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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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
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
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)
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.”
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 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.”
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.”
(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.
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 has pulled out of his headlining show at Coachella 2022 days before the two-weekend event, TMZ and Variety report.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Kanye West has released 16 tracks of new album Donda 2. Unlike last year’s Donda, and all of Ye’s prior albums, Donda 2 is only available via the Stem Player, a device the rapper has created himself and made available for $200. He has previously stated that he declined a $100M deal from Apple for the album and that it will not be available on traditional streaming platforms.
Kim Kardashian. Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images
Kanye West‘s recent flurry of since-deleted Instagram posts targeting his estranged wife Kim Kardashian caused her “emotional distress,” Kardashian claimed in court documents reported by TMZ. The filing reportedly asks the judge to finalize her divorce from West, first reported in February 2021.
“Kanye has been putting a lot of misinformation regarding our private matters and co-parenting on social media which has created emotional distress,” Kardashian reportedly claims in the documents. West received significant attention and backlash for posts shared this year, which have included accusing Kardashian of preventing him from seeing their children, criticizing her for allowing their daughter North to use TikTok, and claiming Kardashian had accused West of trying to assassinate her. West has also frequently targeted Pete Davidson, Kardashian’s boyfriend.
West’s lawyers, the filing claims, have not been able to fully communicate with the artist for unspecified reasons. “But as you also know,” they reportedly wrote to Kardashian’s attorneys in October 2021, “we face challenges in communicating with our client — and the validity of the prenup (with all of its related legal implications) is a heavy issue to broach.”
Kardashian wishes to end the marriage and become single once more in order to begin the “healing process” for herself and her children, the filing reportedly says. “While I wish our marriage would have succeeded, I have come to the realization that there is no way to repair our marriage. Kanye does not agree but at least it appears that he has come to the realization that I want to end our marriage, even if he does not.”
The FADER has reached out to Kanye West’s representative for more information.
Kanye West says his new album will only be available on his Stem Player
“It’s time to take control and build our own,” says Ye as he looks to circumvent streaming companies including Spotify and Apple Music.
Kanye West will not make his upcoming album Donda 2 available on any of the traditional streaming services, a move he claims is “taking control” back from an “oppressive system” that doesn’t benefit artists. The album will only be available via Ye’s own Stem Player, a $200 device launched in 2021 when he put out Donda.
Posting on Instagram, Ye shared a preview of new music and outlined his vision for a future that doesn’t involve third party streaming sites.
“Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player,” he wrote. “Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own.”
In a second post, he added: “I feel that same feeling like when I first moved to New York to make it in Music. I ain’t know what was gonna happen but I knew had to move. After 10 albums after being under 10 contracts. I turned down a hundred million dollar Apple deal. No one can pay me to be disrespected. We set our own price for our art. Tech companies made music practically free so if you don’t do merch sneakers and tours you don’t eat. Jay Z made Tidal and fake media attacked him. Well in the words of my big brother. Come and get me. I’m willing to die standing cause I ain’t living on my knees no more. God please cover me.”
In addition to taking on the streaming industry, Ye also shared a Donda 2 tracklist. It includes songs titled “Security,” “Lift Me Up,” and “Closed For Business.” No guest stars are named but it’s safe to say Kid Cudi won’t be on there.
Fivio Foreign’s feature on Kanye West’s Donda was the album’s only star-making moment and one of the project’s undisputed highlights. It turned the New York City drill rapper from hotly-tipped to actually on-fire, and with his latest single “City of Gods,” released last week, Fivio sought to seize the mantle of New York City’s hottest rapper. Today, the song’s visuals are out.
The track is a fairly obvious attempt to create an “Empire State of Mind” for the drill era down to the Alicia Keys feature. Where the songs differ are the tones, especially the hook: “Empire” was hopeful whereas “City” is more despondent, as if the titular Gods are on their last legs. I suppose both songs are reflective of the country’s moods at the time of their respective creations, and Kanye West’s feature sadly reflects that: it’s half-hearted, unenthusiastic, and its Pete Davidson-targeting lines have already aged like milk. Still, if you’ve watched the excellent first episode of Netflix’s Kanye doc Jeen-Yus, it’s impossible to question West’s devotion to the city where he signed his first record deal.
In addition to posting to the grid a lot, Kanye also hit up the Super Bowl in a number of ways. He was at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles to watch the LA Rams take home their second ever title (though how much of the game he saw from behind his mask remains to be seen).
He also joined in the other major Super Bowl activity for celebrities, a cash spinning advert for a major brand. McDonalds were the ones handing over the check, with Kanye appearing in their “Can I get uhhhhhhhhhhhh….” campaign in which customers are shown deliberating over their orders. Check it out below.
