Kanye West is giving his most radical performance yet

Whether by design or accident, there is something strange and new happening as John Legend, T.I., and others enter the conversation.

On Tuesday morning, Kanye West dropped footage of two conversations he’s had over the past month. The first, posted on his website is a short, edited video of the artist in his home, debating T.I. in what, ostensibly, was the conversation that led to the recording of “Ye vs. The People.” The second is an extended interview with Charlamagne Tha God, covering everything from mental health to politics, being forty, and more—a conversation in which the artist reflects on where he is now. In both, Kanye is quietly insightful and brashly ignorant, as wrongheaded as his critics have said and more lucid than he’s given credit for. Kanye West is at a crossroads, and so are we. But even as he sets his image on fire and burns his cred to the ground, Kanye West is doing something radical, unprecedented, and maybe even important.

When discussing Kanye West, it’s necessary to first acknowledge the truth of his celebrity. Kanye West is an artist who rose to fame thanks to escalating displays of provocation and gross narcissism coupled with consistently brilliant and commercially successful music. Kanye West has benefited from a culture of misogyny and succeeded despite never having to reckon with his attitudes towards women. Kanye West has, for years, been the benefactor of a cult of personality willing to overlook or redirect the blame for his every misstep and offense. (We’re as guilty as anyone.)

Since his return to Twitter, West has been flirting with conservative voices and ideas in a manner that comes across as definitively pro-Trump, inciting the ire of the public and sending his progressive peers running to try and course-correct their misguided friend.

Let’s put to bed the idea that Kanye means anything other than what he says. Whenever a celebrity of West’s stature expresses views that don’t line up with those of their fans, there’s always a tendency to suggest there’s some greater scheme at play. It’s the five-dimensional chess Trump supporters on Reddit invoke in favor of a more simple truth: That the man is an idiot. Similarly, it’s likely that Kanye’s publicly expressed views and privately held beliefs are, if not one and the same, then very closely aligned. Kanye West is not a man whose fame came from playing things close to the vest, and he is also a man who is clearly contemplating his vast power and influence and trying to achieve a form of enlightenment through which he can wield it. Unfortunately, as Damon Young writes at VSB, West is endorsing the sort of intellectualism of those who do not read.

“To [West], people like Trump or Candace Owens are free thinkers—mavericks unafraid to challenge the status quo,” writes Young. “But if he’d actually pick up a book (and not just any 48 Laws of Power-ass book, but the right books), he’d be aware of the danger of that type of contrarianism and aware that for people like Trump and Owens, their words aren’t about free thinking. They’re specifically and intentionally tethered to white resentment, which is also often tied to anti-intellectualism. They’re actually the antithesis of free thought. They don’t think. They incite. ”

There is a performative aspect to Kanye’s persona that’s also worth keeping in mind. West is and has always been a provocateur—despite his current good-vibes-and-open-dialog mindset, the man has never known how to wield his celebrity in any other way than carpet bombing the culture, expressing himself in as high-impact a manner as he can manage, because that’s the only way anyone’s ever listened to him, no matter how valid his arguments. Kanye is essentially doing what he always has done: court outrage to advance his career. That he has a new album on the horizon is no accident. Only this time, he’s doing it using his inside voice while stepping across the one line liberal America has drawn in the sand following the election of Trump.

“[West is] happy to play the foil as long as we react to him, whether it’s hate, love, loving the old Kanye, or finding him deeply problematic but mostly tolerable,” wrote our own Chris Gayomali last summer. “You can learn a lot about a person by how they feel about Kanye West.”

But Freethinking Kanye—whether by design or accident or hubris—is the conduit to something we’ve never really seen before, something radical that’s worth observing for what it is: We’re watching famous people of color publicly debate politics, advocate for themselves, and call each other out amongst themselves. He has forced his more progressive peers to articulate their politics explicitly in public forums, forcing them to draw lines around what’s acceptable and what’s not, to reject his galaxy-brain takes and call them out for the disingenuous bullshit that it is. He’s got John Legend on record texting and tweeting about the human cost of Trump’s policies. He has Janelle Monáe talking about how the narratives constructed by so-called freethinkers are used to justify oppression. And yes, T.I., of all people, at a loss for words in a video posted onto kanyewest.com, is saying that there’s “some shit you don’t align with, and some shit you don’t go against.” The staging and optics practically feel Kris Jenner-esque.

