If multiple reports are to be believed, it appears that American rapper, Kanye West’s potential journey to the White House has officially ended.
Jesus Is King Part II announced just three weeks after release of critically panned album.
Kanye West teased a sequel to his critically panned gospel record Jesus Is King on Monday afternoon – only three weeks after the album’s release.
“Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” the rapper posted on Twitter, sharing a photo of himself in the studio with the legendary rapper and producer Dr Dre.
This will be West’s first time working on an album with Dr Dre, who shaped the sounds and careers of various rappers including Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent and sold his streaming and headphones business Beats to Apple for $3bn).
West has frequently expressed his admiration for Dr Dre, who crafted the emerging sound of west coast rap in the 90s with his group NWA, immortalized in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton. In an emotional tribute to Dr Dre, West wrote for Rolling Stone: “Dre feels like God placed him here to make music.”
Scant details are known about the album. What will West’s swearword-free, God-loving lyrics sound like over Dr Dre’s production? More importantly, will the songs be any good?
Fans were excited by the announcement but wary. West has a history of announcing projects that never see the light of day. Canned projects include collaboration albums with Drake and Chance the Rapper, a solo album called Yahndi, and a follow-up to his label Good Music’s Cruel Summer.
The decision to make a sequel to Jesus is King is certainly unexpected. The album did not strike a chord with fans as his previous albums The Life of Pablo and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy did. Instead, the album came and went – much like its immediate predecessor, Ye. “It’s an album of slogans, dashed-off and too short,” Pitchfork wrote. Dean Van Nguyen wrote in the Guardian: “Too much of Jesus Is King feels unfinished, like West was forced to do the bare minimum to hastily meet a deadline.”
Dr Dre’s involvement hopefully signals a shift in sonics for West. The rapper has strayed far from the old-school samples and production that originally helped propel his career. It’s hard to imagine a producer like Dr Dre participating in West’s new two-minutes-or-less song structures that seem optimized for streaming platforms.
West seems to have recently been struck with artistic inspiration. The rapper also plans to release a Christmas album titled Jesus is Born.
Last weekend, West performed a Sunday service session at Houston’s Lakewood church, featuring a sermon from the megachurch pastor Joel Osteen. He also performed for incarcerated men in a Houston prison.
Next week, he will be staging a seemingly religiously inspired opera at LA’s Hollywood Bowl titled Nebuchadnezzar (named after a biblical king featured in the Book of Daniel). Earlier this month, he announced Yeezy shoes made entirely out of algae.
Can Dr Dre’s involvement helps Jesus is King II make up for the sins of its predecessor? West’s old sound is in need of a resurrection.
US rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has posted videos of himself wrapped in a Ugandan flag as he improvises to a backing track.
People have been sharing this image of Ye:
— lukyamuzi Micheal 🇺🇬 (@mycorovin) October 14, 2018
Ye arrived in the country, with his family, on Friday and went to a luxury resort close to the River Nile.
The country’s ambassador to the UN posted pictures of them getting off a helicopter.
Kanye West and team arrive at Chobe Lodge , Murchison National Park Northern Uganda . pic.twitter.com/fNUvK7FPiQ
— Adonia Ayebare (@adoniaayebare) October 13, 2018
And he also posted a picture of Ye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, enjoying the views:
Kardashian enjoying stunning views of Nile , the longest river in the world. pic.twitter.com/WFO0BEmjAk
— Adonia Ayebare (@adoniaayebare) October 13, 2018
A fortnight ago, Ye told celebrity news website TMZ that he wanted to travel to “what is known as Africa” to finish his latest album.
He wanted to put “the mic in the open so you can hear nature when we’re recording”.
In the video he posted on Twitter, Ye starts off sitting on a sofa with the Ugandan flag around his shoulders improvising a rap. He then gets up and walks outside and continues performing saying, among other things, “relax your mind, let your conscience be free”.
Meanwhile, Uganda’s tourist industry is using the trip as a way to promote the country:
#KanyeWestInUganda ▶️Ye, @KimKardashian, @bankulli and team stopover during a game drive as they continue to enjoy the scenery of Murchison Falls National Park #TourismUganda pic.twitter.com/jhcczIn4Re
— Tourism Uganda (@Tourismuganda) October 14, 2018
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MI VS Osagie FACE-OFF
Celebrities weigh in on MI’s interview with Pulse’s Osagie Alonge on the #LooseTalk podcast
It was the most talked about thing on Nigeria’s internet space yesterday and we will not be getting over it in a while.
