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As told to Veronica Wells
I was really excited when North West was born. While I abhor what the Kardashian women stand for, building brands off of Black names and the appropriation of Black culture, I, for better or worse, still love Kanye West. I liken him to that family member who consistently acts a fool; but you remember the days y’all used to laugh together, sleeping on the living room floor in your grandma’s house, so it’s still love there. I actually refer to him as Cousin Kanye.
So naturally, with him being the cousin in my head, I was excited to see his daughter, especially after I learned that she and I shared a birthday. When they finally shared the first image of her, on that God-awful Kris Jenner show, I was geeked like the rest of this pop-culture-obsessed world. Thankfully, my coworkers were just as curious as I was, so I was happy to share the image of little North West around the office, once I found her on the internet.
Everyone was cool about it, providing the obligatory “oooo’s” and “aawwwws.” But one coworker, the lone White woman in our office, who perpetually works my nerves, looked at the picture of North on her father’s back and said, “She’s adorable!” and then, “Thank God she doesn’t look like Kanye.”
Now, I told y’all Kanye is imaginary fam. So I was already sensitive. But not only does North resemble her father, I didn’t appreciate the attractiveness being solely attributed to her non-Black mother. And furthermore, Kanye is just not ugly.
Instead of giving her a whole lecture, I just looked at her sternly and said, “She does look like Kanye.” Holding the gaze until she understood that her comment was offensive.
Then she started back-peddling.
“Oh, oh…well, I guess…now that you mention it…she does.”
I nodded. And we went on about our day.
I told some of my friends about this story; and while most of them understood, citing similar stories from their own coworkers, others thought I had overreacted or misinterpreted the intention behind her words.
But having worked with her for as long as I have, listening to and occasionally swallowing all of her snide, racially tinged remarks, I don’t feel one bit bad about finally letting her know, I’m not the one to play with.
If you’ve listened to Kanye’s latest album, The Life of Pablo,you might have found, like I did, that it’s actually quite good. The production lives up to his standard. The features add and don’t subtract. And the lyrics are witty and often times, comical. In his song “Feedback,” Kanye says “Name one genius that ain’t crazy.”
I heard the line and I chuckled and then thought about the realness of it. Artists need to be able to see and process the world in new and different ways but still remain relatable. That requires a type of thinking that is left of center. And Kanye has always been that. And honestly, I’ve always appreciated that. In a world that teaches people, particularly Black people, that there is something wrong with us, that we’re less than, it was always inspiring to see Kanye with his unyielding love for himself and confidence in his art. He could acknowledge his insecurities but still knew he was one of the greatest. And I agree. There’s a reason of this confidence and bravado.
But the eccentricities, or “the crazy” associated with genius can’t go unchecked. And these days, and really since his mother passed in 2007, it seems that Kanye has lost one of the few people who grounded him. And his behavior has been indicative of that. There were the attacks on Amber Rose, the support of Tyga “getting in early” with Kylie, the physical attacks of the paparazzi and most recently the rants. From the outside looking in, it seemed like same old Kanye. But the “rants” became more frequent.
In addition to the recent tweets, Kanye recently spoke at a club about Amber Rose and Taylor Swift. I’m sure you’ve seen it. It’s all over the internet. In case you missed it, you can watch it below.
People are watching these videos for entertainment purposes. Dr. Phil says Kanye is doing all of this for attention. But I’d argue there’s something else going on. Not because I’m a psychologist but because the people who have typically been the closest to Kanye are now starting to distance themselves. I could speculate what happened between he and Jay Z; but it’s his relationship with Rhymefest that seems to be more telling.
Rhymefest, Wests’ longtime co-writer, recently stopped working with him. When Twitter users said that they wished Rhymefest were still working with him, he said:
“my brother needs help, in the form of counseling. Spiritual & mental. He should step away from the public & yesmen & heal.”
