We are nearing the end of 2019, which also means the decade is almost over. Over the course of the past ten years, numerous Hip-Hop and R&B stars have released albums that have been heralded by fans and critics. Billboard has announced its 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s and at the top of the list is Kanye West with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Ye has two additional entries on the list in 2013’s Yeezus (62) and his 2011 collaborative album with JAY-Z, Watch the Throne (24). Hov also makes another appearance on the list at No. 53 with 4:44.
Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are the only artists to have two entries in the top 20. LEMONADE comes in at No. 2 for Bey and her self-titled surprise album is No. 11. K.Dot holds down No. 5 with To Pimp a Butterly and No. 15 with good kid, m.A.A.d city, before appearing again at No. 48 with DAMN.
The Frank Ocean Hive will be happy to see Channel Orange slotted at No. 3, while the Navy will find Rihanna’s Anti at No. 7. Cardi B’s debut Invasion of Privacy holds down No. 13. Drake makes two appearances with Take Care at No. 16 and Nothing Was the Same at No. 45.
Dr. Dre, arguably one of the most successful producers/ rappers in the game, has announced that he will be releasing a joint project with Kanye West. The two revealed on Instagram that they will be working on already Jesus Is King Part II.
No matter what you think about Mr. West, when he is in his bag, he creates really good music. And… we already know what Dre does. Let’s see if the duo can create something that is… that CHRONIC!!!! Bad joke? Well maybe not.
Kanye has said that he is only doing gospel music, a genre that Dr. Dre has never dabbled in- and up until now has never public expressed interest in working on. Also, Dre has not dropped a song about two years- where we have ‘Ye dropping something almost every few months (considering not just their personal projects but those of the artists that they have produced). Perhaps, the two are a pairing that can inspire something that will break open heaven- leaving the gates wide open for a whole new population of folk who will only get the gospel if it has drums and a bananas beat under it. Just think Rodney Jerkins and how he has shifted your momma and them’s gospel to radio friendly jams.
Or maybe… it will be like the Snoop Dogg’s foray into gospel with Bible Of Love, an award-winning offering that featured various generations of some of gospel music’s biggest names on it. Who knows?
What we do know is that we are waiting to see what it is!
West released Jesus Is King less than a month ago to mixed reviews. As an evangelical effort, it has done its job- reaching almost 300K in one week in album sales and amplifying the message that West has been preaching through music for the last few months with his Sunday Service series. This forging of faith and funk, lets hope that this project is that fire that we are all expecting to hear.
Less than one month ago (October 25), Kanye West released his ninth solo album, JESUS IS KING. The Spiritual 11-song collection involved a Clipse reunion, appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, and Jazz artist Kenny G, as well as guest production from Timbaland. The G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Records LP subsequently topped the charts upon release. West now vows that a JESUS IS KING, PT. II is on the way and “coming soon.” This one, he suggests on social media, will be a collaboration with Dr. Dre.
Music mogul Dr. Dre is giving every Yeezy fan a reason to go nuts right now. The hip-hop icon has hyped social media up about putting in work on a possible follow-up to Kanye West‘s chart-topping Jesus Is King album with a must-see studio pic. Look and comment below!
Kanye West is now delving into the world of opera music. Yeezy took to Twitter to announce his first opera, called Nebuchadnezzar, and it opens next week.
The “Jesus Walks” rapper posted an invite to Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West Opera on Twitter on Sunday (Nov. 17). It will go down November 24 at 4pm at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angels and tickets go on sale today (Monday, Nov. 18).
In case you missed a bunch of Sunday at church or haven’t kept up with the Bible, Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon who hurled Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a “fiery furnace,” but God saved the trio. A major character in the Book of Daniel, he is credited with destroying Solomon’s Temple. Plenty of fodder for an opera, so we’re low key interested in seeing how Yeezy flips this into song.
Also, the Nebuchadnezzar is Morpheus’ ship in The Matrix, in case that’s what you were running with.
While West noted that the invite’s artwork was created by Nick Knight, the music will reportedly be handled by Sunday Service, Peter Collins and Infinities Song.
“[God] is saying, Let me take this Nebuchadnezzar-type character—Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, and he looked at his entire kingdom and said, I did this,” the Jesus Is King rapper told Zane Lowe during an interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1, pointed out by Pitchfork. “I stood on the top of the mountain talking about Yeezus, saying, ‘I’m a God’—I had a guy dressed as Jesus.”
It seems that Ye has found a personal connection to Nebuchadnezzar’s story in the Bible.
If you are interested in catching the opera, you can learn more at the link below.
JUST ANNOUNCED: @kanyewest Nebuchadnezzar – An Opera. Hollywood Bowl – November 24! On-sale Monday 11/18 at NOON.
Get more info here.
Kanye West is building a whole amphitheater on the grounds of his Park County, Wyoming ranch. Sounds like Sunday Service will be able to go down whenever Yeezy pleases.
According to TMZ, West has already been in contact with Park County officials and intends on building a 70,684-square-foot amphitheater per the documents the outlet obtained. Reportedly, according to photos of the site he’s already started clearing land for the building he describes as the “West Meditation Space Large Impact Structure.”
County officials say the facility, described as an open-air structure, will have to include 175 parking spaces, though he can apply for an exemption to lower that amount. West and the Park County Planning and Zoning Department are going back and forth over numerous issues including information of his purposes and when exactly construction will happen.
The rap news cycle doesn’t end. Today, online personality Jonny Fastlane focuses on Kodak Black‘s latest legal setback, Kanye West taking Sunday Service to a jail, Lil Reese coming back home after a near-death shooting. Let’s talk hip-hop!
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is spreading love and gospel nationwide. New footage has surfaced of Yeezy performing music off his new Jesus Is King album to a packed Houston jail. Watch and comment below!