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Praise Be… Here Is ‘The Book Of Yeezus’. (A Bible For The Modern Day)


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Praise be…

Each generation champions a superstar, so consistently relevant that they come to accompany that generation through its evolution, being a part of and ultimately shaping its identity. Such past icons have been the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, or Michael Jackson. For this generation, Generation Y, Kanye West is not only its greatest spectacle, but in some senses, a spiritual figure.

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From the authors:

“We are here to spread a doctrine. Well, a pseudo-doctrine. We ask you to use your pulpit for Good.”

A few months ago, my brothers and I embarked on a creative journey that began with a “What If?”:

What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like? What we came up with was an interventionist art, coffee-table novelty, that will appeal to both Kanye fans everywhere and those made curious by this enormous cultural phenomenon.

At it’s simplest, it is the book of Genesis, modified to feature “Kanye” or “Yeezus” in the place of God or Y—A. “In the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earth… And Kanye said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

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In a sense, Kanye’s awesome and orchestrated spectacle is truly a religious experience. In a foreword, we explore our consumerist, quick-fix, and information-culture, and celebrate Kanye and the outsized significance he plays in our lives. All of this, bound in a black, hard-cover gold-leaf imprinted book.

This book wasn’t made to make fun at Kanye, nor to represent an undying devotion for him. Book of Yeezus is simply an exposition. It’s adding an original twist to something ancient and important in order to capture new meaning. We are trying to cast our spotlight towards the way cultural icons have come to be the contemporary spiritual figures in our information culture.

Book of Yeezus was put together by three entrepreneurial brothers with a special interest in mass-society and its effects on our worldview and imagination.

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(Disclaimer: Authors are not affiliated with Mr. Kanye West himself, or the original authors of the Bible.)

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Irina Shayk


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This Russian model sure knows how to rock a bikini; she’s been heating up the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition since 2007, including a 2011 turn on the cover. But it was her 2014 July/August Maxim cover that brought us to our knees.

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Irina Shayk (born January 6, 1986), sometimes credited as Irina Sheik (Russian: Ирина Шейк),born Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova (Russian: Ирина Валерьевна Шайхлисламова), is a Russian model and actress known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue between 2007 and 2015. She was the cover model for the 2011 issue.

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Shayk modeled the Armani Exchange spring/summer 2010 campaign.She also starred in Kanye West’s “Power”, directed by artist Marco Brambilla.She was on the cover of Ocean Drive and GQ South Africa for the August issue.She ranked first in the “50 Hottest Russian Women” list by Complex magazine.

She made a change from swimwear to high fashion with a spread in Spain’s Harper’s Bazaar and landed the cover of Elle Spain for their November 2010 issue. Glamour Spain awarded her “Best International Model of 2010”.(Spanish: Mejor Modelo Internacional).At the end of the year she was pictured nude in the GQ Spain December issue; however, she claimed that she had not stripped for the photoshoot, and that the magazine had digitally altered the images to remove her lingerie

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The Birth of Hip Hop Fashion.


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Today, hip-hop and fashion go together like Kanye and Versace, but urban hip-hop style — think Adidas, tanks and oversized pants — didn’t always have a home in the mainstream. In Fresh Dressed, a CNN Films production, director Sacha Jenkins chronicles the evolution of “fresh” style and rappers’ transition from Armani suits to b-boy chic on stage.

“Hip-hop fashion was derived through the music,” explains Carl Banks in an exclusive clip from the documentary. “It was a ‘we’re not gonna follow the rules’ mentality, both in music and in fashion.” The “rewrite the rules” vibe was definitely one that resonated with young audiences, launching the hip-hop subculture from South Bronx to the forefront of popular fashions.

The energetic film, which features in-depth interviews with familiar faces of industry insiders like Pharrell Williams and Andre Leon Talley, premiered at Sundance on Jan. 24. Be prepared to feel a wave of nostalgia for your boombox and Puma tracksuit.

DJ Storm Reviews ‘Fables’ by Manni Phantom.


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Up until now November 7th was just a date in the eleventh month of our year, but as of now, it represents one of the most unique EP releases by an independent artist in recent memory.  Manni Phantom’s latest drop ‘Fables’ is a short, but dense collection of stories, interludes, and unforgettable beats that will catch the ear of any type of music lover.  From the first track in the 6 song collection, “Dead Man Walking” starts off strong.  The track boasts a bass-heavy beat, composed of classic piano’s and strings, but drizzled with extremely digital vocal harmonics that create a great foundation to support the heavy lyrical content that starts off this EP.

