Kanye West Tour Cancellations Pass Over Phoenix (for Now)

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Some Kanye West shows have been canceled and/or postponed, and I admit that this is only news in the way "Dog Bites Man Really, Really Hard" is news. Buying a ticket to a Kanye West show is a little like preordering Chinese Democracy in 2000: You're pretty sure you're going to get what you're looking for eventually, but it's too late to act surprised when something weird happens in the meantime.

Multiple early shows on the Yeezus tour (featuring Jesus) have been affected so far, but at present it looks like Phoenix fans are in luck.

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The Six Funniest Lines In Kanye West's Yeezus

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Everyone's tripping over themselves to parse out the complicated and conflicted political posturing going on in Yeezus, myself included, so it's easy to lose sight of the fact that, for all its ground-breaking, this record is still chock-full of hilarious Kanye lines.

He's always been funny (that light-skinned/dark-skinned Michael Jackson line from College Dropout still makes me chuckle when I hear it), and Ye stays true to that here. Here's a list of the funniest.

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Why Kanye West's Yeezus Is the Best Punk Rock Record in Years

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Would you buy punk rock from this man?
Given what we know about Kanye West, a comparison between his newest (best, maybe) record and the long-dead punk rock movement seems like a tough case to make -- the dude telling God that he's stacking his millions seems like an odd choice for a continuation of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.

But it's worth noting that ego and punk aesthetics have never been mutually exclusive -- anyone who's seen or read an interview with Johnny Rotten knows that, and, anyway, it's hard to stay humble when you're stuntin' on a Jumbotron. But West's unapologetic consumerism, of which he's always been a willing, if critical, participant, handicaps his credentials in this realm considerably, at least at first glance. The hypocritical dude selling you Air Yeezys is going to criticize your spending? Give me a break.

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Yeezus Remains True to Kanye West's Most Important Trait: His Ego

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Yeezus in Phoenix.
Even from the first sound of the album, it is clear that Yeezus is a very different album from any of Kanye West's other works. There is no introduction; the album begins with "On Sight" which features heavy, wonky synthesizers and a pounding Chicago house beat provided by Daft Punk. The synths are very raw and unpolished, and Kanye is as brash as ever with lyrics like "Yeezy Season, fuck what y'all been hearing" and "Black dick all in your spouse again," or perhaps the most interesting line, "She get more niggas off than Cochrane."

It's clear that Yeezus still does not give a fuck, even with his first child on the way. On "Black Skinhead," West rides over a rock-tinged headbanger that's reminiscent of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" or something out of the White Stripes catalog, declaring that he's about to get his "By any means on." He also makes social observations on racism, politics, and religion. Besides his ignoring the fact that the soldiers from 300 were from Greece not Rome, West delivers some of the most focused bars of his career.

It seems, here and elsewhere, that West wants to excel to a level that is more than just "Hip Hop Great"; this song is just plain different from any release from a mainstream hip-hop artist, ever.

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10 Kanye West Lyrics the "Kimye Baby" Will One Day Be Embarrassed About

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World, prepare for the "Kimye" child.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's child is bound to be the most narcisstic tot to walk the face of the earth. Let's just hope that Baby Kimye ends up innocent and adorable and doesn't go the way of his or her sex tape-making parents.

The media is already critical of Kim's changing body and HuffPo used technology to come up with some rather creepy image composites of what Kimye might look like.

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Most gossip sites focus on Kiki and overlook the skeletons in Yeezy's closet. It's weird to listen to Watch the Throne knowing that in a few months, both 'Ye and Jay-Z will be dads. Blue Ivy may be down with "Big Pimpin'," but we can't help but wonder what Yeezy will share with his child. We got a head start by finding the 10 lyrics that may embarrass Papa Kanye in a few years.

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Kanye West Brags About (and Hangs Out With) Kim Kardashian In New Video

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If you've had "Mercy" on repeat for the past couple of months, you'll be pleased to know that Kanye West and Rick Ross appear in the double-video/double-single, "I Wish You Would"/"Cold." Hype Williams combined both of these songs in a long, shaky, headache-inducing music video that you can watch after the jump. But as good as Ross and Khaled's performances are, chances are the cameo most exciting to pop fans is the barely noticeable one from 'Ye's "Perfect Bitch," Kim Kardashian.

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Kanye West's "Mercy" Explained By Phoenix Producer Lifted

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Despite a release date of Tuesday, September 4, and recently unveiled cover art, it's hard to say exactly what to expect from Kanye West's upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer (though "Perfect Bitch," his ode to Kim Kardashian is probably going to be on there).

Rumors indicate a massive guest list, potentially including Frank Ocean, Jay Electronica, Marsha Ambrosius , Q-Tip, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Common, Mr Hudson, Cyhi da Prince, Mos Def, Teyana Taylor, Malik Yusuf, members of Odd Future, Jay-Z, and who-knows-who-else. To be it softly, the record is highly anticipated.

Not even G.O.O.D. Music producer Lifted, who splits his time in Phoenix and Los Angeles, knows what to expect, aside from one concrete detail: It's going to include the mega-hit he produced, the thundering and ominous "Mercy," featuring West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Pusha T.

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