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Shaquille O’Neal recreating Kanye West’s “Fade” music video in his underwear is just as hilarious as you’d expect.

anyone will know i am a big fan of kanye and kimberley kardashian west. but if i was to see them. i would be too shy to speak. i think too humbled to even look at them directly. i look down at my feet and feel guilty to even be near. i will iron my hands for even showing the disrepect of being near them. like dobby lol

I finally released my new song, “Big Baller”! If you’re a fan of Kanye West’s “Gold digger”, you’ll love this!

The lyric video can be found here: https://youtu.be/OC9otZXhQs0.

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(Kanye’s) a big fan of comedy and he likes our stuff, so I tried to return the favor by, uh, liking his stuff.

Seth Rogen talks with Graham about the remake of Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ he made with James Franco.

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Kanye West: My Latest Problematic Fave

I’m a big fan of Kanye West.

I’m also very sympathetic to the heartbreak that comes from the discovery of something unsavory about your hero. Many of us, for instance, have been shocked to learn that Beck is a Scientologist. My younger brother was bitterly disappointed to find out that a teacher he had a crush on in high school was a Romney supporter in 2012.

All this might have you believe that Kanye’s endorsement last month of GOP candidate Ben Carson would have been a painful moment of disillusionment for me. Kanye called Carson, who panders to xenophobes and fundamentalists, and wags his finger at the black community, “the most brilliant guy” in a recent Vanity Fair piece, and the media had its fun with it. We might have been more incredulous if it had been anyone other than Kanye, but I have spoken to a few longtime Kanye defenders who don’t know if they can get past this one.

For me, though, there’s no heartbreak. That’s because I regard Kanye West with neither approval nor disapproval of his character. People as brilliant as him are beyond liking or disliking, especially in an age when the Internet is collectively starting to realize that its progressive heroes are guilty of the occasional lapse into political incorrectness or social impropriety. Instead, I regard him with utter fascination.

Kanye is an artist whose creative brilliance leaves little room for internalization of social norms. Every time he jumps on a stage uninvited, spews a Twitter tirade, or proclaims his own greatness, he is subjected to the cycle of Internet conversation. This usually begins with widespread condemnation, which is then offset by a handful of voices coming to his defense, and then a lull, spanning a few weeks or months and populated by paparazzi photos with the Kardashians, until the next explosion. And while all this reaction takes the form of a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, I look upon it all as something separate, something almost literary. Each episode is a manifestation of a mind that is, for better or worse, utterly unique and as such worthy of celebration.

This is not to say that I’m sympathetic to egotism. It’s simply to say that being, or not being, sympathetic to someone like Kanye is beside the point. I wouldn’t want to spend much time hanging out with Kanye any more than I would with chess icon Bobby Fischer, the subject of the new film Pawn Sacrifice. Another brilliant social misfit, Fischer offset his larger-than-life prowess on the chess board with his notoriously insufferable personality. He often said things that, if the word “chess” were replaced with “music,” could likely be passed off as Kanye quotes without anyone batting an eye. “I object to being called a chess genius,” he once told an interviewer. “Because I consider myself to be an all-around genius who happens to play chess.”

(He later applauded 9/11 and spewed anti-Semitic vitriol from his exile in Iceland. Some “faves” are a little too problematic, and hopefully Kanye doesn’t take it this far.)

Fischer had profound technical skill in his craft and added innovations that have influenced his successors, just like Kanye. My favorite album of Kanye’s, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, shatters traditional song structures and offers rich compositions that often come across more like symphonies than hip-hop tracks. I often refer to it as prog rap, and credit Kanye in part for the compositional adventurousness we’ve seen in rappers that have emerged since, like Kendrick Lamar. Many agree that Kanye is every bit as talented as he says he is, and when that talent is complemented with him being a maladjusted jerk about it, I don’t get mad. It’s just more to marvel at, more to unpack.

Ditto to his endorsement of Ben Carson. While I’d rather see him elaborate on his own presidential ambitions, his comments on Ben Carson, like most of what he publicly says, are neither to be liked nor disliked. Rather than the behavior of a fave we should forgive for being problematic, they’re simply to be viewed as components of a complex and uncomfortable persona. Just think how today’s world would view brilliant and flawed historical characters like Van Gogh with his lopped-off ear and Joyce with his sexual peccadilloes? These bizarre wrinkles add color to the legacies of these figures, and at the end of the day, we’re better off for them.

