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NEWS: Kanye West Hospitalized For Psychiatric Evaluation! [KingpinTV.net]

Kanye West has been taken to UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.

According to law enforcement sources … cops responded to a call for a welfare check on Kanye around 1:20 PM PT. He wasn’t at his home at the time. We’re told paramedics also responded and ended up transporting Kanye to the hospital by ambulance.

Sources connected to Kanye tell us he was getting checked out by one of his doctors for severe sleep deprivation when someone — possibly the physician — decided he needed to be admitted.

Law enforcement sources tell us Kanye did not want to go, and was restrained when he was transported. 

The hospitalization comes on the heels of Kanye abruptly cancelling the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour, and launching into a verbal attack on Jay Z and Beyonce.


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VIDEO: Big Sean ft. Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings” [KingpinTV.net]


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NEWS/VIDEO: Kanye West Gets BOOED By The Crowd At The Wireless Festival In The UK! [KingpinTV.net]

Kanye West was booed by festival-goers on Friday night after he launched into an extraordinary ’20-minute rant’ in the middle of his Wireless set.

The Yeezus rapper caused Continue reading

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NEWS: Ray Gives Kim Kardashian & Kanye West A Porn-Related Wedding Gift! [KingpinTV.net]

It may be the most awesome wedding gift of all time … Ray J is giving Kim Kardashian and Kanye West a $47K check … representing 4 months of his 2014 profits from the epic porn tape with Kim.

It’s breathtaking on 2 levels — that Ray J has such humongous cajones, and that the tape is still raking in a fortune after 7 years.

Here’s the breakdown of the wedding gift.  Continue reading

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NEWS: Kanye West Asks Jay-Z To Be His Best Man, Jigga Says “No”! [KingpinTV.net]

Kanye West is going to have to find a new BEST MAN for his upcoming wedding with Kim Kardashian. Cause he asked Jay Z . . . and Jigga SWERVED!!!

According to the UKs Daily Star newspaper, an insider revealed: “Jay is Kanye’s closest friend so he wants him to be best man. . . . Jay agreed initially but had one condition – under no circumstances can there be any reality TV shows filming him, his wife, Beyonce or daughter Blue Ivy during the ceremony.”

The insider continued, “[Beyonce] purposefully keeps herself Continue reading

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NEWS/VIDEO: Drake Announces Partnership With Michael Jordan’s Nike Brand for OVO Sneakers! [KingpinTV.net]

Kanye West officially ditched Nike for Adidas last week. Now Drake will fill his shoes.

As Billboard reports, Drizzy announced last night at a show in Portland that he has partnered with Michael Jordan‘s Nike brand.

He posted a series of sneaker designs to Instagram, including a few pictures of the OVO Stingray. Drake told the Portland crowd it was “one of the best days of my life.”

“Growing up, I’m sure we all idolized this guy, he goes by the name of Michael Jordan.”So today, I came to Portland and officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family.”

This morning, Jordan wrote on Twitter:

“He’s home. Welcome the newest member of #TeamJordan: @Drake”

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VIDEO: Pusha T Ft. Rick Ross – “Hold On” [KingpinTV.net]

New visuals from Pusha T featuring Rick Ross

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CANCON NEWS: Canadian Teenager Credited On Jay-z’s “MCHG!” [KingpinTV.net]

Who is Ebony Oshunrinde? Never heard of her? Well Jay-Z has

Ebony is a 16 year old girl, who produced “The Crown” On the Innovative album Magna Carter, Holy Grail. While most 16 year old girls are worrying about fitting in and 16 year old boys, Ebony has produced a track for arguably the greatest hip hop emcee of all time.

A Brampton native (A Suburb of Toronto) Ebony’s production got into the hands of Jay-Z through a friend by the name of Travis Scott, who has worked with not only Jay-Z, but the always eccentric Kanye West

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has taken notice:

The yourng producer has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the music industry and released this tweet:

Congratulations Miss Oshunrinde. Brace yourself, There is more to come.

