Kanye West apologizes to Kim Kardashian, admits Sway had the answer in new GMA interview

Kanye West apologizes to Kim Kardashian, admits Sway had the answer in new GMA interview
Clips of the interview were shared ahead of its broadcast on September 22 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

By Jordan Darville

September 22, 2022

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ABC’s Good Morning America teased an interview with Kanye West on Thursday morning’s episode. The clips, which were shared on social media and at Good Morning America‘s website, cover West’s relationship with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, his feuds with Adidas and Gap, and his future political ambitions. The full interview A Conversation with Ye: Linsey Davis Reporting will air on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

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West spent much of 2022 airing out his grievances with Kardashian and her now ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson with social media posts and a music video that attracted public criticism, pleas from Kardashian, and led to being barred from performing at the Grammys. Speaking with Davis, West apologized. “This is the mother of my children,” he said, “and I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger. I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children.”

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West also spoke about his private school enterprise Donda, named after his mother Dr. Donda West. “We spread the gospel,” he said, “to build practical skills that the kids need in the world.” According to a recent Rolling Stone report, children are taught “world language, visual art, film, choir, and parkour” and parents are forced to sign NDAs.

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The interview also touches on West’s ongoing breakup with Adidas and Gap. As West moves toward selling his clothing designs through his e-commerce site Yeezy Supply (a storefront is coming soon to Atlanta), West was reminded that radio host Sway advised him to follow a similar “do it yourself” path in 2013 – this statement led to West’s infamous response “You ain’t got the answers, Sway!” Now, West is willing to admit that Sway was right. “I will go ahead and say that Sway had the answer,” he said. Watch all the clips below.

“This is the mother of my children and I apologize for any of stress that I have caused.” @kanyewest speaks on co-parenting with Kim Kardashian. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/ATTI17235u

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

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“We spread the gospel.” @kanywest talks about Donda Academy — a private school he created named after his late mother Donda West. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/WdoQJpPxkA

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

“I will go ahead and say that Sway had the answer.” @kanyewest talks about selling Yeezy brand on his own amidst brand battles and references an interview with Sway from 2013. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/iPvZU9i8YJ

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

.@kanyewest tells @linseydavis he still has future political aspirations. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/TZHE3Q40om

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

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Kanye West shares Grand Theft Auto-themed promo video

Kanye West shares Grand Theft Auto-themed promo video
What appears to be an ad for the soon-to-be-terminated YZY Gap collaboration appeared on West’s Instagram Stories.

By Jordan Darville

September 21, 2022

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On Wednesday, Kanye West shared an excerpt of what appears to be a promo for his YZY Gap clothing line styled after the popular video game series Grand Theft Auto.

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The 56-second video was shared on West’s Instagram Story. It depicts a character dressed in items from West’s YZY Gap roaming the streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo. The movement physics in the video as well as the HUDs (health, wanted levels, radar, etc) all resemble those from the Grand Theft Auto games. Watch it in full below.

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Kanye West is really goated for this 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/vfcuep6dab

— DEJOUNTRAE 🛸🪐🇨🇮 (@Laflame_World) September 21, 2022

It’s a bit surprising to see West reference the YZY Gap line after his ongoing feud with Gap exploded this week. Months of simmering tensions led to West finally announcing his intention to terminate his deal with Gap (as well as a separate Adidas partnership). He formally notified the company through his attorney on September 15, claiming that Gap did not fulfill its contractual obligations.

“Gap left Ye no choice but to terminate their collaboration agreement because of Gap’s substantial noncompliance,” West’s attorney Nicholas Gravante said in a statement to The FADER. “Ye will now promptly move forward to make up for lost time by opening Yeezy retail stores.”

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West has reportedly hired Alex Spiro, a lawyer who has represented Elon Musk, Jay-Z, and Meek Mill, as his attorney in his legal proceedings against Gap. On Monday (September 19), he decried the terms of ending his contracts with Gap and Adidas, writing that the “war’s not over” on Instagram.

In other Grand Theft Auto-related news, the game’s developer Rockstar Games suffered a massive and unprecedented leak of in-development footage for its latest installment, Grand Theft Auto 6.

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Kanye West says his “war’s not over” with Adidas and Gap

Kanye West says his “war’s not over” with Adidas and Gap
Ye posted the statement to Instagram late Sunday night along with a breakdown of the restrictions the companies have apparently placed on “Yeezy standalone activities.”

By Raphael Helfand

September 19, 2022

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Kanye West has published a breakdown of the restrictions to his “Yeezy standalone activities” allegedly demanded by Gap and Adidas after his recent decision to cut ties with both companies.

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Posted to his Instagram account late Sunday night alongside the caption “Welp I guess the war’s not over,” the list is prefaced by the condition that “neither Yeezy nor Ye may use, wear, sponsor, promote, market, advertise, endorse, design, manufacture, license, sell, or provide consulting services with respect to any of the following products under the Yeezy Trademarks or Ye’s likeness or any other identifiable attribute, feature, or indica of Ye.” Below these seemingly stringent guidelines are dozens of vague and specific types of footwear, apparel, and accessories that Ye is now apparently prohibited from wearing or associating with, including sneakers, belts, and undergarments.

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In two subsequent Instagram posts, Ye uploaded identical lists of Gap’s board of directors. The first is captioned “Magically No production companies have been willing to produce my YZYSZN9 fashion show in Paris on October 3rd,” seemingly an allegation that the board is blackballing him. The second is captioned “Funny that Bob Martin called me and said we are amicably ending our deal But I can’t do a fashion show but they can keep selling my product hmmmmm,” referring to a private conversation he claims to have had with the Gap CEO.

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The FADER has reached out to Ye’s lawyer Nicholas Gravante and the press offices of Adidas and Gap for further comment.

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On September 9, Ye proclaimed an end to all of his grudges in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. Five days later, though, he was back in the arena, announcing plans to terminate Yeezy’s collaborations with Adidas and Gap and calling out each company’s CEO by name on Instagram. And a day after that, he followed through, sending a letter via his attorney to Gap that cited the company’s “substantial noncompliance” with the terms of their contract as Ye’s reason for cutting the partnership short. This past Friday, he gave CNBC a more metaphysical reason for his departure from both deals: “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle.”