Could this be sour grapes at having been dismissed? Possibly. But Kanye’s behavior and Rhymefest’s tweets seem to suggest something different. And until there is a change, we should stop viewing these “rants” as a source of entertainment but for what they really are, symptoms of deeper, unresolved issues.
Today, Kim Kardashian saluted the birthday of her deceased dad Robert Kardashian (he would have been 72 years old) by releasing the first picture of her son with Kanye West, Saint. And her husband, who mourns the loss of his mother Donda West (who died from after receiving multiple plastic surgeries nine years ago), is celebrating her in a different way.
The loss of a parent is a wound that never fully heals. I am not sure if Kanye would agree wit me, but, if I were a betting man, I think he would. This commonality might the only thing we have in common at this point in life, Kanye and I. Certainly, there is some frivolous stuff about Hip-Hop and whatever, but mainly this loss of parent thing…I can relate to that with him.
Now, he’s created a video game of his mom Donda West flying a Pegasus into heaven. Not so much…
Going back to November 2007, when Donda West died it, stung for me personally because I was blessed to meet hear earlier that year at Kanye’s 30th birthday party, which is probably the most fun I had any any industry event to date. It was a marvelous gala. And even before the party, my site AllHipHop.com had interviewed Madame West because she dropped a book “Raising Kanye.” From all that I could see, she was an awesome woman in her own right. A professor. A single mother. And insanely proud of her son, Kanye.
My dad passed way before Kanye’s mother. His name was Charles Creekmur. He was an educator, along with my mother. To this day, I never used a “Hip-Hop” name, because I wanted people to know my name, my dad’s name. I know it may sound a bit corny, but it has been my living homage to him. The other part of my homage to him has been living the sort of life he would be proud of (while staying true to myself). My dad was my hero, but I have never conceived a dedication like Kanye has in store for Donda West.
Kanye West premiered the game, a for-sale product called “Only One” at a sold-out crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden that showed his mom soaring through pink clouds to heaven. “The concept is my mom traveling through the gates of heaven,” Kanye told the crowd. Apparently, techies in San Francisco were not interested. I am interested. Now, my first instinct was, Kanye is wildin’ with this game and here’s another one of Kanye’s antics. Then I thought about the stuff I pondered after my dad’s death. The only thing I can print is that I considered creating a comic book in the image of my dad as a super hero. It drives you mad.
I don’t believe this video game will ever come to the market and, if it does, it will be internet-based and free. This is kind of like Kanye’s new album, which dropped last week on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal for “free.” It has also reportedly been downloaded “illegally” over 500,000 times. Kanye now has the money and the power to do anything he wants. If he wants ,the game can happen. Here is what cannot happen so easily — recovering the grief of losing a parent.
Rhymefest, Kanye’s friend and former writing partner, said that his comrade needs counseling. He might be right. So many people – especially creatives – find ways to deal with grief. Drugs. Alcohol. Work. Honestly, I cannot fathom what the loss of a mother is like. The Life of Pablo is a spiritual work. Some people won’t be able to get into it, because I think its simply Kanye’s form of counseling. I never did counseling, but I buried myself in everything I could (no drugs or alcohol either).
So, let Kanye do the video game. Donda West deserves it. Maybe I need to turn my dad into a Marvel character. A movie, not comic.
Thanks, Kanye. And, frankly Yeezy has named a number of efforts in the name of his mother, including artistic and philanthropic movements in Chicago. Kids adored my pops. Maybe we all could take some cues from Kanye. Turn the insanity into something positive. And live like we are dying.
Sorry if this ain’t the condemnation that you came here for. I guess, I’m not so far off from Kanye. I just don’t really like to own my inner savage. Believe it or not…I think Donda is happy at her son now. Married. A dad. Massive success. Even if true peace eludes her son.
Kim and Kanye aren’t exactly known for privacy. So we were wondering when we’d get a chance to see their new son Saint West.