‘Dead Man Walking’ is rife with complex flow and true feelings about the start of a career in music.  “My daily routine is chasin’ a dream/ sellin’ beat for the same price as an eighth of some weed.“… “I swear its so close I can taste it now/ and everybody want the dream, but nobody wanna chase it down/ and that’s where I excel on everyone/ because investing in yourself costs less than having fun.”  With such a dynamic lyrical output, you can hear the emotions that were meant to come through on every song.  The second track, titled the same as the EP, Fables, reflects more on the feelings of affection towards a particular, unnamed woman.

The lyrical prowess of the song falls in line with the high standard of the rest of the collect, yet what’s exceedingly special about this track is the genre it falls into.  Some albums by hall of fame artists morph between genres as the project continues, the song ‘Fables’ does this all in 4 minute and 35 seconds.  In one song, Hip Hop, Electronic, Dub Step, R&B, Classical, Alternative, and New Wave inspirations can clearly be heard, without the song turning into a car-crash of different ideas.  The mellifluous transition between musical styles sets the track “Fables” into a bracket of its own.  Next on the list is ‘Cursed/33 Percent’.

 

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The first of this divided song, ‘Cursed’ lyrically touches on a variety of different subjects, from the obsessions people have with money (As expressed by the chant “Cursed by a dollar bill”), to the perceived view of people starting in the entertainment industry.  “Tell me your passion, it better not be rappin’/girl why can’t you be in college or somethin?/ every female I meet is like a model or somthin’/ it’s crazy, addicted to the bottle or somethin’, like that/ addicted to game, or addicted to fame/ roll it up, spark it up, she’s addicted to flame./ cursed by her own poison self inflicting the pain/ cursed by a f*ckin dollar, aint no cents in her brain.”  After a swift, but fluid change, one song becomes the next, and ’33 Percent’ begins.

Opening with a quote from Brett Sweeny of BRE and Team ISO, the song ’33 Percent’ is a mellow, Hip Hop based, well presented breakdown of  what makes Manni Phantom a great artist.  “33 percent strugle, 33 percent hustle, 33 changed, 1 percent stayed the same, I ain’t frontin, so I keep it 100 percent.”  The beat remains relatively in one place, and allows the views, and opinions to be expressed without being drowned out by production, and once again the lyrical content is light years above the gambit of unsigned artists in the Bay Area, which makes both ‘Cursed’ and ’33 Percent’ stand out.  The interlude ‘The Camera’ (a short, simple, opinion on what can happen on the other side of the camera) slides perfectly into the next track in the collection, ‘Presence’.

Pieces of ‘Presence’ are quite reminiscent of the Timbaland and Magoo days, sprinkled with a generous amount of Kanye West, which makes for some very happy listening.  The complexity of the beat once it gets going is enough to keep any listener engaged.  As the beat marches on, Manni has a mellifluous way of flowing over the beat in different pitches that reflect the tone and gravity of the lyrics he’s presenting.  It’s this style of presentation that makes ‘Presence’ the most radio-ready song of the collection.  ‘Presence’ is ahead of it’s time, but it the song best apt to draw new listeners into the entire ‘Fables’ project.  The final track on this 6 song EP, is ‘Ghost Stories’.

‘Ghost Stories’ breaks the mold that hold the previous 5 songs together, without sounding too abstract to be on the project.  The sound, emotion, composition, and delivery on ‘Ghost Stories’ is unique in its own right, yet shows more of the diversity Manni Phantom is capable of as an artist and a producer.  Although having a minor key, and a slight darkness in it’s undertones, ‘Ghost Stories’ presents some of the most playful lyrics on the project, “…know some homies that ain’t make it, that’s ghost stories (for real)/ and that’s real talk, no fib, no fable, no toy story.”  But ‘Ghost Stories’ is the final act in what is a very well rounded, unique sounding project that is worth the listen from fans of any style of music.

