Kanye, Alexis Split

22 04 2008

Looks like it’s the end of the line for Kanye West and Alexis Phifer. I’m sure Kanye was spending more time in the bathroom than Alexis and she just couldn’t take it anymore.

Kanye West and his fiancee Alexis Phifer have split, a source tells Usmagazine.com.

A source close to the couple tells Us that “Kanye is possessed by the tour and everything going on and just couldn’t keep it going. They are still friends and have broken up and gotten back together before, so it could work out.”

A rep for West had no comment. (Source)

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Video: Kanye West (feat. Chris Martin) - “Homecoming”

1 04 2008

This one goes out to all our readers from The Chi, we have a lot of regulars from there. This video made me miss Chicago SO badly. I haven’t been in years and I need to come back. Who’s gonna let me crash at their spot?

This video is simple but in a very effectively elegant way. I liked the parts with Chris Martin juxtaposed against the fireworks best.

Regardless of how you feel about Kanyeisha, he really came with it this go ’round. I’m anticipating but trying to not go too amped up about the next project because I don’t know if it can top Graduation for me.

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Everyone Wants A Piece Of The ‘Good Life’

27 03 2008

Kanyeisha is a lot of things, but I don’t think he’s a thief. “D’Mystro” disagrees.

An obscure songwriter named D’Mystro is claiming that Kanye West jacked one of his songs. In a lawsuit filed in Maryland District Court, D’Mystro (real name Dayna Staggs ) accused Kanye of copyright infringement for the T-Pain-featured hit song “Good Life.”

The suit which also named West’s label, Roc-A-Fella, claims that he didn’t obtain a license to use “Volume of Good Life” for his song. D’Mystro also expressed displeasure at the vulgar and offensive words on “Good Life,” which he claims “harms the reputation” of his song. According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Kanye was only 6 or 7 when “Volume of Good Life” was copyrighted. D’Mystro claims to have suffered “irreparable injury” and is seeking injunctive relief of “85% of all world sales of the proceeds from the music that uses his work.”
Earlier this year, Kanye won a Grammy for “Good Life,” in the Best Rap Song category. (Source)

What I wanna know is, how did Kanye steal this song from ol’ boy when 50% is Jacko’s chipmunks from “PYT” and 25% of it is from “School Spirit”?

Somehow I’m not surprised he wants money. A mess at this harming the reputation of his song. Has anyone else heard it besides he and his cats?

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Would You ‘Roc’ This ‘Familia’ Flava?

24 03 2008

Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z were photographed backstage at the kick-off of Mary & Jay’s tour in Miami wearing some very interesting unis. Would you step into this Viva La Roc (and friends) fashion closet?

Behind Door #1: General Kanye Santa Anna and his Mexican troops getting ready to storm The Alamo Herbie Hancock’s house for that Grammy.

Behind Door #2: The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul becomes the Queen of Arts ‘n’ Crafts by rolling her jacket around in some paint before heading onstage to perform. Raw emotion meets abstract!

Behind Door #3: Join Jigga as he dons a life jacket and leaps from the Titanic known as U.S.S. Def Jam. Big foe’headed women and children on camel-back get the first boats!

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Kanye & Alexis Tied The Knot?

13 03 2008

MTV reports that lovebirds Kanye West and Alexis Phifer tied the knot in secret in Europe.

Rumours suggest that rapper/producer Kanye has fulfilled his mother’s final wishes by marrying his longterm girlfriend Alexis Phifer at a secret ceremony in Europe.

The rap star proposed to Phifer in 2006 while they were on a romantic holiday in Italy and new reports say that the two have now tied the knot while on vacation in Europe just last month.

The rumours could well be true as the Through The Wire singer was keen to get married away from the spotlight of the media as he said in GQ magazine last year, “I’m just going to go and get married, I’m not going to make a big deal out of it.” (Source)

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Screencaps Of Kanye’s “Homecoming”

6 03 2008

Kanye’s next single and video will be “Homecoming” which features Chris Martin. When I first heard he was going to guest on the album, I had severe reservations but this is actually one of my favorite tracks off a stellar album. I’m loving the single choices Kanye is going with this go-round.