And it looks like today is the day.
Kim shared this picture of her son through her website.
Check him out.
Pretty adorable, right!
Kim included this note about her reason for sharing the picture today.
Today is my dad’s birthday. I know there’s nothing more in the world he would have wanted than to meet his grandchildren. So I wanted to share this pic of Saint with you all.
His eyes are closed but do you see more of Kim or Kanye in his face?
Are you surprised the couple waited this long to share their son’s picture?
When Kanye West announced that he was $53 million in debt, we all raised an eyebrow. How can someone who makes millions get that far behind on their bills? Well, as it turns out, Kanye West was speaking figuratively about his massive bills. That $53 million is the amount that he’s invested in his own companies. And if he can get Mark Zuckerberg to invest that cool billion in him, his financial house will soon be in order.
But the rest of the celebrities on this list aren’t just broke because of investments. These stars managed to get themselves into mind-boggling amounts of debt. Everything from IRS debt to balling out of control helped these stars find themselves millions of dollars in a hole. What’s even more unbelievable? How some of these stars managed to work their way out of their debt. Get ready to feel better about your own credit card bill and learn some hard lessons in finance from these celebs with the biggest debts in recent history.
Last week, we asked you all what you thought about a collaboration with Kanye West and Kirk Franklin. Some of you said “Sure, why not?” While others said that you weren’t down for it, for one reason or another. Well, this past weekend, we got to see the two of them in action and as you know when you actually see the finished product, it’s often better (and sometimes worse) than you may have anticipated.
As for this performance with Kanye, Kelly Price, The Dream, Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin (and a special appearance from Fonzworth Bentley), it was the former. Kelly Price’s vocals are unmatched in the industry, Chance was spitting hot fire and Kirk Franklin came out and prayed over a prostrate Kanye West.
Now, that may sound like a bit much especially on prime time television. But the stage had been set for that moment and I was actually feeling it, Kirk’s prayer specifically actually.
A lot of folks in the Christian community felt like Kirk and Kanye’s worlds are so different, they shouldn’t intermix.
Franklin took to his Facebook page to address that school of thought.
I say the prayer was the most powerful part to me because Kanye seems to be such great need of it. Kanye has always been eccentric and different, like most geniuses. But there are times watching him where I feel like there’s something else going on, something deeper, something not readily visible to us, the public. I don’t know him and I have a bad habit of diagnosing people but he might be hurting, like so many other people are.
If you know anything about Kirk Franklin’s life, you know he’s been through his fair share of struggles as well. He might just be the very person Kanye needs in his life.
Seeing Kirk and Kanye together, reminded me just why Franklin named his album Losing My Religion. There are so many people focused more on doctrine instead of loving people, like Christ commanded, even those who may appear different from us.
Check out the performance with the two men below and share your thoughts below.
Honestly, there are very few things that Kanye West can do or say that will shock me.
Still, I was not expecting this.
According to Rolling Stone, West’s latest hip-hop album is actually a gospel album. Although it was initially titled So Help Me God, changed to Swish, and most recently was Waves, the album has been renamed The Life of Pablo and will “premiere” in New York City tonight.
It will also reportedly feature no other than Grammy-Award winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin.
In a recent interview with Big Boy in the Morning, West said this of the album:
I’m trying to open up hearts, minds. You know when I was sitting in the studio with Kirk [Franklin] and we were going through it, I said ‘This is a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it.’ But it’s still a gospel album. It is the gospel according to ‘Ye. It is not exactly what happened, you know, in the Bible, but it’s a story, an idea of Mary Magdalene becoming Mary. I played some of it for somebody the other day and they said, “Good luck.” Man, I am offended by the word “luck” because of the amount of work I put in. And the fact that this is a God’s dream, my pastor um, pastor Rich explained what that means when you say “a God’s dream”: It’s a dream that can’t happen without God. That means whatever amount of energy I got, in the hour in the morning when I can play with my daughter or go back and see my wife or go work out, I spent every other waking moment working on this album. And I am still only doing one percent – two percent – of the work. And God is doing the rest of the work. And my mom had Teddy Riley change his flight and come back to the studio. Robert Kardashian is making sure that all of the deals is getting done. He is still doing deals for controversial Black people from up in heaven [laughs].
