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8 Jun, 2017
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Def Jam CEO: Label not pushing for new music from Kanye

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In an interview with Variety, Def Jam CEO Bartels talks about his loose working relationship with Kanye.

I don’t know if [word that Kanye is recording in Utah] that’s real or not, I read the same things you do. When we talk we don’t really get down to the granular of where he’s going and how he’s flying there, we keep it much more on a broader level. Kanye is working, that’s been widely reported. He’s always very focused, and our relationship with him is that we always have great respect for him and when he’s ready to do something or talk about something, we’re there for him, we totally support his vision and his focus, and that’s where we leave it. I check in with him from time to time just to see how he’s doing. What’s great about our relationship is that I always know when it’s go time—because he wakes me up. [Laughter]. You never know [if new music will arrive this year]. He’s always working, so maybe so. It’s never something we’re pushing—it’s always led by the creative side.

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Former MTV Chief: Beyonce, Taylor Swift were crying over Kanye interruption

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Toffler, who headed up MTV at the time, says his favorite VMA moment was being at the center of Kanye’s interruption of Swift at the 2009 VMAs. West interrupted Swift’s speech saying:

Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you — I’mma let you finish — but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!

Toffler:

When Kanye walked up onstage with Taylor [Swift] that year, it turned out that Taylor had to go onstage to do her song five minutes later. I ran out of the truck to see that everything was all right, and Taylor and her mom were crying hysterically. I’m not always wonderful with emotions. I didn’t know what to say. Then I went backstage, and Beyonce was crying, too.

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Kris Jenner to Kanye West: ‘We are beyond blessed to have you in our lives’

Tribute

Jenner sends a tribute to Kanye on his 40th birthday.

Happy birthday to my son #kanyewest!! You are an amazing Dad, amazing son, amazing brother and a beautiful soul who I love so very much… you bring such joy and are such an inspiration to all of us and we are beyond blessed to have you in our lives….I hope you have the most wonderful day filled with love ❤️❤️❤️

7 Jun, 2017
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West’s plan to jazz up Calabasas High School uniforms gets cold shoulder

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After intense media speculation, Calabasas High school administrators say that Kanye will not be making over the school’s uniform. The owner of the Yeezy fashion line purportedly hoped to replace the 42-year-old high school’s signature black-and-gold uniforms — and rename its teams from Coyotes to Wolves. School spokesperson:

All we know is that a representative of Kanye West spoke with the principal last week — a low-level beginning meeting. There’s no proposal on the wall. Nothing was signed. No numbers were quoted. Basically, what we’re hearing — and what’s been all over the Internet — are rumors.

The superintendent for Las Virgenes schools also denied a weekend rumor that West had planned to sink $20 million into remaking Calabasas High.

The $20 million, I don’t know where that’s from. There was no discussion of funding or financing. There was certainly no discussion of any amount. So the $20 million is categorically not accurate. [Changing the name from Coyotes to Wolves], That’s a tough pill to swallow.No, the alumni base would lose their mind. No, that’s not on the table.

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Kim K ‘saved’ her marriage to Kanye West with a spiritual counsellor

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Ian Halperin, author of Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise Of America’s Royal Familysays the Wests have worked through their issues with the help of a spiritual counselor. The therapy wasn’t religious but focused on being a “neutral place for structured healing conversations”.

Before Kim and Kanye started seeing a spiritual counsellor, she was seriously debating whether the relationship could work. Some members of Kim’s family knew about the counselor and encouraged it. But Kim really had to convince Kanye to go.

6 Jun, 2017
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‘Zebra’ Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 may be re-released in late June

Announcement

One of Kanye West’s rarest Adidas Yeezy Boost designs, the “Zebra” Yeezy Boost 350 V2, which was first released on February 25, is expected to be re-released this month with reportedly wider availability than before. The white, black and red Adidas Primeknit design is one of West’s most sought-after Yeezy Boosts yet, with resell prices consistently averaging over $1,000 a pair. The June 24 rerelease, retailing at $240, is expected to be available on adidas.com the Adidas Confirmed app, as well as on Eastbay, Foot Locker and Footaction websites.

