Kanye West provoked criticism recently when he compared reading to eating Brussels sprouts.
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A hip-hop artist and scholar says that while rap stresses the oral tradition, the music is also rife with references to a rich range of literature that spans the globe.
Albarn has apologised ‘unreservedly and unconditionally’ to the US singer Taylor Swift after claiming she didn’t write her own songs.
Anyone involved in the creation of a song is a songwriter.
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Kanye West’s recent outbursts have shone a spotlight on his struggles with bipolar disorder. The condition involves alternating periods of intense mania and severe depression.
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From wrestlers to movie stars, celebrities have risen to some of the highest political offices around the world. What makes them so appealing?
Kanye West at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, in April 2019.
Are high profile celebrities trivialising bipolar disorder by linking it to creativity?
William Blake’s portrait of the Old Testament Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II, who in the Book of Daniel ‘was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen’.
Nebuchadnezzar was a warrior-king of the Neo-Babylonian empire. And now, Kanye West has written an opera inspired by him.
Gospel music has always been challenged and Kanye West does so in this album, while also referencing past greats.
Jesus is King has polarised discussion. But this genuinely contemporary album will challenge the traditional concept of African American gospel while influencing its shape for years to come.
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A first glimpse of the low-income housing scheme, designed in collaboration with West, raises red flags.
This is America.
Donald Glover’s music video is a multi-layered political statement which aims to kick its audience out of its complacency.
Kanye West is seen in this August 2015 photo accepting the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.
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Kanye West is making headlines for his support of Donald Trump and remarks about slavery being a choice. The rapper has also signalled he’s a fan of controversial Canadian professor Jordan Peterson.
Superstar rapper, Kanye West.
Hip-hop may benefit from a return to the crew and collective mentality, where the DJ once again is valued and plays a central creative role.
The Pulitzer Prize winning emcee Kendrick Lamar recently asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video recording of the incident has reignited a controversy that gained wide attention last year. In this 2016 file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs in New York.
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At one of his shows, rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video of the incident has reignited a controversy: can white people ever rap the n-word?
Race and perceived beauty are closely intertwined.
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A sociologist wanted to know how simply self-identifying as ‘multiracial’ – regardless of how you actually looked – would influence your attractiveness.
Sell-out product ‘drops’ are the new way that brands get millennials hooked on their goods.
Beyonce’s baseball bat wielding spree in Lemonade, left, bears more than a passing resemblance to the work of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist.
Left, still from Lemonade (2016), right, still from Ever is Over All (1997)
From Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Kanye and even Rihanna, pop royalty is crazy for high art. Is this a phenomenon worth celebrating or are pop stars mining the art world to gain credibility?
Kanye functions as a mirror for the most visible and occasionally garish values of his time.
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Many have long forgotten the simple fact that Kanye West is one of the greatest producers of hip-hop in its history. A decade-long six-album streak of critically acclaimed albums rivals the greatest icons of pop.
Sir Paul McCartney thinks it’s ridiculous (but flattering) that people formally study The Beatles.
Sir Paul McCartney has been making some waves. On New Year’s Eve, Kanye West released a new single, Only One, a collaboration with The Beatles great on keys. On Twitter, Kanye’s fans reacted, wanting to…
Rapper Kanye West’s new album Yeezus reflects on race and discrimination in present day America.
This month, rapper Kanye West’s highly anticipated new album Yeezus was released at perhaps one of the coolest launch events ever. His latest single New Slaves was simultaneously featured on 66 screens…