href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 24, 2022Pierre Suu/Getty Images

Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label's stint on Def Jam Recordings have both reportedly come to an end.

On Monday (Oct. 24), The New York Times ran an article covering how Ye's recent media antics have caused several of his corporate allies to sever ties. The article notes that Kanye's label situation is in limbo, leaving his musical future uncertain. According to NYT, Ye's stint on Def Jam ended with the release of his Donda album last August. Kanye's most recent album, Donda 2, released in February, was not put on streaming services and was only available on Ye's stem player.

Additionally, Kanye's Getting Out Our Dreams imprint is reportedly no longer being distributed by the powerhouse label. It is unclear if the move took place before Kanye West's wild month of October, which has led to a number of the rapper's corporate partners ending their relationship with the controversial Chicago rapper-designer. G.O.O.D. Music is still listed on Def Jam's website.

XXL has reached out to Kanye West's rep and a rep for Def Jam for comment.

Kanye West seems to be losing business relationships by the day, after weeks of spewing White Lives Matter and anti-Semitic rhetoric. High-end fashion brand Balenciaga has announced they will no longer be working with Kanye, as has Vogue magazine. Major booking agent CAA recently dropped Ye from its roster. Film and television studio MRC recently announced it is shelving a completed Kanye West documentary due to his anti-Semitic rants. Adidas has confirmed they are reviewing their relationship with Ye, and have faced recent backlash on social media for not completely shedding the volatile entertainer.

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The family of George Floyd is prepared to file a $250 million lawsuit against Kanye West for his comments on the latest episode of N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's Drink Champs podcast.

Following news that the family of George Floyd was considering suing Kanye West for making false claims on Drinks Champs about the manner of Floyd's death on Sunday (Oct. 16), they have officially announced plans to file a $250 million lawsuit against the embattled MC. On Tuesday (Oct. 18), The Witherspoon Law Group revealed it has been retained by George Floyd's partner Roxie Washington on behalf of Floyd's daughter in order file suit against Ye "for harassment, misappropriation, defamation and infliction of emotional distress." The attorneys have filed a cease-and-desist letter to Kanye for his comments as well.

"In his recent appearance on the popular podcast ‘Drink Champs,’ Kanye West knowingly made blatantly false statements about George Floyd’s death to promote his brands, and increase marketing value and revenue for himself, his business partners, and associates," The Witherspoon Law Group released in a statement. "During the podcast interview, Kanye West stated malicious falsehoods about George Floyd to profit from Mr. Floyd’s horrendous death and his family’s trauma. The full interview has since been removed from YouTube and Revolt TV, but clips of the rapper’s rant continue to be viewed and shared on social media platforms by millions across the globe."

Attorney Kay Harper Williams, partner at The Witherspoon Law Group, says Kanye's claims cannot be covered under free speech.

“Free Speech Rights do not include harassment, lies, misrepresentation, and the misappropriation of George Floyd’s legacy. Some words have consequences and Mr. West will be made to understand that,” Williams said in a statement.

Kanye West immediately faced backlash for his comments on the Oct. 15 episode of Drinks Champs. The rapper disputed the cause of death for George Floyd, a Black man murdered by a White police officer in Minneapolis, Minn. in 2020. Floyd was killed when the officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine minutes. Despite Chauvin being convicted of murdering Floyd last year and also being held responsible for Floyd's death in civil court, Kanye sat on Drink Champs and claimed fentanyl was the cause of death, a talking point he took from Candace Owens' new documentary The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM.

“I watched the George Floyd documentary that Candace Owens put out," Kanye said. "One of the things that his two roommates said was, 'They want a tall guy like me,' and the day that he died, he said a prayer for eight minutes. They hit him with the fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that.”

Yesterday (Oct. 17), N.O.R.E. apologized for his role in letting Kanye say nonsense on his show without being immediately checked. The official video of Kanye's Drink Champs interview has since been removed from YouTube.

XXL has reached out to Kanye West's team and Revolt TV for comment.

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Kanye West is purchasing the conservative social media app Parler.

On Monday (Oct. 17), Parler Technologies confirmed the deal in a statement released on the Parler app.

"Parlement Technologies is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement in principle for Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, to acquire the Parler platform. The acquisition ensures Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome," the statement reads.

Parler CEO George Farmer, also confirmed the purchase.

"This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech," Farmer said in a statement released on the Parler app. "Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again."

He added the hashtags, "@kanye #parler #news #uncancelable."

Farmer is married to right-wing mouthpiece and Kanye West ally Candace Owens, which may explain how the deal came to fruition.

According to a Bloomberg report published on Monday, Kanye West purchased the app for an undisclosed amount. Ye reportedly said in a statement about the deal on today, "In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves."

Parler was launched in 2018 as a free-speech alternative to more popular social networking apps. The right-wing leaning platform came under fire after it was reportedly used in part to coordinate the Jan. 6, 2020 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. The app was subsequently removed from Amazon, Apple and Google. It returned to the Apple's App Store and Google in 2022.

The move comes after Kanye West's Instagram and Twitter accounts were suspended on multiple occasions, with the apps citing Ye for violating company policy for hate speech and bullying. Kanye has come under fire over the last two weeks for controversial moves and statements including debuting "White Lives Matter" shirts at his fashion show earlier this month and continuing to make anti-Black Lives Matter and anti-Semitic statements.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: June 7, 2022Michael Reaves, Getty Images

Kanye West and his latest girlfriend Chaney Jones have reportedly called it quits.

On Tuesday (June 7), TMZ reported that sources are telling them Ye and Chaney have broken up. The separation reportedly happened following a recent trip to Japan. The rap mogul doesn't seem to be waiting things out and has already reportedly been spotted with another woman on an apparent date at a movie theater.

Kanye and Chaney's relationship began back in February, directly on the heels of the Donda rhymer parting ways with actress Julia Fox following their short relationship. Kanye and Chaney were spotted out on multiple occasions including taking in NBA games courtside and at Donda 2 events. Things seemed serious, with Chaney even reportedly getting a "Ye" tattoo on her wrist at one point during the courtship. However, things only lasted four months.

Kanye has been pretty mum since his Instagram account was suspended for 24 hours back in March. There were reports that he was going away to get help, which were denied by his camp. He's since dropped out of his headlining gig at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  Kanye returned to Instagram last month and posted a promotion for a collaboration with McDonald's. According to Kanye's new artist Vory, Ye will be taking a year off.

While Kanye has been working the dating pool, his ex-wife Kim Kardashian is going hard with her boo Pete Davidson, to the chagrin of Ye. Pete even recently appeared to get the initials of Kanye and Kim's children tattooed on his neck. Pete was recently spotted out shopping with the former couple's song Saint.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>Kemet HighPublished: June 1, 2022Xclusive Production

ATL Jacob, 23, started making beats in high school so that he could rap over them. His dark and mellow production style soon caught the attention of frequent collaborator Future and the rest was history. This year alone, Jacob ran up his price tag by crafting Kodak Black’s comeback hit and standouts from Kanye West’s Donda 2 album, among others. Here, the platinum-selling beatsmith and Atlanta native speaks with XXL about his recent wins in rap.

“Super Gremlin” by Kodak Black has been sitting cozy in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 all year. How did you put that beat together?

One of my friends, Baby Jambo, sent me a pack of samples that he chopped up. And that was one of them. So, I did my thing. I laid it out and put some drums on it. I called Kodak up one night. That was the last song we did for the night. He ain’t even finish it. He just smiled and said, “I’ma finish this one tomorrow. This one [is] hard.” So, he already knew what it was going to do.

