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Kanye West Isn’t All That Concerned About Album Leak, His Label Can’t Say the Same

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Kanye West‘s clusterfuck of a new album, Yeezus, leaked online last week… as albums released after 2005 inevitably have. Everyone expected it and it’s not really a big deal – plenty of studies have shown that leaks don’t actually impact album sales – but Def Jam is piiiiiissed and on the hunt for the person responsible for putting the songs online. Who really cares? Well, not Kanye. While the label is starting a veritable witch hunt for the leaker, Kanye’s sorta just shrugging and probably concentrating on more important things, like demanding croissants and spending time with America’s baby – er, sorry: with his  new daughter, who is in no way a public figure.

From TMZ:

Sources close to Def Jam tell TMZ, leaks like this aren’t uncommon — especially in the digital age — in fact, the record company has a special leaks division that deals with problems just like this.

“Yeezus” was scheduled to drop June 18, but the entire album has already surfaced on the web.

According to sources, the leaks division employs various methods to track down the source of a leak … as well as to put a stop to any further illicit file sharing. We’re told the record company already has a lead on who’s behind the leak and plans to take swift punitive action.

As for Kanye — we’re told he’s cool as a cucumber.

Sources close to the rapper say Yeezy feels it’s almost inevitable for a highly anticipated album to leak … especially with so many cooks in the kitchen.

Sorry, bros at Def Jam – as long as people are smart enough to rename their .zip file into something nonsensical, you’ll never find all the uploads, no matter how many copies of Yeezus you manage to pull off Mediafire. And again, who really cares? I’ve worked at a major label before and the lengths they go to when you receive pre-release copies (including watermarks with your personal information embedded into them, making the disks unreadable on your computer, etc.) is kinda bonkers considering, once again, that anyone who was going to buy the album will still buy it when it comes out, anyway. This is one time I can actually say “good on Kanye” for not being uptight over some bullshit.

Will Baby Kimye Make Her Debut On ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’?

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Well, America’s William & Kate ruined a child’s life by welcoming their first baby on Saturday in Los Angeles nearly five weeks ahead of schedule (‘cos don’t even play me and try to say homegirl delivered naturally). While we still don’t know baby Kimye’s name, we’re already talking about where she’ll make her exclusive debut, with many guessing that she’ll show up on Keeping Up with the Kardashians since the show is still filming for the next few months. Oh, goody!

From Deadline:

Her sex was revealed on the Season 8 premiere of E!‘s Keeping Up With The Kardashians less than two weeks ago. And now the baby daughter of series’ star Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West, born today in Los Angeles, will likely make her debut on the hit reality series later this season. Keeping Up With The Kardashians is currently in production and is slated to continue filming for another couple of months. But unlike the lavish special on Kardashian’s ill-fated wedding to Kris Humphries, the youngest member of the Kardashian clan is not getting her own E! special, at least not for now.

According to a rep for E!, the network will air the previously scheduled Episode 3 of the show’s eighth season tomorrow night and there are no immediate plans for a baby special. The extent of newborn’s presence on Keeping Up also is unclear as father West has vowed never to appear on the show again and recently told the NYT that he will be protective of his child, claiming that she “isn’t America’s baby.” The girl’s arrival also coincides with new grandma Kris Jenner‘s promo campaign for the July 15 launch of her syndicated talk show and is likely to give her appearances a boost.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are both the worst in their own unique ways, but I’m actually torn on what’s going to happen here. Kim lives for reality TV and being seen and will no doubt want to paste baby Kimye’s face on every surface going, so it seems naturally that she’ll be on the show. Kanye is vehemently against any of this shit, which begs the question of why the hell they got together in the first place and what they actually have in common when their core values are so starkly different (supposedly).

What do you think? Will this baby be on the show or will they give an exclusive premiere to People or something first? Will Kanye succeed in keeping the baby out of the public eye?

