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Drug lord Escobar, pioneering artist Picasso or great poet Neruda? Kanye West’s seventh album ‘The Life Of Pablo’ sounds like all three. Dangerous, sparse, surreal, disjointed, hyper-realistic, cokey and constantly…

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Proof that the self-anointed number one rock star on the planet is in town is snaking around the streets of Camden, past off-licences, fried chicken shops and pubs. At 12:30am,…

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Kanye’s fifth album, 2010’s sprawling and joyous ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, was all like: “It’s 2am, I’m pissed on the dancefloor, I’m a fuck-up, but whatever, love you!!!” ‘Yeezus’, its…

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Hudson Mohawke recently premiered some new Kanye West songs during a DJ set in Poland. One has Yeezy rapping frenetically over a giant’s burp of a beat. The other sounds…

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It may have a name that speaks of self-satisfied, smoothie-drinking mellowness, but be not fooled. Formerly a fuck-off rave-up known to insiders as ‘[b]Hippygeddon[/b]’, this year’s [b]Big Chill[/b] programme boasts…

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There should be a law about bands only playing their hits at festivals. Your set is short, the beer tent is in no way near enough to where we are…

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Just days after Blur’s triumphant Hyde Park comeback shows and you might have expected an air of hungover contemplation to settle over central London’s greenest acreage. Far from it. The…

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So, at 6.30pm, NME is upstairs with about 30 others in the O2, listening to Kanye West himself playing his new album, ‘808s & Heartbreak’, off his iPod. He bugs…

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Kanye’s 2008 has been a shitter. His ma, Donda, with whom he vocally shared an inseparable bond, passed away late last year. Then a split from fiancée Alexis sent…

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The sign above the stage says Global Gathering, but the shutter shades and diamond hand signs, not to mention the SWAT team of security guards patrolling the backstage compound, tell…

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In 2007, Kanye West finds himself in a strange place. He rose to fame back in the early noughties as one of hip-hop’s most successful production auteurs. Following a car…

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We’re quite used to Kanye turning the most predictable into something uh-uh-uh-uhmazing, but Daft Punk? Taking a liberal sample from the French duo’s ‘Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster’ (itself nicked from…

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Seemingly sidestepping any sign of “second album syndrome”, rap’s self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don returns with a record that not only lives up to his debut but possibly surpasses it. However,…

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