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Talib Kweli – Get By

Video: Talib Kweli – “Get By”

Like most God fearing Americans, I’ve been spending a lot of time the past several weeks listening to Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It’s got me reflecting on what a great producer he is. In fact, I think he’s arguably the greatest producer in hip hop history. Not only does he create incredible beats for his own work, but he’s put together some of the best instrumental tracks for other rappers like Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Drake, Common, and others.

“Get By” by Talib Kweli is a case in point. Off Kweli’s album Quality from 2002, Kanye samples Nina Simone and Love to create the beat, and it has a great original chorus to boot. Talib is a great rapper, and you hear it in this track. Yes, it’s from 2002, but you can hear Kanye’s and Talib’s genius in this one. Give it a listen.

Talib Kweli: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, eMusic, MOG, wiki

Kanye Sells Less Than Half of Taylor

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyWhile last month his arch-nemesis Taylor Swift moved over a million units of her new album in its debut week, poor old Kanye West failed to generate even half that much business. This, despite an aggressive Amazon MP3 campaign that priced My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at $3.99 and gave away a $3 coupon, effectively selling the album for less than a buck. Stilll though, half a million is hardly anything to shake a stick at; in fact, it’s the fourth-best sales week of 2010. So congratulations are still in order. Billboard 200:

1. Kanye West – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” – 496,000 (incl. 224,000 downloads; debut)

2. Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday” – 375,000 (debut)

3. Susan Boyle – “The Gift” – 263,000 (down 21%)

4. Taylor Swift – “Speak Now” – 241,000 (up 64%)

5. Jackie Evancho – “O Holy Night” – 142,000 (down 41%)

6. Rihanna – “Loud” – 141,000 (down 32%)

7. Justin Bieber – “My Worlds Acoustic” – 115,000 (Wal-Mart exclusive; debut)

8. My Chemical Romance – “Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” – 112,000 (debut)

9. Ne-Yo – “Libra Scale” – 112,000 (debut)

10. “Glee” Christmas – 108,000 (down 33%)

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Lots of Links: Twitter Roundup #16

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…

# Cracking the pallophotophone code. Radio recordings from 1929-31 ft. the voices of Edison, Herbert Hoover, & Henry Ford. http://ow.ly/1Uhq4 2 minutes ago

# A great interview with Topspin’s Ian Rogers about the music biz: http://bit.ly/bwSs0E @iancr 22 minutes ago

# On This Day in 2004: “Glorious Noise is good” — Colin O’Malley, TRUSTe http://ow.ly/1UeSS Do you still follow us, @micshasan? about 1 hour ago

# RT @soundofthecity: The 10 Most Shocking Revelations About the Tragic Last Days of Gang Starr MC Guru http://bit.ly/cxBA2o about 2 hours ago

# Cool. RT @genesimmons: Hey, if you’re 14 years old or under, you can attend any KISS concert in the upcoming N. American Tour for FREE. about 19 hours ago

# “We support the boycott of Arizona.” RT @robertloerzel: Los Lobos cancels Arizona concert. http://www.loslobos.org/site/news.shtml about 20 hours ago

Lots more below, and you might consider joining the 802 other people following us on Twitter so you can keep up with this stuff as it happens…

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Twitter Roundup #8

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…

# Bobby Charles, songwriter of “Walking to New Orleans” and “See You Later Alligator”, dead at 71. http://ow.ly/WP6u about 3 hours ago

# RT @slicingeyeballs: Robyn Hitchcock’s ‘Propellor Time,’ due March 22, to feature Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, John Paul Jones http://ow.ly/WImE about 6 hours ago

# RT @billboardglenn: First the rumors, now the article. From Billboard.biz: Layoffs Begin Across Universal Music Group http://bit.ly/93c8vm about 17 hours ago

# RT @adamficek: so…….just got the bat call, it seems tonight is babyshambles at rhythm factory. Best get off train. about 20 hours ago

# On This Day in 2004: @staceykanderson interviews the music directors of one of the best college radio stations in America. http://ow.ly/WAGi about 20 hours ago

# RT @rockcritics: Lisa Robinson’s oral history of disco from #VanityFair features Moroder, Rodgers, Gaynor, et al. http://bit.ly/4xWDp7 about 21 hours ago