What’s the backstory on the Donda 2 cut “Pablo” by Kanye West featuring Future and Travis Scott?

“Pablo,” I made that one with this producer team FnZ. They did the loop, but I had made the beat. The beat was actually sped up. Kanye had this idea to morph the beat and slow it down where it still stretched like that, but it still hits. So, shout-out to Kanye for that idea, too. It was different, you know? I feel like that’s Kanye’s first club song in a long time.

What was it like working with Kanye?

It was actually very motivational, just the process and experience because he works so differently than everybody else that you’ll work with. Working with him is like you’re just learning new things. It be kinda funny, though. He’ll be like, “These drums are crazy! Now let’s take them all out.” And it be like, “I thought you liked the drums!” So, it’s just an experience.

What’s your favorite part about your working process with Future?

He’s not picky. You can work with certain people and they’ll go through so many beats and be like, “Oh, this one is a hit. Let me do this one.” He’s not like that. It’s more of like, “Damn, this one is different. Let me try this.” He’s willing to try everything as long as it sounds good. And I love that because nobody knows what a hit song is. You can work on a song so hard and it could not be a hit. That’s my brother, for sure.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: May 25, 2022Michael Reaves, Getty Images

Kanye West's campaign committee for his 2020 presidential run is claiming it was a victim of fraud.

On Tuesday (May 24), Kanye West's campaign sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission admitting that money had been unlawfully taken from the campaign's bank account. The thief, who is not affiliated with the campaign, lifted $3,999 in total. The funds were allegedly used by the unnamed larcener to pay off credit card bills. West's campaign claims the thefts happened on three occasions in late 2021 and earlier this year.

"It has been determined that the disbursement for $1474 on 12/9/21, $1280 on 2/8/22 and $1245 on 2/22/22 was an external fraud situation," the letter, which was obtained by XXL, reads. "After investigating, it was determined that an individual not connected with the campaign accessed a campaign account to pay his own credit card."

In the letter, West's campaign alleged the money was not able to be recovered.  "The bank was unable to reverse the transactions at issue due to the way they were presented for payment," the letter continues.

Kanye West's failed 2020 presidential bid has come under fire from multiple angles. During the leadup to the race, Ye was removed from ballots in multiple states after thousands invalid signatures were discovered. As a result, voter fraud allegations were discussed. West only ended up tallying around 60,000 votes in the election.

Last March, the campaign was accused of accepting donations from minors and stiffing people on merch. Last December, it was reportedly uncovered that West's campaign was secretly run by Republicans with an agenda to get Donald Trump re-elected.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: May 3, 2022Josh Moon

An incredible amount of talent, commitment and self-belief is needed to become a professional athlete. An elite pro, former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has an entirely different level of those traits. A Super Bowl champion and five-time All Pro selection with over 12,000 receiving yards in nearly 12 years, Brown has done it all, and knows what it requires to rise to the top. Now, he's moved into another arena: rapping as the artist AB. The 33-year-old rapper speaks to XXL in an exclusive interview about his origins in rap, his debut album, Paradigm, and his plans for the future.

After being released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers amidst turmoil earlier this year, he's put his focus back on one of his early loves: hip-hop. In 2007, AB picked up rap as a hobby while he was a freshman on the Central Michigan University football team. Fifteen years later, he's dropped his first solo project and developed friendships with the likes of Kanye West and Fivio Foreign.

Paradigm, released on April 20, includes 11 tracks with features from Fivio, Young Thug, French Montana, 42 Dugg and more. The title represents the paradigm shift in his career and seeing things from a higher perspective. During the interview, AB rocks one jacket emblazoned with the words "Hard Work" and another with his album title. While he's got heavy hitters on the projects, AB is in the early parts of life as an artist while still being known as a famous athlete. "I'm grateful to be accepted in the lane, with my brothers in rap, and everyone on my album," AB shares. "I'm doing a festival now, I got a show, June 18, at the State Farm Arena, we doing Rolling Loud. I want people not only to connect with me as a athlete, and knowing my face and knowing what I do, I want people to be able to connect with the music, genuinely, authentically."

In addition, AB has built a friendship with a musical legend, right when he was going through one of the more difficult stretches of his life. After AB stripped off his jersey and pads during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets game in January then ran off the field, Kanye West gave him a call. "Right when that situation happened off the field, Ye reached out to me as a big brother, just to bring me closer and embrace me," Brown explains. "Brought me to L.A., made me President of Donda Sports, had me in the suite at the Soho for weeks, while he working on his album, providing me producers, engineers, songwriters." Shortly after splitting from the NFL, AB dropped his biggest song ever, "Pit Not The Palace."

A creative partnership grew from his friendship with Ye, and they remain locked in till this day. With music ahead and a friend in Ye, Antonio Brown also picked up another rap friend in Brooklyn drill artist and former XXL Freshman Fivio Foreign. "Fivio, he's first off, the King of New York, and he's just so talented," AB says. "I feel like he's so used to persevering through so much adversity. Just being able to still express that positivity, and that's what made it so special." Fivio appears on Paradigm twice, featuring on both the album opener "Champions" and "Half A Moon."

Hip-hop has surrounded AB for some time. From his school days to finding inspiration in fellow Miami native Rick Ross, an artist who AB gives props to. "Not only because I'm from Miami, I've really seen Rick Ross put in that work," he maintains, making it clear AB isn't being biased. "Still till to this day, Rick Ross will drop the coldest verse and the deepest bars. Ross actually was born in Mississippi, he just rep Miami, but Ross really cold."

When asked who's the best rapper out of Miami, AB chooses The Boss, of course. "Ross is the biggest," he affirms. "He took it farther."

Watch Antonio "AB" Brown's interview on his new album and what's next below.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: April 30, 2022James Devaney / Michael Reaves, Getty Images (2)

During his recent stand-up routine, Pete Davidson joked about Kanye West allegedly spreading rumors about him having AIDS.

According to a report on Entertainment Tonight, which was published on Friday (April 29), Pete returned to the stand-up stage for the first time in three years at the Netflix Is a Joe: The Festival at the Hollywood Bowl last Thursday (April 28) in Los Angeles. Pete reportedly opened his set with jokes about Ye targeting him on social media.

According to the outlet, Pete joked that he believed Kanye when the Chicago rapper-producer said he had AIDS because Kanye is “a genius.” The Saturday Night Live comedian went on to joke that being humiliated by Kanye is “weird when you can't do anything about it."

Pete is referring to a TMZ report back in January that claimed Kanye was allegedly spreading rumors about him having AIDS and being a junkie.

Kanye would later go on social media rants in February dissing the SNL comedian. In now-deleted IG posts, Ye accused his ex-wife Kim Kardashian of allegedly not allowing him to see his children and referring to her boyfriend Pete as "Skete.”

A month later, Kanye goes on another tangent where he claimed Pete is pushing his buttons behind the scenes by bragging about being in bed with Kim via text messages.

And, of course, there's the claymation music video for The Game’s song “Eazy,” in which Ye fictitiously kidnaps Pete and buries him up to his neck so he can grow roses out of his head. An animated Kanye then beheads Pete and even cradles his head.

A source close to Pete reportedly claimed that the comedian found the "Eazy" video hilarious.

"[Pete] finds the fact that Kanye included a cartoon version of him in his music video hysterical," the insider said. "He is almost flattered by it all because it is so ridiculous to him."