Other Notable Bramptonians include:

Russell Peters, Comedian

Tristan Thompson, current NBA Player, Cleveland Cavaliers

Keisha Chante, R&B Artist

Anthony Bennett, 2013 NBA Draft #1 Pick, Cleveland Cavaliers

Jay Deala, Hip Hop Artist

D-Pryde, Hip Hop Artist


** CANCON stands for Canadian Content – The music/video must have either a Canadian artist, producer, or created in the country of Canada **


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NEWS: Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Welcome New Baby Girl! [KingpinTV.net]

Kim Kardashian, 32, and Kanye West, 36, are officially first-time parents! The superstar couple welcomed their baby girl in the early morning of June 15, and both mom and baby are doing well!

Congrats to Kanye and Kim now we can talk about something else. I hope Kanye continues to make good music and I hope Kim K stops being a media attention *#&#+ and raise their daughter correctly. Their daughter was born at in Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, and X17 is reporting that Kim had to go into the hospital for an emergency C-section at around 1:30, according to TMZ.


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NEWS: Rick Rubin Speaks On Executive Producing Kanye West’s YEEZUS Album! [KingpinTV.net]

Rick Rubin, the executive producer of Kanye West’s highly anticipated album “Yeezus” speaks on the recording process and working with Kanye West.

As we approach the day that Kanye West’s Yeezus album hits stores, Yeezy Season is officially in the full swing. At first we were given hardly any information concerning the upcoming album, but more recently, we’ve seen the 10-song tracklist, and ‘Ye himself shed more light on the album during his speech at his listening session, as well as in his interview with The New York Times. 

In Kanye’s interview he speaks on getting Rick Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam and a legendary producer, to help him put the finishing touches on his album, with his minimalistic approach. As ‘Ye describes it, Rubin is the master of minimalism, and he’s just a kid learning about the art. Now we get to hear from Rick Rubin himself on the recording process for Yeezus, in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Check out excerpts from the interview below. Yeezus on June 18th.

When and why did you join the “Yeezus” project?

Kanye came over to play me what I assumed was going to be the finished album at three weeks before the last possible delivery date.  We ended up listening to three hours of partially finished pieces.  The raw material was very strong but hadn’t yet come into focus.  Many of the vocals hadn’t been recorded yet, and many of those still didn’t have lyrics.  From what he played me, it sounded like several months more work had to be done.  I joined the project because after discussing what he had played for me, he asked if I would be open to taking all of the raw material on and help him finish it.

How would you describe the new sound he was driving for, and how you did you help him arrive there? 

He wanted the music to take a stripped-down minimal direction.  He was always examining what we could take out instead of put in.  A good example would be the song that became “Bound.”  When he first played it for me, it was a more middle of the road R&B song, done in an adult contemporary style.  Kanye had the idea of combining that track with a cool sample he had found and liked – I removed all of the R&B elements leaving only a single note baseline in the hook which we processed to have a punk edge in the Suicide tradition.

Can you recall a scene from the sessions that might help people understand his method in the studio?

We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim [Kardashian] and the album was to be turned in two days later.  Kanye was planning to go to Milan that night.  Five songs still needed vocals and two or three of them still needed lyrics.  He said, “Don’t worry, I will score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter.” In the two hours before had to run out to catch the plane, he did exactly that:  finished all lyrics and performed them with gusto.  A remarkable feat.  He had total confidence in his ability to get the job done when push came to shove.

Where does “Yeezus” put him in relation to hip-hop and the broader music culture?

He is a true artist who happens to make music under the wide umbrella of hip hop.  He is in no way beholden to hip hop’s typical messaging musical cliches.  Hip hop is a grander, more personal form because of his contributions, and hopefully his work will inspire others to push the boundaries of what’s possible in hip hop.


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VIDEO : Ray J – “I Hit It First” [KingpinTV.net]

Ray J, who’s more (in)famous for his 2007 sex tape with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian than for his recording career, has a charming message for Kardashian’s partner Kanye West: “I Hit It First.”

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NEWS: Kid Cudi Exits Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label! [KingpinTV.net]

Kid Cudi has parted ways with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.

