Cole said competing with Yeezy for the hard earned cash of fans on Tuesday, June 18 was a matter of not becoming an afterthought a week later. "I'm not going to sit [here]... I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album," Cole told Billboard's The Juice blog. "It'd be like, 'Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.' Nah. I'm going to go see him on that date. He's the greatest. So it's like, I'm a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn't even a thought."
But, don't think the "Power Trip" rapper is snoozing on Mr. West's talents. He said, "At the same time, let's not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I'm only expecting an incredible album from him. But I know what I have."
Will you be copping both Kanye West and J. Cole's albums on June 18 or just one or the other? Let us know in the comments.
What would the Fresh Prince sound like in 2013? Fans may find out sooner than later; Will Smith revealed that he and Kanye West have been recording new material in a brief interview with Hip Hollywood.
"I been messing around with Kanye," said Smith. "We went into the studio a couple times, so I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I'm truly inspired, but Kanye's been pushing me a little bit."
Some will recall that West was in Brazil enjoying the world famous Rio Carnival with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian and creating music, while his peers attended the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Photos from the excursion revealed that he connected with Smith while there, but the nature of their meeting was unknown until today.
In light of the unprecedented roll out for his sixth studio album, Yeezus, we wouldn't be surprised if Smith made a cameo appearance in some capacity on the project. Actually, nothing West does at this point would be very surprising.
The North Carolina native explained the move via Twitter while sharing the standard and deluxe edition album cover artwork. "Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation," he tweeted. "Which is exactly why I'm moving my release date up. Born Sinner June 18th."
The "Power Trip" rapper's move gives some breathing room to fellow Roc Nation family member Wale, whose new The Gifted album is out June 25. Also worth noting is that Mac Miller's new album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, is in stores June 18, too.
Check out both version of the Born Sinner covers in the gallery.
Do you think J. Cole made the right move by basically asking fans to buy his and Yeezy's new albums on the day? Will it aid or hurt his album sales? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Either way, it should be a great summer for Hip-Hop fans.
In light of this past week, it's safe to say that Kanye West is back. His sixth studio album, Yeezus, is officially on the way, and today we receive the latest bit of Yeezy Season news with a preview of the official album packaging.
Photos of what looked to be the project's artwork surfaced on Instagram last night. Less than 24 hours later, KanyeWest.com confirms those rumors. The LP's cover features a severed gold bust, half of which is covered by red tape that reads "Yeezus."
This announcement follows West's appearance on Saturday Night Live late last evening, where he performed a song reportedly titled "Black Skinhead" and followed up with the previously heard "New Slaves."
Recent events infer that CDQ of one of the aforementioned records will be available sooner than later. Yeezus releases June 18 and is available for pre-order on West's website. See the artsy cover below.
It's looking like Anchorman: The Legend Continues is going to have a healthy dose of Hip-Hop star power. Besides Kanye West, YMCMB's Drake, who was recently spotted in the studio with Jay-Z, makes a cameo in the film, too.
As if there wasn't enough of a star-studded cameo list including Kanye West, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey and Harrison Ford to keep fans in a glass case of emotion over, it appears rapper Drake has made a debut.
In a photo snapped Saturday in New York circa 1977, a male donning a fro and leather jacket who looks strikingly like the "Take Care" singer was seen on set.
Fellow rapper and guest star West, filmed his scenes last week also sporting an afro and leather jacket choking Steve Carrell's character with a hockey stick.
In the last 48 hours, Kanye West has tweeted three times, so it must be Yeezy Season. The latest pair of tweets from the G.O.O.D. Music rapper are images of the lyrics to "Black Skinhead," one of the songs he performed on SaturdayNight Live.
"For my theme song, my leather black jeans on, my by any means on, pardon I'm getting my scream on," is how "Black Skinhead" kicks off, after a couple of primal screams. Also, we find it hilarious that West actually write out ("Aaahhh!!!!") the aforementioned screams. The song is at least partially a commentary on his interracial relationship with Kim Kardashian, with the next lines being, "Enter the kingdom, but watch who you bring home, you see Black man with a white woman at the top floor they gon' come and kill King Kong."
Please note, struggle rappers, there is no need to share your lyrics in this manner.
Both "Black Skinhead" and "Black Slaves" will be appearing on Mr. West's forthcoming new album, titled Yeezus. That provocative title will certainly get the people going. Peep the lyrics to "Black Skinhead," or as Yeezy wrote it "Blk Skn Head," on the following pages.
What do you think of West's lyrical commentary on his relationship Kim Kardashian?
Photo: Saturday Night Live
As billed, Kanye West hit the stage on the season finale of Saturday Night Live. The first song he performed is reportedly called "Black Skinhead," which he followed up with "New Slaves."
