Brand Nubian Lord Jamar shares his thoughts on Kanye wearing skirts, saying that his style has no place in hip-hop, adding that he’s doing it out of arrogance. Lord Jamar also breaks down fashion in hip-hop history, claiming that Run DMC were the saviors of hip-hop with the way they dressed” – VladTV
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has come under attack for using the N-word when referring to a photo of two of her African American friends Jay-Z and Beyonce. When partying on stage with the couple during a Jay-Z and Kanye Watch The Throne stop in Paris Friday, Paltrow tweeted a photo with the message, “Ni**as in paris for real @mrteiusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh.”
Many who took offense to Paltrow using the derogatory term slammed her online. Amanda Seales called Paltrow’s comment “wreckless.” A post on popular African American blog site, Bossip.com, said “Gwyneth might be getting a little too comfortable around her black friends …”
On Sunday, Paltrow defended using the word. “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!” she said in response to a post from blogger B. Scott. (more…)
Bieber spoke to Life & Style magazine about his affinity for ladies’ jeans. “I’ve worn women’s jeans before because they fit me. It’s not a trend; it’s just, whatever works, works.” Again, Justin says this isn’t a trend, so if everybody starts wearing Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, don’t blame him.
Bieber was responding to a question about Kanye West’s decision to wear a women’s sweater. “It wasn’t (so he’d) look like a woman in a sweater; it was just a regular sweater that happened to be a woman’s.” (more…)
Poster’s Note: So I guess it’s only right to download this album. These dudes obviously don’t need my money.
Kanye West and Jay-Z Auctioning Off Mutilated $373,000 Maybach for Charity
In “Otis,” the first video from the Kanye West and Jay-Z (a.k.a the Throne) joint album Watch the Throne, the two hip-hop moguls oversee some unconventional body work to what appears to be a brand-new Maybach: The German luxury car — base sticker price approximately $373,000 for the cheapest model — gets sliced and diced with a blowtorch and power saw. In the first 30 seconds of the clip, the automobile loses its roof and doors and gets remixed into an open-air Jeep-style vehicle perfect for joyriding around a parking lot with a quartet of young ladies in the back seat while fireworks blast off, which is exactly what Jay and Kanye proceed to do in the Spike Jonze-directed video. (more…)
Considering Kanye West’s current status, sitting on top of the world, it takes a person of supreme creativity and confidence, if not arrogance to even attempt to record this album. West has had so much success recording Hip-hop it seemed putting out another outstanding if not classic rap album might have been the relatively easy thing to do. Instead for his 4th LP, 808s & Heartbreak, West chose not to rap but instead to follow his own personal artistic inspiration and sing, employing autotune and vocoder effects most recently popularized ad nauseam by T-Pain. Along with the change in genre, West’s beats are also noticeably stripped down, minimalist, and rock influenced this time around. (more…)
Although pared down to 13 tracks, (“The College Drop Out” and “Late Registration” has 21 each), hip hop’s John McEnroe brings new stylistic offerings to bear with “The Graduation”. Kanye gets mad respect by consistently keeping clear of making albums sound like a safe, rehashing of previous successful projects.Although not as personal as many may be accustomed to, his lyrics in “Good Morning” (and in most of the rest the album) take on an everyman quality. Kanye reminisces of the past, survives the present and romanticizes the future with aplomb and trademark wit. And yes the arrogance is still there. He damn near breaks an arm from patting himself on the back in tracks like “Champion.” The layered percussion behind the celebratory “Good Life” compliment its T-Pain vocals. The Alvin and the chipmunks-sounding sampling from Michael Jackson “PYT” and in the “The Glory” (from Laura Nyro’s “Save the Country”) are the closest West gets to his hyper-fast soul samples of old. Don’t get comfortable with that; West then pushes full speed ahead with the compelling, self-consciousness of “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” Stylistic breakthroughs continue with West’s synth-pop feel in “Stronger”. A further progression of this comes through in “Flashing Lights,” a soulful track that pierces the soul of those in search of celebrity and nightlife. Missed marks come through in class projects such as the Chris Martin’s tepid “I Wonder” and mixtape wonder Lil’ Wayne’s word association comes off as pure silliness in “Barry Bonds”. The highly personal “Big Brother” and “Everything I Am” compensate, allowing West’s latest to graduate somewhere between magna cum laude and suma. The reward should be Kanye never having to make such a spectacle of himself while chasing renown. Perhaps he can now be free of worrying over skittish award academies and buyers who check blogs and industry gossip before copping his future albums. Perhaps this is the accolade West is truly in search of; a media-impervious loyalty from fans from the strength of his high marks alone.