#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
Kanye West Urges Radio Outfits To Play Frank Ocean's Music
The first time many people heard (or heard of) Frank Ocean was in the introduction of Kanye West's Watch the Throne opener "No Church in the Wild." Yes, Kanye West has been a big supporter of Ocean throughout Ocean's career.
Kanye West's Yeezy Basketball Sneakers Will Reportedly Release In Early 2017
Adidas announced a long-term contraction extension with Kanye West earlier this Summer, which will grant him his own team of designers and project managers specifically dedicated to the Yeezy line. This means there will be more Yeezys across multiple platforms, including performance Yeezy basketball sneakers.
McDonald's Has Responded To Kanye West's Weird McDonald's Poem
Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry magazine isn’t in the hands of too many people yet, but that didn’t stop a somewhat odd poem about anthropomorphized McDonald’s menu items penned by Kanye West from surfacing online. Frank Ocean grabbing headlines with over 200,000 projected first week sales didn't hurt either.
Kanye West Writes Awesome Poem "The McDonald's Man" For Frank Ocean Zine
Frank Ocean coincided the surprise release of his new album, Blonde, by setting up a few pop-up shops around the US as well as one in his current residence of London in order to give away a limited number of copies of a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry," which was the presumed title of Blonde. Like the album, the magazine looks to be a rare piece of art.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Credits Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie & More
Frank Ocean just dropped, and everything seems to be in its right place again. His new album, which appeared on Apple Music in surprise fashion, is entitled Blonde and not Boys Don't Cry, which had been the rumored title for over a year. However, Ocean did put out a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry" in coordination with the release of Blonde. The magazine appeared at four different pop-up shops in four different cities.
A Baltimore Brewery Is Selling A Kanye West Inspired Beer Made With Dr. Pepper's 23 Flavors
A Baltimore-based brewery, Stillwater Artisanal, is making a name for themselves by producing rapper-inspired by beers like this recently unveiled "I Miss The Old Kanye" brew. The Kanye inspired Imperial Porter, which has an 8% ABV, features all 23 of Dr. Pepper's flavors as well as juniper, prunes, plums, star anise, cloves, and Brettanomyces. The label on the bottle offers the biggest nod to Yeezy, styled just like The Life Of Pablo art.
Kanye West's "Pablo" Pop-Up Shops Are Opening Across The Country This Weekend
Not to be outdone by guys like Future, Drake and Justin Bieber who have all recently opened up pop-up shops in NYC, Kanye West has officially announced that a number of "Pablo" pop-up shops will be opening around the world this weekend. In total, 21 Pablo pop-ups will be opening their doors tomorrow, August 19th. As you'd expect, The Life Of Pablo merch will be available in all major U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago as well as spots like Toronto, London, Amsterdam and Sydney.
Kanye West Confirms Yeezy Season 4 Will Be Unveiled On The First Day Of NYFW
It has been announced that Kanye West's Yeezy Season 4 will officially be unveiled on September 7th, the very first day of New York Fashion Week. Whether you're in it for the new line of outrageously priced Yeezy apparel or to see what kind of Yeezy Boosts are coming up next, the Yeezy Season 4 showcase is sure to deliver.
Kanye West Fans Really Want Him To Perform At Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show
Now that Adele is out of the running for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show, the door is open for another performer to step in and throw down. Who should be. A insurgent Twitter movement is making the case for Kanye West.
The Game Says He F*cked All 3 Kardashian Sisters On New Song "Sauce"
Yesterday, The Game shared a new song, "Sauce," which included an intro courtesy of DJ Khaled. It's a strong effort no doubt, though "Sauce" has come under added scrutiny for one particular line involving all three of the Kardashian sisters. In the final verse, he raps, "I used to fuck bitches that Usher Raymond passed off / Then I fucked three Kardashians, hold that thought."
Travis Scott Drops Kanye West's Remix Of Desiigner's "Timmy Turner" At .Wav Party
Last night, Travis Scott held a party in LA to celebrate his new ".Wav" radio show on Beats 1, to hype up Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight -- set for release on Aug. 26, and to premiere the videos to both "Pick Up the Phone" (watch here) and "90210," the latter which still hasn't been officially released.
Werner Herzog Narrated Kanye West's "Famous" Video
To call Kanye West's "Famous" music video "controversial" would be an understatement. West himself has called the video, which features wax nudes of Kanye, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and other A-list celebrities in bed a "comment on fame."
Vic Mensa Says Jay Z's New Music Is "Fresh As Fuck"
Vic Mensa is busy touring with Save Money friend/rapper Joey Purp, for his "Back With a Vengeance" tour.
Travis Scott Is Getting His Own Beats 1 Radio Show
If you've been wondering what the hell Travis Scott's ".WAV" party this Friday is referring to. Now we know. Scott is getting his own Beats 1 radio show, and the the title of the show is ".WAV." Scott announced the show during an interview today with Zane Lowe.
A Timeline Of The Throne: How Kanye West & Jay Z's Album Came To Be
Watch The Throne was a blockbuster album, spawning big singles ("Otis," "N*ggas In Paris"), an ambitious tour, and a fair amount of acclaim. The idea for the project began simply as EP, but quickly grew much bigger, involving a slew of big name producers (Hit-Boy, Jeff Bhasker, The Neptunes, Q-Tip, Mike Dean, RZA) and featured artists (Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Beyonce).
Kim Kardashian West Admits Kanye Was Pissed About Kylie Jenner's Puma Deal
Kanye West really wanted Kylie Jenner to land an endorsement deal with Adidas, after all, she has often been spotted wearing his Adidas Yeezy Boosts and promoting other Yeezy Season apparel. However, the Kardashian's matriarch, Kris Jenner jumped at the opportunity to sign her daughter up for partnership with PUMA, something that Kanye has opposed from the start.
Kanye West Surpasses Michael Jackson With 40th Top 40 Hit
This past week, ScHoolboy Q's "THat Part" feat. Kanye West rose from #42 to #40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song marked ScHoolboy's second trip into the top 40. For Kanye, the occasion was slightly more meaningful; the song marked his 40th trip into the top 40, vaulting him past Michael Jackson and Frankie Valli (39 apiece).
French Montana's "MC4" Tracklist Features Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Nas & More
French Montana finally has a concrete release date for his album MC4, which is also (finally) getting some buzz thanks to his single with Drake, "No Shopping," although the single caught more attention for Drake lyrics possibly dissing Joe Budden than it did for French.
A History Of Drake & Kanye's Collaborations
Kanye first brought up the possibility of a collaborative project with Drake a year or so back, revealing that the project, which was merely an idea at that point was at one point titled Wolves. At the time, Kanye wasn't too confident that the album would ever happen, but when he made a surprise appearance at Drake's 7th annual OVO Fest on Monday, he got the conversation going once again, confirming that a collaborative project between the two rapper was on the way.