Kanye West covers GQ.
Kanye West covers GQ.
"So if you hear me talking about Louis Vuitton or the Gucci Group or anything like that. I’m not dissing Louis Vuitton, I’m not dissing the Gucci Group and shit. I’m just saying, don’t discriminate against me, because I’m a black man or because I’m a celebrity, and tell me that I can create, but not feel. Cuz you know damn well there aren’t no black guys or celebrities making no Louis Vuitton nothing. They let Pharrell make those glasses, and we liked them, right? They let me make those shoes, and we liked them right? And they say, ‘No, no, no, n****r. Not no more. That’s too much. That’s too much. No, no, no, no, no, no, n****r not no more. That’s way too much. That’s way too much. Stay in your place. Sit in the front of that show and wear this jacket I made you. Stay in your place. Do what you get paid to do. Stay in your place. Don’t embarrass yourself trying to chase your dreams. Save face. Save face.’ That’s why I got this fucking mask on, cuz I ain’t worried about saving face. Fuck my face!"
- Kanye West, sharing some thoughts onstage at Wireless Festival last night
Happy birthday, Yeezus.
This girl went to Bonnaroo dressed as … Taylor Swift’s VMA.
Read a recap of Kanye’s set here.
Kanye West performs at the X Games in Austin last night.
Jack White has a general reputation as a guy who doesn’t like rap, but it seems that this reputation is way off. Talking to Rolling Stone recently, White revealed that he worked on a few unfinished tracks with Jay Z at some point. According to White, the reason those songs never came out might be this: “I’m not sure he liked them.” Also, White says that Kanye West contacted him as a possible collaborator when he was beginning work on Yeezus. White was down, but West never followed up on the request for whatever reason. But White remains a fan, and he says nice things about Kanye’s recent Yeezus tour: “That might have been the greatest show I’ve seen in my life. It was more punk, more in-your-face than anything I’ve seen.” Now, let’s all close our eyes and imagine what might’ve been.
MICHAEL PENN: The idea for that was Marnie was going to earnestly do this rap song, and the challenge was I had to make it so it was something that Ray and her could come up with on GarageBand the night before. So it was a really simple arrangement. But the challenging part, and the part that was the actual one I had something to do with, was I had to sort of archaeologically excavate a melody out of a rap song. She didn’t rap it, she sang it. So I had to figure out how to create a melody out of what Kanye West was rapping in the song, I mean, it’s implied with chord structure, but not really there. It was…a bit of work [laughs]. I basically mapped out the chords and then figured out the cadence of the lyric as rap. I just heard what it would be as a melody.