After what has been described as “a badly-digested article” doubting the continued relevance of M.I’s music, the rapper was invited on the podcast and as the conversation got deeper, emotions got heightened.
In the heat of the moment, Osagie called M.I’s Chairman album “weak”, prodded him to name his weakest album and threw jabs to his label, Choc City’s upcoming artistes.
M.I’s calm demeanour through it all, the friendly manner with which the conversation eventually ended and how all of it defines something new for the culture was what ripped the internet all day yesterday.
Comedian AY took to Instagram to dish on criticism and artiste’s ability (or lack of it) to take it:
Most of us do know that the final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment. On the other hand they are a lot of people out there in search of an opportunity to vent their opinions in the form of unconstructive criticism. There can be all sorts of reasons for this: – Maybe they disagree with the choices and decisions you have made in your life or work. – Maybe they don’t like your work. – Maybe they don’t like you. – Maybe they have listened to untrue stories about you and have appointed themselves judge and jury on the matter. – Maybe they have made assumptions about you and have chosen to attack you as if those assumptions are true. Whatever the reason you are experiencing unconstructive criticism or a personal attack, here are a few things to keep in mind to help you deal with it: It isn’t actually about you so don’t take it personally. When someone launches a personal attack on you with unconstructive criticism keep in mind that it isn’t actually about you at all. It is about them. It is about their poor, unhealthy and inappropriate communication style. It is about their standards and level of integrity (or lack of!). It is about their assumptions. It is about how they see the world etc. Some people will approach a situation in a healthy constructive way, some people don’t. Whatever way people communicate with you is about who they are and not about you at all. So don’t take it personally. Unconstructive criticism has no value other than the value you give to it. So choose wisely who you listen to and what value you give to what they say. Always maintain your own dignity, integrity and personal standard. My movies have been written off by some critics, yet they made most people happy. They gave me personal fulfilment from awards, to money, and moved on to the point of making the Guinness world records. Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. People will always have opinions about your work, but dont allow yourself to get sucked down to their negative standards of communication.
Producer, Sheyman also weighed in calling out Osagie for being rude and unprofessional in his practice of journalism:
I just feel this is wrong in all ramifications… And also doesn’t seem like a professional journalism to me. Alonge I know you are doing a great job with pulsetv but on this one, you goofed! I expected the same level of intellect while vibing with M.I but seems there had been an unresolved issues over the years and finally you got the opportunity to exercise your rant. 1. Well, it may be you trying to put a twist to journalism which made you more creative by using abusive words while interviewing the gentleman. 2. It may also be you are trying to drive traffic to your platform by ballantly disrespecting a man like M.I. These reasons don’t justify your impudence in this video. A lot of people know you to be a controversial journalist. It’s cool to be that but keep it professional. I remember when I had an issue with Dbanj, you were the first to call my phone trying to feed on celebrities problems. I respect you and I don’t expect you to be in this kind of situation. You might have gotten away with your “this person’s music crap, that person’s music wack” opinions about artistes in the past but don’t take it too far. Some of us might take it as far behind the camera. I am sure there’s a better way to apologize to M.I. your arrogant approach is a total desecration on a legendary effort and a disrespect to his built and successful career. I wish every one luck and more success.
Kim and Kanye are expecting their third child
And SHE is due to arrive in January!!!
Yes, the gender has been revealed, thanks to TMZ.
It was first reported that the surrogate hired by Kim and Kanye to carry their third child was pregnant and due to deliver in early 2018.
TMZ later added that the surrogate was carrying a girl.
The couple had to go the surrogate way following Kim’s placenta accreta condition that could take her life if she decided to carry another pregnancy to term.
Here’s our first look at Disney’s remake of Alaadin
We have Will Smith to thank for this one.
The star who is playing Genie in the adaptation of Disney’s 1992 classic, Alaadin shared a photo of the cast on set with the caption, “We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family… Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I’m over here gettin my Genie on”.
The film is being directed by Guy Ritchie and its release date is not yet known.
Pa Adebayo Faleti to be buried on Friday
Late veteran journalist and poet, Pa Adebayo Faleti is set to be buried on Friday, 8 September in Agboye village in Oyo state.
According to the burial arrangements announced by the Oyo state government, “there will be a lying-in-state at his residence in Ile Akede by 10am, and at NTA Ibadan by 11am” after which his remains would be taken to Oyo state.
Pa Faleti who passed in July at the age of 86 was especially known for translating the national anthem from English to Yoruba and for translating speeches for former Military president, Ibrahim Babangida.
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