a..." [tape cuts].
Back in 2008, Kanye West attempted to create his own "Curb Your Enthusiasm" type of show for HBO. The comedy series never made it to TV, which is probably for the better given the clip above. The scene featuring actress Alison Quinn has been making the rounds on the web today, although it's apparently been on YouTube since 2010. In the clip West visits a young kid for the Make A Wish foundation, only to find out the kid prefers Lil Wayne and R. Kelly.