Kanye West’s Donda is scheduled to drop on August 6

Kanye West’s Donda is scheduled to drop on August 6
We’ll see!

By Jordan Darville

July 26, 2021

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Kanye West has moved the release date for his tenth studio album Donda to August 6, according to a Pitchfork report. A representative for West confirmed the date in an email to The FADER.

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The original release date for Donda was last Friday, July 23. To celebrate, West hosted a listening event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on the evening of July 22, but the album did not subsequently appear. Music played during the event featured guest appearances from Pop Smoke, Travis Scott, Baby Keem, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and JAY-Z. Viewers also caught the full version of “No Child Left Behind,” a song that was previewed in a Beats ad starring Sha’Carri Richardson.

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No one will fault you if you’re skeptical that Kanye will actually release Donda next month. In September 2018, West announced an album called Yandhi only to shelve it indefinitely a few months later. A year after releasing Jesus Is King, he shared the song “Wash Us In The Blood” featuring Travis Scott from an album titled God’s Country; that project hasn’t materialized, either.

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How to watch Kanye West’s Donda livestream event

How to watch Kanye West’s Donda livestream event
All the details on how to watch Kanye West’s album listening party, beginning at 8pm ET.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 22, 2021

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After a year of delays, Kanye West is finally set to release his long-awaited tenth album Donda tonight, at midnight eastern time Friday July 23. First set for release in July 2020, the album was announced for a July 2021 release earlier this month, with media personalities expressing the fact that they’d heard the album in full. Pusha T all-but-confirmed the record would drop at midnight on the 23rd when he announced that a Donda listening event would take place at 8pm ET July 23 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Finally, earlier this week, fans were treated with a taste of good music, in the form of a Beats ad featuring Sha’Carri Richardson set to a new song titled “No Child Left Behind”, which also detailed a livestream event occuring on Apple Music at the same time as the Atlanta listening event.

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Fans looking to watch the livestream can watch the whole thing go down from 8pm ET (5pm PT) on Apple Music’s dedicated Donda listening event page.

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Kim Kardashian attended Kanye West’s Donda livestream event

Kim Kardashian attended Kanye West’s Donda livestream event
Per TMZ, Kanye West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian was in attendance at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

By The FADER

July 22, 2021

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Despite their recent high-profile divorce, it would appear that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are still on good terms: According to TMZ, Kardashian was in attendance at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium during West’s Donda album listening party, along with the ex-couple’s four kids: North, Chicago, Psalm, and Saint. In February, Kardashian filed for divorce from West after a tumultuous seven years of marriage. The news came after reports that the pair were in marriage counselling; according to TMZ, the split was amicable.

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West livestreamed Donda earlier this evening, just shy of a year after the album was first set to be released. The record featured contributions from, among others, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Pop Smoke, Baby Keem, Travis Scott, Jeremih, and Roddy Ricch, and includes the song “No Child Left Behind”, produced by Gesaffelstein, which was first teased earlier this week in a Beats commercial featuring Sha’Carri Richardson.

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Kanye West shares snippet of new song, confirms Donda is out Friday

Kanye West shares snippet of new song, confirms Donda is out Friday
“No Child Left Behind” is set to appear on the new Kanye West album, arriving Friday.

By Shaad D'Souza

July 20, 2021

Kanye West’s new song “No Child Left Behind” is the soundtrack to a new Beats ad featuring athlete Sha’Carri Richardson, the fastest woman in America and sixth fastest woman of all time. Per Pitchfork, the song will appear on West’s forthcoming record Donda, which was set to arrive this time last year but never materialised. All signs point to the record dropping this Friday: an album listening event is scheduled for Thursday night at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which, per the Beats ad, will be live-streamed on Apple Music from 8pm ET that night. As is often the case with Kanye album rollouts, the genuine possibility of Donda’s release is legitimised by the presence of a streaming partner; until now, the only person who had claimed to have actually heard the record was Revolt TV personality RespectfullyJustin. Watch the Beats ad featuring “No Child Left Behind” above.

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Kanye West is throwing a Donda listening party in Atlanta

Kanye West is throwing a Donda listening party in Atlanta
Pusha T announced the event, taking place this Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

By Jordan Darville

July 19, 2021

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The rumors, it seems, were (partially) true: Kanye West has an album called Donda. After reports of a listening party for the album spread this weekend, on Monday Pusha T announced another event for the album, this time at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, July 22 at 8pm. See that below via Pitchfork:

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Tickets for the event go on sale today (July 19) at 5pm EST on Ticketmaster’s website. Prices range from $20 to $50.

On Sunday, social media influencer and Revolt TV personality RespectfullyJustin claimed to have heard a new Kanye West album, and that it will be released this week.

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Kanye has a recent history of premiering albums at live events before releasing them to the world. He debuted his projects The Life Of Pablo and Jesus Is King at Madison Square Garden in 2016 and 2019, respectively, and hosted press trips to his Wyoming Ranch in 2018 to launch ye and his Kid Cudi collab Kids See Ghosts.

Pop Smoke’s Faith tracklist features Kanye West, Dua Lipa, Pharrell, and more

Pop Smoke’s Faith tracklist features Kanye West, Dua Lipa, Pharrell, and more
The rapper’s second posthumous album drops tomorrow, July 16.

By Jordan Darville

July 15, 2021

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The new Pop Smoke album Faith, the second full-length released since the rapper’s untimely death, is out tonight at midnight. Ahead of the anticipated project’s release, Pop Smoke’s label Victor Victor Worldwide has shared the full tracklist for the 20-track album. Perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly every song has a feature: Some of the guests on Faith include Kanye West, Swae Lee, Future, Chris Brown, Dua Lipa, Kodak Black, Pharrell, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Takeoff, Lil Tjay, and more. See the full tracklist for Faith below.

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Pop Smoke’s debut album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon was released in 2020, months after the New York City rapper was shot and killed at age 20. Shoot For The Stars debuted at No. 1 and was quickly followed by a deluxe edition.