Kanye West on ending Gap partnership: “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle”

Kanye West on ending Gap partnership: “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle”
Ye appeared on CNBC to discuss the end of his and Yeezy’s partnership with the retail giant.

By David Renshaw

September 16, 2022

On Thursday it was confirmed that Kanye West‘s working relationship with Gap had come to an end. The partnership was due to last a decade but was terminated just two years in total, with the rapper and business mogul notifying Gap of his decision via a letter from his attorneys.

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Shortly after the news about the Gap deal broke, Ye appeared on CNBC where he spoke at length about where he felt let down by his former partners and what will come next for him. See the clip in full above.

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At the root of the breakdown in relations, it seems, is Ye and Gap’s inability to agree on a retail price for the clothes they were manufacturing.

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“It was always a dream of mine to be at the Gap and to bring the best product possible to the masses, and I always talked to them about doing products for $20 — like the best products in the world, designed to the same level of the top fashion houses in the world, at $20 for the people,” Ye told CNBC (via Stereogum). “And so we went through three years, and honestly there’s always [those] struggles and back-and-forth when you’re trying to build something new and integrate teams. So we designed an entire collection, and actually I wasn’t able to set the actual price that I wanted for this collection. And then they actually took one of the shirts and sold it for $19. So [they] didn’t price my stuff — they took my stuff and sold it for like $200 and above their whole price point normally and did the exact shirt for $20.”

Ye went on to allege that Gap “ignored” his request to build new stores and that lines of clothing he designed with Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia were sold in colorways he had not approved. Summing up the relationship he describes it as “very frustrating… very disheartening.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Ye said speaking to senior staff at Gap made him feel “like I was on mute or something.” He added: “Our agenda, it wasn’t aligned.” Naturally, he found time for some grandstanding, too. Claiming credit for the way teenagers dress in 2022, Ye said: “Everyone knows that I’m the leader. I’m the king, right? So a king can’t live in someone else’s castle. A king has to make his own castle.”

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Let’s just see how it will affect his decision to discard all of his grudges as a mark of respect to the late Elizabeth II.

Kanye West reportedly makes parents sign NDAs at Donda Academy

Kanye West reportedly makes parents sign NDAs at Donda Academy
The new private school’s stated goal is to “provide the youth with the passion, purpose and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.”

By Raphael Helfand

September 16, 2022

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Kanye West has been vocal lately in promoting his private Christian school, Donda Academy, which opened last school year. The K–12, tuition-based institution’s flagship location is in Simi Valley, California, but Ye has expressed plans to expand nationwide and to open universities as well. In a new report, Rolling Stone‘s Cheyenne Roundtree attempted to look deeper into the school’s machinations, and was told by two sources that parents are made to sign non-disclosure agreements before their children begin class there, though a consultant to the school reportedly referred to the agreements as “informal.”

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The academy’s website declares its mission as “prepar[ing] students to become the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators by providing them with a world-class education that includes a rigorous core curriculum, and an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.” Other stated goals are “to provide the youth with the passion, purpose and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world” and “to be a reflection of God’s glory in the world.”

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On a typical day, according to the site, Donda students “learn fundamentals, grow in their faith, and experience two enrichment classes,” beginning with a full-school worship assembly and continuing with core classes (language arts, math, and science); lunch and recess; and enrichment courses including world language, visual art, film, choir, and parkour.

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Beyond that, Donda Academy’s website is opaque, and Roundtree’s reporting shows the institution has worked to reveal as little information about itself as possiblem. Aside from the alleged NDA’s, neither Rolling Stone nor a local paper, the Simi Valley Acorn, was able to secure any interviews with school officials or parents of students, nor did they receive responses from Ye’s representatives when they reached out with requests for comment. The FADER has also reached out to Ye’s representation.

The school is still not accredited, according to the RS report, and was still hiring instructors when the current school year began. And Brianne Campbell — listed on Donda’s website as its principal — is only 28 years old, has never worked in education, and only recently began a post-graduate degree, Roundtree reports.

Despite these potential red flags, those close to Ye insist he is serious about his educational vision. “I want to be emphatic that there’s never been a time that Kanye West did not want to do this,” longtime collaborator Malik Yusef El Shabazz Jones, who worked with Ye on Donda Academy’s concept, told Rolling Stone. “I think people don’t understand the gravity of that. This man always wanted to create a school in his mama’s name… Look at what we’re doing with the choir and the fashion in school — I don’t think there’s a venture capitalist or anybody that’s had a vision this clear on what education can look like for you.”

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Kanye West ends Gap partnership

Kanye West ends Gap partnership
West’s attorney says Gap failed to comply with the terms of its contract with Yeezy LLC.

By Raphael Helfand

September 15, 2022

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On Monday, after two weeks of Instagram trolling, Kanye West announced his intentions to end his partnerships with Adidas and Gap in an interview with Bloomberg. And today, the rapper, producer, and designer has taken the first steps toward terminating his Gap deal, The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal report and West’s lawyer, Nicholas Gravante, has confirmed to The FADER.

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Ye notified Gap of his decision via a letter from his attorneys, reviewed by both The AP and The Journal. According to their reports, the document argues that Gap failed to meet the terms of its contract with Yeezy LLC. These included selling 40 percent of Yeezy Gap products in physical stores during the second half of last year and opening five retail stores exclusively dedicated to Yeezy Gap no later than the end of July 2023. If the conditions of the letter are followed, Gap will still be permitted to sell their current Yeezy Gap stock before ceasing to use Ye’s brand name.

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When reached by The FADER for comment, Gravante shared a prepared statement: “Gap left Ye no choice but to terminate their collaboration agreement because of Gap’s substantial noncompliance. Ye had diligently tried to work through these issues with Gap both directly and through counsel. He has gotten nowhere… Ye will now promptly move forward to make up for lost time by opening Yeezy retail stores.”

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In addition to Ye’s attorney, The FADER has reached out to representatives of Gap and Yeezy Gap for comment.

Kanye West says he won’t extend his Adidas and Gap deals

Kanye West says he won’t extend his Adidas and Gap deals
After recent tiffs with the clothing companies, West spoke with Bloomberg about his plans to (eventually) go solo.

By Jordan Darville

September 14, 2022

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Kanye West isn’t interested in extending his deals with Adidas and Gap after they expire, according to an interview West gave with Bloomberg published on Monday (September 12).