While promoting his upcoming effort, “Indicud,” on Yesi Ortiz’s KPWR (105.9 FM) show Tuesday afternoon, Cudi revealed he’d recently parted ways with the West-fronted camp.

“Man, everything is cool. Everything is peace with everyone on the label, but … I’m no longer on G.O.O.D. Music. And this is something that no one knows really,” he said.

“Me and Kanye were talking on the phone the other day, and these are things I wanted to talk to him about. About me wanting to start my own direction, and he got it because he’s trying to start his new path, and trying new things as an artist,” he continued. “And he was just like, ‘Man, I feel you. It’s cool.’”

The experimental rapper’s status on the imprint was called into question when he rolled out the tracklist to “Indicud.” Twitter was abuzz that the disc, which hits stores later this month, features a range of guests including Kendrick Lamar, Too Short, ASAP Rocky, RZA, Hit-Boy and Michael Bolton, but didn’t boast any spots from the G.O.O.D. camp. Cudi said schedule conflicts, and not ill feelings, kept collaborations from happening.

“This is just from a business standpoint. There’s no beef, there’s no problems with anyone on the label. It’s all love,” Cudi continued. “It’s not a bad thing. It just means that little baby with that dress on ain’t gonna be on my album sleeve.”

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NEWS: Kris Jenner And Kanye West At Odds? [KingpinTV*net]

Everyone knows Kris Jenner calls the shots when it comes to all things Kardashian, but Kanye West reportedly isn’t playing her game.

RadarOnline reports that the momager had a “carefully crafted plan” to keep daughter Kim, Kanye and their baby close by, but it was ruined when the 35-year-old rapper insisted that they would not be moving into the neighborhood.

Kim and Kanye reportedly just dropped $11 million on a huge mansion in Bel Air, Calif., but sources say Jenner had already picked out a home for the new family close to her house in Calabasas.

“Kris is desperate to be close to Kim during her pregnancy, so she hand-picked a property for her daughter and Kanye in Hidden Hills,” a source close to the situation told the website, adding that West was not keen to the idea of Jenner being so close by.

It’s not that hard to believe since Jenner has a history of overstepping her bounds and not respecting her daughters’ privacy — in fact an entire episode of “Keeping Up WIth The Kardashians” was dedicated to Kourtney’s frustration with her mother, who kept using a key she had made to drop by her home unannounced.

According to Radar’s source, West and Jenner have been clashing because he thinks she’s always meddling in his relationship with Kim, and all he wants is some space between him and his baby mama’s family.

West and Jenner might also be clashing over reports that their baby won’t appear on the Kardashians’ slew of reality shows for some time. Though an insider told The Hollywood Reporter that E! “will continue to cover all aspects of Kim’s life as it always has,” including her pregnancy and perhaps even the birth, Us Weekly claims Kim herself said “no” when asked if her unborn child would be on television.

A source told Us Weekly that Kim doesn’t want the baby to be seen for the first six months, and she “ready to dial back from being so public.” That doesn’t sound like the Kim we know. If the 32-year-old has had a change of heart, it might have been inspired by West, who isn’t as big of fan of living his every waking moment on TV.

Is West derailing all of Jenner’s plans? It was reported that Jenner was disappointed with West’s baby announcement at his show, since the couple could have made tons of cash if they announced it through a magazine.

At least there is one thing they agree upon — life insurance. RadarOnline also reports that Jenner insisted that West take out a $10 million dollar life insurance policy, and he’s completely on board with the idea.

“Kanye is absolutely on board with getting the policy and had actually already looked into it before Kris brought it up … It’s basically just good sense, and pretty common procedure for new parents, though not usually for such a high amount! Kim will also be taking out her own life insurance policy naming the baby as the beneficiary,” a source explained.

Kris and Kanye will effectively become family once Kim gives birth, and they aren’t the only ones in Hollywood who don’t see eye to eye with their relatives:


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NEWS/VIDEO: Kim Kardashian Is Confirmed Pregnant For Kanye West! [KingpinTV*net]

Look out world, there’s another Kardashian on the way.

Kim Kardashian is pregnant with her first child, her rep.

