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Kanye West

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    December 5, 2013

    10 Kanye West Songs Amazingly Not About Kanye West

    Kanye West’s “Bound 2” video is the kind of thing we would normally cover on this blog, but we didn’t, and here’s why: It’s completely unhinged. If Kanye West is a happy, sane person I don’t want to encourage him to continue making videos with the same viral ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Is Coming to Phoenix

    Kanye West's Yeezus tour is coming to Phoenix in December, which means you have less than two months to think about how "I Am a God" is going to sound at US Airways Center. The Phoenix date is set for Tuesday, December 10 -- just after the first wave of dates, which began over the weekend at Key Are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    The Six Funniest Lines In Kanye West's Yeezus

    Everyone's tripping over themselves to parse out the complicated and conflicted political posturing going on in Yeezus, myself included, so it's easy to lose sight of the fact that, for all its ground-breaking, this record is still chock-full of hilarious Kanye lines. He's always been funny (that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Why Kanye West's Yeezus Is the Best Punk Rock Record in Years

    Given what we know about Kanye West, a comparison between his newest (best, maybe) record and the long-dead punk rock movement seems like a tough case to make -- the dude telling God that he's stacking his millions seems like an odd choice for a continuation of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Yeezus Remains True to Kanye West's Most Important Trait: His Ego

    Even from the first sound of the album, it is clear that Yeezus is a very different album from any of Kanye West's other works. There is no introduction; the album begins with "On Sight" which features heavy, wonky synthesizers and a pounding Chicago house beat provided by Daft Punk. The synths are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Kanye West Skips Phoenix For Post-Leak Yeezus Projections

    Kanye West's new opus Yeezus has leaked, and with it a map of the latest locations where he'll be projecting his face. Bad news: After getting a "New Slaves" of our very own in the second round of the first set of projections, Phoenix got stiffed for Friday's festivities. You'll have to head out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2013

    Kanye West's Phoenix "New Slaves" Projection Was Mostly Just an Excuse To Tweet About It

    A white rental van pulled up into the parking lot at First Street and Adams, and a guy cleared the crowd to make way for it. "It's them! They are here." As the two tech guys were setting up the speakers and projector, someone else screamed, "Hey, where's Kanye? Is he still in the van?" There were so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2013

    Kanye West's "New Slaves" Projection Is Coming to Phoenix (If the Police Don't Shut It Down)

    Eventually, Kanye West is going to run out of progressively larger things to project himself onto. But he hasn't yet: According to an update to his website Friday, he's planning to do the whole "New Slaves" video reveal in several Phoenix locations Saturday night. That is, he plans on trying it, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    10 Kanye West Lyrics the "Kimye Baby" Will One Day Be Embarrassed About

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's child is bound to be the most narcisstic tot to walk the face of the earth. Let's just hope that Baby Kimye ends up innocent and adorable and doesn't go the way of his or her sex tape making parents. The media is already critical of Kim's changing body and HuffPo us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Kendrick Lamar and MC JustUs on Voting and How Obama is Doing So Far

    See also: Cut Throat Logic Spit Live (Video) See also: Lifted Aims for Timeless Pop, Like His Boss Kanye WestRapper Kendrick Lamar had some choice words about voting earlier this week. Namely, that it's pointless. "My vote counts? I'm not voting, I don't do no voting. I will keep it straight up re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Kanye West Brags About (and Hangs Out With) Kim Kardashian In New Video

    See also: Kanye West's "Mercy" Explained By Phoenix Producer Lifted If you've had "Mercy" on repeat for the past couple of months, you'll be pleased to know that Kanye West and Rick Ross appear in the double-video/double-single, "I Wish You Would"/"Cold." Hype Williams combined both of these songs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Kanye West's "Mercy" Explained By Phoenix Producer Lifted

    See also: Phoenix Producer Lifted Aims for Timeless Pop, Like His Boss Kanye West See also: The New F-O's Explain "Town" See also: The New F-O's to be Featured on FX Sitcom Wilfred and MTV's Jersey Shore Despite a release date of Tuesday, September 4, and recently unveiled cover art, it's hard to s ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012
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    May 11, 2012

