Kanye West

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Kanye Warms Up for Church —in Jail

Two unannounced concerts precede rapper's performance at Joel Osteen's church

(Newser) - Before Kanye West went to church in Houston this weekend, he went to jail. The rapper put on two unannounced concerts Friday at the Harris County Jail—one for about 200 men at a lockup, then one for a smaller audience of female inmates at the main jail. "This... More »

Kanye Does Not Like Crowd Reaction to 2024 Line

The audience laughs when he talks about running, but he reiterates the point

(Newser) - Kanye West made a surprise appearance on the stage at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York this week, and he didn't disappoint in terms of generating headlines. Among other things, he said he might temporarily change his name to make a point and he reiterated that he... More »

Michael Che Slammed for Calling Jenner a 'Fella'

Some fans want him fired for transphobia

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live star Michael Che is being accused of transphobia after calling Caitlyn Jenner a "fella" during a "Weekend Update" segment. Che spoke about Jenner after joking that Kanye West was "turning into an old white lady," People reports. "I mean, he used to... More »

Kanye: I Asked Workers to Not Have Sex

Self-described 'greatest human artist of all time' sits down for new 2-hour interview

(Newser) - Pitchfork notes that Zane Lowe has conducted some of the " most memorable interviews " with Kanye West, and now the New Zealand DJ can add another notch to his belt. In a wide-ranging, nearly two-hour chat on Apple Music's Beats 1, recorded in Wyoming, the 42-year-old performer... More »

Outcry Dismissed, Sweden Puts A$AP Rocky on Trial

Rapper's assault trial has started in Stockholm despite Trump's efforts to free him

(Newser) - It's been a long month for A$AP Rocky, detained by Swedish officials after allegedly attacking someone in a street fight at the end of June, and on Tuesday, the next phase of his overseas experience began. The 30-year-old American rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty at the... More »

Trump: I Spoke to Kanye, Will Help A$AP Rocky

President says he is working to get the rapper released from detention in Sweden

(Newser) - President Trump is on the case—the A$AP Rocky case. The rapper, whose detention in Sweden caused an uproar last week , was on Friday ordered to be held at least until July 25, NBC News reports; he was first arrested July 2 after an alleged street fight. But Trump says... More »

Kanye West Got Rich Again. Here's How

The rapper sits down with Forbes magazine

(Newser) - Kanye West is wealthy again. The rapper/singer/songwriter who bottomed out three years ago—hospitalized with temporary psychosis while apparently $53 million in debt—is now on the cover of Forbes and crediting his comeback to an old love: sneakers. "I am a product guy at my core," West... More »

There Is a New Taylor Swift Controversy Brewing

Singer claims Scooter Braun, who just bought her music catalog, bullied her, along with Bieber, Kanye

(Newser) - What are Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and music mogul Scooter Braun all doing in a news story together? It involves the latter's acquisition of Big Machine Label Group, which owns all six studio albums put out by Swift before she signed with Universal in November,... More »

Here's What Kim, Kanye Named Baby No. 4

Psalm joins North, Saint, Chicago

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's fourth blessed event has arrived, and TMZ reports that they have announced the name of their second son and second child born via surrogate: Psalm. The name could well be a nod to West's recent success with his Sunday Service, in which TMZ... More »

Kanye West Starts 2019 by Tweeting About Trump

Dragon emojis abound

(Newser) - What political moratorium ? Kanye West's New Year's Day tweets were decidedly politically flavored, beginning with "Trump all day," and continuing , "Just so in 2019 you know where I stand." He tweeted a series of dragon emojis, which USA Today sees as hearkening back... More »

Year's Most Notable Quote Comes From Rudy Giuliani

Yale ranks his 'the truth isn't the truth' line as No. 1 for 2018

(Newser) - Yale Law School is out with its annual list of the year's 10 most notable quotes, and it is not President Trump but one of his attorneys, Rudy Giuliani, that has the No. 1 spot. "The truth isn't the truth." Giuliani uttered it to NBC's... More »

Celeb Most Tweeted About in US Isn't American

K-Pop band BTS nabs most mentions in 2018

(Newser) - Twitter data once again shows that South Korean boy band BTS is indeed a "global phenomenon," per Billboard . Year-end stats released by the site identify the K-Pop group as the most tweeted about celeb in the US for a second year in a row. One individual member also... More »

Kanye Sorry for Behavior During Broadway Show

'Look up from your cell phone,' actor tweeted Monday

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West was excited to attend the Broadway debut of The Cher Show, a musical based on the singer's life. Her husband was apparently less so, and he ended up apologizing for his fascination with his phone during the Monday show, reports USA Today . "Hey @kanyewest so... More »

Kim, Kanye Take 'Unbelievably Wasteful' Trip

Commenters call the pair 'obnoxious' for private 747 flight

(Newser) - Just days after a dire climate-change report was issued by the US government—and devastating California wildfires that researchers say were exacerbated by climate change—Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are taking their own heat on environmental issues. Per People , the backlash comes after video emerged Monday on Instagram showing... More »

Fundraiser for Slain Guard Gets $150K From Kanye

He made huge donation to family of Jemel Roberson

(Newser) - A GoFundMe fundraiser for the family of a black security guard shot dead by police soared past its goal after a massive donation from none other than Kanye West. The rapper donated $150,000 to help the family of Jemel Roberson, a bar security guard who was killed by a... More »

Kanye Gets Dissed by Burger King

After he professed his love for McDonald's in a tweet

(Newser) - Kanye West has been out of the headlines for [checks notes] at least six days , but a tweet about fast food has catapulted him right back into the thick of it. Fox News reports on Ye's latest kerfuffle, which started when he posted a brief message to his Twitter... More »

Kanye West 'Distancing Himself' From Politics

'I've been used to spread messages I don’t believe in'

(Newser) - Kanye West might not be making any more visits to the Oval Office : The rapper, who was heavily criticized by other artists for his bizarre meeting with President Trump earlier this month, is planning to take a step back from politics. "My eyes are now wide open and now... More »

Kanye West Designs 'Blexit' Apparel

The performer promotes a 'Blexit' from the Democrats

(Newser) - Black conservatives, rejoice: Kanye has made you a T-shirt. Kanye West's new apparel line—which urges blacks to ditch the Democrats in a so-called "Blexit"—was unveiled Saturday at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, a meeting for young black conservatives, per... More »

Kanye in Uganda: Recording in a Tent, Giving Yeezys

West and family are visiting Africa until Friday

(Newser) - Kanye West has met with Uganda's president during a visit to the East African nation and given the 74-year-old leader a pair of white sneakers. President Yoweri Museveni said he and the American rapper held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about promoting tourism and arts, reports the AP . Uganda'... More »

SNL's Trump Has a Kanye Revelation

Alec Baldwin returns as president, realizes rapper is 'black me'

(Newser) - Faced with the target-rich environment that was the week in news, Saturday Night Live opened with Kanye West's lively Oval Office meeting with President Trump , with Alec Baldwin returning for the first time this season as the commander in chief, reports the New York Times . "Thank you all... More »

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