Drake‘s 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone, has made its way to streaming services for the first time, in honor of the seminal project’s 10-year anniversary. With a decade now in its rear-view, So Far Gone is newly available on all major streaming platforms. Drake paid homage to the 17-track offering’s milestone anniversary with a retrospective Instagram post that recognized the mixtape’s many contributors.
“@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on Twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career,” Drake said. Drake notably rapped over the beat from Kanye‘s “Say You Will” on So Far Gone inclusion, “Say What’s Real.”
The 2019 “Best Rap Song” Grammy Award winner also name dropped producer, Boy-1da, Trey Songz, Ben Baller, and Lil Wayne, among others. “@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anyone has ever given me,” Drake wrote. So Far Gone touts a number of OG fan favorites, including “Best I Ever Had,” “Houstatlantavegas.”
Authorities in Norway are now investigating TIDAL over the alleged streaming number inflations that came to light back in 2016. The Jay-Z-owned company that has long been under speculation and scrutiny now faces an investigation led by the Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime, also known as Økokrim, according to a report from Bloombergquint.
In March of 2016, TIDALreported that Kanye West‘s The Life Of Pablo, which was exclusively released on TIDAL, earned 250 million streams in 10 days. At the time, the streaming service claimed they had more than 3 million people subscribed. Those numbers would infer that every TIDAL subscriber was playing The Life Of Pablo more than eight times a day. After TIDAL reported Beyoncé‘s record-breaking album Lemonade was streamed 306 million times in just 15 days after its release, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv raised their eyebrows and began to look closer. After January 2017 investigation, the major accusation was that “Beyoncé’s and Kanye West’s listener numbers on TIDAL have been manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays… which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists.”
TIDAL has called Dagens Næringsliv’s reporting a “smear campaign” in the past and hired a third party to investigate what it is calling a data breach. After the Bloombergquint report, a TIDAL representative was reached by Complex and stated, “TIDAL is not a suspect in the investigation. We are communicating with Økokrim. From the very beginning, [Dagens Næringsliv] has quoted documents that they have not shared with us in spite of repeated requests. DN has repeatedly made claims based on information we believe may be falsified. We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned. We cannot comment further at this time and refer to our previous statement, which still stands.”
According to IFPI’s 2018 Global Music Report, streaming accounted for 38.4 percent of total music revenue and grew 41.1 percent from the previous year. Streaming’s global influence on the industry continues to grow and evolve is already a multi-billion dollar industry despite what seems to be a lack of regulation.
Kanye West became one of the most talked-about topics in the Coachella rumor mill around the mega-festival’s 2019 when word began circulating that he’d been tapped to headline. Right before the billing was unveiled, however, a new story arose: Kanye had apparently pulled out of headlining due to contention over the main stage design.
An exclusive report from Billboard dove deeper into this rumor, and found the truth to be seemingly more absurd than what curious onlookers had originally thought. Apparently, Kanye wanted to bring in one of his longtime arts collaborators, John McGuire, on board to build an entire new dome stage in the middle of the Coachella grounds for him to perform under. Such a plan would require removal of porta-potties, a reinvisioning of the entire venue organization, and more than likely would take too long to complete before Weekend 1 settled in, according to a report. As a result of Golden Voice rejecting this idea and Kanye not wanting to disrupt his vision, Ariana Grande was soon brought in to headline instead.
Billboard also pointed out that a similar dissolution between Kanye and festival promoters happened earlier in 2018, when the rapper was initially set to headline Governor’s Ball in New York. It seems as though he’s simply not a festival-friendly act.
As fans await a release date for the upcoming ninth studio album from Kanye West, they can at least enjoy some new material from the artist. Recently, West got together with Kids See Ghosts collaborator Kid Cudi, drummer Tony Williams, and singer 070 Shake to perform a Sunday service at church.
Accompanied by a large choir, the group performed gospel renditions of various Kanye hits, including the Late Registration (2005) classic “Heard ‘Em Say,” “Reborn” from the Kid Cudi linked Kids See Ghosts (2018), and “Violent Crimes” from his latest solo album, Ye. Although there’s no footage from the actual performance, fans can thank Kim Kardashian West‘s Instagram story for recording a large portion of the rehearsal.
West confirmed an upcoming appearance on comedian Joe Rogan’s famed podcast, which should give updates on his music plans for 2019.
As Coachella lineup news continues to leak, TMZ reported and Consequence of Sound confirmed that Kanye West is pulling out of headlining the Indio, California festival due to a disagreement in stage setup. The squabble was appears to be over the 40-by-60-foot stage setup, which West reportedly called “artistically limiting.”
“It’s the same type of stage on which Shakespeare’s works were performed hundreds of years ago,” a source close to West told TMZ.
Information on what West proposed has not been released, however, it’s been documented that Ye is looking to create groundbreaking performances in the future, noting his Saint Pablo Tour stage floated above the crowd. The Kids See Ghosts debut at Camp Flog Gnaw had Kid Cudi and West floating above the stage in a rectangular, glass box, and that show was produced by Coachella organizers Goldenvoice.
