Things got even hotter at the already smokin’ Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last night, as Kanye West surprised guests and angels alike by inviting “big bro” Jay-Z onstage to perform with him. Though friends and freestylin’ comrades for years, rap’s Glimmer Twins seem to have been almost inseparable since their Watch The Throne collaboration dropped over the summer. The two are like hip hop’s Butch and Sundance, and we can’t get enough of seeing them together. Sometimes it looks like Jay is giving ‘Yeezy some advice before prom, and other times they look like besties posing for Facebook pix, but the results are always adorable. So we’ve assembled the most “awwwww”-inspiring photos of history’s flyest bromance. Head on over to the gallery below to feel the love!
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Everyone knows how vital a superior sample is to a great song (See Also: almost every song made in the past 10 years), but in case you’ve forgotten, let a possible Jay-Z and Kanye West lawsuit over Watch The Throne refresh your memory. Soul singer Syl Johnson is allegedly planning to go after Hova and Weezy for using a sample of his song “Different Strokes” in the song “The Joy” without his permission or, more importantly, a paycheck. Reportedly Kanye West had been in talks to use part of the song for his last album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but a deal couldn’t be reached. Seeing as how talks weren’t resumed for Watch The Throne, apparently two hyper-famous millionaires just thought no one would notice if they sprinkled a little bit of the tune on their new album. Shockingly, someone did.
Following the release of Watch the Throne, archival label Numero Group was also surprised to find their names attached to it in conjuncture with “Different Strokes,” writing on their blog yesterday, “Late last night, we received a phone call from Syl—who was nearly in tears—asking if we knew why The Numero Group appeared in the credits to a new Kanye West/Jay Z album called Watch The Throne. We had no idea.” The post ends with the promise: “Island Def Jam seems to think that Syl doesn’t have any fight left in him. We’re betting otherwise.” We’d be fighting to have our name recognized too, Syl; do you hear how good “The Joy” is?
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After a spell of acting like a subdued elder statesman of the rap game, the Kanye West we know and love returned with another bizarre (and bigheaded) outburst that may cause you to face-palm yourself in confusion. Being anything but chill while performing at the Big Chill music festival in England, he ranted:
“I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m f–king insane, like I’m Hitler. One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did.”
The crowd booed (he also began his set a half hour late), but AirÃ‚Â Yeezy went on to say he wished to be remembered as the Air Jordan of the music world, not Hitler.