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Jay Z and Kanye West bring the throne to SXSW

Back in 2011 and 2012, super friends Jay Z and Kanye West took their epic Watch the Throne tour everywhere from Paris to Vancouver. Even New Jersey got a two-night stand. One place they skipped, though? Austin, Texas.

That changed last night, when Jay and ‘Ye took over the Austin Music Hall for Samsung’s big SXSW party. Needless to say, people were excited; even Tyler, the Creator, who had a showcase of his own to play later that night, could be seen wilding out in the middle of the young crowd and, inevitably, inspiring a flood of Samsung-sponsored selfies from the fans around him. (Sadly, Tyler’s scheduled 1 a.m. showcase at Mohawk would end up being marred by tragedy.)

So did the Throne live up to the hype? Without a doubt. Sure, the concept and set-list was more or less a facsimile of the official tour — the rappers dueled from atop opposing glowing cubes amid a spastic laser show, before eventually taking the actual stage together and tag-teaming in and out for solo mini-sets — but that didn’t stop everyone from losing themselves during the two-hour blowout. And both Jay and Kanye have put out a bunch of new music since they last convened onstage: Hova had his (also Samsung-aided) Magna Carta Holy Grail, while West had his Yeezus masterpiece, plus the Cruel Summer comp he released under the G.O.O.D. Music banner.

But since the notes on my phone are roughly 85% exclamation points, it might be best to break it down by the numbers: READ FULL STORY

Lily Allen's new 'Our Time' video is all about her

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Lily Allen has (somewhat literally) thrown up the video for her latest single “Our Time,” off her forthcoming album Sheezus to be released May 5th. I was super behind her album title, especially considering the shade she threw at pretty much everyone with her “Hard Out Here” video. Shade for the ageist, sexist music industry. Shade for Miley. Shade for rap videos. Shade for all!

And then she said in an interview with Shortlist that she thinks we don’t need feminism anymore and that women hate each other more than men hate us…so yah, Lily has been scoring big in the racy statements department. But then after all that delicious rabble-rousing, she said that Sheezus was actually an homage to Kanye. Hmm.

After her scandalizing streak, her newest clip seems kind of… blah. Instead of partying with her girlfriends, she’s in the back of a cab with three other versions of herself–and then she stiffs the poor cabbie after his long and messy night chauffeuring her around. It left a bad taste in my mouth. (Pun intended.): READ FULL STORY

Jay Z's Roc Nation to manage Kanye West

His throne continues to build: Jay Z’s Roc Nation will now manage Kanye West.

The management company and West’s label announced Monday that Roc Nation will work alongside West’s production house, DONDA, on managing the Grammy-winning superstar’s music endeavors. Izvor Zivkovic will continue to manage West as well.

Roc Nation manages Rihanna, Shakira, Timbaland, and other acts.

West officially launched DONDA in 2011, and it is named after his late mother, Donda West. The rapper has used the company to design the technology for his latest tours and to produce the Cruel Summer short film.

Bonnaroo 2014 lineup announced: Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, more

Well, well — look who’s back at Bonnaroo.

The Tennessee festival has just announced the lineup for this summer’s sunbaked soiree, and it looks like Kanye West — whose appearance at the event in 2008 was met with much controversy —  will be headlining once again. Redemption!

Some of the other headlining names on the list include Elton John and Lionel Richie, two titans who will be making their first ever trip to the muddy Manchester meet-up, which will go down June 12-15.

Also scheduled: Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean, and the Avett Brothers, who, hopefully for their sake, won’t be playing against Yeezus again.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at noon via bonnaroo.com. Check out the full lineup below:

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Kanye West lets loose in an interview with '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen -- talks Grammy snubs, Steve Jobs and more

It’s not often that Kanye West makes himself available to journalists these days — which is a shame, not only because he’s an amazing artist currently at the top of his game, but also because in interviews he says fun stuff like “I am the nucleus.”

Fortunately, Interview Magazine recently paired West with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, who got the rapper to talk extensively about a broad range of subjects. Their Q&A clocks in at approximately a billion words, but it’s (mostly) all very interesting stuff about both West and McQueen. For instance, here’s West and McQueen on being shut out of the Best Album category at this year’s Grammys:

WEST: [I] think that when I compare myself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, or whoever, it’s because I’m trying to give people a little bit of context to the possibilities that are in front of me, as opposed to putting me in the rap category that the Grammys has put me in. In no way do I want to be the next any one of them. But I am the first me. So I only mention those other names to try to give people a little bit of context.