So… Kanye West’s New Album Leaked


It’s the moment no one everyone’s been waiting for: Kanye West‘s new album Yeezus has leaked to the masses! Now, I’m of the mind that Kanye the man is an egotistical asshole with some serious anger issues and zero tact, but that doesn’t change the fact that artistically, he’s done some amazing things. 808s & Heartbreaks was ridiculously underrated. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy also had its bright spots and everyone loved Graduation (aka Kanye’s commercial days). Yeezy, unfortunately, is not one of those amazing things. (By the way,  I know the image above isn’t the actual album artwork; it’s just a pretty hilarious piece of fanart circulating around tumblr at the moment.)

For those of you who have spared your eardrums, allow me to put it this way: this album is a hot fucking mess. It’s all over the place sonically, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in general, but paired with the ‘diary of a madman’-type lyrics, it’s a nice big dose of DEAR GOD NO. That’s not to say I wasn’t into some of the beats here and there and that I didn’t laugh at lyrics like these (from ‘I Am God’ – yes, that’s seriously a track title):

I am a god
So hurry up with my damn massage
And a French ass restaurant
Hurry up with my damn croissants
I am a god

I’m all for food references in music – especially rap! – and I’m also aware of the joy of a delicious buttery croissant, so I can see what inspired this. On a serious note, though: really, man? You’re so serious about your art and are so ~influential~ and ~relevant~ that you choose to rap about pastries? I don’t like to tell people how to do their jobs, but…

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Another Obvious Blind Item About Kanye

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Kanye West is the target of a few blind items and they’re all so obvious. Keep in mind that just because he’s (more than likely) the answer to the item doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily true. But I can believe most of this one, only because it’s about how awesome Kanye thinks he is. I mean, come on, could this item really be about anyone else? They’re not even trying. It’s almost as crappy as our stupid blind item.

From Blind Gossip (and watch out, it’s a doozy!):

This musical celebrity cheated, he knows it, and he is totally lying about it.

Some of you may be wondering: Why would a famous celebrity – who has both a real significant other and a fake significant other – cheat on them both? [...] his cheating is not so much about his sexuality as it is about his narcissism!

One of his business associate – a very respected person in the music industry – explained it to us this way:

“He really does think that the world revolves around him because he is convinced that he is so special. Everything that everyone else is and does and says is valid only in the context of whether their actions support or oppose the grandiose view he has of himself.

[Of course he cheated] but of course he is going to lie about it! He thinks that everyone (man or woman as long as they are very beautiful or talented or famous or special in some way) should want him sexually! Everyone should respect his superior talent! Everyone should only say things to him that he wants to hear! Everyone should only take photos of him when he wants them taken! Everyone should believe everything he says [whether it's true or not]! In his opinion, anyone who doesn’t do these things or believe these things or act the way he thinks they should act is either stupid or ungrateful or unworthy or a loser and deserves to be attacked or ignored by him.

[His business associates] know all this about him and we know that he can turn on the superficial charm and act all nice to get what he wants. [But we also know] that it’s just temporary and superficial and that he is really just empty or angry and doesn’t genuinely give a sh*t about anyone except himself. [I hope that this helps] you understand why he cheats and lies about it and also why doesn’t have any real friends. It’s all about him using people to get what he wants all the time and getting angry and lying if it doesn’t go exactly the way he wants it to go. He is incapable of behaving differently!”

So for those of you not aware, Kanye has been rumored to be gay for a while now. If you weren’t aware of this, please tell me.

Kanye West’s Reps Say Cheating Claims Are “Malicious”

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You’ve all heard the story by now: Mr. Influential – otherwise known as Kanye West – has apparently been cheating on pregnant Kim Kardashian with some 24-year-old Canadian “model” named Leyla Ghobadi. She, of course, came to the press with the claims and is probably just a fame whore to rival Kim herself. After all, she was paid $20,000 for her “story” by Star Magazine.

