There’s little doubt that Kanye West is the most influential fashion icon in hip-hop right now. While he’s frequently, loudly, and lengthily detailed his struggle to earn respect in the fashion world, he’s succeeded in turning legions of fanboys into couture-loving goth ninjas and minting fortunes for labels like Hood by Air and Been Trill in the process. His shoe fixation has resulted in one of the few big successes he’s had in his pursuit of a career as a fashion designer: the Nike Air Yeezy, which has become the center of an entire cult of fervently devoted sneakerheads.
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There might not have been any conflicting set times at Governors Ball in New York City this past weekend, but with nearly 12 hours each day of non-stop music between two stages — including Fiona Apple, Kid Cudi, Beck, Built to Spill, Santigold, Modest Mouse, and more — it was a lot to take in.
Here’s what you may have missed on Saturday, the more electronic and hip hop-oriented day of the festival, while you were busy snacking away by food trucks and paying too much for smoothies. READ FULL STORY
The talents on the 2012 roster include both the young and frisky (Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Kendrik Lamar) and less young but still frisky (Missy Elliott, Nas, Timbaland, Big Daddy Kane, Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Slick Rick, Bone Thugz ‘n Harmony).
For the first time, the fest will stretch over two days, though it is still partial to coasts-only tour stops: NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California (Aug. 18-Aug. 19), Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California (Aug. 25-Aug. 26) and PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, New Jersey (Sept. 1-Sept.2).
There will also be a final double-header at Miami’s Bay Front Amphitheater on a yet-to-be-announced date in December.
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Though The Hunger Games soundtrack won’t officially hit stores until Tuesday (you can find our lead review in the new issue of EW out this Friday), two new tracks from have leaked.
Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open” counters the ethereal sound of her Civil Wars’ collab “Safe & Sound,” expressing the fiery side of Katniss with lyrics like “Everybody’s waiting for you to break down.”
Meanwhile, Kid Cudi’s “The Ruler and the Killer” is an appropriately grimy-gothic mood piece with a pounding, arena-ready beat. Listen below: READ FULL STORY
First, he was featured as an artist on The Hunger Games soundtrack with the rap/rock anthem “The Ruler and the Killer.” And just last week, Cudi and his producing partner Dot da Genius landed their self-titled WZRD collaboration at No. 3 on the Billboard albums chart, right behind Adele and Whitney Houston.
So how did the rapper and his producer pal celebrate? By spending the day (’n’ nite!) shooting a music video for “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie,” the WZRD album’s trippy lead single.
EW dropped by the set in Los Angeles to get the lowdown on Cudi’s latest move. Hear what the dynamic duo had to say below:
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Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. team win at Brooklyn, NY show, in spite of rumors and inflated expectations
There’s an ugly sense of entitlement in New York City when it comes to expectations of hip-hop concerts. For lack of a true term, let’s call it “That’s all?” syndrome.
First off, let me explain what my idea of a good concert is. You, the customer, get an energetic, quality performance from the headlining artist—one worthy of the dollars spent for the evening. Sounds good, right? Wrong! Well, not in New York, at least.
Last night, Kanye West was the man of the evening in Brooklyn, New York, hosting the Heineken Red Star Access G.O.O.D. Music concert and showcasing his talented roster of G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) acts. Yes, Kanye West—the man who’s worked with everyone from Nas to Madonna, and is currently wrapping up a highly anticipated album with Jay-Z.
And there lies the problem, folks. A concert that in no way suggested it would be a “Kanye and his celebrity friends” event was clouded with that very idea. Twitter buzzed with rumors and hopes of Jay-Z dropping in for a surprise appearance. The two were “supposed” to announce the release date for their collaborative effort, Watch the Throne.
So by the time Kanye finally stepped on stage just after midnight, dressed in black from bandanna to designer shoes and with several Jesus pieces dangling from his neck, everyone in Skylight One Hanson (a gorgeous venue, but an acoustic nightmare) knew that they’d be in for a treat bigger than just Kanye and the G.O.O.D. team.
The video for the most grandiose record on Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, “All of the Lights,” finally dropped this weekend.