Kanye West Reportedly Dating Model Irina Shayk Amid Kim Kardashian Divorce

Kanye West is said to be dating model Irina Shayk even as his divorce from Kim Kardashian is ongoing.

News of the dating rumors surfaced on Wednesday that West is secretly courting Shayk, according to a secret news source speaking to DeuxMoi. According to the source, neither Kanye West nor Shayk has confirmed the news, but the source is quoted as saying “after thorough investigation “perhaps some interest [between the two are] there.”

Both Shayk and Kanye are known to each other, with her appearing in one of his 2010 music videos, “Power,” in which she played an angel. Shayk was also spotted wearing a Kanye X Balenciaga shirt he designed as a tribute to DMX, which further added fuel to the rumors.

Fans have also taken note of Kanye’s including Shayk in the lyrics for his song “Christian Denim Dior Flow,” in 2010 as part of a list of women he said he’d like to get to know better. The lyrics said, “I’m wildin’, I’m on a thousan’. I wana see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen.”

She also was among the models that walked the runway for Paris Fashion Week in 2012 for his collection. As fans speculate whether Shayk fits the bill of Kanye wanting to date “an artist or a creative person” in his next relationship as a source speaking about Kanye’s next dating steps has said, neither of the two have hinted at a possible relationship.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly met in 2012 and got married in 2014. They have four children together and are in the midst of a divorce, with Kim Kardashian filing for primary custody of the children and their home in California.

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Kanye West Spotted Wearing Wedding Band Despite Kim Kardashian Divorce

It has been two months since Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West, but it seems Yeezy hasn’t entirely moved on. 

Followers of DJ Khaled spotted Kanye West still rocking his wedding band in a post to Khaled’s Instagram on Wednesday. The producer shared that Kanye paid him a visit to check out his forthcoming album, writing, “TRUE STORY: KANYE STOPPED BY MY HOUSE AT 8 AM THE OTHER DAY! I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS COMING!”. Khaled also shared what Yeezy ordered for breakfast while kicking it at his home, but followers were more interested in the jewelry conspicuously worn on Ye’s left ring finger.

Kanye was also spotted wearing the ring in February, but many fans thought he would have taken the necessary step of removing it by now as he proceeds with his divorce.  According to Page Six, Kim and Kanye split in January and began leading separate lives. 

The announcement wasn’t altogether shocking considering Kanye’s very public bizarre behavior including his 2020 run for president following his controversial support of former President Trump. 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s marriage became increasingly hard to comprehend, especially as Kim pursued a law degree and advocated for incarcerated people of color as Trump continued to earn support from white supremacist groups.  Much of Kanye’s erratic behavior was chalked up to his bipolar disorder, a mental illness he and Kim have both talked about publicly.  But ultimately, there is only so much a person can handle in a relationship, and it seems Kim finally hit her breaking point earlier this year.

Page Six reports that sources close to the former couple say that Kim is already being romantically pursued by several of the world’s most rich and famous, and that Kanye has expressed his desire to find an artistic partner that he will have more in common with. 

Meanwhile, DJ Khaled is due to release Khaled Khaled on Friday, and he claims it will be his best work yet. 

Khaled continued his post about Kanye’s visit, saying, “You know when you get this expression that it’s sounding AMAZING! this album GODS HANDS IS ALL OVER IT”.  Kanye may make some questionable life decisions, but he does have an ear for good music.  Let’s hope Khaled’s project lives up to the hype.

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Kanye West’s Nike Yeezy Wore To Grammy Sold For Record $1.8 Million

Despite Kanye West‘s silence over the past few weeks allegedly stemming from the trauma of his ongoing divorce, the rapper and fashion designer is still breaking records. West’s latest fashion development, his Nike Air Yeezy 1s sneakers, are officially the most expensive sneakers ever sold. In a private sale, the sample was sold for a record-breaking 1.8 million dollars, as was announced by Sotheby’s auction house on Monday, April 26.

The original valuation for the “Grammy Worn” sneakers was 1 million dollars, but the Yeezy is now almost triple the $615,000 sale for a pair of 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1s, which were worn by Michael Jordan during a pre-season game in Italy.

“The price sets a new milestone for a publicly recorded sneaker sale, shattering the current auction record for sneakers by almost three times, and establishing the Yeezy 1 Prototypes as the most valuable sneakers ever and the first recorded sneaker sale for more than $1 million,” Sotheby said in a statement.

In 2008 at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, West wore his Nike Air Yeezy with black leather high-tops for his performance of “Hey Mama” and “Stronger.”

Sneaker investing platform that allows users the opportunity to buy and trade shares in highly desired and deluxe edition sneakers, RARES, acquired the size 12 Yeezy’s and sold shares of the shoes on June 16.

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RARES founder and CEO Gerome Sapp said in a statement, “Our goal in purchasing such an iconic shoe–and a piece of history–is to increase accessibility and empower the communities that birthed sneaker culture with the tools to gain financial freedom through RARES. ”

In addition, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, Brahm Wachter, said in a statement that the sale “speaks volumes of Kanye’s legacy as one of the most influential clothing and sneaker designers of our time.”

Amid his success, Kanye is currently in the middle of a divorce after 6 years of marriage with Kim Kardashian. The two share four children together; North, Chicago, Saint, and Psalm West. Neither Kim nor Kanye has said much about the divorce, but they had agreed to joint custody after the divorce.

But, seemingly contented, Kanye is still making money moves.

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Netflix reportedly buys Kanye West documentary two decades in the making

Netflix reportedly buys Kanye West documentary two decades in the making
The series, featuring unseen footage spanning 20 years, is said to be due later this year.

By David Renshaw

April 07, 2021

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Netflix has bought a Kanye West documentary series covering the last 20 years of his career. News of the documentary was first reported by Billboard with the suggestion that the streaming company paid $30 million for the rights. However, in a follow-up report, Variety said that figure is innacurate.

