Moving away from his rants of late, Kanye West took a second out of his busy schedule to speak on his forthcoming ventures. At Miami's Art Basel, the rapper sat down with architect Jaques Hezog to further delve into his background in art and design. The rapper goes on to explain how the minimalist approach to Yeezus will also play an intrinsic role in his upcoming project, noting that the album will consist of eight songs. Read an insert below and head to Rolling Stone for the full article.
"My original creative background was fine art. By the time I was 14, I was in national competitions for art, and I actually went to school for art. Sometimes I actually forget that. Except for when I tour and I look back at the stage and say, 'Wait a second, I forgot this was the whole trick I pulled on everyone to make them think I was a rapper, a musician or celebrity when the entire time it's all been a giant art project.
I thought my opinion wasn't strong enough with what I was painting. When I would see my own work, I never thought I would visually be able to become one of the masters — I thought I had a stronger opinion when I worked on music. I got a stronger response."
With everyone talking about Chance The Rapper at the end of the monster year he had, you’d be easily forgiven for not knowing that Chano isn’t the only Bennett with some bars. Younger brother Taylor Bennett has been making a name for himself around Chicago in a hurry, performing in a flurry of shows since releasing The Taylor Bennett Show earlier this year. An XXL writeup already under his belt at the tender age of 17, Bennett saw what his big brother did this year, and is hot on his heels.
Aside from a name, the two Bennett’s have similar, but uniquely different rhyme schemes and strengths, but the occasional crooning hooks or embellished words are a certain calling card for the family. Tonight, Taylor dropped “Heartbreaker” via Fake Shore Drive, the first single off his upcoming project, Mainstream Music, due out in the Spring of 2014. Produced by Saint The Good Boy, the track has plenty to get excited about. Be sure to catch Taylor live for his debut headlining show at Reggie’s Rock House on Chicago’s South Loop on December 20, track below.
Multi-platform web retailer Karmaloop has announced that it will be selling the upcoming Kanye West x adidas line. The news comes from founder and CEO Greg Selkoe, who recently tweeted, “KANYE WEST x ADIDAS COMING TO @KARMALOOP in 2014.” If this holds true, it seems as if the line will be much more accessible to the public than most of his previous collaborations. Do you think Kanye will be able to bring his premium product to the masses? And if so, at an affordable price?
The latest to be awarded that signature West Coast sound from Roc Nation signee DJ Mustard is none other than female Australian rhymer, Iggy Azalea. While the details on her anticipated debut album are still up in the air, Iggy looks to appease her fans for a bit, going in on Mustard's laid back instrumental. You can stream "Leave It" below. Also be sure to keep it locked for details on Azalea's forthcoming LP.
After previously dropping off the Chicago remix, today R. Kelly awards the West Coast some love, delivering the L.A. rework of his single, "My Story." Veteran rapper Too $hort dishes on his career accolades, as young gun Nipsey Hussle then comes in to close out the new version. The original will be featured on Kells' upcoming album, Black Panties, which drops on December 10.
REACT Presents has been making a name for itself for awhile now as the premier Dance Music show promotor/organizer in the Midwest. Having brought Kaskade to Chicago’s Navy Pier, Danny Brown and GRiZ to Chicago and Detroit for Halloween, as well as a smattering of shows across Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, all alongside the flagship events of the year: Spring Awakening, North Coast and Summer Set Music & Camping Festival.
The team at REACT recently dropped the official dates for this year’s Spring Awakening Festival, which is set to take place June 14, 15 and 16th of next year at its annual home of Soldier Field. SAMF is unlike any other EDM/Dance Music-based festival in the country. With an urban backdrop of Chicago and the amenities of holding the festival at the home of the Bears, the fest is consistently buzzing with energy from the the beginning of the first day through to the last act on Day 3.
At noon on December 2, Early Bird 3-Day passes went on sale for $99 and were gobbled up in a matter of minutes. Keep it posted to RH and React for more details on tickets and head over to their website for perfect holiday gifts for that EDM love child in your life, here. Also, as a way to warm up from this December cold, check out the recap video of this year’s SAMF.
