Love Kanye West, hate him or occupy some ever-fluctuating middle ground (that’s me), you’ve got to give the dude credit for continuing to strive for new and creative ways of pushing his art into the world. Of late, his thing is music video projections on the faces of buildings in cities around the world. This began last Friday with his single “New Slaves” in 66 different locations, and continues tonight, as Consequence of Sound reports – with Philadelphia being one of the spots this time.
The gang at Philly.com rounded up the Philadelphia locations for tonight’s video projections, all of which take place between 10 and 11 p.m., all of which are Parkway-centric. So depending on how you feel about Kanye, you might want to make your plans to visit Eastern State Penitentary, The Barnes Foundation or the Franklin Institute tonight…or you might want to make plans to avoid them entirely. Below, watch Kanye performing “New Slaves” on SNL last weekend.
Tireless entertainer Kanye West brings his bright and bold live show to Atlantic City’s Revel Ovation Hall for the final night of a three-night stand. Though West did not have a proper solo release this year, he appeared on Cruel Summer, a compilation showcasing the roster of his G.O.O.D. Music label; plus, he’s still riding high on Watch The Throne, the outstanding collaborative album he released with Jay-Z last year. More information on the show can be found here. Friday’s opening night show madesomeheadlines when West appeared onstage in a diamond-encrusted mask, later swapping it out for a mask-and-powered-wig combo that Fuse compared to a Yeti. Check out a video below and decide for yourself.
It should come as no surprise that poppy Philly art-punks Gang and hip-hop luminary Chill Moody are tight. They share a drummer in the versatile Tim Sonnefeld, they both record at MilkBoy Studio. But seeing that camaraderie in action is another thing altogether. Check out this video of Gang and Chill, with Joe Logic on the beats, rocking to a cover of Kanye West’s “Mercy”, shot at the MilkBoy one-year anniversary concert this summer.
The first video from Watch The Throne, the collaborative LP from Kanye West and Jay-Z, premiered yesterday on MTV. The Spike Jonze-directed vid features the stars demonstrating some rapper camaraderie, fireworks, girls joy-riding in the backseat of a Maybach, and a guest appearance by Aziz Ansari. (Plus, some NSFW profanity—so put those headphones on if you’re in the office.) Watch The Throne is now available for purchase on iTunes, and will be released physically tomorrow, August 12th.
Kanye and Jay-Z’s tour will be stopping at the Wells Fargo Center on November 2nd. Tickets range from $59.50 – $250 and can be found here.
In case you haven’t heard, Kanye West and Jay-Z are releasing a collaborative album entitled Watch the Throne on August 8th. The superstars announced a North American tour in support of the record (like they need it) a few weeks back, which has now been entirely rerouted. The Philadelphia stop was originally slated for October 4th, but will now take place almost a month later on November 2nd. The venue remains the same at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets will range from $59.50 – $250; they go on sale Monday, August 8th at 10 a.m. and can be found here. (via The Swollen Fox)
Below, stream “Otis,” the first track from the new album.
Jay-Z and Kanye West are performing at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, October 4th. The two rappers are releasing a record called Watch The Throne digitally August 8th. Below, stream the first song from the record “Otis,” featuring a heavily sampled Otis Redding classic “Try A Little Tenderness.”
Just hours before New Year’s Eve, an unfinished but largely coherent cut of the video for Kanye West’s “Monster” leaked. It was…unsettling. West’s use of the severed heads of dead women as props–and their lifeless bodies as vaguely sexual marionettes–in the clip was the apotheoses of a year’s worth of model corpse photos (before now published as art for West’s various G.O.O.D. Friday singles), and will do nothing to blunt the growing chorus of critics pointing out what an asshole misogynist West was in 2010. It’s a charge to which we’re sympathetic. But never in a million years did we imagine the “Monster” video as being anything but the original product of West and director Jake Nava’s sick imagination. As it turns out, however, Kanye might not just be an extremely public model killer; he may well be a plagiarist, too. Of Philadelphia indie-rock band Dr. Dog, no less.
Baron goes on to detail the many similarities between West’s video and Dr. Dog’s video for “The Ark,” including “[d]isembodied heads,” [s]tray body parts,” a “weird fixation on bodyless hands,” and the “muted color palette”—as well as the fact that “Kanye definitely noticed the Dr. Dog video the first time around, posting stills from the clip on his blog.” Baron then got in touch with director Adam Kurland, who was behind the Dr. Dog video, to get his thoughts. (For his part, Kurland noted the “eerie similarity,” but charitably conceded that “It could have been any number of things.”)
You can read the rest of Baron’s article (including West’s NSFW video) here.