Kanye is an artist who taught a generation of marginalized people to find a wellspring of confidence long denied to them, to carry themselves as people with worthwhile things to say, to push against overwhelming cultural forces that would conspire to keep you benched in your own story. And now, in a stunning act of self-immolation, Kanye is teaching that same generation to rise up and speak against their idols, to leave them behind.

[Via GQ]

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Christina Aguilera to release song produced by Kanye West?

Christina Aguilera is reportedly set to release a song produced by Kanye West “this week”, according to a source.
The ‘Beautiful’ hitmaker is said to be planning on dropping the “tribal-like” track produced by the 40-year-old rapper “this week”A source told The New York Post’s PageSix Column that the song “is produced by Kanye [West] and that “It’s very tribal-like, with heavy drum samples . . .”

The insider also teased that her first single from her forthcoming record, thought to be called ‘Liberation’, will feature another “big” artist and her album is a complete new direction for Christina who has given her image an overhaul with the help of a new manager.

They added that “the first proper single from the album will be a big duet, but her team isn’t ready to announce the other singer — yet.

“Christina has changed her look, her management has got her great new artists and consultants to work with, she’s in a great place.”

The 37-year-old star teased the record’s title during a concert in Azerbaijan last weekend.

During a short interlude, a video was shown which seemed to tease the star’s upcoming eighth studio album

A fan recording of the video was posted on Twitter by fan account Xtina Daily, and shows a series of shots of the megastar whilst her voice lists a series of words beginning with “ex”.

Christina says in the video: “Ex. Xtina. Exhale. Explore. Express. Experiment. Exploit. Exclusive. Exist. Expire. My existence has no expiration. This is my liberation. This is our liberation. Be liberated with me. It’s time for liberation. As one, a liberated nation.”

The video concludes with the words “Xtina, liberation” repeated several times.

‘Liberation’ will be Christina’s first album in six years, with her last studio venture being 2012’s ‘Lotus’.

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Kanye West Said Slavery Was a Choice in a TMZ Interview

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Kanye West has not stopped embracing controversy. Following on his politically charged return to Twitter, he stirred up the TMZ offices in an interview on TMZ Live Tuesday morning.

Asked by TMZ founder Harvey Levin about his signed Make America Great Again hat, Kanye said, “It was really just my subconscious; it was a feeling I had.” He continued, “People: we’re taught how to think, taught how to feel, we don’t know how to think for ourselves, we don’t know how to feel for ourselves. People say ‘feel free,’ but they don’t really want us to feel free. I felt a freedom in, first of all, just doing something that everybody tells you not to do.”

“I just love Trump. That’s my boy,” Kanye continued, going on to address Trump’s previous reputation in the hip-hop community. “So many rappers — you’ll look at a video of Snoop Dogg loving Trump, but then he gets into office and they don’t love him.”

Trump is one of rap’s favorite people,” Kanye said. He went on to address his identity as a member of the hip-hop community and the black community, but he also says he represents “the world.” He then veered into comments about the history of American slavery. (On Monday, Kanye received a lesson about Abraham Lincoln and the Republican party courtesy of John Legend and Charlamagne Tha God.)

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years! That sounds like a choice,” Kanye said with a laugh. In actuality, black people really didn’t have a choice. Historians have documented how some African slaves were captured following battles or kidnapped, while others were sold into slavery due to debt or as punishment. And contrary to popular belief, Abraham Lincoln didn’t set out to free slaves during the Civil War; the then president himself also harbored racist views against black people.

“It’s like we’re mentally in prison,” Kanye continued. “I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks.” He also made a hasty analogy between slavery for blacks and the Holocaust for Jews before saying, “So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and white being one race.” Kanye added, “We’re the human race.” Critics have argued that creating an equation between American enslavement of Africans and the Holocaust of Jews is an oversimplification of two tragic but different historical situations, especially when those comparisons are used to play down the difficulties black Americans now face.