Sunny Indie-rock pop duo Best Coast, revealed the lyric video they made with comedy video website, Funny Or Die, for “This Lonely Morning,” a song off of their latest album Fade Away. The video shows bandmates Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno dueling it out on the tennis court, with lyrics written in sharpie on tennis balls and sweet air tennis racket guitar solos.
Fade Away received high praise from critics and fans, said to be their best work to date, and was named one of Rolling Stone’s top albums of 2o13. Best Coast is in the studio working on their next record with producer Butch Walker, and will be showing off some new tunes while on tour with The Pixies in February.
Tour Dates with The Pixies
2/13/14 - Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
2/14/14 - Belly Up – Aspen, CO
2/15/14 - The Great Saltair – Salt Lake City, UT
2/17/14 - Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, BC
2/18/14 - Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
2/19/14 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
2/21/14 - Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
2/22/14 - San Jose Civic Auditorium – San Jose, CA
2/23/14 - The Joint – Las Vegas, NV
2/24/14 - Kiva Auditorium – Albuquerque, NM
2/27/14 - Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
2/18/14 - South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
3/01/14 - Austin Music Hall – Austin, TX
The always-controversial Azealia Banks is back this week on a new track from Drums of Death. “FIERCE” is a highly infectious electronic-style tune, which highlights classic soundbites from Franklin Fuentes. The female emcee awards with several bars (of which we got a preview of last month) all throughout the bass-heavy jam, that we could see becoming quite popular. Let us know what you think of the intriguing collaboration upon streaming above.
For Liam Cunningham, Macie Stewart, and Lane Beckstrom, the past few months have felt like a strangely familiar walk around the block. Since leaving their previous project, Kids These Days, and picking up drummer Matt Carroll though, the three close knit friends have been slowly building steam after re-establishing themselves with a new band; Marrow. The four Chicago natives have spent the time since KTD broke up in June writing incessantly, playing gigs both big and small, and practicing in Cunningham’s living room, cluttered with instruments, chords and pages of half-finished songs.
Never one to do things traditionally, Marrow wanted to make a statement with their debut video for the group. Turning to seasoned director and close friend, Austin Vesely, they shot a video that encapsulates the personality of the individuals and the group as a whole while seemingly subliminally explaining the underlying thoughts and feelings that come along with going through the kind of tumultuous year much of the band has endured in 2013. “I worked a lot with Liam to figure out what direction we wanted to go with it,” said Vesely. “I had this idea for a train, and an abandoned farm, so we sort of put those pieces together and made it about a journey. We were talking a lot about Kubrick at the time–we even went to see The Shining in theaters– so that was a big influence on the project. We wanted things to start typical and achieve a surreal, dreamlike feeling by the end.”
The visual also appropriately straddles a pair of songs from Marrow, (“She Chose You” & “Mother of Maladies,”) set to the journey of Liam finding his way on a train before arriving in the countryside. It’s an artistically interesting piece of work that is a testament to the kind of stuff Vesely is capable of making, and Beckstrom’s job as a bell boy may have Hollywood calling soon. Anyway, take some time out of your day to sit and watch this fitting masterpiece for Marrow to re-enter the music video game. Also, be sure to catch Marrow next week in Chicago on 12/19 at Schuba’s for their album release show for their debut project, Two.
Australia continues to impress as of late, in large part due to rising artists such as singer-songwriter/producer, Elizabeth Rose. The Sydney act is gearing up to release a new self-titled EP next month, here whetting our appetites by dropping off a fresh remix of her recent single, "The Good Life." The infectious re-up comes courtesy of one-half of What So Not, Emoh. The fellow Aussie infuses unmistakable electronic/dance flavor into the record, which still hones in on Rose's engaging vocals. With Elizabeth seemingly on the verge of stardom, we highly suggest taking note now if you haven't yet. Enjoy Emoh's "The Good Life" remix below and be sure to keep it locked for more from Rose's January 17 EP release.