SEARCH FOR: KANYE WEST

Curtis Waters: The Art of Authenticity

Well, as we come to a close on one of the weirdest years of the past century we reflect on how the massive halt the music industry experienced with its traditional methods of growing artists through festivals, touring, and really anything that comes with having a room full of people collectively wild out together has changed in a major way. What tossed the larger industry engine into a tailspin, became a rare moment of opportunity for 1000s of kids who’s relationship with creating music existed almost entirely within the 4 walls of their bedrooms. We have seen stars emerge who may have not their time in the cultural limelight had society been moving at its regular pace. This year has had disastrous effects for many, but for a few, it has been a time to thrive while young people across the world are being forced to spend more time isolated online. It’s been fun to be a fan of these artists, as watching them get noticed by the masses and seeing their song all over the feed is something that just makes you feel happy inside. Recently, I got the chance to have an in-depth conversation with one of my …

10 Year Anniversary: Revisiting Kanye West’s Magnum Opus, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

“Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it/Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it/Guess every super hero need his theme music” -Kanye West on “Power” The Chicago legend that is Mr. Kanye Omari West–many people love him, some people hate him. Regardless of how you feel about him, his views, personality traits, political stance, etc., it’s almost impossible to deny the impact he has had on this world, amazing level of artistry that he has delivered, and crowing him as nothing less than a musical genius. While as of late, his music may not be resonating with the listeners as it once did ten years ago, or even five years ago after the release of his highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed project The Life of Pablo, hip-hop historians and all-around music lovers never count out Kanye West as being one of the best creatives of all time. November 22, 2010 would be the day that Kanye West would release his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Little did he know that it would go down as one of the best musical bodies of work of all time, and end up being arguably one of the best …

The Life of Pablo | Forever Fresh

Today’s world has certainly skewed nearly every single aspect of life as it once was some five years ago. In an everyday landscape that sees this unprecedented deadly outbreak go hand-in-hand with some of the most heightened political unrest throughout history, it seems almost comical that in late-2015 leading into 2016, the world was very, very concerned with the now-tame antics of one Kanye West. The man spent that period announcing an album, changing its title a number of times, and all-around doing what was then known as just “silly Kanye things” — nothing more, nothing less. But oh my, were we all invigorated. If anyone today were to tell another individual at that time that Kanye’s actions and overall popular presence would become exponentially worse, problematic, and purely reactionary above all else, they may agree, but certainly not to the sincerely frightening scope that he ended out that decade with. So with that being said, it makes looking back at this far more “down to earth” version of Ye quite a lot more fascinating by itself, and absolutely more refreshing by extension given the man we see today and the world that we all live in together. As off-the-wall …

While The World Was Burning – [SAINt JHN]

By now, many of us are familiar with the name SAINt JHN and what he is currently contributing to the game, but he has been one of my favorite case studies as of late. Most notably recognized for his smash song “Roses” which was released in 2018, remixed in 2019, and blew up in 2020, SAINt still goes down in my book as one of the game’s silent hitmakers that has been patiently waiting his turn. The foundation has been laid and the work has definitely been put in, and I can definitely say that SAINt JHN is an early pick of mine to be one of the best things that the game has ever seen. Premiering right before the years end, SAINt is back with another full-length body of work, While The World Was Burning. SAINt JHN recruits Future for the remix of his smash single “Roses” Hailing out of Brookyn, NY, SAINt JHN has been quietly working on himself and his artistry–quickly building up a aesthetic and a vibe that can’t be duplicated nor imitated. While this album is not his debut, it sure feels like this is his debut as the rest of the world is finally catching …

Track 6 – [Ty Dolla $ign] ft. [Kanye West] x [Anderson .Paak] x [Thundercat]

Featuring a star-studded cast with a whopping 77 Grammy nominations between them, Track 6 lives up to the expectations of such a highly-anticipated track. While all the individual artists have a unique sound, the track is expertly crafted to accommodate everyone’s verse and truly follow the general flow of the record. The intro feels dreamy and psychedelic before Ty Dolla $ign simply breezes along with the instrumental in a collected fashion before we’re treated to a vintage Kanye sound accompanied by Thundercat’s angelic voice and instrumental. After the incredibly placed beat switch, .Paak delivers one of the smoothest flows of the year with incredible wordplay as always. Track 6 delivers beyond expectations and will no doubt go down as one of the better records of 2020. Take some time out of your day and listen to the new record down below. Produced by Audio Anthem, damm james!, Ty Dolla $ign and BoogzDaBeast

The Story Behind the “Mixed Personalities” Music Video

The latest episode of our behind the video segment is about YNW Melly’s music video for “Mixed Personalities” featuring Kanye West, enjoy!

