This was a wild interview that went on for two and half hours and saw Kanye, excuse me, Ye, progressively get more and more loose.
That was more likely do to the fact that he sparked a huge joint (and didn’t share) and drank his ass off the whole time, more than it was Noreaga and DJ EFN being top-notch inquisitors. Which, not to complain, they were far from. There were zero follow up questions to anything in this. They basically just let Kanye ramble, which is hardly a bad, or boring, thing.
But credit where credit is due, I didn't think anybody could get Kanye to relax and open up the way Joe Rogan was able to this summer.
But the Superthug did it.
The really dope part about the interview was that it wasn't really an interview. It was more like a conversation. Noreaga kept things flowing, didn't really pry or ask Kanye questions, and just let him tell stories and explain things.
During the 150 minute conversation over drinks, Ye discussed a wide range of topics.
Everything from God, politics, the NBA and his relationship with Kobe Bryant,
(you really have to listen to this part because it's hilarious. Especially the story about the time Kobe got him excited about going to the gym to play ball and the just spent the entire time breaking down Scottie Pippen's footwork to him… People forget how close Kanye and Kobe were when Kanye first moved to LA)
He spoke about the Taylor Swift fiasco and admitted that his problem with alcohol and ego were to blame. (27 minute mark)
He spoke on his similarities to Akon because they are both pursuing the goal of, checks notes, "creating cities" and "expanding civilization." (42 min mark)
He of course opened up about his marriage to Kim Kardashian, who he made it a point to say he is still married to.
He discussed Donda, and even announced a re-released "Deluxe" version of it in the coming weeks. (Hopefully it includes the track with Andre 3000)
They discussed Drake, and Kanye said confidently that if the two went head to head on Verzuz that he would be the winner. He continued to discuss their ongoing fued, comparing it to both a basketball rivalry and Mike Tyson’s beef with Evander Holyfield. “I bit his ear,” Ye said, aligning himself with Tyson.
West described how “Drake don’t do an outright diss song… he’s going to set it up like war.”
“He gonna do stuff like live five blocks down the right from you,” he continued. “He gonna go and DM every single girl in your family, every single girl around your family, all your n*ggas girls.”
(Sidebar- what made tonight even crazier is that one of Kanye's oldest longtime friends, and a guy who is hip hop royalty in Chicago, DJ Pharris posted this shortly after the interview aired.)
The conversation began to go in a bunch of different directions from that point as the trio began diving into some fucking amazing group chats,
he gave his thoughts on cancel culture, and the #metoo movement
“All the Me Too—like, when I sit next to Marilyn Manson and DaBaby, right after both of them got canceled, for five songs, you know, it’s like they can’t cancel a song,” said West. “They’ll hit you with the accusations or somebody who you was with ten years ago. And also, there’s women who’ve been through very serious things, pulled in alleys against they will—that’s different than a hug, but it’s classified as the same thing. It’s power and politics. You know, power-hungry maniacs and just control. This is 1984 mind control we’re in.”
he claimed Shakespeare “created 30 percent of our language”, and much more.
Kanye disclosed that he had only received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, saying that he “hallucinated” from it and stayed away from the second.
He even brought up the subject of abortion and returned to his ideas on spiritual and physical wellness that he discussed at length with Joe Rogan.
He gave props to Future
… and Chief Keef….
He compared himself to TB12.
He called Travis Scott out for jacking his style which is 100,000% true. To the point where, people forget, when Travis Scott first arrived on the scene officially people questioned if he had been a "ghost" writer and producer for Kanye his whole career.
He confessed why that little bitch Soulja Boy got cut from the album
Kanye, ever so humble, even compared himself to Robin Hood at one point. Not in the way you would guess, metaphorically stealing from the rich to give to poor. No, he instead made the comparison to explain his recent collaboration with The Gap. He went on to how Marilyn Manson and DaBaby and he have continued working together since recording "Jail Pt 2", saying, “They can’t cancel us all.”
He also claimed that he had been shadowbanned on Twitter after traveling to Haiti for being too outspoken.
He detailed his recent experience cutting his own hair, saying it was representative of his thoughts developing.
If you want the best soundbite from the entire discussion here it is. Just classic rambling yet somehow on point Kanye West -
The two parts of the interview that has twitter and the hip hop world buzzing was this very very awkward part regarding former G.O.O.D. Music artist, and Kanye signee, Big Sean.
I mean, Noreaga clapping and saying "that's a beautiful thing" and then seeing Kanye's face light up and smile to correct him is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
Noreaga was wicked embarrassed. But we've all been there.
