February 14, 2014 |
After our oral history went live earlier in the week, Complex debuted some never before seen video clip from Coodie Simmons from the studio sessions during the recording of the "College Dropout. " The first clip features West performing "Never Let Me Down" for the first time to an audience that included Pharrell who makes his feelings about the record known quite prominently. The second is a captured freestyle session between West and rapper Consequence (formerly of West's G.O.O.D Music label)
February 26, 2014 |
West joined Seth Meyers on his second night at the desk and gave a fairly entertaining interview, touching on topics ranging to the mask he wears during his "Yeezus" shows, fatherhood, Quentin Tarantino, a weird point about nudity on European TV and an old SNL sketch in which Kanye crashes the awards presentation at a weird place. Watch the whole thing below 214226571 by YardieGoals Then, he returned later in the show to perform a medley of hits, ranging from "Touch The Sky" to "Mercy.
January 3, 2014 |
A few days ago, Kim Kardashian tweeted this: This video, a scrapbook of clips put together by something called " KimKanyeKimyeFC " is the video equivalent of when you used to write "Mrs. _____ _____" (Feel free to write in whatever longstanding crush-turned-guy who still lives at home in the blanks) on your notebooks and backpacks in middle school. It's a chronological look at the love affair of Kim and Kanye and is kind of ... sweet? Watch the vid below and check it out for yourself.
November 29, 2011 |
If Jay-Z and Kanye West didn't think their collaboration was an event, they wouldn't have called it "Watch the Throne. " In terms of modesty, these guys exist somewhere between "none" and "LeBron James. " Of course, public response certainly has matched the project's self-satisfaction. Bloggers breathlessly dissected early singles "H.A.M. " and "Otis"; a freaking New York planetarium housed the record's listening party; and the album's stunningly un-leaked release brought music fans together, at least on Twitter, for a day of collective listening.
January 28, 2013 |
Rap videos can be tricky to understand as an art form. If you aren't in tune with the culture, you might just dismiss them all as a cavalcade of ginormous butts, bottles, cars and one tough guy in the back row counting a large wad of money. (People in tune know that that's only true 89% of the time.) Chicago has a very storied history of quality rap videos from homegrown stars and it's high time we gave them some cultural appreciation. Here's my list for the 25 best Chicago rap videos of all time.
April 9, 2014 |
Rap artist Common announced Wednesday that his Common Ground Foundation will partner with youth arts organization Donda's House Inc. and the Chicago Urban League to develop a music festival and an initiative to create 20,000 jobs for Chicago's black teens. The three organizations developed the initiative to help lower the Chicago-area jobless rate among black males, representatives said. A recent study conducted by the Chicago Alternative Schools Network found that 92 percent of black males aged 16-19 were jobless in 2012.
November 28, 2011
Chicago's own Kanye West took the title last year--but who should RedEye name 2011's Pop Person of the Year? We'll be unveiling the winner in RedEye in December, but until then, we're looking for readers to weigh in on who they would pick from these top five contenders. Cast your vote in our online poll, and stay tuned for some fun sneak peeks, trivia and more on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram (search: redeyechicago) and Tumblr . Or maybe you're the best choice for Pop Person of the Year?
November 30, 2011 |
We already know Kanye West and Jay-Z, whose Watch the Throne tour hit the United Center this week, can drop serious rhymes. Our question: Who is the best entertainer? Kanye West Rap shows used to be pretty dull from a sheer spectacle perspective. You'd have the MC, his hype man, his DJ, various crew members, bodyguards and the occasional groupie (or six). Kanye West didn't re-invent what a rap show could be, but he sure did put his stamp on it. The second he got the level of fame he desired, he put on a certified rock show (The Glow in the Dark Tour)
May 8, 2012 |
Local mashup craftsmen (BTW: I literally just sat here for two minutes and tried to think of a way to make that opening sound as journo as possible ) The Hood Internet have a new tape out . It's their usual blend of unexpected "collabs" and straight-up grooves and should help you get through the rest of the week with a smile on your face. Tracklist under this: The Mixtape Volume Six : 1. Wiz Khalifa x Phantogram | Move Up 2. Mayer Hawthorne x M83 | One Midnight With You 3. Ma$e x Notorious B.I.G.
June 14, 2013 |
Yeezus, we have a leak. Along with the (conveniently timed?) illegal availability of Kanye West's album “Yeezus” Friday, the Chicago-raised rapper announced a round of new “projections” slated for locations across the country Saturday. Previously, West had projected video on buildings around the world for his release of “New Slaves,” including Wrigley Field, a Belgian castle and an empty Pennsylvania prison. The contents of the videos remain a mystery, but West's website lists the venues where the projections will be playing locally.