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The Adidas deal expires in 2026 and the Gap agreement lasts until 2030. “It’s time for me to go it alone,” West told Bloomberg. “It’s fine. I made the companies money. The companies made me money.” In recent months, West has used his social media platform to decry the terms of his deals, accusing Adidas of copying his designs, and asking to be added to the boards of both companies.

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In the future, West says he intends to open Donda campuses, named after his late mother Donda West; they will contain schools, housing, retail, and farms. He will also maintain his e-commerce site Yeezy Supply handling new drops of Yeezy product.

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Kanye West ends his many grudges as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II

Kanye West ends his many grudges as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II
’Ye is “leaning into the light” right now.

By David Renshaw

September 09, 2022

Kanye West onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

 

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The death of Queen Elizabeth has already brought with it a great deal of change, from the postponement of awards ceremonies and sporting events, to the imminent coronation of a new King. Kanye West is also using the momentous event to bring about some difference in the world, announcing on Friday that he is ending all of his beefs as a mark of respect to the late Queen. Ye posted the news on Instagram, writing: “Life is precious. Releasing All Grudges Today. Leaning into the light.” The message was joined in a slide show by two images of the late Elizabeth.

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It’s not clear whether Ye means his grudges are all a thing of the past, or that he has merely hit pause on what’s grinding his gears for a 24 hour period. Either way, the ceasefire is good news for Adidas and Gap, who the rapper and business mogul has been posting about consistently these past few weeks.

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But there so many more grudges that have been released, including (but not limited to) Pete Davidson, Kid Cudi, the Jeen-Yus directors, SNL, and the concept of storing clothes in an orderly fashion. So thanks to Kanye for reminding the world it’s never too late to make peace, even if it means losing a divisive monarch to get there.

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No charges filed against Kanye West for alleged battery of fan

No charges filed against Kanye West for alleged battery of fan
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office decided against filing because there was “no reasonable likelihood of conviction,” a spokesman told Rolling Stone.

By Raphael Helfand

August 23, 2022

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The City of Lost Angeles will not be filing charges against Kanye West for allegedly punching a fan in January, Rolling Stone reports. “After a thorough and careful review of all the evidence, our office is declining to file based on no reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, told the magazine. The FADER has reached out to Feuer’s office and to a representative of Kanye West for further comment.

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The incident in question allegedly occurred when a male fan approached Ye outside SoHo Warehouse, a members-only club in downtown L.A., in the early morning hours of January 13, 2022. A video posted by TMZ that afternoon appears to show West shouting at a woman who seems to be attempting to calm him down while his alleged victim lies on the ground. The LAPD investigated Ye for criminal battery following the reported altercation.

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Had Ye been charged with and convicted of misdemeanor battery, he could have faced prison time. He pleaded no contest to a similar charge in 2013 after assaulting a paparazzi photographer at Los Angeles International Airport, a crime for which he was sentenced to two years of probation as well as community service and anger management classes.

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Kanye West on filling Gap stores with trash bags: “I’m an innovator”

Kanye West on filling Gap stores with trash bags: “I’m an innovator”
Ye refers to the unusual display items as “construction bags.”

By David Renshaw

August 18, 2022

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In the past few days you might have seen a viral image doing the rounds that shows a series of large sacks in the Times Square Gap store with the tweeter explaining that they were filled with clothes from Kanye West‘s Yeezy Gap line. It was, per a salesperson @owen__lang spoke to, Kanye’s choice to take the clothes off hangars and into unsorted bags. “They won’t help you find ur size too, you just have to just dig through everything,” according to the tweet.

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This is how they are selling Yeezy GAP. The sales associate said Ye got mad when he saw they had it on hangers and this is how he wanted it. They won’t help you find ur size too, you just have to just dig through everything pic.twitter.com/GNd08Zv1zC

— little miss (@owen__lang) August 15, 2022

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Nine times out of ten it would be easy to dismiss this as the work of Photoshop and a pursuit for retweets. Throw Kanye’s name in the mix, however, and all bets are off. You’d be wise to suspend disbelief as, in an interview broadcast on Fox News’ Fox & Friends (where else?) on Thursday morning Kanye confirmed that the picture is real and went on to defend his unorthodox decision.

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“I’m an innovator, and I’m not here to sit up and apologize about my ideas,” West told Fox News correspondent Eric Shawn. “That’s exactly what the media tries to do. Make us apologize for any idea that doesn’t fall under exactly the way they want us to think.”

“This is not a joke. This is not a game. This is not just some celebrity collaboration,” West added. “This is my life … I’m fighting for a position to be able to change clothing and bring the best design to the people.” Check out the interview below.

In a new interview of his own this week, Kid Cudi said it would take a “motherfucking miracle” for him to patch up his relationship with Kanye. Ye recently returned to Instagram to take aim at Cudi and Pete Davidson.

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Steve Lacy got matching tattoos with Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert

Steve Lacy got matching tattoos with Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert
“We here forever technically.”

By Jordan Darville

August 10, 2022

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Steve Lacy‘s having a bit of a moment right now. The singer-songwriter and guitarist for The Internet saw his new album Gemini Rights debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart thanks to the strength of its single “Bad Habit,” a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. He also appears to be making some pretty significant connections judging by his new Instagram post, which depicts Lacy with Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert showing off their matching tattoos.

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The new tattoos are placed on the left arm and read “We here forever technically.” Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Meza Afram appears in the photo as well. See it below.

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Does it signal an upcoming collaboration of some kind? Maybe, but judging from Lacy’s other Instagram post shared just hours before, it’s more likely that he and Uzi were enlisted by West for a campaign for Yeezy Gap, West’s clothing line collaboration with the fast fashion line. Still, some music may be in the cards: West praised Gemini Rights and called Lacy “one of the most inspiring people on the planet” in an Instagram comment on a post announcing the album’s release.

Steve Lacy will soon embark on his tour “Give You The World,” though many dates are sold out with scalpers hawking tickets for hundreds of dollars.

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Kanye West returns to Instagram with more Pete Davidson, Kid Cudi insults

Kanye West returns to Instagram with more Pete Davidson, Kid Cudi insults
He shared a fake issue of The New York Times announcing the death of “Skete Davidson” with a reference to Cudi’s recent Rolling Loud Miami performance.

