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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…

Paging Dr Freud, paging Dr Freud, Kanye is back in the building! The rapper/producer whose megawatt talent is only comparable in size to the number of untreated psychological afflictions he…

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Kanye’s forthcoming ‘GOOD’ compilation has to satisfy a lot of ears, and judging by this cut it’s certainly going to. Pusha T goes toe-to-toe with his boss in cockiness, proclaiming…

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…

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…

Kanye West performing on stage at the Wireless Festival Day 2, Hyde Park, London.

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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Kanye West live with his Glow In The Dark Tour at the O2 Arena, London.

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…

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…

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…

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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