The 32-year-old’s boyfriend Kanye West announced the big news in a big way — right in the middle of his concert at Revel in Atlantic City on Dec. 30. The 35-year-old rapper told the crowd to “stop the music and make noise for my baby mama,” referring to Kardashian, who was in the audience.

The couple first starting dating in April and things got serious pretty quickly, despite the fact that Kardashian is in the middle of a messy divorce from Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries.

Rumors that the reality star was pregnant began this past week, when it was reported that she had been spotted leaving an OB-GYN’s office, followed by reports she was being treated for acute morning sickness.

Kim’s sisters Khloe and Kendall also confirmed the good news via Twitter.

“KIMYE!!!!! … Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!,” Khloe wrote on early Monday morning, while Kendall added:
whos excited about the KIMYE babbyyy?! 😀 weeee

— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) December 31, 2012


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COMEDY VIDEO: Cousin Bang In “Harold’s Chicken”, Co-starring Cam’ron & Kanye West! [KingpinTV*net]


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NEWS: BET Announces Nominees For 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, Kanye West Leads Pack! [KingpinTV*net]

With BET’s Hip Hop Awards drawing closer, the network has released a list of this year’s nominees. One of the most mentioned names on the list is Kanye West, who has earned 16 nominations. West is gaining recognition for solo work and collaborative efforts with Jay-Z and his G.O.O.D. Music family. He’s mentioned in nearly every category and he is sometimes named twice in a category. One of West’s collaborators, 2 Chainz, is also being recognized for his work throughout the year. Chainz is up for 10 nominations including one with Drake for Best Hip Hop Video. According to Soul Culture, Drake also earned 8 nominations this year including Best Live Performer and A$AP Rocky is holding steady with 6 nods, including one for Rookie of the Year. Other nominees, including HipHopDX for Best Hip Hop Online Site, can be seen below.

Best Hip-Hop Video

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”
Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T –“Mercy”

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga – “The Motto”
J. Cole f/ Missy Elliott – “Nobody’s Perfect”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T –“Mercy”

Best Live Performer

A$AP Rocky
J. Cole
The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West)
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year

J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Kanye West

Video Director of the Year

A$AP Rocky x Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year

J. Cole
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
No I.D.
Kanye West

MVP of the Year

2 Chainz
J. Cole
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Track of the Year

“Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
“I’ma Boss” (Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross)
“N–gas In Paris” (The Throne)
“No Lie” (2 Chainz f/ Drake)
“The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)

CD of the Year

The Dreamer, The Believer (Common)
Take Care (Drake)
Cole World: The Sideline Story (J. Cole)
Watch The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West)
TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition (Young Jeezy)

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
Funkmaster Flex
DJ Khaled

Rookie of the Year

2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Ca$h Out
Meek Mill

Made You Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Best Club Banger

“Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
“The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)
“Same Damn Time” (Future)
“Ni–as In Paris” (The Throne)
“Mercy” (Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T)

Best Mixtape

LiveLoveA$AP (A$AP Rocky)
1999 (Joey Bada$$)
Dreamchasers 2 (Meek Mill)
Rich Forever (Rick Ross)
Taylor Allderdice (Wiz Khalifa)

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Diddy – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
Drake – “Stay Schemin’”
Ludacris – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
T.I. – “Magic (Remix)”

Hustler of the Year

2 Chainz
Lil’ Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Impact Track

“Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” (Lupe Fiasco)
“Bitch Bad” (Lupe Fiasco)
“Daughters” (Nas)
“Murder To Excellence” (The Throne)

People’s Champ Award

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Driicky Graham – “Snapbacks & Tattoos”
Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross – “I’ma Boss”
The Throne – “Ni–as In Paris”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T –“Mercy”

Best Hip-Hop Online Site



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NEWS: Kanye West Says Kim Kardashian Is The “Perfect Bitch”! [TekniqueTheKingpin*com]