Posting about the ad on Instagram, Kanye said: ” I DID A SUPERBOWL COMMERCIAL WITH MCDONALDS. GOD HAS A PLAN. LOVE OVER FEAR. TODAY WAS AWESOME.”
Fivio Foreign has confirmed details of his debut album .B.I.B.L.E and shared a new song featuring Kanye West and Alicia Keys. “City Of Gods” precedes the album, which is due next month and executive produced by Ye, too.
The song is dedicated to Tahjay “T Dott” Dobson, a late friend and collaborator of Fivio’s. “T Dot. That’s my baby boy,” he said in a statement. “I never thought I’d be doing this without you here with me. You supposed to be here with me but you gon always be the Prince in the City of Gods. Your name will forever live through me. Long Live Prince T Dot.”
Kanye West says he’s bringing Travis Scott to Coachella. But first, he wants Billie Eilish to apologize.
Eilish stopped a show to help a fan, saying “I wait for people to be okay till I keep going,” a statement West took as a reference to Scott’s handling of the Astroworld tragedy.
Kanye West is one of the headliners scheduled to perform at Coachella 2022. In an Instagram post shared on Thursday, West (who recently changed his legal name to Ye) revealed that he intends to bring Travis Scott along for the performance.
The reveal was made in a caption addressing one of his co-headliners, Billie Eilish, who recently stopped a performance to help a fan in distress. “I wait for people to be okay till I keep going” Eilish said, comments that West took as subliminal shots at Scott. “COME ON BILLIE WE LOVE YOU PLEASE APOLOGIZE TO TRAV,” West wrote, concluding the post by announcing Scott’s presence at the festival and hinting at an ultimatum: “YES TRAV WILL BE WITH ME AT COACHELLA BUT NOW I NEED BILLIE TO APOLOGIZE BEFORE I PERFORM.”
It is unclear whether West plans for Scott to be at Coachella as a featured performer or merely as part of his entourage. Scott has not performed live since Astroworld 2021, where ten people died after a crowd surge. Scott and the festival’s promoter Live Nation are currently facing numerous lawsuits from families of the concertgoers, including one for $750 million. Travis Scott has been criticized for not stopping the show as the crisis unfolded, but said during an interview that he was unaware of what was transpiring.
The FADER has reached out to representatives for Kanye West, Billie Eilish, and Travis Scott.
One of the most anticipated documentaries of the year is Jeen-Yus, a three-part film following Kanye West over 20 years from his humble beginnings in Chicago to music superstardom. The three-part film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but its wide release date – February 10 for one day in theaters with each part streaming on Netflix weekly beginning on February 16 – seemed in doubt recently. In January, West shared an Instagram post demanding “final edit and approval” of the documentary before its Netflix premiere, writing “Open the edit room immediately so I can be in charge of my own image.”
Whether or not West was granted access to the footage isn’t clear, but the release of the film is going ahead as planned. Today, Netflix shared the full trailer for Jeen-yus: A Kanye Trilogy, Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chika Ozah. As outlined in some of the initial reviews, the trailer suggests that the film will focus not just on West’s career but his relationship with Coodie. How compelling that is remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that the footage they preview in the trailer is tantalizing stuff. Watch it above.
Report: Marilyn Manson is working on Kanye West’s Donda 2 “every day”
West collaborator Digital Nas told Rolling Stone that Manson, who faces numerous allegations of sexual violence, has been helping Kanye create the album.
“I see Marilyn a lot in the studio,” Digital Nas said. “Like, every day I go to the studio, Marilyn is there working on Donda 2.“ The producer claimed that Manson’s contributions to the album will not be “rap beats,” saying “[West] wants Marilyn to play what he makes, and then Ye will take parts of that and sample parts of that and use parts of that, like he did [generally when making] Yeezus.”
Manson and West’s collaboration was first revealed to the world when Manson appeared onstage with West at a live event for his album Donda in Chicago. Manson would go on to appear on “Jail pt 2” on the deluxe edition of Donda. “[West] has some producers from Yeezus working on Donda 2 this time around,” Digital Nas said, “[as well as] Marilyn, me, a bunch of producers from Donda 1.”
The reason West has brought Manson (real name Brian Warner) into his circle, Digital Nas speculated, could be tied into West’s religion. “I’m just assuming it is from a standpoint of like, ‘We’re all sinners. We all make mistakes. We shouldn’t point the finger at someone for the mistakes they’ve made or something like that.’”
