Dissertation: A KanYe West Story from Dissertation on Vimeo.

DISSERTATION is a journalist-led look at Kanye West’s career, featuring interviews with notable critics from the New York Times, Billboard, XXL, HipHopDX, FADER, Pitchfork and Complex, all of whom have covered and reviewed Kanye West’s musical and cultural milestones over the past 15 years. In five chapters, these critics share personal anecdotes and thoughtful takes on Kanye’s highs, lows and his impact on our world.


Armani Ortiz & Dan Buyanovsky

Erick Sasso & Armani Ortiz

Rob Alexander
Sean Ryon

Dave Bry
Noah Callahan-Bever
Jon Caramanica
Jake Paine
Erika Ramirez
Matthew Schnipper
Rob Stone

Amrit Singh

Media Questions Of The Week

Are the RIAA’s new rules which equate 1,500 streams to an album sold for Gold and Platinum record certifications reasonable?

Do K.Michelle and Jasmine Sullivan have a point about the way white artists like Adele singing R&B are disproportionately promoted over Black artists who sing the same kind of material?

Is  Solange right about pop music writers needing to understand the culture of R&B and Brandy’s music beyond the hits to be credible R&B critics? And what did New York Times writer, Jon Caramanica mean by telling her not to”bite the hand that feeds her?”


Here is a poem of the things Kanye told Jon Caramanica in this brilliant interview that turned my night upside down:

Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly.

I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age

I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.

It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness.

I’m forever the 35-year-old 5-year-old. 

great art comes from pain.

Great art comes from great artists.

I could make the soul sound in my sleep

this one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration.

 J-Kwon, “Tipsy.” – that’s always my No. 1

Kill self.

The longer your ‘gevity is, the more confidence you build. 

ultimately, this guy that was talking to me doesn’t make Christmas presents

All I want is dopeness!



More from SXSW 2004 whylin out in the place. SXSW hits Austin next week if you didn’t know I dunno. Appearing here in these pics, me and Jean Grae, Perseph1 and Jean Grae, Play N Skillz, Debby Kandy and Zin, Rob Quest and Me, Roy Mata from Fatal Flying Guillotines, Grit Boys, Slug and El-P, Me and Jon Caramanica and then of course TOSIN it just really went down that year.

Only Beyoncé could use the Super Bowl, perhaps the largest stage in the country, to showcase new material. She also announced a new world tour right on the heels of the performance. In so doing, she was arguing, in essence, that the halftime show was there to serve her, not the other way around.

Taylor Swift Is Not OK With Kanye West’s “Famous” Lyrics

Swift’s spokesperson: “She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”

By Evan Minsker

on February 11, 2016 at 11:57 p.m. EST

Update (2/12, 12:42 a.m.): Apparently, TMZ’s sources are mistaken—Swift’s spokesperson has shared a statement (via Jon Caramanica) saying that West did not ask for her approval and that she “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” Apparently she wasn’t aware of the “made that bitch famous” line at all. Read the statement below.

When Kanye West played his new album The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden earlier today, one line from “Famous” stuck out right away: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ I made that bitch famous.“ It sounds like an uncomfortable reference to Taylor Swift, butaccording to TMZ, Swift approved the line in advance.

Apparently, West called her to explain that it was a joke. According to TMZ’s sources, Swift gave him her approval to release the song with that line.


The New York Times gushed about Khaled’s social media popularity. Journalist Jon Caramanica assessed, “His effectiveness and addictiveness in the medium have elevated him from carnival barker to transcendent public figure.” Khaled’s Twitter uses the same lingo and expressions on his Snapchat, but it’s the later that fully showcases his enigmatic likability.

Unlike Emma Watson, Khaled has yet to start a branded “Keys to Success” book club. These five books seem like they reflect Khaled’s philosophies of prosperity through creativity and grit.

– from 5 Success Books We Think DJ Khaled Would Recommend

Review: It’s Coldplay, Starring Beyoncé, at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Review: It’s Coldplay, Starring Beyoncé, at Super Bowl Halftime Show @JON CARAMANICA: Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, two of the last three years’ headliners, were brought in as reinforcements to provide a much-needed assist to Chris Martin’s band. #Sports #Trending #Popular #Buzzing #Viral #News
Review: Rihanna, Blissfully Adrift, Juggles Styles on ‘Anti’ by JON CARAMANICA

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Depending on the moment, she is an electric vocalist or an indifferent one, an emotional savant or a naif, Jon Caramanica writes. And this is her eighth album.

Published: January 29, 2016 at 02:00PM

from NYT Arts Article..