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Kanye West Stages Surprise Audition for ‘American Idol’

October 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Hours after Kanye West received some presidential advice from Barack Obama and performed at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco, the rapper capped off his Saturday with a surprise audition for American Idol. Tryouts for the singing competition’s upcoming final season rolled into the Bay Area this weekend, and West stunned judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. [...]

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Justin Bieber: ‘I Want to Live Like Jesus’

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

For Justin Bieber, the past few years have been defined by arrests, scandals (night club urination, confiscated monkeys) and public attempts to soften his image and reboot his career. Now the 21-year-old pop superstar – whose new, Kanye West-assisted LP is out November 13th – has shared the source of his redemption: Christianity. “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus,” Bieber [...]

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Ben Carson Praises Kanye West, ‘Extremely Impressed’ By Rapper

September 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

While Kanye West was bringing high art to the Hollywood Bowl with his 808s Heartbreak concerts, another Republican candidate was weighing in on the rapper’s 2020 presidential campaign. Ben Carson, currently trailing Donald Trump in the polls, told ABC’s This Week that he’s “certainly willing to give [West] a chance.” “He’ll be able to explain things and see [...]

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Kanye West Turns ’808s & Heartbreak’ Into High Art at Hollywood Bowl

September 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Friday night at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Kanye West let his music speak loudest, leading a rare performance of his 2008 opus 808s Heartbreak, an eccentric, minimal album now considered among his greatest achievements. Sidebar 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time » For an album built on little more than drum machines and Auto-Tune, West brought [...]

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Sia Delivers Electrifying Vocals on Bombastic New Song, ‘Alive’

September 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Sia unleashes an devastating, electrifying vocal performance on her rousing new ballad, “Alive,” the first single from her upcoming album, This Is Acting. Sidebar Watch Sia Bring Her Music Videos to Life on ‘SNL’ » Co-written by rising singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. and Adele, the track was originally intended for the latter’s long-awaited new album. Adele, however, rejected [...]

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Diddy, Jay Z Top Highest-Paid Rappers of 2015

September 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, Dr. Dre and Pharrell are the world’s five “Highest Paid Rap Acts” of 2015, according to Forbes‘ latest hip-hop cash round-up. Diddy, ranking Number One, reportedly earned $60 million in the past year from a variety of investments: Ciroc vodka, water brand AQUAhydrate, Revolt TV and clothing line Sean John.  Sidebar Toby [...]

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A Tribe Called Quest Plan Massive Reissue Campaign

September 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Vaunted Nineties hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, whose five albums blending jazz and rap set a sonic template that continues to reverberate and influence today, will kickstart a massive reissue campaign on November 13th with the re-release of their groundbreaking 1990 debut Peoples’ Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm. Sidebar 40 Best Rap Albums [...]

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Rihanna Talks Unfinished Album, Taylor Swift, Working With Kanye

September 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

The long wait for Rihanna‘s upcoming album may finally be coming to an end. In a new interview, the singer admitted that her LP, long referred to as “R8” among fans, is “not done.” “To me it’s never done until it’s done. Until the final moment,” Rihanna told NME. However, she also revealed that the reason [...]

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The Game Enlists Kanye, Dre, Kendrick, Drake for ‘Documentary 2′ LP

September 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

The Game released his breakthrough album The Documentary in 2005, and on October 9th, the Compton rapper will finally drop the long-awaited all-star sequel to his hip-hop classic. The Documentary 2 will feature Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Ice Cube, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Ab-Soul, Diddy, will.i.am, Fergie, Future, Q-Tip and Dr. Dre, the latter serving as executive producer [...]

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Waka Flocka Flame: Caitlyn Jenner Is ‘Rebuking God’

September 19th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Before Kanye West also announced his 2020 presidential bid, Waka Flocka Flame first revealed that he’d make a run at the Oval Office with his own 2016 campaign. While the rapper’s road to the White House stalled – he was conspicuously absent from Wednesday night’s GOP debate – Waka Flocka is building a platform of close-mindedness and intolerance after [...]

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