Queens is hosting their own GovBall in October with an amazing line-up

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In case you’re still bummed that the Kanye West show got cancelled a few weeks ago, here’s your chance to see him again, along with Grimes, Savages and more.

The Queens GovBall, officialy knowa as ‘The Meadows,’ takes place October 1 & 2 at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Pre-sale starts at 11am EST tomorrow and general on-sale starts at 11am EST on Thursday, June 23rd

Full line-up below: [Read more…]

Tasteless VMA posters featuring Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman spotted in Brooklyn

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MTV is dumb, but not THIS dumb and has confirmed that the posters are fake. The VMA’s are this Sunday at the Barclays Center.

From DNA:

A host of controversial new street posters have popped up in Brooklyn, featuring the logo of the MTV Video Music Awards beneath a mashup of racy Kanye West lyrics and drawings of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.

The hand-drawn-style posters, which features the MTV Video Music Awards logo next to a hash tag, “#VMA,” features drawings of two men, labeled “Trayvon” and “Zimmerman,” interspersed with paraphrased lyrics from Kanye West’s “New Slaves” — “He’d rather be a dick than a swallower.” [Read more…]

Kanye’s Failed HBO Pilot

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[Executive Producer Larry] Charles did say that the show is roughly Kanye’s version of Larry David’s show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” an idea that Kanye thought up himself. “What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, ‘I’m the black Larry David.’ That’s the first thing he said to me. So it’s like a Kanye-and-‘Curb’ show, it’s kind of improvised about the situations and stuff.

According to Gawker:

The project was scrapped—probably when someone at HBO saw the above video—because it was “too hardcore,” according to one network exec.

Yeezus, Pleazus, Your “Black Skinhead” Video Is Cheezus

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We’ve been enjoying the new Kanye record, despite its terribly misogynistic and annoyingly lyrics. That said, this video is really unfortunate, especially since “Black Skinhead” is the stand-out track on Kanye’s latest ode narcissism, Yeezus. [via]

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Kanye debuts new song via Williamsburg building projections

kanyewytheKanye West debuted his song New Slaves last night by projecting a video on buildings throughout the world. In Williamsburg the projections popped up at N. 7th and Bedford, and on the side of Wythe Hotel. You can see [Read more…]

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

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It’s refreshing (and relaxing) to talk about something other than CMJ for a change.  Not that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy myself during the all-out clusterfuck of a festival that is the “Music Marathon,” but the weight of tracking hundreds of shows, attending them, and consuming all the free booze that’s flowing over a few days borders on burdensome at some points.  I know.  Serious, SERIOUS #hipsterproblems.

I digress.  The beauty of New York City is that we’re not waiting all year to see bands.  We’re not Manchester, Tennessee or Indio, California.  Shit, we’re not even Austin, Texas (no offense.)  We ALWAYS have stuff going on.  And that’s why I’m here, no?

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New Kanye West Jam from ‘The Man With the Iron Fists’ Soundtrack: “White Dress”

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On November 2, RZA will make his directorial debut with the pop-cultural smorgasbord The Man With the Iron Fists. Written by RZA with Eli Roth and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and RZA himself.

The film’s soundtrack– which is out on October 23 on Soul Temple/STAX/Red Distribution– is packed, too. We’ve heard Method Man’s track with Freddie Gibbs and Streetlife; Pusha T, Raekwon, and Joell Ortiz’s track; Ghostface’s track with M.O.P. and Pharoahe Monch; the Wu-Tang Clan’s track, the Revelations’ track with Tre Williams, and RZA’s track with the Black Keys.

(Note: this film is directed by RZA not, as Pitchfork says, Quentin Tarantino.) And here’s the trailer: [Read more…]

H.A.M.

As a food, ham isn’t that tough. You know, Christmas dinners and all that. But when I found out that this Kanye + Jay-Z collaboration from their forthcoming Watch the Throne wasn’t about pork, I decided to give it a listen. And I guess “Hard As a Motherfucker” is a cool sentiment and theme for a song.

The track has the two powerhouses rapping over huge strings and operatic vocal arrangements. And the immensity of the production is really its best quality. Some of the rhymes are a little bland, but as the instruments build and then get stripped away to just a lone piano and then cut back in with the melody, it does kind of feel hard as a motherfucker.

Check it out over at Facebook, where you go to find new music. Watch the Throne is slated to be released in March.