Here are screencaps from the video (found at Kanye’s blog) which will drop soon.

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Video: Estelle (feat. Kanye West) - “American Boy”

26 02 2008

When I started watching this the first thing that popped into my head is how badly this video will be shutting the dressing rooms DOWN in MetroPark for the next six months, but other than that I can’t see this getting too much play. I’m sure a bunch of hipsters will bang this while drinking some wine coolers and looking at artwork like this. But most people are probably going to be listening to the new-new ringtone shit.

I’m not even trying to get elitist here because while I like Estelle, this song is very elevator music-ish. It’s pleasant or whatever but overall I find it boring. Kanye phoned these verses in as a favor to his boo-boo John Legend. I’ll still be checking for her album though because “Wait A Minute” was hot and I’m willing to give her another shot off that.

DEAD @ that Michael Jackson mugshot pin Kanye’s rocking. That’s gonna be on sale everywhere soon.

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Video: Kanye West - “Flashing Lights” TRAILER

13 02 2008


This is kind of odd, especially since his mother just died. I mean, obviously she didn’t get murked “Casino” style or nothing, but dag.

Possibly NSFW, what with all that DJ Assault bouncing around LOL. I’m not complaining though.

Leave it to Kayne (<—lol) to do something totally left field of what anyone was expecting. I thought he was gonna ride around Vegas at nightime with Consequence and Common in the whoo-ride with him, throwing up gang signs and waving at the neon signs. LOL, kidding.

It’s SHORT though, I felt like someone stole the rest of the song from me LOL. It kinda agitated me.

Many of times I’ve wanted Kanye to dig a hole and bury himself, but I DIDN’T MEAN IT LIKE THAT OMARI!

Updated: This is the trailer.

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I Hate When People Say “Please & Thank You!”

7 02 2008

Kanye West has a book coming out soon and he relased some pages over at his blog the other day. Hmmm…this book actually looks interesting. Seeing the world through Kanye’s eyes is probably like watching Missy’s 3-D video w/o the 3-D glasses — weird and semi-headache inducing, but i’ll bite.

I’d rather read his undoubtedly “phoned-in” ideas than “bootleg Google” him for free Kanye and Estelle stickers. Boy stop! Did ya’ll see this mess!?

Anyway, more samples under the jump.

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Kanyetta’s About To Tour…

30 01 2008

Kanye’s Blog

I’m sure tickets will be the cost of an imported real Asian baby hair lacefront wig & a Louis Vuitton scarf.

I HAAAATE arena shows so I will wait for the inevitable DVD at Wal-Mart for $9.99. $9.99 > $65.00 + Ticketmaster fees. DIG A HOLE, FALL IN IT.

And Rihanna? Hoe is getting that money ROFL. She’s working that light-skinned and accent til’ the wheels fall off, or Jay-Z gets tired of looking at her, whichever one comes first. Wait, he’s fired, nm.

Lupe’s album has only sold 286,211, which is almost as much as “Food & Liquor” has sold YTD (334,520). Sheiza! Rihanna’s at 1,002,456 for “Good Girl Gone Bad.” Kanye’s at 1,958,201 (great number!), and N.E.R.D.’s last album “Fly or Die” which came out in ‘04 is at 420,963.

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New Music: Brandy, Gnarls Barkley & Ryan Leslie

30 01 2008

Brandy - “Doesn’t Really Matter”

More Brandy music! This is pleasant, but it’s not rocking my world. Don’t know how new this is…but it sounds recent to me.  What’s up with all these mid-tempo sleeper joints? LOL where is my “What About Us?” or “Talk About Our Love”? These lil’ mid-tempo joints are ok, and Brandy rides this one nicely as well…but I hope she starts getting some official stuff out soon. I am dying! This joint though…ehh…I give it a B+. Nothing to make me happy in the pants, YET.