It’s like, West always starts out making a point and then decides to get weird…
Naturally, folks, particularly in the church, are upset. For instance, Craig Lewis, who is a writer for ExMinistries.com, called the duet “ blasphemy.”
More specifically he writes:
Jimmy Iovine of Interscope (pictured with Kirk Franklin) has worked hard on merging the sacred and the profane to create an apostate form of Gospel Music aimed at removing the true Good News message of Jesus! He has promoted the most vulgar, perverted music our world have ever seen. He has fused this with Gospel Music through Franklin to unleash a great deception and make the true Gospel Message non effective. Now Franklin is causing many to lose their religion and adopt a belief with no boundaries, no regulations, and no biblical precedent! This gives grounds for the acceptance of Kanye West’s project by the Christian community!
The bible speaks explicitly about people changing God’s truth into a lie in the end times. The word also tells us to not have fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. (scriptures below). This project is a work of darkness if I have ever seen one. And yet, Kirk is in fellowship with it and you will be too if you purchase it! Embracing artists like these in any way is against God’s word and for men to change His word to fit their agendas is blasphemy!
Of course, West’s recent spiritual enlightenment is nothing new. He has long claimed to be a god and has included a lot of religious imagery in his work. In fact, one of his biggest hits was a song about how Jesus walks with even the most disenfranchised and downtrodden among us.
Likewise, Franklin’s involvement with the project, while not exactly the duet most would expect to happen, is not all that surprising either. He has long been criticized for producing songs that incorporate much more secular rhythms and language than “traditional” gospel themes into his glorification of God. And just last year, the “Wanna Be Happy?” singer came under fire for naming his latest project, Losing My Religion.
But in a recent interview with MadameNoire, Franklin said the reason he chose that album’s particular title was because of the following:
So that we could see Jesus. So that they could be content and complete in Him and not try to live up to systems that all they do is create weights for people. It’s almost like the Pharisees that condemn Jesus for the healing on the Sabbath. They were more concerned about the law than they were about the love. And even in the 21st Century, we still see that happen where people may have tattoos and earrings and look a certain way or not the most consistent churchgoer – we condemn them.
Listen, I like Franklin. And I kind of get how a collaboration (at least on a song) with West can work beautifully. As an agnostic person who talks to God (or just myself – who really knows?), I always preferred the idea of a more accessible Christ than the fire and brimstone one, which gets the most play in religious circles.
However, I do see how some religious folks might be bothered by this. There are a lot of people out here using the Bible, Jesus and the spiritual belief systems of individuals for personal enrichment and flat-out debauchery. And I’m talking mostly about West here.
I get it. He’s an artist. And if West is really serious about this project, like he was in his College Dropout days, then I could see it working.
But let’s be also honest: This is Kanye West we’re talking about. And this entire whore into Madonna imagery, while titillating, suggests to me that this is going to be another dark and twisted ode to his lovely wife.
But I am curious to see what folks think. Leave your comments down below.
Listen, I’m not Team Kanye at all. I already told y’all that I think Amber Rose was well within her right to check him, considering the fact that he brought her son, Baby Bash, into the beef with him and her estranged husband Wiz Khalifa.
And considering Kanye was trying to throw around his machismo, calling that into question by exposing his sexual proclivities was fair game, even if it relied on homophobia.
In case you missed it, Kanye denied the claims earlier this morning.
Exes can be mad but just know I never let them play with my ass… I don’t do that… I stay away from that area all together
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 29, 2016
I’m not into that kind of shit… I like pictures and videos Me and my wife got the kind of love that can turn exes into best friends
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 29, 2016
You ain’t got to lie to kick it my n*gga. As a result #KanyeAnalPlaylist has been trending all day.
