You'd think that, given the nearly universal love rained down on Kanye West's Graduation and his Glow in the Dark Tour, the dapper Louis Vuitton Don would feel secure in his artistic mojo.
But is 'Ye having a musical personality crisis? A number of blogs, including the L.A. Times' Soundboard, have suggested that West went back to the lab to retool his new single, "Love Lockdown," because fans flamed the first version as having a substandard mix and a weak arrangement. West bounced back just days later and posted a new version on Tuesday with amped -up Taiko drums and a cleaner vocal.
Not content just to blow our minds with the original version of "Love Lockdown" he leaked last week, Kanye West wrote on his blog Monday that he was finishing a new version of the song that’s closer to the one he debuted at the VMAs — and it was posted on his blog Tuesday (September 16).
"Your prayers have been answered!! There's a new version of 'Love Lockdown' coming," he wrote. "We used new taiko drums, and I re-sung it. ... It's being mastered now."
Ever the perfectionist, 'Ye unveiled a new version of the single's deflated balloon heart artwork as well, with "perfected type 4 all design snobs."
TMZ reports that Kanye West might face only misdemeanor charges in the paparazzi scuffle that happened at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday morning. While the camera his road manager smashed was worth around $1,400, the rapper only grabbed a $100 light unit.
In the future, stars might want to thank 'Ye for making their trips to LAX a bit less, er, flashy. According to the Los Angeles Times, two city councilmen have asked airport officials to evaluate how to keep the public safe when high-profile passengers have to deal with paparazzi who are staking them out in terminals.
Check out the whole story for the latest in Kanye's airport arrest.
FROM BUZZWORTHY: If there were any flashing lights at Kanye's rehearsal last night, they weren't coming from our cameras.
The theme of Kanye's VMA performance has been a bigger unknown than whatever Britney's got planned for her show-opening appearance -- note: I didn't say performance, but at this point, whatever Britney's got planned is what's gonna happen -- and last night's top-secret run through was no exception. Which is why that's an old photo of him -- no cameras allowed last night, so if someone out there was on the lot and snapped a camera phone shot you should fear the wrath of the ‘Ye!
Read more about Kanye's VMA rehearsal at buzzworthy.mtv.com!
Kanye West has a treat for all the West Coasters in Chicago: The rapper's KW Foods LLC got a license to open 10 Fatburger restaurants in his hometown, Chicago Business reported.
The first burger joint is set to open up in September (date to be determined) at 15110 S. La Grange Road. He hopes to open a second Fatburger in January in the Beverly neighborhood. He also has a spot picked for the third location, but the lease has yet to be finalized. A spokesperson for the burger chain confirmed Kanye's plans.
Fatburger is a California burger institution and is In-N-Out Burger's biggest competition. And, well, we all know how much Kanye likes a little competition.
Are you excited Kanye is bringing a taste of the West to the Midwest, or should he just stick to show business?
We're going to go ahead and assume Rosie Perez doesn't get out much these days. That might explain why it's taken her a year to get mad at Kanye West over the lyrics to the Graduation song "Good Morning," in which the MC makes what appears to be a reference to the actress' breasts.
"You got D's, motherf---er, D's, Rosie Perez," is the line in question, and according to HipHopDX, Perez is now speaking out about the shout-out and how it has caused some drama in her personal life.
"I'm a woman of a certain age, and if you're gonna mention me in a song, have a little respect," Perez reportedly told the site. "He mentions my breasts. When you walk down the street and you have 15-year-old boys ... and they're like, 'Yo, Rosie, D's D's, Rosie Perez,' it's no good."
Shockingly, the rapper, whose blog is always well-stocked with images of ample-breasted women, has not yet weighed in on the controversy, but we can only imagine he'll have something to say soon.
By Kelly Erickson
I could not think of a better way to end my three months of interning with MTV News and living in NYC than being in the fifth row at the second night of the Glow in the Dark Tour at Madison Square Garden. It made me realize that half of making things happen in life is simply showing up.
See, I was strolling by Madison Square Garden last night at around 9:45 p.m., and I ran into a familiar face. There was a nice young gentleman sitting at the "media" entrance who remembered me from earlier in the day, when I'd run an MTV errand to MSG. (Note to all interns: Making runs pays off!!!) Long story short, within moments of him spotting me, I was walking through the backstage area with an all-access pass, feeling at a loss for words.
According to online reports, HBO is very eager to find a show for Kanye West. The cable network and the MC have reportedly been eyeing each other since before last fall's writers' strike.
Now it seems they're that much closer to giving him the to-be-named series: An insider told MTV News, "Since it's in development, they are just in talks, and we don't generally comment on that because nothing is set," and added that the show is just a few steps away from getting the green light.
Kanye West and MTV gave a proper homecoming to three war veterans in the MTV News special "Choose or Lose & Kanye West Present: Homecoming." The rapper, along with Sway and MTV, gave something back to these vets who have given so much. Check out the show tonight (Monday, July 28) at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
By Ocean MacAdams
Hey, Bill O'Reilly says you should watch our show!
Bill is no fan of MTV, and he's certainly no fan of hip-hop. In fact, it's safe to say that O'Reilly has been one of rap's highest-profile critics since the glory days of C. Delores Tucker. Just last night, he was knocking Nas again, calling his new album a flop (Bill, it's #1 on the charts). So we were uh, flattered (shocked? appalled?) when this item crossed the transom ...