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Kanye West’s Apology To Kim Kardashian On Ye ‘Meant A Lot’ To Her

One of the most vulnerable moments on Kanye West’s recently released album, ye, is “Wouldn’t Leave.” On the song, the father of three apologizes to his wife for making the controversial statement on TMZ that slavery was “a choice.” During the first verse, Kanye raps, “My wife callin’, screamin’, say we ’bout to lose it all / Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe / Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave.” Now, in a new interview with ET, Kim Kardashian has opened up about hearing the song for the very first time.

“Did I talk about it? Did I scream about it? Did I cry about it? Did I fight about it? Yeah,” Kardashian admitted. “That’s not stuff we put on social media, but yeah, we have those moments. That was the one song that he didn’t really play for me until last minute, so I heard that last minute and it meant a lot to me. But yeah, we have different views sometimes, but that’s my husband, you know?”

In the same interview, Kardashian gave some insight into the creation of ye, revealing that her husband scrapped the project and started over just weeks before it was set to be released.

“I was in the room for making all of the songs and hearing things, and it’s a really fascinating process, especially since he scrapped his whole album and redid it in the last two weeks and just came up with all new songs,” she said. “I left to go home for, like, two days and then I come back and it was a whole new album. It’s fascinating to see the process.”

Ye is headed toward a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. On Monday (June 4), the Chicago rapper took to Twitter to thank fans for supporting the project.

West’s next project is a collaborative album with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts, which drops this Friday (June 8). Hopefully he won’t scrap this one so close to the deadline as he did with ye.

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Everything We Saw At Kanye West’s Star-Packed Social Experiment In Wyoming

Kanye West is a master of the redemptive arc. As music industry titans filed into Diamond Cross Ranch on a crisp Thursday evening, the façade wasn’t hard to peel back. The same critics who claimed West was cancelled after calling slavery “a choice” were now in a bacchanalian haze watching caramel and chocolate horses roam in green tranquility.

For one fleeting night, West did what he does best. He sampled. Only this time the records he smashed together were in service of a social experiment. Where else could your average Wyoming citizen see Scott Disick yell to Kanye, “What’s going on with you?” Yeezy’s listening party did indeed turn “TMZ to Smack DVD.” The celebrity sightings were like a real-life version of Mad Libs unfolding — Jonah Hill chopped it up with Kid Cudi; Kim Kardashian shot the shit with 2 Chainz.

Bizarre, oddly brilliant, and in slightly bad taste, the event was a microcosm for Ye the album. The question that hung over the proceedings like a plague was simple: Was Wyoming our generation’s Jonestown, even if the Kool-Aid was seven soulful beats from the most influential artist of the last decade?

It wasn’t, but thankfully Chris Rock understood the jig. The legendary comedian joked that the crackling bonfire on a normal day would be the site of a Ku Klux Klan cross-burning. The juxtaposition between laughing media personalities and awkward chuckles from Wyoming residents was palpable.

“No black man has taken more advantage of his freedom than Kanye West,” Rock proclaimed through a feedback-drenched microphone. He wasn’t wrong. A collection of 150 people ascended the mountaintop to see if West’s first profession — the music — could win back that “freedom” or present his version of it.

On “Yikes,” Kanye raps, “That’s my bipolar shit, n—a what? / That’s my superpower, n—a ain’t no disability.” Before the album played, the Chicago artist walked the ranch, and seeing him field photo requests from fans and make small talk with various celebrities was akin to Superman facing his Kryptonite. West was cordial, but beneath each forced smile was the pain of an artist in the midst of a rebuild. The circus surrounding a man still battling mental illness made the lyrics even more visceral.

Kanye isn’t all right, but in person it is clear to see he is fighting to be. On “I Thought About Killing You,” West is talking about killing a mysterious person. As I flashed back to earlier that evening, it was clear that he might be talking about himself and the man who almost crumbled an empire with every misguided tweet. With his wife, Kim, by his side, Kanye huddled everyone around the fire to hear his stories of drug addiction, marital woes, and the sonic process of killing one’s demons.

Yeezy has wrought significant damage on the black community. No amount of free drinks, dry brisket, and free merch can change that. Every day millions of African-Americans are fighting for their lives and sadly can’t retreat to the snowy mountains of Wyoming to heal the pain of a country that won’t let them kneel, raise their hands, or speak out against the oppression creeping into their lives.

However, for a couple of hours, Kanye’s social experiment worked. At one point, I stood next to a man who said he taught Kanye kickboxing, and his wife. With a mouthful of ribs, we spoke like we had been friends forever. He remarked how it was amazing that West supposedly invited all of the members of the resort where he finished Ye to the festivities. We discussed his move from Florida to Wyoming and the adjustment it took. Who knows if any of this was true, but the moment wasn’t lost on me.