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Chance the Rapper covers three Kanye songs at NY show

Music Performance

At the Governors Ball music festival in New York City, Chance plays three Kanye West songs as part of his headlining set. Chance played renditions of Waves, Father Stretch My Hands, and Ultralight Beam — all tracks from West’s 2016 The Life of Pablo — amidst a set full of his own hits including No Problem, Sunday Candy, and Angels. Chance worked on a number of tracks for Pablo, earning writing credits on all three of those songs, and production credits on Ultralight Beam.

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Report: Kanye to design Calabasas High School sports uniforms

Rumor/unconfirmed

After launching a Calabasas-themed children’s clothing line with Kim Kardashian in May, West and his team have reportedly pitched the idea of a collaboration with Calabasas High School officials on redesigning its sports uniforms. According to TMZ, West is interested in changing the school’s team name from the Coyotes to the Wolves, as well as altering the school colors. West is said to be also interested in contributing a donation to improve school facilities, too.

5 Jun, 2017
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Kanye tracks featuring Migos and A$AP Rocky leak online

Two Kanye West tracks are leaked online (link to Reddit thread) by Music Mafia, the website that recently hacked Drake’s Twitter and found some unreleased music from West. One of the tracks is called Euro (Switch Hands) features A$AP Rocky. Though streams keep being uploaded and taken down, it is reported that Kanye is taking a more electronic, ‘808s’ approach on this track. The second song is called Hold Tight and features Migos and Young Thug. It’s unknown whether these tracks are new or offcuts from The Life Of Pablo.

Kanye West ft. Migos & Young Thug – Hold Tight – MUSICMAFIA.TO

2 Jun, 2017
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Sad Kanye inflatable renamed after criticism from mental health advocates

Art Exhibition

In response to criticism from mental health groups, Australia’s Splendour in the Grass festival renames a 30-foot-high inflatable sculpture called ‘Sad Kanye’ as ‘Happy Kanye’. The sculpture was created by Barcelona-based art group Hungry Castle (who were responsible for the previous year’s giant pink turd). In the initial press release Splendour said:

Why the sad face Kanye?. Why you got that resting bitch face, dog? Sometimes you crazy but you’re a dope ass producer and writer.

After criticism from fans who noted that West has suffered from depression,  Splendour releases a follow-up statement:

Dear Kanye, This is not a diss track. Yesterday we announced plans to build a tribute sculpture of you. It’s based on an internet meme titled Sad Kanye and as artists, we believed it would be an interesting platform to spread a message of positivity and good vibes. The concept is simple, we plan to invite the entire world to climb inside your mind and make you happy. Our work is based on the internet, celebrity figures and meme cultures. It was never our intention to start a dialogue about mental health issues. But as you know more than anybody, great art can often be divisive and is ultimately open to the interpretation of the public. We want to thank the internet for opening our eyes to this viewpoint and we now see how this project could be viewed as insensitive. We believe mental health is a serious issue and if our art is bringing awareness to this (even if accidentally) than perhaps just perhaps that’s a good thing. We’re fans of your rich body of work and we’re incredibly excited to share this playful installation with Splendour in the Grass and Bestival this year. Which is why we’ve decided to retitle the work HAPPY KANYE, which is what this is really all about. Good vibes 🌈😄

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Kim K, Kanye arrive in the Caribbean for early birthday celebration

Less than two weeks after celebrating their three-year wedding anniversary, Kardashian and West arrive in The Bahamas for an early birthday celebration for Kanye, who’s birthday is June 8. The pair bring their kids and family friends along for the trip that will last throughout the weekend. Source:

They rented out a huge luxurious amazing villa. They have had cases of Casamigos flown in and are drinking by their private pool. The kids all have their own play area and they all look like they are having a great time. Kanye wanted to plan this vacation for their family as it’s been awhile since they have taken a vacation together as a whole. Kim really needed time to relax and wants to spend quality time with Kanye and he is going out of his way to make it special.

1 Jun, 2017
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Report: Kim K, Kanye had six week trial separation

Rumor/unconfirmed

Life & Style reports that insiders says that after suffering a breakdown at the end of 2016 the rapper and his wife were going through a trial separation. But the duo’s third wedding anniversary on May 24 made them reconsider the split.

