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Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye + Run This Town

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New Kanye West Video + Paranoid

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Jay-Z Preps Rocawear Sneaker Line

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From the ‘anything Kanye can do, I can do better’ files… Do these look a little TOO much like the Air Yeezy’s?  I have to say yes, especially around the tongue.  Hmmmm, Jay.  This is suspect…

The R+ sneakers make their way to stores on June 1st.  Get another look at the shoes after the jump.

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Kanye West + “Welcome To Heartbreak”

New video, not a single though, from Kanye. Directed by Nabil Elderkin, the video takes blurry, cable television static and flips its digital converter box just in time for the death of analog.  Yes, that’s Kid Cudi on the hook.  Maybe this nonsense is what made the video all squiggly?

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Benzi + Kanye + Plain Pat – Sky High Mixtape

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The highly anticipated and recently delayed Sky High Mixtape is finally here.  Featuring Kid Cudi and remixes from A-Trak and Diplo, the mixtape has been reworked a little since it’s earliest version, but after giving it a listen the wait has been well worth it. Have to give major credit to The Kickdrums for their re-workings of “Good Morning” and “We Major” as well as A-Trak for his crazy sample of The Knife on “Get Em High.”

DJ Benzi has it for free at his site.  Enjoy.

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The 8 Best Things of 2008

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2008 was a pretty awful year all around.  Economic distress, blah blah blah.  However, there were a few things worth cheering and we thought we’d recount them here in our inaugural list of the best things of 2008.  You’ll note that there’s not a lot connecting the items on this list other than the fact that A) They happened in 2008 and B) They’re quality.  We’re sure we’ve overlooked some of the people and work that made 2008 stand out so feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section!

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8. Milk – Sean Penn never struck us as the type of actor who could do restraint.  He seemed to embody everything bad about Hollywood overacting — don’t get us wrong, he’s great — but when it came to yelling and shouting we thought he was a bit of a one-trick pony.  We were wrong.  The thing that people keep overlooking about this movie is how funny it is.  I mean, who else expected James Franco to drop the line “I peed in the pool” into a movie not titled Pineapple Express?

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7. Bill Murray, 58-year-old party boy – Okay, a recently divorced actor starts carousing around New York, bar-hopping and making cameo appearances at Halloween keggers for the 20-something set.  After taking a few minutes to display his dance moves in the living room the courteous guest helps clean up before vanishing into the night.  The story is weird and a little sad, like a Wes Anderson screenplay waiting to be written for the man whose career he helped introduce to the same crowds whose parties he now frequents.  I love the idea of Bill Murray showing up at my place randomly but I’m a little worried for the guy at the same time.  Let’s hope this is all part of some kind of preparation for a movie or at least a cameo on 30 Rock.

alwayssunny6. The Nightman Cometh – If you say “Boy’s Soul” enough, pretty soon it starts to sound like “Boy’s Hole.” If you think that’s funny, then you’ll love the breakout episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and it’s “classy” rape scene.  Watch it at Hulu.

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5. Bottle Rocket Criterion Edition – Before Wes Anderson learned how to stick his head up his own butt (he must have studied Yoga while filming The Darjeeling Limited in India), there was Bottle Rocket.  His scrappy debut with the Wilson brothers, Bottle Rocket hit all the right notes of whimsy and melancholy that made his early career so revered and later became his trademarks in films like Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.  The Criterion folks have repackaged the previously-bare-bones DVD with extensive notes on the film’s creation, a making-of documentary and the original short that inspired the full-length version of the film.  It almost makes you forget about that stupid animatronic tiger at the end of The Darjeeling Limited.

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4. Air Yeezy’s – They haunt us.  But word is they’re finally, finally coming out this March so hopefully the long distance relaysh we’ve been having with them will come to an end then.

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808s & Heartbreak: The Kanye West Download Guide + MP3s

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For anyone who’s watched Kanye’s career develop from backpacker to megastar to icon it’s been nothing less than inspiring.  But let’s not kid ourselves.  There’s nothing fancy or frilly about his climb to Olympus.  He’s a worker plain and simple.  If you strip away the fashion line, the (mostly-earned) self promotion, the cars and, yes, the blog he’s proven to be a tireless studio laborer.  Whether he’s crafting hits for Common or providing extra heat on a verse for DJ Khaled or Estelle, the man takes a tireless pride and blue-collar ferocity to his work.

Like a skilled craftsman, he’s consistently delivered work that cultivated the best parts of its predecessors and pared the excesses (skits and guest spots) that helped in the short term to develop his narrative but threatened to weigh down his considerable talents.  And as he’s shaped the edges and worked the stone to a sheen we’ve come to see more and more that the ultimate product of his labor is himself and not the music.  When Michelangelo was asked how he carved David from a single piece of marble, he replied simply that the statue was always there and that he merely found it.  Well, now Kanye has carved away the layers of his previous work to create an album so revealing, tempestuous and vulnerable that even at its most frustrating moments (and there are plenty of them) it’s nothing less than riveting.

Kanye seems to understand his place in the canon of great generational music acts.  And with 808s & Heartbreak he’s asking his listeners to take the leap with him as he finally pushes past the last vestiges of music that pops and into the realm of classic Pop music.  A realm that few have reached and where the vast size of the ideas is equal to the size of the audience.  Revolver.  Pet Sounds.  What’s Going On.  808s & Heartbreak is striving – practically fighting – for it’s rightful place alongside those landmark albums that stripped away ornamentation and bloat to reveal something brighter than could be imagined.  And the question will remain, did Kanye pull it off?

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