In Wyoming, the barrier between celebrity and fan dissolved. Before the album played, I walked up to an unassuming man in a grey hoodie. It was Kid Cudi. As my voice trembled, I told the Man on the Moon how his music got me through the pain of death. Scott warmly said, “No, that was always you.” It wasn’t fair to lay that at my idol’s feet, but his kind words perfectly illustrated that we’re not that different from Kanye. We’re all looking for love, whether we are multi-platinum-selling artists or fans disguised as reporters and social critics.

Maybe West wasn’t reborn in the fire Thursday night, but he didn’t need to be. There was never an “old Kanye.” What Cudi said to me could apply just as easily to West: “That was always you.”

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Pusha T Reveals Why Kanye West Calls Him In The Middle Of The Night

Kanye West’s brand of leadership is very Michael Scott-esque. Yeezy seems like a kindhearted and familial boss who means well, but ultimately revels in the unbridled chaos of it all. In an interview with Power 105.1′s Angie Martinez, Pusha T opened up about his new album, DAYTONA, a potential tour with Nas, and updates on the rest of the G.O.O.D. Music roster. However, the most fascinating portion of the conversation arrived when Pusha described the challenges of working with West during the album making process.

“He [Kanye] changed my artwork last night at 1 a.m.,” Push said. “He changed my artwork at 1 a.m. ’cause he wasn’t feeling it.”

According to the G.O.O.D. Music president, the artwork for his album was completed and agreed upon by all parties. However, at the last minute Kanye decided the photos weren’t exactly what the world needed to see.

“[At] 1 a.m. my phone rings, no caller ID,” he continued. “‘Hey, yeah, I think we should change the artwork. I like this other artwork.’ Now this other artwork is 85 grand, right. I said, hey, I don’t want to pay for that and I wasn’t even going to ask you to pay for that. We picked what we picked. It’s here. It’s ready. [He said,] ‘No this is what people need to see to go along with this music. I’mma pay for that.’”

Kanye is reportedly producing four more albums in the coming weeks. Guess Kid Cudi, Teyana Taylor, and Nas are going to be getting a lot of early morning phone calls.

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J. Cole Explains Why He Felt ‘A Certain Type Of Way’ When Kanye Called Him

Why Did J. Cole Stop Drinking?

KOD, or “Kidz On Drugs,” is an album that deals with the hardships of addiction. In one of the most vulnerable portions of the discussion, Cole shared what led him to set aside alcohol.

“I would have never even thought the day would’ve came where I stopped drinking, because to me it wasn’t even a big deal,” he said. “But this is when I noticed it was a big deal, because when I tried to go out that night and, like, not drink, I could feel the pull and the tug.”

Cole continued to discuss how his body was giving him clear signals that he needed to stop.

“Putting myself in these situations and when I noticed that pull and that tug,” the “ATM” rapper said. “That my body, my mind was telling me like, ‘Yo, damn, I want to have a drink.’ That’s what let me know something is there”

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Kanye West Reveals New adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 for Fall/Winter

The adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 is apparently the next big push from Kanye West and his growing YEEZY company. To no surprise, the man behind his nicknamesake brand already has a pair in a colorway we’ve never seen.

Approved for Q4 — Holiday Season or Fall/Winter depending on the drop date — as said by West, this grey and gum makeup sees the updated chunky runner remaining muted and tonal. This is in line with other 700 V2s we’ve seen on or from Kanye, appearing in White/Grey and Black/Grey thus far.

Sporting the same sole tooling as its predecessor with a slightly less aggressive upper, preview the self explantatory style below and expect these to hit shelves near the end of the year.

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2

Release Date: Fall/Winter 2018

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Kanye West Reveals Original adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Recent as they may be, 2015’s adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” serves as a classic to some. An event by most measures, the quite and comfy kicks caused quite a stir with many mimics to come.

Not a mimic but rather the origin, Kanye West took to Twitter to reveal an original sample of said shoe in on-foot fashion.

To even the obsessed eye, differences are slim. The shaping on the sample proves slightly higher yet chunkier, while black collar trim and a more pronounced print/lighter base tone are apparent. In addition, the laces also sport reverse contrast with black playing the base and grey serving as the subtle contrast.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Considering the retail version below, which do you prefer? Let us know on social.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” Released Version

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Kanye West Previews adidas Yeezy 700 V2

Kanye West took to Twitter earlier this afternoon to preview the upcoming adidas Yeezy 700 V2. The second edition of the largely popular Yeezy 700, and a shoe West says he “loves.”

Although certainly of a similar volition as the model’s aforementioned predecessor, the V2 edition also undeniably stands on its own. True to the retro aesthetics currently trending in the sneaker industry, breathable construction adorns much of the body while reflective details aids that design language while equally heightening visibility.