Shit that’s so preposterous and has no credibility is generally ignored, and yet Kanye’s reps have hit back at the story, calling it “malicious” and insisting that Leyla just wants to hurt the couple. LOL.

From US Weekly:

“This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit,” his rep tells Us Weeklyin a statement. “It’s a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity, and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by non-credible ‘news’ sources.”

“This is a sad attempt to hurt two people trying to live their lives,” the rep adds of parents-to-be West and Kardashian, who are set to welcome a baby girl in July.

I don’t know that this girl is trying to “live their lives” – she just wants an easy payday and obviously doesn’t give a shit either way about how it affects them privately. That’s the same thing even if she DID sleep with Kanye – it wasn’t ‘cos she was desperate for The D, it’s because the dollar signs popped into her eyes the minute the situation arose. Seriously.

Holy Shit, Kanye West Is Full of Himself: ‘I’m So Credible, Influential and Relevant’

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One word that’s never been used to describe Kanye West is “modesty”, and that’s part of the reason we hate love him. He’s so unabashedly up his own ass that he can’t see the light of day, and that’s what makes his rare interviews so entertaining. Take his new profile in The New York Times (only the best for Yeezy!) – he spends the entire thing talking about how great he is with zero fucks given. You have to applaud such intense dedication to assholery.

Of course we’re still talking about the time he interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMAs (because why not?), and while Kanye spent a couple of years apologising and trying to live it down, he’s now changed his tune and basically said that he only said sorry because everyone was on his ass about it, and at the end of the day, whatever he has to say is more important than anything else – even when the focus isn’t on him.

I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things. So when the next little girl that wants to be, you know, a musician and give up her anonymity and her voice to express her talent and bring something special to the world, and it’s time for us to roll out and say, “Did this person have the biggest thing of the year?” — that thing is more fair because I was there.

But has that instinct led you astray? Like the Taylor Swift interruption at the MTV Video Music Awards, things like that.

It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.

LOL! Awesomeness! I love it. He’s out of his mind. He also gave a choice quote about his ideas on baby Kimye/fatherhood.

What thoughts do you have about parenthood?

That is a really interesting, powerful question. One of the things was just to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my child’s mother. As simple as that.

Have you ever felt as fiercely protective over anything as you are feeling now about those things?

I don’t want to explain too much into what my thoughts on, you know, fatherhood are, because I’ve not fully developed those thoughts yet. I don’t have a kid yet.

You haven’t experienced it yet.

Yeah. Well, I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby.

It’s not America’s baby! God, this is the profile that just keeps giving. It’s a hearty five pages long, so I suggest giving it a read. Maybe he really is close to a meltdown.

Kanye’s Really Close To A Meltdown

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Kanye West is getting fed up with being followed around by photographers, and I don’t blame him, he’s living a quiet, normal life and isn’t dating someone world famous who hungers for publicity. Ha, sarcasm is great! Mr. West has hinted that he wants to move to France where paparazzi aren’t as invasive, and where his chances of being attacked by street signs are significantly lower. This, combined with the fighting and tension between he and Kris Jenner, could lead to a meltdown for this “non-celebrity.”

Mr. West verbally lashed out at another photographer, today. Here’s what happened (from TMZ):

Yesus was walking around NYC with his posse, when a photog — not one of ours — politely asked (from a safe distance) … “What’s good, Kanye?”

Kanye’s response — “DON’T ASK ME QUESTIONS, MAN!” The pap said goodbye to KW … but then he made a fatal mistake — he wished Kanye a happy belated birthday!!!

Kanye’s response — SHUT UP! DON’T EVER TALK!

Yes, we all know what delicate flowers paparazzi are and how all they want is to brighten celebrities’ days.

And all Kanye really wants is attention for his music. From USA Today, complete with their annoying censoring:

Honestly at this point, I could give a (expletive) about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to for all (expletive) summer… At this point I don’t really give a (expletive) about outside opinion.

We’ll see.