Special delivery!!! Kanye is rehearsing for his tour so I can't bug him right now...hmmmm what should I do with these? #Yeezys #RedOctobers
UPDATE: Kim Kardashian, somehow, received a pair before me.
10.13.13: October is nearing the halfway mark and still no official release info on the Air Yeezy II: Red Octobers!?! With this new image of the kicks surfacing today, even the most casual sneakerhead is likely filled with even higher anticipation. How can I get one 'Ye?!
It's been a minute since we had an edition of #OldSchoolSundays so here's one that is inspired by our new sitdown with Common himself this week (see below ICYMI, and note where it comes in) and to pay homage to what I've long considered my favorite album intro: "Be".
Laced by some heavy strings and a soulful melody from Kanye West, the 2.5 minute track to Common's 2005 album sets the tone, changes your mood, and is a beautiful mix of instrumental and fast-paced lyricism from Com. Two of Chi's finest took the game by storm with this album... and this is how it all began!
An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West's Gone
Yes, that"Gone" — the Late Registration standout and one of Kanye's most ear-catching verses to the casual fan (the Anakin/Jennifer Aniston line will do it).
So why is this gem from '05 hitting the Billboard charts today? At #18, nonetheless?
Well, it's because of a new viral video: a creative, minute and a half closed-caption f**k you bossman piece — all set to "Gone".
The video, a gem in of itself, grew popular because everyone dreams of telling off their boss and quitting in an extravagant matter like this. This woman did just that, while dancing around the office, and set it to one of Kanye's best songs. I'm sure he, Cam, and Cons are all thanking her today — and given 'Ye's ability to laugh at himself, on display at times during last night's interview with Kimmel, I'm sure he's also having a laugh at the video above.
"For me, I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it. I know you're not supposed to say that about yourself. And I say things the wrong way a lot of times but my intention is always positive."
- Kanye West
UPDATE: The interview, broken down into 6 parts, is above and below and awesome. This is 'Ye at his most honest and captivating. This is why those of us who support Kanye West, the artist, support Kanye West. This is also probably why those who don't support Kanye West. I think he's misunderstood, and interviews like this make him even more misunderstood to those who already do. I can see why he rubs people the wrong way as well, but in a society of fake celebrities, fabricated stories, and underlying politics in all industries, to see the biggest star of ours in Kanye West take advantage of a platform like this to drop some knowledge and his passionate perspective, it's truly refreshing. And yes, he's the biggest star. You're not dropping what you're doing and live tweeting a late night talk show interview if it's Jay Z, Drake, or Lil Wayne. Probably not even Eminem (although I would). And thus concludes my own "Kanye rant", ha!
Carlos Bryant, A young Cali rapper, lays down his matured rhymes down on a smooth, heartfelt beat, and speaks on his current position and thought process while working on his next project. This is definitely a great piece to tie his fans over with. This is a track you won’t wanna miss.
It's great to hear this news on the heels of Kanye's revealing, and honest new interview with Zane Lowe this week (all 4 parts here), most notably because he feels he's discriminated against as a black creative in the fashion world. British Vogue is reporting that 'Ye is working with Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin on a new clothing collection. Decarnin will act as the head designer.
As some background, you may recall Kanye launched his clothing line in the spring of 2012, as Vogue says to lukewarm reviews in Paris, and canceled a show in 2013 with no announcement on whether the label will continue. Naturally, I'm excited to see how this collab develops, especially seeing on another level how passionate Kanye is about fashion in that Zane Lowe interview (memorably saying how 80% of his time is dedicated to fashion and 20% on music).