Here's Kanye and his crew at Louis Vuitton's fashion show in Paris last week …
By Steven Roberts
If you happened to look over at Kanye West's blog in the past week, you know that he had the time of his life at Paris Fashion Week. He sat front row at many of the shows. He even said he's changing his name to Martin Louis the King, Jr. And he took a lot of pictures — sort of like that girl on Facebook who constantly updates her profile with pictures from the night before.
But what's most importantly (that's a line from "Kanye's Workout Plan," not bad grammar, by the way) is that he had the chance to collaborate with Louis Vuitton and design a pair of sneakers. His kicks were even featured on the Louis Vuitton runway.
He told Dazed Digital that the sneakers were inspired by science-fiction. "They've got a sci-fi influence with this flap up at the back," West said. "It came from a scene in 'Dune' where there was this jacket with a huge collar. Also, Japanese pop art."
By Gil Kaufman and James Montgomery
We genuinely feel bad that someone hacked into Kanye West's online accounts and posted a totally phony story about him wanting to do bisexual porn. We really do. Because as 'Ye himself wrote (shouted?) in an ALL CAPS missive on his blog, "THAT’S IN POOR TASTE!"
Still, we here in the Newsroom are plenty juvenile (fart-jokes brainstorm at 5 p.m. today!), so when the, uh, "news," broke, our puerile little minds started spinning.
After a morning of sending around totally inappropriate e-mails from our work accounts, we decided to collect the very best that our brains could come up with — that we can print, anyway — and present them to you. So here, for your snickering pleasure, are the best Kanye West bi-curious adult film titles that will never be, some of which are actual Kanye songs:
"Touch This Guy"
"808s and Beefcake"
"(Really) Big Brother"
By Steven Roberts
You know, most interns have to do the grunt work: grab coffee, refill the copier and go on runs. Usually, they don't complain, because in the end, it's all about the experience, right? Well leave it to Kanye West to outshine interns everywhere.
Late last year, West announced that he wanted to be an intern at Louis Vuitton. While many are skeptical about that, he's already collaborated with the French luxury brand to release his own line of five sneakers.
(Check out Kanye in his new kicks, after the jump!)
By Daniel Montalto
The guests may still be lined up around the block, freezing their butts off as they wait to get into the official Youth Inaugural Ball, but for those of us lucky enough to be working this event, the action is well under way. And if the rehearsals are even close to the real thing, tonight's guests are in for some amazing performances.
Crews have been busy nailing, taping and dressing the ballroom for the party, but as they worked, they were just treated to a full-on soundcheck by Fall Out Boy. I don't want to give everything away, but they powered through "I Don't Care" and their newest single "America's Suitehearts." They were sporting some pretty sweet light-up instruments as well.
Kanye's band took the stage next and jammed without him for a while, until 'Ye showed up to sing on "Amazing." No Young Jeezy sightings to report just yet. Don't really want to give away much more, but I will say that Kanye's currently bringing down the (now empty) house with "Love Lockdown." Kanye may just be getting warmed up, but so far, fans expecting vintage Kanye material will be disappointed. Luckily for me, 808s & Heartbreak is exactly what I'm looking to hear tonight.
Kanye just asked that no one take any photos because he's "not dressed yet," so I can't send the picture we just took. He said it's OK "to put it on your MySpace, though." Unfortunately, I'm more of a Facebook guy.
Watch "Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural" online now, and come back Thursday for the full performances from Kanye West, Kid Rock and Fall Out Boy. Stick with us for wall-to-wall coverage of the inauguration and of the scenes in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Kenya.
By Steven Roberts
We here at MTV News have the benefit of being located in Times Square, the Crossroads of the World. This might seem like the coolest thing in the world, and I guess it is. People come from all over to bask in the glory of JumboTrons and Sean John advertisements.
But for those of us working here at the MTV offices, it means that we have to navigate through herds of British tourists, moving at a snail's pace because they are gawking at said billboards. Things are looking up for us, however — we have a new Kanye West billboard to gaze at!
