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Kanye West

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Kanye West: The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, May 2004

Super-producer takes up the mike for his "solo" debut. ...

Kanye West: Forum, London

Live Review by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 20 May 2004

A PROTEGE OF Jay-Z and Damon Dash, Kanye West is not one to hide his light under a bushel. ...

Kanye West: "Arrogant? Not me. I just knew I was going to win…"

Report and Interview by Chris Campion, Telegraph Magazine, 11 September 2004

OHIO STATE University is marching to the beat of a college dropout. Not just any college dropout mind, but rapper and producer Kanye West, who ...

Kanye West

Interview by Amy Linden, Complex, Summer 2004

WHEN KANYE WEST'S much-anticipated debut The College Dropout hit stores in early February, its blend of inventive production – via a by-now trademark predilection for ...

Street Smarts: Kanye West: Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2005

Second enthralling album from hip hop's new multi-faceted main man ...

Natural Born Show-off: Kanye West

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 5 August 2005

PRESS PLAYBACKS tend to be uncomfortable affairs. A record label, eager to unveil its latest prestige release but terrified of a stray copy leaking on ...

Kanye Walks

Comment by Mark Anthony Neal, PopMatters, 1 February 2006

By making public his struggles with living a devout life, Kanye West makes such a lifestyle so much more accessible and valuable to the very ...

Kanye West: Le Zénith, Paris

Live Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, PopMatters, 19 March 2006

College Dropout Studies Abroad ...

Kanye West: Late Orchestration (Mercury/Def Jam) ***

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2006

Superstar rapper reinvents his sound at intimate London show ...

Kanye West: Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 20 August 2007

HE MAY be a royally approved rapper after his appearance at the Diana memorial concert, but Kanye West recently took issue with Princes William and ...

Kanye West: Graduation (Def Jam/Mercury) ****

Review by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 7 September 2007

WHATEVER YOU THINK of Kanye West — genius, prat, prattish genius — chances are he has thought it first. ...

Kanye West: Graduation

Review by Robert Sandall, The Sunday Times, 9 September 2007

THE MEDIA joust in America pitting Kanye West against 50 Cent – both releasing albums on the same day – is reminiscent of the 1995 ...

Kanye West: Sensitive Soul

Report by John Doran, The Quietus, 24 June 2008

Quietus Editor John Doran gets drunk, falls over, destroys phone, makes noise like "broken panther" and has Proustian recall of two run ins with rap ...

Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella) ****

Review by Angus Batey, MOJO, November 2008

NB This record wasn't made available to reviewers properly, due partly to Kanye still working on it at the time MOJO went to press. As ...

Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

Review by Dan Gennoe,, 24 November 2008

AROUND THE RELEASE of last album, 2007's Graduation, something changed with Kanye West. The most infectious and commercially astute voice in hip hop added to ...

Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, January 2009

AT THE END of August, Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis was waiting for her flight to the Democratic National Convention in Denver when a fellow passenger ...

Kanye West

Profile by Stephen Dalton, The National, September 2009

WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA branded rapper Kanye West a "jackass" for his one-man stage invasion at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York last Sunday, ...

Kanye West : My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Review by Ian Gittins, Virgin Media Music, November 2010

AFTER THE disappointing reviews and sales of his autotune-laden 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a magnificent return to form ...

Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam) *****

Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 19 November 2010

RECORDED IN HAWAII at a rumoured cost of some $3 million, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of pop's gaudiest, most grandiose efforts of ...

Will Bon Iver Be The Arcade Fire Of 2012? And Other Pre-Grammy Nomination Show Questions

Report by Maura Johnston, The Village Voice, 30 November 2011

TONIGHT'S GRAMMY nomination concert, airing at 10 p.m. on CBS, will not only jam-pack a bunch of performances by the likes of Lady Gaga and ...

Jay-Z and Kanye West: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, The Guardian, 20 May 2012

JAY-Z AND Kanye West are hip-hop's current two main players, and they are pathologically keen to celebrate the fact. ...

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief: Madison Square Garden, New York

Live Review by Alan Light,, December 2012

IT MIGHT HAVE been the single greatest gathering of talent for a rock show – or it might just have been, as Mick Jagger put ...

Game Of Thrones: Kanye West: Yeezus (Def Jam) ****/Jay Z: Magna Carta… Holy Grail (Virgin EMI) **

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, September 2013

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN the world's two most famous rappers start to lose their grip on the mic? ...

A Triumph of Kanye West's will

Live Review by David Bennun, Intelligent Life, 28 June 2015

"RAP IS THE new rock'n'roll. We the rock stars. And I'm the biggest of all of them." ...

Kanye West: TD Garden, Boston

Live Review by Maura Johnston, The Boston Globe, 4 September 2016

"IT'S A GOOD YEAR to be a Kanye West fan," Kanye West said near the end of his show at TD Garden on Saturday night. ...

Richard Russell: Rich Pickings

Interview by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, March 2018

As Richard Russell's collaborative album, Everything Is Recorded, is released, RC's Jamie Atkins meets him to talk about the recording and the music that led ...

How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 17 September 2018

An in-depth history of the most important pop innovation of the last 20 years, from Cher's 'Believe' to Kanye West to Migos ...


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