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September 2, 2012
Welcome to The Philadelphia Inquirer's by-the-minute coverage of the Budweiser Made In America festival. Check back as we post updates here and at www.philly.com/madeinamerica from a team of reporters covering the two-day music festival on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway that ends Sunday night: Inquirer Music Critic Dan DeLuca, and reporters David Hiltbrand, Kristen A. Graham, Miriam Hill, Jonathan Lai, John Trinacria, Maria Panaritis, Al Lubrano,...
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kanye West will run the world Why were so many people happy to hear that Kanye West will run for the White House in 2020? Citizens, West tells Vanity Fair, realize he's "extremely thoughtful" and "the most honest celebrity. " Modest, too! So what's his plan of action? "I sit in clubs and I'm like, 'Wow, I've got five years before I . . . run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do.' " What is West's platform? "I just care about human beings.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Valentine's Day when poet Sarah Blake received Kanye West's 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak from her then-boyfriend and now husband, Noah Schoenholtz. It was around the time both her grandfather and mother were diagnosed with brain tumors. For West, it was a time when he and his fiancée, fashion designer Alexis Phifer, broke up and his mother died. For four years, through marriage, pregnancy, and graduate school, Blake periodically researched West's work and life. And just as West was told by his mentors that he couldn't be a rapper and should stick to producing, Blake, 30, was told by her professor that her book on West was worthless.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
THERE'S A FUNNY T-shirt available for sale about the importance of punctuation. It points out the different meanings of "Let's Eat Grandma!" and "Let's Eat, Grandma!" Tattle thought of that yesterday when Rolling Stone mentioned the title of Kanye West 's next album as "So Help Me God. " All we could think of was a perhaps more accurate title, "So Help Me, God. "   The daily Cosby Bill Cosby 's lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to throw out a defamation suit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2013 | BY GREG KOT, McClatchy News Service
KANYE WEST's sixth studio album, "Yeezus," is the latest affront from an artist who keeps inventing ways to tick people off. At first listen, it is hostile, abrasive (both sonically and lyrically) and intentionally off-putting, as if to test the loyalty of even his most ardent fans. But, as usual, that's only the beginning of West's new detour, on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam label. West is used to being written off as a shallow, petulant, needy, self-serving braggart, a talented artist who can't resist impaling himself on his own ego. And some of that is true, as West himself will be the first to say. But even as he barges in full-on full of himself in "Yeezus," West demonstrates that he has a lot more on his mind than just self-aggrandizement or self-immolation.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Today's a big day for the collaboration that Jay-Z and Kanye West have dubbed The Throne. Tickets for their Watch the Throne tour go on sale this morning, through Comcasttix.com for the Nov. 2 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and through Ticketmaster for shows elsewhere. Also, their same-named LP was slated to hit iTunes today. (Reportedly, fans should look under "Throne" instead of the hip-hop stars' individual names.) The release should hit stores later this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Tidal and Kanye West are being sued by San Francisco Kanye fan Justin Baker-Rhett who's claiming the streaming service and Kanye duped users into taking Tidal subscriptions because it was supposed to be the exclusive outlet for Kanye's The Life of Pablo . Except it wasn't. Billboard reports that the proposed class action lawsuit is in the works because millions of people flocked to Tidal and its $9.99 monthly fee in February because of Kanye's promise of Pablo exclusivity.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
K ANYE WEST has always been a blunt talker, but at the MTV Video Music Awards, in its annual desperate cry for relevance, did the blunt get the better of him? After admitting that he smoked a little before the show, Kanye announced that he would "run" for president in 2020. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it . . . With Kanye announcing so early, black Republican activist Eugene Craig has created a political action committee to back his candidacy. Craig, 24, filed paperwork yesterday to launch "Ready for Kanye.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Jason Nark, STAFF WRITER
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Charred and soggy shoes sit in a pile on the back deck of Dante Holley's home in South Jersey, the left-behind debris of a sneakerhead who was down on his luck. There's jewelry scattered around the yard, too, and lots of wet, muddy clothes, and something wild is scampering in the soffits, because last year fire burned out the roof. Holley, 20, feels blessed and looks upbeat though, even in the shadow of his condemned family home in Atlantic County. He's certain the prized pair of sneakers he's cradling like preemies in his arms were a sign from above - or a sign at least from Kanye West - and Holley's not going to squander them.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
