The “All Day” video that Kanye collabed with Steve McQueen is coming soon… Saturday in fact, as it premieres at a special 4-day exhibit at LACMA. Los Angeles readers, you need no other excuse to go to a museum.
But here’s one more: the exhibit will also call for the first listen of the unreleased song “I Feel Like That” set for Kanye’s tentatively titled upcoming album, Swish. Stay tuned if outside L.A. for what’s sure to be some guerrilla footage of all of the above.
Welp… that was all sorts of confusing and disappointing.
Kanye West just concluded tonight’s Billboard Music Awards and for most of us hip hop heads, we kept it on in the background for 3 hours to see ‘Ye shut it down with flames.
Unfortunately, the censors shut him down amidst Kanye’s now customary flames.
‘Ye began with “All Day” and ABC’s censors overreacted to the lyrics with silence for quite literally more than half of the song. It continued as Kanye went into “Black Skinhead” and to top it off, ‘Ye seemingly purposefully stood with the flames and behind some pyrotechnics to only project a silhouette. It didn’t quite work given the smoke and camera’s distance (in fact, the better effect is from Theophilus London’s IG video below… very cool.) Naturally though, Twitter was ablaze (no pun intended) with a high amount of WTF memes. I’m with the masses here — upset at the censors.
But it does beg a couple questions: 1. With the high volume of ‘n’ words, should Ye really be pushing “All Day” to non hip hop dominated audiences (like a telecast for pop music on ABC or even a Bulls game where the percentage is not as much as a Yeezus concert.) And 2. Why go back to “Black Skinhead”? Yeezus is a month shy of 2 years now.
Stay tuned for the silver lining to come of this performance: the next Kanye stream of consciousness.
Elsewhere in the night, the only other performance you have to see is Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” which featured viral violinist Lindsey Stirling to add a fresh touch to the melody. I dug her addition and the Paul Walker tribute video in the back at the very end. Why did Wiz have to turn up like that at the end? I would have preferred a classic pose it out moment.
I grasp for straws for more must-see highlights from the BBMAs. There’s really only J. Lo & Rita Ora left, ha!
Nothin’ new here, but the official HD version of Kanye’s debut of “All Day” is now up and online for us to relive.
And honestly, I think we’ll be reliving this performance for years to come. One of Kanye’s career-best hype anthems, plus the energy and surprise of the performance itself will easily endure this video over time. That’s not even mentioning Taylor Swift’s still priceless reaction.
I was talking about this “All Day” performance with someone recently and realized it took me a second viewing to note some details and fully grasp how awesome it was to have all the goons and flame thrower behind ‘Ye. I still get chills at the “get low, stay low” part. Kanye’s next tour will alone be worth the price of admission for this part, and the “All Day” performance as a whole.
UPDATE: Here is full, fan captured video of the “All Day” video that features a new song at the end (hence the strange 2nd clip I originally described yesterday.)
The 1st of 4 performances as part of a Paris Fashion Week residency at Foundation Louis Vuitton took place just hours ago and brought about a few new goodies to peep below.
For one, Kanye premiered the full video for “All Day”, directed by Steve McQueen. All that’s up right now are a couple 20 second clips — one of which is Kanye appropriately spazzing out at a rocky shot from the camera (dope) and the other is just something different. I dunno, gonna have to see that in HD with HQ audio especially.
In the actual performance, Kanye performed a mix of new songs and classics ranging from almost all his albums amidst some brand new DONDA Surround visuals. The screens are amazing and remind me of what I imagined from the 7-screen experience of the Cruel Summer film in Cannes. Videos of everything from “Wolves” to “Runaway” to an “All Day” mosh pit below.
Kanye West performed in London tonight and it looked pretty crazy and filled with plenty of guests and surprises.
The most intriguing to me was the debut of another brand new song. This one’s with Vic Mensa again and produced by more Chicago artists gettin’ their first Kanye co-sign — Stefan Ponce, Smoko Ono, and D. Phelps are all behind the boards on this one. The beat sounds pretty awesome so far and the crowd was goin’ nuts below.
Apparently it’s called “U Mad” and it’s Vic’s song with Kanye and Big Sean featuring. Whoof, looks like “Wolves” wasn’t just a one time collab with ‘Ye.
Then finally, the London audience was treated to a live performance of two of Kanye’s newest album previews “All Day” (sans flamethrower, unfortunately) and “Wolves” with Vic on stage too (still need that CDQ.) The whole set was accompanied by some new background set visuals too and other surprise guests were Big Sean, CyHi The Prynce, Skepta, and Allan Kingdom. Visuals of all this below.