Must be true love … Kanye West just announced his new song “Perfect Bitch” is about his girlfriend Kim Kardashian. West debuted the track last weekend at a club in NYC — and today, he took to Twitter to address rumors the song was written about his new lady … turns out, it was. The song has NOT been officially released yet — but a source told the Daily News, the lyrics are “about his search for the perfect woman and how he has now found the ‘perfect bitch.’ “Rap’s got a terrible reputation of being misogynistic — and using the word “bitch” doesn’t help — but this song seems to have a romantic spin on it … so we gotta ask …


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PHOTO: Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Finally Caught Kissing! [www.TekniqueTheKingpin*com]

Another day, another Kim Kardashian-Kanye West sighting. This time, the brand new couple was doing a little bit more than holding hands. Yup, Kim and Kanye are taking their romance public and have even sealed it with a kiss.

The reality TV star and the DONDA visionary were spotted locking lips on the set of a Vogue Italia photo shoot in L.A. over the weekend. The two have been inseparable since they started seeing each other earlier this year. From courtside dates to cinema rendezvous and even sharing whips, Kim and Kanye are creating a whirlwind of publicity.

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NEWS: Kris Humphries Says Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Relationship is a Publicity Stunt! [TekniqueTheKingpin*com]

The Hump is probably right.

When you read the quotes they make perfect sense for anyone with some common sense. Kayne and Kim combined net worth is well over $100 million if they didn’t want their outings to be public knowledge they wouldn’t be.

But as you will read they both are motivated to get their name out in the public right now.

Despite reports that say Kim and Kanye started dating just two weeks ago, our sources tell us that Humphries says that it has been on again-off again between his estranged wife and the Grammy award winning singer for much longer.

“Kris knows for a fact that this dalliance between Kim and Kanye has been going on for at least the last two years. Kim kept in touch with Kanye after she married Kris and promised him that she would cut off communication with him, but she never did. Kris is suspicious of the timing of Kim deciding to go public with the relationship because the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians is premiering in May, and Kanye has released a new album,” an insider tells us.

“Kris knows that Kanye NEVER would have recorded those lyrics about Kim without her permission, period. Kris wonders if Kanye is going to drink the ‘Kardashian Kool Aid’ as he calls it, because if you aren’t a family member and don’t fall in line with what Kris Jenner dictates, you are persona non grata.

The Hump also says that Kim is a serial cheater and that his favorite Kanye West song is “Gold Digger”.

Ironic even though I think the proper term to describe Kim Kardashian is an opportunist and attention whore.


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NEWS: Jay-Z & Kanye West Settle Sampling Lawsuit For “Watch The Throne” [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]

Jay-Z and Kanye West have to be feeling a little more joyful than usual — because the hit-making duo has settled a federal lawsuit over their song “The Joy”. The “Watch the Throne” rappers were sued last October by Syl Johnson for using an unauthorized sample of his song “Different Strokes.”  Johnson had claimed Kanye tried to get the song cleared for his solo album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” but couldn’t get the deal done in time. So when the sample then appeared on “WTT,” Johnson filed the lawsuit. But in legal docs filed in  Illinois federal court this week, the lawsuit was dismissed because the two sides reached a settlement … though no further details were made available.  Johnson is no stranger to copyright infringement cases; he’s previously sued Michael Jackson, Jefferson Airplane and Cypress Hill.


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VIDEO: Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris” (HD) [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]


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NEWS: Actress Sanaa Lathan Apologizes For Comments About Kobe! [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]


Recently rumors circulated that Sanaa Lathan was involved with Kobe Bryant prior to his breakup with wife Vanessa. The rumor mill was set ablaze when the actress was seen beside the basketball superstar at the “Watch The Throne” tour. Lathan strongly denied this.  She also added that  the NBA star would never date her because she was black. In an interview with ebony magazine she apologized for her statement

“I probably shouldn’t have said that because I don’t discriminate when it comes to dating. I have dated all races and I believe you should be free to do whatever you want. But I was so annoyed because I was having such a great time at the (Jay-Z/Kanye West) concert and Kobe happen to be standing next to me, and then all of a sudden I was tied to his break-up. That’s absurd, and I tweeted that in the moment, and I regret it. But to each its own. It’s just funny that if it’s written people believe it, and even though I have said I have nothing to do with him, people are still saying when the baby is due?”

