We all know how much Kanye West loves himself, but perhaps there’s one fan who’s more obsessed with Kanye than Kanye is.
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Kanye West really likes American Psycho.
The rapper promoted his 2013 album Yeezus with an American Psycho spoof and now, the poster for his upcoming film — also titled Yeezus – is drawing from the blood-splattered motif of the 2000 film. There’s a reason though: American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis wrote the screenplay for Yeezus. And it all comes together!
Kanye West’s show last night (Nov. 23) at Madison Square Garden so closely mirrored his Yeezus sets at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Tuesday and Wednesday that, bizarre as it sometimes seemed, you could never rightly call it random.
I’m duty-bound to report that he did unleash another “rant,” once again past the three-quarters mark of the night, between “Street Lights” and “Stronger,” when he could just as easily have remarked “Are you not entertained?” and been guaranteed a bloodthirsty roar of approval.
This rant (a term he mentioned and dismissed) didn’t interrupt the show so much as strip it down to its raw essence: Literally screaming—it’s a wonder he hasn’t already shredded his voice on this tour—with only a little Autotune and synthesizer to blunt him, Kanye drew the audience in close to better take on the world. (Or Nike and Hedi Slimane, at least.) “Don’t ever let ‘em tell you that I’m crazy,” he shouted, “‘cause I believe in you!”
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.”
When no one was watching, J. Cole stole the throne: The Roc Nation rapper’s Born Sinner has not only crept up to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it’s also outselling Kanye West’s Yeezus.
J. Cole’s latest first charted three weeks ago, where it debuted at No. 2 behind West. But Sinnger has since taken advantage of a relatively slow month in music (remember, Wale was the last week’s No. 1) and become the rare album to top the chart without debuting there. As Soundscan reports, the album sold 58,000 copies in the last frame, which Billboard points out is “the sixth-smallest sales week for the top-selling album in the SoundScan era.” Still, that brings its total sales to 439,000, while Yeezus — which debuted the same day and currently sits at No. 3 — has only mustered 431,000 in sales to date.
Meanwhile, stuck in the middle of all this is Wale’s The Gifted, which fell from the top spot to No. 2, with 50,000. Of course, all these rappers will have to clear the way for Jay-Z, whose Magna Carta Holy Grail will register next week. Current projections have that landing in the 350-400,000 range, even though everyone knows it’s already platinum anyway.
Perhaps it’s fitting that during the Fourth of July holiday, the chart’s top album hails from our nation’s capital: D.C. rapper Wale snagged his first ever No. 1 this week with The Gifted, which debuted with 158,000 in sales.
And while that marks a career-high chart position for the wordy rhymesman, it’s actually a slip sales-wise from his last effort, 2011’s Ambition, which sold 164,000 when it landed at No. 2 in its debut week.
Speaking of slips: last week’s chart-topper, Kanye West’s Yeezus, suffered a steep drop, falling to No. 3 with 65,000 — an 80% drop. As the number-crunchers at Billboard report, all the previous No. 1 albums this year experienced a second-week drop of 69% on average.
And according to Soundscan, Yeezus‘ fall is the fourth-biggest since the service started keeping records in 1991. (The record, if you’re curious, belongs to Madonna’s MDNA, which fell 87% percent after its debut week last year.)
During a performance earlier this month, Kanye West made it very clear that he doesn’t care whether his music is on the radio. But after his latest album, Yeezus, bowed last week with the lowest first-week numbers of his career, it looks like someone has had a change of heart (or, more likely, the label got its way).
Billboard reports that “Black Skinhead” will be the first single from West’s fifth solo album, with a clean radio version and a music video likely to arrive in time for the Fourth of July.
So far, promotion for Yeezus has been limited to West’s few appearances on TV (SNL) and in person (Adult Swim’s upfront and New York’s Governors Ball festival), as well as a handful of cryptic short films projected onto the sides of buildings across the country. During his Governors Ball performance, West explained why he didn’t feel the need to pimp his new project.
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For some historical context, that’s the biggest week for a rap album since 2011, when Drake moved 631,000 units of Take Care.
As for West’s own discography, Yeezus marks the rapper’s sixth consecutive album (Watch the Throne included) to premiere at No. 1; only his very first album, 2004’s The College Dropout, debuted outside the top spot (it bowed at No. 2). It’s also his lowest selling debut week: his last solo record, the 2010 opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, topped the chart with 496,000 in its first week.
Still, Yeezus‘ performance was strong enough to make it the year’s third-highest sales week for an album, bested only by Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).
Just because Kanye West is a new dad doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his other creation coming out this week: Promotion for West’s Yeezus album continued Saturday with a listening party in Los Angeles and another short film projected onto buildings across the country.
Rumors about the film swirled last week, and they turned out to be (frighteningly) true: West cast Kourtney Kardashian baby-daddy Scott Disick as Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, with another Kardashian regular, Jonathan Cheban, playing the Jared Leto to Disick’s Christian Bale. The pair re-create the movie’s infamous Huey Lewis scene, but this time, they’re discussing how Kanye’s earlier stuff was “too hip-hop,” as the Yeezus track “New Slaves” plays in the background.
Check it out in the video below:
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Oh, poor Avett Brothers. As part of the counterprogamming scheme at New York’s Governors Ball festival, Sunday night’s schedule pitted the worthy North Carolina folk act against one of the most interesting, talked-about people making music right now: self-declared god Kanye West, whose sixth album Yeezus hits streets June 18.
And while we’re sure the A-Bros put on a great show for however many fans showed up for their set, the night clearly belonged to West, who drew a small nation of people to his festival-ending show at the event’s main stage.
In a way, it was just an afterparty for him. The future father celebrated his 36th birthday sans Kim Kardashian* Saturday night at a party in Manhattan’s West Village, where buddy Jay-Z, buddy-in-law Beyoncé, and fellow Gov Ball performer Nas were all on the guest list. (This might explain why Nas ended his headlining set early that night?) But despite the audience’s attempts to wish him a happy birthday, Kanye didn’t exactly look like he was in the mood for revelry when he took the stage at around 9:50 pm, twenty minutes behind schedule.
Flanked by a pair of jumbotrons flashing vidoes of barking dogs and Adbusters-y imagery, ‘Ye opened his set with the established Yeezus cuts “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” — in other words, the same thing you saw on his recent Saturday Night Live outing. While both songs were on the aggressive side, so far “New Slaves” seems to be the more enjoyable (or at least approachable) of the two. Take a look at both performances from the festival in the videos below:
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