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Want to sit in the front row at a Kanye West concert and meet the rapper before the show? You’ll just have to pay, oh, $15,000 (or more).
Auction site Gavel&Grand is currently holding an auction where Yeezy fans can bid on a package that includes two VIP tickets and a private meet and greet at a West show, a pair of Yeezy sneakers, and autographed tour memorabilia. The starting bid is $15,000, and the auction closes Dec. 11.
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This Frankenstein’s monster of a benefit show shouldn’t have worked.
As part of World AIDS Day, U2 announced a surprise show yesterday afternoon: Times Square, 7:30 p.m., to be broadcast on YouTube and ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown. The Irish rock royalty—the same guys who implanted their most recent record into millions of iTunes libraries back in September—know high-stakes spotlights well, but Monday evening they were without iconic frontman Bono, who was injured last month in a bicycle accident.
Instead, U2 and Bono’s charity organization (RED) moved forward with an assemblage of top-notch artists that few would have envisioned sharing a bill, much less a stage. Dubbing themselves “U2 Minus 1,” the band invited Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen to fill Bono’s shoes, and recruited Carrie Underwood and Kanye West to give solo performances. Despite drearily persistent rain, the show didn’t disappoint. READ FULL STORY
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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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
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 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.
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 year. TMZ 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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