In addition to the alleged affair rumors circulated that Lathan was carrying a child for KB24. This also has proved to fiction as well. This just goes to show you that Love and basketball just don’t mix


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NEWS: Kanye West Becomes A DJ, Changes Name To “YEEZY WORLD PEACE”! [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West appears to have a hunger for the deejay booth after performing his first-ever live set last week and is looking to do some more scratching for New Year’s.

Hitting up Twitter, Yeezy said he is looking to deejay heading into 2012.

“I kinda wanna DJ somewhere this New Years”

“My New Years DJ name is gone be YEEZY WORLD PEACE! If you book me you have to put YEEZY WORLD PEACE on the E-vite. Or I ain’t spinning.”

“Ima need a stealth bomber and 2 bottled waters #YEEZYWORLDPEACE’SRIDER,” Ye tweeted December 28th. (Kanye West’s Twitter)

Ye showed off his deejaying skills and unveiled new G.O.O.D. Music records at a recent London show. Last week just before Christmas, Kanye gave fans across the pond a sneak preview of his label compilation when he DJ’ed at holiday party at LeBaron London. Not only did Yeezy spin G.O.O.D. Music tracks, he also played beats from his upcoming sixth solo album. (MTV)

G.O.O.D. Music’s Mr. Hudson was also in attendance during Ye’s first-ever deejay set.

Less than one week after wrapping the Watch the Throne tour, Kanye West is back to work. The music mastermind debuted new material during his Christmas party in London last night. ‘Ye worked the turntables while hosting the holiday bash at nightclub Le Baron London. According to attendees, he played beats from his next solo album and tracks from the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation, due in the spring. British singer Mr Hudson was by his side as he gave clubgoers a first listen to his highly-anticipated material. (Rap-Up)

Recently, former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh said he was making a side hustle out of deejaying.

“I deejay [DJMannieFresh.com]. I deejay my a** off, dude. Like, I’m all over the place these days. That’s what I started from, and that’s where I’m at right now. And, the cool thing about the deejay game is it tells you everything that’s going on in music, what people liking. Before the Bonnaroo thing was sold as it was a reunion for me and [Lil] Wayne, really I was hired to deejay at Bonnaroo. It just so happens he was there as well as me.” (Hip Hop DX)

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VIDEO: Kanye West Visits His Childhood Home In Chicago With Jay-Z! [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]

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NEWS: Raekwon & Kanye West Collabo Talks Heating Up, Promises The Chef! [TekniqueTheKingpin.com]

Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Kanye West are reportedly in talks to link back up for a new collaboration after previously coming together for their My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track, “Gorgeous.”

While nothing is concrete yet, the “Chef” feels confident about a joint record developing.

Raekwon, based in Atlanta, has also been in talks with Kanye West about collaborating on a project. “You’re gonna see something soon with me and that guy. That guy’s on fire right now and he respects real hip-hop, he respects me,” he said. “And he’s like, ‘Yo Chef, I wanna be down and I’m like, you down, you down, [laughs] so let’s just make it happen!'” (Wall Street Journal)

Last year, Raekwon hit up SOHH to discuss recording “Gorgeous” alongside Yeezy.

“The first thing I can tell you about Kanye West is that he’s a hard worker. When you look at him, you can tell that he still has that whole hip-hop thing in his bones. When I was around him, I could definitely feel the energy that this guy is really taking things serious and he’s not trying to give [you] no watered down album. Listening to what was being made, you could hear and know that you were feeling it. So for the most part, I can say the music is great as far as him being creative and brilliant and he makes sure to keep those things around him. Everybody that says he’s bringing this album back to the 1990’s, [but] I think it’s more about him being creative.” (SOHH Guest Star)

The two officially came together to remix pop star Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love” last summer.

