Samsung took a stop in New York City last night to launch the Galaxy Note 2, complete with a performance by Grammy award-winning artist Kanye West.
Like many other tech journalists in New York City, Tuesday was an average day filled with Apple iPad mini announcements, quirky science news about a talking Beluga whale, and some new Windows 8 laptops and tablets. Then, this came in the mail.
Thank you for RSVPing for the Samsung Galaxy Note II event on Wednesday! We wanted to invite you to stay after the press conference for a special performance by Kanye West.
Although we’ve already reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, our New York staff had planned to attend the event in case anything new would be announced. But after this email was sent out, tech media flocked to Moynihan Station in midtown New York to prepare for the long wait for Grammy award-winning artist Kanye West to drop a surprise performance slapped in the middle of the week.
What made Kanye Jesus Walk his way into the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 World Tour event is beyond us, but by 9 p.m., some members of the public also joined the party, filling the room with an energy and noise totally unexpected for a phablet launch party. Also in attendance were also some of New York’s finest gossip bait, including fashion editor Nina Garcia, Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D, and the New York Giants star wide receiver, Victor Cruz.
In a quick set that lasted just over an hour, Kanye West performed classics like “Heartless,” “Runaway,” “All of the Lights,” and “Through the Wire,” while bringing in a special guest of his own, 2 Chainz, to accompany a recent hit, “Birthday Song.” The set ended with a new record, “Clique” before West disappeared behind the stage without an encore. While the concert was certainly memorable and intimate (all things considered, the room was pretty small), did the crowd leave with an impression of Samsung and the Galaxy Note 2 in mind, or were they overwhelmed with the presence of the one and only Yeezy? I guess we’ll find out when the phone-meets-tablet hybrid becomes available this November.
Kanye West and Jay-Z grudgingly allowed a filmmaker to capture footage of their work in the studio while they recorded the collaborative album ‘Watch the Throne.’ The 11-minute documentary (via Global Grind) catches the legendary rappers at work and at play during the recording sessions.
The video, filmed by Robert Lopuski, mixes behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the record with classic clips, like when West first announced that he had signed with Jay-Z’s label. Jay-Z gushes about his former protege, saying, “I’ve seen him from the beginning to where he is now. To see him as a producer, how he’s grown as a producer and an artist, for me, on another level it’s enjoyable. I’m watching a guy I pretty much mentored become his own guy with his own opinion. It’s fantastic.”
The clip also shows private moments between the rappers and Beyonce. In one scene, West presents Jay with an engraved ring for his birthday. Later, as they listen back to the album, Kanye is impressed by his own work, saying, “All that s— is emotional!” There’s even a clip of Russell Crowe sitting around a table with the gang while the song in which Kanye mentions Crowe’s name is played.
Lopuski told Paradigm Magazine it was challenging to shoot the film, because at first the rappers refused to do interviews or to let him record any of their conversations, but gradually, he gained their trust.
Lopuski said, “So much was happening, in such an off-the-cuff kind of way, that I found myself using whatever tools was available. Many times, I would use my cell phone if I had to. There was a lot of use of flip video, iPhone and piece of s— little cameras in that piece. I’d get access without the equipment, and so, once I was inside and they felt comfortable, I used whatever tool I could, which was usually little consumer-grade cameras. It wasn’t until Kanye and I built a rapport on the side that I think he started becoming interested in having me around. I basically spoke freely and challenged what was being made and why.”
Last month, DJ Khaled, Kanye West and Rick Ross came together to film the video for their “I Wish You Would” collaboration. We caught photos on set of the Hype Williams-directed video, and today DJ Khaled brings us official behind-the-scenes footage of hisKiss the Ring single. Before we get the final product in the coming days, DJ Khaled is set to reveal the star-studded tracklisting to his August 28 album tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST.
Go on set with the trio below…..
It was in early April that Kanye West revealed that he “fell in love with Kim” on his track “Way Too Cold,” subsequently enjoying an all-night date with Kardashian. But the pair remained coy; during an appearance on the “Today” show shortly after, Kim would only say, “Kanye and I have been friends for years. You never know what the future holds or where my life will take me.”
It wasn’t until the couple’s first PDA, on April 23, that they put to rest any lingering doubts that they were actually dating. It was then that Kanye and Kim were seen holding hands at the opening of Scott Disick’s new restaurant, RYU. And as of Wednesday, 72 days –the length of Kardashian’s marriage to ex Kris Humphries — have passed since that milestone, and the rapper and reality star have become anything but shy when it comes to showing affection for each other in public.
Here are some of the memorable moments from their courtship so far.
Kanye West is definitely not cheap when it comes to giving gifts, but he may be suffering from a lack of creativity. West gifted his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, with a skull statue, similar to the one he gave to Jay-Z for Father’s Day, reportsHip Hollywood.
Sources told the website that West had the letters “KKW” engraved on the item, effectively giving Kardashian his last name, and showing that he takes their nearly three-month relationship very seriously.
West allegedly felt “inspired” to buy the gold skull for the reality star after learning that Michael Jackson bought the same one for Elizabeth Taylor.
Having just appeared at the 2012 BET Awards, Kimye jetted to Paris for the city’s fashion week.
Check out photos of the happy couple in the city of lights, and Kardashian’s new present, below.
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Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” video won the award for Video of the Year. Jay-Z started off their acceptance speech thanking BET for the award, and then stepped aside to let Kanye speak. And just as ‘Ye began to say his thank yous, Jay interrupted him, saying, “Excuse me Kanye, I’m gonna let you continue, but,” which was an obvious joke and reference to Kanye’s infamous VMA interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.
