via Soulculture While in London this week, superstar producer/artist Swizz Beatz sat down with DJ Semtex for an exclusive interview. Semtex let loose this snippet of the interview where Swizz beatz discusses the forthcoming Watch The Throne joint album from Jay-Z & Kanye West. “Jay is on another album right now” Swizz said when asked about recently working with the Jiggaman “He just stepped it up lyrically, like he hadn’t made it in hip hop yet.” Listen to the snippet below. [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/15808028"]
via hiphopdx 'Ye's fourth single "All of the Lights" hit platinum status this week in digital sales. Between spawning four smash singles and reaching platinum status in sales, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has been earning as many commercial awards as it did critical accolades upon its release last November. Now, 'Ye can add another honor to the list, as the album's fourth single "All of the Lights" recently reached platinum status. According to Billboard, Yeezy's 11 artist-featured song, which was originally released as a single in January, officially crossed the million mark in digitial sales. The song also reached spot #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 two weeks ago. "All of the Lights" isn't the only song featuring Kanye that's currently tearing up the charts. Katy Perry's "E.T." remix, which features the Chi-Town rapper, currently holds the #2 position on th Hot 100 with over 200,000 digital sales so far.
via Rap-Up Hollywood’s hotshots migrated to Cannes, France, for the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival, where they were treated to top-notch entertainment from music superstars like Lady Gaga and Kanye West. Yeezy, dressed in all white with black sneakers, performed an exclusive set at the Red Granite party at Carlton Beach, bringing special guest Jamie Foxx to the white stage for their smash “Gold Digger.” “Kanye, man, keep doing your thing. Love this dude,” said the Oscar winner. Here is the video of the performance
via Complex If you weren't one of the lucky people that got to watch Kanye West tear up the stage in Indio, CA for Coachella, then you're in luck. You can now hear his epic performance via this Live At Coachella mixtape. The full video for his set is slated to drop soon, but this should hold fans over until then. Click here to download
Kanye West gave audience members a special treat last night. While performing an hour-long set at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual charity event Party in the Garden, he invited Jay-Z to the stage to perform “H.A.M” and “Empire State of Mind.” Watch videos here. Kanye also thanked fans for sticking by him, according to HipHopDX.com: “Thank you for coming out. Thank you for loving me when they told you not to love me. Every bone in my body, I give it all to you…I’m sorry for y’all up there who ever had to argue for me. I’m sorry I put you through that —I just can’t sit down and listen to this bullshit over and over. They say I’m racist, but how can I be racist, I fuck with so many difference faces. They say I’m such a bad person until they meet me in person. They try to make me run away, but tonight, New York City, they can hear us five blocks away. Do you know what it feels like to be hated, when the nicest thing someone can say is that I don’t believe what people say about you? One day the real will rise to the top. One day, one day all will be perfect. I’m sorry for when I fucked up. I’m sorry for my ego. Nobody is perfect. You gotta realize I lost my mind. You make me feel so good. And I know she’s looking down right now." via BET [gallery link="file" columns="6"]
Kanye West teamed up with design firm M/M (Paris) to create a line of collector’s edition scarves inspired by George Condo’s album artwork for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With a series of designs featuring Condo’s paintings, the first half of the collection will be available starting Monday, May 9 at the M/M (Paris) website and colette, Paris for approximately $370. Only 100 scarves for each design will be made, with a total of five editions: “Power,” “Phoenix,” “Face,” “Priest,” and “Ballerina.” Buy the Kanye West x George Condo x M/M (Paris) Collector’s Edition Silk Scarves
Via BET.COM Who says pop and hip-hop can't intertwine? Kanye West and Jay-Z have recruited Beyoncé and Bruno Mars for their new single "Lift Off." The song is from Kanye and Jay's forthcoming duet album "Watch The Throne," which was originally reported to hit shelves in March. The project's first Lex Luger-produced single "H.A.M." dropped a few month ago to mixed reactions, still the producer behind "Lift Off" boasts high hopes. "When rappers hear Watch the Throne they gonn' be pissed off. #andproducerstoo," tweeted Jeff Bhasker, who crafted "Lift Off" alongside West. No official release date for the latest "Watch The Throne" was released at press time.