On Kanye West’s re-engineered vision of Justin Bieber’s “Runaway Love,” which arrived online Monday (August 30), ‘Ye and Raekwon take turns trading Wu-homage rhymes in between the teen’s vocals. West sampled the Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 breakout smash “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F— Wit” for the number. In his verse, Kanye pays homage to Raekwon’s standout verse on Jodeci’s “Freek’N You” remix, among other nods to the Staten Island collective. The veteran Wu lyricist also gives a nod to that same verse. Bieber’s vocals are the same as on the original. Raekwon anchors the song with two verses, and Kanye has one verse on the track. (MTV)

In August, Wu-Tang’s RZA discussed contributing to Ye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne album.

“Kanye asked me to send tracks while they were in Australia,” RZA revealed in an interview. “I just thought I would send some sh*t that would be rugged. I know they can find the poppy, hip-hop places, but I wanted to send them some real edgy sh*t. Apparently they thought they were great – Kanye said, ‘Send some more of that Wu sh*t!’ — In the past, when Jay-Z did Best of Both Worlds with R. Kelly, I thought it was a great album but the campaign went south because of personalities. With this project, it’s the best of many worlds. These two guys have a great chemistry and a great relationship. I’m excited.” (Rolling Stone)

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VIDEO: Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”

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NEWS: Jay-Z Explains Kanye West Beef Talk, “We Get On Each Other’s Nerves But…”


Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z has wasted no time allowing “inside sources” stir rumors about him beefing with fellow Throne member Kanye West and addressed the gossip in full.

Speaking with New York’s Hot 97 radio personality Angie Martinez, Young Hov simply laughed off the beef talk.

“Yes, we get on each other’s nerves. But that’s part of pushing each other. We push each other,” Jay told Ang. “The people that have a problem with Kanye or myself are people who are complacent in life. People don’t like to be pushed. It’s like annoying. It’s a thing when people are pushing you to be greater, and we push each other to be greater. So of course there are times when we’re in the studio and we’re yelling, but that’s about it. I would never disrespect that man. I have so much respect for him.” (Hot 97)

Hov also dismissed concerns about his collaborative project ending with a beef, much like his R.Kelly-featured Best of Both Worlds project did in the mid-2000’s.

“Yeah, that was a tough one. But it’s almost like anything in life,” Jay added. “You can’t let that situation affect you going forward…Especially working with genius talent. He is a genius talent. It’s just that he has other things on his mind.” (Hot 97)

Earlier today, reports of Jay and Ye being at one another’s necks landed online.

“Jay-Z can’t deal with Kanye,” an insider told Page Six. “Jay is a stone-cold businessman. He wants to recoup all of his money from Live Nation. But Kanye wants to upstage rock stars with a blowout show. He doesn’t care about costs. He has a lot less to gain from the shows.” West is expected to agree to the conditions of the tour next week, but the business brouhaha between the powerhouse artists might have affected their backstage relationship. (New York Post)

In a recent Watch the Throne mini-documentary, Jay proclaimed Yeezy’s greatness.

“Kanye, I’ve seen him, he’s really like a brother to me,” Jay says in the documentary. “I’ve seen him from the beginning to where he is now and to see him as a producer and how he’s grown as a producer and an artist, for me, on another level, it’s enjoyable. I’m watching the guy I pretty much mentored become his own guy with his own opinion, it’s fantastic.” (“Watch the Throne” Mini-Doc)

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NEWS: Kanye West Says We “Major”, G.O.O.D. Music Inks With Def Jam!


Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has more to look forward to this week than just Big Sean‘s Finally Famous debut as his G.O.O.D. Music imprint has officially inked a deal with Def Jam.

Universal Motown Republic Group CEO Barry Weiss broke the news via a statement Monday (June 27).

“G.O.O.D. Music is an exciting new chapter in the long and successful association of Kanye West and Island Def Jam,” said Mr. Weiss. “As a recording artist and a producer over the past eight years, there is no one who has made a greater impression on the game than Kanye. We look forward to working closely with the new and established artists that he will be bringing toG.O.O.D. Music, which is already off to an impressive start with Big Sean.” (Statement)

Island Def Jam Music Group President Steve Bartels also confirmed the power move.