The Hype Williams-directed, Gaspar Noé-inspired clip features a light show that might require viewing with sunglasses. In it, West plays a father who abuses his daughter’s mother, and when he returns from jail he fights the new man in her life (and bed). Now his daughter is walking around fatherless, while West laments life’s stresses atop cop cars.
It’s a wild storyline, I know. But somehow it works. The track itself features several notable vocal talents (Fergie, Alicia Keys, Elton John) but Kanye only pulled in Rihanna, who sings the hook and Kid Cudi, who handles the bridge, for the visual.
Check out the video after the jump.
When Bryan Greenberg isn’t on set as Ben in HBO’s drama How to Make it in America, he moonlights as a musician. In 2007 he released the alt-rock album Waiting For Now. Before he begins filming for the show’s second season in March, he drops Now‘s follow-up, We Don’t Have Forever, on Jan. 18. “Walk Away,” the set’s first single, is a breakup song. Frustrated with how a relationship is going and tired of working at it, he sends his girl packing.
Today he debuts a Kid Cudi-assisted cut from Forever, “You Can Run,” exclusively on EW.com. It’s a spiteful jam. “You hear me on the radio/Coming through so clear in stereo/And you know that there’s nowhere you can go… from my love,” he sings to an ex. “You tried to forget about me/But I told you to never doubt me/How’s your life right now without me?”
After the jump, check out the song and find out who Greenberg says inspired it.
T.I. is back in prison, but he’s still proceeding with plans to release his album No Mercy on Dec. 7. The track that just leaked online should help rev up his fans. It’s called “Welcome to the World,” and it features Kanye West and Kid Cudi, two of T.I.’s most talented peers in rap right now.
The vibe is suitably dark given T.I.’s current situation. West introduces the listener to a lifestyle defined by “fast money, fast cars” but also “fake smiles” over an unnerving piano loop. “If you’re looking for your real love, you won’t find it here/If you’re looking for your real love, well, good night my dear,” he says caustically. “If you’re looking for real love, don’t come around here,” adds Cudi through heavy reverb. Man, these guys don’t make being a world-famous rap star sound like any fun at all.
T.I. kicks a typically nimble verse, full of the chattering flows and casual threats that are second nature to him. But the verse on this song that everyone’s going to be talking about belongs to West. He sounds as furious and focused as I’ve ever heard him here. “You must not really know where I come from/Exactly where my heart,” West raps, his voice rising in intensity. “Or you would never, never, NEVER — where do I start?” After addressing the moronic rumors that he’s part of some Illuminati secret society, he moves to an even more sensitive topic: T.I.’s legal troubles. “They’d rather see a n—- locked up,” West says of unnamed critics. “Why? For stupid s—/Look how they did my n— Tip/Soon as Wayne get out, Tip go in.”
Right now it’s just an unofficial leak, but a rep for T.I.’s label confirms that “Welcome to the World” will appear on No Mercy. That’s great news. Have you heard “Welcome to the World”? How do you like it?
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More on the Music Mix:
T.I.’s No Mercy due in December
EW’s review of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Almost a year after releasing her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, Susan Boyle is back atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her holiday album, The Gift, sold 318,000 albums in its opening week. It’s an amazing feat considering this is just a holiday offering, but still her numbers are dwarfed by the 701,000 records Dreamed sold in its first week.
Last week’s No. 1, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, drops to No. 2 with 212,000 copies sold. Kid Cudi‘s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager opens at No. 3, selling 169,000 copies. That’s 65,000 more copies than his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day sold last year with its No. 4 charting. Check out the rest of the top 10 below.
Nov. 17, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10
No. 1 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 318,000
No. 2 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 212,000
No. 3 – Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager: 169,000
No. 4 – Now 36: 89,000
No. 5 – Bon Jovi, Greatest Hits: 88,000
No. 6 – Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party: 81,000
No. 7 – Reba McEntire, All the Women I Am: 64,000
No. 8 – Sugarland, The Incredible Machine: 60,000
No. 9 – Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer: 41,000
No. 10 – Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being: 35,000
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