A quick bit of Yeezus news today makes fans of his elaborate proposal to Kim Kardashian happy. Fast forward to the end of the new Keeping Up season teaser to see 'Ye down on one knee. And yup, I'm only tuning into Kanye-related scenes of this show too.
There goes Kanye, getting everyone talking again. He headlines an early-week recap with the new video for "Bound 2" premiering on Ellen earlier today, starring his fiance Kim Kardashian topless, and shattering everyone's vision of what the music video was going to look like after those epic TV performances. Yours truly too. While there's elements I like about the music video, I need more Charlie and the aesthetic from the performances. Drop a comment with your thoughts on one of the most polarizing videos of 2013.
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.”
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.
10.22.13: In extravagant fashion, as one may expect, Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian by renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for her 33rd birthday and popped the question. Wow! Pretty ballin. Congrats, KimYe!
UPDATE: More details on the proposal. 'Ye asked Kris Jenner for her daughter's hand in marriage before presenting Kim a 15-carat diamond ring. Plus, Kanye arranged for a 50-piece orchestra to play Lana Del Rey‘s “Young and Beautiful,” followed by his own "Knock You Down", where he and Ne-Yo were guest stars on one of Keri Hilson's biggest singles.
1. "PLEAASSEE MARRY MEEEE !!!!!" is so Kanye and so awesome.
2. Is that Jaden Smith? Why doesn't he have his own emoji yet?
North West, everybody! Caption this? "Cute!" definitely works.
UPDATE: Here's the full interview with Kanye West that aired earlier today. It's his first post-Yeezus and post-birth of North. Per usual with 'Ye, it's a fascinating interview. Some of my favorite quotables are also below. Enjoy!
"When I'm just walking down the street I'm a bit more shy and nervous. That doesn't come off when I'm rapping."
"She brought us in something to drink in the studio when she was Brandy's assistant." (on meeting Kim for the first time)
"I remember being so nervous around her, and so in awe. I was in love with her before I even got to talk to her." (on Kim)
"Being in the limelight, you have to have a match. There were people you would date who would date you to be more famous."
"Since my mom passed it was very difficult to find love."
"There's times when I wasn't with her, I wanted to be with her so bad I thought about taking up sports." (on Kim)
"The thing I think about as a dad, is protection. My only goal is to protect my daughter."
"I'm supposed to be a musical genius, but I can't work the car seat that well."
"I got all of my artistic ability from my dad and all of my music ability from my mom's side; I'm more of a visual artist."
"Obama basically said we're the new American Dream."
- Kanye West
Also notable, and light-hearted humorous, Kris revealed a photo Kanye sent to Kim a few years back with 'Ye photoshopping himself in the family Christmas card... with a stick figure.
Complex already took the liberty of investigating more photos Kanye photoshopped himself in (which is phenomenal) and I couldn't help but think of this scene in The Office...
"It’s a bold move to photoshop yourself into a picture with your girlfriend and her kids on a ski trip with their real father. But then again, Michael is a bold guy. Is bold the right word?"
- Jim Halpert
While all that above is in good fun, it was great to hear such a candid and humble Kanye. He loves Kim, his family, and wants to help people. This was a great interview to help quell how misunderstood Kanye is in the public eye. Definitely give this a look-see if you're even the most causal Kanye West fan.
This clip from Kim is also prominent for singer Pia Mia Perez singing an a capella version of "Hold On, We're Going Home" for the family and the artist himself. Talk about nerve-wracking, right? (Hah, she actually did.) She put down her own style on it though and Drake was definitely vibing with it. Pia apparently just celebrated her sweet 16 with close friend Kylie Jenner, all of which I had to Google. I'm so behind on my Kardashians!
Let's just say if the Bulls were in 4th quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals (like we are at posting time), I would not take the time out to make a post that Kanye & Kim named their baby a direction. North West. TMZ reports. Twitter to joke... after the game.
Kanye's Best Week Ever?! Yeezus to officially drop in 3 days, when he'll be 3 days in to being a father. Congrats to Kim & Kanye on the birth of their new baby girl! A name has yet to have been revealed.
For those that want more KimYe, E! consolidates the congratulations tweets by celebrities. Now for all the "Yeezus leaked, now Kanye's baby leaked" jokes... And now... back to Yeezus...