Kanye West Announces Name Change Ahead of "SNL" Performance

Yes, you learn proper. Kanye West has introduced his intent to alter his title to…await…”YE.”

Naturally, everyone knows that YE is the nickname that we have lengthy adopted for Mr. West for the reason that starting time, but it surely seems the Yandhi rapper is ready on dropping his ficial moniker altogether in place his beloved alias.

This title change conveniently arrives simply hours earlier than he’s set to seem because the musical visitor on the season premiere Saturday Night Live, additionally coinciding with the scheduled launch his highly-anticipated Yandhi challenge. Earlier within the day, Kanye YE additionally made headlines for his resolution to assist out upcoming rapper Nino Blu, who was out a spot to dwell, by inviting him to the studio, an act kindness that’s in concord together with his inside Yandhi.

If that is title change goes to carry true, extra energy to YE. It will not require a lot effort to regulate versus the ghosts title modifications’ previous: Snoop Lion, LOVE, and Sex. 

If you are invested within the topic try to preserve an ear out for the title that tonight’s SNL host, Adam Driver, makes use of when presenting YE onstage this night. 

Kanye West's "Yeezus:" Unpacking A Truly Divisive Album

“I simply spoke to Jesus,
He stated ‘what up Yeezus?’”

– Kanye West

Kanye West has all the time retained inventive management over his personal narrative. From his onset as a starry-eyed, self-pressed dropout, to a tortured soul caught within the throes lustful hedonism, to a self-aware, near-meta caricature himself, the layers are limitless. Yeezy can jolly proclaim to “miss the outdated Kanye,” whereas we’re left questioning which Kanye he’s referring to. Such is the character Ye, who has served to reinvent himself with each album; maybe such an eclectic catalog speaks to the dynamic nature his mindstate, constantly leaping from thought to thought. Respectable in ambition, although often faltering in articulation.

Many, together with these unfamiliar along with his musical discography, have come to affiliate Kanye with egoism. Hardly unfair, given the truth that he as soon as likened himself to Jesus Christ. Yet musically, Yeezy is as unselfish as they arrive. His songwriting periods have confirmed to be wholly collaborative endeavors (a notion testified by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig), increasing throughout all genres. Many rap purists are inclined to liken the sport to a solitary trek throughout treacherous terrain, no sherpa allowed. Yet Yeezy has opened his studio to all comers, seemingly desperate to unfold the wealth to his contemporaries.

The open-door coverage might very effectively have performed a pivotal position in shaping Yeezus, which at present stands as Kanye West’s most divisive album. There doesn’t precisely appear to be any center floor the place Yeezus is worried. Some label it a basic, whereas others decry it as an abomination. Why is that? It’s onerous to not discover one specific issue, particularly when perusing the liner notes. For one, the album is lined with artists hailing from disparate genres.

Take “Black Skinhead” for instance, one Yeezus’ most accessible tracks. The music itself incorporates a selection digital producers available, together with Daft Punk and Brodinsky. In truth, the previous actually made their impression all through, crafting the digital soundscapes “I Am A God” and “On Sight.” Cult basic “Hold My Liquor” managed to unite indie darling Justin Vernon ( Bon Iver) and Chief Keef on the identical music; Vernon continued to go away his mark on Yeezy’s sound, including additional vocals to the sexually charged “I’m In It.”

Across the board, the manufacturing was concurrently bleak and adventurous. While many maligned Rick Rubin’s work with Eminem, his work on Yeezus revealed a person keen to make daring selections. During an interview with The Daily Beast, Rubin mirrored on the preliminary state Yeezus, when Kanye West first introduced it to his consideration. Describing the venture as “meandering” and “unfocused,” Rubin quickly discovered widespread floor with Yeezy. “The thought making it edgy and minimal and onerous was Kanye’s,” admits Rubin. “We talked quite a bit about minimalism.”

At ten songs, Yeezus spent a prolonged run as Ye’s most concise physique work. Apparently, the venture was initially meant to be sixteen songs; it was in the end shortened upon Rubin’s suggestion, prompting Kanye to reward his producorial perception. In that regard, all indications level to ego being left on the door. Speaking with Pitchfork, Vernon equated the method to “engaged on music with pals.” He proceeds to reward Kanye’s visionary scope with utmost respect, whereas concurrently noting the collaborative nature the formative levels. “People are working their asses f to make the very best shit,” says Vernon, “and Kanye’s main the pack.”

