rollingstone: Kanye West made a surprise appearance at the Occupy Wall Street protests this past weekend, joining media mogul Russell Simmons and a string of other artists who have voiced support in the fight against corporate greed in America. Often recognized for his showiness, West kept his visit low-key (meaning he didn’t rush the stage or wear his diamond-encrusted grill).
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October 14, 2011
October 19, 2011
This is every sample one Kanye West has used in his songs.
October 26, 2011
November 1, 2011
The biggest tour of the year kicked off in Atlanta on Friday in front of 20,000 people at the Phillips Arena, and GQ’s Will Welch was there to witness Jay-and-Ye history. Click over to GQ.com for his full running diary of the big night. Below, Will’s account of the minutes just before the superstars took the stage.
8:40 p.m. Kanye West’s road manager Don C opens a back door at Phillips Arena and lets us in. “They’re about to walk,” he says, meaning Jay and Ye are about to take the stage. “So let’s go right now.” Don C takes us back to Kanye’s dressing room. Kanye is standing in front of a mirror as two styling assistants hurriedly push pins into a leather kilt. He’s wearing an extra-long custom black T-shirt. It has the image of Kanye’s face melded with a saber-toothed tiger (or some kind of large cat) from the Watch the Throne album packaging screened on it, along with stars around the neck, and the initials JZ and KW in gothic font on the sleeves. Plus the kilt, black leather pants, and his own Nike hi-tops, the Air Yeezy 2. He says, “Pretty psychedelic, right?” We agree and then Kanye’s creative director, Virgil Abloh, politely asks us to maybe, you know, let the man finish getting ready for the tour that’s starting in a couple of minutes? #yikes #noprob
8:45 p.m. Backstage is buzzing. LeBron James is here wearing a snakeskin Miami Heat snapback cap made by Don C. We ask him for a GQ vs. LeBron rematch in Miami. He laughs. We take that as a yes?
8:55 p.m. About ten of us are bullshitting in a hallway backstage when the door to the dressing room marked simply “Hov” opens and Jay-Z walks out. He’s wearing a Yankees snapback pulled way low. Like, Kanye, Jay also wears an extra-long black custom tee with stars around the neck and the initials JZ and KW in gothic font on the sleeves. There is no Jay-Z cat face, leather kilt, or leather pants. He is gripping a glass of red wine. We can’t smell the wine, but the wine smells expensive. The whole hallway goes quiet and stares. He moves slowly and in silence—and his presence instantaneously sucks up all the oxygen in the room, all the noise. Nobody so much as breathes. Jay’s got a screwed up look on his face, like he’s disgusted by his own swagger, and like he’s about to kill a person. Or maybe 20,000 people—a whole audience. Everybody in the hallway knows Shawn Carter to one extent or another, but sometimes, like in this moment, they’re just fans like everyone else.
November 1, 2011
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Jay-Z and Kanye West certainly stuck to the cue from the Blades of Glory sample that kicks off their song “Ni**as in Paris”: “We’re gonna skate to one song, and one song only.” Rolling Stone’s Jeff Rosenthal crunches the numbers on the smash hit, which has gotten more than its fair share of play – by its own creators. On average per show, “Ni**as in Paris” was played 4.94 times, and in Vancouver, it was played 11 times in one night, topping the Los Angeles show the night before of 10 plays.
Other stats include:
168: Total number of times “Ni**as in Paris” played in concert.
28: Total number of minutes of Blades of Glory dialogue, when played 168 times.
298.6: Ticketholders per “CRAY.”
$3.50: Cost of a Filet-o-Fish at McDonald’s.
$3,305.00: Secondary-market value for a floor seat to Watch The Throne’s opening night in Atlanta (10/28).
944: Filet-o-Fish’s that could buy.