Kanye West has been quiet as of late on social media ever since he was put in Instagram jail for 24 hours back in March.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: February 23, 2022Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Kanye West is changing the game. He just dropped four songs from his Donda 2 album, but there's only one way to hear them as of right now.

Today (Feb. 23), Ye unveiled the new songs from the LP, only to be heard through his Stem Player device. After announcing his Donda 2 album, executive produced by Future, back in January, Ye revealed on Feb. 17 that the project would only be available via his new Stem Player.

"Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player," he captioned a presumed snippet of the new album on Instagram earlier this month. "Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own. Go to now to order."

He added in another post, "You can download new music from You can play 4 different elements of the track: vocals, drums, bass and music. It also has a MP3 player available. We currently have 67,000 available and are making 3,000 a day. Go click the link in my bio to purchase."

This afternoon, the songs "Security," "Pablo," "Broken Road" and "We Did It Kid" were all released on Ye's Stem Player. If you have the device, you can connect it to your computer and the songs will download. You can purchase the device on Kanye's official website here or

Ye launched his new Stem Player, a $200 pocket-sized music player created by Yeezy Tech and Kano Computing, last August. The device allows users to be their own producer, and remix album cuts by using vocal stems, bass, drums and samples, making for a fully customizable experience. All by way of minimalist touch sensitive controls.

With the latest announcement, West reportedly pulled in over $2 million in Stem Player sales within 24 hours. It was also revealed he passed on a $100 million deal with Apple in order to self release the new album on his own platform.

Things may change, like they did with the 2016 Life of Pablo release, which was initially exclusively available on Tidal before going to other streaming services. But for now, it looks like Ye's Stem Player is the only way to legally enjoy Donda 2.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: February 12, 2022Victor Boyko / Emma McIntyr, Getty Images (2)

Kanye West and Kid Cudi have gone from friends to foes.

The beef erupted on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 12), when Ye went on social media and seemed to denounce Cudi, revealing his Kids See Ghosts collaborator would not be on Kanye's upcoming Donda 2 album. "Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda because he's friends with you know who. We all speak in Billie language now," Kanye posted on Instagram in a seemingly handwritten letter.

The Chicago rap-mogul's gripe with Cudi appears to be the Ohio rapper's friendship with SNL comedian Pete Davidson, the current boyfriend of Kanye's estranged wife, Kim Kardashian.

After catching wind of Kanye's memo, Cudi responded in the comments of Ye's post. "Too bad I don't wanna be on ur album u fuckin dinosaur hahahaha," Cudi posted. "Everyone knows I've been the best thing about ur albums since I met u. Ima pray [for you] brother."

Cudi then addressed the issue on Twitter. "We talked weeks ago about this," Cudder posted. "You’re whack for flipping the script and posting this lie just for a look on the internet. You ain’t no friend. BYE."

"Oh man im too blessed," Cudi added in a follow-up tweet.

Cudi then began responding to his followers' thoughts on the situation. One person wrote, "Not worth losing a friendship over man. If he can’t be the bigger person than I suggest u leave him be.. he’s annoying af anyways." Cudi responded, "Very."

"God opens the door so the wrong people can exit ur life," he added.

Another fan warned Cudi not to get in trouble reacting to Ye. "I wont!! God has his hands on me. Just got back from Paris actually love to all my fans," the rapper responded.

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Kanye West has been on one recently. On Wednesday (Feb. 10), he demanded pop star Billie Eilish apologize to Travis Scott after feeling like the singer slighted Scott by stopping one of her shows to make sure a concertgoer was okay. "COME ON BILLIE WE LOVE YOU PLEASE APOLOGIZE TO TRAV AND TO THE FAMILIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES," Kanye wrote on Instagram. "NO ONE INTENDED THIS TO HAPPEN TRAV DIDN’T HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING WHEN HE WAS ON STAGE AND WAS VERY HURT BY WHAT HAPPENED AND YES TRAV WILL BE WITH ME AT COACHELLA BUT NOW I NEED BILLIE TO APOLOGIZE BEFORE I PERFORM."

Billie responded with confusion, commenting under the post, "literally never said a thing about travis. was just helping a fan." The post got Kanye blasted by families of victims of the Astroworld tragedy.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: December 30, 2021Prince Williams / John Livingston, Getty Images (2)

Kanye West is, arguably, a fashion icon, but fellow rapper Safaree has some concern about his new style.

On Thursday (Dec. 30), Safaree jumped on Twitter and offered his thoughts on Yeezy’s latest fashion choices. “I’ve always been a Kanye fan but I really hate how he’s been dressing these last 2 years. He use to be inspiration with clothes and jewelry. Now this guy just wears hoodies and black gloves and it bothers me,” he tweeted, adding cry-laughing emojis.

The Love & Hip Hop reality star might be referring to Ye’s latest style of hoodies, gloves and knee-high boots he’s been rocking lately. We also didn’t forget the Chicago rapper wearing those weird facial masks back in October either. And of course, there was his bizarre haircut.

However, R&B singer-songwriter Tank jumped in the comment section of an Instagram post about Safaree’s remarks on Ye’s fashion choices. It appears the "I Deserve" singer felt that Safaree shouldn’t be commenting on Kanye’s style since he’s never launched a clothing line or secured a clothing deal.

"Says the guy with no clothing line, no clothing endorsements, and absolutely no fashion sense," Tank wrote in the comments, adding two cry-laughing emojis.

Safaree didn’t hesitate to clap back at the veteran crooner. He wrote, "@therealtank hey I use to be a fan of you… now you suck," with three weary-face emojis to emphasize his retort.

Love it or hate it, Kanye West has always been a trend setter when it comes to fashion.

Check out some of Kanye West’s fashion choices in 2021 below.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: December 8, 2021David Livingston, Getty Images / Prince Williams, Wireimage

We are days away from Kanye West and Drake hitting the stage and performing together at the Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert in the name of Larry Hoover, cofounder of Chicago's infamous Gangster Disciples gang. However, the former gang leader’s son, Larry Hoover Jr., said his father has expressed some concern about the event.

In a video interview with The Drea O Show, which premiered on YouTube on Tuesday (Dec. 7), Hoover Jr. revealed that his father is apprehensive about the benefit concert.

“Yeah, he’s aware of it [the concert], and he has to be concerned because he doesn’t know how it may affect him,” he explained. “He’s concerned that it may affect him negatively because it’s showing his influence, but his influence is positive.”

“Him being an influential person, it just won’t just disappear,” Hoover Jr. continued. “He can’t make that disappear. But he can make it disappear the fact that he can show that he would never use his influence negatively.”

The 70-year-old cofounder of the Chicago gang—established in the 1970s—was convicted of murder in 1973, and is currently serving multiple life sentences at ADX Florence prison in Colorado. During his incarceration, Hoover has renounced gang activity and has tried to rebrand the GD moniker with a positive name, "Growth & Development." Last summer, a federal judge denied a sentencing break to Hoover under the First Step Act.

Kanye recently featured Larry Hoover Jr. on his Donda album. On tracks “Jesus Lord” and “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2," Hoover Jr. addresses the issues involving his father's incarceration and judicial flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system.

The Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert will take place at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Thursday (Dec. 9). The event will help raise awareness of Larry Hoover’s plight and mobilize efforts to free him from prison.

Ye and Drizzy's performances will be live streamed on Amazon Prime Video and in select IMAX theaters across North America.

