Hip-Hop Superstars Jay-Z & Kanye West dropped their popular N*ggas in Paris” video today to mixed reviews. Personally I didn’t watch it. Though it was popular I had no idea what the hell they were saying. The song made little sense to me. But consumers definitely didnt care and it became a worldwide hit.
Check out the video above which I hear is basically a collage of tour clips. How original.
There’s no secret that our post digital music era lacks a strong sense of authenticity & showmanship. Once held to a high standard, the music industry used to be a hub for uber-talented entertainers who were the cream of the crop in every way possible. However over the years, the standard for today’s entertainer has dramatically fallen. These days excellence is a relic of a time gone by. However certain household names are still able to rise above the fray –even in our exceedingly jaded society– to become standouts in the game. Most noticeably Jay-Z and Kanye West.
When word came down the pike that two of hip hop’s biggest entertainers in the game were joining forces for a national tour, stans and fans alike began to cheer. Talk about the best of both worlds, right? While eager fans lined up with their credit cards attacking Ticketmaster with a vengeance to obtain prime seating for the biggest tour of the fall, so far their concert has yet to exude the majestic quality most have come to appreciate and love about the trendsetting musical duo.
With the much anticipated “Watch The Throne” tour kicking off this week in ATL I figured it was good time to set some of us black people straight surrounding a long standing argument.
As the world gears up for the highly anticipated Watch the Throne tour featuring hip hop gods Jay-Z and Kanye West, a faction of music fans (including myself) have an issue with their current single, “Niggas in Paris.”
With Watch the Throne now almost 3 months old, it’s no doubt the superstar collaboration album has been observed by millions. But it seems we’re all revisiting the controversial issue surrounding racial epithets in hip hop with the hyperactive club banger “Niggas in Paris.” Many non black hip hop fans happen to love the song for Jay and Kanye’s slick lyricism, they can’t avoid acknowledging the offensive song title. In a day and age were most black Americans still seem to take issue with non-black people using a word we’ve somehow claimed to be “exclusive” to us non-black hip hop fans are forced to walk a thin line as they attempt to enjoy a song made famous by two black people. What gives?
Just last week, Hollywood powerhouse Alec Baldwin and his young daughter Ireland (his baby girl with Academy Award Winner Kim Basinger) caught a twitstorm after sharing a few tweets about the song, deciding not to simplify it to the “n” word. Angry tweets from a bevy of followers citing inappropriateness of their actions.
The idea that some feel “nigga” should not be used by any non-black person, is a tired tune for me.. With hip hop dominating the airwaves and music charts, it was inevitable to happen. But the issue that keeps bubbling to the surface in my mind is how we allow rappers to dilute the historic significance of our tragic past. No matter what side of the coin you stand on regarding the “n” word, what can’t be denied is the history behind it. We as black people try to downplay its significance amongst ourselves but to any outside group we’re ready to go to jail defending it. That to me signifies a major disconnect in common sense. As hip hop continues to mainstream the word, but show malice towards members of their fan base for using it, is very problematic.
The music industry and beyond continues to marvel at hip-hop leaders Kanye West and Jay-Z. With “Watch The Throne,” clocking in at #1 in 22 countries without one reported leak it seems a new method is about to be adopted within the music industry in hopes of easing tension between artists and web-savvy consumers impatience to get their hands on the finished product.
To minimize the chance of leaks, the physical album didn’t ship to retail until Monday morning for Friday’s physical release, hours after the album became available as an iTunes exclusive as of 12:01 ET. The gambit worked, as the first leak appeared on Pirate Bay and other file-sharing sites only after iTunes started selling it.
While it’s impossible to quantify the strategy in terms of hard numbers, the absence of early leaks is virtually unprecedented for a high-profile release and has to be considered a rousing success. At presstime, first-week sales estimates were well above 500k for the unconventional staggered release, which includes the added wrinkle of a Best Buy exclusive on the deluxe version.
Will it hit 600k? And given all the positives in play, will this concept become the new model for superstar releases? That would be much to the displeasure of brick & mortar, who feel hosed by the tactic…
What Kanye and jay did was nothing short of brilliant. The old conversation that leaks actually lead to more album sales then less might have to be revisited now. Either way what an accomplishment.
