Kanye West

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    August 20, 2014

    In Defense of Liking Music For No Good Reason

    Why did you like Yeezus? Did you find it anarchic? Did you like how it challenged racial norms in a confrontational, blacked-out way? Did you like its minimalism? Or its maximalism? Did you find the songs to speak to a larger narrative of where Kanye West is artistically and emotionally? Did you app ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Get your glow in the dark on with the Kanye West sing-along at Alamo Drafthouse Saturday

    Are you the kind of driver who likes to crank up the stereo and belt out your favorite songs with the windows rolled down? Maybe you're an at-home pop diva who loads up her YouTube playlist and screams into a hairbrush while posing in the mirror. Whatever your music-fan fancy, the Action Pack sing-a ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Kanye West Pepsi Center show canceled

    Update, 12:15 p.m. 11/6/13: Bad news, y'all. Yeezus is no longer coming to Denver. The Kanye West show at the Pepsi Center, originally slated for November 3, and subsequently postponed, has now officially been canceled. The tour is set to resume next Thursday in Philadelphia, but the new routing mea ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Kanye West's Denver date at Pepsi Center in November on sale next Friday, September 13

    Brace yourself for the return of Yeezus. The iconoclast mastermind known otherwise as Kanye West is making his way back to the Mile High City for a date at the Pepsi Center on Sunday, November 3, with Kendrick Lamar, the MC who recently single-handedly riled up the entire hip-hop nation with a solit ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    The ten best all-star remixes in rap

    In music, the term "remix" can mean a lot of different things, even in rap. But one of the most celebrated traditions in the rap industry is collecting verses from the hottest names in the game for a second go-around on a tried-and-true instrumental. On the one hand, you can wind up with a collectio ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Kanye West's American Psycho parody with Scott Disick makes me laugh, even if it's not supposed to

    Last week Kanye West dropped a promotional video for his Yeezus album in the form of a (comedic?) tribute to the film American Psycho. The clip is a near mirror image of the unforgettable scene in which Christian Bale axes Jared Leto after torturing him with a pedantic speech about the genius of Hue ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now: What's on your playlist this week?

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Praise Yeezus! Kanye's non-campaign campaign seen here in action on the streets of Denver

    Eat your heart out, Ye-thiests. We have visual confirmation: Yeezus is coming! Soon. Talking, of course, about Yeezus, Kanye's much ballyhooed album, which he previewed last night at an exclusive gathering in New York. It's coming out this Tuesday, and as you'll notice from the album's minimal pack ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Ten acts that helped make hip-hop more accessible to mainstream audiences

    Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Kajmir Royale on selling beats to Wiz Khalifa and how he's about to Kanye the game

    Meet Kajmir Royale. He lives in Colorado Springs, but his view is global, his perspective dynamic and charismatic. Taking a Kanye West approach to the game with a goal of making "popular music," Royale is an MC/producer who's hitting his stride and knows exactly where he's going. Originally from New ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Three wines that prove why moscato isn't just for hip-hop stars

    The wine world's practically been doing head spins over the past six months as notable hip-hop players Nelly, Drake, Kanye West, and even poor, misbegotten Lil Kim spit verses praising moscato, a fairly under-the-radar wine known by most as a sweet wine from Italy. It seems that a few vaunted membe ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    2012 Grammy Awards: Adele sweeps, Bon Iver surprises and Kanye West missing in action

    As anyone and their mother could have (and, ahem, did) predicted, it was Adele's show at last night's 54th Grammy Awards. The singer, who absolutely swept the awards, took home six Grammys -- meaning she won in every category in which she was nominated, including the big three: Song of the Year, Rec ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    MTV's top five greatest on-air rap moments

    ​Oh, MTV. There has been no greater platform for fuckery's finest and the brilliance of unfiltered musician craziness than Music Television's many segments. Whether drunken freestyles, acceptance speech interruptions, or classic moments in live performance, hip-hop rightfully lived and thrived ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In September, Zac Brown is due at Red Rocks, followed by Jay-Z and Kanye West at the Pepsi Center and Neon Indian at the Bluebird in October. On local radio, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Flashlights and King Mob got some spins. Mea ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Paul Newman! Five films you would have made better

