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Thank you Busta and Q. This brings me back to the days when a high school kid in pink polos first discovered Midnight Marauders and everything changed for the better. The newest joint from the-hit-or-miss-but-always-lovable Mr. Rhymes, “Thank You,” featuring several stellar verses from my favorite MC of all time, Q-Tip, is a reminder that inventive, lyrical backpack hip hop is still alive. R&B might be in vogue in hip hop hipsterdom, and Pitchfork might be disingenuously slinging out eight point ratings to Waka Flocka, but “Thank You,” with brief throw-away cameos from Kanye and Baby D, is proof that spitting poetry, half-hilarious half-brilliant, over minimalist jazz piano and sparse beats still works. With Busta’s comic book onomatopoeiae (“See how we push sometimes man forget cuff, beat him the head / Boop-be-de-de-boff, zippity-boof / Beat him in the head again, “stop killing me, Wolf!”) in full effect and Q-Tip’s smoothly delivered no-sweat-off-my-back Brooklyn bravado as fresh as ever (“Bitches and ballerinas / Ballers and in-betweeners / Blatant non-believers and over-achievers / Kicking it in paisley Adidas”), “Thank You” delivers on all counts. Check it out below.
STREAM: Busta Rhymes – “Thank You (Ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne)”
Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour has been on blocks since Halloween, when news broke regarding a truck crash that destroyed a custom video truss and a 60-foot circular LED screen that were essential to the production. The good news is the tour is set to get back on track with re-routed dates starting next Saturday 11/16 in Philly; the bad news is concerts in Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis, and St. Louis are canceled altogether. As a Columbus resident, I was feeling pretty dumb about acquiring Detroit tickets before the Columbus show was announced, but now I’m feeling pretty awesome about that decision. Revised itinerary below.
Celebrity magician David Blaine has been working on a 90-minute TV special for ABC to air during this month’s sweeps featuring, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Robert De Niro, Katy Perry, Stephen Hawking and former President George W. Bush.” The special, which allegedly has been years in the making, also features visits to the homes and kitchens of Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, and none other than Kanye West. Hopefully Blaine brought along some hand sanitizer because if “Bound 2” is to be believed, Kanye has a thing for sex on the sink.
Kanye and DONDA this week unveiled their new line of G.O.O.D. Music clothing. The collection consists of pretty standard streetwear items: t-shirts, hoodies, sweats and hats, bearing the G.O.O.D. Music logos.
Last week, Kanye West proposed to girlfriend Kim Kardashian at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, renting the entire ballpark and hiring an orchestra for the occasion. A whole mob of friends was on hand to watch the overblown-but-weirdly-romantic occasion, and one of those onlookers posted a shaky cell-phone video of the proposal. As Billboard points out, it turns out that the person filming was Chad Hurley, one of the co-founders of YouTube, and Kanye is now suing him for leaking the video. The lawsuit alleges that Hurley was not invited but that he was allowed to stay because he signed a non-disclosure agreement. But Hurley still posted the video on MixBit, his new video-sharing website. See if you get invited anywhere anytime soon, Chad Hurley! Of course, the real reason for Kanye’s rancor is both obvious and depressing: The video wasn’t supposed to link because the E! Network had cameras on hand, and they filmed the proposal for inclusion on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. So this whole thing counts as a spoiler for that show. Be warned.