Like most people, I believe Amber. Kanye, more than likely, gets down like that. And as I alluded to in my other piece, if he indeed does like to have his booty tickled, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And furthermore, the fact that a man might like having his booty stimulated does not make him gay. Repeat it with me. It does not make him gay.
I see some of you might need a little convincing so let me help you out.
1. A man’s “g spot” or “p spot” is in his prostate gland.
I mentioned this briefly yesterday, but it bears repeating. Just like there’s a bundle of nerves toward the front of our vagina called the G spot, men have one too. It just so happens that this bundle of nerves, for both men and women, when stimulated can cause an orgasm…a strong one. And a man’s are located in his prostate gland, which is in the back.
2. It matters who’s performing the sex act
If a man likes for a woman to stimulate his behind, the key is that it’s a man being stimulated by a woman. Meaning their sex is still heterosexual in nature. It’s very straight forward. Just like receiving oral sex from your boyfriend doesn’t mean you’re a lesbian.
3. Gay men aren’t the only ones who use the booty
Y’all gay men do not have a monopoly on anal sex. Most people have booty holes. Men have anal sex with women too, lest we forget. And women can reach an orgasm through anal stimulation. In fact, I’ve heard the anal orgasm is better and stronger than a vaginal one. But does that mean that a woman who enjoys anal sex is a gay man? No, that’s ridiculous.
4. The butt is a sexual organ
In light of this new discussion, someone said “People are trying to act like the butt is a sexual organ…and it’s not.” Incorrect. First off, your butt is not an organ. It’s a pathway to the organs in your digestive system. But then again, breasts aren’t an organ either. And they can certainly be used during the sex act. People tend to forget that your brain is a sexual organ, the strongest one actually. Your skin is a sexual organ, the largest one. For some people feet are sexual. Sexuality is different for each person. If it gets you off, then it becomes sexual. The possibilities are endless. Dudes aside, I’m sure there are some ladies in the place who can attest to the rush they feel when their behinds are grasped, caressed, or even smacked. Again, does that make you a gay man? Nope.
5. Unless you’re attracted to or having sex with someone of the same sex, you’re not gay.
That’s pretty much all that needs to be said there. The culture is so homophobic that everyone is looking for a way to out someone else, as a way to shame them. That’s not how it works. The only way to be gay is to be sexually attracted to someone of the same sex. No body posture, attire, or interest in specific sexual acts (performed by someone of the opposite sex) can make you gay.
For the longest time, I kept my daughter out of social media. It was at least 10 years. After seeing the exchange between Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and Amber Rose, I remember why. I would had to do something drastic over something like a tweet.
First of all, let’s run down what happened and why it was some of the most juvenile crap we’ve seen since the last juvenile crap we’ve seen from grown entertainment folk.
Wiz Khalifa, a 28-year old, world-renowned weed head, tweeted, “Hit this kk and become yourself.” Well, unbeknownst to Kanye…Wiz has his own brand of weed called “Khalifa Kush,” which he was promoting. Kanye clearly thought Wiz was saying “Lets all have sex with Kim Kardashian and become ourselves” or something. Regardless, the tweet lit a fire in Kanye.
Kanye West, 38, proceeds to go in on Wiz in ways that would illicit a violent response from a regular man when he ends his tirade mentioning Wiz’s ex and son. Remember, Kanye was in a long-term relationship with Amber Rose and, while they didn’t have a child, they seemed to be very much in love.
“You let a stripper trap you,” Kanye cruelly tweeted. “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.” This is the man that not only married Kim Kardashian but also will soon have two children with her. He continued, “You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me…You own waves???? I own your child!!!!” The day before Wiz had lightly disparaged Kanye over the new title of his album Waves, because it seemed to infringe on the trademarked swag of the infinitely wavy one incarcerated rapper Max-B.
