Kanye West

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    September 16, 2014

    Popular Music Needs to Become Political Again

    Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Ridiculous Kanye West-isms, In Illustrated Form

    Kanye West and Paul McCartney are rumored to be collaborating, according to New York Post's Page Six. What's more surprising is one song's tentative title: "Piss On Your Grave." "West's wife Kim Kardashian has been heard telling friends she was a little surprised they chose such a provocative name, ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    In Defense of Liking Music for No Good Reason

    Why did you like Yeezus? Did you find it anarchic? Did you like how it challenged racial norms in a confrontational, blacked-out way? Did you like its minimalism? Or its maximalism? Did you find the songs to speak to a larger narrative of where Kanye West is artistically and emotionally? Did you app ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: June 2014

    Summer is always a great time for live music, and this June is no different. We've got acts from near and far traversing many genres, including our very own day-long hip-hop music festival. So get on your dancing shoes and get ready to nod your noggin, because this month sure isn't lacking. Also, th ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2013 Edition

    The musical landscape abounds with douchebags of all stripes. Normally their D-bag behavior is pretty amusing, but this year things took a turn for the completely messed-up -- music might have had more douchebags in 2013 than ever before. It was tough sifting through the bad behavior that went on t ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    The Dumbest Questions Ever Asked in Song

    Music, as a largely subjective medium, lends itself to some thought-provoking questions: What is the best concert you have ever seen? Which is the better band: the Rolling Stones or the Beatles? Did the career of Styx really happen? Sometimes, though, the questions are asked in the songs themselves. ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Why Kanye's St. Louis Tour Date Was Really Cancelled

    By Jay Stephens It's been almost two week since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour and the outright cancellation of its St. Louis date. There is still no new information regar ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Kanye West Yeezus Tour Postponed Indefinitely [Update: St. Louis Date is Cancelled]

    Shortly after Kanye West cancelled the Yeezus tour's Vancouver stop today, Def Jam Records released a statement that the remainder of the tour is now postponed indefinitely due to equipment damage. West was slated to hit St. Louis in early December, but at this point it remains to be seen whether or ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Kanye West Yeezus Tour with Kendrick Lamar Announced - St. Louis in December

    Kanye West is coming to St. Louis in support of his latest album, Yeezus and he's bringing Kendrick Lamar with him. The show will be at Scottrade Center on December 2. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 28 at 10 a.m. You can purchase them at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, Ticketmaster ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Twitter Litter: Kanye West & Jimmy Kimmel Fight in the Schoolyard

    Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. CATFIGHT! DUDEFIGHT! ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    The Five Weirdest Rap Beefs

    Do you remember J-Kwon? In case you don't, we'll remind you. He had a song called "Tipsy" back in 2004 that hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts. After that he seemingly dropped off the face of the earth for a while. See Also: - NEWSFLASH: Man leaves Odd Future show with headache - St. Louis Rapper J ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Twitter Litter: Penises, Celebrity Scandals and Toilets

    Getting your celebrity gossip from TMZ is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. When we started kickin ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    The Six Most Factually Inaccurate Lyrics In Songs

    Songs exist in a general realm of fiction, even when they are theoretically true. Still, every once in a while a lyric comes along that makes you tilt your head and say "Wait a second..." Here are the six most factually inaccurate lyrics in songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and plea ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

    Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." I really mean it. And, co ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    The Six Strangest Crossover Attempts By Jazz Musicians

    About a week ago, our Northwest sister paper Seattle Weekly ran a post about the diminishing popularity of jazz. Watch for a lengthy reply by RFT Music's devilishly handsome resident jazz guitar school dropout later this week. In the meantime, here are the six most bizarre crossover attempts by jazz ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Liking Pavement and Kanye West for the Wrong Reasons

    Demographically speaking -- I'm white and I wish I could play electric guitar and I went to a four-year university -- it was inevitable that at some point I would become a fan of Pavement. My friend is white and once probably said he didn't like Kanye West, so it was inevitable that at some point he ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Will Kanye West Ever Stop Talking About His Clique?