Recently a billboard featuring West was put up on 45th Street and 7th Avenue. It is actually a re-creation of the limited-edition version of West's 808s & Heartbreak album cover designed by New York-based artist Kaws. Read More...
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Yeezy, you make this job too easy!
There are many reasons I'm fascinated with Kanye West's blog. But aside from my dreams of his big, empty home in Los Angeles filled with rooms of uncomfortable-looking but way tricked-out chairs that nobody would ever want to sit on and closets overflowing with shoes nobody should ever wear, I've long been fascinated by his daily posting of eye-candy photos of barely dressed models, all of whom are photoshopped to proclaim, "Where are you Yeezy???" Read More...
There's the easy way, and there's Kanye's way.
Rather than staying in the platinum-dipped, award-winning lane he's already carved with his previous albums, Kanye West promised to swerve on 808s & Heartbreak, taking the bold step of trying to sing more than rap. We already know 50 Cent's not that crazy about it, and after 'Ye's appearance on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, even more people are starting to ask if maybe Yeezy bit off more than he can croon.
Without the assistance of his near-omnipresent vocoder — which he employed more heavily during his VMA debut of "Love Lockdown" in September — to massage his vocals into a robotic smoothness, West's singing abilities were laid bare during the performance, and his vocals sometimes hit flat spots amid the spare musical accompaniment. That drew some harsh criticism from a number of Web outposts, like this and this. Gawker called it "like a quiet man doing bad karaoke" and headlined its review "Kanye West Disastrously Sings Without Digital Enhancement," but when TMZ caught up with 'Ye at the airport on Sunday, he deemed his performance "good" and he was not shy about posting the footage on his blog, where poster "neeomari" referred to the version of "Lockdown" as "hands down the greatest 'SNL' performance of all time."
So, what did you think of Kanye's singing on 'SNL'?
The early morning hours can be a bit lonely around here. Waking up before the sun, I sometimes shake off the cobwebs hours before the news does. Which is why I love Kanye West.
When in doubt, I can always click over to his blog and find pictures of Japanese-food-cooking robots, lamps that look like clouds, or sketches of the stage for his next tour and a personal thank-you from 'Ye for making 808s & Heartbreak the #1 album. Instant news!
" 'Love Lockdown' has sold 1.3 million so far on iTunes and 'Heartless' and 'See You in My Nightmares' sold over one hundred thousand each last week," West announced on Wednesday.
Even better, the never-shy rapper turned crooner predicted that "this is only the beginning," saying that his move into singing is "a new frontier for me and music. All the mixed opinions [We're looking at you, 50 Cent] will be over by next summer when I'm closing festivals and everyone is singing okaaay … okay. Okaaaaayee .. You'll never stop it now!!!! You'll never stop it now!!!! Or you worried bout the wrong things, the wrooong thiiings!!!!"
As for the sketch, Kanye just gave us a taste, with a banner at the bottom of the page that cryptically reads "ext stage for next tour! Tentatively titled ... Ye vs. th." And that's it. The stage setup, from what we can tell, looks like a glowing white disc surrounded by pyramid-like columns that bend in toward the middle. My guess at what the production is called? "Ye vs. the Volcano." Please, please let me be riiiighttt!!!!
By Steven Roberts
Traditional glasses aren't viewed as something "cool." If years of consuming pop-culture have taught us anything, it's that glasses are worn by the socially awkward, the inept: dweebs, dorks and nerds!
While spectacles are worn by people with less-than-perfect vision who are willing to deal with ridicule in order to see well, the cool and beautiful are willing to sacrifice bumping into a small child or two for the sake of vanity. A startling trend has emerged, however: Rappers are wearing glasses.
Rappers are known for being boisterous, braggadocios and badass — they can't walk around looking like Lewis and Gilbert from "Revenge of the Nerds," can they? Sure, artists like DMC and E-40 have worn glasses throughout the years, but they had their own individual style. DMC had Cazal frames, a gold dookie-rope chain and a leather jacket, and E-40 makes up words that sound silly at first, but ultimately catch on and everyone says them. Read More...