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The documentary series was made by directors Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, who first met West when they made his “Through The Wire” video in 2003. They continued to work with the rapper, collaborating on a video for “Through The Wire” and filming him at intermittent moments over the coming decades. The series is said to include unseen footage covering the death of West’s mother, Donda, plus his failed 2020 presidential bid.

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The Netflix project is currently untitled but is expected to be released this year, according to Billboard. It is not the only televised document of West’s private life expected in 2021, with the final season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians due to cover his divorce from wife Kim Kardashian.

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Drake Quickly Shuts Down Kim Kardashian Dating Rumors Amid Kanye West Divorce

Drake quickly moved to shut down fresh rumors he’s trying to date Kim Kardashian.

The rumors mill have certainly been hard at work this week, and Canadian rapper Drake and soon-to-be single mom Kim Kardashian-West are caught in the middle of it. Kim K recently announced she was splitting from her husband, rapper Kanye West after 2020’s rollercoaster ride, which saw Ye hitting out against music labels and running for president. It is being alleged that Drake has displayed an interest in dating Kim.

These rumors were quickly shut down by the “In My Feelings” rapper, tagging it as nothing more than fake news. These Drake, Kim rumors may have started based on lyrics from his latest EP, “Scary Hours 2” In the track, fans have hinted that he referenced Kim on “Wants And Needs.” He raps the lyrics, “Yeah, I probably should go link with Yeezy; I need me some Jesus / But soon as I started confessin’ my sins, he wouldn’t believe us.”

This is certainly not the first time that Drake and Kim Kardashian are being rocked with dating rumors. Back in 2018, his track “Can’t Take A Joke” sparked some speculation when he rapped, “Uber X to Hidden Hills to give me somethin’ I can feel.” Kim Kardashian was reportedly living in Hidden Hills around that time that Drizzy was a resident in the swanky California neighborhood. Drake and Kanye have not had the best of relationships in the past, although there is no clear indication why.

In an interview back in 2019, Drake gave his fans and the public his thoughts on Kanye West. “It’s [like] there’s something there that bothers him deeply. Yeah, I can’t fix it for him, so, it just is what it is,” Drizzy said.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided to call it quits after nearly seven years of marriage. Kim reportedly filed for divorce in February and has also requested joint legal custody of their four children. Ye is currently giving her the silent treatment and even changed his phone numbers to avoid speaking to her.

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Beyonce Creates Grammy History With Most Wins By A Singer, 28

Beyoncé created history on Sunday night as she became the first woman in history to win a total of 28 Grammys over the span of her illustrious career. Her achievement means that she is now the record holder for the most Grammys by a female artist and also the most Grammys won by a singer.

It was also a special night for her as her firstborn Blue Ivy, who is only nine (9) years old, also won her first Grammy, making her the second-youngest person to win a Grammy award. Blue Ivy, who is Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, won the award for her performance in “Brown Skin Girl,” for which she received writing credit. The song is featured on Beyoncé’s “Lion King: The Gift” album, which was a masterpiece of an album as the artist channeled her creativity into black empowerment and uplifting her ethnicity. Blue Ivy also appears at the end of the song as it closes and croons to the lyrics out.

At the 63rd staging of the show, the “Black is King”, artist led the nominations for this year with a whopping nine (9) nominations haul. She won Best R&B Performance for “Black Parade” cementing her historical 28 Grammy hold, a feat that was previously held by bluegrass artist Alison Krauss. She also won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Savage” with Megan Thee Stallion, who also won the Best New Artist award.

Billie Eilish took home the biggest prize of the show after winning Record of the Year for “Everything I Wanted.” This is her second time taking home the Record of the Year award. She also won Best Song Written for Visual Media for “No Time to Die,” the theme song for the new upcoming 25th James Bond movie, which is set to release something later in 2021 after having been canceled three times before.

Eilish, though, seems to have felt that Megan Thee Stallion deserved the award for her song “Savage” in collaboration with Beyoncé. She said, “this is really embarrassing for me…you deserve this,” she said to Megan. “You had a year that was unstoppable. You are a queen. I want to cry thinking about how much I love you. You are so beautiful. You are so talented. You deserve everything in the world,” she said.

Eilish’s statement did not appear controversial, but it does lend credence to claims by those snubbed by the Grammys like The Weeknd, who claims that the Grammys is racist and biased against black artists.

A long list of black artists, including The Weeknd, Teyana Taylor, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean, have now boycotted the Grammys for what they perceive to be the Grammy committees being racist. Many felt that Beyonce declining to perform on Sunday night was also part of her non-association with the organization, even as Beyoncé is known as an artist that is becoming a social activist with her music.

Meanwhile, Song of the Year was won by H.E.R for the song “I can’t breathe, and she also won Best R&B song in which she was featured in “Better Than I imagined” by Robert Glasper, which also featured Ndegeocello.

Best R&B Album went to John Legend for “Bigger Love“. The album win is a gold in the pockets of dancehall producer Stephen ‘DiGenuis’ McGregor and Koffee, who won her first Grammy at 19 years old. Both McGregor and Koffee produced two songs on Legend’s album – the title track “Bigger Love” and “Don’t Walk Away” featuring Koffee.

Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, and Taylor Swift each received six (6) nominations, but it was Swift who stole the show after winning the coveted Album of the Year award. This is her third time holding this award, and she is the first female to hold the Album of the Year award three times.

Kanye West also walked away with a win- having snagged the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his “Jesus is King,” album.

Burna Boy also showed out with his win for Best Global Music Album for “Twice as Tall.”

The Best Reggae Album Grammy went to Toots and the Maytals.

Drake Lyrics Mentioning Kanye West On ‘Scary Hours 2’ EP Explain

Drake has fans pining for his and Kanye West reconciliation after he mentions the controversial rapper on his latest release.

Drake SZN is upon us, and social media is buzzing about the little nuggets the rapper left in his mini EP Scary Hours 2. The three-pack ordeal is a precursor to the rapper’s impending album Certified Lover Boy and consists of a solo track “What’s Next” and two collaborations, with the more popular one being “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” with Rick Ross.