Watch Larry Hoover Jr. talk about the upcoming Kanye West and Drake concert below. Fast-forward to the 6-minute mark to hear him explain why his father is concerned about the event.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: November 16, 2021Brandon Magnus, Getty Images / Johnny Nunez, WireImage

Looks like hip-hop is ending the year on a positive note with the recent reconciliation between Kanye West and Drake at Drizzy's home in Toronto.

Kanye broke the internet tonight (Nov. 16) after posting a surprising photo of himself, Drake and J Prince to his Instagram, appearing to confirm that his beef with the 6 God is over. Yeezy captioned the post with a dove emoji.

Shortly after, Drake uploaded a two-video carousel post to Instagram with the first video featuring comedian Dave Chappelle giving a speech.

Chappelle said, "You have to admit to yourself, this shit is impressive. I cannot believe I'm in a nigga's house. A nigga from this city that did not grow up this way. Tonight, he brought some of the biggest stars on Earth to his home. Kanye West is in his home…Dave Chappelle is in his home. This is Canada. It's what the Black American calls the finish line. Niggas ran from slavery to this place. And tonight, we feel free in my nigga's home. My God, man."

The second clip features Drake and Kanye warmly embracing one another as Drizzy's "Knife Talk" featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat off of his Certified Lover Boy album is blaring in the background.

Prior to Drake and Kanye confirming that all is well between them, there were reports that they had made peace tonight at Chappelle's show in Toronto. The comic's DJ, DJ Trauma, shared a post on his Instagram Story, which showed a massive mansion along with a caption that read, "Wow Drake has a big house who would've guessed?"

The post also said, "Just witnessed Drakes & Kanye reconciliation last night what a night for hip hop."

There were also claims that Ye and Drizzy had dinner together, but those rumors have not been confirmed.

Ye and Drizzy making amends follows a three-year rap beef between the rhymers. It's unclear what specifically brought the men together, but there had been talk that they could potentially squash things in an effort to mobilize for the freedom of the Gangster's Disciples cofounder Larry Hoover. Their union may have surprised some, but was predictable for others considering the olive branch Yeezy extended to the Canadian rapper on Nov. 6 in a video featuring Rap-A-Lot CEO J Prince.

In the clip, which shows Kanye reading a message off of an iPhone, the Chicago native said, "This is Ye and J Prince. I'm making this video to address the ongoing back and forth between myself and Drake. Both me and Drake have taken shots at each other and it's time to put it to rest."

He continued: "I'm asking Drake on Dec. 7 to join me on stage as a special guest to share the two biggest albums of the year, live in Los Angeles, with the ultimate purpose to free Larry Hoover. I believe this event will not only bring awareness to our cause, but prove to people everywhere how much more we can accomplish when we lay our pride to the side and come together."

Kanye and Drake's grimy feud is a one-off from Drizzy's unresolved issues with Pusha T. Amid the OVO Sound head's lengthy back-and-forth with King Push, Drake dropped "Duppy Freestyle," which addressed claims that he'd written for Kanye and also criticized Yeezy's friendship with Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection.

At one point, Kanye was that Virgil received a position with the brand after trying to partner with high-end fashion houses.

Drake also accused Kanye West of letting Pusha T know that he has a son, which Push used as ammo and included in his diss track "Story of Adidon."

The static between Drizzy and Kanye continued through this year, particularly around the releases of Ye's Donda and Drake's Certified Lover Boy, with Yeezy appearing to have leaked Drake's home address. Meanwhile, the Grammy Award-winning MC let off a few disses towards Ye on his CLB track "7am in Bridle Path," leaked a Kanye diss towards André 3000 of OutKast and more.

Despite the insults being tossed back-and-forth over the years, Drake and Kanye clearly saw the bigger picture and were able to mend fences.

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As the old cliché adage goes, there’s nothing new under the sun; word to J. Cole. This goes for life in general and especially hip-hop.

In the genre’s four decades of existence, we’ve pretty much seen and heard everything, and then seen and heard another artist repackage that thing, throw a new shelf life on it and try it again. For every The Notorious B.I.G., there is a Gorilla Black and Shyne. For every Kid Cudi, there is a (insert any number of emo SoundCloud rappers here). Honestly, after 40 years and hundreds of artists who have come and gone, it is to be somewhat expected.

The same is true when it comes to hip-hop lyrics. Despite a study proving that rap has the highest vocabulary among all the popular musical genres, there are but so many words that rhyme in the English language. At the same time, there seems to be a concentrated subject matter that most mainstream rappers constantly come back to. This leads to many rappers falling back on the same clichéd lines over and over throughout the years.

Tupac Shakur, considered one of rap’s greats, was known for rhyming “Hennessy” and “enemies” time and time again—a rhyme construction that a number of rappers have taken to, including Drake, Eminem and Meek Mill.

How many times have you heard a rapper say he'll take your girl or how he or she parties like a rockstar? Probably more than you can count. At this point, it’s time to put some of these overused platitudes to bed. XXL compiles 11 hip-hop lyrics clichés that have gone way past their expiration date.

"Like a rockstar"

“Smokin Rollin,” Juicy J
“Livin' like a rock star, I've never been sober, bruh”

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Eminem Featuring D12
“That's only right, living like a rock star is the only life!” —Bizarre

“Goldie,” A$AP Rocky
"Party like a cowboy or a rock star/Everybody play the tough guy 'til shit pop off"

Drug kingpin comparisons

“Consuela,” Belly
“She got me running like El Chapo/I sent my other bitch to Cabo”

“Trappa,” Young Dolph
“Ten foreigns outside, bitch I feel like big Meech”

"Take your girl"

“That’s Not Me,” Skepta
“I don't really care about your postcode/Take your girl, no dinner, no rose”

“Castro,” Yo Gotti Featuring 2 Chainz, Quavo, Big Sean and Kanye West
“Anti-lame, nigga/Take your girl like a pain killer” —2 Chainz

"Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe," Kendrick Lamar
"I'll take your girlfriend and put that pussy on a pedestal"

Lion King references

“Alphabet,” Lil Wayne
“Girl it’s a jungle out there, ask Mufasa”

"V. 3005," Childish Gambino
"Girl why is you lying, girl why you Mufasa"

“Back and Forth,” Gunna
“Rocking the Gucci with the lion like Simba”

“I shoot like…”

“Bank Account," 21 Savage
“Dunk up in your bitch like O’Neal, dawg/Plus I shoot like Reggie Mill’, dawg”

“Remember the Titans," Joe Budden
“I shoot like Kapono/Watch me own the show”

Fast car/NASCAR

“XO Tour Llif3,” Lil Uzi Vert
“Medicine, lil' nigga, take some/Fast car, NASCAR, race on 'em”

“Your Life’s on the Line,” 50 Cent
“Leave it to them, and they say they got a fast car/NASCAR/ Truck with a crash bar”

"I Think They Like Me (Remix)," Dem Franchize Boyz Featuring Bow Wow, Da Brat and Jermaine Dupri
"I'm in a fast car, something like a NASCAR" —Bow Wow

Codeine references

“Freestyle,” Lil Baby
“I been getting faded/I’m sippin’ on maple”

“Do You Understand,” Shy Glizzy
“My bitch, she intelligent/I’m sippin’ on medicine”

"Stargazing," Travis Scott
"Sippin' on purp, feelin' like the Barre Baby"

Pussy/Push me

“Hail Mary,” Tupac Shakur
“I ain’t a killer but don’t push me/Revenge is like the sweetest joy next getting pussy”

“Evil,” ScHoolboy Q
"Lift up your skirt if you play pussy, don't push me"

Pimple similes

“Patty Cake,” YG
“The Maybach Benzo is like a limo/Her ass poppin’ like pimples”

“Suicide Note,” Wifisfuneral
“Hold up, man, like this shit get poppin’ like pimples/This shit get deeper than dimples”

"Shotta Flow," NLE Choppa
"Two bullets in your chest, that's a nipple/And if a nigga run up, I'ma pop him like a pimple"

Employing jersey numbers

“400 Bars,” The Game
“Two nines on your back, Warren Sapp”

“I Got Swag,” Q Money
“I'm clean like dish detergent/30 in the clip, Steph Curry”

Ho/Hotel/Ho tell

"Ho," Ludacris
"Y'all professional like DJ Clue, pullin' on my coattail/And why do you think you take a ho to a hotel?/Ho tell everybody"

"Cut Her Off Freestyle," Kevin Gates
"Oh well, left the ho at the hotel"

"Perks," D Savage
"Fuckin' on a bad ho from the hotel"

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Drake and Kanye West may be currently at odds, but it looks like they are coming together for a common cause.