They want you to think that Kanye just needed a break from fame and Hollywood, [but] he also wanted a break from Kim and his life with her. They’re on different paths and don’t connect anymore. He feels like she isn’t worldly or interested in experiencing other cultures. They’re trying to make it work…but there are a lot of problems between them. It’s an ongoing struggle…He’s not back to himself since the hospitalization. He doesn’t want to put himself in a situation where he’s taking on too much.

31 May, 2017
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‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ originally called ‘Donda’s Boy’

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Rory Farrell, who co-hosts The Joe Budden Podcast along with Budden himself, says that MBDTF was originally called titled Donda’s Boy. Donda was Kanye’s late mother who died as a result of complications from surgery in the fall of 2007. Farrell, who was interning for Def Jam at the time, says he learned of the project’s original title when attending a label meeting for the release of Kanye’s then-upcoming album. Kanye arrived to the meeting accompanied by a small boy, who was wearing the same suit. However, Kanye said he wouldn’t have the meeting until everyone was dressed better. The next day, staff members showed up wearing suits. Farrell:

Everyone comes into the office looking like a terrible funeral. I went to H&M, I had no money. I looked a mess, a lot of execs I won’t name looked worse than me. He comes in, the child opens up his Louis Vuitton bag, throws a blanket over the conference table. Takes out two goblets—the medieval wine glasses. Pours him either white wine or water, it was in one of those unmarked bottles. And Kanye says, ‘I’m parched. We can begin now.’ He then takes out his laptop and starts playing My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. At this time, it was called Donda’s Boy, I don’t know if that ever went out but it was called Donda’s Boy and the idea was [that] he was going to do 10 tracks, and each track was going to be 10 minutes [long]. ‘Runaway’ was 20 minutes at the time, Pusha wasn’t on it.

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Kanye ‘stressed out’ over making new music

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An insider tells HollywoodLife.com that West is stressed about his return to the world after his November 2016 meltdown.

Kanye is stressed over new music and how he is going to make his return to the rap and pop culture world…He has obviously stayed lowkey since his meltdown. But now he’s stressed on what to do to get back in the limelight without making it look like he has lost a step…It’s looking like it will be a little bit before we see the return of Yeezy on our radios and award shows.

29 May, 2017
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Kim K: Kanye, Not Monica Rose, responsible for style transformation

TV Appearance

On Watch What Happens Live!, Cohen asks Kim K about her relationship with celebrity stylist Monica Rose:

The entire Kardashian/Jenner clan used a stylist named Monica rose. You all recently unfollowed her on social media and are no longer associated with her. Can you give us the real reason that she is no longer in your universe?

Kim K:

Shit. I will say…Y’know what. I haven’t worked with her in maybe four years, so my reason is not connected with this. But I will say that I read that it was said that she was the reason for my makeover when I met Kanye. And I will say that Kanye got me a new team and that was documented….And for me that I wanted a new vibe, and Kanye wanted to give me a makeover…I just wanted a change, but I recently heard that…[As for the family], you’d have to ask Khloe, Kendall and Kylie, and the girls.

Kim Kardashian West Was Happy When Kylie And Tyga Split | Plead The Fifth | WWHL

26 May, 2017
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Foxx: I doubted West on Slow Jamz

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Foxx says he was convinced Slow Jamz, his 2003 Kanye West and Twista collaboration, would bomb. Foxx was attempting to relaunch his singing career by throwing house parties in LA when he first met Kanye, then an up-and-coming rapper who had just survived a car crash.

I would throw parties just so I could get into music. I had a studio in my house, and when I had music people over, I said, ‘Leave some music in my studio,’ ’cause I was trying to get on. In walks this kid with a backpack on, jaw’s a little busted; it’s Kanye West. I asked Kanye to perform, so he did this freestyle and I said, ‘Oh my God, you’re about to be bigger than life!’.

However, Foxx wasn’t so sure about Kanye’s ability to make hits after West told him to sing the song with less of an R&B feel.