    Improves everything.​Today is the birthday of Newman's Own best selling product, the late Paul Newman, everyone's favorite cool-eyed and irreverent actor/philanthropist. He can't so much celebrate his birthday, being deceased, but everyone else can -- and surely they will, running some retrosp ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Local reaction to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West's acclaimed new album

    ​Kanye West released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy yesterday amid rave reviews -- Pitchfork gave it a perfect ten rating, Spin gave it nine out of ten stars, Rolling Stone gave it five stars, Urb gave it four and a half out of five stars, and XXL has reportedly given the album an XXL ratin ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Kanye's tweets read by Grandma

    ​Kanye West: The man of the moment. The guy who has everyone in the world talking right now. Surely by now you've seen the viral clips of the kids re-enacting his tweets. Priceless. Bet you haven't seen this one, though. Grandma -- somebody's grandma -- reading his tweets. Meme, oh, meme. Not ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Split Decision: Kanye West, young man. Or not.

    ​Kanye West is about as polarizing a figure as there is these days. The mere mention of his name inspires a variety of reactions, everything from exasperated eye rolls to passionate rants or equally passionate raves girded with an apologetic undertone for all of his often inexplicably brazen b ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is here, and it's ridiculous.

    ​After a year of using every platform 2010 has to offer to talk, Kanye West has fallen silent. The thing this was all about, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is out now, and Kanye has every right to gloat. The reviews couldn't be better. And yet his website remains as it was last week. His n ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    A rundown of Kanye West's wonkiest moments

    Kanye has gotten a lot of flack for doing some absolutely wonky things. Most recently, a photo of his hoo-ha mysteriously appeared on the Internet, followed by word that he copped the microphone on a Delta flight last week to perform for the cabin. Even with all the wonky things he's done, though, ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Kanye West's SNL performance and a collection of everything else he's been up to

    Kanye West has been busy the past couple of months making everyone else in music look lazy. Not only did he perform on Saturday Night Live over the weekend with two of the best musical performances we've seen in a while, but he's also been dropping free MP3s in a series called "G.O.O.D. Fridays." ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Of Montreal, Kayne West and Air Dubai fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Grinderman, RJD2 and Dismemberment Plan fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Kanye West on Twitter: His ten most amusing tweets so far

    ​Hours after dissing Twitter in a freestyle at Facebook HQ, Kanye West became a part of the Twitterverse, joining ranks of millions of other users of the micro-blogging service. Since then, he's already produced nearly a hundred tweets, ranging from the inane to, well, the really inane. He's a ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Top ten five blogs by bands

    Photo courtesy of​ Last week, Kanye christened his new web site with the above photo of his girlfriend, Amber Rose. Then, Thom Yorke announced the name of his latest band on the Radiohead blog. Which got us thinking about the other band blogs we have bookmarked. In our bitchin' ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Moving Pictures: The Fray may be heartless, but that doesn't mean it's art less

    ​ Don't know how we managed to miss this, the Fray's video for its version of "Heartless," the Kanye West cover, but we just came across it earlier today, and you know what? It's a pretty swell video. Directed by Hiro Murai (Bloc Party) and produced by Ross Girard, featuring animation from Titmou ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Kanye West tour canceled/Paramore show rescheduled

    ​Kanye West and Lady Gaga's Fame Kills tour, which was just announced on Monday, has been canceled. The tour was to include a stop at the Pepsi Center on December 2 and tickets were scheduled to go on sale Saturday, October 3. There's no word yet on why the tour was scrapped. Paramore's show at th ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Kanye West says he's sorry. Again. Do you believe him?

    All right, by now you've seen the clip of Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at this past weekend's MTV Video Music Awards (see the clip after the jump if you haven't already), an act of utter douchebaggery that's been universally condemned: Katy Perry likened the outburst to ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    The Fray covers, uh ... Kanye West?