While Kanye West’s open door coverage introduced out some actually revolutionary musicianship, response from followers proved divisive to say the least. Critics appreciated the experimental sonic aesthetic, although the venture felt burdened by the burden a post-My-Beautiful Dark-Twisted-Fantasy panorama. Recall that MBDTF acquired unanimous reward on almost each standards; those that discredit Kanye’s lyrical capability want solely discuss with “Gorgeous” or “Power” for a reminder. In brief, the bar was excessive. Though traditionalists felt challenged sufficient by Dark Twisted Fantasy’s cinematic manufacturing, the dystopian vibes Yeezus proved a bridge too far.

To be truthful, the lyrics on Yeezus had been extra spontaneous than its predecessor, which discovered Kanye at his most calculated. Perhaps going from such gems as “my childlike creativity, honesty, and purity are being crowded by these grown ideas” to “hurry up with my rattling croissants” was just too quick a departure. In reality, Ye was dabbling in meme-culture earlier than it rose to ubiquity. There’s an notorious anecdote through which Rubin displays on the last-minute state the bars. With two days earlier than the turn-in deadline, Kanye got here by way of to write down and end the vocals for 5 songs, performing them with “gusto.” Far from meticulous, but with an artist like Kanye, strikes this nature are inclined to really feel like statements unto themselves.

Now, over 5 years later, Kanye West has determined to deliver Yeezus again into the fold. Ye took to Twitter to unveil a brand new album cowl, a lavender variation Yeezus’ “paintings,” highlighting a MiniDisc in lieu its compact cousin. Naturally, many speculated that the venture could be a religious successor to Yeezus, a notion evidenced by its soon-to-be-revealed title: Yhandi. Yet is a Yeezus sequel one thing the followers are able to welcome? Nostalgia has actually fuelled a renewed curiosity in Yeezy’s equal to Kid A. Should a return to minimalism be tickling his fancy, let the childlike creativity circulation like blood and wine.

Kanye West Teases New Album “Yandhi" Dropping This Month

It looks like Kanye West fans have plenty music to look forward to. Not only does Kanye have a joint album with Chance The Rapper on the way titled Good Ass Job, which he confirmed Monday night in Chicago, but Ye is also readying a new solo album called Yandhi, or so it looks like.

The Chicago rapper revealed the album announcement on Twitter Monday night, tweeting out a tentative album cover, which resembles that Yeezus’ CD, and its release date, September 29th. He originally teased the album hours earlier on Monday when he shared the cover art with no caption. At the time, many fans believed it was a sequel to Yeezus, based f the cover art, but according to other publications it’s the follow up dubbed Yandhi, which as you can tell is a play f “Ghandi”, similar to how Yeezus was with “Jesus.”

You might notice that September 29th release date happens to be a Saturday too (not a Friday) and is actually the night he performs on the season premiere Saturday Night Live. We presume the album will arrive right after his performance that Saturday night at midnight. Unless, it’s something entirely different like a new single he’s performing that night? Time will tell, but all signs point to a new album.

Earlier this month, Kanye dropped his new single “Love It” with Lil Pump, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the most viewed Youtube video ever in the first week.

Check out the album announcement (below) and keep it locked for further details and confirmation.

Nick Cannon On Introducing Kim Kardashian To Kanye West & Yeezy's" Intelligence"

Nick Cannon had some things to say about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian during Pusha T’s battle with Drake. Some people wondering what might make his remarks credible. Turns out, Cannon is most likely the one who made The Wests happen in the first place.

He recalls the time he introduced his friend Kim to the music producer. They all linked up during a night out.

Kim ultimately had to ask Nick Cannon about Yeezy a while later. She needed to confirm her future husband as a guest for an event she was planning for the television host.

Cannon also takes a minute to comment on Kanye West’s public persona. He believes the “Yeezus” artist brilliance is also part his downfall, including the time he spoke about American slavery. 

Kanye West's Changing Relationship With Art

As a twenty-something male immigrant, listening to a Kanye West album nowadays feels like checking in with my mom on her way home from work. I love her to death. I’m unfathomably in debt to the foundation her and my father have provided, and, most importantly, I’ll always answer when she calls. Still, nowadays, we’re kind going through a period not having much to say. I’m working on myself and my goals, while she’s transitioning into a new, more independent phase her life. We’re both working towards bettering our family and those around us, but the bond we once had has come to feel more like a obligation.