However, it’s the Kanye West reference in the Lil Baby-assisted “Wants and Needs” that has fans buzzing. In the track, Drake makes mention of his rival Kanye West in a positive way that has restored any hope of them reuniting – at least for fans.

Drake seems about ready to end his longtime feud with Ye that reached its pinnacle in 2018 when Pusha T exposed the rapper for being a dad – something that Drizzy believes the current G.O.O.D. Music president could have only learned directly from Kanye West. In his new track, “Wants and Needs,” the Toronto rapper expresses a desire to get closer to God.

Since Kanye has become the resident minister in the hip-hop community, it was only fitting that Drizzy calls on him for the cause. Drake raps:

“Yeah, I probably should go link with Yeezy, I need me some Jesus / But soon as I started confessing my sins, he wouldn’t believe us”

Kanye has been on a born-again journey since he gave his life to the Lord, and his Sunday Service movement has depicted just that. Even last year, when he ran for U.S. President, his campaign was primarily based on his religious ideals. Fans are excited about the possibility of faith rekindling Ye and Drizzy, who has seemed for the longest time to care zero about making amends.

Drake also raps about confessing his sins but thinks that they’re so bad that they’re unbelievable.

Is Drake rapping about Kim Kardashian on “Wants and Needs?”

Of course, there is the old Kim Kardashian factor. Kanye West is of the belief that Drizzy and Kim had an affair, and some fans are now drawing references to Drizzy’s lines about Ye on the track. The 6 God has a reputation for leaving mystery subs on his songs aimed at his nemesis, so there is a good chance Kim might be a factor here. Or perhaps he just wanted to ruffle up some feathers regarding Kanye, who is in the middle of a divorce from Kim.

Over on Twitter, one fan says they were anticipating that Drake, who is currently trending, would have called out Kanye West in some way or form on this new project. “I knew Drake would mention Kanye on his new songs, but I’m glad it was in a positive way this time. Would love them to squash the beef.”

Most of Twitterverse is in agreement that it’s about time Drake and Kanye put their differences behind them. They have certainly taken enough shots at each other over the years. What say you?

Bounty Killer Says Busta Rhymes Deserves Marcus Garvey Award Over Kanye West

Kanye West was honored with the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award, but Bounty Killer argues that there was a more suitable recipient.

Marcus Garvey is a Jamaica-native, but he is also a global icon held in high regard in black history. He was not only the first national hero of Jamaica but also the leader of Pan-Africanism, a worldwide movement that aims to tighten the bond among Africans across the world. He is a well-respected figure in history whose name has been lent to many literary works, institutions, streets, and even awards.

The Chicago Music Awards is one such franchise that has incorporated Garvey’s name. The awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to various music forms. For his great deal of contributions last year, Kanye West was honored with the Marus Garvey Humanitarian Award this year. However, the decision did not sit well with the public.

The very topic of discussion was an awkward one for many. Even the curator of the event himself, Jamaican TV personality, publisher, and entrepreneur, Ephraim Martin, was visibly taken aback when asked to speak on Kanye West receiving the award. In a statement to The Gleaner, Martin said, “Kanye getting this award is kind of a surprise to me. But he has been making contributions to different countries, and he came out on top of all [the other persons] nominees in that category.” While it is conceivable that Kanye simply outdid his fellow nominees as the founder and chairman of the Chicago Music Awards suggests, some Jamaicans are questioning what the rapper has done for Garvey’s country to earn such an accolade.

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Bounty Killer was one of the many who weighed in on the conversation online. When an Instagram post captioning the story that West was honored with an award “named in honor of Jamaica’s first national hero,” Bounty voiced his opinion in the comments. “WTF HE HAS DONE FOR JAMAICA THOUGH PPL?” the dancehall veteran asked. “What a piece groupie move is Busta Rhymes should be getting that real advocate of Jamaican culture worldwide.” Kanye West visited Jamaica twice last year – once to link up with reggae icon Buju Banton in the studio and, of course, when he brought his Sunday Service to the island – an unforgettable experience that no doubt was a great highlight for the country as it was the first international stop for the popular event.

As some people reminded in the comments, the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award has nothing to do with Jamaica in particular, as the recipient is honored for contributions far beyond that. In a single year, Kanye West made significant donations to several causes, especially those within the black community. He donated a 529 college savings fund for Gianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of the late George Floyd, who was murdered at the hands of police brutality. The donation secures a tertiary education for Gianna as it will cover her college tuition in full.

The entertainer also donated to the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and covered the legal fees for the teams still fighting for justice for their families. In addition, Kanye made significant contributions to We Women Empowered, Buju Banton’s Buju Banton Foundation, Chicago black-owned businesses struggling in the pandemic, and he announced in late October that he will be teaming up with the Haitian government “to make a transformational investment to bring jobs, development, help support local farmers and fishermen.”

While many people disagree with the decision to honor Kanye West with this award, we can’t disagree with the facts. Kanye West has donated millions of dollars to causes affecting the black community, and he has committed to contributing to the improvement of countries in the Caribbean as well as cities at home in the United States. The billionaire rap mogul who ran for U.S. President in 2020 is no doubt a controversial figure but should that take away from his philanthropy?

Ray J Says He And Kanye West Can Be Friends Amid Kim Kardashian Divorce

Amid Kim Kardashian filing for divorce, Ray J says he and Kanye West should be friends.

Over the years, Ray J has been involved in some newsworthy shenanigans causing him to get constant shoutouts in music by hip-hop artists. On a new episode of Between The Lines with Genius, Love & Hip Hop star Ray J goes over some popular songs that reference him. The reality star ended up dissecting lyrics from the likes of City Girls, Eminem, Method Man, Kanye West, and more.

Explaining the references in his own words, Ray J said he appreciates every shoutout in every track whether it’s good or bad. “Even if it is a line that may feel like a diss, it ain’t dissing me. They just talking about the subject at hand. Look I did some crazy sh*t man,” he said. “I did some crazy stuff so motherf***rs remember that sh*t you know, they speak on it.”