West appears to have much in store with adidas for the remainder of 2018, some of which he shared on Twitter in weeks past. The social media platform, though, has been problematic for West. Many of his thoughts and stream of consciousness state there have proven ill-advised. Yet adidas has affirmed that they have no plans of parting ways with West.

adidas Yeezy 700 V2
adidas Yeezy 700 V2

Source: Kanye West

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Kanye West References His Opioid Addiction (And The Sunken Place) On New Verse

With every erratic new bit of information from Kanye West these days, there’s still the hope (however faint it may be at this point) that he’ll release a new song that can magically reset the clock to before we entered this darkest timeline. On Friday (May 4), Kanye offered up what might be that via a guest verse on “Watch,” a new Travis Scott track also featuring Lil Uzi Vert.

What’s most notable about ‘Ye’s verse here is that he uses his platform to rebuff the folks who’ve recently joked that his behavior as of late means that he’s trapped in the “Sunken Place,” that dreaded hellscape void from Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated 2017 film Get Out.

“One year it’s Illuminati, next year it’s the Sunken Place / They don’t want me to change, nah, n—a run in place,” Kanye raps, right after he also addresses his apparent opioid addiction, which he brought up this week in a controversial interview with TMZ.

Wanna know how I feel? Step into my minefield
Wanna know how pain feels? I got off my main pills
Bet my wifey stay close, she know I’m on my Bezos
Opioid addiction, pharmacy’s the real trap

For the record, Kanye’s verse takes up about a minute of the song’s 3:37 runtime, and “Watch” also features great contributions from Scott and Uzi. And at the end, you can hear what sounds a lot like Kylie Jenner’s voice repeating the hook and adding her own bar: “And I told him I wanted to have a bust down baby.”

Maybe in the future, we’ll get a sample of Stormi Webster’s baby voice on a Scott track — her very own Blue Ivy freestyle. Until then, and until Kanye’s next project drops potentially in June, check out “Watch” above.

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Kanye West’s New Song ‘Lift Yourself’ Is Here, And It’s Mostly About Poop

Kanye West has made his musical return, and there’s no way it sounds like anything you might’ve predicted. Unless, that is, you guessed that his first new song since 2016 would be about poop.

On Friday night (April 27), the Chicago rapper — who’s been causing drama all week with his divisive, Trump-supporting tweets — tweeted the link to his website, which now auto-plays a song called “Lift Yourself.” The majority of the track features a chorus of soulful voices singing, “Lift yourself up on your feet, let’s get it on.” Almost two minutes in, ‘Ye speaks over the track, saying, “They don’t realize though, this next verse, this next verse though, these bars, watch this.” He then launches into a “verse” in which he mostly raps a variation of, “whoopdedy-scoop, whoopdedy-whoop-scoop-poop,” followed by an abrupt end. You just can’t make this shit up.

Hours before the song’s release on Friday, West teased “Lift Yourself” by tweeting, “I’m going to drop a song with a verse that will bring Ebro the closure he’s been seeking.” Ebro, of course, is the radio host Kanye’s been semi-feuding with all week. He also added, “the bars,” with a ton of fire emojis to really drive his point home.

Head to kanyewest.com to hear the song in full, and look out for more new music soon. The rapper recently announced that he has a new solo album arriving on June 1, followed by a collaborative project with Kid Cudi on June 8. Let’s hope he gives us some fresh bars that aren’t just about poop.

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Why Did Kanye Invite TMZ To His Office To Preview New Music?

Kanye West really does love Donald Trump, and no amount of texts from John Legend is stopping that. On Thursday (April 26), the Chicago rapper — wearing a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hat — teased new music for TMZ’s Harvey Levin. Over a minimal beat that sounds unfinished, Kanye spit a brief and provocative a cappella verse.

“Hopped off the Amistad and made ‘I’m a God,’ / It’s always a lituation when I’m involved,” Kanye proudly proclaims. Unfortunately, Yeezy’s rhymes do not feel like a lituation. Kanye’s first bar is likely referring to the Amistad slave rebellion. In 1839, 53 Africans revolted on the Amistad schooner as they tried to sail back to their homeland. The lyric is confusing considering West recently called slavery a trend on Twitter.

Kanye continues his verse by comparing parents to strippers and claiming the anonymous guardians teach white dominance.

See I say what they say when the mic is off
Parents are the strippers
Strip kids of they confidence
Teach white dominance
Question your common sense
See I been washed in tradition that Imma rinse

Over the weekend, Kanye shared he has a solo album and a project with Kid Cudi releasing in June. So this verse might appear on either project.

Kanye’s return to Twitter has been met with controversy. Snoop Dogg and Ice-T aren’t feeling West’s support of Donald Trump. Chance The Rapper and Kim Kardashian have gone out of their way to defend Kanye’s right to speak his feelings. Earlier today (April 26), Kanye leaked a conversation between him and John Legend and accused his former G.O.O.D. Music artist of manipulating his “free thought.”

The album rollout for Kanye’s seventh studio album has been a bizarre and exhausting ride. It is hard to tell where the rapper will go next from here.

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