He said, ‘Don’t do that. Things have changed, just sing it simple. So when I sing the song, I’m thinking in my mind, ‘This song ain’t gonna work’. I do the song begrudgingly, leave and do a bad movie for six weeks, come back, [and] when I get back, my homie  said, ‘You know that song you said was bad? It’s number one in the country!’

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West fills house with flowers to celebrate third wedding anniversary

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Kim Kardashian sends a Snapchat showing dozens of floating white rose bouquets sent by West to celebrate their anniversary.

I mean how cute that I did to come home and see these gorgeous floating flowers. Happy anniversary!

18 Nov, 2016
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‘I would have voted on Trump’

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At his Saint Pablo Tour show in San Jose, West, as part of a 40 minute speech, says he would have voted for Trump, if he had voted. The crowd responds with boos, stunned silence. Some fans throw projectiles, including a Yeezy shoe, which West signs and returns to the thrower. West also reiterates his desire to run for president in 2020, saying his focus would be on education and that his campaign would use a different political model.

I would have voted on Trump. This is my platform and I’m going to talk about the paradigm shift that’s happening right now. Whether you voted for Hillary or Trump, this is a safe space for both of you…People who voted for either side come out to the show, I know media is more liberal, what I’m saying is I’m not judging Trump voters…There are Hillary supporters that may be louder, but MY fact is that there are people who who voted for Trump here at the show…The dumbest thing about politics is that politics separate, not one side or the other side is bad, it’s not Democratic or Republican…Stop focusing on racism. We are in a racist country – period.

30 Aug, 2015
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Apologizes to Swift, says he will run for President in 2020

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In a ten-minute acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs, West apologizes to Swift for grabbing the mike from her in 2009, and announces he will run for president in 2020.

If I had to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy. If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else?..After that night the stage was gone, but the effect it had on people remained. The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I was somehow disrespectful to artists.

I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We’re not gonna teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We’re gonna teach them that they can be something. We gonna teach our kids they can stand up for themselves, believe in themselves. It don’t matter though. It ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro! New ideas, people who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.

4 Aug, 2015
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VF interview: Healing Kanye rift

Interview

Swift talks to Vanity Fair about how Jay-Z helped her heal the relationship with West.

I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time,” Swift says. “I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.

27 Jul, 2015
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West praises Jenner

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West and Kardashian meet with Jenner for the first time following her transition on E!’s I Am Cait. West:

One of the strongest things that have happened in our existence as human beings that are controlled by perception. You couldn’t have been up against more: Like, your daughter is a supermodel, you’re a celebrity, you have every type of thing, and it was still like, ‘f— everybody, this is who I am.’

26 Jul, 2015
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Storms off Pan Am Games closing ceremony

Music Performance

West throws his mic and storms offstage at the Pan Am Games closing ceremony when the audio for the live audience stops working. According to the CBC Olympics official Twitter feed, those enjoying the broadcast version of Kanye’s performance could still hear him  but his microphone cut off completely for those watching live from inside Toronto’s Rogers Centre.

 

26 Jun, 2015
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Calls West ‘poser’

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When asked if he still believed his previous Tweet that West was “an idiot and a poser” Cosby says:

Yes, I said that! It all stands on what you produce, what you actually put down. Kanye West can’t write, sing, or play. So I have trouble with him as anything but a poser. Produce? That means he sits in a chair while the engineer does the work. He’s a poser! And I’m not backing off it.

15 Jun, 2015
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Confirms album collaborators

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Blake confirms forthcoming third album, Radio Silence, to feature Vernon and West. Blake:

I can confirm they’re on it. Kanye — I’m with him today. We’d already started on something but it’s not in full swing. Today we should nail something down. If it doesn’t end up on the album you know it hasn’t worked.

1 Jun, 2015
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Second pregnancy

Pregnancy

Kardashian says she is expecting her second child with West. The couple confirms their pregnancy with NBC News, saying their baby is due at the end of the year.

I just got the blood test back, and I am pregnant!

Kim Kardashian Reveals She's Pregnant Again – VIDEO

10 Apr, 2015
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T Magazine interview

Interview

T Magazine interviews West about his Yeezy apparel brand.

