They say G.O.O.D. things come to those who wait and now we have actual confirmation that the album featuring John Legend, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Mr Hudson, Cyhi the Prynce, Mos Def, Pusha T, D’banj, Q-Tip, Teyana Taylor, Common and of course Kanye West is scheduled to drop on September 4th. That we still have another month and a half to wait makes this a Cruel Summer indeed.
While we’re all anxiously anticipating the release of the G.O.O.D. Music compilation Kanye West will be releasing a short film inspired by music from the album which now goes by the name Cruel Summer. The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23rd and remain open to the public until May 25th before hopefully becoming available on the Internet. The film stars Kid Cudi and Aziz Ansari and may or may not have been filmed in the Middle East. Cruel Summer is the first project coming out of West’s DONDA initiative and will feature an “immersive 7-screen experience” as tweeted by Kanye himself. We can only hope that the album will be released soon after or else it will be a Cruel Summer indeed. You can catch the feast for the eyes Runaway, Kanye’s last film which was released to accompany My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, below.
British indie darling Florence Welsh of Florence and the Machine nearly burned down her hotel after a night on the town with Kanye West in New York City. The two along with Lykke Li had been drinking downtown, Florence reports that she had around 17 dirty martinis, when she returned to her room and passed out. Upon awakening, she noticed she had chipped a tooth and the wall of the Bowery Hotel where she was staying was charred to a crisp. Her book had caught fire from a tea candle, there was a bucket of water on the floor and the drink bill for Welsh, Yeezy, Lykke and apparently the entire bar was enough to make the fire seem meager. Shake it out Florence!
Watch the Throne‘s latest single Ni**as in Paris features the now ubiquitous sample from the film Blades of Glory where Will Ferrell’s character says:
“No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative… it gets the people going!”
Ferrell reported that he was flattered when Kanye West approached him about using the quote and is now immortalized on the classic track.
Before The Throne show at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, executives from Island Def Jam records were on hand backstage to award Jay Z and Kanye West with platinum plaques for unheard-of-in-this-age sales of their now legendary Watch the Throne. Russell Simmons and Fabolous were there to celebrate and Hov and Yeezy predictably went on to rock the house.
After Kanye’s starling rise to celebrity superstardom, from Late Registration to the prog-rap opus of Watch the Throne, Ye has gone from humble beatmaker to musical icon, engineering some of the most iconic anthems of the past decade and even earning a reference to Jesus from none other than Jay Z in a verse off No Church in the Wild. Yeezy has a number of turning points in his career, from The Blueprint to his car accident to Jesus Walks, but his last solo album, the epic My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy set Kanye apart from his peers as a true pioneer in the game, a man with everything to lose who’s still willing to take chances on his vision. From Nicki Minaj’s introduction and the first piano chords and choral accompaniment on Dark Fantasy, Kanye’ ambitions were clear. What other rapper in the game can move back and forth between the hood and the hills so effortlessly? Mixing beats with orchestras has been done before but never on this scale. Kanye took the stage at Austin City Limits on Friday for the last show of the Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy tour and delivered another blowout performance, backed no less by a troupe of ballet dancers but stalking the stage solo most of the time. After all the drama has died down, the botched awards shows and presidential-level feuds, the loss of the women in his life who mattered, Kanye stood there alone on the precipice of another game change, leaving the audience wondering what comes next.
There’s a lot going on in Jay Z’s world these days. Watch the Throne is out and the media parade surrounding it is kicking up controversy over Lil Wayne’s dis track, which Jay classily set aside saying that he was above it. His upcoming tour with Kanye West as The Throne likely requires some behind the scenes heavy lifting and his and Kanye’s recent high velocity performance of Otis at the VMA’s got one fan so excited that he got up on stage only to be hustled down by two security guards in grey suits and sent to MTV’s basement cells for unruly fans and ugly pop stars. And of course there was wifey Beyonce’s simple and understated yet profound announcement on live television that Hova was going to become a father. Chances are he’s pretty amped up about the prospect and feeling tons of inspiration, enough to head right back into the studio to start laying down verses for a follow up to the Blueprint 3. There is no definitive title or date for the project, but we do know that Frank Ocean has already laid down vocals for the album and producer No ID claims to have heard some material and given Jay beats for the new album
Though the album isn’t out yet, the hype and legend surrounding the soon-to-be classic Watch the Throne are already enough to pique the curiosity of anyone who’s paying attention. Kanye West alone has enough production credits under his belt to warrant a deeper look into the upcoming release. His most recent effort, the stellar My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, stretched the boundaries of traditional hip hop adding even more layers of orchestral elements and morphing his own sound into something entirely new. Now ‘Ye has enlisted hip hop veterans Q-Tip and RZA in addition to Swizz Beatz, The Neptunes and Mike Dean among others to make sure Watch the Throne has the isht everyone’s been waiting for. RZA in particular has been busy lately. In addition to producing the latest Wu=Tang album Legendary Swords, RZA is now on location in China directing Academy Award winner Russell Crowe in the martial arts film The Man with the Iron Fists. RZA contributed to album opener Dark Fantasy off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and reportedly mailed in beats from the set in China at Kanye’s request for “some more of that Wu shit.”
After dropping a significant schedule of Throne tour dates, Jay Z and Kanye have pulled a fast one and changed pretty much every date on the tour and pushed it back two months. It’s hard to imagine what in their world would cause such a major change of plans, but maybe we’ll hear about it in the coming months. The Throne tour dates & tickets has been updated to reflect the changes.