Ray J says his namedrop in Eminem’s “Godzilla” is top tier calling it the “highest level” of mentions. “Man, you always wanna get an Eminem mention. I don’t know, that’s like the highest level of it. Somebody get Eminem on the phone. Let me say what’s up. Em, let me pull up, let me soak up some knowledge real quick. Let me come learn some sh*t or give me some goddamn publishing!” said Ray J.

The rapper-turned-reality star also analyzed Kanye’s lyrics in “Highlights” for the first time on Between The Lines. “I bet me and Ray J would be friends if we ain’t love the same b***h / Yeah he might have hit it first, only problem is I’m rich,” Kanye raps. Ray J seemed genuinely surprised and perhaps even mildly pleased after hearing the full lyric for the first time. “That’s what it say in the song? No it don’t!” he said in disbelief. “That was cool, that’s like he having a conversation. I didn’t know it said all of that. I thought it ended after the b-i-t-c-h line.”

He went on to praise Kanye’s works and extend an olive branch to the rapper who married his adult film co-star and former flame Kim Kardashian. “I mean, listen, Watch the Throne is one of the greatest albums of all time, hands down. And the concert, that was some of the craziest sh*t and one of the most simple creative masterpieces I’ve ever experienced,” said Ray J. “Maybe we might need to be friends now! Everybody need to just put all our sh*t behind. It’s 2021, it’s all love over here. Let’s bring the love together.”

Elsewhere in the video, Ray J announced that he has an anniversary album coming called Radiation X and invited the City Girls to guest star after hearing his mention on JT’s remix for “Said Sumn.” In the song, she raps “Who the f**k y’all h*es playin’ wit anyways? / City Girls make em wish like Ray J.” According to Ray J, “We need a City Girls Raycon collaboration. That’s what the f**k we need,” he said. “If City Girls making wish like Ray J then that’s Ray J wish.”

Do you think Ray J’s hope that he and Kanye can establish a friendship and his “wish” for a City Girls collab is viable?

Kanye West and Elon Musk Set To Make Joint Clubhouse Appearance

Kanye West and Elon Musk are teaming up for a Clubhouse meeting, which is expected to be a must-listen for those who have access to the audio-only platform frequented by celebrities who are known to often share their thoughts unabashed.

Clubhouse has become very popular among the iPhone community, which has given those users exclusive access to the app, which functions as rooms with hosts who guide and contribute to various discussions, and this latest meeting with Elon Musk and Kanye West will be no different.

This isn’t the first time that the Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company chief executive officer, Musk, has been on the platform as his presence is usually something that draws enough attention. However, he and the creative Kanye West butting heads is sure to be something many would be tuning in for.

Clubhouse is quickly becoming a popular social media platform as it is used as a networking space for people in the tech industry. Musk, who is always up for banter on the subject matter, was recently on Clubhouse talking to the CEO of Robinhood, the company that made the news after Gamestop shares skyrocketed after Redditors conspired to buy the shares and drive up the share prices, leading to a hedge fund declaring bankruptcy after it initiated market manipulation of the shares by betting against them in the first instance. As a result, many working-class persons were able to cash out big. Well, that’s until Robinhood stepped in to freeze movements on buying or selling Gamestop shares. This led to an outcry as many dragged Robinhood for being an agent for the rich instead of acting in the interest of those a name as ‘Robinhood’ should protect.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk, who shared the announcement, has not shared details as to when the virtual event would be held. However, many reacted positively, signaling they would join. Among them the likes of singer and actor Tyrese, among others.

The most entertaining outcome is the most likely

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 10, 2021

A$AP Rocky – RACKS ON ME Lyrics

[Verse 1]
All these chicks and marijuana
Fitting my persona
Mix with my designer
I’ma need that by the morning darling
I sit back and watch
I sit back like recliner
These thoughts could fix your problems
These thoughts could get me locked up
Nine shots, now my enemies shot up
Now most of my enemies [?] up
Now bucks wanna [?] us, touch, knuck

[Chorus]
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah, they all will come clean
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah, they all will come clean

[Verse 2]
Dookie braids on my niggas with the Boosie fade
Gucci shades, Mickey Mouse
Fuck with a goofy, say yeah
Cartier rings, married to the game
Fuck a wedding ring, keep the fans engaged
Fuck a wedding cake, fuck a wedding ring
Hope when the Lord decide to close my curtains
Kanye West do the Sunday Service

[Chorus]
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah, they all will come clean
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah, running ’round [?]
Probably got them racks on me
Probably got them racks on me
Yeah they all will come clean

[Outro]
[?]

Kanye West’s Yeezy Brand Sues Intern For $500K For Breaching NDA

Kanye West’s apparel brand Yeezy Brand is suing a summer intern for breaching his non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and posting confidential photos of the brand’s merchandise.

The intern Ryan Inwards signed the NDA agreements that say if a breach occurred, the breaching party would be liable for liquidated damages in the sum of $500,000, the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Friday said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Yeezy’s main complaint is that Inwards shared non-public images on Instagram and failed to remove them even after the company sent him several cease and desist orders. Yeezy’s cause of action is for breach of contract and conversion, and in addition to the sum for liquidated damages, it also wants punitive damages to have Inwards punished because they believe his actions are malicious.

The company also wants the court to grant an injunction to order Inwards to hand over the images he possesses and to be banned from making similar posts in the future.

Meanwhile, an account by the same name on Instagram now has zero posts as it appears that the photos have now been removed.

It’s unclear what the photos show, but fans have been waiting for the release of new merchandise from the company. The Yeezy Adidas Boost 350 V2 Ash Stone sneaker is being teased for release in February. Fans, however, have not seen what the new kicks look like, but in spite of the over-the-top designs, there are dedicated Yeezy lovers who are waiting to cop the new sneakers, which will retail at $220.

Kim Kardashian Returns To IG, Wants Full Custody, Cites Kanye West’s Presidential Run As Final Straw

Kim Kardashian is back on Instagram without her wedding ring and sources are saying she wants full custody of her kids with Kanye West and that his presidential run was the last straw.

