Posts Tagged ‘Kanye West’

“All Of The Lights” Video by Kanye West feat. Rihanna+Kid Cudi.

February 19, 2011

My personal favorite track off of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. My review for this video can be summed up in two words: “Rihanna…wow.”

“All of the Lights” by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi:

If the embedded video won’t play for whatever reason, click here:

All of the Lights

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The Show Goes On By Lupe Fiasco.

December 28, 2010

N.E.R.D., then Ye and now Lupe? In such close proximity of one another? Nice. As much as I herald and praise Kanye’s latest effort, I need something that packs a little more punch lyrically and I think Lasers will be just what I need. I can’t believe I didn’t notice it before but the hook on this is taken from Modest Mouse’s hook on “Float On”. I felt stupid for not catching that sooner. Old age will do that to you.

The Art of G.O.O.D. Fridays

November 14, 2010

Starting some weeks ago, Kanye announced G.O.O.D. Fridays in which he released a new song available for download every friday until Christmas. I loved the cover art for the singles so much I’ve compiled them here. I’ll continue to add upcoming artwork to this post as they come out. I know it isn’t New Years yet but I’m gonna make an early resolution for 2011 and that is try to go five posts without having one be about Kanye West.(Right now it’s tough as his album is coming out in two weeks you see)











Jay-Z Signs Jay-E To The Roc

November 13, 2010

Five years ago I would’ve thought this to be a full-scale disaster. In the past Roc-A-Fella has signed many a artist only to have their album never seeing the light of day or never seeing too much success(see M.O.P., Ol’ Dirty Bastard, NORE) But nowadays I see Roc-A-Fella not so much as “IT’S THE ROC!” *holding up the diamond*, but just an entity that houses two of the biggest names in Hip Hop in Jay-Z and Kanye West. In 2010, you don’t really hear Jay repping the Roc every other verse like he use to, and the same goes for Kanye(cause he reps G.O.O.D. Music). It’s more about their art now than which label they represent. They both have come to a point where they ARE the brand. A brand that’s bigger than any company name at this point.

So the signing of Jay Electronica doesn’t scare me as much as it would have five years ago. The main reason I feel this is a good fit for Jay Elec is because of the way Kanye West’s career has taken. Ye is the biggest hip hop artist in the world right now(sorry Hov, it’s true). And the fact that Def Jam allows him to be as creative as he wants, is the exact same way I hope they handle Jay Electronica’s career. After hearing “Exhibit C”, I always thought “Man, a major should sign him, back him with money and give him free reign to execute his vision. He should get the “Ye treatment””(I just coined that). Let him take more artistic control from the gate.

For a while there, I was afraid Jay Electronica would just remain one of those artists that never see above ground. Whose music remains strictly on the interwebs lost in a sea of E-demos, Myspace mixtapes and $5 youtube music videos shot on a Sony hand held. I’m very excited to hear this news and hip hop should be too. It’s a far stretch to say that his career will pan out the way Kanye’s or Jay-Z’s has, but I feel the powers that be are trying their darndest to align the planets in the exact same way to give Jay Electronica the best chance possible to succeed. It’s a long shot but if anyone has the potential to do it, it’s Jay Electronica. And lightning has been known to strike twice.

My fingers are crossed.

Oh yeah, just kidding about that last post. Kidding about it being the end for this blog, not about me watching Korean variety shows like Star Golden Bell. Wow, Star Golden Bell and Jay Electronica referenced in the same blog post?! I’ll bet my life that this is the first and only time that will ever happen in the history of mankind.

Official “Power” Single Artwork

July 3, 2010

Here’s the official artwork for the single by George Condo.

George Condo: Power(Art)

June 3, 2010

It seems that with Kanye, not only does the song have to be interesting but so does everything around it. Especially the cover art that serves as the visual compliment to the music. First he hired the talents of Murakami for Graduation, then KAWS for 808’s & Heartbreak and now you can add George Condo to the list of famous artists who Kanye has commissioned to provide artwork to accompany his latest project. This is Condo’s art for Ye’s latest single, “Power” off his upcoming album Good Ass Job.

