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Listen to Kanye West's eerie rework of Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” released in September, was already dramatic. Then it got an eerie makeover by Kanye West for the Hunger Games soundtrack.

Lorde curated the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack, and it includes “Yellow Flicker Beat” and West’s rework of the track, which appeared on the Kiwi singer’s YouTube Monday. The original sounds like it’s ripped straight from Pure Heroine; West’s version retains that sound while also giving it a darker, ominous feel.
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Kanye West plays coach in Big Sean's 'IDFWU' video

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There’s no doubt that Kanye West has a close mentor/mentee relationship with his G.O.O.D. Music protege Big Sean, with collaborations galore and Kanye producing several of Big Sean’s now-biggest hits. And it’s on full display in the just-released video for Sean’s “IDFWU,” in which Kanye makes a brief appearance as the coach of Sean’s rhythmically inclined football team.

It’s an appropriate role, as even though Yeezy doesn’t get in on the action by laying down a verse on the track, his producer fingerprints are all over it. READ FULL STORY

10 songs where guest rappers stole the show

Guest verses have always been a part of hip-hop, but they’ve grown in popularity over the years for a number of reasons: they put new talent in people’s ears, they keep established rappers sharp, and they keep the slightly gladiatorial element of competition between performers alive in an era when freestyle battle raps are seen as slightly antiquated. The right featured guest can turn a single into a smash—but it can also backfire if that rapper outshines the song’s main artist. But when that does happen, the results can be pretty magical. Here are 10 notable examples of guest rappers appearing on other rappers’ songs—and completely blowing them away. READ FULL STORY

Big Sean debuts four new songs: Listen

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Big Sean surprised fans Friday afternoon with a batch of new music posted to his SoundCloud. The “Marvin & Chardonnay” rapper unveiled four new songs, including one that unites two of the most successful producers of the past few years for the first time. “I Don’t F– With You” was produced by his G.O.O.D. Music boss Kanye West and Hot-100-dominating newcomer DJ Mustard, finding an interesting middle ground between the former’s proggy sonic envelope-pushing and the latter’s bare-bones electro boom. (It also features yet another in a very long line of on-point verses by Bay Area rap legend E-40.)

Sean’s already having a pretty big week, with Thursday’s announcement that he’s joined the Roc Nation management roster and Saturday’s release of his tropical-themed collaboration with Adidas.

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Kanye West and DJ Million Dollar Mano part ways

Kanye West and his longtime touring DJ Million Dollar Mano have parted ways, according to Mano. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West surprises us all, claims he's not Britney Spears

Kanye West is the latest musician to say completely ridiculous, completely hilarious things in a deposition. (If you don’t remember Justin Bieber’s—in which he accidentally says he has been detrimental to his own career—now’s a good time to revisit it.)

West is facing charges for assaulting a photographer earlier this yearTMZ obtained a transcript of the rapper’s deposition, which includes this instantly unforgettable line: “I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f–king dealt with.” To clarify: “I’m not Britney Spears.”

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Kanye West gets booed at Bonnaroo

It seems not everyone at Bonnaroo was as excited for Kanye West to headline the festival’s Friday night lineup as organizers were — graffitied variations of “F–k Kanye” began popping up in various places  (walls, barriers, port-a-potties) across the farm almost as soon as concertgoers began arriving late Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Kanye took the stage for his 10 p.m. slot in front of an electric crowd that may top 90,000 by festival’s end. With a set design significantly toned down from his “Yeezus” tour, one might have been inclined to think this signaled a departure from his recent bombast. But that hope was dashed halfway through the set when, during the outro of “Heartless,” Kanye started yelling, “Where the press at? F–k the press!”

Given that the press made up an insignificant percentage of the audience, this comment passed by inoffensively — but it was just the beginning of the sermon. Kanye pressed on, touting his work ethic and commitment to his craft and saying he was feeling “humbled in a way that gave him strength” because at 37, “what you see [of him] now is only the beginning” which eventually escalated to “I am the No. 1 muthaf–kin’ rock star on the planet!” READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey sang for free at Kimye's wedding

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Despite the rumors that Lana Del Rey cashed in big ($2.8 million seemed to be a popular number) for her performance at Kim and Kanye’s wedding, the songstress told TMZ that she did it for free.

“I would never charge a friend to sing at their wedding,” she told the crowd that greeted her at LAX this morning. “That would be crazy.” Lana is the lady, after all, who sang, “I am f—ing crazy/But I am free.”


'God Level': Kanye West debuts new track on his wedding day -- VIDEO

Get married, drop a new track — all in a day’s work for Kanye West.

The rapper — who married Kim Kardashian in an extravagant ceremony on Saturday, just in case you didn’t hear — took advantage of the hype and unveiled his new single, “God Level,” on the same day. The song is part of Adidas’ FIFA World Cup commercial “The Dream,” which debuted during halftime of the UEFA Champions League Final. (The full track had appeared on SoundCloud, but has since been taken down.)

Lots of international soccer stars make an appearance in the clip, all of whom are still probably not famous enough to have made the cut for Kimye’s guest list.

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In rapper vocab test, Ghostface beats Drake, DMX, Kanye and Lil Wayne

Who would you bet had the bigger vocabulary: Drake or Ghostface Killah? What about Common or Ludacris?

A coder and designer named Matt Daniels put together a data analysis of rap lyrics to see which rappers had the biggest vocabularies and some of the results are surprising. Ghostface blows Drake out of the water when it comes to diversity of vocabulary: The Wu-Tang Clan member uses 5,774 unique words in his lyrics, while Drake only uses 3,522. In Common v. Ludacris, meanwhile, it’s almost a tie — Common uses 4,974, but Luda is close behind with 4,806. READ FULL STORY

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