Kanye West. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Kanye West (now legally known as “Ye”) has announced the release date for his upcoming album Donda 2, as Pitchfork points out. The follow-up to his Album of the Year-nominated project is slated to be released on February 22, and will be executive produced by Future. See the post below. Donda was released on August 29, 2021 after multiple delays, so we’ll see in a month if the sequel fares any better.
In an interview with Complex released today, Brown detailed how he ran into West at a restaurant “totally out of the blue” and hit it off. Brown also revealed that he would be working with Ye on the Donda sports brand, saying that they have “a lot of positive things coming.”
“We’re just excited about the Donda sports brand, and making this thing a competitive sports brand to the athletes,” Brown said about spending time with West. “I don’t think there’s a lot of fashion lines for athletes, wearing fashionable and comfortable clothes, so with a guy like Kanye West, being able to partner with him and work with him to provide more creative, genius ideas for fashion looks for athletes in general… I’m just grateful for the opportunity here soon, to share what we’ve got with the world. And you guys are hearing it first, we got some exciting things to look forward to this year.”
On January 2, Brown took off his jersey and left the field in the third quarter of a game against the New York Jets, ending his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In a statement released a few days later, Brown would accuse the Buccanneers of mischaracterizing his outburst, saying that he was pressured to play while hurt. After leaving the game, Brown released a song, “Pit Not the Palace.”
Kanye West demands “final edit and approval” of upcoming Netflix doc Jeen-Yus
The first part of the three-part film is slated to premiere at Sundance this weekend before making its way to Netflix in February.
In a completely unsurprising turn of events, Kanye West wants “final edit and approval” on Jeen-Yus, the upcoming three-part Netflix documentary that follows the artist for over two decades of his career. “I’m going to say this kindly for the last time,” West wrote on Instagram, “I must get final edit and approval on this doc before it releases on Netflix… Open the edit room immediately so I can be in charge of my own image.” See the post below via Pitchfork.
Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah (billed as Coodie & Chike), is slated to premiere its first part at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, with its Netflix debut due on February 16 (the film’s other installments will be released on February 23 and March 2).
Coodie recently told Variety that West initially ceded creative control for the project, though he is listed as a producer. “I said, ‘Dude, you have to trust me,’” Coodie said, “And he did, 100%.” The FADER has reached out to representatives for Kanye West and Netflix for more information.
The (extremely graphic) image depicts a skinned monkey against a blood-red background, originally photographed by Nick Knight. The Game is tagged in the image, and the caption reads “MY LIFE WAS NEVER EAZY.” See the post below.
Coachella organizers have announced a line-up for 2022 with Kanye West (now legally named Ye), Billie Eilish, and Harry Styles headlining the annual event. The festival did not take place in 2020 or 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, with Frank Ocean, Rage Against The Machine, and Travis Scott due to headline. Ocean will return to the top of the bill in 2023.
Other names on the most famous poster in festival-land this year include Swedish House Mafia, Megan Thee Stallion, Phoebe Bridgers, Lil Baby, Doja Cat, Flume, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Jamie xx, Run The Jewels, Daniel Caesar, Big Sean, Turnstile, Karol G, and more. Check out the full line-up below.
Kanye West has been named as a suspect in a battery investigation. An LAPD spokesperson clarified to The FADER that officers are not currently treating the case as a criminal battery, as TMZ and Variety reported earlier today.
The incident in question occurred around 3 a.m. this morning, when the artist now known as Ye allegedly punched a fan outside SoHo Warehouse, a members-only club in downtown Los Angeles. TMZ’s report includes what appears to be a video shot outside the venue of the rapper in an argument with two individuals. He appears agitated, but the clip does not show him punching anyone.
Kanye West has a new hoodie to sell and, thus, there is a video for his Donda track “Heaven and Hell.” The video effectively doubles as an ad for Yeezy Gap and the hoodie worn by both mysterious and masked figures throughout the clip can be bought online now. The video was debuted on Monday night’s NCAA football championship game on ESPN and can be seen above.
The first installment of Netflix’s highly anticipated Kanye West documentary jeen-yuhs will be released in theaters on February 10, with the entire three-part series available to stream on February 16. Above, you can watch a new trailer for the series – it features footage of West over the years in the studio with figures like Pharrell and JAY-Z, getting mouth surgery after the car accident that led to “Through The Wire,” and visiting his childhood Chicago home.
jeen-yuhs was filmed over the course of 21 years by the project’s directors Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah (who also helmed West’s “Through The Wire” video). Reportedly, West is not involved in the project’s creative direction despite appearing in the film, potentially setting the stage for an unusually revealing celebrity documentary. jeen-yuhs was first announced in September 2021.