During Sunday's Grammy awards show, rapper Kanye West pulled a Kanye and jokingly interrupted Beck, who was at the microphone to accept the award for best album. Beck's win was the upset of the evening: Many, evidently including West, had expected Beyoncé to take the award home. In a post-show interview with E!, however, West said, "Beck needs to respect artistry. He should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it. " In his statement, West seemed to oppose the "he" (white pop star Beck)
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May 4, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Charred and soggy shoes sit in a pile on the back deck of Dante Holley's home in South Jersey, the left-behind debris of a sneaker-head who was down on his luck. There's jewelry scattered around the yard, too, and lots of wet, muddy clothes, and something wild is scampering in the soffits, because last year, fire burned out the roof. Holley, 20, feels blessed and looks upbeat, though, even in the shadow of his condemned family home in Atlantic County.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Tidal and Kanye West are being sued by San Francisco Kanye fan Justin Baker-Rhett who's claiming the streaming service and Kanye duped users into taking Tidal subscriptions because it was supposed to be the exclusive outlet for Kanye's The Life of Pablo . Except it wasn't. Billboard reports that the proposed class action lawsuit is in the works because millions of people flocked to Tidal and its $9.99 monthly fee in February because of Kanye's promise of Pablo exclusivity.
NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Deadlines are a nuisance. There's a story I heard on the audio tour at the Barnes Foundation that - like most discussions of great art - eventually will bring me back to subject of Kanye West. One of Dr. Albert Barnes' favorite artists was Maurice Prendergast, the American post-impressionist who has 21 paintings in the museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The story goes that Prendergast was frequently tempted to alter his own works. Once, while dining chez Barnes, he sneaked off to add a few brushstrokes to one of his paintings hanging on the wall at the doctor's Merion manse.
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March 22, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For the Daily News
If modern gospel music's male division had but one figurehead, it would be a tough battle to see who would top that mountain. Certainly, there are young Winans to contend with, along with Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurki, New Jersey's own Tye Tribbett. If, though, the peak were reserved for those whose albums had charted into pop, soul, and hip-hop territory along with topping the sacred charts, there is but one clear leader: Kirk Franklin. Genre-stretching aside, the 46-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, native said that with his newest tour, coming to the Tower Theater on Wednesday, "You've never seen anything like this from me before, I promise.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
The Texas-born gospel artist's arrangement of "Ultra Light Beam" on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo has been called "the most powerful thing I've heard in my earthly existence" by - who else? - Kanye West. Wednesday at the Tower Theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Another Kanye controversy? If you're a concerned American who doesn't understand how America's Greatest Living Most Underappreciated Talent's new album, The Life of Pablo , didn't crack the Billboard Top 10 this week, Entertainment Weekly has the answer why. Hours after Pablo was released exclusively on Tidal, the download option was pulled and it was only available via streaming. And it was a work in progress. And it was pirated all over the place. But still.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2016
Kanye the cop After Kanye West tweeted Saturday that he was $53 million in debt, Philadelphia police kindly offered him a job Thursday - in a tweet. "We R hiring, @kanyewest! Starting salary of $47,920; u could be debt-free by the year 3122!" Then they included their website for the career-bound: phillypolice.com/careers. This comes after Kanye asked Mark Zuckerberg for a loan (with no response), and fan Jeremy Piatt started a GoFundMe page for the artist. Puma? No way!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
STAR Ryan Reynolds wasn't the only person to benefit with "Deadpool" breaking box office records this past weekend. Another is breakout star Brianna Hildebrand , who plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Hidebrand talked with Tattle comics correspondent Jerome Maida about her first film role, which she described as a "brother-sister" relationship onscreen with Reynolds' title character. "When I was young I thought my three older brothers were really cool and then as I got older . . . I thought they were a little like . . . douchebags," she said.
NEWS
February 7, 2016
Lissie , My Wild West ; Yoko Ono , Yes, I'm a Witch Too ; Wynonna & the Big Noise , Wynonna & the Big Noise ; Kanye West , Waves (Thursday).
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