Yesterday (Oct. 2), Rap-a-Lot CEO J Prince gave an update on his mission to help free Larry Hoover, the co-founder of Chicago's infamous Gangsta Disciples gang. Apparently, Aubrey and Yeezy are lending their star power to the effort. Prince posted a photo to Instagram that shows him standing along with Kanye, Hoover's wife, Winndye Jenkins, and Hoover's son, Larry Hoover Jr. In the caption he wrote, "IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN YOU PLAN TO FAIL. Good plans in the making to free our brother Larry Hoover with the support of @champagnepapi and @kanyewest."

Kanye also posted a photo of the foursome along with the caption, "they done let the GD’s in the [door]," referencing a lyric from Freddie Gibbs' remix of Drake's "Champagne Poetry."

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Hoover is credited with co-founding the Gangsta Disciples in Chicago in the early 1970s. He was convicted of murder in 1973. While serving a life sentence, he was accused of still operating the gang from inside of prison and found guilty of drug conspiracy, extortion, and continuing to engage in a criminal enterprise in 1997, and sentenced to additional multiple life sentences. Hoover has since renounced gang activity and works to promote peace in the Chicago streets. He's tried to rebrand the GD name as meaning "Growth & Development."

Kanye has stuck up for Hoover in the past. He tried to convince former president Donald Trump to pardon Hoover when Kanye visited the White House in 2018. Kanye recently featured Hoover's son, Larry Hoover Jr. on the Donda tracks, “Jesus Lord” and “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2,” speaking on the impact of his father's incarceration and flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Kanye and Drake haven't been able to agree on much recently, with their beef taking center stage. It is unclear what role Drake is playing in helping the cause.

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Kanye West is reportedly expected to make a surprise performance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

The live taping of the annual awards show takes place tonight (Sept. 12). West has been added to the list of last-minute performers, according to a report from PageSix. “With the Kardashians in town for New York Fashion Week and the Met Gala, we hear they [Kim and Kourtney] may be making an appearance as well," a source tells the website. "Especially since Kourtney’s beau, Travis Barker, is performing with good friend Machine Gun Kelly.” Sources are also speculating that Kim may join Kanye on stage as she did during his Chicago listening event for Donda.

The VMAs in 2009 was of course the place where 'Ye gained notoriety among many people after he snatched the mic from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for Best Video by a Female Artist to yell out, “I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." If he does perform tonight, it should he another must-see moment.

The 2021 MTV VMAs takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn N.Y. at 8 p.m. EST. Other artists slated to perform include Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Swae Lee and more.

Nicki Minaj was also slated to perform at the event but pulled out of the show last week. She did not give a direct answer as to why she decided to perform, only telling fans, "I'll explain why another day." Her pulling out of the event came on the heels of news breaking that her husband pleaded guilty to falling to register as a sex offender and could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Drake fans would likely say it was only a matter of time before he launched another lyrical missile at Kanye West and the Toronto native appears to have done just that on his latest album, Certified Lover Boy.

The 6 God's newest LP arrived today (Sept. 3)—as promised—shortly after 1 a.m. EST. And on the effort, Drake unleashes some menacing bars on "7am on Bridle Path" that folks think are about Kanye and their recent feud.

On the song, the OVO Sound head honcho indirectly speaks on someone who is "in denial" and hasn't been addressing him in a respectful manner for some time. He even mentioned social media influencer Justin Laboy's "respectfully" catchphrase. In July, Laboy also offered consistent updates on Kanye's Donda album, which dropped on Aug. 29, via the internet at one point.

"You over there in denial, we not neck and neck/It's been a lot of years since we seen you comin' correct/Man, fuck a 'Respectfully,' I just want my respect/They tried to label me mean, I say what I mean/People that could've stayed on the team/They played in between," Drizzy rhymes on the Cardo, Dez Wright, KND and Maneesh-produced track.

Throughout the joint, Drake doesn't name-drop. However, he does allude to situations that have recently made headlines, including reports that ’Ye posted the Canadian rapper's address on Instagram.

"You know the fourth level of jealousy is called media/Isn't that an ironic revelation?/Give that address to your driver, make it your destination/’Stead of just a post out of desperation/This me reachin' the deepest state of my meditation/While you over there tryna impress the nation/Mind's runnin' wild with the speculation," the multiplatinum-selling rapper spits.

One could even argue that Drake was obliquely referring to Kanye when mentioning the designing of sneakers and T-shirts, which ’Ye has done through his lucrative Yeezy brand. Also when Drizzy brought up the topic of his son, Adonis, who was announced to the world by Pusha-T during Drake and Pusha's beef in 2018. However, during Drake's appearance on LeBron James' The Shop nearly three years ago, the rapper accused Kanye of divulging information to King Push about Drizzy's child.

"You niggas hot to them little kids, you ain't famous to me/Told you I'm aimin' straight for the head, not aiming to please/I could give a fuck about who designing your sneakers and tees/Have somebody put you on a Gildan, you play with my seed," Drake raps.

As mentioned, Drizzy Drake opted against directly naming his targets on the track, but perhaps that's because he knew his fans would complete the math equation and figure it out for themselves.

Either way, take a listen to "7am on Bridle Path" below to catch the bars Drake is spitting on the chorus-less record.

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Drake might be sending shots Kanye West's direction on the new Trippie Redd song, "Betrayal."

Slated to appear on Trippie's new album Trip at Knight, the highly-anticipated collab came out on the Completed Version of the LP, which dropped today (Aug. 21). On the track, Drizzy appears to take aim at his frienemy Kanye West. "All these fools I'm beefin' that I barely know," Drake rhymes over the Taz Taylor, PinkGrillz88 and Dynox-produced track. "Forty-five, 44 (Burned out), let it go."

Both Kanye and Drake's nemesis Pusha-T are 44 years old. Additionally, the OVO rapper appears to be referencing Kanye's mysterious Donda release date with the follow-up line, "'Ye ain't changin' shit for me, it's set in stone."

Rumors have circulated that either Drake or Kanye is waiting for the other to drop to release their own album on the same day, leading to a sales battle akin to Kanye West and 50 Cent's head-to-head when they put out Graduation and Curtis, respectively, on the same day in 2007. It wouldn't be far-fetched considering Drake and 'Ye's egos and past issues.

