So Kanye West Was Actually Supposed to Perform At the VMAs

I don’t know about you guys, but I was watching the VMAs expecting an extravagant performance from Kanye West.

As much as we enjoyed that lengthy, memorable speech I was prepared for a mind blowing act from Kanye. However, it turned out that he only accepted his award and spoke. Billboard caught up with the executive producer Van Toffler and he explained why Kanye didn’t perform:

We originally thought Kanye was going to do a medley. Then we thought he was going to not do music and talk. Then, about two acts into the show, we thought he would do a couple-song medley. This is after the show started. Then, about an act before, we found out that he might not do music and just speak — but we had to be prepared for both, so we had a track cued up. We were in the truck and we heard this 10 minutes before he was to accept the award.

This still didn’t explain exactly why Kanye didn’t want to perform, but I guess he just didn’t want to. Toffler did in fact confirm that Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus were not playing. Yikes.

All I want to know is, Miley, what’s good?

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Exclusive: DBM Founder Discusses Kanye West VMA Speech Inspired Tees & Chicago Fashion

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There were a lot of things to complain about during the MTV VMA’s earlier this Sunday. Most of those things had to do with the host, Miley Cyrus. If you forget about Miley doing Miley for a minute, you should remember that Kanye West delivered one of the better acceptance speeches in recent history while also, most likely facetiously, announcing that he will be running for the White House in 2020. Regardless if Kanye was serious or not, founder of DBM, Joe, quickly tweeted this out after Kanye accepted the Vanguard award:

The very next day, he sent this out:

If you’re unfamiliar with DBM, they’ve picked up momentum faster than Tyga and Kyle Jenner’s relationship raises eyebrows by putting out pieces when they feel like it and how they feel like it. While their flagship collections are quality made and well thought out with themes, they are known to also come up with an idea inspired by pop culture and then release them in limited quantities the next day. We had the opportunity to ask Joe a few questions about his two new tees that were created as a result of Kanye’s speech as well as the current state of mainstream fashion. Be sure to follow Joe on Twitter to find out when he’ll be dropping the two tees on Friday.

In classic DBM fashion, you tweeted the above statement. Then you proceeded to put out the video the next day. Do you ever have a moment in the process of putting out a tee where you second guess your gut instincts to make shirts on the spur of the moment? What makes you so confident in putting them out or you just DGAF?

This year I decided to trust my gut when it comes to releasing things. I feel like the past few years I’ve slept on some really good ideas only to let someone else do it and win. I just wanted to win this year. Also, staying true to “streetwear” you gotta be quick with them ideas. It’s a small window between something being cool and played out. I pride myself on having an idea on Monday and it being on the webstore Tuesday.

How many different designs did you have before you settled on the most recent Kanye ones?

Right after Ye’s speech I went to the drawing board. I knew exactly how I wanted it to look so when I met up with my graphic [designer] the next day we bounced around a few ideas and both shirts were done in a hour.

I feel like part of the fun you have with owning different brands (Fat Tiger, Vita Morte, DBM) is that each has its own character from design and theme to production and presentation. DBM is definitely the chop, wrap, and go vehicle for your moments of street genius. Is that true to some extent?

Very true. With clothing I like to attack all markets but in clever ways. I know DBM isn’t for everybody. That’s why we have Vita and Fat Tiger. With DBM it’s honestly about trolling. I want people to ask you what you’re wearing. I want kids to get in trouble for wearing certain pieces. I just like provocation conversation with clothes. DBM gives me that platform.

Do you really think Kanye will run for President? What is his first act as President?

Of course he’s not really running for president. He was off that good L.A. weed.

All joking aside, he had some good points in his acceptance speech. How important do you really think listening to the younger adults (18-25 year olds) of today’s generation is when it comes to clothing, music, and art? What have you learned from your community and your customers/people who come to the parties about clothing and music?

The youth is what keeps everything moving. I’m like a young OG now so I keep my ear to what’s going on. Most of our customers/party goers are young so I just always know what’s happening around the world in their eyes. It’s easy for me to create because I move around a lot. And I also get inspired at how many youth I inspire. Keeps me wanting to keep people guessing.


You’ve been in the game for quite some time now even before DBM. What has been your favorite capsule/season so far? What about a specific piece out of your whole catalog?

I have a ton of favorites but the Rihanna “I Wanna F*ck” collection was just memorable because I made a ton of money off a high ass idea [laughs] and ended getting a cease and desist from her people. Sh*t was lit.

Is it safe to say yet in fashion and clothing that the more interesting stuff from new brands has no classifications like “just” streetwear or performance wear, similar to genres in Hip-Hop?