By Jordan Darville

August 08, 2022

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After a blessed few months of radio silence, Kanye West is back to venting on Instagram. His latest post was shared on Monday and is an apparent reaction to the reports of the breakup of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson. It also contains a jab at his former friend and collaborator Kid Cudi, who had a falling out with West over his friendship with Davidson.

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The image depicts a fake issue of The New York Times with a headlining containing West’s nickname for Davidson: “Skete Davidson Dead At 28.” The mention of Kid Cudi comes in small print just above the fold and reads “Kid Cudi meant to play funeral but fearful of bottle throwers.” In July, Cudi replaced West as the headliner of Rolling Loud Miami after West dropped out, though he ended his set early due to concertgoers throwing objects on stage.

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Earlier this year, West was suspended from Instagram for 24 hours over a torrent of insults including a racial slur directed at The Daily Show host Trevor Noah and abuse directed at Davidson, the most famous of which was the music video for The Game’s “Eazy” wherein an animated West cradles Davidson’s decapitated head. Both Noah and Davidson had criticized West for his public attempts to reconcile with Kim Kardashian – in her February divorce filing, Kardashian said these posts had caused her emotional distress.

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Kid Cudi replaces Kanye West as Rolling Loud Miami 2022 headliner

Kid Cudi replaces Kanye West as Rolling Loud Miami 2022 headliner
The rap festival takes place next weekend.

By David Renshaw

July 18, 2022

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Kanye West has dropped out of his upcoming headline performance at this year’s Rolling Loud Miami, with Kid Cudi replacing him on the festival bill. He joins fellow headliners Future and Kendrick Lamar at the three day event, which takes place July 22-24.

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“We were looking forward to Ye headlining Rolling Loud Miami 2022,” Rolling Loud co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler said in a statement shared with Pitchfork. “We spent months working with him and his team on the performance. Unfortunately, Ye has decided that he will no longer be performing. This is the first time a headliner has ever pulled off our show and though we don’t take it lightly, we wish him the best. We look forward to welcoming Kid Cudi as a headliner in Miami and we can’t wait to see what he has in store.”

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Kanye pulled out of Coachella in similar fashion earlier this year. On that occasion he was replaced by The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia. Last week it was reported that he is being sued by a production firm who claim he owes them millions of dollars for their work on the ill-fated performance.

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At one point in time Kanye and Kid Cudi were close friends and regular collaborators. Relations between the pair took a turn earlier this year, however, with Cudi claiming he will never work with his Kids See Ghosts partner again. Cudi is gearing up to the launch of new album and Netflix show Entergalactic in September and a world tour due to begin this summer, too.

Kanye West sued by production company over allegedly unpaid bills

Kanye West sued by production company over allegedly unpaid bills
Phantom Labs is suing for $6 million in unpaid fees plus $1.1 million in cancellation penalties related to West’s scuppered Coachella performance.

By Jordan Darville

July 14, 2022

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Kanye West is facing a $7.1 million lawsuit from a production company that claims the artist hasn’t paid them for services rendered, TMZ reports.

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In the complaint, Phantom Labs claims that West reneged on promised payments for shows they produced between June 2021 and March 2022, including his “Free Larry Hoover” show with Drake, a Donda 2 listening event in Miami, 4 weeks’ worth of Sunday Service productions, and West’s canceled headlining show at Coachella 2022. Though Phantom Labs says that West initially paid them, the complaint alleges that the money owed eventually began to dry up.

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“We are incredibly proud of the work that we did with Ye and are disappointed that such a fruitful relationship has come to this,” Phantom Labs told Variety in a statement. “A celebrity weaponizing fame and reputation to take advantage of eager collaborators is simply unacceptable.”

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The company alleges that West owes them $6 million plus $1.1 million in fees resulting from West’s botched Coachella performance as well as additional damages. The FADER has reached out to West’s representative for more information.

West has been sued multiple times over the years for allegedly not paying contractors. Employees on his 2019 opera Nebuchadnezzer asked a court to grant them $1 million in unpaid wages, and a tech company named MyChannel sued West for $7 million claiming West did not pay them for services rendered for West’s Yeezy brand.

Sample clearance is also an ongoing blind spot for West. He has been sued over samples for the Donda 2 track “Flowers,” the Kids See Ghosts song “Freeee,” “Ultralight Beam,” “New Slaves,” and “Bound 2.”

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2022 Emmy nominees: Netflix’s Kanye West doc, Donald Glover, and Lizzo get nods

2022 Emmy nominees: Netflix’s Kanye West doc, Donald Glover, and Lizzo get nods
The awards show takes place on September 22.

By Jordan Darville

July 12, 2022

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The full list of nominees for the 2022 Emmy Awards has been released ahead of the awards show’s airing this September 22 on ABC. The most-nominated program on the list as HBO’s family dynasty drama Succession with 25. After that, Ted Lazzo and The White Lotus each got 20 nominations, making it a good year for comedies of all kinds.

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The unusual quality of music documentaries and productions didn’t go unnoticed, either. Netflix’s three-part, decades-spanning epic jeen-yus: A Kanye Story received a nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction series; Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back also received a nod in the same category along with four other nominations. Lizzo’s variety show Watch Out for the Big Grrrls got six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Competition Program, where it’ll go up against RuPaul’s Drag Race.

As usual, FX’s Atlanta got some love. It’s nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Donald Glover), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour).

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See the nominees in some of the most hotly-anticipated categories below, with a full list here.

Outstanding Drama
Better Call Saul
Euphoria
Ozark
Severance
Squid Game
Stranger Things (Season 4, Volume 1)
Succession
Yellowjackets

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Lead Actress in a Drama
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
Zendaya, Euphoria

Lead Actor in a Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Brian Cox, Succession
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Patricia Arquette, Severance
Julia Garner, Ozark
Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game
Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
J. Smith-Cameron, Succession
Sarah Snook, Succession
Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria

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Supporting Actor in a Drama
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Park Hae-soo, Squid Game
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
John Turturro, Severance
Christopher Walken, Severance
Oh Yeong-su, Squid Game

Guest Actress in a Drama
Hope Davis, Succession
Marcia Gay Harden, The Morning Show
Martha Kelly, Euphoria
Sanaa Lathan, Succession
Harriet Walter, Succession
Lee You-mi, Squid Game

Guest Actor in a Drama
Adrien Brody, Succession
James Cromwell, Succession
Colton Domingo, Euphoria
Arian Moayed, Succession
Tom Pelphrey, Ozark
Alexander Skarsgard, Succession

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Outstanding Comedy
Abbott Elementary
Barry
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Hacks
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Only Murders in the Building
Ted Lasso
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Cardi B shares “Hot Shit” with Kanye West and Lil Durk

Cardi B shares “Hot Shit” with Kanye West and Lil Durk
Cardi’s first single of the year is here.