It’s sad, course. If someone were to articulate these very sentiments to either my mom or Kanye, I’m sure they would tear up a little. But the point still stands. While he was once a pillar balancing my fragile sense sense, the “All Falls Down,” rapper has since given me the confidence to parse the never-ending stimuli the world my own volition. That’s the role they’ve both – Kanye and my mom, that is – played in my life up until this moment. But a change has come. Clearly, it’s going to take some time before we’re all comfortable in our new positions.

To me, this new Kanye project is his most interesting to date. It lacks the context any his prior releases, despite the fact that he went out his way to establish multiple bad-guy narratives during the tumultuous rollout. The disconnect between the album’s promotional run and the woe-is-me musings about marriage and fatherhood within have many earlyreviews suggesting that Kanye is “detached from reality.” As someone who accepts him as the self-proclaimed family member he claims to be, he seems more acutely aware his constraints now more than ever. Like my mother, he’s fishing for new ways to resonate, whether through his re-energized samples or his increasingly eclectic pool features, unsure his role for the first time in his adult life.

I genuinely appreciate the effort, even if it ultimately results in him talking my ear f for another fifteen minute about his coworkers, his diabetes, my dad – wait, sorry, I’m getting mixed up here. What I mean to say is this: while the backlash he’s facing for his impish support Trump, among other reckless actions, is his to bear, a fan must remember that he’s in a transitional phase. There is potential for good, and that potential shouldn’t be prematurely extinguished by the court public opinion.

Just as he’s become increasingly disinterested with the traditional art rapping, so has Kanye begun to reconsider what registers as an album in modern hip-hop. His dedication to structure and “cohesiveness” peaked with Yeezus. Structured to play like an angry, pent-up series diatribes that condemn the human soul before the idea love saves us all, Yeezus is shaping up to become a prophetic album in Kanye’s discography. Since that moment, Ye has continuously sought to recreate that eccentricity with increasingly sloppy gestures. But, because it’s Kanye, both the rollout for The Life Pablo and, now, Ye, effectively worked; they did that thing products are supposed to do, which, course, is to sell.

If we’re being honest, they also did the thing that art is “supposed” to do. Make you feel something. Like the man he named his last album after, Kanye has continued to aggressively shift from the hyper realism his early period to a purposefully more abstract and suggestive aesthetic.

If we’re to believe Kanye West, he lives for the now. But that hardly rings true with the guy who samples Slick Rick all over his new album. At its core, his declaration for the now has always been a ploy; Kanye has always been concerned with history, as well as with what the kids have to say. It’s just that he approaches these perspectives through non-traditional manners and filters them through an undeniably selfish lense. Yet selfishness in Kanye’s eyes has never been a sin. The more money, power and respect he accumulates, the better he can challenge, mold and push culture. If anything, this is one Kanye’s major hurdles as an artist: taking grand, futuristic ideas and presenting them as crucial, the now, thoughts that may actually cause a paradigm shift. All this, without coming f a deranged megalomaniac.

The Social Media Era finally became an established norm a few years ago, the Streaming Era had quietly started its reign. The conjunction these two, and the broader, continuously avalanching impact the Internet, sees society shifting towards an endless 24/7 input stimuli and output reactionary gestures. All the great artists our time will find a way to cut through this shifting culture with their individually piercing voices. I, along with many others, had simply assumed Kanye would be one them. Instead, he still seems to be actively searching for a way to truly do so.

During this past decade his career, Kanye West has quite famously left things until the last minute. But never has he been so flippant about the final product. From his early demos to the dark and twisted climax in 2010, to the fiery falling action Yeezus and his increasingly belligerent rants, he’s always been hands-on and inextricably concerned with package and presentation. Yeezus and its blank cover was a statement; now it seems like he’s taking #NoFilter Instagram pics, editing them in-app, and calling it Art.

To be fair, it’s an impossibly difficult task to take on – making cutting edge art for the masses that simultaneously maintains high taste while tangling in the weeds the now. With The Life Pablo, his first true post-streaming album, he introduced the idea a living breathing piece music. With Ye, and the rest these GOOD music rollouts, his new strategy seems to involve micro-dosing us with brief yet hopefully poignant bodies work.

Sadly, it doesn’t feel like enough at the moment. What do the rest y’all think?