Video from TMZ’s newsroom then shows Kanye asking the assembled staffers, “Do you feel that I’m being free and I’m thinking free?”

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ staffer Van Lathan replied. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is that, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said.”

“While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” Lathan continued. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed. I’m appalled. And, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.

“Bro, you gotta be responsible, man,” Lathan concluded. Kanye approached him saying, “I’m sorry I hurt you, bro.”

Watch Kanye’s rant below:  

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Kanye West explains Jay-Z feud

Kanye West fell out with Jay-Z after his mentor failed to attend his wedding.

The Stronger rapper admitted he was ‘hurt’ when his friend and wife Beyonce failed to join him in Italy in 2014 when he tied the knot with Kim Kardashian West – with whom he has children North, four, Saint, two, and three-month-old Chicago – because the couple are like ‘family’ to him.

Speaking to Charlamagne Tha God on iHeartRadio’s ‘The Breakfast Club’, he said: ‘I was hurt about them not coming to the wedding. I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not going to miss a wedding.

‘I’m not using this interview to put out any negative things, but I gotta state my truth. You just start coming up with all type of crazy things in your head, like ‘Why?’ ‘

The 40-year-old star insists he is ‘past’ feeling disappointed now, though he was upset at the time, and though the pair are back on speaking terms, Kanye has never directly asked Jay about the snub.

He said: ‘I don’t think I ever asked him that question, directly.’

The ‘Bound 2’ hitmaker also addressed Jay’s track ‘Kill Jay-Z’, from his 2017 album ‘4:44’, in which the Tidal founder slammed Kanye and claimed he ‘gave him 20 million’ when in return he was called out on stage by the rapper in a lengthy rant in 2016.

And Kanye claimed he was left ‘frustrated’ by the lyrics of the track because the money referenced was from a Live Nation touring deal.

He said: ‘That concept that he gave me the money that’s what frustrated me because actually the money he got it from Live Nation. It was a touring deal.

‘But the fact that it was worded that it came from him — I’m a very loyal, emotional artist, person, that made me feel like I owed more than the money itself. It put me in more of a controlled situation. I’m only acting out of love — I don’t need to be controlled, I just need to be inspired and informed.’

The former ‘Watch the Throne’ tourmates haven’t seen one another since their falling out but Kanye said they are ‘good now’.

He added: ‘We’re texting each other. It’s positive energy. I haven’t seen him, but I can feel him.’

Watch the interview below;

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Kim Kardashian-West confirms baby news! Surrogate is due in January 2018

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Kim Kardashian-West has CONFIRMED that she is having a third child with husband Kanye West.

In a new promo for Keeping Up With the Kardashians season 14, Kim says to her sister Khloe on FaceTime: “What happens every time I say, ‘Guess what?’” and Khloe guesses, saying: “You’re pregnant…or the person’s pregnant,”

The couple have hired a surrogate, and according to TMZ, she’s reportedly due in January 2018. It’s going to be a big year for the Kardashian Jenner household and it’s believed Kylie Jenner is pregnant and Khloe Kardashian is also pregnant. Honestly, what’s in the water over in Calabasas?

What a lovely way to bring in the new year.

According to Us Weekly, their surrogate is a woman from San Diego and she’s in her late 20s. The woman was referred to the pair by an agency.

So how much does it cost to carry a Kimye baby? It’s believed the couple agreed to pay $45,000 in 10 monthly instalments of $4,500, according to a TMZ report. This is an addition to the $68,850 deposit given to the agency.

Earlier this year Kim was told by doctors that she would not be able to survive another natural birth. She then admitted that she “begged” younger sister Khloe to be her surrogate.

In an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the 36-year-old mother-of-two was seen considering all the different options available for her to have another child.

“I have had to go through multiple things to try and do it on my own but I do not think that is looking good for me but I am not giving up,” she told Watch What Happens Live.

“So it is a process. You kind of see the whole thing on this next season of our show, of me begging Khloe to help out,” she added. “But I do not want to do that to her.”She later revealed that both her older sister Kourtney and mother Kris Jenner, had offered to carry her third child for her.