“Kanye’s genius has been proven time and time again on records and onstage,” said Mr. Bartels. “He not only pours it out for himself, but he has made the difference with his presence on innumerable projects with other artists who are indebted to him. Kanye is an integral core member of the IDJ family, and G.O.O.D. Music continues his unselfish tradition of bringing along great new artists to the forefront.” (Statement)

In summer 2010, G.O.O.D. Music affiliate GLC said the company was not an official label.

“G.O.O.D Music isn’t a label for one; a lot of people have the misconception that G.O.O.D Music is a label but really it’s basically a family and like a production company. What they do is you get a distribution deal and if you’re a G.O.O.D Music artist, then you come out on G.O.O.D Music and the distribution deal. Whoever I decide to do my deal with it will be through G.O.O.D Music because I’m a G.O.O.D Music artist.” (Hip Hop DX)

Last month, producer Hit-Boy announced his new alignment with Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music team.

“Yeah, man it’s definitely official,” Hit said when asked about the new association. “We’ve got a lot of things going with Kanye West right now. Just be on the lookout. I’m a part of the production team, so I’ll be working on various projects over there, pretty much everybody from [Kid] Cudi to ‘Ye to Big Sean–everybody…It’s been in the works for three months, since ‘Christmas in Harlem.’ We just had to get the business right and it finally came together. I signed a couple of weeks ago.” (VIBE)

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NEWS: Mary-Kate Olsen Rep Addresses Kanye West “Kiss-Kiss” Rumors!


A representative for actress Mary-Kate Olsen has come forward to address recent romance rumors involving her client and Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West.

According to the 25-year-old actress’ rep, the two high profile celebrities are not dating despite being spotted with each other in New York City last week.

While it’s true Mary-Kate Olsen was at the birthday party, she and West did NOT – repeat, did NOT — hook up. No one at the club could verify Perez Hilton’s account, and a rep for Olsen tells Gossip Cop, “There is no truth to the story whatsoever.” (Gossip Cop)

Rumors of Yeezy linking up with Mary-Kate landed online last week.

Kanye West likes variety in his women. While the tabloids were distracted by reports of her twin sister’s fling with Justin Timberlake, Mary-Kate Olsen has reportedly been hooking up with Mr. West. Allegedly. West celebrated his 34th birthday earlier this week at a NYC nightclub and was spotted in some sort of romantic embrace with the pint-sized millionaire. As always West has expensive taste. (Chicago Now)

Additional reporting by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton suggested the two appeared intimate at Manhattan’s Submercer Nightclub last Wednesday (June 8).

Well, well, well… We wouldn’t have seen this coming! In case you didn’t realize, yesterday was Kanye West’s 34th birthday, and the rapper was allegedly spotted at Submercer Nightclub in NYC last night celebrating the event by hooking up with none other than Mary-Kate Olsen! Naughty, naughty, you two! Ha! (Perez Hilton)

No stranger to rumors, Ye was also recently spotted with a mysterious blonde woman in France.

Kanye West seems to have locked down a new love interest. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper was spotted kissing a blonde mystery woman during his trip to Cannes, France, for the film festival. The two didn’t shy from the cameras, perched outside their hotel balcony as they publicly made out, with ‘Ye copping a feel. (Rap-Up)

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NEWS: Jay-Z Joins Kanye West Onstage In New York Show!

Kanye West delighted fans at an emotional show in New York City on Tuesday night by bringing hip-hop mogul Jay-Z onstage to perform with him. The Stronger hitmaker played a set at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden and was in an reflective mood as he addressed the audience and lamented his recent tough times. He told the crowd, “Thank you for loving me when they told you not to love me. I’m sorry about anybody out there that had to fight for me. Do you know what it feels like to be hated, do you know what it feels like to be degraded?” West also spoke about the sad loss of his mother Dr. Donda West, who died in 2007 after suffering complications from cosmetic surgery, saying, “I know she’s smiling down.” The rapper continued with his set and later lifted the mood and sent the crowd into a frenzy by introducing Jay-Z to the stage. The hip-hop stars performed their track H.A.M before teaming up on Jay-Z’s hit single, Empire State of Mind, according to the New York Times. (WENN)

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