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July 2016

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Kim Kardashian Talks Taylor Swift on KUWTK

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Kim Kardashian almost had me in the clip below, but she took an unfortunate left turn when she once again defended Kanye’s infamous Taylor Swift stage-crash. In reference to Swift “playing the victim,” Kim explains that she felt it was time to defend Kanye over a lyric in ‘The Life of Pablo’ in which Kanye claims that he “made that bitch famous.” According to Swift, she did not approve the line, but team Kardashian-West insists otherwise. It’s still unclear whether Kim personally witnessed Swift’s approval or simply heard a second-hand version from Kanye. I agree that Swift is humorless, takes herself too seriously, and is a bit of a hypocrite, but Kim should have simply stopped at “Kanye should not continue to be punished.”
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Monday

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June 2016

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Is Taylor Swift Angry Over Kanye’s Naked Photo of Her?

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I’ve always maintained that nudity and sex are the least creative choices to promote one’s art, and yet every celebrity over uses the vehicle. Kanye West proved me wrong when he debuted his new ‘Famous’ music video, which features naked celebrities laying in bed together. It’s original, creative, and . . . weird. Why this group, and how did he achieve the optical illusion? Many have remained silent, except George W. Bush, whose team insists he’s in much better shape than his depiction, which is likely true considering the former President’s penchant for a long, morning run. Some have also rightfully acknowledged that the women’s privates are exposed while the men’s are not. Taylor Swift is also predictably angry, because she’s humorless. You have to hand it to Kanye, he might be nuts, but sometimes it works in his favor.

Thursday

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June 2016

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Kim Kardashian Takes Aim at Taylor Swift

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There are two takes on Taylor Swift. One is that she’s a sweet, shrewd ingenue with a sincere heart, and the other is that she’s a calculated mastermind that has carefully choreographed every stage of her career, even the ones that seemed unplanned. She fought Apple on behalf of indie music artists, for example, and she was praised for her brazen letter to the behemoth. KIM KARDASHIAN GQ NAKED Apple “folded,” and she signed an exclusive deal with the company shortly thereafter. But the timing was a little too close for comfort, and music industry insiders whispered that perhaps the entire event was staged, because these contracts usually take far more time than a few days. As for her Calvin Harris breakup, just when I thought his team might have trumped young Taylor with carefully placed leaks about how the DJ got “bored” with the star and she was some weepy woman begging for a ring, Swift was spotted kissing Tom Hiddleston on a public beach. It goes without saying that she won, and it also goes without saying that if you go up against the Swift machine, you don’t stand a chance. Harris learned that the hard way. But what happens when your war is with Kim Kardashian, whose ass can “break the internet,” and whose image is far different from Swift’s? It’s as if a Kangaroo and an eagle are fighting. It just feels . . . odd.

When Kanye West took a swipe at Swift in a lyric for his new album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ claiming to have “made that b-ch famous,” Swift hit back during her Grammy speech. Kim wasn’t pleased, and both her and Kanye have long held that he requested permission for the line, and it was granted. See below:

 

Kim says Taylor’s deep emotional wound is nonsense — okay, she says it’s a lie — and that there’s video proof, because a videographer was actually filming their phone call. Why? Because Kim’s husband commissions videographers to film everything when he’s recording an album, for posterity (and possibly, one day, a documentary). And this is where it gets sticky.

“She totally approved that,” Kim says, shaking her head in annoyance. “She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”

… Swift, Kim insists, “totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. I mean, he’s called me a bitch in his songs. That’s just, like, what they say. I never once think,[gasping] ‘What a derogatory word! How dare he?’ Not in a million years. I don’t know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden.… It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] said, ‘When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I’m so against this, and I’ll just laugh and say, ‘The joke’s on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.’ And I’m like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.”

Swift’s team responded, saying:

“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”

So who’s telling the truth? That’s up for you to decide, but perhaps it lies somewhere in the middle. My guess? Taylor knew more than she let on, but perhaps not the entirety of the song. That being said, she’s humorless, and the line in question is pretty tame. I also take issue with the implication that Kim Kardashian is under her husband’s spell and therefore forced to take his side. It’s anti-woman, and I expect more from Team Swift.

 

 

Thursday

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May 2016

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Kanye West Visits Ellen for Another Ridiculous Rant

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Kanye West is an extremely talented musician, but I simply cannot make sense of his insatiable need to conquer all creative mediums. It would be too obvious to talk about the narcissism surrounding his appeal to change the world with more resources. He’s already rich, and if he can’t make a business out of his existing income absent investors, then maybe his dreams are far too big, or his execution is far too weak. Perhaps he can use his capital for charity to “make a difference” rather than a weak fashion line with boring bodycon, tonal spandex. In a new interview with Ellen, he was provoked into another ridiculous rant which only received a clap when he discussed removing bullying, which is in no way part of any actual plan. What’s next? Standing on a mountain top to promote world peace? Also, if you’re going to discuss your inspirational geniuses, think of something more original than Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Picasso.

