Today is a monumental day in hip-hop, and the majority of that has to do with a new effort from the one and only Kanye West. Yeezus is Kanye’s sixth solo album and follow up to 2010′s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy . Kanye’s entire promo run for this album was different than anything we had ever really seen before, because it was full of mystery and unorthodox methods of releasing material (see: no artwork, screen projections, etc.). Some doubted whether an album was even being released.
Though the album surprisingly leaked on Friday, it should be no surprise that Kanye is still projected to do big sales numbers in the first week. The album instantly sparked critical response from media outlets & debates throughout Twitter. Now that it’s in stores, we ask you the people – “What’s your favorite track from Yeezus? Check out the OnSMASH staff picks after the jump. and then leave your pick in the comment section.
The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, with a number of our favorite artists (see: J. Cole’s Born Sinner & Mac Miller’s Watching Movies With The Sound Off) releasing albums for the masses to soak up. Kanye West has decided to make his Yeezus album available to stream in its entirety, giving fans a chance to hear the 10 tracks before they choose to add it to their collection. The direction of the album is once again against all odds, with the final product turning out to be a rather incredible body of work. Don’t forget that you can purchase West’s sixth solo album on iTunes now.
Stream after the jump.
Just Friday in Los Angeles, Kanye West premiered his new American Psycho inspired film for hundreds of fans across a slew of cities across the U.S. Only three days later, the visual makes its way online, on the eve of the release of Yeezus.
The short clip stars Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban, who start off talking about Kanye’s album and then things quickly escalate all the way to the point of sheer gore and horror. Check after the jump to watch the full short movie and be sure to pick up “Yeezus” in stores everywhere and iTunes tomorrow!
By now it is no secret that Kanye West’s new album Yeezus hit the e-streets, and everyone and their mother seems to have an opinion on it. Whether you like it or not, you can’t debate that ‘Ye is a true innovator of his craft and continues to push the envelope.
He continued that in LA last night when he debuted his American Psycho themed clip starring the one and only Lord Scott Disik. Just like he did with the “New Slaves” rollout, this was done on the side of a building for anybody to see. Luckily, someone was able to get some footage of the clip for the world to see. No word if ‘Ye will ever release this in full to the public, but we can’t lie —it sure look interesting.
Check it out after the jump.
No singles, no videos, no artwork and only four days before the release of Kanye West’s YEEZUS album finally impacted. Everyone has been waiting to hear what Yeezy was bringing to the table, because the cam-version projections were not doing the album justice and it was so close to release date. After seeing a few teasers, performances and getting word Rick Rubin would lend his talent to the final master, expectations are high. Sonically, it might be in a league of its own in 2013.
Minimalistic Kanye recruited the likes of Chief Keef, Justin Vernon, King L and Kid Cudi among others on the album. More might be in the mix with additional vocals throughout the project, with production from Daft Punk, Mike Dean, Young Chop, The Heatmakerz, Travi$ Scott, Hudson Mowhawke, RZA, No I.D., TNGHT and more.
Album of the year?
Pusha T gives Funkmaster Flex the go ahead to drop his newest single “Who I Am,” featuring fellow G.O.O.D. Music cohorts 2 Chainz & Big Sean. With these three on a song, it is pretty impossible for it to be weak, right? Throw in a sick beat from Mano & Kanye West and this one is certified flames. My Name Is My Name is coming soon!
It seems like the music world is on full Kanye West watch right, and for good reason because it is Kanye West. The latest sighting of Mr. West comes from his impromptu listening session in Switzerland, which turned into a full acapella performance of “New Slaves” when Ye wasn’t satisfied with the sound quality. The wait for his new album Yeezus is almost over folks. So lets just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Check out the footage after the jump.
With just under a week to go until the release of Kanye West’s much talked about sixth solo album, information on the final content is still very much a mystery to the world. After undergoing a listening party a couple of days ago, Kanye has now revealed exclusive studio footage of a particular “I Am A God” recording session, with the inclusion of Rick Rubin and Mike Dean as part of the puzzle. The anticipation is certainly increasing by the minute, with Yeezus becoming available in its entirety next Tuesday, June 18th.
Take a look at the footage after the jump.
Kanye West has remained as mysterious as possible during the release of his upcoming sixth studio album, Yeezus. No formal single has been released, a video for the single doesn’t exist (projections on a building doesn’t count, right?), artwork for the project was never done and he even cut off pre-orders for the album leading up to the release. All we’ve seen of Kanye West is run-ins with paparazzi, an aggressive performance on Saturday Night Live and Twitter commentary from media at the Yeezus listening party.
But now, thanks to Jon Caramanica of the New York Times, we dive deep into Kanye’s thoughts going into the album, after he spent three days in Malibu watching the process.
There’se no doubt whether the interview was handled in the correct way, with Jon being able to trigger West with his use of key words and attention to specific detail. The public has always had a particular image of the Def Jam general in mind, but 2013 witnesses the birth of a new Kanye, combining plenty of his past influences with a fresh insight on the world as it is now. From becoming a black new wave artist to having no regrets, there’s definitely a lot to learn from the man himself.