    Hot on the heels of last week's Valentine's Day challenge in which the Fray reportedly wrote and recorded a love song in 24 hours at the behest of Q Magazine, comes this oddity: Evidently, Isaac Slade and company -- prompted by God only knows what -- recorded a cover of Kanye West's "Heartless" on R ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Missed the list: Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak

    Every year, in the weeks after I have submitted my year-end best-of lists, I take a few days to go through everyone else's lists to catch things I overlooked, ignored and missed out on. This has been a ritual since the days I was only making those lists for myself, and it's yielded some great stuff ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Ludacris Independent Records' top seller

    For the second week in a row, Ludacris grabbed the number-one spot on Independent's top seller's list (week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1), beating out Kanye West and Bruce Springsteen and Akon. The full breakdown is listed after the jump.

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    January 7, 2009

    Another reason why death in fight over Kanye West and Jimmy Buffett was senseless

    The case of Richard Lopez, a sergeant in the Army who died outside a Steamboat Springs bar shortly after returning from a tour in Afghanistan, would have been terrible under any circumstances. But the ultra-trivial dispute that led to the tragedy -- a jukebox spat that pitted Jimmy Buffett-loving Lo ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they w ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Guns N' Roses, Kayne West and T-Pain

    Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy Interscope Frankly, after a decade and a half, I’m just happy that only some of this blows, instead of the whole thing – and as a bonus, several of the tracks that do blow are unintentionally funny. Not all of them, of course: “If the World” sounds so muc ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Suge Knight, Outkast, YouTube Live

    Suge Knight files lawsuit against Kanye West Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight has filed a $135,000 lawsuit against Kanye West for a gunshot wound and a robbery of his diamond-stud earring that occurred at West’s pre-MTV Music Awards party back in August 2005. According to TMZ, Knight bel ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (9/6/08-9/12/08)

    Take my picture and I will bust your ass Here's a handy compendium of all the great content you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy pondering why Kanye West hates having his picture taken so badly he decided to bust up $10,000 worth of camera gear and get himself arrested. Reall ... More >>

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    September 5, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: BreakEfx, Nas Book, Young Jeezy, Kanye, Jay-Z

    Kanye's new single should be out soon. LOCALS ONLY Two years ago, Ray Maestas and Eppie Deleon of the famed b-boy crew GWT came together to form a new crew called BreakEFX. Enlising the kids they taught at Boulder’s Motion Underground Dance Studio, the crew has been on a tear in the local hip-h ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008
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    January 16, 2008

    Q&A With Lupe Fiasco

    The January 17 Westword profile of Lupe Fiasco was based on a wide-ranging conversation – and the following Q&A preserves every word. The man born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco begins by discussing the three characters he created for his latest CD, The Cool, noting along the way that they represent pieces ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up: Pimp C Dies, Spice 1 Shot, Lauryn Hill Still a Pain in the Ass

    For those of you discontent with the hip-hop scene, Ghostface Killah released an excellent album this week along with this accompanying video. Veteran rapper Pimp C dies in L.A. Rapper Pimp C, of the veteran and legendary Houston rap group UGK (Underground Kingz), was found dead in a Los Angeles ... More >>

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    November 30, 2007

    This Week in Hip Hop

    Foxy Brown out of the hole When you get locked up, no matter how much of a cool cat you are, you have to show the other inmates you’re not the one to be messed with. Foxy Brown, who is serving a year at Rikers Island for violating her probation, went a little overboard and tried to show and prove ... More >>

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    September 27, 2007

    A Tale of Two Rappers

    How the hype played out in the 50 Cent vs. Kanye battle royal.

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    September 14, 2007

    Last Night: Common @ The Fillmore Auditorium

    “And fuck Bush,” Common proclaimed at the end of a sick freestyle at the Fillmore Auditorium on September 13 -- and the crowd went nuts. His flow touched on everything from gang-banging to economic standing before he walked the crowd through a melodic hip-hop history in which he covered everyone ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007

    Kanye West

    Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella

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    December 29, 2005
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    December 29, 2005

    Hip-Hop Sans Hova

    Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some lovable limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down.

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    October 27, 2005


    Sunday, October 30, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    September 1, 2005

    Wild Wild West

    Hip-hop's brightest hope occasionally goes off the deep end on his spotty but stellar new LP.

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    May 19, 2005


    Be (Geffen)

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