By David Renshaw

July 01, 2022

Cardi B is back with new music. Scroll down to hear “Hot Shit,” which features Kanye West and Lil Durk, below. The Tay Keith-produced song is Cardi’s first solo release of 2022 and follows last year’s “Bet It.”

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In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Cardi said she has another new single ready to go after “Hot Shit” and that her goal is to then finish the follow-up to her 2018 debut Invasion of Privacy. She also explained how Kanye ended up on the new song.

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“Kanye gave me this verse a couple of months ago when he was just all over the media, because of all of the things that were going on, and I like how his verse it’s personal, but it’s not that personal,” she said. “It’s enjoyable in the clubs that you could be like, “Yeah, yeah. You talk your big cash.” I really love it. And I’m so happy that he gave me this verse. And I had a lot of conversations with Kanye West. I learned so much about him and he’s such an amazing, sweet person. I’ve been feeling like, I wish a lot of people have conversations with him so they could just see the real him.”

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Earlier this year Cardi jumped on a remix of Summer Walker and SZA’s “No Love,” as well as repping Bronx drill alongside Kay Flock on “Shake It.”

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Kanye West sued over “Flowers” sample

Kanye West sued over “Flowers” sample
The publishing company with the rights to the 1986 house standard flipped on the Donda 2 track claims Ye didn’t clear the sample.

By Raphael Helfand

June 30, 2022

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Kanye West has been sued for copyright infringement again, Billboard reports and court documents reviewed by The FADER confirm. A complaint filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by attorneys for Ultra International Music Publishing (UIMP) claims Ye did not clear the sample of Marshall Jefferson’s 1986 house anthem “Move Your Body” that can allegedly be heard at least 22 times on the Donda 2 track “Flowers.”

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Like the rest of Donda 2, “Flowers” was released in late February exclusively on Stem Player, an MP3 device created specifically for the album in collaboration with Alex Klein and his company, Kano Computing Limited. Klein and Kano are also named as defendants in UIMP’s lawsuit, which points to a claim Kanye made in February that he’d earned $2.2 million from the record’s unorthodox release in a single day.

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In their complaint, UIMP’s attorneys point to the gulf between Ye’s self-proclaimed commitment to the fair treatment of artists and his alleged infringement on Jefferson’s intellectual property. “Manifesting the height of hypocrisy, West advocates for artists’ rights with one hand, yet has no shame in taking away rights from another artist with the other,” they write.

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“I’ve been sampled thousands of times,” Jefferson said in a statement that was sent to The FADER by a representative of his management. “There is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Getting done by another artist, a BLACK artist, a fellow Chicagoan without acknowledgment is disappointing.”

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Even for a musician of his status, Ye has been sued for copyright infringement an impressive number of times: Previous plaintiffs have claimed he used unlicensed samples on “Everything I Am,” “Made In America,” “New Slaves,” and “Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2),” among other tracks in his solo catalog and production discography. Most of these cases have ended in out-of-court settlements.

UIMP’s lawyers offered no further comment on their allegations when contacted by The FADER. The FADER has also reached out to a representative of Kanye West.

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Kanye West honors Diddy at 2022 BET Awards

Kanye West honors Diddy at 2022 BET Awards
Diddy received a lifetime achievement Award at Sunday night’s ceremony.

By Raphael Helfand

June 27, 2022

Still from Ye’s speech at the 2022 BET Awards.

 

Kanye West made a surprise appearance at the 2022 BET Awards Sunday night, paying tribute to the ceremony’s sole lifetime achievement award recipient, Diddy, with a five-and-a-half-minute speech. He spoke on his long friendship with the Bad Boy Records founder, who mentored him early in his career.

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“I was signed to Puff without him knowing,” Ye reminisced, discussing how he idolized Diddy growing up. “That statement is not legally binding,” he then added, inducing laughs from the audience.

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Ye went on to praise Diddy’s unique wisdom, both in business and in life. “He understood contracts in a way a lot of us still don’t, understood money in a way a lot of us still don’t,” Ye said. “I go to him for advice to this day. He inspired so many of my choices — so many of my life choices, my wife choices, and here we are. Thanks for that, Puff.”

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Ye has been relatively absent from the public spotlight since his extremely public divorce from Kim Kardashian and his ensuing spat with her new boyfriend, Pete Davidson. He cancelled his Coachella 2022 performance less than two weeks before the festival and hasn’t performed since.

“I took a little hiatus,” he explained in his speech. “I said I just wanted to declare myself legally dead for a year… I just wanna be off the grid, and, you know, Puff is pretty persistent. But I had to think, bro, it’s like people, they get amnesia. Like, I should never have Puff have to ever call more than one time. Any of us in this room, if Puff ever need us, we need to jump and be there.”

Watch his full speech below.

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VORY shares Kanye West collaboration “Daylight”

VORY shares Kanye West collaboration “Daylight”
Taken from the vocalist and songwriter’s upcoming album Lost Souls.

By David Renshaw

May 31, 2022

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Kentucky crooner VORY has shared a new track with Kanye West. “Daylight” will appear on VORY’s Lost Souls, due for release on Friday, June 3. It follows previous single “Do Not Disturb,” which featured Yung Bleu and NAV. Stream “Daylight” below.

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VORY and Ye have become regular collaborators in recent years with the vocalist and songwriter appearing on Donda tracks “Jonah,” “God Breathed,” and “No Child Left Behind.” He also features on the Stem Player-exclusive sequel on a track titled “Lord Lift Me Up.” In addition to Ye, VORY has also worked with Fivio Foreign (B.I.B.L.E. track “Changed on Me”) and Meek Mill.

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Last week Ye shared XXXTentacion collaboration “True Love.” The song appears on the end credits of Look At Me: XXXTentacion, a FADER film streaming on Hulu now.