Goldenvoice did not accommodate West’s request and the two entities mutually agreed to separate. Childish Gambino and Rihanna are rumored headliners, while Justin Timberlake was reported to have a headline spot but canceled shows in 2018 and 2019 due to bruised vocal chords.
BBC Three and journalist Ben Zand train their focus on Kanye West, to render the ye album-maker the narrative subject of a new documentary, Searching for Kanye West. The 37-minute visual seeks to present viewers with a “fresh and revealing portrait of one of the most controversial and influential artists of the 21st century, at a pivotal point in the life of ‘Ye.’” The documentary courts politics and mental health as two of its central topics. GLC, Tony Williams, and other figures contribute interviews to Searching for Kanye West, which allows for a variation of voice as BBC Three and Zand chronicle some of the rapper’s recent activity in social and musical circles.
Zand is memorable for his previous work on the R. Kelly-centered documentary, R. Kelly: Sex, Girls, And Videotape. Searching for Kanye West is now available in full to occupy Kanye fans as they patiently await the impending arrival of Yandhi.
As quickly as he came back, Kanye West has now disappeared from Instagram and Twitter, possibly ending a polarizing summer of often batshit crazy pop culture pot stirrings. As of October 6, the rapper’s Instagram and Twitter accounts appear to have gone dark. Ye’s return to Twitter was an integral facet to the “promotion campaigns” behind his Wyoming Session albums that were released over the summer, rejoining the platform just weeks before the string of shortened LPs started landing in May. A return to Instagram followed some weeks later, each platform drawing in millions of followers — but rather than deploying typical marketing schemes to push album sales, the Chicago-born rapper’s social media presence largely spiraled into sporadic nonsense, bloated egotistical musings, and eventually, and perhaps most noticeably, divisive Trump-touting and weak rap beef fodder.
Most recently, Ye’s hastily promised YhandiLP managed to miss its intended late-September release date. Then the rhymer’s unaired closing speech at SNL, during which he claims he was bullied for his political affiliations, was closely followed by what was likely his most baffling social media post yet — calling to “abolish the 13th amendment,” which brought an end to slavery when it was ratified in 1865. After a messy, albeit entertaining, six month stretch on social media, it seems Kanye West may finally be ready to keep a couple of thoughts to himself. An eventual return seems inevitable, though for now, the Twittersphere may quiet down just a little with Ye’s departure.
On a video promoted by Kanye West, Dame Dash is pitching a beat he calls his own to Mr. West. Dash is seen feeling this beat for a total of one minute and 17 seconds, selling Kanye on his creative genius. Unfortunately for the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, that song isn’t his. It’s Diplo‘s from his 2004 album, Florida, “Sarah.“
Dash says in the video, “Yo, bro. I’ma send you this beat. Don’t talk that shit talkin’ bout you ready to rap, had me come cook some shit up, get in the lab. We make shit up. I’m in the studio, making motherfucking records, and I got more, so just let me know. You have to respect my creativity in this motherfucker. I’m only telling you this to get you hyped over this shit. I’ma email this shit to you. Let this shit get your mind right.”
Hyping up his genius creativity and ownership for over a minute became cringeworthy once the Mad Decent label boss called him out Twitter. The fake Diplo account created for Vice’s comedy What Would Diplo Do?
It’s been a whirlwind of waiting and rumors for Kanye West fans so far this fall. In an interview with TMZ, Ye dropped some bad news for those eagerly anticipating his Yanhdi project’s arrival, telling fans of plans to head to Africa for more recording sessions with the aim of releasing his LP on November 23. After previously stating the album would be released on September 28, and even booking a coinciding slot on “Saturday Night Live” to promote the drop, the date came and went without new Yeezy.
West plans to head to Africa on a quest to “feel the earth, and just be,” explained the rapper. “Those five albums that I dropped earlier were like superhero rehabilitation. Now the alien ‘Ye is fully back in mode.” Despite his previous project ye containing just seven tight tracks, many were still surprised when Yeezy began teasing his Yahndi LP. Despite the frustrating delays, it’s clear the G.O.O.D Music boss is planning to make Yahdi something special. Although the music world has learned the hard way Kanye’s release dates are subject to change, his new album would be a thanksgiving highlight if it indeed drops this coming Black Friday.
The scoop comes from HITS Daily Double, as the outlet recently reported via anonymous, “informed sources” that the imminent installment (set to run April 12-21) will house headlining performances from Childish Gambino (Friday), Justin Timberlake (Saturday), and Kanye West (Sunday). The artists themselves have yet to comment on these claims.
Coachella 2018 proved particularly eventful, with notable performances from both Beyonce, who brought with her over 100 dancers onstage during her headlining set—in addition to a cameo from husband Jay-Z—and Whethan, the 19-year-old Boy Wonder of EDM, who personally flew out the yodeling boy internet sensation for a special guest performance, which quickly went viral on a sundry of social media channels.