This isn't the first time recently that Drake has raised eyebrows with some slick talk. In late July, he confirmed his Certified Lover Boy album was done while also sending out some subliminal warnings. "For the rest of you heathens, I wanna tell you, ’cause I know you're listening, ’cause you're always free," Drake said on Sound 42's Fri Yiy Friday show on SiriusXM Radio. "Don't trouble people's kids, don't bother people's soul, know what I'm sayin'? OVO, we aim for that head. We don't aim to please. You see it. Certified Lover Boy on the way. And that's for anyone in the way."

Drake has yet to announce an official release date for CLB. Kanye has announced three release dates for his new album Donda, but has yet to follow through, despite holding three separate listening events. He is scheduled to hold his fourth Donda listening event in Chicago on Aug. (26).

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Chance The Rapper's presence on Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam" was pretty exemplary, but Chance recently revealed that ’Ye wasn't initially fond of one of the bars Chano delivered on The Life of Pablo track.

In honor of the fifth anniversary of Chance The Rapper's 2016 Coloring Book mixtape, he spoke with Brenton Blanchet for the Recording Academy via and explained that Kanye wasn't in favor of the Chicago rhymer's Grammy reference.

"I made 'Sunday Candy'/I'm never going to hell/I met Kanye West, I'm never going to fail/He said, 'Let's do a good-ass job with Chance 3'/I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy," Chance raps towards the end of his verse.

"I rapped on Kanye's shit right before it came out that I was working on these three Grammys, and I was like, 'If I keep rapping like that, and just saying shit's gonna happen, that's just gonna happen,'" Chance The Rapper told Blanchet. "And it started happening."

He continued: "Kanye didn't want me to say that [line] on that song. And I had to go back and forth with him about keeping my line on there. That whole experience of working on [Pablo] was very transformative for a lot of people around me, because I was 40 [percent] of the way done with Coloring Book. I was listening to a lot of gospel [then]. So, when I came to the camp, any time I got the aux cord, I was playing Fred Hammond or talking about something I read in the bible. It was a different vibe than what Kanye had hit me up for because I was coming off the heels of Acid Rap. So, I had this different vibe and energy, and it was very well received."

Chano went on to say, "Kanye was like, 'I wanna have more gospel [moments] on this album,' and people eventually started calling it a gospel album. Just being in a position to rap [with] the person who probably is the reason I became a rapper—to be able to produce and write and to be featured on the intro, the first real rap verse you hear on the album, was crazy to me."

Chance The Rapper also shared that he had manifested the day he'd collaborate with Yeezy. "I was, at that time, speaking it into existence like, 'Kanye gonna hit us up soon. You gonna be working with ’Ye soon,'" he expressed. "And when that happened, I had to keep doing that. I had to keep being like, 'I'm gonna just say what's gonna happen.'"

After talking that Grammy talk on wax in 2016, Chance The Rapper took home three of the coveted awards at the event's February of 2017 award show. Chance won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for "No Problem" and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book, making him the first streaming-only rhymer to take home the nod for Best Rap Album.

Musically and culturally, "Ultralight Beam" was a win for Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and all other artists and producers involved. Maybe ’Ye and Chano will do it again as rumors claim that Chance could appear on Kanye's long-awaited Donda album, which according to Apple Music, has a new release date set for Friday (Aug. 20).

In case a refresher is needed, check out Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam" below.

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Hours before Kanye West presents a second listening event at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Donda, his 10th studio album, the Chicago rapper launched a new livestream inside his bedroom on Apple Music today.

While the livestream has featured ’Ye doing a lot of interesting activities, there have been none so tranquil as him sleeping. On Thursday (Aug. 4), the G.O.O.D. Music leader was visibly sleeping for all the world to see.

During his livestream this afternoon, Kanye turned off the lights inside his makeshift bedroom at the stadium and jumped under the covers to take his afternoon nap. So for a couple of hours, fans were able to watch him peacefully sleep. However, there was no audio so it's unclear if Kanye snores in his sleep. You can watch a clip of him snoozing below.

Of course, many people watching Kanye’s livestream were quick to offer their thoughts on Sleepy ‘Ye via Twitter.

Some fans were enjoying Kanye getting some shut eye before his big event.

"We deadass just looking at this nigga sleepin and I’m enjoying every second of it," tweeted one user.

Some people think that Kanye is simply trolling us all with his livestream.

"He’s the biggest troll ever," tweeted one fan, adding a face palm emoji and crying laughing emojis. Another user chimed in with, "Kanye is taking this genius too far," and added two crying laughing emojis for emphasis on how funny the livestream is.

Before his nap, Kanye's livestream offered some visual entertainment.

Fellow rappers Jadakiss and Sheek Louch visited Yeezy at the Atlanta stadium.

In a rather strange but productive moment, Kanye was lifting weights and doing push-ups surrounded by Fivio Foreign and others. It was an impressive feat considering ’Ye was wearing a face mask while doing his exercises.

Kanye West's new album, Donda, is set to hit digital streaming platforms on Friday (Aug. 6).

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Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborations breathe life into the cartoon two-headed goat meme that has taken over social media over the years. Twenty years ago, a young ’Ye, fresh off the train from Chicago with a Hamilton in his pocket, pulled up to a studio session to play beats for Beanie Sigel on Sigel's birthday. Kanye told MTV in 2002 that it was Hov who stuck around after Sigel left to celebrate his birthday and heard the rest of the beat pack. Jigga’s attention was snatched by what would become the Brooklyn rapper's songs “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)” and “Never Change.” That moment marked the day Yeezy secured a stack of credits on Jay-Z's The Blueprint album and the inception of their musical alliance with one another.

Sooner than later after being Hova’s soul-sampling beat architect, which brought to life the fluorescent “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” Kanye started rapping and looked to his friend for features. The two tag-teamed over beats on tracks like the Jay-Z and J. Ivy-featured “Never Let Me Down,” from The College Dropout. And vice versa on records like “Run This Town” featuring ’Ye and Roc Nation’s first lady Rihanna, which appeared on The Blueprint 3.

Their high-quality run preceded Watch The Throne, regarded by many hip-hop fans as rap’s best joint album of all time. Realistically, that entire collection of records could make the list when discussing the best cohesive magic they’ve stirred up. “Otis”—a potent sample of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness”—will forever be a classic, as will “Ni**as In Paris” and the Project X memory-triggering “H•A•M.” Glaring choices omitted, “The Joy,” with assisted production from Pete Rock, is a cruise-control ride into the clouds of rap’s greatest in the silky flows utilized, crafty wordplay and pensive storytelling. Might as well call it flawless.

The brethren reunited 10 years after the project came out for a song previewed during a listening session for Kanye’s highly anticipated Donda album last month. Fans applauded the comeback, not only because they set their differences aside, but it also recalled memories of their significant track record over the years. With that in mind, XXL highlights these two hip-hop giants' most essential collaborations, on which they joined forces either by rapping together or ’Ye crafted the beat for Hov.

Check out Kanye West and Jay-Z's most essential collaborations you need to hear below as we await a possible sequel.