Just for the record, Big Sean is a beast. If Kanye hadn't had "discovered" him, it was only a matter of time before somebody else signed him. Obviously, the co-sign from Kanye at that time in each other's lives was monumental to Big Sean's immediate success, but the talent is there.
John Legend on the other hand should be thanking his lucky stars Kanye pulled him out of studio work and featured him on his earlier stuff. Without being introduced and put on by Kanye, John Legend could very well still be John Roger Stephens working as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group.
Big Sean would later comment on twitter, calling Kanye out for being two-faced.
He also said that he still supports Trump, remarking, “I still got a red hat on today. I’ll let y’all know that. I might not got it on, but I’ll let y’all know where I stand.”
He ripped Jus Blaze
He gave relationship advice
He explained the origin of the nickname (and subsequent mega-brand) Yeezy.
He proclaimed Nas was chosen by God to be the greatest rapper of all time
He told a story about almost being killed in Belgium by a cop on accident a few weeks ago
He went stoic on all our asses with some deep philosophy shit-
There are all time rants, and then there was this interview tonight. Again, two and a half hours of shit that will make you laugh, stop you dead in your tracks to think deep, and shake your head as you say to yourself "this mother fucker is nuts". I could have listened for 6 more hours.
I highly recommend.
Here's EVERYTHING that happened this week in music. Consider this your cheat sheet to everything new in all genres. If I left anything out or you'd like to submit something send it over to email@example.com
- Ariana Grande is set to defy gravity in the forthcoming Universal film adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical Wicked, with the singer revealing she’s been cast as Glinda the Good Witch.
- Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have released a new Silk Sonic song called “Smokin Out the Window,” which serves as the third preview of the duo’s upcoming debut album An Evening with Silk Sonic. Watch the song’s accompanying music video
- After weeks of teasing, Charli XCX released "New Shapes," her new song featuring Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek, on Thursday
- Rihanna may not have any concrete updates on what's to come of her untitled next album, but the singer-turned-mogul is keeping her fans occupied with a "Rih-issue" of her entire discography.
On Thursday (Nov. 4), Rihanna announced a special limited-edition release of all eight of her albums on vinyl, which will feature unique colors and exclusive apparel and merchandise.
All the records -- starting from Rih's 2005 release, Music of the Sun, up to 2016's Anti, her most recent release -- will feature a one- or two-record box set specially curated by the singer, who has curated each record's packaging. The sets range from $100 to $140 and are currently available for preorder
- Adele is taking fans behind the scenes of her "Easy On Me" video. On Thursday (Nov. 4), the singer released a blooper version of the song's official video, sharing hilarious snippets of the outtakes her crew caught while filming the track's visual.
- The Tracklist For Adele's Upcoming Album, "30" Has Dropped, and It Features An "Easy On Me" Version With Chris Stapleton
- Lorde confirmed on Tuesday that she will release a deluxe version of "Solar Power" this Friday, which will feature two bonus tracks.
Lorde reminds viewers that its humans' duty to protect the planet for future generations in her new "Fallen Fruit" music video, which she released on Tuesday (Nov. 2).
The video poignantly reminds us of the fragility of life on Earth, with the Garden of Eden metaphor referenced in the song's title leading to Lorde's main point that our greatest sin would be to leave our home uninhabitable for generations to come after us.
- The latest episode of the New York Times Presents documentary series will zoom in on Janet Jackson's legendary "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. The cloth rip heard 'round the world has been the subject of rampant speculation for more than 15 years and "Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson" -- which is slated to premiere on Nov. 19 at 10 p.m. ET on Hulu and FX -- will give it the deep-dive treatment during the one-hour special.
- New Conan Gray, “Telepath”
- Mariah Carey droppedher new holiday classic ballad, "Fall in Love at Christmas."
The swooning track featuring Khalid and gospel icon Kirk Franklin got a surprise preview early Wednesday morning (Nov. 3) when MC dropped a 25-second taste of the tune. "Hi guys, I am so excited for you to hear a little snippet of my new song 'Fall in Love at Christmas,'" Mariah said in the TikTok video, in which she wears a sparkly red Christmas gown and holds up the cover of the single, which features adorable throwback pictures of the three singers as holiday youngsters.
- Last Weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Was Amazing
- New Ed Sheeran, =
- New Myke Towers, Camila Cabello & Tainy, “Oh Na Na”
- The Spice Girls celebrated the release of the deluxe reissue of their debut album on Friday (Oct. 29) with an updated version of the video for their breakthrough hit "Wannabe." The revamp visual was created by Tom Burden of the We Are GROWNUP design studio and it highlights the song's legendarily upbeat lyrics by having them float in balloon letters in the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, the original location for the iconic 1996 original video.
- Post Malone and The Weeknd have teamed up for their new collaboration “One Right Now” via XO/Republic Records.
