The Kanye West/Jay-Z collab album is almost upon us, or so we think. Although an official release date has yet to be announced, the rap protege and his apprentice have leaked out the official deluxe tracklist and super-duper behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the album. The album includes 12 tracks and 4 bonus tracks, two of which are the previously outed single “H*A*M” and G.O.O.D. Friday freebie “The Joy”. ‘Ye and Z brought along Frank Ocean for two tracks, and Beyonce, Otis Redding, and fellow G.O.O.D. Music artist Mr Hudson are also featured on the album. Eye the tracklist below:
1. No Church in The Wild (Feat. Frank Ocean)
2. Lift Off (Feat. Beyoncé)
3. Niggas in Paris
4. Otis (Feat. Otis Redding)
5. Gotta Have It
6. New Day
7. Prime Time
8. Who Gon Stop Me
9. Murder to Excellence
10. Welcome to The Jungle
11. Sweet Baby Jesus (Feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Why I Love You (Feat. Mr Hudson)
13. Illest Motherfucker Alive
15. That’s My Bitch
16. The Joy (Feat. Curtis Mayfield)
Check out the aforementioned photos in the gallery below. Preorder the album here; the rumored drop date remains August 2.
Update: DDotOmen.com has managed to get their hands on full list of production credits for the album. Click here to sneak a peek.
Kanye West: ‘Watch the Throne’ coming this week?; unreleased track “Eyes Closed” leaks; The Muppets sing “Monster”; and more
Ever since Kanye West’s magnificent album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy released on November 22, things have been pretty quiet on the West front. Besides downloading the holiday-themed G.O.O.D. Friday joint “Christmas In Harlem” and watching a leak of the upcoming “Monster” music video hitting the ‘Net, fans have been sitting idly by rocking out to “Dark Fantasy” in anticipation of another major release dubbed Watch the Throne. It’s a collaborative album between rap gods West and his mentor Jay-Z. Originally ‘Ye billed it as a 5-track EP but after time he admitted enough tracks would be made to consider it a full-length album. Sweet music to fans’ ears. So what’s all the hub-bub about it spreading around the Internets today? Well… at a New Years Eve party in Las Vegas West (drunkenly?) announced, “Watch the Throne, coming in one week!” So what does that mean? One of two things, in my humble opinion: (1) The album will come out this week (highly unlikely since Ye’s Def Jam record label has not even confirmed its existence); (2) West was referring to a possible lead single called “Watch the Throne” (highly more likely). I’ve heard whispers that case #2 is the winner, and the album is looking at a March drop. Whatever the case, though, something is going down soon so be ready.
Update (1/6): Looks like I was right. Today ‘Ye posted a Twitpic of the elaborately designed lead single artwork and it’s called “H-A-M.” The track will drop 1/11/11, that’s next Tuesday.
Side note: The New Years Eve party I mentioned earlier… it took place at Las Vegas’ Marquee Nightclub and so many celebrities made an appearance. Besides ‘Ye and Jay Z, Rihanna, Diddy, 50 Cent, J. Lo and many others enjoyed the night’s festivities. Click here to browse through a gallery of hi-res photos from the party. And look after the break to watch some videos from it (one includes ‘Ye screaming the “one week” announcement).
Next up is an unreleased track featuring vocals from West and John Legend. ”Eyes Closed” made its rounds today, spreading like wildfire in an unfortunately tagged now tagless version. Sources say the track was originally intended to be included on Twisted Fantasy but in the end it didn’t make the cut. Rumor has it that the West-produced beat will be handed off to Snoop Dogg who will use it (with Legend in tact) for his upcoming record Doggumentary Music, due out March 8. Preview and download the track below. If the lyrics sound familiar to you that’s because you’ve heard that before in the BET Cypher video and West’s “Dark Fantasy” track.
Download: Kanye West – “Eyes Closed”
This news bit is short but sweet. Over at Amazon you’ll find a preorder page hyping a “G.O.O.D. Friday [Import]” audio CD. Is West prepping an album to publicize his free G.O.O.D. Friday tracks? There better be some bonus tracks or slick artwork and packaging or what’s the point?
Two more things. Today two video cropped out that are West-related must-sees. The first features classical vocalist Josh Groban belting out Kanye West tweets, and the other is a Muppets mashup of the Twisted Fantasy track “Monster”. Yes, Piggie Minaj makes an appearance. Watch the videos after the break. (Click here for more…)
Earlier this year Glee star Matthew Morrison revealed plans to produce a debut album with Mercury Records. The album, which he promises will pack lots of “substance” and draw inspiration from Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis, Jr, will be graced with the talented Elton John. The source of this exciting news? Elton John himself! “I’m supposed to be doing something with Matthew Morrison for his album,” he teased. “[Matthew and I] had a little meeting together, so hopefully that’s going to happen when I get to L.A.” Morrison will surely bring something interesting to the table in a debut album, but with Elton John’s legendary touch this could potentially turn out to be a real hit. The album is expected to release before the year runs out.
I don’t want to start counting how many times Kid Cudi’s forthcoming second studio album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, has been delayed. OK, I think it’s been three times. And you know what? For all we know these changes haven’t been delays, per se; everything is labeled rumor until the record label makes the official call. Although the label didn’t make the call this time around, it is the first time Cudder acknowledged a release date. He sounded pretty confident about a November 9 release date when he announced it during a performance at the University of Buffalo. He explained the push to November saying that he’s being working so hard on the songs that he forgot to put much effort into the “other [important] sh-t”, like the album artwork. He wants to “bring art on all levels…musically and visually with the packaging.” He promises that another movie poster and DVD footage will be included with the album. Regular and deluxe versions will be available to purchase.
Cudi continued the conversation with his fans by revealing that another album is in the works. He will be collaborating with longtime partner Dot Da Genius (Day N Nite) and he plans on releasing it alongside MOTM2 so that we will have “a sh-t ton of Kid Cudi music to listen to” for the foreseeable future. Right on! Lastly he says he’s working on mastering “Dose of Dopeness“, a track that he performed for an audience back in 2008.
Look after the break to hear all this news straight outta Kid Cudi’s mouth.
Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which [Quincy] Jones and [Lionel]Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti. Director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) filmed the recording.
This 2010 version of “We Are The World” features over 80 artists and performers. And they all rocked it. Question is, how does it compare to the original 1985 recording? They they differ in artist makeup they share the same goal–to raise awareness about a major global disaster that needs support from all of us. In 1985, Richie and Michael Jackson wrote the song to bring attention to famine and disease in Africa; this time it was made to rally the world to give a helping hand to Haiti that suffered many casualties and was left in ruins after a massive earthquake. If you haven’t done so already, donate what you can to a Haiti relief fund. You can download the song and video for ”We Are The World 25 for Haiti” on iTunes. Look after the break for two videos that feature interviews with some of the participating atists.