  • “Otis”Kanye West and Jay-Z Featuring Otis Redding
  • “Never Let Me Down”Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z and J. Ivy
  • “Izzo (H.O.V.A)”Song by Jay-Z, Produced by Kanye West
  • “Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)”Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z
  • “Run This Town”Jay-Z Featuring Kanye West and Rihanna
  • “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”Song by Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé, Produced by Kanye West
  • “Ni**as in Paris”Kanye West and Jay-Z
  • “Clique”Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean
  • “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)”Song by Jay-Z, Produced by Kanye West
  • “Takeover”Song by Jay-Z, Produced by Kanye West
  • “No Church in the Wild”Kanye West and Jay-Z Featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream
  • “Encore”Song by Jay-Z, Produced by Kanye West
  • “Monster” Kanye West Featuring Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z
  • “Lucifer”Song by Jay-Z, Produced by Kanye West
  • “The Joy”Kanye West and Jay-Z featuring Curtis Mayfield
  • “Power (Remix)”Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz
  • “So Appalled”Kanye West Featuring Jay-Z, Pusha-T, Swizz Beatz, RZA and CyHi The Prynce
  • “Never Change”Song by Jay-Z, Produced by Kanye West
  • “Gotta Have It”Kanye West and Jay-Z
  • “This Can’t Be Life”Song by Jay-Z Featuring Beanie Sigal and Scarface, Produced by Kanye West
  • “Poppin’ Tags”Song by Jay-Z Featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike and Twista, Produced by Kanye West
  • “H•A•M”Kanye West and Jay-Z
  • “Brooklyn Go Hard”Song by Jay-Z Featuring Santigold, Produced by Kanye West
  • “Some People Hate”Song by Jay-Z, Produced by Kanye West

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Kanye West pulled yet another pump fake at midnight last night after announcing the release of his long-awaited album, Donda, which failed to arrive. ’Ye even went as far as holding a 71,00-capacity listening event, streamed via Apple Music, for the project in Atlanta, further insinuating that his LP would drop. However, although there's no album from Kanye just yet, the conversation has shifted a bit after Yeezy previewed a new track he has with Jay-Z, in which Hov teased a potential follow-up to their 2011 LP, Watch the Throne.

On Thursday evening (July 24), Kanye packed ATL's Mercedes-Benz Stadium to the brim last night to give a public preview of his album. Among the songs ’Ye played was an unexpected joint featuring Jigga, Kanye's longtime friend, whom the Chicago rapper hasn't been on the best of terms with as of late. Nonetheless, an olive branch of some sort must have been extended at some point because on the song, Hov gave hope of a forthcoming project between the two rappers.

"Told him to stop all that red cap, we going home/Cannot be with all of these sins casting stones/This might be the return of The Throne, Throne/Hova and Yeezus like Moses and Jesus/You’re not in control of my thesis," Jay raps on the track, which doesn't appear to have a confirmed title yet.

Engineer Young Guru revealed on Thursday (July 22) that Jay wrote his verse yesterday at 4 p.m. "HOV did the verse today!!!! At 4pm," Guru tweeted.

Last August, Yeezy tweeted that he misses his big brother, referring to Hov. In the social media post, Kanye included an old image of himself and Jigga performing onstage together.

Three years prior, in 2017, Jay-Z spoke on his apparently strained relationship with Kanye West during Jay's interview with The New York Times' Dean Baquet.

"I [talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he's my brother," Hov said at the time. "I love Kanye. I do. It's a complicated relationship with us."

The Roc Nation head continued: "’Cause, you know, Kanye came into this business on my label. So, I've always been like his big brother. And we're both entertainers. It's always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother. And we both love and respect each other's art, too. So it's like, we both—everyone wants to be the greatest in the world, you know what I'm saying? And then there's like a lot of other factors that play in it. But it's gonna, we gonna always be good."

The moment when Kanye and Jay-Z's tight-knit friendship began to unravel is uncertain, but many speculate that it could've taken place back in 2014, when the Brooklyn rap veteran and his wife, Beyoncé, skipped out on the G.O.O.D Music founder and his now ex-wife, Kim Kardashian's, wedding.

Ye called out Jigga for missing his nuptials during his Saint Pablo Tour stop in Sacramento, Calif.

Then, in 2019, Hov and Yeezy reunited for the first time in three years at Diddy's 50th birthday party.

In any event, although blood is thicker than water, some friendships are just as important and worth being salvaged. Looks like the dynamic duo that is Jay-Z and Kanye West have buried the hatchet and hopefully, at some point—before or after the arrival of Donda—fans can get the second coming to their Grammy Award-nominated album, Watch the Throne.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: April 26, 2021Noam Galai, Getty Images

The DMX tribute shirt created by Kanye West's Yeezy brand and Balenciaga has reportedly netted over $1 million in profits that will benefit the family of the late rapper.

On Sunday (April 25), TMZ reported that sources in the Kanye camp tell them the shirt quickly raked in seven-figures after going on sale on April 24 and selling out within hours. As announced, net profits from the one-time drop will go to DMX's kids.

The shirt, which was made by luxury brand Balenciaga at the behest of West, hit the ’Net over the weekend. The long-sleeve, over-sized shirt features an image of X, who is flanked by two crosses. The acronym R.I.P. is above his head. His birth and death dates appear on the sleeve. Even at a steep asking price of $200, the shirts flew off the site.

XXL has reached out to Kanye's team for confirmation.

The shirt drop coincided with what was essentially the late DMX's memorial weekend. On April 24, a public memorial service took place for the rapper at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ticketing to the event was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, thousands of people showed up to pay their respects to the influential rapper, born Earl Simmons, including Kanye, who performed with his Sunday Service Choir. Kanye also reportedly designed the stage for the event. On Sunday (April 25), a private homegoing ceremony took place that was only attended by DMX's close friends and family. Both events were streamed live on X's YouTube page.

DMX died on April 9 after suffering a heart attack that was allegedly brought on by a drug overdose on April 2.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Zoe Johnson”>Zoe JohnsonPublished: March 24, 2021Sotheby’s (2)

From the outside looking in, the sneaker buying game is a tough business with bots—automated software that allows people to quickly purchase limited footwear—eating up Nikes premiere shoe-selling app SNKRS. Then, there are resell platforms that hike up shoe prices to more than three or four times their original value. And recently, Sotheby's auction house announced that they're offering up some coveted pairs of Jordan sneakers that rappers have collaborated with to the highest bidder, which will cost a grip as well.

After the success of selling hip-hop memorabilia and collectables, Sotheby's—the same auction house that sold The Notorious B.I.G. crown from the rapper's legendary "King of New York" photoshoot in 1997, which Jay-Z and Beyonce are rumored to have bought for nearly $600,000—announced on Wednesday (March 24) that they will be selling rare sneakers from partnerships with Nike/Jordan and rappers like Eminem, Travis Scott, Kanye West, Drake and DJ Khaled.

The Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem x Carhartt, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Travis Scott Purple, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem Encore with Marshall Mathers signed card, Nike Air Yeezy 2 Mismatch sample signed by Kanye West, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem Encore, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem Encore StockX version, Nike Air Jordan III Retro Father of Asahd and Nike Air Jordan III Retro "Another One" are all up for auction with bids ranging between $15,000 and $26,000 so far.

With bidding for these sneakers coming to a close on March 29, most of the bids have neared their projected selling rate.

For the most part, it seems like sneaker heads' success in regards to snagging limited-edition trainers at the shoe's original retail price is an art. Meanwhile, others are left spending hundreds and sometimes thousands to get their hands on rare sneakers.

Check out the bids for these rare sneakers on the Sotheby's website here and check out the kicks below.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: March 20, 2021Kanye West via YouTube

2010-era Kanye West was in his bag.

That year, he released what some consider his best album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which features among many fan favorites, the posse cut, "Monster," with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver. While not the huge hit for 'Ye—it peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100—"Monster" is lauded for its star power whom all came through on each verse. Most notably, Nicki Minaj who many claim bodied everyone else on the track. Curiously, Kanye had to be convinced to keep the song on the album or there is a chance we never got to hear this beast unleashed.