Just two days before it hit streaming services, the two superstars teased the track with a social post hinting at the surprise. “PM&TW-ORN-Update.5.nonhyped.w1.mp3,” read the audio note, which contained a snippet of The Weeknd crooning, “You’re a stain on my legacy” over atmospheric production. The singer’s manager, Dre London, later confirmed the title of the mystery tune.
- JAY-Z has shared “King Kong Riddim,” a new song from the soundtrack to The Harder They Fall featuring Jadakiss, Conway the Machine, and English drill-grime star Backroad Gee.
- A$AP Rocky has unveiled the new song “Sandman.” The track appears as a bonus cut on the new digital edition of his 2011 breakout mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, which is now available on streaming services for the first time.
- New Megan Thee Stallion, Something For The Hotties
- Lil Uzi Vert, “Demon High”
-Ahead of this weekend’s Astroworld Festival, Travis Scott has shared two new singles: “Escape Plan” and “Mafia.” It marks his first new single since 2020’s “Franchise.” La Flame is heating up in anticipation of Astroworld Fest. Before Houston native Travis Scott hits the stage at NRG Park this weekend for a headlining set at the festival named after his 2018 record -- which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- he took to Instagram on Thursday (Nov. 4) to announce new music coming at midnight eastern time.
-- Since going solo in 2018 after Fifth Harmony’s hiatus, Normani has charted several pop hits including “Love Lies” and “Dancing with a Stranger,” her respective duets with Khalid and Sam Smith and “Motivation.” But with her latest single, “Wild Side” featuring Cardi B, Normani is establishing her foothold in a new arena with her first major R&B/hip-hop success as the song scales to the highest ranks of mainstream urban radio airplay.
- New Ama Lou, "Trust Nobody"
- New Lil Zay Osama, "Roll Up Hot"
- new Baby Tate, “Pedi”
- New Reggie, “Traffic”
- New Lancey Foux feat. 24kGoldn, “Big Swag”
- On Friday (Oct. 29), The Fugees announced via Instagram that their reunion tour dates have been postponed to early 2022. "Dates for our upcoming Fugees 25th Anniversary Tour are moving to early 2022 to ensure the best chance that all cities on the tour are fully open so we can perform for as many fans as possible. With so much excitement around the reunion tour, we are also happy to announce that we will be adding more cities and dates! Full details coming soon along with some SPECIAL announcements!" The tour was set to kick off Tuesday in Chicago and conclude in Africa in December. See the full Instagram post below.
- Fetty Wap was charged Friday (Oct. 29) with participating in a conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs into the New York City region.
- Summer Walker bags her first top 10 visit to Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart in over a year as “Ex for a Reason,” with JT (of City Girls), starts at No. 6 on the list dated Oct. 30.
- RIP to a real one. Ronnie Wilson, one of the founding members of long-running sibling R&B/funk act The Gap Band had died at age 73.
"The love of my life was called home this morning, at 10:01am," Wilson's wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, wrote in a Facebook post. "Please continue to pray for The Wilson, Boulware, and Collins family, while we mourn his passing. Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. He will be truly missed!!!" A spokesperson for the group could not be reached for confirmation of Wilson's death at press time.
- New The War On Drugs, I Don’t Live Here Anymore
- ABBA have officially returned with Voyage, their first new album in 40 years
Marking the disco pop icons’ first studio set since The Visitors in 1981, the release of Voyage coincides with a digital concert event taking place in London next spring. Work on the 10-track album began back in 2018, with recording taking place at Benny Anderson’s Riksmixningsverket studio in Stockholm. One of the album’s tracks, “Just a Notion,” was previously released in demo form on 1994’s Thank You for the Music box set.
= Slipknot have offered up a brand-new single ahead of their upcoming album. The new song is titled “The Chapeltown Rag”
- Radiohead have released KID A MNESIA, a new three-volume collection celebrating their landmark 2000 album Kid A and its equally impactful follow-up, 2001’s Amnesiac.
- Neil Young and Crazy Horse have released the new single “Heading West” via Reprise Records.
- Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden and veteran singer-guitarist Richie Kotzen have announced the Better Days EP as part of their ongoing Smith-Kotzen collaborative project.
The duo shared the title track from the four-song release ahead of its release date on November 26th. Straying from Smith’s metal roots in Iron Maiden, the song again sees the accomplished guitarists embracing their love of groove-based blues rock.
- One of Britain’s best rock exports are back: today (November 4th), Foals have released their new single, “Wake Me Up.”
- Scorpions have unleashed the new song “Peacemaker” from their forthcoming 19th studio album Rock Believer, out February 25th.