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Colin Munroe Remixes Kanye’s “Flashing Lights”

23 01 2008

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Canadian artist Colin Munroe, who has struck up a deal with Dallas Austin’s “Rowdy Records” for the World ex. Canada, puts his own spin on Ye’s “Flashing Lights.” Apparently dude has been doing urban music for a while in Canada, working with people like Glenn Lewis and others (where IS Glenn Lewis!?). He plays like, 50-11 instruments, and while this is a hip-hop influenced production, the rest of his music is decidedly pop. Nevertheless, this is kind of dope. I like the way he flipped it, cause I always get my “gospel sang on” to Kanye’s version anyway. You know black folks can “church” out ANY song. I thought this was interesting, wanted to share & one of ya’ll sent it in too after I’d heard about it! Go YT boy!

His Myspace is here, and here’s an article about dude.

And since we are on the subject, check out one of my other favorite Canadian R&B artists, Jully Black. Jully’s latest album was produced along with Keith Harris, a COLD drummer. He played for Black Eyed Peas (who had a dope live band).

In my job I deal with Canada often (”Ay?”) so yeah, I like Canadian R&B randomly LOL.

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AHM! News Wrap Up

4 01 2008

Obama wins Iowa Caucus! (BET)

Ne-Yo Sues R. Kelly’s Promoter; R. Kelly Fires Back (Allhiphop)

Britney Spears in Hospital; Tries to Keep Kids From K. Fed in a Standoff (Yahoo)

Chris Brown sued for breach of contract by tour set designer (MTV)

Kanye likes Connect Four; Gets Beat By Beyonce’ (Concrete Loop)

Play from “Kid N’ Play” in car accident but is fine (Allhiphop)

Prodigy has a sex tape, but not really. (Crunk & Disorderly)

Auntie Viv has a sex tape?!?! (Sandra Rose)

Marion Jones wants probation (AP)

If there’s anything you’d like to share with the rest of us, feel free to post a link in the comments. I only go so much time in a day LOL.

For anything else, go R-E-A-D-A-B-O-O-K!

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Kanye & Daft Punk Cover January 2008 SPIN

17 12 2007

Kanye West & Daft Punk, whose song “Harder Better Faster Stronger” he sampled to make his smash “Stronger,” cover the January 2007 cover of SPIN magazine.

You can read more here.

I actually really like this cover! I’m a Daft Punk fan though anyway. I feel like Kanye deflated his ego enough to actually share something with someone else. Aww, has Kanyetta been humbled in life? I hope so. That would make him so much more palatable.

I won’t lie though, I do listen to “Graduation” often. I skip around a lot, but I listen to it more than I’ve listened to any other hip-hop album this year. 2nd to that would be Fabolous’ latest album.

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Kanye, Evel Knievel Hug It Out

27 11 2007

OK, this picture? Reason enough for me to post this story. This looks like a MADtv skit.

Kanye West and Craig “Evel” Knievel hashed out an amicable resolution to the lawsuit Knievel filed over West’s 2005 video for “Touch the Sky”, in which Kanye portrayed a Knievel-like character.

Kanye West and Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel have amicably resolved and dismissed the case in connection with West’s “Touch the Sky” video, according to Kanye’s label rep. The pair met recently at Knievel’s home in Tampa, Florida, to finalize the matter, according to a press release.

Knievel formally filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement last December. The Chris Milk-directed, Pamela Anderson-starring mini-movie for “Touch the Sky” - one of the most acclaimed clips of 2005 - finds Kanye playing a daredevil named “Kanyievel,” who makes a grand stunt jump over the Grand Canyon in a mini-rocket, evoking Knievel’s unsuccessful 1974 jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the suit said the video tarnished Knievel’s image with its “vulgar, sexual and racially charged content.” (Source)

How much you wanna bet Knievel is gonna turn up in a future Kanye video?

P.S. I decided to post this video again just for the parts with Nia Long and Tracee Ellis Ross. This shit is hilarious! “I’m motherf***in’ Nia Long!” should have caught on more.

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