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Kanye West's 'New God Flow' debuts online: Hear it here

Committed fans of Kanye West may have noticed something different about his opening performance at last Sunday’s BET Awards — namely, a new song.

‘Ye previewed a verse of “New God Flow” at the ceremony, but now the full song has shown up online in all its Pusha T-assisted glory. The Ghostface Killah-sampling track has an old-school Kanye flavor that’ll put smiles on the faces of College Dropout and Late Registration fans, while the song’s unmitigated swagger and dark edge will surely please those who loved My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and “Mercy.” Sorry, 808s and Heartbreak fans — no love for you!

Check out the new Kanye cut below and head to the comments to let us know what you think:
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BET Awards 2012 winners: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate

Blue Ivy Carter just got a bunch of shiny new toys to play with.

The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and big winners included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.

The show kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner Big Sean to perform their runaway rap hit “Mercy,” which Music Mix can verify has been blaring from 90% of car stereos in Brooklyn all summer. West, who brought Kim Kardashian as his date to the awards, also ran through “Theraflu,” the cut that outed the couple in the first place.

That performance segued to host Samuel L. Jackson coming out with Red Hook Summer director Spike Lee to deliver a parody version of the Jay and Kanye single “N—-s in Paris”; we’ll include the video once it shows up online.

Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.

The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who took us home with “I’m Every Woman.”

As for the awards themselves, some people outside the Jay-‘Ye-Bey trinity managed to swipe prizes: Wale and Miguel won for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of the night’s winners below:

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Maybach Music Group and the return of the compilation album

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It’s been a nondescript, if not painful (G-Unit still has me begging for mercy), decade for the hip-hop compilation album, but it looks like Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group have brought an end to the drought. Self Made Vol. 2, MMG’s critically acclaimed sophomore work, hit stores earlier this week, and all signs point to another conquest for Ross in his ever-so-noble pursuit of eternal wealth.

If you ask Ross about the recent praise, he’ll tell you that the album’s — and by that same token, the group’s — success is rooted in MMG’s organic feel. Now this is no shot at The Boss, but a listening of Self Made 2‘s brighter moments inspires no such feelings of purity.

Take “Power Circle,” MMG’s nine-and-a-half-minute manifesto and one of the album’s best tracks. Ross kicks things off with a head-scratching toast to the King of Pop, offers up an interesting cocaine math lesson, wraps it up with his trademark grunt, and steps out of the spotlight at the one-minute mark. (Well, we do see him walking around shirtless, but that’s beside the point.)

The next eight minutes are devoted to MMG’s young guns taking turns punishing the microphone with verbal blows in a battle royale for center stage. There’s not a catchy hook nor a consistent theme to be found. Rather, the track is carried by the lyrical talents and individual qualities of the artists: Meek Mill’s aggressive Philly flow, Wale’s crazy good rhymes, even Ross’s absurd proclamations. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'No Church in the Wild' video: Watch it here

It’s hard to watch the Throne if it isn’t there.

BFFs Jay-Z and Kanye released the official “No Church in the Wild” video late last night, making the track the third from their 2011 super-collaboration Watch the Throne to get a clip.

It is, however, the first that doesn’t involve an appearance from either rapper, or even guest crooner Frank Ocean.

Instead of kaleidoscopic wizardry and flashy, Aziz Ansari-approved sports cars, the bleakly shot, Romain Gavras-directed video focuses on a violent yet somehow vaguely boring uprising in the streets of Prague. Dissatisfied youth, aggressive police, burning cars — you get the idea.

While watching it, we were secretly wishing that one of the rioters would take off his bandana and reveal himself to be Jay or ‘Ye, ready to spice things up a bit. Alas, our prayers were not answered, and five minutes later, the video ends with… more rioting.

We’re not saying we have to see famous people in every music video, but when a project is basically built on megastar wattage like the Throne is, it wouldn’t hurt.

Take a peek at the “No Church in the Wild” video for yourself and let us know if you agree:

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BET Awards 2012: Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z leads the nominations

Can’t tell him nothing — though Kanye might actually like to know that he leads the pack of nominations for this year’s BET Awards with seven nods, including six for his Watch the Throne collab with Jay-Z, and one for Director of the Year.

