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February 2, 2006 | Randy Lewis
WITH the Grammy Awards less than a week away, Kanye West heads into the ceremony with the nation's music critics solidly behind him: His "Late Registration" album has topped the Village Voice's annual critics poll of the preceding year's best works. That makes back-to-back wins for the rapper: His "The College Dropout" came in No. 1 in last year's poll.
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March 22, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Backlash and rumors following Anna Wintour's decision to feature polarizing couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of Vogue has the editrix defending her choice. The Annie Leibovitz-shot cover for the April 2014 issue features the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star, 33, and her rapper beau, 36, in wedding regalia and comes after months of contentious stories about her landing in the coveted pages of the fashion bible. "Their Fashionable Life and Surreal Times #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE," reads the headline on the magazine's annual Shape issue.
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October 13, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
IN a year in which so much money and attention have been spent on classic rock bands from the '60s and '70s, it felt awfully good during the opening night of Kanye West's U.S. tour here Tuesday to be listening to great music from this century. One thing, of course, that makes West's hip-hop music so rewarding is that the rapper draws freely from '60s and '70s values, especially those from R&B.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Another sign of the Kardash-alypse: Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West are the cover stars of Vogue magazine's April issue. Uh-huh, honey. The well-endowed reality TV starlet, 33, and the outspoken rapper, 36, have  landed the coveted fashion cover  of the so-called fashion bible, which features the polished "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star in a strapless wedding gown with West wrapping his arms around her from behind and resting...
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November 24, 2008 | ANN POWERS
Of all the stories Donda West read to her little son at bedtime, "Pinocchio" must have been a favorite. The tale of the puppet who longed to be human obviously resonates with Kanye West. On "Pinocchio Story," the bonus live track that turns out to be the key to his audaciously introspective fourth album, he freestyles about the character, repeatedly singing, "I want to be a real boy." "808s and Heartbreak," out today on Roc-A-Fella Records and streaming on MySpace, is a meditation on realness as it's been defined by materialism and machismo in the hip-hop world and by love and sorrow in the larger one. Wrought in hushed mechanical beats, computer-altered vocals and samples so subtle they're barely noticeable, it's West's foray into confessional music.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
There comes a point at every Kanye West concert where he addresses the crowd and riffs on whatever is on his mind -- which is usually a lot. Whether he's venting about his position in the fashion world, media perceptions, defending why he's labeled himself a genius or fawning over fiancée Kim Kardashian, his onstage monologues are instant fodder for blogs, mostly dismissing what West said as another rant (and he's had plenty). During Tuesday night's show at Phoenix's US Airways Center, a tiny part of his onstage address was dedicated to his Grammy nominations, or lack thereof, in his opinion.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West's elaborate Yeezus tour is coming to theaters. After wrapping the North American leg of the tour earlier this week, West quietly debuted a trailer for the film on his official website . The clip featured a quick flurry of shots from the production, dramatic scenes such as horses running in snow and West in his many masks. A recent interview with Vice author Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero," “American Physco”) revealed he was collaborating with West on a film project after the rapper enlisted him to reimagine a scene from "American Psycho" for a promotional clip for "Yeezus.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
"Yeezus," the highly anticipated new album from Kanye West, leaked online on Friday morning, resulting in immediate Twitter trending and sending less-ethical fans all over the world to various illegal download and mirror sites to get a free copy. The back cover of the CD has also leaked, which shows the many samples and songwriters involved in West's newest construction. Among those sampled include Nina Simone, whose version of "Strange Fruit" gets center stage on "Blood on the Leaves.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Kanye West isn't what you'd call an active member of the Twitterverse. Even though he's racked up nearly 10 million Twitter followers, he's following just one person -- any guesses? (If you answered Kim Kardashian, you win. Perhaps he'll make it two as soon as their new baby, North West, registers for his own Twitter account.) He's also sent only nine tweets - dating back only as far as May 17, pretty much using the social networking service to build anticipation for his latest album, “Yeezus,” ahead of its June 18 release.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By August Brown
Call it "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Testimony. " The Kafka-esque PR psychodrama that is the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries divorce, which came in 2011 after a mere 72 days of matrimony, has now roped in Kim's current beau, the rapper/producer Kanye West. West reportedly was forced into a deposition hearing by Humpries' lawyer as they try to untangle the bizarre love triangle, which involves a complex pre-nup between Kardashian and Humpries. It's the latest kink in this strange tale, which most recently got meta when Kanye rhymed about Kim's famous sex tape (with her former lover, the singer Ray J)