As Kanye West and Kim Kardashian embark on the next — separate — phase of their lives, we now know what pushed them over the edge. The cracks have been showing in Kimye’s relationship over the past year, with the couple mostly living in different locations.

The “Nah Nah Nah” rapper has been spending time at his ranch in Wyoming, while Kim and their kids continue to reside in California. News broke earlier this week that the pair would reportedly be going their separate ways after 6 years of marriage, which means that a post-mitten is naturally underway to find the first signs of trouble.

Kanye West shocking announcement that he wanted to be President marked Kim Kardashian’s wake-up call, according to Page Six. On Independence Day last year, the Grammy Award winner revealed his intention to run in the 2020 Presidential election — a decision that he reportedly did not inform his wife of until he told the world.

What followed was a breakdown of Kanye’s mental health as he revealed during a campaign rally that he and the reality star had considered aborting their firstborn, North, claimed that Kim was trying to have him committed, and also alleged that she had cheated on him with Meek Mill. Kim responded to her husband’s remarks by expressing the pain of seeing a loved one struggle with bipolar disorder.

While divorce rumors began doing the rounds, the couple attempted to repair their relationship by going on a family vacation, though it appears the cracks were too deep. A source has told Page Six that Kim Kardashian realized that she “needed to end the marriage for the sake of her kids and her own sanity.” She has reportedly hired celebrity attorney Laura Wasser to handle proceedings, which includes negotiating a confidential settlement ahead of a divorce filing.

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Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian is back on Instagram without her wedding ring as she inches closer to filing divorce docs.

Jeffree Star Breaks Silence On Kanye West Dating Rumors

Jeffree Star is leaning into the rumors that Kanye West cheated on Kim Kardashian with him as he fuels rumors from his Twitter account.

News broke that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were getting divorced after six (6) years of marriage and that the couple has separated and did not spend the holidays together. Kanye is reportedly at the ranch in Wyoming while Kim and the children remain in Los Angeles with the children.

Rumors began on Wednesday morning that Kanye West was allegedly dating transgender model Jeffree Star. As fans pondered whether the rumor was true or false, it doesn’t seem like Star is helping the situation as he milks it for attention.

Star posted to his Instagram account an image of him or herself wearing a pink robe, manicured talons on his fingers, and a multicolored lace wig with a face serving his best make up look. The photo itself is innocent but it was the location and caption that sent fans into a frenzy. Star tagged the location as Casper, Wyoming- the same location that Kanye is at?

To make matters worse, the post caption said, “I’m ready for Sunday Service,” a direct reference to Kanye’s popular event that he started after proclaiming himself to be a Christian.

I’m ready for Sunday Service ? pic.twitter.com/6kCA4kNrfu

— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) January 6, 2021

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West own the Wyoming ranch, which is located in the town of Cody, at the cost of $14 million. The Sunday Service event is known to have been staged at the Wyoming ranch in the past.

But it all seems like a joke that Jeffree is taking in good stride as he posted to his Twitter account, “we are 6 days into the new year and 2021 needs to chill the f**k out”, he said.

Kanye West Drops $1 Million On 5 Maybach SUVs For Kim Kardashian For Christmas

Kanye West reportedly gifted Kim Kardashian West with not one but five Maybachs for Christmas.

Though there are rumors of an impending divorce, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent Christmas together with their family, TMZ says. They also reportedly spent millions on each other in an exorbitant gift exchange. It’s not exactly the kind of thing you expect from a couple on the verge of a divorce but what’s millions when you have billions, right?

According to TMZ, Kanye gave Kim 5 Maybach SUVs for Christmas each worth just under $200,000. In return, Kim gifted her rapper husband a number of art pieces by James Turrell reportedly worth over a million dollars in total. Turrell is apparently one of Ye’s favorites.

Page Six recently reported that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been living separately and that a divorce is imminent. Kanye has been living at their ranch in Wyoming while Kim has been staying in their Hidden Hills mansion with their kids. With the couple on their way to splitting assets, it’s mindboggling yet interesting that they would only invest in more for each other.

The couple is also reportedly trying to work things out in marriage counseling. Though they’re at odds they can at least agree on what matters most around the holidays – family. According to reports, “Kim and Kanye remain in lockstep when it comes to their family and parenting, and doing Christmas BIG is a sign of that.”

In spite of that, Kim is reportedly preparing for the divorce and has even hired divorce attorney Laura Wasser. A source told PEOPLE that Kim has “just had enough of it” after Kanye’s meltdowns, bid for President, and who could forget him implying that she cheated with rapper Meek Mill.

What do you think about Kanye and Kim spending millions on each other ahead of a divorce?

Twista – Slow Jamz Lyrics

(feat. Kanye West, Jamie Foxx)

[Luther Vandross]
Are you gonna be
Say that you’re gonna be

[Jamie Foxx]
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh…

[Jamie Foxx – Chorus]
She said she wants some Marvin Gaye, some Luther Vandross, a little Anita, will definitely set this party off right
(Are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are you gonna be are you gonna be, well well well well well)
She said she want some Ready for the World, some New Edition, some Minnie Ripperton, and definitely set this party off right
(Are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are you gonna be are you gonna be, well well well well well)

[Kanye West]
I told her to drive over in your new whip
Bring some friends you cool with
Imma bring da cool whip
Then I want you to strip
See you is my new chick
So we get our grind on
She be grabbin, callin me Biggie like Shine home
Man I swear she fine homes
Why she always lying though
Tellin me them diamonds when she know they rhinestones
She got a light skinned friend look like Michael Jackson
Got a dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson
I play ‘Ready for the World’ – she was ready for some action
My dawg said you aint no freak, so you got to prove my man wrong
Imma play this Vandross
You gon’ take your pants off
Imma play this Galdys Knight
Me and you gon’ get right

[Chorus X2]

