Will this ever get old? Kanye was once again being hounded by paprazzi (at least one), this time at LAX, and before he could run into a pole or otherwise present himself as something less than godly, he confronted the cameraman, shielded the lens with his hand, and gave him a stern talking-to.
"That's fine, but don't talk to me," Yeezus said to the reporter who confronted him by admitting he was a big fan - he may not have been a professional paprazzi at all. Nonetheless, Kanye continued on his tirade.
"I don't wanna hear paprazzi talk to me or anybody I know... Tell everybody never talk, to anyone, that anyone knows," he continues, almost seeming to mock himself. "Don't talk to themselves, don't talk ever again."
Apparently during "Yeezy season" - everyone, whether you be a fan or reporteer - is expected to observe a moment of silence for Kanye, and henceforth, for all eternity. He really is a god.
Big Sean was in the Power 105.1 studio for an extensive interview with the Breakfast Club crew covering a variety of topics, including a future collab with Eminem, thoughts on "Yeezus," and his relationship with Travi$ Scott.
On Eminem, Sean was boastful of the legendary emcee's comments on his latest album, "Hall of Fame", saying "I ended up playing my whole album, front-to-back, straight through, and [Eminem] said, 'I haven't been this impressed in so long with someone's album. I knew you could rap.'" He hopes to make an effort at collaborating with Slim Shady in the near future, but couldn't really say anything about it for certain.
"I can tell you this. There's gonna be a Big Sean Eminem song," he said.
As far as the hot topic album of the summer, Big Sean's thoughts on "Yeezus" were positive but not gleaming. He admitted that it was not his favorite Kanye album, he ceded that title to "Late Registration." He does think that the new direction is significant, however.
"As far as the album goes, it ain't my favorite Kanye West album, but I think it's fresh," he said.
Though he failed to beat out Kanye West in initial sales, J. Cole has finally claimed the top spot after 3 weeks on the Billboard charts. Cole's album Born Sinner secured the number one spot with 58,000 sold, edging out Yeezus at 40,000, a 39% drop for Mr. West.
In terms of total sales, Cole also beats out Kanye with 439,000 sold for Born Sinner to 431,000 for Yeezus. Cole is lucky to have taken over the charts when he did, as Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail will likely hold the top spot next week.
If G.O.O.D. Music is hiring, perhaps Kanye will want to reach out to Paul Dateh. He just posted this incredible remix of "Yeezus" track "New Slaves," with just about every part covered, from the blaring horns to the eerie distorted synths. Hopefully Mr. Dateh has more tricks like this up his sleeve. Check out the video above, as well as Dateh's channel for more covers and original material.
The early estimate for 1st week album sales dating at June 18th are in, via HDD (Billboard's official numbers tomorrow). This was hip hop's biggest week of 2013 so far, and to no one's real surprise, Kanye West Yeezus takes the #1 spot. 328K with no radio single or traditional album push (and the leak on the Friday before certainly held those numbers back). Right on 'Ye's heels is J. Cole with an impressive 297K sold and in a distant third, but with a respectable 101K, Mac Miller. What do you guys think of the first week sales?
Continuing their unprecedented coverage of Kanye's latest masterpiece "Yeezus," today Pitchfork released an article detailing the process of recording the album from the viewpoints of several of the colaborators. Justin Vernon, Travi$ Scott, Noah Goldstein and others who worked on the album talked to Pitchfork about what it was like working with Kanye and some details about the recording process that we would otherwise have to find out about on a VH1 special or something.
Among the highlights are Travi$ Scott's anecdote about going from "pretty much homeless" to becoming friends with Will Smith within 24 hours ("I was playing Will my album, he fucks with it"). Also made clear is the fact that recording in Paris with 'Ye leaves little time for partying, as one might assume. Said Bon Iver's Justin Vernon: "There's no pedestrian fuckery on this album."
Perhaps the most surprising tidbit is that TNGHT's Hudson Mohawke almost died while in the process of recording the album, the result of "a few silly nights and [overdoing] it with various things," in his words. He was actually resuscitated and spent a week in intensive care, an experience which motivated him to continue his work. Sounds like an experience to which Kanye can relate.
The 'Red October' Air Yeezy 2s — perhaps the most anticipated shoe release for the rest of 2013. And Kanye's giving 'em away to lucky fans who purchase his new album, Yeezus.
The gist: Starting tomorrow, simply purchase Yeezus in-stores or on iTunes, OR send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an access code. It looks like you can just e-mail them for the access code. 'Ye has a limited amount: 50 pairs that he'll be giving away in 3 weekly drawings. For the full details: giveaway.kanyewest.com.
Yeezus and Arrested Development fans, this post is for you. Courtesy of the creatives over at Entertainment Weekly comes a fun quiz that sounds ridiculous on the surface, but is actually quite funny once you dive into the questions below. Is it a Yeezus lyric by Kanye West OR a quote from Lucille Bluth? Ha! Can't wait to finish up the new season of Arrested, it's been hilarious so far. Anyway, here are the questions:
1. “They ordered champagne, but still look thirsty.”
2. “I’ll be out on parole by the time you work up a tear.”
3. “That coat cost more than your house!”
4. “You remember where we first met? Okay, I don’t remember where we first met.”
5. “Everybody wants to live at the top of the mountain.”
6. “If I don’t get run out by Catholics, here come some conservative Baptists.”
7. “Where’s my maid? ROBOT!”
8. “You love me when I’m hungover.”
9. “Who let that black [bleep] in?”
10. “A sea of waiters, and no one will take a drink order.”
11. “Go and grab the reporters so I can smash their recorders.”
12. “I’d rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona.”