No your eyes do not deceive you Jay-Z and Kanye’s new album cover dropped over the weekend. The project titled “Watch The Throne” is still cloaked in secrecy so there’s not much known just yet.
There’s a unconfirmed release date of August 1, but you know how that goes.
My only question is, “where’s the single?” Am I the only one who found two grown men screaming “I’m about to go H.A.M.” a dismal in the eyes of a “hit”?
I don’t know about you but I am going to need more than a shimmering album title to get my hyped. And not for nothing but who cares about album covers anymore? Don’t they seem to lost a lot of weight in the game as we all go more digital?
I just ask the questions people. Enjoy your album cover.
Rapper can rack up tons of platinum plaques and can sell out venues across the world, but that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when it comes to business ventures outside hip hop.
The news that controversial rapper/producer Mr. Kanye West is abandoning a line of Fat Burger chains he’s established all across the country in 2008 opens up a broader conversation about rappers and their business savvy.
After opening up a chain of Fat Burgers in his hometown, Chicago, through his food company KW Foods, LLC, the Grammy Award winner is getting out of the food business altogether.
Two legendary jailbirds Ronald Isley and R.Kelly put the finishing touches on their Soul Train Music Awards. You gotta love that content. Check it out above.
Kanye West’s new album “My Dark Twisted Fantasy” has been leaked online. Of course I have a copy, but of course I can’t post it. But a simple google search [if you know what you're doing]
Stay tuned for a review..
In an odd twist, Atlanta musician Cee Lo Green, who has worldwide appeal’s new album “The Lady Killer,” is projected to sell a meager 30-35k. This is surprising seeing as though Cee Lo’s smash record “Fuck You” was so popular.
The music business is a finicky business ain’t it?
A new application being developed might be able to tell you if your sexual partner has a STD.
Diagnosing STDs may soon be as easy as peeing onto a strip and inserting it into a mobile phone. In response to the rising numbers of people infected with sexually transmitted diseases, scientists and doctors in the UK are working to create quick mobile kits similar to pregnancy tests for users to quickly and quietly test for infections including Chlamydia, herpes and more, the British newspaper The Guardian reported. The goal, said project leader Dr. Tariq Sadiq, is to make your mobile phone “your mobile doctor.”
“We need to tackle the rising epidemic of [STDs], which have been going up and up and up,” he said. Four million British pounds (about $6.5 million) have been invested into creating the devices by organizations including Britain’s National Health Service, according to the report. To use the devices, users would urinate or possibly even just put a small amount of salivia on a strip. That strip, which would be about the size of a USB chip could be plugged into the phone or computer, which would test for the infections and send back results within minutes. There’s no word when the devices will hit shelves, but developers told the newspaper they hope to sell them for less than a dollar – and in vending machines, similarly to how condoms are sold in bar bathrooms.
Yikes. But truth be told it’s brilliant. That’ll show the irresponsible to get tested.
Kanye West’s visit to “The Today Show” didn’t go over too well this morning. As we all know West is going to through a bit of an inner battle. His erratic behavior continues to feed the buzz for his new album, which will be released soon.
But it seems West isn’t happy with Today anchor Matt Lauer and took to twitter to tell us all how it feels:
I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist…. While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the “MTV” under me with audio!!!!!!! I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show … and that’s a very nice way for me to put it! HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT. I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused. I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore. I can’t be everybody’s hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ!
I can’t take anymore advice!!! I create, I’m creative, I have a good heart, everyone will see and understand one day. Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!! I don’t trust anyone! Very judged very scrutinized very criticized! I want everyone to know I have lows all the time but I make it through them! Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that shit was cool to play the “MTV” clip while I was speaking about Bush? He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him. I wish Michael Jackson had twitter!!!!!! Maybe Mike could have explained how the media tried to set him up!!! It’s all a fucking set up!!!! . This is rock and roll life my people… you can’t stop the truth you can’t stop the music and I have to be strong or “they” win!!!! . Sometimes it’s not simple, some days it’s not easy… I just want to create. I love you guys, thanks for the support!
Wow man. What it must be like to be a tortured soul, huh. Whew.
Blogger Perez Hilton sits down with Nicki Minaj. They discuss the crazy, sex appeal and more. It’s kind of interesting. Is it me or is Nicki’s actual voice very annoying?