More of Nick’s writing can be found here.

When I Met Yeezus

BY JACKSON ALESNA

I’ve been a big fan of Kanye for a long time now, the first concert I ever saw was when the Glow In The Dark Tour (GITD) made its stop here in Seattle when my dad took me. So when the Yeezus Tour was announced to make its first appearance ever here in Seattle (10/19/2013), I pretty much lost my mind. I actually had a mid-term I took in the morning then I headed down to the venue to be like first in line. I got there at like 10AM and I was the first there, I was going to hold the spot because my friends couldn’t show up until later. What’s funny is we didn’t even have general admission, we had like assigned seats, but we were trying to be the first to buy the merch. Anyways, I chilled for about an hour and just got bored, so I walked around the venue and I see all these tour busses there and not much else really. I walked over towards the gate and right then it opened and a black SUV pulls out, just for the hell of it, I held up my GITD shirt and the SUV stopped and a hand popped out of the window and waved me over. I wasn’t really sure what was going on but once I got up to the car I saw Ye sitting right there just smiling at me. He had on a GOOD hoodie, and that brown mink coat on his lap. I just remember looking at him and saying “There’s no fucking way”. He laughed and so did Virgil, Don C, and I think Kim too in the back. He said what’s up and I just told him how big of a fan I was, thanks for everything, and asked if he would sign my shirt. He said of course and put out his hand to shake mine first but I was so flustered I just put the T shirt in his hand. He laughed again. Signed it and I asked him if I could take a picture and he said “yeah let’s do it”. I was expecting him to get out of the car, but he was like “Just take it like this”. Then the following exchange happened:

Me - “Shit, how am I even going to take this picture”

Ye – “Nigga just take that selfie!”

Me – “I can’t believe I’m taking a selfie with Kanye West on some Tyler The Creator shit”

Then Ye and everyone in the car laughed again. After I got my picture, two ladies walking brought it all to an end when they yelled “Is that Kanye West?” and he just said gotta go, and that was it haha. It was such a weird experience because just the way he was talking and his mannerisms he seemed very reserved and almost as nervous to meet me, as I was to meet him. After he left the Venue security came up to me and asked if that was him and I said yes and told them everything that happened and they were just shocked because they all had the preconceived notion that he was just an asshole. Of course after this I was not worried about being in line anymore, and stuck around for a while.

Virgil came out later and we walked a couple blocks and talked about Off-White and the Tour Merch because no one had seen them yet. I asked him about the Red Octobers and he said “man, I’m the wrong person to ask about that shit because I don’t even have a fucking pair yet” and laughed. Then he told me Nike only gave Ye a couple pairs for the whole tour or something, they seemed like they were already fed up with them. But that was that, the day I was Blessed by Yeezus. 

“i ate a jays house a while back, and kanye we were in brazil kicking it. he shouted me out on stage in brazil! coolest shit. but its was the greatest night ever..one of them….like, lohan was then, kim k, some other people and me and my friends are in there with them. like i dont feel like i belong with them cause like, idk, im not them. they are rich asss fuck and like got on some expensive outfits, taking themselves serious as fuck, and me and my friends are just you know, wildn out and being us…but they excepted me like i was one of them, like, its was coool as fuck. beyonce is really nice, justin wants to go skate some time, kudi is reallly nice, and kanye is a big fan of mine, like the photo was just gonna be me and him, like he was stopping convos to say ‘yo ty, come take this photo my nig’…he sooo cool man, and then i walk out and see jay, we make eye contact, he tells me hes proud and shit, and then justin walks up with jaden smith and shit, thats a cool kid jaden. hahaha, but yeah, ye’s photo dude was bout to take the photo and i was like hol up, i have lego my camera and told him to take a photo. we were all lined up hands on each others shoulder, but i was like ’ this shit is corny’, so i went in the front and made the kissy face hahaha. such a cool as night man, in my head im just a regular ass nigga. but knowing that 'those’ people wanna talk and actually give a fuck about this regular ass nigga, is really, really, really fucking crazy. and that photo is epic as fuck. im stoked talking about it now!” - Tyler The Creator