Yeezy was very much on his rock star ish for this one. Frantic lighting including the words "Not For Sale" projected onto the back of the stage set the mood. The second performance of the night was "New Slaves," the track whose video he debuted last night globally.
Two new songs? Looks like we just may get that new Kanye West album, reportedly titled Yeezus, on June 18 after all. Watch Mr. West's hyper rendition of "Black Skinhead" below and a passionate take on "New Slaves" on the next page.
Let us know what you think of Yeezy's new songs and latest SNL performances in the comments.
Kanye West just may be a marketing genius. Last night, Yeezy sent out a rare tweet, revealing his new video for a song called "Rare Slaves" would be shown across the world. However, the clip wasn't premiered via YouTube or Vevo, but projected on the sides of buildings.
"NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ http://KANYEWEST.COM," read West's tweet. His website provided addresses and times for when the video would be projected.
Stateside, the video appeared in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami. Other locales included Toronto, Sydney, Berlin and, of course, Paris
Plenty of Vines of the projection came in but the homie Mike Fresh nabbed the full clip. Watch below before it gets yanked off the net. Peep the lyrics after.
My mama was raised in an era when/Clean water was only served to the fairer skin Doing clothes you would have thought I had help/But they wouldn't be satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself You see its broke n—a racism/That's that don't touch anything in the store And there's rich n—a racism/That's that come here please buy more What you want a Bentley, fur coat and diamond chain?/All you blacks want all the same things Used to only be n—as /Now everybody play me Spending everything on that Alexander Wang/New Slaves
[Hook] You see it's leaders and it's followers/But I'd rather be a d-ck than a swallower You see it's leaders and it's followers/But I'd rather be a d-ck than a swallower
[Verse 2] I throw these Maybach keys/I wear my heart on my sleeve I know that we the new slaves/I see the blood on the leaves I see the blood on the leaves/I see the blood on the leaves I know that we the new slaves/I see the blood on the leaves They throwing hate at me/Want me to stay at ease F-ck you and your corporation/Y'all n—as can't control me I know that we the new slaves/I know that we the new slaves I'm about to wild the f-ck out/I'm going Bobby Boucher I know that pussy ain't free/You n—as pussy, ain't me Y'all throwing contracts at me/You know that n—as can't read Throw him some Maybach keys/F-ck it, c'est la vie I know that we the new slaves/Y'all n—as can't f-ck with me Y'all n—as can't f-ck with Ye/Y'all n—as can't f-ck with Ye I move my family out the country /So you can't see where I stay So go and grab the reporters/So I can smash their recorders Yeah they confuse us with bullsh-t/Like the New World Order Meanwhile the DEA/Teamed up with the CCA They tryna lock n—as up/They tryna make new slaves See that's that private-owned prison/Get your piece today They prolly all in the Hamptons/Braggin' 'bout they maid F-ck you and your Hampton house/I'll f-ck your Hampton spouse Came on her Hampton blouse/And in her Hampton mouth Y'all 'bout to turn sh-t up/I'm 'bout to tear sh-t down I'm 'bout to air sh-t out/Now what the f-ck they gon' say now?
Kanye West will be appearing on Saturday Night Live as its musical guest this weekend. It happens to SNL's season finale and here we have a promo starring Yeezy, Ben Affleck, who is the episode's host, and cast member Fred Armisen.
The clips consists of three "takes," with Armisen general showing a funny lack of chill. West pretty much plays it straight, telling Armisen not to beatbox and asking him what awards he has won.
During his latest rant at the Adult Swim Upfronts party, West was adamant that he would not be in any SNL skits. Nevertheless, the promo show that he does have a sense of humor because in the first take he is seen with a band-aid on his forehead. Late last week, while trying to duck paparazzi taking photographs of him and Kim Kardashian going to lunch, he slammed his head into a parking sign. Pictures the next day showed that he had a bump on his forehead.
Tune into NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET this Saturday (May 18) to catch West on SNL.
This Kanye West and Kim Kardashian baby struggle is getting out of hand and the kid hasn't even arrived yet.
First, a quick recap. Late last week, West was accosted by a parking sign, which resulted in him cursing out a couple of photographers as well as a speed knot on his forehead. Two days ago, West performed at the Adult Swim Upfront party, performing for about an hour and even kicking a song dedicated to his future baby mother called "Awesome." He also went on an extended rant, making sure everyone knew he didn't consider himself a celebrity and that he'll be damned if he performs in a Saturday Night Live skit. Then yesterday (May 16), news broke that Kardashian was pissed off that Yeezy planned to go on tour soon after birth of their child, which is due in June, or maybe July.
Now, Kardashian allegedly isn't tripping out her man's tour plans because she will be right there with him. Umm, what about the whole getting married thing, though?