Kanye West to Return to Video Music Awards

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I’mma let you finish but it looks like MTV has once again asked Kanye West to appear at this year’s Video Music Awards. The rapper, who is famously known as interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance for “Best Female Video” at the 2009 VMA’s will be returning to the stage of the crime when the channel’s yearly music video appreciation award airs.

MTV made the announcement on the Brooklyn Bridge this afternoon and shared the news through MTV’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine. The rapper is reportedly going to perform “Black Skinhead” from his new album Yeezus on the show. For those not counting, this will be West’s seventh time taking the stage at the award ceremony, tying Madonna’s current record.

In honor of his performance on the show, MTV will be play an hour-long block of West’s videos and performances on MTV Hits and MTV Jams from 4-5pm ET/PT.

Previously, MTV announced that they would be doing the same thing when it was revealed that Lady Gaga will be making her triumphant return to her Little Monster during the live broadcast following her hip surgery which kept her away from the stage for a while. Gaga, on the other hand, will be debuting her first single off  her new album which was revealed to be titled, “Applause.”

As for West, since his infamous moment at the VMA’s in 2009, he came back to perform a beautifully staged rendition of “Runaway” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010 and in 2011, he and Jay-Z took the stage to perform their joint Watch the Throne track, “Otis.”

The 2013 ceremony is scheduled to take place on August 25th and will air live on the network from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. MTV is set to announce more performers and presenters for the award ceremony within the next couple of weeks since the show is slated to go on in less than three weeks.

Old Kanye West Audio Released

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By now, we should not be shocked by the things that come from Kanye West’s mouth; from the way that he acts which screams, “massive ass” to the way he treats paparazzi when they ask him a simple “how are you” question, we all know he’s the king of the asshats.

After the official announcement was made about the nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift hit the Twittersphere to announce her nominations while making reference to her run-in with Kanye on that infamous night in 2009.

In the tweet, the pop star says: “Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time ;).” Turns out, that was all the ammunition someone needed to release an alleged audio file of the rapper ranting about why he interrupted Swift on that stage.

The person who possessed the audio file shared it with Gawker and claim that it was recorded while the rapper was at dinner with friends at the Corner Bistro in New York, right after the 2009 VMAs. In the recording, you can hear someone who sounds like Kanye explain why he found it necessary to ruin Taylor’s moment.

“Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse [to “Run This Town”] in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I’m alive, you gon’ have to deal with it. ‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more motherf–king Elvises with no James Browns,” he begins.

The voice then continues with complain about how his mother “got arrested for the f**kin’ sit-ins,” and died, tragically, after undergoing plastic  in 2008 “for this fame shit.”

But just when think that might have been the end of the alleged rant, the voice goes on to criticize P!nk’s performance, which was before his ta the award show. “How the f–k Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform “Heartless.” “Heartless” is the biggest song of the year!”

Following the incident, and a whole lot of backlash for it, Kanye repeatedly apologized to Taylor about it, but like the arrogant snotball that he is, he took it back. While being interviewed by the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, he revealed that the apology all came as a result from peer pressure, not from the bottom of his heart.

A source close to the rapper (who by the way was not even present at this supposed dinner), claims that the recording sounds staged, but the truth of the matter is, they couldn’t confirm that it was real either. As of right, the record label has made no comment on this alleged audio file, so let’s just wait and see what happens.

 

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Leaks

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Looks like things might not be looking up for Kanye in the music department because someone has managed to get their hands on the new album a week before its official release date.

All week we’ve been hearing about the new tracks that would be featured on the rapper’s highly anticipated album, but somehow all the tracks have  made their way onto numerous torrent sites. The track list and contributors information was also revealed for the ten track LP. This leaked information also confirms the rumors of certain guests being on the album such as Frank Ocean, Daft Punk and the crazy collaboration with Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon and Chief Keef.

The full track listing straight from the packaging can be seen below as well as the leaker’s Instagram photos:

TRACK LIST:

On Sight (Produced by Daft Punk) [Malik Yusef, Rhymefest]

Black Skinhead (Produced by Daft Punk) [CyHi The Prynce, Lupe Fiasco, Malik Yusef]

I Am A God (Featuring God) (Produced by Daft Punk) [Hudson Mohawke, Justin Vernon, Malik Yusef, Rhymefest]

New Slaves (Featuring Frank Ocean) (Malik Yusef, Rhymefest)

Hold My Liquor (Feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon) [Alejandro Ghersi, Malik Yusef, Rhymefest]

I’m In It (Feat. Travis Scott) [Justin Vernon, Malik Yusef]

Blood On The Leaves [Hudson Mohawke, Tony Williams]

Guilt Trip (Feat. Kid Cudi) (Produced by S1)

Send It Up (Feat. King L) [Alejandro Ghersi, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein]

Bound 2 (Feat. Charlie Wilson) [John Legend]

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For some reason this leaked issue feels like it might be a little set up, because let’s be honest, if Kanye wanted to keep this album under lock and key, it would have been under lock and key.