Fashion game weird now. “Luxury Streetwear” kinda made things stupid now. I realized everybody looks at things different so it’s hard to put a title on it. Whenever old people ask me what I do for a living I just say, “make clothes rappers wear.” It’s hard to explain to people the difference between urban, street, and luxury. All of it stupid though. I just make clothes.

What’s dope to see is the number of clothing trends Chicago started in streetwear or basically what became streetwear like the special fitteds that inspired Don C and Crucial Conflict with your towel shorts. Are there other ones people outside of Chicago might not know about?

Shout out to Don, that’s my big homie. He’s a revolutionary with this fashion sh*t. When I peep how the world picked up on the “buck-50” hats I knew I could flip another Chicago classic with the towel situation. Chicago has birthed some of the flyest n*ggas in the world. I’m pretty sure another trend from here gonna catch fire soon. Shout out to Virgil as well, they shifted the culture.

Do you have any plans to start any other side hustles? Or just focusing on your brands right now?

I plan on opening a restaurant in a few years next–bodega style sandwich spot in Chicago that sells all different types of sandwiches and all different types of blunts.

Bryan Hahn will write in Kanye West and Rhymefest in 2020. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).

Kanye West is Rumored To Be The Next Host of the VMAs

“Everything I’m not makes me everything I am” 

Next year, the MTV Video Music Awards could be the most anticipated event in it’s history. Why? Sources are claiming that Kanye West is “on the tape” as a potential host of next year’s ceremonies. Sources say that MTV was thrilled with Kanye’s 12-minute diatribe, despite the fact that he trashed the network and award shows in general. Now, as crazy as that sounds, it would certainly be better than the craziness that Miley Cyrus created.

It would be interesting to see if the two sides, who have clearly had issues in the past, would be able to come together and make possible what will surely be one of the greatest nights in music television history.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

Watch The Weeknd’s New Video For “Tell Your Friends,” (prod. Kanye West)

Abel preps fans a week ahead of BBTM

The Weeknd, the eerie, drug-addled crooner from Toronto who blew up off a mixtape, is currently prepping his official sophomore album, Beauty Behind The Madness, for an August 28th release (this Friday). For weeks, industry insiders and colleagues of Weeknd-born Abel Tesfaye–have been talking about his collaboration with Kanye West, and today, we get a video for the piano driven record.

Ironically, the desert-themed clip is reminiscent of Kanye’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” video, which takes a drastic turn while Yeezy bangs away at the keys as if he were producing for Alicia Keys in the early 2000’s.

Watch it above.

Kanye West Brings Out Rihanna and Travi$ Scott At FYF Fest

Frank Ocean has been disappointing his fans lately. First, his highly anticipated album that was supposed to drop last month never saw the light of day. Now, he bailed on his performance at the FYF Fest. Fans were pretty upset but were compensated with a performance from Kanye West instead.

Kanye brought out the pop phenomenon and fashion icon Rihanna to help him sing “All of the Lights” and “Four Five Seconds”. Travi$ Scott also made a surprise appearance and performed “Antidote” and “Upper Echelon”.

Watch the fan footage of Kanye’s performance:

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Watch here: Consequence on The Breakfast Club

Check out Consequence’s return to Power 105’s Breakfast ClubCons discusses mending things with Kanye West, Q-Tip + G.O.O.D. Music, being on Love & Hip Hop, ghostwriting and much more. It seems like Cons has been slowly bringing himself back into the limelight, and that the rest of 2015+2016 will really be his year. Don’t sleep on the kid…

Also, Consequence surprised his son Caiden with a Skype call from Uncle Kanye who called him to wish him a happy 4th birthday. His cousin Q-Tip was able to stop by the birthday celebration of the future musician and gave him a guitar lesson.


Watch A$AP Rocky’s “Jukebox Joints” Video f/ Joe Fox & Kanye West

Rocky rocks out all by himself in new A.L.L.A. visual

A$AP Rocky‘s sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP., impacted earlier this summer, and thanks to superb production and a refined flow, A.L.L.A. will more than likely prove to be one of the year’s best releases.

Rocky’s 2nd major label release was highlighted by a bass-less collaboration with upstart guitarist Joe Fox and provocateur Kanye West, “Jukebox Joints.” Though Kanye doesn’t make an appearance in the newly released video, Rocky is joined by several members of his A$AP Mob collective as they–along with some gorgeous models–float to Rocky’s slick wordplay. Watch the clip above.