# Smoking Gun has FCC complaints re: @adamlambert AMA show: “total fagatoni which I am OK with.” Did @Buddyhead write that? http://ow.ly/WykU about 22 hours ago

Lots more after the jump…

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Two New Kanye West Videos

Well, one new one and one old, previously unreleased one anyway. The new one is the official video for “Paranoid” (featuring Rihanna), directed by Nabil Elderkin, which has been circulating for a while in various states of completion. As Kanye clarifies on his blog, “Here is the Paranoid vid which wasn’t supposed to drop till 2mrw but here it goes… I’d rather you guys have a clear version…”

Kanye West – “Paranoid” (ft. Rihanna)

After the jump, check out Kanye’s video for “Spaceship,” which he describes on his blog: “I DIRECTED THIS VIDEO FOUR YEARS AGO BUT I WASN’T SATISFIED WITH IT SO I NEVER RELEASED IT. BUT NOW LOOKING BACK AT IT I LIKE IT.”

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Kanye West vs. My Dear Disco

MP3: Kanye West – “Love Lockdown” (My Dear Disco remix)

Not quite sure the point of this remix, but it sounds pretty good. It’s not as though Kanye‘s recent jams are really needing any more synths, but whatever. It’s better than their attempt at Franz Ferdinand anyway. They’ve also got an album of originals out now. “White Lies” reminds me of getting wasted at the student union when I was on foreign study in Scotland in the early 90s. What was that chick’s name, Lisa Stansfield? Yep, her.

But hey, they’re from Ann Arbor and they’re just wrapping up their “Michigan Bailout Tour” (with the Hard Lessons, Great Lakes Myth Society, and the Javelins), so give them some love.

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Kanye beats GNR, Luda, Killers for #1

Billboard: Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris for his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

1. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak – 450,000 (debut)

2. Taylor Swift – Fearless – 267,000 (+23%)

3. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy – 261,000 (debut)

4. Beyonce – I Am … Sasha Fierce – 257,000 (-47%)

5. Ludacris – Theater of the Mind – 213,000 (debut)

6. The Killers – Day & Age – 193,000 (debut)

7. Nickelback – Dark Horse – 178,000 (-46%)

8. Twilight soundtrack – 162,000 (+29%)

9. Now 29 – 145,000 (+26%)

10. David Cook – David Cook – 112,000 (-60%)

Well, that’s certainly not going to make Kanye any humbler

Kanye West – Love Lockdown (version 2)

Kanye West - Love LockdownYou’ve gotta love internet time.

September 7: At the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West performs his new song, “Love Lockdown.”

September 10: Kanye posts a studio version of “Love Lockdown” on his blog. 17 pages of comments reveal that many fans preferred the live version.

September 15: Kanye posts a teaser on his blog entitled, “Your prayers have been answered!! There’s a new version of love Love Lockdown coming. We used new taiko drums and I re-sung it… it’s being Mastered now….” Included in the post is the “newer artwork with perfected type 4 all design snobs lol…” and a sidebar: “if you don’t like autotune… too bad cause I love it and have been using it since the College Dropout!!!”

Later the same day, Kanye posts the new studio version of “Love Lockdown.” The commenters seem pleased with the result.

Who knows if this will be the final final version? But if you care at all about the relationship between artists and fans (and you know we do), you’ve got love this story.

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NYT vs. Kanye West, blogger

The New York Times has discovered that Kanye West is a blogger:

A gangster with a Mac-10 clearly beats a blogger with a MacBook — but only man to man, and only in the neighborhood. What if the goal is world domination? It’s been an innovation and a risk for West to embrace dandified clothes, Japanese cartoons, a circus palette and geek culture. But with the global Asian fusion of Kanye UniverseCity — along with the staggering eclecticism of his music — West has acquired a tremendous following and fortune. He has also all but abandoned the mean-streets regionalism that used to confine hip-hop, when artists boasted chiefly about their loyalty to Brooklyn, Detroit, Atlanta or Compton.

Apparently, Ye is the “hip and male answer to Oprah Winfrey.” Good for him. If you haven’t already, check out Kanye’s blog.