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Kanye West Press Releases Talib Kweli

KANYE and TALIB EXCLUSIVES only on ZUNE MARKETPLACE

In Zune’s constant quest to provide exclusive content for their audience they have teamed up with both Kanye West and Talib Kweli to release exclusive content from both of these artists available only at the Zune Marketplace and Zune.net.

Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nuthin” remix featuring Young Jeezy will be available only at the Zune Marketplace on September 18th. In addition to the exclusive track, Zune.net will have an exclusive interview with Kanye from his private party at the Hard Rock Hotel during MTV’s VMA weekend.

Talib Kweli is currently Zune’s ‘Ignition’ artist for the month of September. The artist recently performed at the Chicago stop of Zune’s unique “Live at the BBQ” concert series where he joined Mos Def on stage. The Zune Marketplace is featuring the exclusive track “Hush,” a track-by-track breakdown of the influential artist’s latest release Eardrum, and a guest playlist put together by Talib himself. In addition, there is exclusive video content on Xbox Live, and MSN.com is presenting a Blacksmith TV episode narrated by Talib Kweli, himself.

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Kanye ft. T-Pain – Good Life [VIDEO]

Graduation dropped today. Pick that shit up.

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Kanye West: Never cared about being No. 1

Kanye West: ‘Never cared about being No. 1′

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West considers a certain “SexyBack” singer his biggest rival.

Kanye West says that he and Justin Timberlake “push each other.”

“My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake,” the 29-year-old rapper tells XXL magazine in its October issue, on newsstands September 11. “He’s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level — black radio, white radio.”

“If Justin hadn’t come out and killed the game, I can’t say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they’re on,” he says. “We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.”

A sly dig at 50 Cent? Earlier this month, the 31-year-old gangsta rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson, promised to quit his solo career if West’s new album, “Graduation,” outsells his upcoming CD, “Curtis.” Both albums are due out September 11.

West, a six-time Grammy winner, tells XXL that he’s “never cared about being No. 1.” Record sales, he figures, aren’t as important as how the music connects with people.

“I feel like my lyrics are, if not THE, then equal to, the realest lyrics out,” he says. “I connected with so many people without talkin’ about guns and drugs. … It’s harder to go to work 365 days than shoot a person in one day.”

Further, “there’s nothing about wearing a pink Polo that would make anyone believe that I would hold a gun,” he says.

West realizes his flamboyant style and less-than-humble public behavior — like throwing fits over not winning music awards — could hinder his chances for success.

“… When people come up to you like, ‘That was really good,’ you’re supposed to play stupid, like, ‘Wow, you really think so?’ ”

“Because people can’t really handle the truth,” he continues. “But I am the truth. I’d rather be hated for what I am than loved for what I’m not.”

Source: CNN

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Kanye previews two songs off Graduation

The Louis Vuitton don chopped it up with DJ Tim Westwood from BBC Radio 1 recently, and let Westwood play snippets of two songs off the forthcoming Graduation: “Big Brother,” dedicated to Jay-Z, and “Champion.”

Graduation drops September 11.

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50: “If Kanye Sells More Records… I Won’t Put Out Any More Solo Albums”

From SOHH:

50 Cent recently bet his rap career that he’d outsell Kanye West when their albums drop next month.

Despite holding a more successful track record, skeptics are questioning whether 50 Cent’s Curtis will outsell Kanye West’s Graduation come September 11. Ask 50 and he’ll tell you there’s no way he’ll come in second. In fact, he’s ready to wager his career on it.

“They would like to see Kanye West give me a problem because I’ve worked myself into a space where I’ve become the favorite,” Fif told SOHH exclusively. “Everybody roots for the underdog when he goes against the favorite.

“Put it like this,” 50 told SOHH. “Let’s raise the stakes. If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I’ll no longer write music. I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t put out any more solo albums.

“And I bet this, when Kanye West’s sales come in, he’s gonna have a 70% decrease [the second week] ’cause Def Jam is gonna buy records to keep him closer to 50 Cent,” the Queens rapper added. “So watch the first week and then watch the second week. Watch his @#* drop off the planet. We keep our angles covered before we make a decent bet.”

As previously reported, the two superstars spent time in the studio together working on Fif’s LP, but SOHH has learned that the material they worked on isn’t scheduled to appear on the album’s final version.

“We worked together on an actual record to try and create something,” 50 said. “I went in with Kanye, I went in with Swizz Beatz, I went in with will.i.am, I went in with Polow [Da Don] just to see if they had something that I didn’t, to create a new direction for me that I couldn’t get my hands on. I mean these guys are popular producers [and] have a higher consistency than a guy that’s unknown, but a lot of times they may have music planned that doesn’t fit the project that you’re working on.”

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Hmmm…

Kanye’s alternative video for “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’.”

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Kanye West Reviews

Kanye West @ House of Blues, Orlando, FL review

by Brainiac

An entertaining live show is something very hard to pull off. One would think that if a song is popular on the airwaves, then that automatically equates high quality when performed live. However, that is not always the case, because in order to give an entertaining live show, you must involve the audience to a point where they feel the same emotion that you as the performer is trying to evoke into your songs. Enter, Kanye West, arguably the hottest act in hip hop and r&b right now. His sped up soul samples have quickly became a staple in hip hop resulting in him having simultaneous #1 songs on both the hip hop and r&b charts. If you have listened to any urban radio station for at least 15 minutes, you have probably heard one of his songs. Also, his debut album ‘College Dropout’ is the 3rd highest first week selling debut album for a hip hop artist to date.

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Kanye West – College Dropout (bootleg) review

by Hugo Lunny

“The future of Hip Hop” – Mos Def (prior to a Def Poetry Jam performance). What Mos Def right? What does he of all people know? Well, according to his music and personality – a shitload. His opinion regarding Kanye was nothing short of accurate.

After ghost-producing for some noteworthy artists, Kanye scored a deal with one of rap’s largest and most impressionable labels. With few artists proving to make a worthwhile enough creative impact on Rocafella (Jay being the clear exception), having Kanye along was a brilliant move.

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Clinton Sparks & Kanye West – Touch The Sky review

Kanye Westby Plus One

Clinton Sparks grabbed me when I heard him speaking on his first official release stating that he wouldn’t be satisfied until people would be playing a video game of his while listening to a CD of his, drinking a drink of his etc. I can’t recall exactly what it is, but his aspirations were pretty overwhelming and entertaining. It seems though, that that piece of audio wasn’t far from the truth, as the Boston DJ/producer has what seems like an exclusive mixtape out every other week.

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Kanye West – College Dropout review

Kanye Westby Phayde

It is undeniable that in the past few years, hip-hop had reached a plateau. With no consistency in quality mainstream albums being released, old-schoolers dusted off their classic 90s records, nerd rap fans continued jocking pseudo-intellectual rap about asteroids and metaphysics, and Dipset dominated the airwaves. Everyone pointed their finger at someone else, and ultimately, nothing was done about it.

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