Kanye West’s 2020 presidential campaign may have violated federal law
The campaign’s attempts to conceal millions in donations from Republican operatives could have been illegal, according to an investigation by The Daily Beast.
Kanye West. Photo by Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images.
The 2020 presidential campaign for Kanye West concealed millions of dollars in cash from high-ranking Republican Party members and may have violated federal law in its efforts to conceal them, The Daily Beast reported on Friday.
The site’s investigation revealed the previously undisclosed presence of many Republican operatives at the heart of West’s campaign including Holtzman Vogel, a law firm well-connected in Republican politics that would go on to back Trump’s suit against Pennsylvania. As the campaign did not report paying these advisors, and “used an odd abbreviation for another,” it may come under federal scrutiny.
“Voters had a right to know that a high-powered Republican lawyer was providing legal services to Kanye,” Paul S. Ryan of government watchdog Common Cause said, “and federal law requires disclosure of such legal work.” The FADER has reached out to Kanye West’s publicist for more information.
Thanks to the high-level Republicans apparently steering West’s presidential campaign, the intended effect, whether the rapper knew it or not, may have been to serve as a spoiler to drain votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to then-President Donald Trump. In 2020 West sued the state of Wisconsin to appear on the 2020 ballot using a Trump-linked law firm – the elections commission later voted to keep him off.
Last week, a publicist connected to West named Trevian Kutti was revealed to have pressured a Georgia election worker to lie about voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Kanye West publicist accused of pressuring Georgia election worker to lie about 2020 voter fraud
Trevian Kutti asked Ruby Freeman, a poll worker facing death threats, to falsely back up then-President Donald Trump’s lies about phony ballots.
Trevian Kutti, a Chicago publicist for Kanye West, visited the home of a Georgia temporary election worker on January 4, 2021 and told her to falsely confess to voter fraud, according to a new Reuters report. The poll worker, 62-year-old Ruby Freeman, had been facing death threats for a month after Donald Trump falsely accused her and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, of counting phony mail-in ballots.
Kutti reportedly knocked on the door of Freeman’s house in the Atlanta suburbs, accompanied by an unidentified male, and told her she was there to help: There were people coming to take her to jail in 48 hours if she didn’t admit to Trump’s accusations. Suspicious, Freeman stayed inside and asked her neighbor to come out and talk to Kutti. Freeman eventually agreed to speak with Kutti herself, but only with a police officer present. Kutti — whose bio on the Women’s Global Initiative site says she served on Trump’s Young Black Media Council and that she started working for West as a publicist in 2018 before becoming his director of operations — told the officer she was a “crisis manager.” He suggested she and Freeman come to the Cobb County Police Station to discuss the situation further.
Reuters obtained video and audio footage from the body camera of an officer who was in the room for the meeting, in which Kutti can be heard telling Freeman that she didn’t know exactly what would happen to her, but that it would “disrupt [her] freedom…and the freedom of one of more of [her] family members.” She also called her “a loose end for a party that needs tidying up” before putting her on speakerphone with a man she identified as Harrison Ford, though Freeman said the man she spoke to was not the Blade Runner actor. Kutti told Freeman that “Ford” had the power to get her protection.
Kutti reportedly asked the officer for privacy during their hour-long phone call. The officer left the room, but Freeman remembered Kutti and the man on the phone continuing to pressure her to admit to election fraud if she didn’t want to risk jail time for herself and her family. Freeman eventually called for an officer and left the room, after reportedly telling Kutti and “Ford” that “the devil is a liar.”
Freeman told Reuters that on January 5, an FBI agent called her house and told her she needed to leave for her own safety. Apparently, Kutti’s prediction was true: On January 6, the same day as the Capitol riot, Trump supporters with bullhorns surrounded her home just hours after she’d left it. Freeman and her daughter have filed a defamation suit against the right-wing news site Gateway Pundit, which published false stories implicating them in voter fraud before Trump started repeating the claims.
The FADER has reached out to Kutti and to a representative of Kanye West for comment. It is unclear whether and in what capacity Kutti is still employed by West, whom she reportedly began working for after leaving a position with R. Kelly. Her Women’s Global Initiative bio lists boxer Terrence Crawford and Queen Rania of Jordan among her other current clients.
On Thursday night, December 9, Kanye West and Drake’s Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Amazon has now confirmed it will stream the event across Amazon Music, Prime Video, and its Amazon Music Twitch channel from 11 p.m. Eastern. The show will also be available on demand following the livestream.