"It sounds like he’s really going deep into his heart and into fatherhood and even the meaning of fame. [He’s saying] that the money’s nice, but there’s life beyond that, that he’s exploring. I picked that up from the papers but I felt it in the man too, when I met him. That he had a depth to him."
Guess I unintentionally created a ‘pop culture moment’ when I wrote a quick RapFix post about Rihanna’s Coachella blunt in April, because the fallout from it is referenced in her new Vogue cover story. Ironically enough, the post was defending her against the cocaine headlines (Brooklyn kids obviously know what’s up) but that tweet…
There are six days left until Watch The Throne premieres digitally, ten days left until physical copies hit shelves, and still, miraculously, the album hasn’t leaked. With tour dates now announced and an official tracklist locked down, Kanye and Jay hosted an invite-only listening session at the Museum of Natural History last night to play the 12 finalized tracks in full.
Most attendees would agree that the 6pm sharp arrival time seemed a bit excessive, with only four or five people being let in at a time. Phones were confiscated at the door and ticketed in ziploc bags, which meant that guests enjoying the top shelf open bar were forced to talk rather of tweet and exchange info manually.
Among the media types and the model types there were also rapper types, like Pusha T, who we spotted as he made his way upstairs around 7:30pm for the first listening session. We followed the red trail of his Louboutin sneakers and found Kanye West, smiling from ear-to-ear, at the top of the landing, greeting guests and leading the way to the Hayden Planetarium. At first no clear seating instructions were given, so listeners shuffled to their seats while guests like A-Trak, Q-Tip, Grizzly Bear, Busta Rhymes, and Warner CEO Lyor Cohen filed in. Kanye, still smiling, greeted familiar faces in the crowd with firm handshakes, then Jay-Z rolled in with Beyonce on his arm, and Kelly Rowland and Solange not far behind.
So your issue is with the contradictions?
Yeah, so you can love “this guy,” “that guy,” but not Pusha, although he’s doing what he’sbeen doing—first record I ever put out, 1997 on Elektra Records was called “I Got Caught Dealing.” My second record was called “The Funeral,” and that was eulogizing the drug-related death of my homeboy. This is my history. This is what I’ve been doing. I mean, can I get kudos for consistency? But no, everybody’s gonna slay and crucify me. That’s why on “Cook It Down” I had the line: “My travel lodge story, I pray that you ignore me, if you can’t feel the joy of a hustler in his glory.” In other words, I don’t want you to listen to me if you are not into this. I don’t need a new fan. If you stumble upon it and you happen to like it, I’m down with you, I’m cool—but one thing that you’re not gonna tell me, is that I cannot rap. You cannot tell me that I can’t rap, so don’t say I can’t rap. I don’t know what you can say—but don’t say that part. I pride myself on my pen. I don’t say I’ve got the best hooks in the game, I don’t say I’m the best beat picker—I ain’t never been that guy. I ain’t never said I was that guy, I just pride myself on my pen.