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Kanye West shares XXXTentacion collaboration “True Love”

Kanye West shares XXXTentacion collaboration “True Love”
The song first appeared on Ye’s Stem Player album Donda 2.

By David Renshaw

May 27, 2022

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Kanye West and XXXTentacion appear together on “True Love,” which hit streaming platforms today. The song first appeared on Donda 2, the Ye album released exclusively via the Stem Player. The song will also appear on XXXTentacion’s upcoming project, Look At Me: The Album.

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“True Love” plays over the end credits of LOOK AT ME: XXXTENTACION. The documentary, produced by FADER Films, is streaming on Hulu now. Check out an interview with director Sabaah Folayan here.

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Donda 2 was first released in March. The album is available in physical format only, tied to the Kanye-created Stem Player. In recent weeks the rapper has released select tracks on streaming platforms, starting with Fivio Foreign and Alicia Keys collaboration “City Of Gods.” Ye also released “Eazy” alongside a video in which he kidnaps and buries comedian Pete Davidson. Earlier this month he shared a video for “Life of the Party,” taken from the first Donda, which uses deepfake technology to animate childhood photographs.

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Kanye West’s “Life of the Party” video uses deepfake technology on childhood photos

Kanye West’s “Life of the Party” video uses deepfake technology on childhood photos
The video plays a part in the new Yeezy x Balenciaga drop.

By David Renshaw

May 09, 2022

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Kanye West has shared the video for his Donda track “Life of the Party.” The video utilises deepfake technology with the rapper animating photos from his childhood to sync up with the track. The video was released in conjunction with Ye’s Balenciaga Yeezy Gap collection and does not include André 3000’s verse. Check it out above.

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“Life of the Party” follows another deepfake video, Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part.5,” that uses Ye’s likeness. In Kendrick’s video he morphs into his fellow rapper, as well as embodying OJ Simpson, Jussie Smollett, Nipsey Hussle, and Kobe Bryant.

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Last month Kanye West dropped out of his scheduled headline set at Coachella, with The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia stepping in to replace him. He also produced half of Pusha T’s It’s Almost Dry, the former Clipse rapper’s first No.1 solo project.

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Kendrick Lamar becomes O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, and more in “The Heart Part 5” video

Kendrick Lamar becomes O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, and more in “The Heart Part 5” video
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is out on may 13.

By Jordan Darville

May 08, 2022

Kendrick Lamar has shared a new song and music video. “The Heart Part 5” is the latest installment in a series of non-album singles that began in 2010, though there’s a possibility that it could be included on Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the new Kendrick Lamar album out on May 13.

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The song begins with Kendrick thanking his fans, family, and teachers, before launching into a blistering critique of modern notions of culture. Throughout the video, directed by Lamar and Dave Free, Kendrick’s face gets deep faked into different – and often controversial – Black men like O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Will Smith, and Jussie Smollett. In the song’s final verse, rapped from the perspective of someone taken before their time, Lamar transforms into Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle. Watch above.

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Earlier this week, Lamar posted a picture on his website oklama.com that strongly suggested Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers will be a double album. He won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance for his appearance on Baby Keem’s “Family Ties,” and is slated to headline both Glastonbury and Rolling Loud Miami. Damn, Lamar’s 2017 album, won numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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Here’s everyone that worked on Pusha T’s new album It’s Almost Dry

Here’s everyone that worked on Pusha T’s new album It’s Almost Dry
Check out King Push’s Tonight Show performance, too.

By David Renshaw

April 22, 2022

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Pusha T has released his long-awaited new album It’s Almost Dry. The project features the singles “Diet Coke,” “Hear Me Clearly,” and Jay-Z collaboration “Neck & Wrist.” and is produced entirely by Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. Guests on the album include Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver, Labrinth, and No Malice of Clipse. You can stream It’s Almost Dry below and see the full production credits, too.

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Speaking about the album in a recent sit-down interview with Charlamagne, Pusha T said he thinks this new album is the strongest of his career to date. “I feel like I had the best of both worlds in regard to production and in regard to people, two people [the album’s co-producers, Kanye and Pharrell], that actually understand who I am and they like two different things from me,” he said. Pusha also credited his time spent in lockdown during the pandemic to giving him “the time” he needed with Kanye West and Pharrell to create the album he regards as his “most well-rounded” body of work.

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On Thursday night as It’s Almost Dry hit streaming services Pusha T performed “Dreamin of the Past” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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“Brambleton”

Producer: Pharrell
Composer: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton
Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
Assistant Recording Engineer: Morgan David
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Recording Engineer: Mike Larson
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra

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“Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes”

Producer: Pharrell
Composer: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton
Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
Associated Performer: Bálint Sapszon
Assistant Recording Engineer: Morgan David
Choir: Budapest Scoring Choir
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Programmer: Mike Larson, Ojivolta, Shelly Berg
Recording Engineer: Mike Larson
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra

“Dreamin of the Past” featuring Kanye West

Producer: Kanye West
Composer: John Lennon, Kanye West, Terrence Thornton
Lyricist: John Lennon, Kanye West, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
Assistant Recording Engineer: Noah Hashimoto
Featured Artist: Kanye West
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Recording Engineer: Andrew Coleman, Nathaniel Alford, Robert Ulsh
Studio Personnel: Andrew Coleman, Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Nathaniel Alford, Noah Hashimoto, Robert Ulsh, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra

“Neck & Wrist” featuring Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams

Producer: Pharrell
Composer: Pharrell, Shawn Carter, Terrence Thornton
Lyricist: Pharrell, Shawn Carter, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
Assistant Recording Engineer: Morgan David
Featured Artist: Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Programming: Mike Larson
Recording Engineer: Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, Mike Larson
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra

“Just So You Remember”

Producer: BoogzDaBeast, FNZ, Ye
Composer: Brian Farrell, Isaac DeBoni, Jahmal Gwin, Kanye West, Michael Mule, Terrence Thornton
Lyricist: Brian Farrell, Isaac DeBoni, Jahmal Gwin, Kanye West, Michael Mule, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Recording Engineer: Mike Larson, Nathaniel Alford
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Nathaniel Alford, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra

“Diet Coke”

