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Kanye West resumes Yeezus tour, reschedules several dates

He is risen! Except in Vancouver, Montreal, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. (Logistics, man. Sorry.)

Following a tour bus accident last week in Vancouver that severely damaged stage equipment, including a custom video truss and 60-foot circular LED screen, Kanye’s Yeezus tour is back on, per official word from his camp.

The tour resumes Nov. 16 in Philadelphia and wraps in Toronto on Dec. 23; three of the missed dates have been rescheduled, though four won’t be able to be made up.

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Kanye and Lindsay Lohan drop in on Thirty Seconds to Mars' 'City of Angels' video: Watch it here

Jared Leto is getting serious awards-related attention for his performance in the about-to-be-released film The Dallas Buyers ClubBut the actor is also, famously, a musician and a filmmaker (he directs under the name Bartholomew Cubbins), and it’s those skills he applies to the new short film that accompanies the Thirty Seconds to Mars song “City of Angels.”

The song, from the soundtrack to The Dallas Buyers Club, is a tribute to Los Angeles, and the 11-minute film features testimonials from from a variety of L.A. denizens, including Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Selena Gomez, James Franco, Corey Feldman, Alan Cumming, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, and a handful of celebrity impersonators and street performers. The key quote? Kanye West declares “Fame is f—ing awesome!”

Watch the whole thing below, and don’t forget to stream the entirety of the excellent soundtrack to The Dallas Buyers Club

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Kanye West talks Taylor Swift, Kimmel, and building his own city

Have you missed the dulcet tones of Yeezy opining for the last 24 hours? Never fear; the rapper stumbled upon yet another audible mic yesterday, delivering a full 30 minutes of non sequitur speech glory during an interview with Los Angeles’ 97.1 AMP Radio.

If we’ve learned anything from his past monologues, it is that a Kanye rant follows no logical order — though it will reference Paris haute couture and Kim Kardashian at least once.

In one of many moments of hyper self-awareness, West stalled a scheduled game of word association in order to explain the rant as an art form: “Rant has a negative connotation,” he said. “And these are inspirational, visionary, breaks in pop culture. Every time I talk, it is a crack in the matrix. When I wake up, ‘cause nobody’s gonna fire me tomorrow, so I can say anything I want to say. And luckily, I want to say positive things. And I want to make my mama happy, and I want to do God’s work.”

It turns out, he also still has thoughts on his infamous Taylor Swift 2009 VMAs Episode Interruptus: “We still haven’t seen a video as good as that video. Like five years later, we still haven’t seen a video that good,” referring to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” Oh and that Jimmy Kimmel feud? West wanted to clear the air about calling himself a “creative genius:” “But that’s just my title,” he said. “I don’t know any other way to explain what I do.” READ FULL STORY

Kanye West talks Jay Z, Jesus, Arsenio and more at Las Vegas show -- watch the video

Sweet baby Yeezus! Kanye West delivered his latest rant via sermon at his Las Vegas concert on Friday.

“What fun is life if you don’t talk sh–t right?” West asked his congregation—err, audience—at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “‘Cause everybody gon’ talk shit to you, right? Anybody gonna tell you what you can, you can’t do, right?” he continued, while wearing typical priestly vestments of an oversized trenchcoat, fencing mask, and neon orange sneakers.

In a nearly ten minute long monologue, complete with piano accompaniment and and a glaring spotlight, West delivered a diatribe referencing old standby subjects including but not limited to: haters, Arsenio Hall, Paris fashion week seating arrangements, and Jesus. West even joined in on the Barneys’ racial profiling allegations, saying, “It’s that rich n—er racism!” before breaking into a sprint onstage. Looking equal parts Joel Osteen and beekeeper, he also compared his Yeezus persona to a high self esteem drug and explained his Chosen One association: “And when I say I am a god, it’s because I believe that God is inside of all of us.”

Play “find the complete sentence” in Kanye’s latest rant here: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West explains bringing 'Jesus' on tour and using his 'white' voice

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From Zane Lowe to Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye West is the best at making headlines.

This week, the rapper stopped by San Francisco’s Wild 94.9 JV show  to talk about bringing Jesus onstage, his own relationship with God, and why he uses his “white voice” with the press.

Addressing his Yeezus meets Jesus collaboration, which served as the intro to “Jesus Walks” during his Seattle tour opener last Saturday, West said, “I had a friend of mine who’s a pastor there as we started discussing how we want to deliver it… My girl even asked afterwards, ‘Hmm, is that weird if Jesus comes on stage?’ No, we do plays all the time. People play Jesus. You know what’s awesome about Christianity is we’re allowed to portray God? We’re allowed to draw image of him, we’re allowed to make movies about him.”

As for bringing Jesus center-stage, Kanye was just relaying a message to his fans about the power of a strong relationship through Christ.

“You can have a relationship with Jesus, you can talk to Jesus,” he said. Anytime the word Jesus can be used more in our lives, it’s a good thing. Even if it’s the title, Yeezus. With my heroes, people want to be like Mike, I want to be like Christ.”

Kanye also addressed the criticism received for the change of tone in his voice in some of his interviews:

“What I didn’t know, and I really didn’t know about until a couple of years go was that it’s not about race, it’s about class,” he said. “Even when you’re in certain magazines, it’s still like a Dinner for Schmucks situation. Are they inviting you to be a part of your situation, or are they inviting you to laugh at your teeth? We have our thing that every time we do it, we give them the ‘white’ voice.”

