No surprise here after Chief Keef was out in Paris recording with Kanye West a couple of months ago, but in this new interview he confirms that he'll be featured on YeezusJune 18th. I wonder about the ripple effect of this upcoming collab and how it will affect the Chicago scene and hip hop in general. What do you all think?
Plus, hear Keef talk about his debut album, Finally Rich, and a co-sign from Derrick Rose in the video above.
Via A.P.C. Founder, Jean Touitou, this flyer for Yeezus was released today revealing that no pre-orders will be available and to "please purchase" come June 18th. What this means is we may be looking at a rare closed leak, and that we all may have to wait until the actual release date of the album to hear the music for the first time (what a concept!). I'm all for that. It just builds the hype for Yeezus even more. So many people will have iTunes loaded up, or out the crib at 9am sharp to grab a physical copy in stores. I'll likely be part of both camps, ha!
A few new pics (Instagrams) of the Red/Red Yeezy II's have surfaced! I should note that I'm looking into the source and if there is official confirmation, but as far as I can tell, it looks legit. And while the quality or angle of the pic isn't exceptional, these images successfully tease the new release. 'Fresh' is my go-to adjective to describe fashion or sneakers, and fresh is an understatement from what I see in the first image. I love the idea of the Red/Red and look forward to seeing what the final product looks like with some official images. At this rate after tonight's leak, the premiere of the shoe on SNL, plus Yeezus on the way soon, I sense we'll get those sooner than later.
cause it was mine. he wanted to be on IFHY too! but i was like, nah hahaha. ye is soo awesome, i talk to him almost everyday it seems like. its cool to have someone you can level with about art and everything else.
Tyler also addressed a potential future Kanye West collab, on a track from a fake tracklist named "Hyper Critical". Turns out he's "actually not on it", so when will we see an actual 'Ye x Tyler collab?!
Last night, Kanye West announced more screenings of "New Slaves" in many more cities across the world. One of those cities was Houston, which makes the news today for shutting down the "New Slaves" spectacle at Rothko Chapel. Reports the Houston Chronicle:
Houston police shut down the “Yeezus” revival at Rothko. Despite an upbeat, respectful crowd, they pulled several cars onto the grass, flashed lights and sirens and demanded everyone leave or be arrested for trespassing. Folks slowly dispersed when it was clear this wasn’t part of the show.
Houston singer Dominique attended the library screening and said it was shut down due to “technical difficulties.” It was rescheduled for later that night/morning, but police eventually shuttered that screening, too, after a tense back and forth.
The Bush Memorial screening was also a “no show” according to fan Janet Quiroa.
“All we saw were the sprinklers come on and obnoxious people screaming Kanye threats,” Quiroa said.
Wow. Pretty intense for just shutting down a projection. It's a shame that this expression of art was shut down by authorities, but in the larger scheme of things, couldn't this further spark the revolutionary theme that Kanye's expressing in his music? In a weird way, the genius of Kanye may have been hoping and expecting for one of these screenings to get shut down by police. What do you all think of the news?
More screenings tonight across the world! Find out if it's in your city at KanyeWest.com.
#YeezySeason is in full effect again! Tonight, one week after the projection premiere of "New Slaves" out of nowhere, Kanye West spreads the wealth to all new cities in the U.S. and Europe that didn't get a chance to experience it last week. Places like Atlanta, Houston, San Diego and overseas like Barcelona, Oslo, Milan, and Cannes. KanyeWest.com for those cities, locations, and times.
Now the speculation begins... will the projection be the same, or different, than "New Slaves" last week?!
If you're not already excited by the title, maybe the fact that this is thirteen minutes long will get you to that appropriate level. Or maybe this gem of a first thought, as Kanye kicks it off with this:
"It's the dream, it's Kobe and Jordan on the same team in the best prime of they game in the same Kanye"
Tim Westwood unearthed a true Kanye West freestyle off the top as we go back to 2005 circa Late Registration. The beats are all Kanye West productions — Game's "Dreams" (one of my all-time favorite songs by Game), Jay-Z's "Encore", and Common's "The Corner". With this being a legit freestyle off the top, these 13 minutes showcase Kanye's quick-wit and bravado throughout. A few LOL moments naturally ensue, including 'Ye rapping about a message sent into the station around the 7 minute mark (I can't type it out, 'Ye's delivery does it justice, you'll have to hear it) and some off-the-cuff instructions to rappers on how not to sound like everyone else and how not to rhyme about everything else. Damn, I just wish his bluntness and brashness didn't get interrupted when the beat ended. Would have loved to hear him keep flowing at that moment and just more bars on this in general.
This takes you back, huh? A must-watch above for any Kanye fan. Keep up on Kanye's latest in the past week, INCYMI below.
It's common knowledge by now: Kanye West is a master of samples. And I for one am not the best at pointing them out, but that makes it all the more sweeter when it's revealed to me, I go back and listen to the song sampled, and have the light bulb moment of "I can hear it!". That moment comes 33 seconds in to Hungarian 60s rock band Omega's "Gyöngyhajú Lány". Apparently they were as big as The Beatles in their native country, cites OkayPlayer. As is almost always the case, I love the original song in its own right and Kanye yet again puts a whole new demographic of listeners onto his own taste of music. You'll hear where 'Ye flipped this song in "New Slaves" in the projection premiere at the end of 'Ye's raps (this outro didn't make the SNL performance).
Earlier this year, a nice action photo surfaced of Will Smith in the studio with Kanye West. A lot of fans, including yours truly, have since clammored for a potential 'Fresh Yeezy' collab. After months of mum, Will Smith recalled the experience with Kanye in the studio and had this teaser to say in a new interview with HipHollywood promoting his upcoming movie with son Jaden, After Earth (which looks pretty cool by the way).
"I been messing around with Kanye," Will says. "We went into the studio a couple times, so I might get the bug. I’m not going to do it unless I’m truly inspired, but Kanye’s been pushing me a little bit."
Are you hoping for a return to music from Will Smith? As long as it's not strictly aimed for radio stations, then I'm all for it. If he's in the studio with Kanye... I think that's a good sign.