 

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In conclusion, ‘Fables’ is a perfect example of how not everything that people listen to on repeat has to be something they heard in the club.  The project has a definitive hand in making the point that “dope” music doesn’t just consist of a 4 note loop over 808’s placed way too high in the mix.  ‘Fables’ is produced, and performed (which entails rapping and singing) by the same person, (which is extremely rare these days), which most emerging artists could never fathom.  The engineering is not too simple, nor is it too gaudy, which provides the right sound for both the beats and the lyrics, (another factor many a developing artist is lacking now a days.)  And over all, one of Manni Phantom’s strong points is finesse, his ability to go crazy with production, but knowing when to do so, and when to keep it simple.  Everything all said and done, the only two points left to make are that, ‘Fables’ is for sure worth the listen, and as Manni Phantom stated himself… ‘The competition’s better dead.’  Click any of the photos to take a listen.

Celebrity Oil Paintings.


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This collection of detailed oil paintings comes from the artist only known as “Hans”.  Hans hails from Bangkok, Thailand, and has an affinity for turning existing photos of celebrity faces, into custom portraits.  Check out some of his collection below.
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Future ft. Kayne West – I Won.


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Future drops the most anticipated track from his upcoming album, Honest, in stores April 22nd.

The Worf Of Starfleet.


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So by now, the incredible trailer for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wallstreet’ is nothing new.  (If you live under a rock that’s larger than the film’s success, you can click here.)  There have been many a spoofed, or re-edited, re-imagined, or re-constructed fan trailers of many films in the past, but Grant Gourley’s version is impeccable.  Worf’s voice over Kanye’s “Black Skinheads” is a combination I never thought I’d hear, yet the match to the tone and pace of the original trailer is great.  (Especially the singing at the end).  Gourley has done an incredible job editing this piece, and we can’t wait to see more of his work.

@BramVanhaeren’s Amazing Digital Illustrations.


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Illustration is a difficult skill to master on its own, as is finding one’s particular style, subject matter, and medium.  Belgian artist Bram Vanhaeren has a developed a fascinating combination of these facets.  His work started at great, and is only getting better.  His illustration style is unique, his subject matter started with sports heroes and inspirational athletes, then evolved to artists, actors, politicians and other inspirational figures.  Vanhaeren’s eye catching style even landed his work the cover of Advanced Photoshop Magazine, you can see more of his work here.

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NIKE Air Yeezy 2 ‘Red October’ Designed By Kanye West


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Designed by artist Kanye West, the shoe features a molded rear sculpted reptilian-influenced spike, locked down by an engineered strap to offer a greater sense of symmetry. The ‘Air Yeezy II Red October’s’ have been developed in an all red colorway, referencing the design of the ‘NIKE air tech challenge II tennis shoe outsole’, celebrating the NIKE cross training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap. After months of delayed releases, NIKE officially launched the long-awaited ‘Air Yeezy II Red October’ as a surprise, instantly selling out 11 minutes after being announced via the @nikestore twitter page.

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Colour Me Good Hip Hop Coloring Book


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It’s never too early to get the little ones into rap music. The Colour Me Good Hip Hop coloring book features 16 pages of classic MCs and DJs and other stars like Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Lil’ Kim and Kid ‘n’ Play. Can’t you just imagine the fun they will have while trying to fill in Kid’s massive high top fade?

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Kanye West Ft. Charlie Wilson – Bound 2


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Kanye West premiered the official music video for “Bound 2” featuring Charlie Wilson during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The clip stars Yeezy’s fiancee Kim Kardashian. The song can be found on West’s Yeezus album.

James Blake feat. Chance The Rapper – Life Round Here


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Directed by award-winning director Nabil (Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Foals), the video for James Blake and Chance The Rapper’s track “Life Round Here” has been shot entirely in black-and-white and features the pair cruising around the countryside in a lowrider. “I love juxtapositions,” says Nabil, “so I thought I’d bring an old school lowrider to the countryside in England, and bring the two together in a way that makes people question things.”

Kanye West And A.P.C Collaborating


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Jean Touitou and his classic Parisian clothing label A.P.C. have confirmed a long-rumoured partnership with rapper Kanye West. The capsule collection is presumed to consist of A.P.C.’s standard dry, unwashed, Japanese selvedge denim jeans with red themed labels to coincide with the cover artwork from his new album Yeezus. Kanye West is no stranger to the fashion world, having released his own collection and, most recently, working with Nike to produce the much-hyped Air Yeezy’s. A.P.C. have also worked with Nike, as well as Cahartt and Vanessa Seward, so it was only natural that the two would meet eventually.

