UPDATE: "Full uncensored" version. Not sure what else is different except a touch more skin from Kim, but, um, enjoy?!
As promised, the new "Bound 2" video! KimYe take to the Grand Canyon for this Nick Knight-directed visual on the Yeezus fan favorite. As premiered on Ellen.
I'm not that high on the video though, in fact. The green screen effect could have been more effective if it was juxtaposed with something completely different. Furthermore, and I didn't know there was such a thing, but it felt like there was too much of Kim. After the video started, I was hoping for more variety of scenes and I think that would be my solution to enhance the concept. Overall, my favorite part was the closing Charlie Wilson chorus. Per usual with 'Ye, the reaction this morning has been polarizing; chime in with your thoughts as well @gowherehiphop.
PLUS, here's Kanye's interview with Ellen. He had romantic things about to say on his fiance Kim:
“She’s a person that, when I was at my lowest moments, I could get on the phone with her and she would make me feel like I was here for a reason and I had something to say… It’s incredible to have a woman like that that you know is not using you for money.”
And more on DONDA collaboration (less about "I" now):
“God gave me everything that I wanted, and I wanna take a piece of that joy that I’m feeling and give it back to the people who have helped make that happen for me.”
Kanye West is in Philly for the Yeezus Tour now and spoke with Hot 107.9 on a variety of topics in this in-depth three-part interview. Amongst them is being comfortable talking about himself as a "creative genius" and having that creative freedom he's long been desiring. Plus, he goes into more detail about his parents — his photographer/psychology major father and of course, his professor mother Donda. Another great interview to peep on top of his visit to Boston yesterday (below).
UPDATE: Kanye and Kim are normal people too! They were photographed enjoying a meal at Wendy's last night. I'd like to think that 'Ye is saavy enough to mix and match for a Chocolate-Cookie Dough Frosty.
UPDATE 2: The last video below is Kanye naming his favorite artist (James Blake) at the 4:20 mark, and talking shoes. Hey, some new topics!
Kanye West, along with his DONDA associate and most recently #BeenTrill# designer (+ architect) Virgil Abloh, gave Harvard design grad students a treat today by giving an empowering speech about the possibilities and power of design. We're only able to get a sense of it via the video here (UPDATE: PLUS, below), but I did take out a few quotes from it below.
But I just wanted to tell you guys: I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be “architected.” And this is the reason why even some of the first DONDA employees were architects that started designing t-shirts instead of buildings. But just to see the work actually be actualized.
- Kanye West
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As an architecture undergraduate myself, I can only appreciate this even more having the first-hand experience of seeing design and creativity come to fruition. I can't help but nod my head to what Kanye says here and only wish to hear more from 'Ye & Virgil on this topic.
UPDATE 2: Kanye delievered a new "rant" at the concert later that night (where he gave everyone above free tickets). As you may guess, he touches on creativity — perhaps stemming from earlier that day.
Thank you, SNL for showing us that we need a Kanye West / Kim Kardashian talk show in our lives. Props to Jay Pharoah for another on point impression. The show's host, Lady Gaga, also appears in the sketch. Watch and enjoy ICYMI.
1. This collab was led to be everyone photographed above during the making of the video VMA weekend. The track proves that there are only mere intros from Weezy & Yeezy.
2. You'll immediately shrug once you hear the track though. Busta and Q-Tip kill it. Fast flows, clear and easy-to-follow lyrics, and such a raw hip hop energy that I think any casual fan will raise their eyebrows and feel impressed.
3. The production — very ear-friendly with a dope soulful sample spliced in as well.
4. Let me run it back.
Look for this one on Busta's upcoming album, Extinction Level Event 2, and the video likely sooner than later.
UPDATE: Re-mastered by John Stewart. This version (above and below) sounds a lot cleaner.
Good, but possibly bad news, for Kanye fans! The tour is back on track after last week's auto accident derailed it with postponements. In a statement by Def Jam today, some of the cities have new, rescheduled dates; however, some are flat out canceled. Hopefully those cities will get something down the line.
Don't fret, local readers. The Chicago double dip are two of the newly rescheduled dates: December 17 & 18. Here's the full details:
THE YEEZUS TOUR WILL RESUME ITS SCHEDULED ROUTING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH AT THE WELLS FARGO CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA.
THE CHICAGO, TORONTO, AND DETROIT DATES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED (SEE RESCHEDULED DATES BELOW).
DUE TO ROUTING LOGISTICS, THE VANCOUVER, DENVER, COLUMBUS, MONTREAL, MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. LOUIS SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.
November 19th — you're circled. That's when David Blaine's new magic show and ABC special 'Real or Magic' will air, and when we get to see Blaine perform magic for countless celebrities. Among them: Kanye West & Woody Harrelson (!), Jamie Foxx (and friends), Katy Perry, Macklemore, Stephen Hawking, Woody Allen, Ricky Gervais, Harrison Ford, even George W. Bush, and more. Wow. Hopefully Aziz Ansari too after his "Black people are blown away by magic tricks" bit, ha! Here are a few more photos, with all of them coming from Blaine's Facebook page.