MCQUEEN: It actually stunned me to find out that you’ve never won Best Album at the Grammys. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s kind of odd, considering what you’ve done in music over the last decade. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West sued for 'Bound 2' sample

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The singer whose 1971 song is sampled on Kanye West’s track “Bound 2″ is suing the rapper for using it without permission. Ricky Spicer, 56, filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, demanding that West either pay him for the misappropriated use of the sample or cease and desist.

Spicer was part of the Cleveland-based teen R&B-soul group Ponderossa Twins Plus One. (Spicer was the Plus One, alongside the Gardner and Pelham twins.) They never became as big as the Jackson 5, and despite a few minor hits, they were finished by 1975. But their debut 1971 album, 2+2+1 = Ponderossa Twins Plus One, featured the song “Bound,” which includes 12-year-old Spicer’s “fallin’ in love” refrain.

“Mr. Spicer’s voice is sampled exactly as he recorded it,” claims the suit, which also names West’s record labels Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music Group, Island Def-Jam Music and Rhino Entertainment as defendants.

There’s no denying that “Bound” is part of Kanye’s hit song, but he clearly believes he acquired the right to the tune properly, via All Platinum Records. (Why else would he title his song “Bound 2″?) But there is some debate about the song’s proper ownership, according to a recent story in the Cleveland Challenger. In his lawsuit, Spicer claims that he has a copyright “in the sound recording of his voice in the song.”

West’s reps did you immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. Click below to hear both songs.
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Kanye West has a few choice words for the Grammys after only giving him two nominations

Just kidding. Kanye West has plenty of choice words for the Recording Academy. Since when does Yeezy exercise brevity (frugality)?

At his Phoenix, Ariz. concert on Tuesday, West expressed his anger at only being nominated for two relatively minor prizes for this year’s 56th Grammys, according to E! His song “New Slaves,” from his Yeezus album, is up for Best Rap Song, while Yeezus itself is in the running for Best Rap Album.

Watch Yeezy not take it eazy below:


Considering that Yeezus topped many mainstream critics’ year-end lists (including EW’s); he may not be wrong. Do you think it should have garnered more nominations? Sound off in the comments below.

Kanye West promises even fewer songs on his next album

Here’s a smidgin of uncertain information: Kanye West—who was, as you would expect, speaking on a panel at Art Basel—said last week, “I think my next album is going to be eight songs.”

Yeezus, which the famously minimal-minded Rick Rubin executive produced, included just 10 songs. This preoccupation with compression notwithstanding, Kanye did elaborate on his his goals at last Wednesday’s event, for Surface Magazine’s Design Dialogues series: “It’s just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can’t take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn’t made Yeezus, I wouldn’t be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here.”

So far, so good. But eight songs does seem a bit scant. Does this mean that if he makes another Yeezus, he’ll need to cut the equivalent of “Guilt Trip” and “Send It Up”? Or even worse, “I’m In It” and “Hold My Liquor”? That would be sad indeed.

Kanye West unleashes the Kraken on Sway in radio interview: listen here

Because it wouldn’t be a Tuesday if Yeezy wasn’t stopping by a radio show to test the limits of the CAS.

When habitually celebrity-friendly TV and radio host Sway Calloway questioned West about his aims in the fashion industry today (a topic that has frequently been the focus of his designated rants ™ both on and off the current Yeezus tour), ‘Ye found discovered new rage decibels for a minute, before a more peaceful detente was reached.

Listen below:

Busta Rhymes invites Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Q-Tip along for 'Thank You' video: Watch it here

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What do we do with Busta Rhymes in 2013? It’s been more than a minute since his peak years of mainstream relevance — his first big break came on A Tribe Called Quest’s immortal 1992 single “Scenario” — but 2012’s Year of the Dragon was surprisingly strong, and there are more hits than misses on his Catastrophic mixtape from last year.

The internet has also been fairly excited about his new tag-team tape with Q-Tip, thanks to the single “Thank You,” which lets Busta do his lightning-tongue thing over some groovy old school new soul funk. It features the best Q-Tip verse in years, plus drop-ins from Kanye West and Lil Wayne — both of whom also appear in the spartan but satisfying video that just dropped this morning.

Give the clip a spin below and marvel at Kanye’s unwavering stare during one of Q-Tip’s verses at the 2:37 mark. It’s freaky: READ FULL STORY

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