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March 17, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Kanye West received two years' probation and was ordered to take anger management classes Monday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery on a paparazzo last summer at Los Angeles International Airport. The 36-year-old rapper was not in court Monday but entered his plea via attorney Blair Berk. West had pleaded not guilty in November to the misdemeanor charges of criminal battery and attempted grand theft in connection with the July 19 scuffle. The grand theft charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. Each of the counts carried a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kanye West entered a no-contest plea Monday to a charge of battery stemming from his tangle with a paparazzo last September at Los Angeles International Airport. As part of the deal, the "Yeezus" rapper faces no jail time, instead getting sentenced to two years' probation, 24 anger-management sessions and 250 hours of community service, L.A. Now reported. He must also stay 100 yards away from the victim, videographer Danny Ramos. West was charged originally with misdemeanor counts of battery and attempted grand theft, allegedly having tried to take Ramos' equipment, but the latter charge was dropped in the plea deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas - Video images of fierce predatory animals flashed across several gigantic screens behind Jay Z and Kanye West at the Austin Music Hall on Wednesday night, a visual holdover from the rappers' collaborative tour in 2011 but also, it seemed, a kind of warning to the South by Southwest music festival they'd dropped in to dominate. Attract as many superstars as you like, the footage appeared to say - we'll devour them all. Once a forum for undiscovered regional talent, SXSW has become irresistible in recent years to A-list acts eager for a concentrated audience of gatekeepers and tastemakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Give Rick Ross credit for playing to his strengths. Though the Miami rapper's new album "Mastermind" is largely a disappointment -- a stale rehash of ideas he's served up far more convincingly elsewhere -- Ross wisely focused on the record's best song for his performance Thursday night on "The Arsenio Hall Show. " And he didn't do " Sanctified " by himself, either, but brought out two of his A-list pals to the delight of Hall's audience: Kanye West and Big Sean, both of whom appear on the track on "Mastermind.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have set the date for their Paris wedding, Us Weekly reports. The event is to take place May 24. [Us Weekly] Model Karlie Kloss and singer Taylor Swift took a road trip along the California Coast and documented it via Instagram. [The Cut] Also having fun in California: Actress/makeup mogul Drew Barrymore and actresses Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon with a bunch of their friends are taking a two-day pasta-making class at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West and Jay Z's collaborative relationship has already yielded plenty of hits, a critically heralded joint album and a blockbuster tour. Now the two hip-hop heavyweights are aligning their business endeavors. West's design and content house Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay's Roc Nation, the companies announced in a joint statement on Monday. The partnership will focus on West's international recording brand and his touring ventures. Donda, named after West's late mother, was launched in 2009 when he collaborated with Louis Vuitton for a footwear collection.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
As Earth awaits the newest missive from Kanye West, called “Yeezus,” the rapper from Chicago has been sharing some of his teachings. He delivered his latest sermon Sunday night at the Governors Ball Music Festival, where West, 36, offered new work amid nearly two dozen songs, and marked the evening with a cuss-filled monologue that conveyed the current Yeezus philosophy.  This landscape no longer seeks radio or album sales, but something...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When he's not dropping albums, fathering babies with reality-show celebrities or feeling uneasy about answering questions, Kanye West has another pursuit: supplying songs to popular movies. He's long been a favorite of music supervisors: “Miami Vice,” “Jarhead” and “Coach Carter” all feature Kanye tracks. So do “Mission Impossible: 3” and, across the Hollywood spectrum, the emo coming-of-age tale “It's Kind of a Funny Story.” But if you've had the sense that Kanye has become especially prevalent in films lately, you wouldn't be wrong.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West's elaborate Yeezus tour is coming to theaters. After wrapping the North American leg of the tour earlier this week, West quietly debuted a trailer for the film on his official website . The clip featured a quick flurry of shots from the production, dramatic scenes such as horses running in snow and West in his many masks. A recent interview with Vice author Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero," “American Physco”) revealed he was collaborating with West on a film project after the rapper enlisted him to reimagine a scene from "American Psycho" for a promotional clip for "Yeezus.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
A half-million bucks for a date night at a fancy party doesn't sound like hard work - but Kim Kardashian's deal to accompany billionaire Richard Lugner to the Vienna Opera Ball in Austria doesn't seem to have played out very well. Lugner, who over the years has made a habit of hiring various starlet-types to be his big-bucks arm candy for the annual event, told local reporters before the ball that the reality-TV diva was "annoying," according to Radar Online . Mom Kris Jenner and baby North both accompanied Kim to Vienna, where Lugner met them at their private jet upon arrival, complete with flowers.
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