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12.01.14 Rhett Jones

Kanye West is a perpetually divisive, often annoying and incredibly bewildering public figure. But he’s still a great producer, an ever-improving MC, and he puts on a live show that’s better than almost anyone else’s. So thank John Colandra for putting together this really well done concert film of Yeezy’s most opulent tour yet. On […]

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09.19.13 Andy Cush

Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. This week we’re looking at “Bound 2” from Yeezus. It was recently released as that polarizing album’s second single (here’s ‘Ye and Charlie Wilson performing it on Jools Holland earlier this […]

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07.23.13 Kyle Petreycik

Things are looking quite promising for Arca, local Brooklyn beat producer and prominent collaborator on Kanye West’s latest effort, Yeezus. The producer released his latest mixtape this morning on his website after nearly a year of silence. The new twenty-five minute mix, simply titled &&&&&, features a collection of strong, perpetually jittery beats that, to my ears, hit harder than some of […]

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07.22.13 Andy Cush

Remember when that unfinished Kanye video leaked and he got all “FUK U” about it? Well, the finished, Nick Knight-directed version is here, and it’s interactive! But it’s also, uh, pretty much exactly like the version that leaked. Interactivity is limited to slowing the song and video down–which is fine, because it sounds fucking awesome screwed […]

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07.09.13 Andy Cush

Kanye would like to send a sincere FUK YOU to anyone who clicks on the above video, a leaked rough cut of his “Black Skinheads” clip. If you’d like to respect the God’s wishes, you could just listen to this mashup instead. […]

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07.08.13 Andy Cush

When “Black Skinhead” came out, everyone compared it to Marilyn Manson, even though it sounded much more like a Gary Glitter sample. As it turns out, however, the perfect complement to the cathartic track is “Elephant,” the riff monster at the center of Tame Impala’s acclaimed 2012 effort Lonerism. This virtuosic mashup was created by Nate […]

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06.19.13 Andy Cush

Yeezus is easily Kanye’s darkest record, and with that comes an almost total abandonment of the warm, sample-based sound upon which he built his name. The samples themselves aren’t gone, however, they’re just different–instead of Curtis Mayfield we get Capleton, instead of Smokey Robinson, TNGHT. Babylon Cartel have assembled a mixtape of the tracks Kanye and […]

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