Yes. I know this a lot for some of you. This is Hip-Hop 2016.
Perhaps I am old-school. I don’t really play when it comes to kids, mine or others. For a man with a lovely daughter and a son on the way, Kanye was incredibly insensitive. I am sure little Sebastian will know nothing of this for years to come, but I just feel it was wrong. The rant was epic, but it was all based on a misunderstanding.
And then, Amber Rose came in and shut everything down by revealing a nugget about her sex life with ‘Ye. Drumroll please…well, you can see it here. And then she tweeted…
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) January 27, 2016
Kanye asked for that one. Yeah, he did. Some have chided Amber Rose for this uppercut below the belt, as she has been a proponent of “slut-shaming.” How is she now going to shame Yeezy, because he may enjoy a finger in this nether-regions? Yes. I know this a lot for some of you. For most of us…this is fun.
I am all for some good ol’ fashioned entertainment with a splash of foolishness. But, then Kanye went after Wiz’s kid, and his own ex-girlfriend. I guess all is fair in love, war and Twitter.
Surely by now, you’ve seen the very nasty Twitter war going on between the love quadrilateral: Kanye, Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa and Kim Kardashian.
In case you missed it, this all started when Kanye announced that he was changing the title of his forthcoming album…again. What once was Swish is now Waves. Wiz Khalifa thought Kanye was too out of touch with the culture to use that name. He said something about smoking on KK, Kanye took it to mean Kim Kardashian and all hell broke loose. Kanye was snapping.
In a very quick summation, Kanye said that Wiz stole his style from Kid Cudi, his music was wack and no one he knew ever listened to one of his albums in its entirety. Then things went from professional to personal.
“4th you let a stripper trap you”
“5th I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.”
“12th You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me.”
“13th You own waves???? I own your child!!!!”
It got unnecessarily ugly for absolutely no reason.
And while Wiz has since been silent, it was Amber Rose who swooped in to save the day with a tweet that ended all discussion.
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) January 27, 2016
Done. Finished. Fin. Finito. Curtains.
Now, don’t get it twisted. I don’t believe a man who likes and enjoys anal play needs to be shamed for his preferences. I don’t believe it makes him gay. A man’s G spot is his prostrate gland. And even if it did make him gay, I would generally argue that an ex shouldn’t be the one to expose that.
But this situation right here, is a little different. In the case of Amber Rose and Kanye West, I’m literally and figuratively applauding her overshare.
Amber provided everything I could have hoped for in this situation because I love vengeance. And while it’s supposed to be the Lord’s, perhaps Amber got tired of waiting.
We all remember Kanye’s “30 showers” comment. Not only was it ironic considering his own wife’s sexual history but it was just completely foul and out of bounds considering Amber was once someone he loved. The man cried about this woman on an entire album only to turn around and act like her past as a stripper made her unworthy of compassion and human decency.
Amber could have ignored the little tiff between her estranged husband and her ex boyfriend. But the comments he made about owning her son, Sebastian were just despicable. They deserved a response and a strong one at that. And while it is a bit sad it took the homophobic culture of Hip Hop to make this diss come across so cleanly, I’m willing to make an exception in this case.
You can not speak ill of people’s children or pretend you have some type of claim over their lives. Because by that logic Ray J or Nick Cannon or Nick Lachey or Damon Thomas or Kris Humphries or Reggie Bush and a slew of other folks own North and Saint West.
They don’t. No one owns anyone.
I’m most proud and excited for Amber because Kanye seems to be under the impression that because he once dated and loved Amber that he can claim ownership over her, a fully grown woman, as if she were an object. I’m glad she let him know that she’s no longer going to remain silent and play victim to his shenanigans. The next time Kanye thinks about telling someone he owns them or their child, he should remember how Amber came for that a** with a cold, hard finger.