Going head to head on hip-hop album release dates is nothing new for Kanye West. His September 11, 2007 Graduation album topped 50 Cent's Curtis in first week sales after a much publicized face-off where 50 Cent declared he would quit his solo recording career if he finished second. Unfortunately fo ... More >>
We know it "isn't nice" to make fun of kids BUT...no one ever said it wasn't nice to make fun of the names that parents give these kids. Ever since Kanye West knocked up Kim Kardashian, social media has been buzzing trying to predict the name that they will choose for their over privileged baby. Hey ... More >>
Let's get this out of the way first: Kanye West makes incredible music. That much is undeniable. If anyone tries to dispute that, they deserve to be smacked. He's an innovator whose talents are better than a vast majority of rappers and producers in the hip-hop game right now. However, the following ... More >>
For 16 seasons now, "South Park" has been delighting viewers with its signature brand of absurdity, skewing any and everything in pop culture along the way. There's been quite a few music superstars immortalized on "South Park," some whose appearances were made without them even being consulted. Wit ... More >>
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Hey! Kanye West, we've been reading your Tweets about your new venture, DONDA, your tool for aesthetic improvement, all night. And yes, Yeezy sounds like he's on meth...or giving pointers at a Life Coach Seminar. So what if Gawker makes fun of you for tweeting about 60 times in the past two hours ... More >>
Christopher VictorioJay-Z and Kanye West Staples Center December 11, 2011 From the Givenchy-designed gold cover to lyrics dripping with foreign luxury brand references like "Hublot" and "Margiela" to the video in which they chop up a $350,000 Maybach for giggles, Jay-Z and Kanye West's albu ... More >>
Who are these regular dudes?Let's pretend to pretend that you've never heard of Jay-Z and Kanye West. Partly because this appears to be the only way people can enjoy them -- especially the latter -- anymore. "Real rap fans," as they say, are so sick of these two, and rap production has gotten ... More >>
Laila Derakhshanian/OC WeeklyKanye WestKanye West gets "deep" in the voice-over for his behind the scenes video of the Watch the Throne tour and contemplates his own funeral. For some reason, he thinks world leaders are going to mourn his loss. Who's he kidding?
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Laila Derakhshanian/OC Weekly Who needs a publicist when you've got 140 characters to spare and 4,675,077 follwers on Twitter? Definitely not Kanye West, who tweeted that his next album is coming out in the spring of 2012. Aaaand it will probably be a compilation from his label Good Music, since ... More >>
IdolatorKanye WestSeptember 3, 2011The Stages At Playa Vista, Los AngelesIt's common knowledge at big-name concerts that a headlining act will, almost always, never show up on time. Even if you arrive late, you will still reach the venue a good half hour before the performer themselves (guaran ... More >>
Kanye WestSeptember 3, 2011The Stages At Playa Vista, Los AngelesAfter attending a certain number of music-centric events, your manner of dress starts to adhere to somewhat of a formula. For concerts -- jeans and a t-shirt; for day-long festivals -- shorts and a t-shirt, both designed to maximize mo ... More >>
via Fuck Yeah Yeezy Considering the man has long been a meme in his own right, it was only a matter of time before the tumblr community hopped on the Kanye West schtick. And since the whole I'mma Let You Finish thing is pretty much dead and buried, we've tracked down the funniest and most curren ... More >>
Kanye West has been more of the "do shit, think later" type, so Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver)'s discovery that his hook had been used on "That's My Bitch" off the newly-dropped Watch the Throne couldn't have come as too much of a surprise to the indie-rocker.
I've never agreed with any award-giving body on who gets nominated or gets awards for best this or that, but this year's VMAs are akin to the year Milli Vanilli won Grammys over the Indigo Girls. (The fact that I date myself by remembering this hoopla means I'm really mystified by what's going on ... More >>
Not to be outshone by America's Independence Day, Kanye West broke his near two-month long Twitter silence (last tweet was May 15) last Monday, July 4.
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Laila Derakhshanian/OC WeeklySing along, everybody...By the time Kanye West performed on Sunday night, everyone was stationed at the main stage. And by everyone, we mean that it looked like all 70,000 concertgoers had decided that Mr. West would be the cherry to their ice-cream Sunday of a weeken ... More >>
Ice CubeApril 1, 2011Grove of Anaheim It's always interesting to watch an old school, West Coast rapper do his thing in Orange County. It's not that OC isn't street (cough-cough!), it's just that if you're a SoCal rapper who got your start on the gangsta' side of things, chances are you weren't w ... More >>
UPDATE, Jan. 25, 2 P.M.: Kardashian's song "Turn It Up" will appear in Hype Williams-directed video. See bottom of post for more details. ORIGINAL ITEM, Jan. 4, 8:55 A.M.: Just because you're famous doesn't mean you should make music. Most of us have seen photos of Kim Kardashian with ridiculo ... More >>
Each January, the Village Voice (our sister paper) releases its Pazz & Jop critics' Best Of designations for the previous year. For 2010, Kanye West quite unsurprisingly dominates both categories. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy tops the album list (like most Best of 2010 albums lists) with ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyRadiohead at the Henry Fonda Theater on Jan. 25, 2010Last year looked like it might be bleak in terms of truly great albums, but a few artists (Beach House, the National, Yeasayer, Kanye West) managed to produce some future classics in 2010. And now that we've turned ... More >>
S. Affandi, courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsUPDATE, 12:15 P.M., JAN. 10: Kanye's leaked "Monster" video was made into a Muppets-style "Monster" remix. Check it out below.ORIGINAL ITEM, 8:47 A.M., JAN. 3: After a momentous 2010, Kanye West looks to raise the stakes even higher in 2011. A possibl ... More >>
But not your WiFi! In 2010, the Internet was the medium by which we all went what the fuck?