[Twista]
Got you lookin at the gliss at my hands and wrists
While i’m layin back smokin on my canibus
When it come to rockin original like Marvin and Luther
I can tell you aint no messin with Kan-man and Twist
From the Chi and I be
Sippin Hennessy
Twistin almarie?
Tryina smoke a B
Lookin properly
Feelin on a G?
And always (Well Well Well Well Well)
Come with me and sip on some Evelyn Champagne

You aint know Twista can work it like the Whispers
Hit the stop light, get into some Isaac
The rims still moving so I’m bumping a little spinners
While I’m
Smokin on a B
Dippin through the streets
Bumpin R&B
And I got to leave
something to the 23’s?
And I do it (well well well well well)
When my earth and the wind smoke a fire
Let me when get your sheets wet listening to Keith Sweat
Put you in a daze for maze
Fullfilling our every temptation slow jamming having deep sex
You ready for the world girl
Come on over make me touch you all over your body baby don’t say no to me
An every moment you controllin’ me I’m lovin the way you be holding me when I be listening to Jodeci
And when I come over and bend your ass
You be bumpin Teddy Pendergrass
I’da hit it from the back to the melody to roll it slow
Now I gotta go up in it fast, but imma finish last
No matter how much of a thug you see
I still spit it like it’s R&B, so to the club with me
And with some Luther come on and hope you finna and stilla be in love with me

[chorus X2]

[Twista]
Baby drop another slow jam
And all us lovers need hold hands
And if you aint got no man hop up on my brohem
I keep it pimpin like an old man
You gots to roll with the plan
Cuz after that then I
Take it to the dome
Then I got to bone
Stay up in the zone
Got to get you home
Gotta run up on
And I do it (well well well well well)
Baby drop another slow jam
And all us lovers need hold hands
And if you aint got no man hop up on my brohem
I keep it pimpin like an old man
You gots to roll with the plan
Cuz after that then I
Take you to my home
And we could get it on
Disconnect the phone
Just to get you goin’
Tryina make you moan
And I do it (well well well well well)

Kanye West hit with $1 million lawsuit over unpaid wages from 2019 opera

Kanye West hit with $1 million lawsuit over unpaid wages from 2019 opera
The rapper hosted a series of performances of Nebuchadnezzar at The Hollywood Bowl in 2019.

By Sajae Elder

November 05, 2020

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images.

 

Kanye West is being hit with a $1 million lawsuit over unpaid wages from his run of Nebuchadnezzar opera performances back in 2019, according to The Blast. Employees from the shows, which took place at Hollywood Bowl, claim they were not paid for their involvement.

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Documents obtained by The Blast saw one hair assistant claim that West “failed to properly compensate [them] and many dozens of other persons who performed services on the production, including the background actors, performing as audience members.” It also revealed that “defendants oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and the aggrieved employees worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all.” So far, West nor his team have responded to the lawsuit or the allegations.

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Back in 2019, West debuted a Vanessa Beecroft-directed opera about Babylonian empire monarch Nebuchadnezzar, featuring music from his Sunday Service collective. It was exclusively live-streamed on Tidal.

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Most recently, West officially conceded defeat and ended his often bizarre Presidential campaign, after garnering 60,000 votes. The rapper later indicated that he plans to run again in 2024.

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

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Kanye West officially concedes defeat after accruing over 60,000 votes

Kanye West officially concedes defeat after accruing over 60,000 votes
His largest voting base was in Tennessee, with over 10,000 votes (.3%).

By Salvatore Maicki

November 04, 2020

SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

As of this morning, Kanye West has officially ended his 2020 presidential campaign. After only appearing on the ballot in 12 states, there was no possible way that West could have theoretically won — yet, despite the stakes of this particular election, he remained an option in Idaho, Oklahoma, Utah, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Vermont, Colarado, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Tennessee, where he received the most support (over 10,000 votes).

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As the world continues to wait for a final tally on Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s neck-in-neck race, West announced his concession early Wednesday morning with the threat of a 2024 run. As for whether or not wife Kim Kardashian cast a vote for her husband, she hasn’t disclosed — but some of her Twitter activity has pointed toward a Biden endorsement.

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Kanye West enlists DaBaby and 2 Chainz for “Nah Nah Nah” remix

Kanye West enlists DaBaby and 2 Chainz for “Nah Nah Nah” remix
Most of the song appeared on West’s Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

By Salvatore Maicki

October 29, 2020

DaBaby (Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Universal Music Group), Kanye West (Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company), 2 Chainz (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball)

Amid his ongoing presidential campaign, Kanye West is still out here making music. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, you’re probably already familiar with his newest single “Nah Nah Nah,” in which he fights for his masters and samples Star Wars. Today, West is following it up with a remix to the track which adds an opening verse from DaBaby, and most of a closing verse from 2 Chainz — only 2:20 of the track appears on West’s Twitter cut of the song, and it’s yet to appear on DSPs. Hear most of the song below, and then head this way to keep tabs on the latest from West’s presidential goals, including what FEC reports have revealed about his campaign spending.

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NAH NAH NAH REMIX DABABY & 2CHAINZ pic.twitter.com/I0gaZJ0ft7

— ye (@kanyewest) October 29, 2020

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Kanye West raps about his record deal, Star Wars on “Nah Nah Nah” freestyle

Kanye West raps about his record deal, Star Wars on “Nah Nah Nah” freestyle
All set to footage of a UFC K.O.

By David Renshaw

October 14, 2020

THE WHOLE TEAM IS SO ENERGIZED THAT I HAD TO RELEASE THEME MUSIC NAH NAH NAH pic.twitter.com/p3NhTV11cN

— ye (@kanyewest) October 14, 2020

Kanye West has released a snippet of a new song titled “Nah Nah Nah.” The rapper and presidential candidate posted the audio on Twitter overnight alongside the message: “THE WHOLE TEAM IS SO ENERGIZED THAT I HAD TO RELEASE THEME MUSIC.” “Nah Nah Nah” is accompanied by footage from a recent UFC fight between middleweight Joaquin Buckley and Impa Kasanganay that featured what many have described as the most spectacular knockout in UFC history.