    Happy Mother's Day: Here Are 10 Excellent Mother's Day Jams

    See also: Five Bands/Arists Your Mom Really Doesn't Want You Listening To All right, suckers -- this is it. Mother's Day is Sunday, and there you are, short on cash, unable to buy flowers, unable to take her out to dinner, utterly and completely unprepared to show fitting tribute to the woman who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Kanye Chef

    See also: Laurie Notaro's Eight Food(ie) Terms Past Their Expiration Dates We're a music blog, but that doesn't mean we aren't passionate about our food, too. When we're not blogging about music festivals and reviewing shows, we're reading about farmer's markets and edible grasshoppers at our siste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Ten Movies Kanye West Should Have Starred In

    Kanye West is currently scouting locations for a short film in the vein of "Runaway" that will be filmed somewhere in the Middle East in March. Government officials based out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha are in the middle of a bidding war to get Yeezy's contract, The New York Observer reports. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Black One on Sampling Artists, Kanye West, and Why Phoenix's Hip-Hop Scene Reigns Over Tucson's

    ​Expat RecordsJason Ikner is Black One​I had never met a rapper who claims to like Adele, the Black Keys, and dubstep. That is, until I spoke to local hip-hop artist Jaron Ikner, commonly known as Black One. Black One draws from different sections of the record store than your average backp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Kanye West Releases Final Version of "Monster" Video

    Well howdy there, partner​You may recall that just over five months ago, a leaked version of the video for Kanye West's song "Monster" hit the Internet. Featured in it was the presumed violence towards undead women, two equally-annoying versions of Nicki Minaj and a whole lot of mean-mugging by We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    Kanye West's SXSW Show Already Has People Lined Up

    Jonathan Lucio would like to sell you his SXSW badge... He doesn't need it anymore, he's spending his day waiting to see Kanye West.​People are already lined up waiting to get into Kanye West's hyped-up show at South By Southwest.Only 1,000 people will get into the super-exclusive show, which is w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our March 3 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week.Here are links to those posts. Why did Kanye West's new video get temporarily pulled from YouTube? What is Yoko One going to talk about at SxS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Kanye's 'All of the Lights' Video Removed From YouTube For Inducing Seizures

    ​An organization called Epilepsy Action got YouTube to take down Kanye West's new music video for his song "All of the Lights," according to Stereogum.After receiving numerous calls about people being affected by epilepsy after watching Kanye's video, Epilepsy Action took a stand and made som ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2010
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    December 30, 2010

    Kanye West's "Monster" Video Leaks

    Look who's mean muggin'​It's a pretty slow day today as we creep towards New Year's Eve and all of that excitement. I'm still deaf from last night's Steve Aoki show, but that didn't stop me from watching a leak of the latest video from Kanye West -- "Monster." It's pretty rough right now and has b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Pitchfork's Top 10 Albums of 2010 Explained

    Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig​The wonderful people over at Pitchfork just released their 10 best albums of 2010 today. In what should have came as no surprise, Kanye West took the top spot. His latest album had been given a notorious perfect 10 a month ago and, if Rolling Stone and Spin have anyth ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2010

    Dance Dance Evolution

    Festival focuses on cutting edge dance and film

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    ​Artist: Kanye West Title: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Release date: November 22 Label: Roc-A-Fella Fitting, perhaps, that Kanye West's new record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is one of the final 15 or so new records that I'll be listening to before this Nothing Not New project t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Kanye West Hospital Waiting Room Churro

    ​ You may or may not be familiar with the recent meme sensation of Selleck Waterfall Sandwich or Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza. I for one am a moderately mid-sized fan of these memes. I wanted to leave my own mark on the world so I am poorly ripping them off with Kanye West Hospital Waiting Room C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    ​It's fitting that rapper/producer/loudmouth Kanye West starts off his song "Runaway" with the following lyric:"And I always find, yeah / Always find / Something wrong / You've been putting up with my shit just way too long."You're right, Kanye, we've been putting up with your fucking nonsense sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Kanye West Responsible for "Worst Part" of Bush Presidency

    THIS was the worst part of Bush's presidency. What that guy on the right said that night.​It's soapbox time, everybody.In a recently taped interview with Matt Lauer, George W. Bush claimed that Kanye West's candid outburst on the September 2, 2005 Concert for Hurricane Relief telethon -- "George B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    10 Album Covers That Have Been Banned [NSFW]