- alt-J are back with “Get Better,” the second single from their forthcoming album The Dream.
- Franz Ferdinand have announced a greatest hits collection entitled Hits to the Head. Out March 11th, 2022 via Domino, the album compiles the best of the Scottish rockers’ 20-year career while also adding two new songs to their discography. To mark the occasion, the band has shared the first of the new tracks, “Billy Goodbye.”
= Though they’ve become known as one of the most influential indie rock acts of the 1990s, Dinosaur Jr. have shown little interest in slowing down anytime soon. This week, the Massachusetts trio have released Emptiness at The Sinclair, a new live album that only further illustrates Dinosaur Jr.’s infallible legacy. Additionally, the band have announced their rescheduled North American tour dates for 2022.
- Joywave released their last album, Possession, on March 13th, 2020, and you know what happened next. Even with the world on pause, however, the Rochester rock trio were ready to get back to work: This week they’ve announced that their fourth studio album, Cleanse, will arrive on February 11th, 2022. As a preview, Joywave have shared the single “Cyn City 2000,” and they’ve also announced a North American tour for next year.
- Returning to streaming platforms with an original track for the first time since April, What So Not is back for an all new collaborative effort, “Messin’ Me Up.” Written and produced alongside CHVRCHES‘ Martin Doherty and EVAN GIIA, the track was an outpouring of emotion from the trying slate of current events that has dominated the last two years, from the Australian bushfires to the pandemic. What So Not comments on the formulation of “Messin’ Me Up” stating,
-Oliver Heldens takes to HI-LO moniker for entrancing new single, ‘Hypnos’
- Nicky Romero renews origins with unexpected single, ‘Acid Is My DNA’
= Tiësto unveils successor to ‘The Business’ with new Ava Max collaboration, ‘The Motto’
- Adventure Club inch closer to ‘Love // Chaos’ with BEAUZ and Tilian-assisted single, ‘Drive’
- Wax Motif reconvenes with Scrufizzer on Shahay-assisted ‘Hard Street’ cut, ‘Come Again’
-W&W and Blasterjaxx defend bigroom reign for a fourth time on ‘Dynamite (Bigroom Nation)’
- Alesso contributes to ‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus’ soundtrack with Danna Paola on ‘Rescue Me’
- Florian Picasso pays homage to his roots on nostalgic first ‘Héritage’ piece with Martin Garrix, ‘Far Away’
- What just might have more viral potential than Squid Game, a Netflix original that racked up a rare 3.26 billion minutes of viewing in its first four weeks in the United States? Zedd‘s got the answer: a mashup of 23’s “Pink Soldiers,” popularized by the show, and ACRAZE‘s “Do It To It.”
After teasing the Twitterverse with the promise of a new intro pre-EDC Las Vegas, Zedd sent the Internet abuzz on October 24 with his cosmicMEADOW debut of the mashup, a seamless intermingling of two tracks from very different pop-cultural territories. The sonic collision has since emerged as one of the most-talked-about moments of EDC Las Vegas 2021, and chances are, this trend will continue, thanks to Zedd’s release of the mashup on SoundCloud and YouTube.
- ARTY, Griff Clawson keep it playful with ‘Those Eyes’
- Chris Lake shares five tech-house favorites on ‘Black Book ID’s: Chapter 2’
- Malaa sets fire to sixth single of 2021, ‘Who I Am’
- Chicago's John Summit gives Purple Disco Machine, Eyelar’s original a double dose of ‘Dopamine’
- We interviewed Locash this week "On The Guest List" about their upcoming album release, new songs, working with Keith Urban, the Gronks, and more. Truly awesome guys. Be on the lookout for more coming from us and them.
- new Elvie Shane, Backslider
- North Carolina-based quintet Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are sharing a new single "Talkin' to Myself" from their upcoming third studio album.
- The latest single from Greensky Bluegrass serves as a moving tribute to love, life and those who stand by our side through it all. "Grow Together," which is premiering exclusively today at The Boot, came together organically after vocalist and mandolinist Paul Hoffman found himself entering an exciting new phase of his life.
- George Strait is paying powerful tribute to police officers and first responders of all kinds in his brand-new video for "The Weight of the Badge."
- Dustin Lynch's "Thinking 'Bout You," featuring MacKenzie Porter, hits the top 10 of Billboard's airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart, climbing from No. 11 to No. 8 on the list dated Nov. 6.
- New Maddie & Tae, "Madness"
- New Shy Carter, "The Rest of Us"
- New Ross Copperman feat. Cam, “Everything Changes”
- New Teddy Robb, "Cigarettes'll Kill Ya"
- New Cody Weaver, "One About the Devil"
- New Taylon Hope, "Weightless"
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