Pusha T, the Last Great Gangsta Rapper

How gangsta is Pusha T? So gangsta that on his first official solo album, the killer My Name Is My Name, the marvelously menacing Virginia rapper includes a soaring inspirational anthem, “Hold On”—and invites the profoundly unsentimental Rick Ross to join him on it. (Though “[you] couldn’t fathom my wealth/Build a school in Ethiopia/should enroll there myself” may be Ross’s most civic-minded statement yet.) He’s so gangsta that he calls a song that features Chris Brown “Sweet Serenade.” He’s so gangsta that he has Jeezy, a relic of the peak-thug era, rap on “No Regrets.”

Pusha—one half of the sadly dormant coke rap duo Clipse, prolific mixtape and guest rapper and member of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music—sums himself up this way on “No Regrets”: “Nowadays I sell hope/what, you rather I sell dope?/What I sell is a lifestyle/naked bitches on sailboats.” That’s “hope” the way Rick Ross can understand it. Pusha remains a deadpan, do-it-to-death thug whose self-awareness never undermines his drug-dealer fairy tales.

Which makes him an exception among the great rappers with recent albums. Danny Brown, who just released the terrific Old, uses meanness as just another one of his masks. Drake surrenders to complexity—he’s tougher on Nothing Was the Same, but still like a boyfriend who’s needy at home and aloof around your friends. On Doris, Earl Sweatshirt is utterly—and engrossingly—cerebral. And then there are the A$APs: image jockey Rocky and the inspiringly weird Ferg. Pusha may be the last gangsta standing—not an anachronistic monolith, but a living, snarling monument to hardcore hip hop.

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Kanye West: 'I'm the number one rock star on the planet' -- VIDEO

It’s official: Kanye West is now “the number one rock star on the planet.”

At least, that’s true according to the totally scientific opinion of Kanye West, who recently sat down with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe for an extended interview. The full conversation will run in two parts on BBC Radio 1 next week, starting on Monday at 7 PM British time (or 2 PM EST). In the meantime, they’ve released a teaser, which includes West’s advice on footwear (“No flip-flops for black dudes! Wear some hot-ass Jordans on the beach!”), the merits of his best albums (“Dark Fantasy could be considered to be perfect”), and letting the haters hate (“People are gonna look at this interview and say, ‘I don’t like Kanye. Look, he looks mad. I don’t like his teeth.”) Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West makes surprise appearance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' -- PHOTO

Looking at the photo above, you’re probably thinking the same thing we are: How has this not already happened?! But it’s true. Kanye West made his very first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, performing his song “Bound 2″ off his latest album Yeezus. 
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Kanye West and Jay Z each announce separate tours

Kanye West, who hasn’t gone on a solo tour since 2008, announced this morning that he’ll embark on The Yeezus Tour, a 23 city North American trek kicking off October 19 in Seattle (the same place West launched his Glow In the Dark tour back in ’08—Yeezy must really dig the Space Needle).

He’s bringing along summer festival VIP Kendrick Lamar as his opening act. Tickets go on sale next Friday, September 13 in most cities, and you can check out all of the dates and venues at the bottom of this post. And if you see your city listed — um, no return dates for you, Kazakhstan — be sure to let your local French bakery know when Kanye is coming; as we know, dude can be pretty demanding.

Not to be outdone, Jay Z also announced a new tour this morning. Jigga’s Magna Carter World Tour finally has its North American bookings, which will begin in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 30 (hope he’s packing a parka). The 34 date run will take him through the new year and includes a pair of stops at his home court in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on January 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 12, and the entirety of Jay’s run is below as well.

So the two biggest hip-hop acts in America are going on separate tours, hitting many of the same cities. Let’s assume that the tickets will be impossibly expensive (because let’s face it, most all concert tickets are impossibly expensive), and you can only afford to go to one this fall. Which one do you choose? Let us know in the comments.

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Kanye West's dark, interactive 'Black Skinhead' video finally arrives

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A few weeks ago, an unfinished version of Kanye West’s video for “Black Skinhead” hit the Internet, and nobody knew what to think. Was it real? Was it incomplete? It turned out the answers to those questions were “Yes” and “Yes.”

Having finally gotten over the heartbreak of the leak, West has now pulled back the curtain on the finished version of “Black Skinhead.” The video was directed by Nick Knight (the British fashion photographer who also directed Lady Gaga’s unicorn-centric “Born This Way” clip and who also helmed that “New Slaves” video that was projected onto the sides of buildings), and it is designed to be a fully interactive experience — you can speed it up, slow it down, and capture images from it, which West hopes leads to a proliferation of images from the video on all Facebook pages everywhere.

Perhaps the most impressive element of the “Black Skinhead” experience is the middle-fingered cursor, which was an element my freshman year roommate added to his then-state-of-the-art computer to make it more “edgy.” (Did that overhaul also include a ton of quotes from the South Park movie? You better believe it did.)

Anyway, you can experience the madness of “Black Skinhead” (which, admittedly, looks pretty awesome) over at Kanye West’s official site. It’s impressive, though honestly it’s not nearly as good a promotional clip for “Black Skinhead” as the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street. Could the “Black Skinhead” video be the thing that gives Yeezus a second life? And now that everybody has spent some time with it, what’s the final verdict? Sound off in the comments.

(Or, if you’d rather debate something else, just consider Kanye’s latest proposition. Never change, Kanye.)

Read More on EW.com:
Album Review: Kanye West, Yeezus
Kanye West scuffles with paparazzi at LAX
Kanye West’s pricey clothing line sells out, crashes site
Album sales: Wale tops chart, Kanye West sees ‘Yeezus’ fall big
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ gets a single after all: ‘Black Skinhead’ heading to radio

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