A fellow named carlchristian put together an inspiring 45 minute compilation of footage documenting the rise of Kanye West. You might've seen some of the fragments used in this documentary before, but their juxtaposition gives them a whole new meaning. It creates a comprehensive viewing of Mr. West's always expanding artistic vision. So sit back and witness the journey Yeezy has embarked on thus far, while we wait for the saga to continue on June 18.
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A$AP Rocky reflects on his success in the upcoming documentary Suddenly. According to the Harlem rapper, the rise to fame happened "suddenly." However, this doesn't mean that he has forgotten where he's coming from. The documentary shows Flacko pondering about the struggles it took to get where he's at right now.
On the heels of his free audio treats, J. Cole has launched a web-series that is set to lead up the June 25 release of his sophomore set, Born Sinner. In each weekly episode, Jermaine will recount stories about his influences in life and music. This week's episode is dedicated to his mother Kay who is also the narrator of the clip. The viral follows her throughout last day of work at the Post Office. Definitely some touching content that is worth your while.
Rihanna's novel idea to promote her seventh album, Unapologetic, just before its release last November, has just received an official visual companion in shape of a behind-the-scenes documentary. As you might remember, the pop singer chartered a 777 jet, loaded it with around 150 fans and journalists, and took them on a whirlwind world tour of seven days, seven countries and seven shows. The piece aired on Fox last night and showed some of the tour's highlights, such as touch down in Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York.
After having been shown in select theaters across the U.S earlier this year following the release of his same-titled album, the full version of Snoop Dogg's documentary Reincarnated eventually reaches the digital sphere. Originally envisioned as a short film about the rapper’s first reggae recording in Jamaica with Diplo, the project evolved into a transformative trip that finds him visiting Rastafari temples, remote marijuana plantations, Kingston’s Alpha Boys School band, reggae legend Bunny Wailer and his Trenchtown hood, and much more. Watch it above, buy it here and the album here.
It's been a while since Big Sean's last vlog entry. Today, he breaks the dry spell with a new one on family. For those unfamiliar with Sean's vlog series, don't dismiss them. They're motivational. Big Sean gives you his sobered perspective on important topics. These videos show that there's more than one face to the guy behind "Dance (A$$)." If you've given Sean any chance, you've heard songs like "Memories Part 2" and already know that.
Thanks to Amani Mutru.
In this episode of Life + Times Decoded, Clipse's Pusha T strips back the lyrics in "Keys Open Doors" and lets us into the narrative and personal stories behind the alluring track off Hell Hath No Furry - questionably one of the Virginia brother's strongest productions. The accolade which Pusha uncovers here, shows a list of torment and distress felt with record labels and their own personal hustle. Dissecting a list of drug-related langue that contributes to his eloquent rhymesaying, we catch the G.O.O.D Music affiliate on an introvert tip, in rare departure from the often guff portrayal presented.
Not a stranger to vlog coverage, Big Sean has unveiled a "rare recap" of his 25th Birthday Weekend. The visual follows the G.O.O.D. Music-representative to his shows in Syracuse, NY and Los Angeles where he finds himself in the midst of a surprise party by friends, family and a certain labelmate.
You might remember D'Angelo's first live appearance in the U.S. in 12 years at Bonnaroo last summer. His comeback is now the focus of a four-part behind-the-scenes documentary directed by Danny Clinch. The documentary includes behind-the-scenes impressions, performance footage as well as some great input by ?uestlove. Have a look at the first 15 minutes of the documentary are now up for your streaming pleasure (above) and features "My Summertime Thang" by the Time and written by Prince. Also make sure to check D'Angelo and ?uestlove's performance at the Brooklyn Bowl last week.
Now four episodes deep into his Time Pieces series, Director Jason Goldwatch releases his latest episode, which features rapper/producer Evidence of Dilated Peoples. Ev shows off his camera collection, and takes a stroll down Venice Beach to capture some material for his Instagram. As with the previous installments of the series, the video was captured on Jason's on Super 8mm film camera, and comes in black and white. Press play up above and let us know what you think.