    ​A few weeks ago Kanye West announced on his Twitter page that the original artwork for his upcoming album My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy had been banned here in the US.Technically, the artwork wasn't banned. Instead Kanye's record label, strongly suggested that the album artwork be replaced f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Kanye's New Album Cover Banned in U.S. (NSFW)

    ​Kanye West is back to doing what he does best: shocking the world. According to Pitchfork, Kanye isn't pleased about his racy album cover being banned in the U.S. though.The album artwork, which is the work of artist George Condo, features a nude pair, one with a drink in hand and the other an ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Kanye West: Still the Busiest Mofo in America

    ​Kanye West has been in music news nearly every day for the past week. You'd think this guy was taking over the world or something.'Ye has been releasing a new track every week on his Twitter (@kanyewest) and has named the weekly occasion G.O.O.D. Fridays. Collaborations have included Chris Brown, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Kanye West (Sort-Of) Acts Like a Man on "Runaway"

    Kanye West​Not surprisingly, preppy hip-hop star Kanye West managed to inject a lot of energy into his show-closing performance of "Runaway" at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. He started out playing a loop which served as the backdrop for the song, then he danced around in his bright red suit, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    The MTV Video Music Awards Get Worse Every Year

    ​MTV's annual Video Music Awards have been working their way steadily downhill for a few years now.This year's show was pretty damn near the bottom of the slope, one would hope. The 2010 iteration included predictable performances, a lack of pans to stars in the crowd, and a lack of award winners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Kanye Finally Apologizes with New Song for Taylor Swift

    ​It took Kanye West long enough to give Taylor Swift the musical apology many say he's owed her for a long time. In fact, it took him almost a year. But finally, the apology has arrived in the form of a song called "Devil in a New Dress." Surprisingly, he actually sounds remorseful. Good to know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Aries of Diamond Jacks Gentlemans Club

    Benjamin LeathermanClick "More" for an undistorted peek. Welcome to Stripper Songs, a weekly feature that proves not all Phoenix strippers bump and grind to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" of Flo Rida's "Low."Of the dozens of adult cabarets and peepshows littering the Valley landscape, Diamond Jacks Gentlema ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Kanye West Not Dead Despite Massive Rumors/Speculation

    No, Kanye West is not dead, despite the widespread rumor from early Wednesday morning​Sometimes you wake up, check out what's the buzz for the early day and something magical/bizarre/all too typical falls into your lap. Wednesday morning  just so happened to be the perfect example of one such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Lady Gaga Announces New "The Monster Ball" Tour, Screws Over PHX

    The pants-less one, Lady Gaga, has announced her new North American tour and Phoenix is nowhere to be found.​Lady Gaga, that lightning rod of weirdness and pop music giant, has announced her new North American tour, appropriately dubbed "The Monster Ball." It was a month ago when she and professio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Kanye West /Lady Gaga Tour Is Donezo, "Killed" by "Fame"

    Phoenix fans will not be able to witness Kanye and Gaga's latest tour, as it was canceled before it even started​ Well that was an interesting few weeks, now wasn't it? First it was announced that Phoenix's US Airways Center would be the first date (November 10) on the upcoming Fame Kills tour fea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009

    The Killers Vs. Kanye

    The Killers are fun but vapid, like their hometown

  • Music

    September 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Sept. 15 In Blogs: Kanye West, Modern Steak, and Darrell Ankarlo

    ​In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Up on the Sun: Kanye West, Lady Gaga Plot Tour: Phoenix is First Stop Royal Filth Kicks Off Next Weekend Chow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Kanye West and the Art of Award Show Interruptions

    Watch out, Taylor Swift, you're next -- especially if that already opened bottle of Hennessy is any indication.​ In a move that is shocked no one, Kanye West once again bum-rushed the stage to interrupt an acceptance speech. At last night's MTV Music Video Awards, the Late Graduator himself took t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Concert of the Year Countdown: #1 Kanye West

    Show: Kanye West's Glow In The Dark Tour at Jobing.com Arena on June 8 The year was only half over, but I knew this was the best show I'd see back in June. Of course, I never knew how many shows I'd be seeing, employed as feature writer at The East Valley Tribune at the time. Still, Kanye, Lupe, Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    By Dan Leroy A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    By Dan Leroy A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008
  • Music

    January 3, 2008

    Desert Heat

    America's idol and a hoops star keep Phoenix's mercury rising

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Kanye West

    Graduation
    (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)

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