Producer: 88-Keys, Kanye West
Composer: Charles Njapa, Jerry Butler, Joseph Cartagena, Kanye West, Marvin Yancy, Terrence Thornton
Lyricist: Charles Njapa, Jerry Butler, Joseph Cartagena, Kanye West, Marvin Yancy, Terrence Thornton
Additional Vocals; Fat Joe
Assistant Mixer: Sean Solymar
Associated Performer: Fat Joe
Mastering Engineer: Mike Dean
Mixer: Mike Dean
Programmer: 88-Keys
Recording Engineer: Robert Ulsh
Studio Personnel: Mike Dean, Robert Ulsh, Sean Solymar

“Rock N Roll” featuring Kid Cudi and Kanye West

Producer: Kanye West, Pharrell
Composer: Kanye West, Pharrell, Scott Mescudi, Terrence Thornton
Lyricist: Kanye West, Pharrell, Scott Mescudi, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Sean Solymar, Tommy rush
Featured Artist: Kanye West, Kid Cudi
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Mike Dean
Recording Engineer: Andrés Osorio, Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh, William J. Sullivan
Studio Personnel: Andrés Osorio, Michelle Mancini, Mike Dean, Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh, Sean Solymar, Tommy Rush

“Call My Bluff”

Producer: Pharrell
Composer/Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton
Additional Vocals: Christina Nicholas
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: Christina Nicholas
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Programmer: Mike Larson
Recording Engineer: Mike Larson
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Scrape It Off the Top” featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Don Toliver

Producer: Pharrell
Composer/Lyricist: Caleb Toliver, Pharrell, Symere Woods, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Asst: Recording Engineer: Ben Sedano, Josh Haddad, Mikalai Skrobat, Morgan David
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Programmer: Mike Larson
Recording Engineer: Benjamin Thomas, Derek “206derek” Anderson, Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Ben Sedano, Benjamin Thomas, Derek “206derek” Anderson, Josh Haddad, Manny Marroquin, Mikalai Skrobat, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Robert Ulsh, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Hear Me Clearly” (with Nigo)

Producer: BoogzDaBeast, Luca Starz, ThaMyind, Ye
Composer/Lyricist: Jahmal Gwin, John Stephens, Johnny Mollings, Kanye West, Lawrence Berment, Leigh Elliott, Leonard Mollings, Luca Starz, Rennard East, Shawn Carter, Terrence THornton, William Roberts
Additional Producer: ThaMyind
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Associated Performer: BoogzDaBeast, Luca Starz, Nigo, Pusha T, ThaMyind, Ye
Asst. Recording Engineer: Maximilian “Vandal” Deak, Morgan David, Nick Valentine
Co-Producer: Luca Starz
Immersive Mix Engineer: Fabian Marasciullo
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Music Production: Nigo
Programming: BoogzDaBeast, Luca Starz, ThaMyind, Ye
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Maximilian “Vandal” Deak, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Nick Valentine, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“Open Air”

Producer: Pharrell
Composer/Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton
Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Manny Marroquin
Recording Engineer: Mike Larson
Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra

“I Pray for You” featuring Labrinth, Malice and Clipse

Producer: Labrinth, Ye
Composer/Lyricist: Gene Elliott Thornton Jr, Kanye West, Terrence Thornton, Timothy Lee McKenzie
Assistant Mixer: Sean Solymar, Tommy Rush
Asst. Recording Engineer: Morgan David
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixer: Mike Dean
Recording Engineer: Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh
Studio Personnel: Michelle Mancini, Mike Dean, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Robert Ulsh, Sean Solymar, Tommy Rush (edited)

Pusha T’s album It’s Almost Dry will contain Kid Cudi’s “last song” with Kanye West

Pusha T’s album It’s Almost Dry will contain Kid Cudi’s “last song” with Kanye West
Cudi said the song was recorded before he and West had a public falling out.

By Jordan Darville

April 19, 2022

Kid Cudi and Kanye West in 2011. Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for VEVO.

 

Pusha T’s new album It’s Almost Dry, out this Friday, is produced by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. On Tuesday, Kid Cudi confirmed that he will appear on an It’s Almost Dry track, and that it will be his “last song” with Kanye West, with whom Cudi had a falling out earlier this year.

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In his tweet, Cudi explained that the as-yet-unnamed song was recorded prior to the end of his friendship with Kanye West. “I did this song a year ago when I was still cool w Kanye,” Cudi wrote. “I am not cool w that man. He’s not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz thats my guy. This is the last song u will hear me on w Kanye.”

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Hey! So I know some of you heard about the song I got w Pusha. I did this song a year ago when I was still cool w Kanye. I am not cool w that man. He's not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz thats my guy. This is the last song u will hear me on w Kanye -Scott

— The Chosen One : I 💖 YOU FRESHIE 4EVER (@KidCudi) April 19, 2022

The split between the two frequent collaborators was prompted by Cudi’s friendship with Pete Davidson, the comedian who is dating West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian. West posted on Instagram that he would not enlist Cudi for his album Donda 2 “because he’s friends with you know who,” to which Cudi responded in the comments with “Too bad I don’t wanna be on ur album u fuckin dinosaur hahaha 🤣.”

Cudi elaborated on the situation further in a tweet posted soon afterward: “We talked weeks ago about this. You’re whack for flipping the script and posting this lie just for a look on the internet. You ain’t no friend. BYE.”

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Cudi and West were consistent collaborators for years, teaming up for the full-length album Kids See Ghosts in 2018. Cudi appeared on the Donda 2 tracks “Moon” and “Remote Control Pt 2.”

The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia to replace Kanye West at Coachella 2022

The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia to replace Kanye West at Coachella 2022
Kanye dropped out of the festival unexpectedly on Monday.

By Raphael Helfand

April 06, 2022

(L) The Weeknd. Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp (R) Swedish House Mafia. Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images.

 

The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia will replace Kanye West as the Sunday headliner at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. They’ll join Harry Styles and Billie Eilish as the festival’s 2022 headliners, performing in Ye’s scheduled slot on both weekends of the festival, which runs from April 15–24 this year. Swedish House Mafia were already announced as performers at Coachella 2022, though their headlining spot marks an upgrade.

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The Party & The After Party pic.twitter.com/8gT2bF3x5j

— Coachella (@coachella) April 6, 2022

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The news of West pulling out of the festival was quickly covered by Page Six, TMZ, and Variety. The revelation also erased the possibility of a Travis Scott appearance at the festival, which was revived after Ye announced in February that he intended to bring Scott on stage. The festival’s organizers dropped Scott from the lineup in December after 10 fans were killed in a crowd surge at his Astroworld 2021 performance the previous month. Last month, Kanye was suspended from Instagram for 24 hours after making threatening posts regarding his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, her new boyfriend Pete Davidson, and aging comedian D.L. Hughley.

