If you could sum up 2013 with just one person, Kanye West probably believes that person would be Kanye West. But unlike years past, he didn’t just use his music to get his message across. This year, Yeezy uncharacteristically sat down with some of the biggest names in media for a spate of interviews.
Eminem has plenty to be thankful for this week; the Detroit rapper rules Nielsen SoundScan’s singles and albums chart this week, as Lady Gaga watches sales of her Artpop plummet. For more, we turn to this week’s SoundScanner:
Hello my food coma compatriots. I know, yesterday was a big day for us. We ate, maybe socialized with some family, then ate some more. It was epic. And now we are oh so very full. But it’s time to take off the Snuggie, pry yourself off of the couch and dust the crumbs off your lap. It’s time to work off all those beautiful calories we gobbled down with one ultimate workout. Cause baby you know those cals ain’t gonna burn themselves. So, let’s take a cue from the svelte n’ sexy Britney Spears and hot poppa Kanye West to figure out how to get through this dreaded gym routine. Vote now and decide whether Britney’s “Work B**ch” or Kanye’s “The New Workout Plan” gets us more amped to break a sweat like it’s nobody’s bidness. Ready, set, GO!
Kanye West treated fans at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn to a classic Yeezy rant on Wednesday night, and it’s going to take us a minute to unravel all the things he’s upset about this time. The clearest target, as far as we can tell, is Bruno Mars, or, more specifically, MTV for giving Bruno Mars “all the motherf–king awards and sh–” at the VMAs this year. “Then can’t no motherf–king networks try to gas everybody up so they can sell some product with the prettiest motherf–ker out,” he said. (As MTV just pointed out, Mars won exactly two awards, Best Male Video for “Locked Out of Heaven” and Best Choreography for “Treasure.) Who else is he mad at?
Kanye West‘s largely antagonistic approach to getting the word out about his incredible new album, Yeezus, took a weird turn over the last few days. After largely ignoring the American media since his album’s June release, he appeared on the debut episode of inflammatory author Bret Easton Ellis’ new podcast on Monday and used the opportunity to espouse his guiding principle of being (and we quote) “super dedicated to awesomeness, and making things better.” Those are qualities the world could definitely use more of, which is why we were totally thrown off guard when we saw the video for “Bound2,” which is neither awesome nor something anyone would describe as “making things better.”