Find out 15 things we learned from Kanye West’s NY Times interview after the jump.
Last night Kanye West took the opportunity to hold a listening session in the loading dock of Milk Studios in the depths of New York. Although it was originally thought to be a private event, it seemed that the general public had the option to hear Yeezus as it was played at large volumes for the lucky people of the city to hear. Before the album began to play in its entirety, West took the opportunity to make a critical speech surrounding the project. He spoke on the collaborative aspect of the work, not caring what the outside world had to say, the release not being about commercial success, while also taking time to thank the likes of Mike Dean, Travi$ Scott, Hudson Mohawke, Rick Rubin and more.
Watch the speech after the jump.
OS REWIND: Kanye West Premieres New Music At Governors Ball In NYC
OS REWIND: Kanye West – Yeezus (Artwork)
Last night Kanye West took the stage at the Governors Ball festival in New York City to perform a number of classic cuts for the crowd. ‘Ye also blessed the crowd with some brand new material from his upcoming album Yeezus.
He kicked off the set with his newst tracks “New Slaves” & “Black Skinhead” (which he performed on SNL last month), then kicked it up a notch with two other rumored album tracks, “Onsite” and “I Am A God.” The last of the new ‘Ye the crowd heard last night is a brand new untitled track that sounds like it has former G.O.O.D. Music member Kid Cudi on it. It was a very interesting night, to say the least.
Check out all the footage after the jump. Yeezus is in stores on June 18.
OS REWIND: Kanye West – Yeezus (Artwork)
OS REWIND: Kanye West Performs “Black Skinhead” & “New Slaves” on “SNL”
Before you go off and dismiss this beat tape as another attempt to get Yeezy’s attention, be aware that !llmind actually made beats for Kanye West (see: “The Morning,” off Cruel Summer). Beats For Kanye West is !llmind’s work through that time period, with intentions of showing him. Some of it, in conjunction with other producers.
“Kanye West is undoubtedly one of the most exciting producer/artists to emerge in the last decade. His music is one of the few I can safely say I whole-heartedly admire (next to the late great J. Dilla). I had the pleasure of producing “The Morning” off of 2012′s highly anticipated “Kanye West Presents: G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer” LP. During the creation of that song, and between the months of July 2012 – March 2013, I created a handful of tracks with Kanye West in mind. This is a collection of some of that music. It features collaborations and co-production from my long time friend Symbolyc One (Produced Kanye West’s “Power”, “Murder 2 Excellence” on Watch The Throne & part of Kanye’s “Very G.O.O.D. Beats” entity), Dr. Know Jr., M31RK, Hippie Sabotage, Kailiin Yong & The Frontrunnerz. I had so much fun creating this stuff, and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.”
GBE takeover was in full effect in NYC yesterday, as Chief Keef was in town to debut his brand new personalized Beats By Dre headphones. He also had a show that evening, but before that did an exclusive interview with EME. If you have ever seen a Keef interview before then you know there is not much info being exchanged. However Sosa did reveal and confirm the rumor that he will be on Kanye West’s upcoming album Yeezus, which is set to drop on June 18.
Are you excited to hear Keef on Ye’s new album? Check out the full interview after the jump and let us know!
Last night Kanye West rocked out on SNL, performing his new song “Black Skin Heads” & “New Slaves,” which premiered the night before on the side of buildings in 66 cities around the world. Kanye keeps spreading the love, dropping the very interesting “artwork” for his upcoming album Yeezus,
and provides a pre-order link for fans.
All that is left for him to release is the official singles in CD quality before the album drops on June 18. The question though, will we even get them? Only time will tell.
UPDATE: The pre-order has mysteriously disappeared.
UPDATE 2: The album pre-order is now on iTunes and can be purchased here. It also appears there will be 14 songs on the album, though no titles are listed.
UPDATE 3: The pre-order link has again been taken down. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 4: Yeezus will not be available for pre-order.
UPDATE 5: DJ Semtex says this is the final “artwork” for the album. “No cover, booklet, just a sticker on the reverse of the package with the track list.”
UPDATE 6: Kanye West confirms the official artwork on Twitter with a snippet of a new song!
The way Kanye West has constructed the promotion for his forthcoming album has hardly been something we were expecting. After the pre-orders were recently taken down from iTunes, A.P.C. owner Jean Touitou posted an image that revealed there would in fact be no option to pre-order at all before June 18th. There’s been no official statement as of yet, but by matching the stories together thoroughly, it wouldn’t be surprising if this was the final outcome. Don’t forget to support Ye’s sixth solo album Yeezus next month, along with anticipated projects from J. Cole, Mac Miller and Statik Selektah on the same date.
View the flyer after the jump.
OS REWIND: Kanye West Announces More Projections Of “New Slaves” For This Weekend
OS REWIND: Vintage Kanye West Freestyle From 2005
OS REWIND: Kanye West Performs “Black Skin Heads” & “New Slaves” On “SNL”