Earlier this year, old collaborators Kanye West and Kid Cudi formed a new group, a duo called Kids See Ghosts, and they released their self-titled debut. And earlier this week, we learned the details on Kids See Ghosts’ first-ever advertised live show. West and Cudi have shared plenty of stages over the years, … More »
KIDS SEE GHOSTS, the hip-hop super duo made up of Kanye West and Kid Cudi, are performing under the moniker for the first time at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival located at Dodger Stadium in Los Angelas, California. The festival, hosted by Tyler, the Creator will take place later this year, grabbing a new weekend on November 10-11. The Kanye and Cudi-topped lineup has landed in full, revealing a stacked roster of talent for this year’s installment.
Acts on the docket include Flatbush Zombies, Billie Eilish, Playboi Carti, Virgil Abloh, PUSHA‑T, Post Malone, Ms. Lauryn Hill, SZA, A$AP Rocky, The Internet, BROCKHAMPTON, Kali Uchis, Jaden Smith, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday August 17. This marks the seventh edition of Camp Flog Gnaw. Kid Cudi headlined the festival last year along with Lana Del Rey, Justice, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Solange, Migos, Mac Miller, Lil Yachty, Kehlani, and of course the Odd Future boss himself.
CAMP FLOG GNAW: ON SALE FRIDAY AT NOON pic.twitter.com/5tG30X4uuU
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) August 14, 2018
Kanye West kicked off the weekend with a new track entitled “XTCY.” After spending his Friday night in the studio with DJ Clark Kent – venerated hip-hop producer with Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt among his Hall of Fame-worthy credits – the pair decided to release their new piece of work nearly immediately.
— DJ CLARK KENT (@DJClarkKent) August 11, 2018
“XTCY” is the first single to follow the high-profile release of West’s latest album, ye, but features some aftereffects of the Wyoming Sessions in its cadence and style. First, there is the abrasive, but definitively hypnotic production style from Kent. With flow added into the mix with lines like “We gon’ score 100 on this drug test,” and a racy opener about his sisters-in-law, the sardonic lyricism does something to the track as a whole that only Kanye West can accomplish — and it works in the most addicting way.
The track is available via WeTransfer, but an altruistic fan has shared the track on SoundCloud for all to stream.
You got sick thoughts? Kanye’s got more of them. His new song “XTCY” dropped unexpectedly late last night by DJ Clark Kent (God’s favorite DJ/sneaker guy), who shared a WeTransfer download link via social media. The first couple lines relate to the above photo, which is from Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday party. Check the box that best approximates your reaction:
☐ scoff/eye roll
☐ orange justice
— DJ CLARK KENT (@DJClarkKent) August 11, 2018
Kanye West has had a busy few days. Two nights ago, he sat down with his old frenemy Jimmy Kimmel to talk about Donald Trump, bipolar disorder, PornHub, and, uh, “breaking the fucking simulation.” Last night, Donald Trump himself, apparently pleased with the interview, took to Twitter to thank Kanye personally … More »
The Kanye West-Donald Trump lovefest continues! Kanye, of course, has spent the year reiterating his support for Trump: professing his love for the president, rocking a MAGA hat, celebrating the “dragon energy” they allegedly share, et al. Trump has responded in kind, thanking Yeezy for his support … More »
Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for, or, the night Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel have been waiting for. After their faux-feud in 2013, the two developed a weird sort of bond. Kimmel spoke fondly of their tiff in his recent interview with GQ. Kanye, … More »
The Roland TR-808 is one of the most innovative machines in the past century of music. Only on sale from 1980 to 1983, this short span of time saw the 808 gain major influence in techno and essentially birth the early hip-hop movement, from the raw sounds of Detroit to Afrika Bambaataa‘s classic “Planet Rock.” As the sound emerged from the underground, the drum machine garnered mainstream attention with it’s use in Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” in 1982, while becoming a mainstay for hip-hop acts like Public Enemy and Run DMC. As pop music in the 80’s drifted towards a more electronic sound, the 808 was eventually adopted by everyone from Whitney Houston to Phil Collins.
Though the machine fell out of the mainstream in the 1990’s due to a lack of availability, an overuse of the sound, and east coast hip-hop’s shift to more soulful, jazzy beats, it stayed strong in US and European rave scenes while America’s burgeoning southern trap scene began to flourish and the end of the millennium. The early 2000’s saw the likes of Gucci Mane, T.I., and Young Jeezy (and their producers) utilizing the TR-808 to form rap music’s now ubiquitous trap genre.
Kanye West modernized the use of the drum machine in the 21st century on his seminal 808s and Heartbreaks, though samples of the 808 are nearly everywhere, and have been for quite some time. Eventually artists like Flosstradamus, Baauer, TNGHT, and Diplo began using the signature percussion of trap music, and a new sub-genre emerged, adding diversity to EDM’s popular dubstep/big room/progressive house dynamics. Suffice it to say the 808 has made a considerable impact on contemporary music production, so, on 8/08, join us in celebrating the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine with our 808 playlist below.
During Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, host James Corden got the chance to air some grievances with Kanye West during a segment with West’s mother-in-law Kris Jenner. While playing a party game called Spill Your Guts Or Fill Your Guts, Jenner unwittingly opened a pandora’s box of playful resentment … More »
Back in 2013, we saw Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel go head-to-head. Here’s what went down: Jimmy Kimmel spoofed Kanye’s interview with Zane Lowe. Kanye got mad, as he’s wont to do, and fired off an angry tweet rant, in which he called Kimmel a “manipulative media motherfucker” and hashtagged #NoDisrespectToJimmyKimmel … More »