Kanye West Reveals the Cover Art for ‘Yeezus’


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Following from the unveil of his single “New Slaves” and a performance on Saturday Night Live, Kanye West now shares the official artwork for his forthcoming album Yeezus. Joining a multidisciplinary onslaught of promotion, which includes an unofficial cover art preview via Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, we now see the cover art in all its glory. Obscure and equally suggestive, the cover art for Yeezus no doubt holds a number of metaphors which will see more light on the LP’s release on June 18.

Kanye West – New Slaves.


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Kanye West debuted his new song “New Slaves” through a projection on 66 landmark buildings in 10 cities across North America, Europe, and Australia.  The content of the track is in stark contrast from the topics of in industry rappers, and even from Kanye himself.  But the message is loud and clear, and could not have been marketed better.  Check the method below.

2-cent Good Christmas(Music Video Parody)


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2-cent Good Christmas was created as a Music Video Parody for the holidays back in 2010. But every year around christmas I can’t get enough of this. This parody makes fun of  Eminem, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, Willow Smith, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kanye West, Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Plies, Drake, Lil Wayne, Wyclef, and Lady Gaga.

Swizz Previews Kanye West & Bono Song


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In this studio clip below, Swizz Beatz previews a track titled “Skyscrapers”, which he revealed featured Kanye West and U2′s Bono.

Clique (Live Remix) – DJ Enferno


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Although I don’t normally sport too many other DJ’s on this site… (for obvious reasons), you have to recognize skill and talent when you see it.  Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean’s massive hit Clique is a brilliant song on its own, but sometimes a DJ remix is never a bad thing.  DJ Enferno has a masterful live remix that he uploaded online not too long ago, and the video is beyond note-worthy.  Check the method below.

Kareem Black


From Elijah Wood to Jenna Jameson, passing by Amanda Lepore, Kareem Black shot a lot of celebrities for different editorial purposes. But Kareem Black is more than just a celebrity portrait-er. The pictures of the new yorker photographer show a real investment in aesthetic, making him work with brands & magazines such as Vitamin Water, GQ, Vibe, Verizon & Burger King.

Nicki Minaj – Come On A Cone


Nicki Minaj is full steam ahead in the promotions for her upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, a revamp of her sophomore album, which will include a separate disc with new tracks. “Come On a Cone” is a new music video the international superstar released to fans via Twitter. The Grizz Lee-directed visuals includes clips from Minaj on tour as wells as with several rappers, including her YMCMB team. Wacka Flocka Flame, Gucci Man, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian are just a few of the cameos in her new video.

DJ Khaled feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross – I Wish You Would/Cold.


Hold onto something stable before pressing “play” on DJ Khaled, Kanye West and Rick Ross‘ “I Wish You Would” video — you might feel a little dizzy. If you’d rather not risk it, we’ll sum up the Hype Williams-directed clip for you: Khaled, Yeezy and Ross rap in a brick alleyway, often cloaked in darkness, as the camera mercilessly shakes back and forth. The vid for West’s Kim Kardashian-referencing “Cold” is tacked on at the end (complete with a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo by the socialite), filmed in the same location with the same seizure-inducing shakiness. We’re honestly baffled at the lack of creativity (and the lack of production value) displayed here — is this seriously the best these three big names (four if you count Williams) could deliver?

Behind The Scenes Of DJ Khaled’s – I Wish You Would.


Dj Khaled, Kanye West & Rick Ross shooting Khaled’s second single “I Wish You Would”.  The video directed by Hype Williams is on the ‘Kiss The Ring’ in stores August 21st.  Check the method.

Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz – Mercy (Official Video).


After teasing the video’s release for quite some time, Kanye West dropped the visuals for “Mercy,” featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Pusha-T.  The black and white paired-down video features the rappers dancing and rapping in a monochromatic parking garage, which makes sense, given that the song is named after the Lamborghini Murcielago (swerve). Say what you will about Kanye’s new songs (which have been criticized for lacking the emotion of his previous work), “Way Too Cold” and “Mercy” are unlike anything on his last solo effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye’s hungry, and he’s not going to do the same thing twice.

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Made In America (Teaser).


A video trailer that is titled after Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” track “Made in America” hits the web. The teaser features black-and-white footage showing a large number of people throwing their hands in the air at a live concert.

Big Sean’s Latest Interview.


Big Sean speaks on if he smashed Nicki Minaj, hangin’ with Kim and Kanye, and Hot 97’s Summer Jam.