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Taylor Swift just teased her ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ music video

taylor swiftTaylor Swift broke the Internet late Thursday night, August 24, when she dropped her new single “Look What You Made Me Do,” her first solo song in over three years. The track is unlike anything she’s released before; it’s dark, hard, gritty, and very electronic. We’re in a new era of Taylor, y’all, and I like it.

Lyrically, she’s never been this pointed — or mad. It seems the subject of her fury — on this song, at least — is Kanye West. The evidence? 1) This lyric: “I don’t like your tilted stage” (Kanye famously used a tilted stage during his Life of Pablo tour), and 2) Taylor’s spoken-word voicemail at the 2:50-mark, which is probably a reference to the phone conversation between Taylor and Kanye that Kim Kardashian leaked on Snapchat last year.

And the video for “Look What You Made Me Do” is equally as angst-ridden. Good Morning America aired a brief preview of the clip Friday morning, and it looks like a more intense “Blank Space” — which is saying something because “BS” was pretty damn intense.

Watch the preview for yourself, below:

This new video has many of the same elements as “Blank Space”: an opulent setting — maybe another mansion? — lush costumes, and an aristocratic aesthetic. They’re even filmed in similar glossy-but-smoky styles. The difference, I think, lies in their executions. Taylor’s “crazy” behaviour in “Blank Space” was performed with a tongue-in-cheek wink; she was poking fun at the guy-obsessed image the media had assigned her. But she isn’t winking at all in “Look What You Made Me Do.” She’s angry — genuinely angry — and she wants the world to know it. Also, a quick sidebar: Is that a Todrick Hall cameo?! We’re very here for that.

The full “Look What You Made Me Do” video will premiere Sunday (August 27) at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

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8 Messy Hollywood breakups that were hard to watch

Let’s be honest, we all feel a little burst of excitement when we find out our celebrity crush has ended it with their significant other. There’s hope for us again! But we can’t help feel a little bad when they’re as messy as these break-ups.

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Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

They shocked everyone by breaking up shortly after posting multiple PDA pics on Instagram. Then to throw a spanner in the works, just a week later Taylor started ‘dating’ Tom Hiddleston, and Calvin went on a massive Twitter meltdown over claims that Taylor had written his new single. It doesn’t help that we’re still not entirely sure why a couple with such a loved-up Instagram presence would break up. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Taylor will write a song about it.

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Rita Ora and Rob Kardashian

This wasn’t the first awkward break-up for Rita Ora. When things between Rob and Rita turned sour, the couple deleted all evidence of their relationship online. Then Rob decided to go on a massive Twitter rant, accusing Rita of cheating on him with “nearly 20 dudes”. Seems extreme but that’s not where it ended. Rita then apparently made some disparaging tweets about Rob’s, um, manhood. Too far? We’ll leave that one up to you.

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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

A record-breaking 72-day marriage and so much dirty laundry to go through. Kris started the mud-slinging by accusing Kim of using him for fame and virtually faking the entire relationship. He then went on to accuse her of cheating on him with Kanye, which she’s denied… but considering her current relationship with Yeezy, we’re not so sure.

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Naya Rivera and Big Sean

Well, this was a weird one. Naya and Big Sean were engaged, then ended things, after which Naya accused her ex of stealing Rolexes from her house. Big Sean then released the single ‘I don’t f with you’, allegedly about Naya (as one does after a break-up). Naya very quickly moved on, married Ryan Dorsey and had a baby. No grass growing under her feet.

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Blac Chyna and Tyga

You know what doesn’t help to smooth things over with the mother of your child? Very quickly moving on to date a 17-year-old who also happens to be the younger sister of one of your ex-fiancée’s best friends. Talk about a lot to process. Who are we talking about? Kylie Jenner, of course, who Blac Chyna repeatedly accused Tyga of seeing while the pair were still together. She followed up her claims by sharing romantic texts sent to her by Tyga while he and Kylie were together. Cue a LOT of public shade-throwing in the form of cooking shows, makeup lines, and social media, followed by Blac Chyna eventually creating the most twisted post-breakup plotline ever by getting engaged to Rob Kardashian and having his baby.

Needless to say, however, all the above-mentioned relationships have finally come to an end. Is it true what they say? Is the Kardashian/Jenner family a drama-magnet? We’re going to give that one a definite yes.

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