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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.
April 18, 2014 | By August Brown
There are "trophy wives," and then there the prizes on offer in Future and Kanye West's new video. In the new clip for "I Won," Future extrapolates on that old women-as-prizes-for-music-success canard. While decked out in a Tom Wolfe-worthy white suit ensemble, he promises a potential amour, "Ever since I been with you, I feel like I won me a trophy. " Well, it seems like Future means that as a genuine compliment. And heck, if you play with OutKast at its  Coachella reunion, you probably deserve a medal of some sort.  PHOTOS: 10 great rap lyrics of 2013 Kanye West also shows up for a guest verse, promising to "Take you to the south France / so you can run around without them pants," and declaring the hotness of the entire extended Kardashian clan.
June 17, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
One of the many striking and often shocking metaphors within “Yeezus,” the new album from rapper Kanye West, arrives halfway into the 10-song release, during a song called “I'm in It.” It involves a quote by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Thank God almighty, free at last,” raps West, referencing a phrase from 50 years ago that the civil-rights leader used in relation to the plight of African Americans. The line as used by West is notable for what it's not: a charged reference to black freedom.
April 8, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
After Coachella, the deluge. Organizers of San Francisco's Outside Lands announced the music festival's 2014 lineup early Tuesday, mere days before Coachella will informally open the crowded summer festival season on Friday in Indio. Top acts set to appear at the seventh annual Outside Lands, which this year goes down Aug. 8-10 at Golden Gate Park, include Kanye West, the Killers and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, described in a news release as the first act to headline the festival twice.
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.
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)
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.
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.
May 2, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Kanye West took to Twitter on Thursday morning for a major announcement: " June Eighteen . " And that's it -- no context, no explanation, no additional clues as to what that date might bring. Is it the release date for his new album, which Pop & Hiss reported Tuesday has been completed ? The disc's first single? Perhaps it's the due date for West and Kim Kardashian's baby. Or a wedding date. Whatever the case, West isn't elaborating (yet). IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Remembering Kriss Kross' Chris Kelly As the hip-hop pundit Elliott Wilson tweeted early Thursday, "Ambiguity is the new press release.
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...
March 26, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may have had a lot of respect for their top-secret Vogue cover shoot, but baby North? Not so much.  Kardashian spilled more behind-the-scenes details of the shoot Tuesday night on "Late Night With Seth Meyers," with the host showing his favorite photo, featuring the whole family, with Kardashian in a Nina Ricci wedding gown and Kanye shirtless, North lying naked on his chest. "North peed on him right at that moment ... ," Kardashian said, "and he was trying to tell me and I couldn't really hear him, and I had to get up and get her, clean her off, clean him off. It's a good memory.
March 24, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Some people take engagement portraits before they get married, but in the case of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, well, they got a whole Vogue magazine cover and spread. The so-called World's Most Talked About Couple posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz in various wedding regalia ahead of their summer wedding in Paris, but the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians " star and her rapper fiance included their 9-month-old daughter, North West, in the shoot too. The hallowed tot has been seen only in rare photos shared by her parents, despite their own camera-ready proclivities, and more portraits of the baby girl were revealed over the weekend after her parents were announced as the magazine's April cover stars.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
July 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West's official video for “Black Skinhead” is finally out. West posted a link to the completed video for the single (stylized as "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD") on his website Monday morning. A rough cut of the clip, the first visual from his polarizing album “Yeezus,” leaked online earlier this month, igniting a furor of tweets from the rapper. “Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it's heartbreaking when something like this happens,” he fired off . “Allow me and Nick to give the world what we've been losing sleep over.” RELATED: Kanye West tangles with another paparazzo In the black-and-white clip, a CGI-version of a very buff and shirtless West dances and raps in the dark using some coarse language as well as haunting images, including some rather ferocious Dobermans and Ku Klux Klan-inspired visuals.
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.
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.
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