Check out the lyrics to Kanye West's "Monster" featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver below.

INTRO: Justin Vernon
I shoot the lights out
Hide 'til it's bright out
Oh, just another lonely night
Are you willing to sacrifice your life?

VERSE ONE: Rick Ross
Bitch, I'm a monster, no-good bloodsucker
Fat muthafucker, now look who's in trouble
As you run through my jungles, all you hear is rumbles
Kanye West samples, here's one for example

CHORUS: Kanye West
Gossip, gossip, nigga, just stop it
Everybody know I'm a muthafuckin' monster
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
Profit, profit, nigga, I got it
Everybody know I'm a muthafuckin'' monster
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands

VERSE TWO: Kanye West
Uh, the best living or dead hands down, huh
Less talk, more head right now, huh
And my eyes more red than the devil is
And I'm 'bout to take it to another level, bitch
Matter who you go and get, ain't nobody cold as this
Do the rap and the track, triple-double, no assists
And my only focus is stayin' on some bogus shit
Arguin' with my older bitch, actin' like I owe her shit
I heard the beat, the same raps that gave the track pain
Bought the chain that always give me back pain
Fucking up my money so, yeah, I had to act sane
Chi nigga, but these hoes love my accent
Chick came up to me and said, "This the number to dial
If you wanna make your number one your number two now"
Mix that Goose and Malibu, I call it "Malibooyah"
Goddamn, Yeezy always hit 'em with a new style
Know that muthafucker, well, what you gon' do now?
Whatever I wanna do, gosh, it's cool now
Know I'm gonna do, ah, it's the new now
Think you muthafuckers really really need to cool out
'Cause you'll never get on top of this
So, mami, best advice is just to get on top of this
Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh?
Ah, put the pussy in a sarcophagus
Now she claiming that I bruised her esophagus
Head of the class and she just won a swallowship
I'm livin' in the future so the present is my past
My presence is a present, kiss my ass

CHORUS: Kanye West & Jay-Z
Gossip, gossip, nigga, just stop it
Everybody know I'm a muthafuckin' monster
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert (Yeah)
Profit, profit, nigga, I got it
Everybody know I'm a muthafuckin' monster
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands

Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong, Loch Ness
Goblin, ghoul, a zombie with no conscience
Question, what do these things all have in common?
Everybody knows I'm a motherfuckin' monster
Conquer, stomp ya, stop your silly nonsense
Nonsense, none of you niggas know where the swamp is
None of you niggas have seen the carnage that I've seen
I still hear fiends scream in my dreams
Murder, murder in black convertibles, I
Kill a block, I murder the avenues, I
Rape and pillage your village, women and children
Everybody want to know what my Achilles heel is
Love, I don't get enough of it
All I get is these vampires and bloodsuckers
All I see is these niggas I made millionaires
Millin' about, spillin' they feelings in the air
All I see is these fake fucks with no fangs
Tryna draw blood from my ice-cold veins
I smell a massacre
Seems to be the only way to back you bastards up

CHORUS: Kanye West
Gossip, gossip, nigga, just stop it
Everybody know I'm a muthafuckin' monster
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
Profit, profit, nigga, I got it
Everybody know I'm a muthafuckin' monster
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands at the concert
I'ma need to see your fuckin' hands

VERSE FOUR: Nicki Minaj
Pull up in the monster, automobile gangsta
With a bad bitch that came from Sri Lanka
Yeah, I'm in that Tonka, color of Willy Wonka
You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer
Okay, first things first, I'll eat your brains
Then I'ma start rocking gold teeth and fangs
'Cause that's what a muthafuckin' monster do
Hair dresser from Milan, that's the monster 'do
Monster Giuseppe heel, that's the monster shoe
Young Money is the roster and a monster crew
And I'm all up, all up, all up in the bank with the funny face
And if I'm fake, I ain't notice 'cause my money ain't
So let me get this straight, wait, I'm the rookie?
But my features and my shows 10 times your pay?
50K for a verse, no album out
Yeah, my money's so tall that my Barbies got to climb it
Hotter than a Middle Eastern climate, violent
Tony Matterhorn, dutty wine it, wine it
Nicki on them titties when I sign it
That's how these niggas so one-track-minded
But really, really I don't give an F-U-C-K
"Forget Barbie, fuck Nicki, sh-she's fake"
"She on a diet," but my pockets eatin' cheesecake
And I'll say, bride of Chucky, it's child's play
Just killed another career, it's a mild day
Besides, Ye, they can't stand besides me
I think me, you, and Am' should ménage Friday
Pink wig, thick ass, give 'em whiplash
I think big, get cash, make 'em blink fast
Now look at what you just saw, this is what you live for
Ah, I'm a muthafuckin' monster

OUTRO: Justin Vernon & Charlie Wilson
I, I crossed the limelight
And I'll, I'll let God decide
And I, I wouldn't last these shows
So I, I am headed home (Headed home)
I, I crossed the limelight
And I'll, I'll let God decide, 'cide (No)
And I, I wouldn't last these shows
So I, I am headed home (Head home)
I, I crossed the limelight (No, the limelight)
And I'll, I'll let God decide, 'cide
And I, I wouldn't last these shows
So I, I am headed home

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: January 5, 2021Juan Ocampo, Getty Images

UPDATE (Jan. 5):

Following reports of a divorce for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, TMZ published an article this evening (Jan. 5) claiming that the couple are actually seeking marriage counseling. However, a separation is still in the cards.

Sources told the tabloid outlet that a divorce has been looming over the celebrity couple since the latter part of 2020, but Kim and Kanye remain somewhat hopeful about working things out. Kim reportedly did feel she was ready to officially call it quits, but felt it would be "cruel" to do so while Yeezy was battling a bipolar episode last year.

Kanye has been residing in Wyoming while Kim and their four children—North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm—are in Calabasas, Calif.


A new report has surfaced claiming that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are ready to file a legal separation.

According to Page Six on Tuesday (Jan. 5), the couple's marriage is reportedly coming to an end with multiple sources telling the outlet that Kim has hired divorce attorney, Laura Wasser.

One source said, "They are keeping it low-key but they are done. Kim has hired Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks. Kim got Kanye to go up there [Wyoming] so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done."

"Now this divorce is happening because Kim has grown up a lot," the insider continued. "She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile, Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy shit, and she’s just had enough of it.”

On another note, a different source has reportedly claimed that Kanye doesn't like the Kardashian's and Jenner's lavish reality TV lifestyles. "Is completely over the entire family… He wants nothing to do with them," the anonymous person said.

Last July, speculation about the impending divorce began to circulate online after Kanye West made anti-abortion comments and claimed Harriet Tubman didn't free slaves during his first presidential campaign rally at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston, S.C. on July 19, 2020. During that same rant, ’Ye admitted to planning to abort his and Kim's firstborn child, North.

That same month, shortly after taking that controversial stance, Kanye West went on Twitter and suggested he was the one planning to end his six-year marriage with Kim. Kanye claimed he was enraged by Kim meeting with Meek Mill at a hotel to discuss prison reform.

Long before reports that Kim and Kanye no longer wished to continue with their relationship, rumors began to emerge suggesting the rapper and reality TV star were living separate lives. However, in December, PEOPLE magazine shared an exclusive report, which claimed  that Kimye was still married despite divorce rumors.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot back in May of 2014.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for a comment.

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