Wednesday

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February 2016

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Kanye West Takes Aim at Bob Ezrin — Finally Makes Sense

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Of all Kanye West’s rants, his effusive rage against veteran music producer Bob Ezrin has to be the most hilarious . . . and on point. In a piece written for Bob Lefsetz’s “Lefsetz Letter,” Ezrin took aim at West’s new album, calling it “sophomoric” and said that we won’t be be “quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now,” as we would “Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer.” He furthered that Kanye “didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like N.W.A., or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick.” I think you can guess what happened from here.

Kanye West did not take kindly to the criticism, especially the idea that Ezrin compared his music to Macklemore, and in a tweet heard round the world Kanye said, “Bro you said Macklemore was more important musically than me… no offense to Macklemore, he’s a nice human being!”

Kanye also pointed out that Ezrin represents the “old guard” (a good point) and knows nothing about rap (which is likely true). Anyone who would put Macklemore in the same sentence as Kendrick Lamar, deserves a Kanye West twitter throw-down. And in case you would like to compare Macklemore and Kanye’s influence for sport, watch the two videos below and judge for yourself. Kudos to Kanye for calling Macklemore “nice,” in a bid to be less mean. He clearly tried.

Tuesday

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February 2016

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Why Taylor Swift’s Grammy’s Speech Was Negative and Immature

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There are two things I know for sure. First, Taylor Swift is humorless. And second, Kanye West is a bloated bag of nuts. When combined, you get a can’t-miss car crash of insults on repeat. For those that missed the back-story, Kanye West inserted a song lyric that said he made “that bitch famous” in reference to Taylor Swift, and insisted that Swift blessed the barb before its release and “found it funny.” Swift countered that she found it misogynistic and objected to the idea that Kanye’s infamous on-stage take-down at the MTV Video Music Awards was responsible for her subsequent super-stardom. I need not state the obvious fact that Swift was already hugely successful. When Swift received the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, she used that moment to take a dig at Kanye West and disguised it in an uplifting bow, saying, “As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

The media is making this out to be some beautiful soliloquy of sweetness, rather than what it actually is. A DIG. Why waste even a millisecond of your great moment taking a hit at West, who doesn’t deserve a breath of your time? If the purpose was really to empower women, as she suggested, she could have clearly accomplished that without the negative zing. This is akin to a yoga-loving person that meditates with motivational quotes on her wall while insisting she’s super happy, only to cry each night in the corner of her room. (Too deep?).

I think Taylor Swift is great, and I have two of her albums. I like her. I like her style, and I’ve heard through numerous insiders that she treats everyone in her circle with the greatest respect. I’ve heard she’s kind, professional, and classy. But I’d encourage her to shrug insults off her back a little more often, especially when it comes from heavy-hitters. It just adds darkness to the light she’s trying to emanate, and it sends a bad message.

Tuesday

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March 2015

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Amber Rose Talks “Slut Walk” and Khloe Kardashian

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If Kim Kardashian’s entire career came to fruition from a sex tape, then Amber Rose’s career can easily be brought to light by a relationship with Kanye West. Which approach is more desperate? That’s for the public to decide, but both are based on the same kind of talent. As for the “feud” between Rose and the Kardashian clan? While Rose is low on numbers, she’s fighting hard enough to win. Watch below as she answers the  melee with the utmost class.  


Monday

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February 2015

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Beck Wins Best Album: Kanye Reacts

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Kanye West’s eruptions are now expected, and he struck again with a tamer version of his Taylor Swift take-down. He faux stormed the stage, and Beck politelyreacted with ease. Though many thought it was a self-deprecating stunt on Kanye’s part, he later confirmed his cantankerous intent, saying, “I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.”

I have a few words for Kanye West, so I’d like him to listen. First, even if Beyonce’s album was stronger, Beck writes his own music, and is therefore operating on an entirely different level. Commissioning the best of the best in the business to write, produce, and create your work puts you at an unfair advantage, and makes you less deserving. Second, art is subjective, and Kanye West is not its arbiter. Third, I don’t appreciate ruining someone’s moment, no matter who it is or what the circumstances. Watch below.

Sunday

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February 2015

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Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney: FourFiveSeconds Video

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Many artists of Paul McCartney’s stature would rest on their catalog, but the most-loved music man has instead stayed current, engaging in frequent collaborations with today’s top talent and touring the world with high-energy, two-hour concerts. He’s now joined Rihanna and Kanye West for FourFiveSeconds, a catchy, artistic tune that we’ll see at tonight’s Grammy awards. Watch the video below.


 

 

Friday

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March 2014

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Cover VOGUE

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Kanye West is nothing if not determined. He wanted his girl on the cover of Vogue, even if it meant he had to join her for the feat. It’s a pretty clever tactic, actually. Anna Wintour appeased Kanye’s ambition and justified the choice with his personal talent. Everybody wins.
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