So what do you guys think, publicity stunt (well, more publicity) for Yeezus or an actual leakage?

Kanye West Reveals Guests for New Albums

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Kanye West has been on a roll this weeks with debuting some of this new music during last weekend’s New York Governor’s Ball.

Rumor had it that before the Ball, West had held a super secret listening party for some people in late-April, but until this day, not many have been able to confirm whether or not this rumor was true or just that, a rumor.

Last night, the rapper held an official listening party for friends, a small group of fans and just a handful of media at Milk in NYC. s. where he revealed some guests that would be on the 10-tracked, Yeezus.

Who would be making it on one of the year’s highly anticipated albums you might ask?

West confirmed that Chicago rapper, Chief Keef, would be featured on the track, “Holy My Liquor,” but he isn’t the only one to be guest-starring on that track. In what might be one of the most random and unique pairing, Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon will also be on the same track.

But that was not all. The rapper also introduced a new track that will be featured on the Rick Rubin produced album which mashes TNGHT’s “Higher Ground” with Billie Holiday’s classic,  “Strange Fruit.”

Yeezus hits stores June 18th, but don’t let that date fool you; considering it’s Kanye, he might just release the new album tomorrow.

Snippet of Kanye West’s New song Hit the Web

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Kanye West has definitely been making news as of lately, you know with that super secret album that is supposed to be released sometime within the month.

Last week, his baby mama dropped the ball when she released the official cover art for the new album, Yeezus on her Instagram account. Of course, many people were wonder if it was just a ruse/publicity stunt for the couple, but lo-and-behold, the art that was revealed was indeed the real deal at least according to West’s record label.

Today, a snippet of his new song, “New Slaves,” has hit the web which is funny considering just a few days back, we were wonder when he might drop a single.

The new album which is rumored to be released on June 18th, has had no publicity or promotional tour which is funny considering who we are talking about.

Anyways, here’s the snippet of the song.

http://soundcloud.com/s3harp/new-slaves-cdq-final

Real Cover Art for ‘Yeezus’ Confirmed

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I’mma let you finish but….Kanye you need to get some real artists to make your cover art.

Early last week, major rumors were circulating over what the real cover of Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus, would looks like. At first, the rumor was that there would be a picture of Jesus on the cover, but now, Def Jam is confirming that there will be no Jesus on the cover, but rather, no cover at all.

Last week, Kanye’s baby mama, Kim Kardashian has tweeted a picture of a molten jewel case with a bright orange sticker that said Yeezus on it. “No cover, booklet, just a sticker on the reverse of the package with the track list,” said DJ Semtex said while being interviewed by Miss Info on her radio show.

But if this is not going to be the cover then Def Jams is either pulling the wool over our eyes or they have something up their sleeve that won’t happen until the last moment. If that’s what they have in mind then they better think fast because the new album is supposedly scheduled for a June 18 release and so far no lead single has made its way to top 40 radio yet.

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So, what do you guys think of the ‘potential’ album cover?

Kanye West Not Feeling the No. 7 MTV Love

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Sometimes we have to remember that Kanye West used to be a producer/musician now-a-days because the only time we hear his name it’s usually paired with being Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy, but it looks like MTV are one of those that remember that he actually has a day job besides making horrible fashion choices and opening his mouth when it should be kept shut.

Recently, MTV named West No. 7 on the network’s “Hottest MC in the Game” list and the rapper didn’t take too kindly to that. He called into Hot 97 to discuss the list and said that the creators of the list must have been bias.

“What happens with them… I had like the pink polo and the backpack and I’m checkin’ all the boxes of that Tribe Called Quest era and J. Dilla and all that, so they wanna champion it. They don’t like Givenchy Kanye. They don’t like Kanye in a kilt. They don’t like Kanye in a relationship,” he said.

At least his enormous ego didn’t get in the way because he didn’t expect to get the top spot of the list anyways. He said that in his opinion there are several rappers that should be No. 1 on the list including Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, and fellow collaborator, Jay-Z.

West also promised that he would have new solo material within the next couple of months, so there, there Kanye, you can move up the list soon enough.