“Power” by Kanye West

May 28, 2010

As much as I love Kanye branching off to do something different(808’s & Heartbreak), I’m ready for him to bring it back to what got him here in the first place.

The thing I find interesting is that his production style is such a far cry from his College Dropout days. His beats have a certain sound and quality that is exclusive only to him. If I’m on my game, I can pick out a Neptune, Primo or RZA track without batting an eye but certain Kanye tracks I wouldn’t believe they were his if you showed me actual video of him in the studio producing it live and in person. He makes songs that are grand in scale but they don’t seem like songs that can be radio singles. Yet they are. I don’t know, it’s hard for me to articulate. Think about it, what songs on the radio sound like “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” or “Love Lockdown” for that matter? Nothing. And what makes my mind explode is that he released these as his first singles! I honestly believe if it were anyone else in the world, no record company would release these songs as singles, let alone the lead off single to promote an upcoming album! I don’t know if that’s a combination of arrogance, dillusion with dash of retardation or if it’s simply genius.

It becomes apparent to me by the drums, the continuous clap track, the chanting, He’s once again going for the stadium anthem. I wouldn’t be surprised if this new album is filled with songs that will translate very well when performed live.

On a somewhat related note, and I have absolutely nothing to base this on but for some reason I feel Jon Brion had a hand in making this song. Which is very welcomed, by me at least. Single becomes available June 8th. I figure the new album becomes available sometime after that.

“Power” by Kanye West:

Edit: Long time commenter of this site(back when I allowed commenting) and all around cool cat @capntightpants informed me that this song is co-produced by @symbolycone and not Jon Brion who I thought maybe co-produced this with Kanye. Good look by @capntightpants who also has a Tumblelog, check it: …and now you become me.

Make Her Say by Kid Cudi, Ye + Common (Video)

July 20, 2009

Kid_Cudi_3

The more a rapper strays from typical “hip hop” video cliches, the more I like it. I’ve seen the same radio rap formula for nearly 15 years now. So anytime I see a video WITHOUT bottles poppin’, ghost riding and thug posturing and displays even a hint of originality or creative direction, it will always score well with me. But then again it’s Kid Cudi, one of Kanye’s inner circle and fellow G.O.O.D. Music artist were talking about here and anyone from Kanye West’s camp almost always tend to have interesting videos.

I also want to point out the significance of this song having scratching in it. Nowadays, trying to find a rap song on the radio that has an actual DJ scratching on it is like trying to locate Bigfoot riding a Unicorn with a Leprechaun carrying a pot of gold standing on its shoulder.

Walking On The Moon by The Dream (Video)

May 29, 2009

If I were a musician and had to be in music videos, my number one rule would be: NO SPECIAL EFFECTS. Anything with special effects doesn’t really age well. In fact the more time that passes, the worse it looks. You figure that 200 years from now, people will look back at our current CGI and it will be like if we watched a movie where spaceships were just miniature toys hanging on a string with someone in the background making flying sounds with his mouth. Apparently in the future(2085 to be exact), people will dress like bikers with studded black leather vests and wear glasses with dozens of mini solar panels on them. What depresses me most about this video is that even this far into the future, people will still be wearing fitted caps with that goddamn 5150 sticker on them.

Make no mistake, I love this song. The chorus is dope, the beat is nice and Kanye’s verse is cool, but this damn video, ugh. Horrible. This is one of those videos where in 20 years, The Dream is gonna look back and shake his head in shame. All the spaceships, futuristic clothing, the outdated effects will make him wonder what the fuck was he was thinking.

Oh yeah, The Dream looks like Just Blaze.

Watch the video here.

WOTM

Paranoid by Kanye West (Video)

May 27, 2009

My favorite song off of 808’s & Heartbreak finally gets the video treatment. This, along with “Amazing” was shot in Hawaii. Interesting choice to cast Rihanna of all girls for the video considering the content of the song and all of the Chris Brown drama. Here’s hoping “Robocop” is the next and final video.