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Hear Kanye West's Instrumental Demo for 'New Slaves'

October 27, 2014

Two years ago, in the fall of 2012, Benjamin Bronfman heard that his friend Kanye West was looking for beats for his next album. "He called me, like, 'Yo, what do you got?'" recalls the producer. Bronfman, who makes music as part of the collective...

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Kanye West, Miguel Set for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

October 21, 2014

The track list for the Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack was revealed Tuesday, and the young "Royals" singer has done an impressive job of mixing established artists, up-and-coming acts and special guest features. Related:...

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New Kanye West Album Is 'Like a Pair of Timberlands'

October 6, 2014

When Chicago songwriter-rapper-poet Malik Yusef released his 2003 debut album The Great Chicago Fire - A Cold Day in Hell, he paired his friend Common with then-fledgling rapper/producer Kanye West on the track "Wouldn't You Like to Ride." Since...

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The Everything Index: The Rihanna Navy Attacks!

September 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Rolling Stone "Everything Index," where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, based solely on their proximity to unlimited breadsticks. Yes, there's plenty happening in the pop-o-sphere this week – the NFL is falling...

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Jay Z, Kanye West Attached to New Chris Rock Film

September 11, 2014

Top Five, a new movie that Chris Rock wrote, directed and starred in, picked up a major distribution deal with Paramount at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Kanye West and Jay Z both received co-producer on the project, while Roots and...

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20 Best Things We Saw at Made in America

September 1, 2014

After two years in Philadelphia, the Made in America fest crossed the country, with two days remaining in the City of Brotherly Love and two days taking root in L.A.'s Grand Park. United by a giant video obelisk and twin Kanye West performances,...

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David Lynch Opted Out of Kanye West's 'Blood' Video

August 29, 2014

David Lynch and Kanye West share an affinity for the surreal and shocking – and the two nearly combined their talents on a music video for "Blood on the Leaves," the eerie epic from West's latest LP, Yeezus. "We almost worked...

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31 Most Outrageous VMAs Moments Ever

August 20, 2014

Since their 1984 debut, the Video Music Awards have thrived on being the unpredictable younger sibling of America's awards-show family — and the fact that they're 31 years old this year hasn't slowed down their penchant for causing headlines and...

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Kanye West Asked About Nazi Lyric in Deposition

August 7, 2014

In addition to comparing celebrities to civil rights activists in the deposition for a court case concerning an altercation with a paparazzo, Kanye West explained just how far he thought photographers were willing to go to take pictures of him. In the...

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Kanye West Details New Album, Why He Got Married

July 21, 2014

Kanye West hopes to put out the follow-up album to Yeezus "most likely in September," but possibly in October or November. Or at least that's what he told GQ a little over a week after his late-May wedding to Kim Kardashian. The rapper said that he did...

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Kanye West Explains How to Avoid Fans

July 14, 2014

Years before Kanye West began dating reality TV star Kim Kardashian, he appeared on a different reality TV show in 2010. The show – which TMZ unearthed and features the logo TNE Travel, possibly as the title of the show – was supposed to focus...

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Lorde Covers Kanye West, Bon Iver Onstage

September 15, 2014

Lorde is paying tribute to her eclectic musical roots on her ongoing fall tour, performing live covers of Kanye West's Graduation barnburner "Flashing Lights" and Bon Iver's soulful Wish I Was Here track "Heavenly Father." As...

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The Everything Index: Nude Celebs and Russian Sex Geckos

September 2, 2014

Welcome back to Rolling Stone's Everything Index, where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, some of whom you haven't seen naked. Yes, it's been a rough couple of days for something like 80 percent of the world's female celebrities –...

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Watch Kanye West's Made in America Performance

August 31, 2014

Kanye West is accomplishing an impressive feat this Labor Day weekend, headlining two Made in America festivals on different coasts. On August 30, he performed at the Philadelphia fest before heading to Los Angeles for the August 31 event. The Made...

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VMA Predictions: Who Will Win, and What Will Kanye Do?

August 21, 2014

The MTV Video Music Awards have never really been about continuity. This is due mainly to the network's refusal to acknowledge its past, either because it can't (the whole "You guys don't play music videos anymore" thing) or it won't (since its core demo...

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Hear Kanye West's New Track 'All Day'

August 12, 2014

Kanye West said in late July that he hoped to release his new single, "All Day," sometime by mid-August. Now a drastically lo-fi leak of two minutes from the track, complete with the bootlegger coughing and talking over it, has made it online via Puff...

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Kanye West: Celebs Are Like Civil Rights Fighters

August 6, 2014

Before Kanye West was sentenced to two years of probation in March for pleading no contest to beating up a paparazzo, he gave a deposition containing some unique viewpoints that has just leaked online via TMZ. Among them are his opinion that celebrities...

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See 19-Year-Old Kanye West Rap at a New York Record Store

July 17, 2014

Five years before Kanye West perked hip-hop fans' ears with his production on Jay Z's 2001 single "Izzo (H.O.V.A)" and eight before he released his debut album, The College Dropout, the rapper was just another would-be MC jockeying for a mic. The Chicago-bred...

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Kanye West Sounds Off on Racism, Fashion

July 5, 2014

Kanye West's appearance at London's Wireless Festival on July 4th offered the rapper another opportunity to share his feelings onstage, and he did just that, at length. In a nearly 15-minute-long speech that sprang forth from a freestyle on "Runaway,"...

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