Mrs. Shawn Carter didn’t do too shabby either; Beyonce comes in a close second with six noms, for “Countdown” and “Love on Top.” Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne and J.Cole are also multiple nominees.

Samuel L. Jackson will host, and Brown and Nicki Minaj are among those confirmed to perform at the ceremony July 1 in Los Angeles. For a full list of categories and nominees, see below: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West to premiere new short film at Cannes Film Festival

Part of Kanye West’s greatness lies in his ability to stand in two worlds at once. He’s both an impossibly rich frontrunner and a perpetual underdog.

And, of course, there’s this: In the same week he showed up in a trailer for the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Weezy will also debut his new short film Cruel Summer at the Cannes Film Festival.

The rapper announced today that he’ll present the film at the festival on Wednesday. West and his creative collective DONDA will screen the “short art film” out of competition in Cannes. The release promises “a fusion of short film and art installation” and an “immersive seven-screen experience.” It will remain open to the public for two days following its premiere.

Here’s the big question: People love to boo everything at Cannes, so if West’s latest venture doesn’t meet with their approval, will the notoriously thin-skinned rapper lose his cool? Either way, he did help sway the French presidential election. READ FULL STORY

French presidential candidate borrows Kanye and Jay-Z's 'N--as in Paris' for campaign video

With the national election getting ready for the long summer slog, we can look forward to a cavalcade of inappropriate song use. (Remember all the musicians who got upset about John McCain using their music during the 2008 campaign? Or when Jackson Browne sued the Republicans? Or earlier this year when Tom Petty asked Michele Bachmann to stop using “American Girl”? Prepare for a whole lot of cease-and-desist letters, Mitt Romney.)

Whatever famous names and songs Romney and Barack Obama end up co-opting for their causes, neither of them will be able to top French presidential candidate François Hollande, who is in the midst of a push towards a run-off vote on May 6 with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. In a three-minute spot that plugs Hollande’s support of the Parisian suburbs, he chose Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “N—-s In Paris” as a soundtrack. He even leaves in the wacky Will Ferrell sample.

As a piece of political propaganda, it succeeds, even with lyrical snafus (that “fish filet” line sounds especially goofy in this context). Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift pen song for 'Believe'

Apparently Taylor Swift wasn’t too upset about getting Punk’d by Justin Bieber recently. The post-teen princess teamed up with the Canadian wunderkind to write a song for his next album, Believe. Per MTV News, Swift will be a little bit country to Bieber’s a little bit zebra pants, though there’s no word on whether she provided vocals on the track, à la Hunger Games megahit “Safe and Sound,” or if she’ll simply take a writing credit.

Swift joins a roster of heavy hitters on the collab, including Kanye West and Drake. Said Bieber, “With my music, it doesn’t only stay in a box. It’s so out there. Everything is so different and that’s why I’m so happy with this album.” “Boyfriend,” Bieber’s first single from Believe, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the singer recently sent shivers down the spines of his followers when news of collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction hit the Internet. READ FULL STORY

President still thinks Kanye West is a jackass; Beyonce still thinks First Lady is the best

President Obama is no flip-flopper.

As the general election starts to shape up, our sitting commander in chief made sure to get a jump start on likely opponent and noted mind changer Mitt Romney by reassuring the public of his commitment to one of the most pressing matters of the day: Kanye West’s jackassitude.

In his in-depth profile of Yeezy for The Atlantic, David Samuels asked the president if he preferred Kanye West or Jay-Z, the hip-hop equivalent of “boxers or briefs?”

Of course, Obama replied as expected: “Jay-Z.”

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian: A brief history of their sweeping romance, in rap

As you may have heard by now, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are involved in an international conspiracy to gross you out.

The frenzy began yesterday, when Yeezy got rather forthright concerning matters Kardashian on his confessional DJ Khaled collab “Theraflu.”

But that song isn’t the first time the rapper has called out Kim in song. It’s the third! So, in the spirit of America’s newest sweethearts (sorry, Jay and Bey!), here’s a roundup of each instance West has included his current girlfriend in his lyrics.


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