Void Exit Blues – [Quiet Luke]

We’re in the midst of bleak times right now, there’s no hiding it. 2020 has been but a series of severely unfortunate events adding onto the pile with each passing day, and COVID-19 has proven itself as an issue set to linger around at least for the foreseeable future. In such times, I often find myself resorting to music to make sense of things. What are musicians making? What music reflects how the world feels, and how are people using their voices to create that soundtrack? Quiet Luke has always been a resource in these contemplations. His art is inherently deep, for lack of a better word, and its source material is sincere emotion – both in an external and internal sense. This very fact has always pushed his music to the forefront when it comes to art as a reflection of reality, and Luke’s latest release – “Void Exit Blues” – is no different. Just under three minutes in length, “Void Exit Blues” begins with the crushing combination of an acoustic guitar, a heart-wrenching bassline, and Luke’s vocals. It’s simple, but the emotion in the song grows with every passing lyric, only to be pressed against beautifully-distorted guitars after each …

Kanye West – [Randy Royale] ft. [Tony Shhnow]

It’s no secret that Atlanta is one of the biggest Rap music hubs in the country, but there are some secret gems hidden within the influx of rappers constantly coming out of the woodwork of the city. Larry League is a group that I’ve been following for quite a few years at this point, and I’ve always loved their music because of everything that each member brought to the table. Larry had this laid-back, relaxed flow, Sensei was a mastermind behind their individualistic beats and also offered up some incredible bars, and Randy was the guy who seemed to bring everything full circle with infectious melodies and attention-grabbing lines. While I enjoy each and every one of their offerings because I think every member brings something different to the table that truly elevates their music to new heights, certain members are branching out on their own to explore their individualistic aptitudes, and I’m always excited to see what they have in store for us. Most recently, Randy took to Twitter to drop off a loosie entitled “Kanye West” featuring Tony Shhnow, an artist I was previously unfamiliar with, but after hearing his contribution, I know I need to get in …

something to live for-[Kerri]&[apathy]

For the past couple of months, Canada has been my go to location to find music. Whether I’m on Spotify, Apple Music, or SoundCloud, a lot of the artists I end up enjoying hail from our friendly neighbors up north. Although many prominent artists have already proven that the country is a hot bed for music, it seems as if there are still a lot of up and comers who are hungry to continue pushing the envelope. Today’s latest Canadian hitmaker is an artist who goes by the name of kerri. The talented individual hopped onto my radar after my discover weekly landed on one of his songs. From the moment I heard the sonic pleasure that was exuding from his music, I knew this was something special. I had a chance to catch up with kerri and he told me about his life and detailed the path he took to get to where he’s at right now in music. Growing up in the middle of nowhere, kerri spent a lot of his time listening to daft punk and kanye west among others. Fueled by curiosity and boredom, he began throwing things on SoundCloud at the age of 13 but …

A Conversation w/ !llmind: Adapting to Current Music Scene, Filipino Culture, Dropping Gems and More

“There’s just so many different sounds and vibes that I fell in love with, and as a creative and curious person, I can’t help but want to make all of them“ -!llmind Give credit where credit is due, and always give people their flowers while they can still smell them. While we often look towards the future and the next hot thing, we can forget about some of the amazing creators that came before us. With Hip-Hop recently celebrating 47 years of existence, it forces us to take a step back and look at where we came from, where we’re at now, and where we are going in the future. If there’s one thing for sure, legendary music producer !llmind has the resume and the work ethic to prove that he is belongs in the past, present, and future of the genre and of the culture, as a whole. !llmind being born in New Jersey puts him very close to New York – the home of Hip Hop itself. As he stands now, he currently has a production credit list that spans over almost two decades worth of material – ranging across various underground artists, well-known legends such as Jay-Z, …