[Interview] Mixtape Queen DJ Lazy K Talks Working With Jay-Z, Cooking Up Dope Mix, and Max B

DJ Lazy K is known as one of the most respected female DJs to break out of the streets of NYC. She ran away from her country to pursue a career in Hip Hop music and since has worked with rappers Max B, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana, Wu Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Dipset, and so many more. English being not her first nor her second language, Lazy K has an amazing story as to how she helped change the mixtape game with little support. Here’s the full interview!

1. Tell us a little bit about your cultural background because it is very unique and important for people to understand your diversity.

Born in Mexico, and I was raised in Madrid, Spain, and Switzerland. So I speak spanish, french, slang and english!


Yes, that’s what I learned when I first came here. I went to school for spanish so my writing and reading in English is not the best. So slang was what I learned being around the urban culture. I caught on to the street language.

2. What made you leave overseas and pursue music in America?

I came over in around 1991 . At the time I was already in love with Hip Hop, so that was the main reason I came here. My favorite at the time was Tribe Called Quest. I was born to do work in Hip Hop so I knew I could get my start here. I pretty much taught myself how to DJ, but I hung out with people like the X-Men they helped me learn how to perfect it. It took a long time but it took even longer to learn the business.

3. Who gave you your first start as a Hip Hop DJ?

The WU Tang Clan gave me my first shot, with Raekwon, and then it was actually Jay-Z. He opened his doors to me early, he would cut songs and have me put them on my mixtapes. That’s actually how I met Kanye West, when he was producing for Jay. They started teaching me more about behind the scenes, the business aspect of music.
After that I started working with Remy Ma, and The Murda Mamis and we put a team of females together.

Tell Us More about Murda Mamis. That was on the biggest female movements in Hip Hop at the time.

Someone at Def Jam told me I need to get a street team. Instead of a street team I ended up recruiting celebrities, so it didn’t run as smoothly because they were famous and we had to deal with everyone’s schedules. I had a great eye at the time because Lala Anthony was a Murda Mami, and she met Carmelo Anthony through us. At one of my parties in Miami, they spotted each other and connected, next thing you know they were flying on jets together. A lot of things changed after Remy Ma got locked up and we kind of all went our own direction and that’s when I created Lazy K Productions, the company.

4. Working with Max B, you were pretty much the power house behind him. Do you still keep in contact with him?

Yea he calls me through his manager and a lot of the times I miss the call, but he loves to leave long messages on my answer machine. Hopefully he comes home soon, we have a lot of hope that he’s coming so we’ll keep pushing for that.

5. As a female DJ coming up in that era, how was it trying to maintain dominate in a male driven business?

There was no way I could be looked at 100% the same, but practice made perfect so with time I could stand next to the guys. I wanted to be a better mixer, a better scratcher, better on the mic to get their attention and establish myself.

6. What does an artist have to do right now to have Lazy K host their mixtape? Or break them as an artist?

Right now, they just have to send me their music that is final. Don’t send me a song that is not mixed and mastered, and honestly the most important part is the money. If they can’t afford me then I can’t do the work because sometimes they have good music but they need development, which costs money. Like French Montana, no one wanted to hear from him at first so it took time and money to build a fan base and develop him as an artist and look at him now! This is the part that new artists don’t understand, patience.

6. What advice can you give to young aspiring female DJ’s, or any female working her way in Hip Hop music?

Just make sure you network! Get to know who can help mentor you and who you can trust, because you don’t want to tell everyone all of your plans. And the most important is consistency! Make sure whatever you do regardless of the haters, you keep going of what you want.

7. Lastly, you’ve been releasing “Dope Mix” for sometime now, over 100 mixes. Tell us how that started for you.

I started Dope Mix to do exactly what I love to do, DJ and introduce new artists to the game. Of course it’s mixed with major artists but if you make dope mix as an indie it’s because your music is dope. I try to drop a mix every week so I can keep up with all the exclusives and have something for people to look forward to.

Check out Lazy K’s latest Dope Mix with the hottest new records. Download or Stream it here

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

Kanye’s Mic Stopped Working at the Pan-Am Games, So He Chucked It and Left


Classic Mr. West, folks

Last night, Kanye West performed at the Pan-Am Games Opening Ceremony, despite being met with some opposition from purists who were upset that the Chicago rapper wasn’t from Canada.

Tweets from fans and media personalities attending (or watching) the festivities indicated that West was performing his usual larger than life medley of hits, until something rather unfortunate occurred.

West’s mic cut off.

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Same, Kanye. Same.

So, Yeezy did what any logical Yeezy would do when a mic goes dead on one of the world’s largest stages, with millions watching, and tens of thousands hanging onto his every last syllable in Toronto: chuck the mic so high in the sky the cameras didn’t catch it falling, and leave. Check out some video footage of both the broadcast and a live clip above and below.