    Kanye West is rich. You might think it's easy being rich, but in fact it is often very hard to be rich; sometimes you manipulate people, and other times they manipulate you. Also, rich people have terrible taste in consumer goods, and hang out with each other to talk about how they were the only peo ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Nigel Godrich and Six Other Producers Who Stepped in Front of a Mic

    If there was ever an example a good musical soldier, it would be Nigel Godrich. The British producer has been an essential behind-the-scenes figure with Radiohead for years and years and years, so much so that he's colliquolly referred to as a sixth member of the band. Radiohead's titanic sound sh ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    The Six Most Absurd Pop Songs of 2011

    ​The old model of popular music: dumb it down to the lowest common denominator and make it go down easy. Reviewing the Billboard and iTunes charts of this past year, the tides have obviously changed. In days when nobody is buying, the flashiest, loudest, weirdest thing sells -- how else can yo ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Fashion Week Music: The Highlights, The Appearances And The Odd Soundtracks

    Richard GuatyAnna Wintour eyeballing Nicki's tights. Oh, to peek inside the mind of the Vogue editrix in chief in this moment.​Thank science Fashion Week is over. Isn't it just torture? If there's something worse than not being in New York City for the circus that is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Kanye West Is Batshit Crazy: Decoding The Ten Boasts That Prove It

    Image viaThe rules of the game: Try to guess what Kanye meant by these quotes in less time than it takes to make sure you read them correctly.​The only thing that's legitimately surprising about Kanye West comparing himself to Hitler last weekend is that he did so in a negative sense. To the a ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Kanye West and Jay-Z, The Horrors, Pepper Rabbit: This Week's New Releases

    ​​Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings many notable releases, including the much-anticipated collaboration between Kanye West and Jay-Z, British shoegaze punks the Horrors and Pepper Rabbit.

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    June 15, 2011

    Kanye West Runs A Suitor Over On His Bike In Throwback "Mama's Boyfriend"

    ​Before My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fused the two sides of Kanye West into a paranoid (beautiful, dark, twisted) mess of triumphalism and (twisted) Chris Rock-aided introspection there were two West figures in evidence on his albums--the massively confident rapper and the confused, angry ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Kanye West Crashes Movie Posters

    Elaine MarschikI'mma let you finish your movie, alright. But not before I let you know how awesome it would be if you let Kanye up in this mother fucker.​Kanye West loves dropping movie quotes into his lyrics. With plenty of rhyme but no reason Kanye manages to draw from an impressive range of ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Coachella 2011 Lineup: Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, The Strokes

    Those sneaky birds at Coachella announced their 2011 lineup about twenty minutes ago. Despite the off-hour, that hasn't stopped the Internet from being all aflutter at the announcement. The headliners of the event this year are Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon; The Strokes, Animal Collectiv ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Kanye West's New Food Lyrics

    Screenshot:​For several weeks now, Kanye West's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, has been playing nonstop at Gut Check International Headquarters. So we were excited to discover, via Grub Street, No One Man Should Have All That Flour, which po ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Video: Kanye West, "Monster" -- The Muppet Remix

    All hail an elusive crew called the Galaxy World, who just unleashed this spectacular video splicing together footage of the Muppets with Kanye West's "Monster." The clip has everything, including Miss Piggy vamping and doing her best Nicki Minaj impression. A . View the video below -- and watch it ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of December 6-12, 2010

    * = local, = coming to town ​Vintage Vinyl 1. T.I.---No Mercy 2. KANYE WEST---My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3. CHARLIE WILSON---Just Charlie 4. ERIC BENET---Lost In Time* 5. QUINCY JONES---Q: Soul Bossa Nostra 6. NICKI MINAJ---Pink Friday 7. TEMPTATIONS---Give Love At Christmas 8. ANGEL ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of November 29 through December 5

    * = coming to town, = local ​Euclid Records 1. Shelby Lynne - - Merry Christmas 2. Various Artists - - A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector 3. Mavis Staples - - You Are Not Alone 4. Doors - - Live in Vancouver 1970 5. Norah Jones - - Featuring Norah Jones

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    July 10, 2010

    Common, DJ Needles at Celebrate St. Louis, Friday, July 9

    Although this year's mammoth Celebrate St. Louis concert series has been moved off the levee due to high water levels on the Mississippi (and is therefore no longer called Live on the Levee), the change of venue had little effect on the huge turnout. Fans piled into Soldiers Memorial Park to see Chi ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    [Confirmed!] Lady Gaga and Kid Cudi in St. Louis in January?

