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27

Sep

Theophilus London (@TheophilusL) speaks Karl, Kanye & VIBES!


Theophilus is the fuckin’ man.  Been on him for some years now thanks to music supervisor Scott Vener (e.g., Entourage).  There’s always been something bout Theo’s persona that’s kept me following him.  This interview confirms my beliefs.  Law of attraction.  This dude is friends & now working w/ the biggest names in entertainment.  Ya need to stop sleeping on my dude.

As an artist myself, I really loved his insight into the creative process:

-On meeting then working with Kanye:

I never wanted to play my music but one night I finally did. It was Neu Law and he really loved it, he said “What is this?” and when I told him he was like “This is you?” It’s because my voice sounds different and everything, I learnt how to express myself without rapping so much that it’s more about melody, tone and expression now.

It was cool that he really digged it because that’s one of my favourite songs. So he suggested I go down to his house and play the whole album. I had about 40 songs or something and he helped me get it down to eight (laughing). He wanted me to have eight on the album! I was like “Damn man, you should do 8 songs for your new album! I cant do this to my fans, they’re gonna kill me!” But he just said “This is the perfect 8 right here though.” He did a hell of a job man.

-On his recording process this time around vs the past:

I’ve been in Palm Springs trying to figure it out. I lived there for a year and bought a real retro vintage house. I got tired of going to studios every day, it starts to feel like a job. You know, the label people come, people want to hang out and drink beers and girls want to hang out. I’ve got to be focused - I don’t want people to hear my new sound until I’ve figured out what it is. It’s such a spiritual process.

15

Sep

Artist Quit University to Draw — Now Kanye West Wants Her Work


So inspiring!

Some notable excerpts:

Two years ago, Hendry dropped out of an architecture degree to chase her passion for traditional, non-digital media.

"After having left school I enrolled in architecture and immersed myself in a world of lines, rendering, and architectural history," Hendry said. "It was a completely captivating degree and I spent hour upon hour dissecting oversize black and white scale plans. All my assignments were hand drawn with a pen and ruler as I couldn’t figure out how to navigate CAD and Revit."

Hendry decided to focus on drawing for one year. “I made a deal with myself,” she says. “If I didn’t sell anything in 365 days I would re-enroll in university and go back to what I was doing.

Her first sale was no small achievement. She sold a drawing of a pair of R.M. Williams boots to a Sydney art collector for $10,000. Her work was then spotted by The Cool Hunter, who organised Hendry’s first showing.

Hendry now sells her large-scale pieces of luxury handbags and shoes for up to $50,000. Now Kanye has acquired one, the price seems sure to jump again. Here are some prime examples of her work.

26

Aug

NEW MUSIC: 's - “A Kiss Goodbye” feat , & **MUST LISTEN**

OMFG, this song is crying.  Such beautiful pain.

“Did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I did?  Did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I could?”

BTW, in case ya don’t know.  Emile Haynie is the amazingly talented producer of such gems as Kanye West’s “Runaway,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven,” and many Lana Del Rey songs.  Yeah, exactly.

23

Aug

Kanye West / Live Orchestra Prepping for ‘Late Registration’ Performance

22

Aug

NEW MUSIC: Travis Scott ( ) - “Sloppy Toppy” (ft. Migos & Peewee Longway)

This shit slaps, goes mad hard.  Peep & D/L Travis Scott’s new mixtape ‘Days Before Rodeo’ here.

05

Aug

NEW MUSIC: The Chainsmokers - “KANYE” ft. Siren

Luvin’ the melody on that hook tho

18

Jul

Watch a 19-Year-Old Kanye West Rap at a Fat Beats Record Store in 1996

Woooo! My ninja ‘Ye is killin!!! Young spitta is throwin’ that fuego!

The backstory via Pigeons & Planes:

In 1996, Fat Beats opened up a record shop on 6th Avenue in New York City, and to celebrate the launch, a bunch of rappers came through to perform. At the time, a 19-year-old Chicago kid named Kanye West wasn’t one of the big draws. They had Lord Finesse, Ill Bill, J-Live, Chino XL, Xzibit, and a few other rappers who had already made a name for themselves and were known in New York.

Going back through the footage of the night, Fat Beats manager DJ Eclipse realized what he had and sent the video to Complex. It’s a teenage Kanye rapping in ’96, dropping lines like, “Tryin’ to flex technique you gettin’ blast with a tec / That shit is mad ironic like Alanis Morissette.”

02

Jul

Zane Lowe meets…. Rick Rubin

Loved the insight into the creative process working w/ some of the biggest names like Kanye West, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, etc.

Also, while you’re at it, peep the
Shangri La Studio tour from Zane Lowe.

16

Jun

Dave Chappelle Describes His First Encounter with Kanye West

Bahahaha…epic!

24

May

New ADIDAS Promo Ft. New Kanye West Track - The Dream: all in or nothing ft. Messi, Alves, Suárez, Özil and more — FIFA World Cup™

Sick promo!