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,...
March 23, 2015 |
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.
September 27, 2015 |
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.
June 19, 2013 |
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.
March 3, 2015 |
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.
August 8, 2011 |
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.
April 19, 2016 |
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.
September 2, 2015 |
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.
August 31, 2016 |
ABC to tweak 'GMA' Good Morning America (locally on 6ABC WPVI-TV) is getting a bit of a face-lift. Starting next Tuesday, network TV's most-watched morning show will have a new full-time copilot, Michael Strahan . The anchor and sports commentator made waves when he dumped Live and Kelly Ripa for GMA . What's more, starting Sept. 8, GMA 's last half-hour will be set before a live audience of about 100 people. Expect less hard news and more guests during the new segment.
February 13, 2015 |
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)