More Kanye today — this, in the form of an in-depth (14 min.) interview with BBC's Zane Lowe. Plus, this is part 1 (!) of 4 (!) with their chat centering on Yeezus. 'Ye talks about his influences for the album and working with Daft Punk. Watch above!
Kanye West continues his European run of live TV performances, moving from England to France as he performs "Black Skinhead" on Le Grand Journal. He's once again accompanied by Mano and Mike Dean, who give this Yeezus cut another fresh spin with the added piano. The performance is presented in black and white as we see 'Ye spaz on stage in usual great fashion. This time, he even performs while laying on the ground. One can't not vibe with 'Ye's max. energy here. Enjoy this one above and be sure to also watch his recent performances late last week below.
There were so many highlights in these two performances that I'll list 'em below.
- Charlie Wilson's impromptu singing in "New Slaves" and the natural chemistry he and Kanye have.
- Kanye's blank stares upward.
- Kanye's improved ending to his second verse.
- This shot.
- The quality of shots and cuts, combined with the dark lighting and spotlights throughout. Jools Holland is on the top tier of performance presentation amongst other mainstream outlets.
- The various levels of autotune that 'Ye experiments with in "Blood On The Leaves"
- This ending.
- And, overall, the amazing artistry on display. All of Kanye's Yeezus performances thus far have brought the song to life and given it an extra level of energy that reminds us why 'Ye is hands-down one of the elite performers in the game. I couldn't be more excited about the Yeezus tour comin' to town.
Out in the U.K. right now, Kanye West stopped by Jools Holland and was accompanied by Charlie Wilson for another live performance of "Bound 2" (following up on last week's on Fallon) and this was another great one of one of everyone's favorite tracks off Yeezus. Per usual with 'Ye, you feel him feel the music. "Bound 2" was also enhanced by Charlie Wilson's free flowing singing and how the camera captured 'Ye up close and Charlie in the background. You'll also notice in the background Mike Dean and Chi-Town's own Mano, which really worked visually as well. Watch above ICYMI!
The architecture geek in me was excited to see this: freshly revealed photos of Kanye West's loft in Manhattan, designed in 2006 by Claudio Silvestrin Architects.
Anyone aware of Kanye's minimalist preferences (especially of late, see: Yeezus, BOATSII, & MNIMN) shouldn't be surprised at the continuous flow and empty space in his space of living. I love the natural materials (French limestone and pear wood), as well as the two iconic stone islands that act as a bar/table and a bathtub/basin. Interestingly enough, there are no divisions (all the rooms are connected) — perfect for a bachelor's pad, IMO. Sift through the photos above and more information here, with a hat tip to Four Pins for a creative write-up to go with it.
One more Kanye design note: he has linked up with Peter Saville, graphic designer of the YSL logo and 80s album covers for New Order and Joy Division to name a few, for his visual identity. Saville tells DeZeen of the open-ended collab, "We're looking at ways of writing 'Kanye West'. What does 'Kanye' and 'Kanye West' look like written down?" I'm looking forward to the final product.
Unreleased Kanye West as he lends a feature verse and some fast-paced strings on the production — both of which will definitely remind you of early Kanye. Singer Myleka sets the tone too for this sexually charged record that later became a Trina & Ludacris collab "B R Right". Pretty good overall and definitely one to give a listen outta curiosity sake.
Chicago, Yeezus will have a second coming... of sorts. 'Ye added a second date for his hometown "due to overwhelming demand", says AEG Live, for Saturday November 9th (on top of Thursday, the 7th) and tickets go on sale later this morning at 10am. Get up I get down!
As we all know, Dave Chappelle is a close friend of the hip hop scene and a very good storyteller. While on his ongoing comedy tour, the comedian shared a couple of priceless stories on Kanye West and Lil Wayne. If you liked #ClassicKanye with that rant last night, then you'll love this story of #ClassicKanye:
On Kanye West's rise to stardom:
"The first time Kanye West was on television was on the Chappelle’s Show. It was the week that The Black Album came out. I’ll never forget. We were all sitting in the trailer listening to The Black Album, and Jay-Z says on the record, “Kanyeezy, you’s a genius. You did it again,”* and Kanye stopped the tape and pressed rewind.
He had that energy. You knew he was gonna be somebody. And then they did the show, him and Common did it. And you remember that song The Food? “You love to hear the story, again and again. About those two brothers from the City of Wind.”
The crowd, “EGHHHHHHHEEE.” Motherfuckers go nuts. I said, “Hey Kanye, look, we’re going back to the studio. We got to edit some sketches, but if you want, you can come with us and check out some of the stuff we’re working on.” He says, “Oh that’d be great!”
He comes to the studio we’re all sitting and there watching all these crazy sketches. Nobody had seen any of this shit before. It was Rick James, all that shit. All on there. It’s on footage, we was all cracking up and then in the middle of it all, Kanye’s phone rings. This is when I knew he was gonna be famous.
He answers the phone, he goes, “Hello. Huh? What? Uh uh, I can’t. I can’t. Cause, I’m at Dave Chappelle’s show watching sketches that nobody’s ever seen before.”
And then he says, “Cause my life is dope, and I do dope shit,” and then he hung up the phone."
God, I can't wait to tell someone on the phone that I can't meet up, "Cause my life is dope, and I do dope shit." Then hang up. Then proceed to watch old episodes of Fresh Prince.
Here's Wayne's story:
On Lil Wayne's lyrical metaphors:
"One of my favorite rappers, I’m not even bullshitting, and I promise y’all I mean this, is Lil Wayne. I’ve never met him, but he’s one of my favorite rappers. I guarantee you he could win a Pulitzer Prize. This motherfuckers is one of the most descriptive artists in modern popular culture.
He says the coolest shit, just throws it a way. “I got three kids and they all three.” Like, goddamn, this guy’s a genius. He also says, “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna.” Shit like that.
And you can picture everything he says. There’s one song where he says, “I got a bitch that played in movies in my jacuzzi.” And then he says, “Pussy juicy.” I close my eyes when I listen to that and picture it in my head. I see Lil Wayne sitting in the hot tub.
And that’s when he and I are different. If I could tell the pussy was in the hot tub, I’d probably get out. But Lil Wayne is sitting there like (laughs), “What is this strange oil floating on top of my hot tub water?” I think this is pussy juice.
He’s like an expert, he walks on the set of CSI and says, 'Has anyone else been in this crime area?' “No, uh huh.” “What is this? This stuff on the ground… it’s pussy juice. That’s gotta be one of the worst jokes I’ve written in a long time."
Moments ago in NYC, those in attendance at the Pusha T My Name Is My Name listening party were treated to an intense new rant from Kanye West. Watch the guerilla footage above and view some quotables below. Say what you will, but I love 'Ye's passion for the art.
"Fuck the corporations!”
“It’s all about good music.”
“We don’t give a fuck about how much money you make."