It’s literally like I know this is really harsh, but it’s like Before Yeezy and After Yeezy. This is the new Rome! On tour I would scream Look at this mountain I just made! You don’t think I can make a T-shirt? Look at everyone in the audience we’re selling $300,000 worth of T-shirts every night!

7 Apr, 2015
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Settles LAX scuffle lawsuit

Settlement

West settles lawsuit with photographer Daniel Ramos over LAX scuffle. Ramos’ attorney, Allred, doesn’t reveal the terms of the settlement, but says the agreement includes West apologizing to Ramos. Allred:

We believe that this case sent an important message. Celebrities are not above the law, and they have no right to physically attack someone simply because they were asked a question.

2 Mar, 2015
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Gives Oxford lecture

Gives Talk

West gives a guest lecture at Oxford University. West discusses his ego and his public persona.

One of my biggest Achilles’ heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone. People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building.

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Kanye West interview

Interview

West breaks down during an interview with BBC Radio 1 host Lowe while discussing late fashion design professor Louise Wilson.

[She was] the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school, ever. I didn’t know we were going to lose her.

West cries into his hands and walks out of interview for a few moments.

That’s never happened to me in an interview before.

Zane Lowe meets Kanye West 2015 – Contains Strong Language

20 Feb, 2015
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Exchange insults

BreakupRomance

Rose continues to exchange insults against West’s ugly about her past. West:

If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn’t be an Amber Rose. It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose… I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.

Rose:

This is my moment to let the world know who u really are and the things you’ve done to me.

18 Feb, 2015
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‘Joke as a fashion designer’

Interview

Cutrone calls West a ‘joke as a designer’, referring to West’s Adidas shoe line.

I’m not into his fashion thing. I think he’s fine as a rapper. I think he’s a joke as a fashion designer. I mean, it’s not, he’s not legit. Have you seen the product? Didn’t he have his own line in London, which was a disaster that he spent $10 million to do, that no one wore? I just think that you should stay focused at what you’re good at. Just because you’re a good rapper doesn’t mean you’re going to be a good fashion designer.

16 Feb, 2015
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Style.com interview

Interview

West discusses his Adidas Originals Collection and how he and Kim Kardashian were shunned by people in the fashion industry.

I just think I have a vision of something that I want to do. But God has a special way to teach people through life. I guess I got a little more credit for my second collection than my first, for whatever that is worth. But soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars. And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me. The so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window and I was finally allowed to go to school, where every day I was in my mom [Kris Jenner]’s house, in my little brother’s old room, Rob’s old room, re-tailoring a Céline skirt, re-tailoring a Saint Laurent jacket, re-tailoring a Zara top, re-tailoring Wolford … And day by day by day, [Kim and I] learned, we got better. We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style, we improved each other.

11 Feb, 2015
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On Air interview

Interview

Seacrest interviews West during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about his shoe collaboration with Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost. Retailing at $350 dollars, Kanye promises there will be no violence due to under stocking of his shoes.

I just want people to be safe and patient. I know you can run up on this 14-year-old kid and take his Yeezys, but just be patient because we’ll make more Yeezys. Eventually, everybody who wants to get Yeezys will get Yeezys. Adidas has promised me that because there’s so many kids that wanted them, but couldn’t get them. And I talked to the heads at Adidas and they said, ‘We can make them’… Like when I was growing up, kids wanted Jordans. Kids got killed for Jordans. Now that I’m in a position, I’m going to make sure everyone gets Yeezys.

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On air interview

Interview

Seacrest interviews West during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about the Grammy controversy when he ran on stage during Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year.

Well first of all, Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So, there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way. And the weird thing is like, and I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments, but the reality of it is and case in point by who came up to me right afterwards is it’s almost like a chiropractor. You know, you just get a little crook out like, Wow, this crook has been there! It’s just a little jolt of truth, right? And then you know, everyone feels better after the fact, or everyone is way more famous after the fact, or everyone sells way more albums after the fact, and then Kanye just goes on being an a**hole to everyone.

Kanye West Explains Grammys Stunt, Plans to Work With Taylor Swift | On Air with Ryan Seacrest

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