Cher Says Kanye West Personally Thanked Her For Auto-Tune
When looking at auto-tune's invasion of rap, we usually talk about T-Pain, but the use of pitch-correction software to produce a robotic vocal effect actually goes a little deeper than that. Cher's 1998 comeback single, "Believe," is generally agreed upon as the first time we heard auto-tune used in this way, and Kanye West is well aware of the record's impact.
Kanye West In Talks To Create A TV Show With Vice
Vice is really out here. The media company, now valued at $4 million, will be turning their focus to cable television in the coming months, and Kanye West might be involved. In a New York Times article on the company's TV aspirations, it's revealed that they'll be taking over A&E's History Channel spinoff network H2, and that their programming could very well include a show by Mr. West.
Met Gala 2015: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & More On The Red Carpet
Last night the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted their annual Met Gala, inviting the wealthiest of people to converge on their red carpet in all sorts of haute couture.
The Best Possible Acronyms For Kanye West's "SWISH"
Yesterday, Kanye West tweeted, and as usual, the Internet crumbled to shreds. Last month, Kanye tweeted a picture (of what looked like an album cover) with the words: So Help Me God. Rather than a cry for help, we took 'Ye's words to be the title of his upcoming album, which he plans to release this year--of course, he won't tell us when. His latest tweet did disclose, however, that So Help Me God is no longer the name of his next album. The current title: SWISH.
Who Had The Better Verse: Fabolous Vs. Lloyd Banks
New York has always had a strong lineage of lyrical rappers. The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Rakim, and Jay Z cultivated New York Rap with their lyrical candor and unblemished wordplay. While some tried to follow the blueprint of these rap aficionados, many failed. Despite there being a dearth of lyrical rappers representing NY, Fabolous and Lloyd Banks have undoubtedly left their marks. Neither is loud and boisterous, but each pack huge punches within their arsenal. When both men collide on a record, all you hear are #bars, making it pretty difficult to gauge who out-rapped the other.
Kanye West Changes His Album Title
At the beginning of March, Kanye tweeted a picture that looked like album artwork with the caption: "So Help Me God." Since, we've taken those words to be the title of Kanye's upcoming seventh studio album, but, today, on Twitter (again), Kanye has given us a new title... for now. 'Ye tweeted that he's changing his album title to SWISH, though, a minute later, he clarified: "I might change it again." But, for now, SWISH it is.
Paul McCartney Compares Kanye West's Songwriting Process To John Lennon's
Paul McCartney's worked with a who's-who of legends in the music industry including, but certainly not limited to, Michael Jackson, Pete Townsend, Stevie Wonder and Kanye West, but John Lennon is a different story entirely. With nearly all of the Beatles' music credited to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team, they're no doubt one of the most respected songwriting duos in history. That's why it's so crazy to hear Sir Paul compare Kanye's songwriting process to his former right hand man's.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Kanye West, Rihanna, Jack Sparrow & A Snake Showed Up To Travi$ Scott's Birthday
After doing a lot of production work for artists likes Kanye West and Jay Z, Travi$ Scott is very much establishing himself as a solo artist. The Houston rapper has earned a strong fanbase through his ad-lib heavy style, but much of his appeal also comes from his live show -- which is pretty much just one big party.
Chance The Rapper & Kanye West Hit The Studio
Chance The Rapper first met Kanye West at Jay Z's Made In America festival last September, and wasn't shy in letting the world know that he finally got to meet one of his idols, calling himself Ye's "#1 fan."
Who Had The Better Verse: Jay Z Vs. Kanye West
Despite the fortuitous shift in the music industry, the status of Jay Z and Kanye West remains unblemished. For over a decade, Hov and Ye anchored the remaining bits of Roc-A-Fella by extinguishing rays of doubts with timeless material. Since Reasonable Doubt, nobody questioned Jay’s lyrical prowess. He embodies consistency and longevity. With a run similar to Jordan's, it’s easy to see why he’s pegged as an all-time great.
Kanye West Still Supports TIDAL
Last week (April 22), we reported that when TIDAL fell out of the App Store's top 750 apps, the streaming service also lost the support of Kanye West--as evidenced by the removal of all TIDAL-related tweets on his Twitter account.
Tyler, The Creator Says "Smuckers" Beat Was Intended For Kanye West & Jay Z
Tyler, The Creator's new album, Cherry Bomb, is a bit of a divisive LP, but the one record that people seem to be agreeing on is the Kanye West and Lil Wayne collaboration, "Smuckers".Not only are the performances top notch, the instrumental is also quite an achievement, which makes sense, as it was apparently intended to be given to Jay Z and Kanye.
#TBT: Kid Cudi "Man On The Moon" Phase
This may make you feel a little old, but Kid Cudi's career-launching mixtape A Kid Named Cudi is about to turn seven years old. While the "Day 'n' Nite" artist has released much music since then, many fans long for the alternative-minded rap the Cleveland kid layed down on his first two albums.
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian May Have A Case Against The Guy Who Leaked Their Proposal Footage
Naturally, it didn't take long for news of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's engagement to break, and soon thereafter came video footage. For most, unsolicited video of a life event leaking onto the internet would be an invasion of privacy, but for Kimye, it was more than that; it was reality TV money draining quickly out of their pockets.
Tidal Plummets In App Store, Loses Kanye West's Support
A little over three weeks since its highly-publicized launch, the Jay Z-owned streaming service Tidal is looking more and more like a flop. After the CEO of the company was fired last week, Tidal's popularity and support from celebrities seems to be fading now.
Jay Electronica Calls Kanye West A "Black God," Talks Young Thug & O.T. Genasis
We may never get Jay Electronica's "Act II: Patents of Nobility", though last month, we came one leak closer with "Road to Perdition".
Vic Mensa Signs With Roc Nation Records
21-year-old Vic Mensa can now look at his haters and say, with impunity: "Oh u mad, huh?" He just signed with Roc Nation Records, the label owned by Jay Z, and that's a big deal for a guy who only has a mixtape and EP to his name (or any guy, really). He'll join J. Cole. Rita Ora, Jay Electronica, Willow Smith, DJ Mustard and Rihanna on the record label. Hova announced the news via Twitter today; view his tweet below.
Kanye West: "I Am An Innovator," Not A Musician
You can now see Kanye West on the cover of both TIME and PAPER Magazine. His profile in the "TIME 100" issue was written by the multibillionaire engineer Elon Musk, but in PAPER, Kanye delivers a self-penned essay on his status as a modern innovator.