Myspace.comEveryone loves to hate Kanye West. In fact, we were shocked when Pitchfork gave his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a 10.0, and Rolling Stone rated it a super-rare five stars out of five and named it Album of the Year. Kanyeeze is back with his Christmas gift for all: Mor ... More >>
We twittered, shared and reposted all these stories ad nauseum in 2010--for a good reason. This year, trashy viral videos made more of an impact than the Grammys, and Antoine Dodson was more memorable than Beatles songs finally getting on iTunes. So the line blurring of talent and fame is m ... More >>
These days, you can't go online without reading about Kanye West letting fans know about his latest drama, or 50 Cent on either how lonely he is or his hilarous racist rants--all on Twitter. And while no local artist is as candid as Kanye or Fitty, here are some of the best OC acts to follow on Twit ... More >>
Yesterday, Kanye West tweeted his frustration against the NBC's 'Today Show,' where he said Matt Lauer tried to force his answers during the (then unaired) segment. Lauer had asked West for a reaction to George W. Bush's statement that West's claim that he was racist during Hurricane Katr ... More >>
The October issue of Rolling Stone Magazine recently published its annual "Hot List;" under the heading of Hot Influence, the hallowed rock rag listed none other than celluloid news buffoon Ron Burgundy. It seems the persona immortalized by Will Ferrel in 2004's Anchorman has bee ... More >>
Yup, that's the new album title. Kanye West's fifth studio album is set for release on Nov. 22. He marked the naming of his album (announced on Twitter, where else) with a Saturday Night Live appearance. Watch it after the jump. [via Pitchfork.]
Kanye West's upcoming record, reportedly titled Good Ass Job, is scheduled for release this fall (rumor has it that it will be out Sept. 14). According to Pitchfork, Kanye premiered a few new songs acapella--at the offices of social networking site Facebook.
Lil Wayne (who "humbly noted that he recorded the solo originally sung by Bob Dylan"), Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Barbra Streisand among 80-plus musicians who participated in "We are the World" remake for Haiti. Interesting New York Times piece on Taylor Swift: "Big Win Means Innocence L ... More >>
First Zach Braff, now this? Yeah, as we type, right now the top two trending topics on Twitter are "RIP Kanye West" and "#LongLiveYeezy." Don't be fooled; this is another sad sign that the "microblogging" site is, as I've spent so long denying, sometimes kind of dumb. Or actually harmful. The inf ... More >>
From the "well, you kind of had to see this coming" department: Kanye West and Lady Gaga have canceled their much-publicized, co-headlining "Fame Kills" tour, which was to stop at Anaheim's Honda Center on November 15. (Yes, surely a lot of people are going to be using "'Fame Kills' Killed." Who ... More >>
S. Affandi, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.After a good amount of speculation due to a lack of official announcements and tour dates disappearing from the Internets, the Kanye West and Lady Gaga "Fame Kills" tour is on for realsies, following press releases from Live Nation this morning.
S. Affandi, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.That previously announced Kanye West/Lady Gaga "Fame Kills" tour, scheduled to stop at the Honda Center in Anaheim on November 15? Yeah, now there's some amount of uncertainty to if that whole thing's actually happening.
Move over, lolcats. The hot new Photoshopped macro thing is all about Kanye West, playing off the infamous Taylor Swift Incident (TM) at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. You can find dozens of such images--of wildly varying degrees of funniness--right here. It's weird how many of them have to do ... More >>
Sure, you're probably already way beyond sick of hearing about Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards (or possibly just sick from Lady Gaga's fake blood-stained performance, but we thought it was pretty rad). But this mash-up video by "freeyourpixels," briefly exploring the heretofore unknown conn ... More >>
Jamie Foxx, leave something for the rest of us. He can act, he can tell jokes, he can sing the hooks of smash-hit Kanye West tunes, and now he's got his own solo career going, too. His third studio album, Intuition (not to be confused with the Jewel song of the same name, not that anyone would), cam ... More >>
In this week's Weekly, I blab about some of my favorite things in music this year. Since my ego clearly cannot be contained to just a half page on a newspaper, I've got even more favorite things here (as referenced at the end of the article--that's what we call "convergence" in the biz).
Many of Dr. Brian West's patients didn't know he was in the state medical board's substance-abuse-diversion program. At least six of them claim they're paying the price
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