Posts Tagged ‘Watch the Throne’

Last week, the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards were finally announced. The results reflected the interests of the general population of mainstream music listeners., but an incredible buzz has arisen from some of the nominations, more specifically those concerning Kanye West. He received more Grammy nominations than did any of his colleagues this year.

After only receiving one nomination for the song “Power” in the category of Best Rap Solo Performance and taking home no awards during last year’s Grammy Awards, Kanye West has come a long way. West has received two nominations for his Jay-Z collaboration “Otis” in the categories of Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance; three nominations for “All of the Lights” in the categories of Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Performance; one nomination for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in the category of Best Rap Album; and one nomination for “Watch the Throne” in the category of Best Rap Album. With so many nominations, it’s natural to worry how the egotistical West will respond in the case that he doesn’t win any awards.

West has a track record for doing and/or saying inappropriate things in public, especially at award shows. Whether it’s the VMAs, the AMAs or even a Hurricane Katrina relief concert, West never fails to make a fool of himself. Let’s hope that Gretchen Wilson, Justice vs. Simian or–his favorite–Taylor Swift don’t try and get in the way of any of Kanye’s nominations.

-A.J. Allen

Pop/R&B star Justin Bieber has won upwards of 40 awards for his accomplishments as a singer, including: eight Teen Choice Awards, two Kids’ Choice Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards and three American Music Awards. Although already established as every 13-year-old girl’s idol, Bieber is clearly not content and has decided to try his luck at rapping. On Nov. 2, Bieber appeared on L.A. radio station Power 106 to show America his rhyming skills in a freestyle over Kanye West’s and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” hit “Otis.”

Surprisingly, this is not the first time Bieber has shown interest in rapping. Ever since his release of “Baby,” these types of videos have been floating around the web. Bieber has even been featured as a rapper on Chris Brown’s latest mixtape, “Boy in Detention,” in the “Look At Me Now” sample-inspired track “Ladies Love Me.” Shawty Mane, Bieber’s rap alter ego, even released a music video via Twitter called “Speaking in Tongues” about a year ago.

Perhaps, it was the Ludacris verse on Bieber’s hit “Baby” that inspired the Canadian-born vocalist to test his abilities in the Hip-Hop realm. Or, maybe this freestyle was just a publicity stunt so that Bieber could have something in the news other than his baby mama drama and influence people to purchase his new holiday album, “Under the Mistletoe.” Either way, this freestyle is sure to make Bieber critics more skeptical of the teen’s abilities and Bieber fans more enthusiastic about his talent.

-A.J. Allen

Since the beginning of his career, Kanye has made it a point to showcase a discourse of style through his personal appearances and music videos. Since 2008, he has made one of the most legitimate celebrity entrances into the fashion arena.

The most common error celebrities commit when considering a design career is the desire for another hyphen (e.g. actor-singer-fashion designer). They propagate the misconception that fashion is not a career that demands study and a particular skill set, not an industry full of vapid shallow individuals.

Kanye’s first formal step was to intern at Fendi under the tutelage of Karl Lagerfeld, which is obviously not where most begin, but definitely an incredible opportunity. From there, began his collaborations with Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. Eventually, he released his popular sneaker, the Air Yeezy.

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