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West appears to reference his recent dispute with UMG over the terms of his record contract (“If I put myself on, swear they get my own masters”) on “Nah Nah Nah.” He also samples a clip from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of The Sith and raps “Don’t jump Anakin, I got the higher ground.”

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Last month West shared another snippet of new material, the Lauryn Hill-sampling “BELIEVE WHAT I SAY” was subsequently played on Travis Scott’s Apple Music 1 show. Earlier this week he revealed a brand new ad for his election campaign ahead of the November 3 vote.

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Twitter flags Kanye West for spreading “manipulated” election news

Twitter flags Kanye West for spreading “manipulated” election news
On Tuesday night, West spread Kentucky poll results that falsely showed him ahead of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

By Salvatore Maicki

October 14, 2020

Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images

Despite all that’s at stake in the upcoming presidential election, Kanye West has remained persistent in his desire to siphon votes that would almost certainly be better spent elsewhere. West will not appear on the ballot in many states (including his home state, Illinois) but he is on the ballot in Kentucky, and he’s still campaigning to win it. On Tuesday night, West jumped the gun and posted a screenshot of a Lexington news outlet that showed him polling ahead of both Trump and Biden, and significantly behind Brock Pierce and Jo Jorgensen.

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GET THE WEST WING READY !!! … this is how I felt when I saw that Kentucky pole result 🌎🌍🌏🪐💫☄️💥🔥🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/k9e87MGKZL

— ye (@kanyewest) October 14, 2020

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The post, and accompanying video of West saying to “get the West Wing ready,” have both been flagged by Twitter as “manipulated media” after the news outlet LEX 18 confirmed that the polling was a result of a site error. “Someone discovered a cached web link that we used during June’s primary election to post Associated Press election results. The old link was still populating current AP data and showed test results, which is part of the preparation the AP does in advance of elections,” the news station tweeted, adding that “the results shown were not valid. They were simply part of a test.”

The fake news debacle is just the latest snafu in an increasingly baffling campaign by West. Two days ago, he unveiled a new commercial spot that had him rambling about “reviving our commitment to faith… to what our constitution calls ‘the free exercise of religion,’ including, of course, prayer.” The video has since been scrubbed from his Twitter account.

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Kanye West shares bizarre 2020 campaign video

Kanye West shares bizarre 2020 campaign video
The video encourages viewers to write in West’s name on ballots for the 2020 presidential election.

By Jordan Darville

October 12, 2020

Photo by Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images

 

Kanye West‘s bid for the presidency is widely regarded as a spoiler campaign helmed by Republican operatives to siphon enough votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to tilt a close election in favor of President Donald Trump. Polls have shown West’s presence to have had a negligible impact on the race, but he is still on the ballot in over a dozen states. Today, he’s shared a brand new campaign ad.

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The ad shows Kanye West standing in front of a black-and-white American flag, looking off-camera as he quite clearly reads his speech from a teleprompter or cue cards. West’s ad emphasizes religion and the family unit, but policy-wise, it’s just as generic as the B-grade stock footage clumsily cut between West’s schpiel. Unlike most campaign ads, West does not make eye contact with the camera once, an unsettling visual choice.

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“We as a people will revive our commitment to faith,” West says, “to what our constitution calls ‘the free exercise of religion,’ including, of course, prayer.” Adding to the shoddiness of the production is the recording of West saying “I’m Kanye West and I approve this message,” which sounds like it was recorded on one of West’s ugly shoes. The clip ends encouraging viewers to “Write-In Kanye West.”

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https://t.co/3hGgcjHzRE we stepping out on faith pic.twitter.com/0a82wuh8at

— ye (@kanyewest) October 12, 2020

Kanye West shares snippet of new Lauryn Hill-sampling song

Kanye West shares snippet of new Lauryn Hill-sampling song
“BELIEVE WHAT I SAY” was shared by Kanye West over the weekend and subsequently played on Travis Scott’s Apple Music 1 show.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 28, 2020

Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP

Over the weekend, Kanye West tweeted out a 40-second snippet of a new song titled “BELIEVE WHAT I SAY.” The song, West’s first piece of new music since launching a campaign attempting to regain control of his masters from Universal Music Group, samples Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”. A day after West tweeted the snippet, Travis Scott proceeded to play it on .WAV Radio, his Apple Music 1 show with Chase B. West’s last single was this year’s “Wash Us In The Blood,” a collaboration with Scott. Listen to “BELIEVE WHAT I SAY” and the episode of .WAV Radio below.

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BELIEVE WHAT I SAY (snippet) pic.twitter.com/U7Y2KQJ5UC

— ye (@kanyewest) September 26, 2020

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Kanye West claims he’ll return his share of masters to G.O.O.D. Music artists

Kanye West claims he’ll return his share of masters to G.O.O.D. Music artists
West says he owns 50% of G.O.O.D. Music artists’ masters.

By Jordan Darville

September 23, 2020

Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP via Getty Images

 

Kanye West has, by the grace of God, hit the brakes on publically discussing his spoiler 2020 campaign in favor of airing his grievances with his labels Universal Music Group and Sony. It began last week when West tweeted out hundreds of pages of his record deal, asking lawyers to review them, and insisting that he will liberate musicians trapped in unfair deals.

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On Wednesday, West took a tentative step towards his goal, claiming in a tweet that he would return to artists on his label G.O.O.D. Music the 50% ownership of their master recordings that he controls. “I’m giving all Good music artist[s] back the 50% share I have of their masters,” he wrote. See the tweet below:

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I’m giving all Good music artist back the 50% share I have of their masters

— ye (@kanyewest) September 23, 2020

It’s another story whether or not West will actually follow through on this promise, or if the record contracts he and his G.O.O.D. Music artists signed actually allow for it. In the event that it does go through, however, it could be a massive windfall for artists like Big Sean, John Legend, Teyana Taylor, Pusha-T, and many more G.O.O.D. Music artists past and present.

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West emphasized the importance of an artist owning their masters during his Twitter spree last week. “When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights,” he wrote. “Without the masters you can’t do anything with your own music.”

The FADER has reached out for more information.

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