Jay-Z and West — aka The Throne — were given the first award of the night, best group, presented after a performance by West.
“I’m bad at losing, and I’m bad at winning,” West said in his acceptance speech. “I’m already saying the wrong thing. I wish Jay-Z was here to say something politically correct for me.”
Jay-Z then suddenly appeared from backstage (he later explained he had gotten held up by “L.A. traffic,” causing him to miss performing with West).
“We worked really hard on this album,” Jay-Z said. “We didn’t take anything for granted. We didn’t rely on our name. … We’re going to just keep making the best stuff ever.”
Meanwhile, Jay-Z and West beat out the former’s wife, Beyonce, for video of the year.
Of the couple, who welcomed a baby girl in January, presenter Jamie Foxx joked that “there’s gonna be an argument at the crib, trying to see who’s the hottest in the household.”
In accepting the video of the year award for “Otis,” Jay-Z also had fun with West, interrupting the latter as he was trying to give his acceptance speech. (West famously interrupted Tayor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to declare his belief that Beyonce should have won the award for best female video.)
“Excuse me, Kanye, I’m gonna let you continue, but ….” Jay-Z joked. West laughed at the jab, as did Beyonce from her front-row seat in the audience.
Beyonce also took home two awards, incuding best female R&B artist. She gave a shoutout to fellow female singers in her acceptance speech.
“I fell in love with music by listening to R&B, and it’s at the core of who I am,” she said. “I want to thank BET for giving R&B a home and also the talented women before me, Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige,and I dedicate this to Whitney Houston, my angel.”
Beyonce and Alan Ferguson also won the video director of the year award.
Chris Brown won best male R&B singer and also performed during the show, but he made no mention of the recent altercation with fellow hip-hop star Drake at a New York club that left at least eight people, including NBA star Tony Parker, injured.
Brown also took home the Fandemonium Award for a third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj, who performed during the show, was named best female hip-hop artist for the third year in a row.
“I don’t take it for granted,” she said in accepting the award. “Thank you BET for keeping this category alive and appreciating all the female rappers for doing their thing — past, present and future.”
Big Sean, who performed during the show, was named best new artist, while Yolanda Adams won for best gospel artist.
Best collaboration went to Wale featuring Miguel for “Lotus Flower Bomb.”
Meanwhile, Think Like a Man star Kevin Hart was named best actor.
“First of all I knew I would win,” Hart quipped in accepting his award. “I was a shoo-in, much better than [fellow nominees] Denzel [Washington] and Don Cheadle, a little better than Idris [Elba].”
Hart then turned serious, thanking his fans and saying the honor was “unexpected.”
During the show, Houston was remembered with a tribute that featured Mariah Carey, Brandy, Monica, Chaka Khan and Houston’s mother Cissy and Gary, among others.
Chante Moore peformed a tribute to the late Donna Summer, while Valerie Ashford sang “Ain’t Nothing but the Real Thing” in honor of her late husband, Nick Ashford.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, whose hits include “Happy Feelin’s,” “Lady of Magic,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Feel That You’re Feeling,” “Joy and Pain” and “Look in Your Eyes.” Tyler Perry, Tyrese and Faith Evans were among those taking part in the tribute to the band.
Meanwhiel, the Rev. Al Sharpton was presented with the Humanitarian Award by BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee for his work in bringing awareness to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was fatally shot earlier this year by a neighborhood watchman.
The Coca-Cola viewers choice award went to boy band Mindless Behavior, who beat out the likes of Beyonce, Brown, Jay-Z and West, Drake and Wale.
Watch performances from Sunday night’s show below.
With their “Watch the Throne” European tour wrapped up, Jay-Z and his Roc-La-Familia made their way to London for BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012 on Saturday night. The first guest of Hov’s set? Rihanna, who joined her Roc Nation boss for “Run This Town.”
Watch Rihanna, Jay, and Kanye West rock the London festival crowd at Hackney below…..
Another day, another Kanye West outburst. This time, the Throne rapper had to chastise a concertgoer for throwing a coin onstage. Yes, a coin. This all happened while West was performing in Dublin, Ireland on his Watch the Throne tour. Luckily for us, it was captured on video.
While Yeezy was performing the ‘Good Life,’ he fumbled his lyrics and ordered the DJ to cut the song and replay it again. “I’m not trying to make any excuses but some motherf—er threw a f—in’ coin up here and, like, threw me all the way off,” he says as he picks up the coin and shows it to the crowd.
“Don’t throw no hard s— up here while we’re performing, seriously,” he continues, scolding the fan. ‘You f—ed up for everybody. I was having a perfect show, flawless victory.”
We can understand that West is a perfectionist when it comes to his stage show, but getting frustrated over a coin is a bit much. Right?
Do we spot a new concert trend happening here?
The Throne better hire security to check for office supplies and loose change in fan’s pockets at the door. We kid, of course.
Do you think Kanye West was out of line with his latest concert outburst? Tell us in the comments below.
Watch Kanye West Scream at Dublin Fan Over a Thrown Coin
Regardless of how you (or we) feel about Kanye West’s music, factual errors are factual errors. And that’s exactly why we’re posting this music video of Kanye’s new single, “Mercy.”
Or is that, “Murci?” As in, Murciélago?
Kanye apparently thinks so, as the lyrics specifically say “Murci-lago” a couple of times throughout the song. But look closely: That black Lamborghini featured in the back of the video? It’s a Gallardo. The smaller headlamp clusters are a dead giveaway.
Scroll down to see the Lambo’s guest appearance in Kanye’s video for yourself. Oh, and be warned – the song’s lyrics are very, very NSFW.