    According to Pollstar and her own website, Lady Gaga will be at the Fabulous Fox on Thursday, January 7, 2010. Hotly tipped hip-hop artist Kid Cudi is the opener. LG certainly wasted no time getting a tour together after her planned jaunt with Kanye West fell through in September. When the show ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009

    Kanye West and Lady Gaga *Not* Coming to St. Louis

    So, Kanye West and Lady Gaga's "Fame Kills" tour has been canceled, before it even started. According to Livenation:Live Nation announced today that the Kanye West and Lady Gaga "Fame Kills" tour has been cancelled, including the show scheduled for Friday, December 4th at Scottrade Center in Saint L ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Lady Gaga and Kanye West in St. Louis?

    According to Pollstar, Lady Gaga and Kanye West's "Fame Kills" tour is set to hit St. Louis on Friday, December 4, at the Scottrade Center. Neither Ticketmaster nor the Scottrade's website has this info yet, so consider it tentative until we do get word. In light of last night's events -- i.e., when ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Jumbling Towers Covers Kanye West's "Heartless"

    Jumbling Towers is roaring back to activity in fine form in the months leading up to its September 11 St. Louis return. The Catbirdseat just posted "Gilberta," which is the b-side to forthcoming single "Kanetown City Rips," and the band very quietly just posted a cover of Kanye West's "Heartless" on ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Open Comment Thread: The 2009 Grammy Awards

    Because I'm on vacation, I'm writing this FROM THE PAST (ooh, spooky), and there won't be any live-blogging about Sunday's Grammy Awards broadcast from me this year. However, consider this post an open commenting thread for the show. According to, the list of performers is crazytown:Curre ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Video: Girl Talk at the Pageant, Thursday, January 8

    Our man Chad Garrison snagged some video from the balcony at last night's Girl Talk show. He caught the section featuring the Kelis/White Zombie mash-up, straight into Kanye West's "Love Lockdown." The crowd reaction as soon as it recognized West's tune is priceless.  

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    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should be ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008

    Video: Nelly Interview (Part 4): 'Keep Thinking Ahead, Keep Being Creative'

    Last week I met with Nelly at his Skybox restaurant on Laclede's Landing to talk about Brass Knuckles, his upcoming fifth studio album. We'll be unrolling these videos for the rest of the week, so stay tuned for more chatter about Kanye West, the state of hip-hop, the latest on the St. Lunatics and ... More >>

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    May 7, 2008

    Video: Nelly Interview (Part 2): Talking Collaborators and Kanye West

    Last week I met with Nelly at his Skybox restaurant on Laclede's Landing to talk about Brass Knuckles, his upcoming fifth studio album. We'll be unrolling these videos for the rest of the week, so stay tuned for more chatter about Kanye West, the state of hip-hop, the latest on the St. Lunatics and ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008
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    February 10, 2008
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    February 4, 2008
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    December 26, 2007

    Face the Nation

    We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.

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    December 27, 2006

    2006: The Year in Music

    Week of December 28, 2006

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    December 21, 2005

    Healthy Distrust

    Hip-hop's trends in 2005

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    December 21, 2005

    Hip-Hop, Year 2 A.J.

    Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some loveable Limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down

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    November 2, 2005

    The Mad Blogger

    Byron Crawford takes no prisoners. Don't screw with him.

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    August 31, 2005

    Late to the Game

    Kanye West tries to live up to the hype -- and nearly succeeds

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    April 7, 2004

    Kanye West

    College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

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