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Ye took home two awards at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday night: Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Hurricane” featuring the Weeknd and Lil Baby, and Best Rap Song for “Jail” featuring Jay-Z, which he wrote along with Jay, Dwayne Abernathy, Jr., Raul Cubina, Michael Dean, Charles M. Njapa, Sean Solymar, and Mark Williams. Both tracks come from his 2021 album Donda, which was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album but lost out to Jon Batiste‘s We Are and Tyler, the Creator‘s Call Me If You Get Lost, respectively.

Kanye West drops out of Coachella 2022

Kanye West drops out of Coachella 2022
The two-weekend festival is now missing a headliner.

By Jordan Darville

April 04, 2022

Kanye West. Photo by Brandon Magnus/Getty Images.

 

Kanye West has pulled out of his headlining show at Coachella 2022 days before the two-weekend event, TMZ and Variety report.

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It’s unclear what prompted West’s withdrawal from the festival. The rapper was scheduled to perform the closing night of each weekend at Coachella, which takes place April 15-17 and April 22-24. Harry Styles and Billie Eilish are still slated to perform.

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In February, West stated his intention to bring out Travis Scott during his now-canceled Coachella spot. The appearance would have marked Scott’s first major concert since the Astroworld disaster, where a crowd surge killed 10 and injured hundreds.

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The FADER has reached out to Kanye West’s representative for more information.

This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes in.

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Kanye West suspended from Instagram for hate speech and bullying

Kanye West suspended from Instagram for hate speech and bullying
Ye’s account will be locked for 24 hours, a Meta spokesperson has confirmed.

By David Renshaw

March 17, 2022

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Kanye West has been suspended from Instagram for 24 hours, a spokesperson for parent company Meta has confirmed. The temporary ban came as a result of the rapper, now legally known as Ye, using a racial slur against TV host Trevor Noah as well as repeated threats against targets including Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson, and comedian D.L. Hughley.

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A meta spokesperson told TMZ and HuffPost that the suspension is a result of Ye violating the company’s policy on hate speech, bullying and harassment.

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Noah was critical of Ye during a recent episode of The Daily Show, saying his use of Instagram to air criticism of ex-wife Kardashian, her new partner Davidson, and her parenting of the children Ye shares with her, was tantamount to harassment. “What she’s going through is terrifying to watch,” Noah said. “What we’re seeing is one of the most powerful, one of the richest women in the world, unable to get her ex to stop texting her, to stop chasing after her, to stop harassing her.” In February it was reported that Kardashian had cited “emotional distress” from Ye’s Instagram posts in a divorce filing.

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West responded to Noah in a now-deleted Instagram post by rewriting the lyrics of Kumbaya to “k**n baya my lord”, using the slur against the TV personality. Noah responded to the post in a subsequent episode of his show, saying: “Don’t ever forget, the biggest trick racists ever played on black people was teaching us to strip each other of our blackness whenever we disagree. Tricking us into dividing ourselves up into splinters so that we would never unite into a powerful rod.”

During the suspension Ye will not be able to post, comment or send direct messages for 24 hours. At the time of writing there are eight posts on the main grid of his Instagram account, four aimed at Pete Davidson, two at DL Hughley, one explaining why he cares so much about his family, and a further post praising the work of artist James Turrell.

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Kanye West leads a biblical jailbreak in “Hurricane” video

Kanye West leads a biblical jailbreak in “Hurricane” video
The Donda track, which features The Weeknd and Lil Baby, is up for the Best Melodic Rap Performance Grammy.

By Raphael Helfand

March 08, 2022

Kanye West has shared visuals for “Hurricane,” the de facto opener of his 32-track August 2021 tenth solo studio album, Donda. The song, which features The Weeknd and Lil Baby, has been nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

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In the new video, an animated army of black-clad prisoners break free from a prison island. A Ye avatar rises from the waters, inspires his co-fugitives with a speech, and baptizes lego Jesus before the exodus goes airborn, the whole crowd ascending into the clouds.

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Donda 2 arrived in February but is still only available via Stem Player, a move that makes it ineligible for Billboard charts.

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Kanye West’s Donda 2 does not qualify for Billboard’s charts

Kanye West’s Donda 2 does not qualify for Billboard’s charts
Billboard’s rules surrounding merchandise bundles make the album, exclusive to West’s Stem Player device, ineligible.

By Jordan Darville

March 07, 2022

Kanye West. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Surface Magazine.

 

Kanye West‘s new album Donda 2 has been disqualified from the Billboard charts, the publication reports, thanks to rules regarding merchandise bundles.

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Donda 2 was released on February 25 on Kanye West’s Stem Player, a device that isolates songs into different musical elements. Because the album is being sold on “with a device that can be used for other means besides the playing of the album,” the Stem Player qualifies as merchandise, putting Donda 2 in violation of Billboard‘s rules.

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Last year’s Donda sold 309,000 units in its first week, topping the Billboard 200 album chart. In a since-deleted Instagram post viewed by Billboard, West claimed to have sold 39,500 Stem Players equalling $8.6 million in net sales.

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From last week: “Could Kanye West’s Stem Player actually empower artists?”

Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Future to headline Rolling Loud Miami 2022

Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Future to headline Rolling Loud Miami 2022
Saweetie, City Girls, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, and more will also line-up at the July festival.

By David Renshaw

March 02, 2022

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Rolling Loud Miami has announced Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Future as headliners for its 2022 event. The festival, which takes place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on July 22-24, will also include appearances Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, Lil Baby, Gunna, Lil Durk, Saweetie, $not, City Girls, Gucci Mane, Three 6 Mafia, Flo Milli, G Herbo, and more. See below for the full line-up poster.

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Kendrick Lamar recently appeared alongside Dr. Dre as part of the Super Bowl halftime show. He recently announced a new live date at the Ippodromo SNAI San Siro in Milan as part of the Milano Summer Festival in June. Kanye West, meanwhile, recently shared new album Donda 2 via his own Stem Player. The follow-up to 2021’s Donda features Future as an executive producer.

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