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Kanye West is now saying that the entire motivation behind his album cover for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” was to create “something that will be banned.” The rapper requested artist George Condo come up with some kind of artwork that would cause stores to ban it from shelves.
One of the vainest in the game, Kanye West does it again.
Reeling off the platinum success of his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, ‘Ye recently purchased a custom made 18k yellow gold Tiret Watch with an image of his own face formed in the dial.
The expensive 18-karat gold timepiece reportedly cost Yeezy $180,000 and uses over 8 karats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds, to configure an image of the platinum rapper/producer.
According to The Luxist it took Tiret over five months to create the dial alone.
Last month, R&B singer Usher commissioned Tiret to make a one-of-a-kind watch with his own image on it as well, costing the crooner a quarter of a million dollars.
RapRadar’s Eliott Wilson had a one on one sit down with Drizzy Drake before setting out to the U.K. installment of his Dreams & Nightmares tour with J. Cole.
The Young Money protege spoke on various topics such as possible regrets with his debut album, and his upcoming release Take Care.
A stand out excerpt from the interview, however, was his feelings on exclusion from Kanye’s track “All Of The Lights.”
An early version had leaked featuring a verse from the Toronto MC, however, the version that made the album had eleven different features, and Drake wasn’t one of them.
“I mean Kanye’s creative process is ever changing you know what I mean, he’s one of those guys we make music differently,” said Drake. “I make what comes to me and I hate changing it, where as Ye will change something 30 or 40 times to get it perfect.”
Drizzy went on to congratulate Ye on coming back from the negative stint, and expressed his admiration for him as an artist.
“I’m happy that he had a triumphant moment after all the negativity that he’s had to endure, Ye will always be….I can never say sit here and tell you he’s not one of my idols, that’s not one of my favorite rappers. I can’t say that, whatever energy I’ve ever felt is relevant when you ask me what do I think of Kanye West I’m going to always have something positive to say.”
Drake also shares that he feels no competitive vibes between him and Kanye, and is grateful for witnessing Ye’s growth throughout his career.
“I feel as if we can co-exist, I feel like hip hop is broad enough that we can both exist and give great music without feeling like it’s one or the other. But I might be the only one that feels that way, he’s part of the reason why I’m here musically.
“I’ve watched his career span from the moment of the first freestyle, the first set of mixtapes to now. I will always have a special place for that in my heart and I’m always grateful at the opportunity to work with him.”
Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was named ‘Album of the Year’ by Rolling Stone magazine in their recently released year-end issue.
Yeezy’s fifth studio album received rave reviews from the magazine, notching a five-star rating. Young Money artist Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later (7) and Eminem’s Recovery (9) where the two other hip-hop albums ranking in the top 10.
Other rap albums on the list include, Rick Ross’ Teflon Don (30), The Roots’ How I Got Over (29) and Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (21).
As recently reported, ‘Ye’s MBDTF sold almost 500,000 copies in the first week of its release.
Hits Daily Double has just released their sales tally chart for last weeks albums… with Kanye West’s MBDTF moving 518,775 units – Nick Minaj’s Pink Friday scanning 371,049 units and Rihanna moves another 133,662 units of her Loud album it’s second week in stores. Ne-Yo’s new album Libra Scale came in at #8 with sales of 117,800 units its first week out. Poor 1st Week Sales For Lloyd Banks & Jay-Z!