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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
If "Bound 2" is your current love song with your boo or you consider Kanye West your one true valentine, here's good news: The Chicago rapper will headline Baltimore Arena on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. West announced nine additional dates for his critically acclaimed "Yeezus" tour today. The second leg kicks off at University Park in Pennsylvania on Feb. 13 before arriving in Charm City the following night. For such a romantic day, it seems like a safe bet his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, will be in attendance, too. (Because you care.)
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Ask Dwele his favorite song from “Subject,” his 2003 debut album, and the soul singer will hem and haw a bit before narrowing the options to two. The tone-setting “Truth” makes the cut because of its “feel good” nature, he said, while “Without You” immediately transports him back to the late-night studio session that birthed it. “It was 3 or 4 in the morning in Philly,” Dwele, 36, said on the phone from his hometown of...
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Michael Phelps has his weight in gold medals and bragging rights to the title "Most Decorated Olympian of All Time. " And now he's been immortalized in a Kanye West song. West gives Phelps a shout-out on the song "The One," which is off his new collaborative album "Cruel Summer. " The song features 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Marsha Ambrosius. Though the rap is mainly a paean to Kanye (the apparent "One" in question), and features a few too many four-letter words for a family newspaper, the part with Phelps is cleaner than clean.
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By Chris E. Hayner Zap2it | February 22, 2014
Of course something special has to happen when  Justin Timberlake  made his inaugural appearance on  "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. " The two BFFs presented the fifth installment of the "History of Rap," rhyming their way through just about every hip hop hit you can imagine. They pay tribute to everyone, from Run DMC and Jay Z to N.W.A. and Kanye West. There isn't a much better way to close out Fallon's first week as host of "The Tonight Show. "
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
After what seemed like his 40th guttural bellow during “I am a God,” an exhausted Kanye West fell on his back. Like most of the moments during his two-hour-plus performance at Washington's Verizon Center on Thursday night, it felt earned, not contrived. It had been five years since the 36-year-old Chicagoan's last solo tour (the beautiful, campy Glow in the Dark tour), and West ensured - through a fully committed, sweat-soaked performance, striking stage design and his many, many words -  those in attendance of his “Yeezus” tour would not leave questioning his heart and passion.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
If you live around the BMA, the Walters or the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Kanye West is coming to a wall near you Sunday night. Or, at least his image, words and music are. West has been using public walls the last two weeks to promote the "New Slaves" song from his next release, which is expected to be released in June, according to Rolling Stone . Images of West along with his words and music were projected and broadcast last week...
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Tickets for the Kanye West and Jay-Z joint tour, "Watch the Throne," go on sale today at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster. The two will kick off the tour in Atlanta on October 29. They will perform at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena on November 1 and at the Verizon Center in Washington on November 3. Tickets for the show range in price from $47.50 to $219.35, and includes a digital copy of the rappers' new album, also named "Watch the Throne....
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
Kanye West and Jay-Z, whose new collaborative album "Watch the Throne" will be released next month, will also tour together, it was announced Monday by concert promoter Live Nation.  The two rappers will go on a 24-city tour, also called "Watch the Throne," that will kick off in Detroit September 22. The tour includes stops in Washington - on Sept. 29 at the Verizon Center - and Baltimore - on Nov. 1 at 1st Mariner Arena . Tickets go on sale August 8, the same day the album is released exclusively on iTunes.
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By Wesley Case, b | July 21, 2011
Here are the pros and cons of "Otis," the second offering from Kanye West/Jay-Z's collaborative album, Watch the Throne , which drops Aug. 1 digitally. If you like buying CDs (bless you), you can purchase it Aug. 5. The suits are taking down all of the YouTube videos, so head over to the Life + Times website to stream it. PROS •••• Kanye sends a subtle diss to Drake ("N----s talking real reckless / stuntmen" plays on Drake's famous line "I made enough for two n----s, boy / stunt-double")
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Kanye West knows he is often painted as a brooding egotist, but during his Baltimore Arena concert Friday night, the 36-year-old rapper wanted fans to know he was happy. “Don't believe the pictures of me looking mad,” West told the crowd, adding he felt like he was in his living room speaking with friends.  The 15-minute rant was filled with hallmarks many have come to expect from the controversial artist: Cursing “the media,” denouncing “haters” and still, inexplicably, taking shots at “Saturday Night Live.” But, above all else, the speech - given after the night's cathartic, emotional centerpiece “Runaway” - felt more inclusive and aspirational than self-serving.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Kim Kardashian spent a romantic Valentine's Day in Charm City, according to her Instagram account, where she posted a photo of herself with 1,000 red roses around her, and another of her and her beau, rapper Kanye West. The couple were in Baltimore Friday for West's performance at the Baltimore Arena, as part of his “Yeezus” tour. The Sun's Wesley Case reported that West, 36, told the crowd his fiancée was in attendance, which Case said, “The crowd approved of this.” On her Instagram, Kardashian, 33, posed a photo of herself sprawled out on her back, with her feet in the air surrounded by 1,000 red roses, according to the caption, and a few lit candles.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Kanye West knows he is often painted as a brooding egotist, but during his Baltimore Arena concert Friday night, the 36-year-old rapper wanted fans to know he was happy. “Don't believe the pictures of me looking mad,” West told the crowd, adding he felt like he was in his living room speaking with friends.  The 15-minute rant was filled with hallmarks many have come to expect from the controversial artist: Cursing “the media,” denouncing “haters” and still, inexplicably, taking shots at “Saturday Night Live.” But, above all else, the speech - given after the night's cathartic, emotional centerpiece “Runaway” - felt more inclusive and aspirational than self-serving.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
FRIDAY UPDATE:  "The concert is still on! We will see you tonight!" reads the message on Baltimore Arena's website regarding tonight's Kanye West concert. The Yeezus show is on; check back tomorrow for my review. --------------- For the past decade, it seems no one can resist labeling Kanye West. The hip-hop forefather Russell Simmons, along with countless critics, have said he is a “genius,” while President Barack Obama has called him a “jackass” on more than one occasion, surely causing many detractors to nod in agreement.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
If "Bound 2" is your current love song with your boo or you consider Kanye West your one true valentine, here's good news: The Chicago rapper will headline Baltimore Arena on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. West announced nine additional dates for his critically acclaimed "Yeezus" tour today. The second leg kicks off at University Park in Pennsylvania on Feb. 13 before arriving in Charm City the following night. For such a romantic day, it seems like a safe bet his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, will be in attendance, too. (Because you care.)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
After what seemed like his 40th guttural bellow during “I am a God,” an exhausted Kanye West fell on his back. Like most of the moments during his two-hour-plus performance at Washington's Verizon Center on Thursday night, it felt earned, not contrived. It had been five years since the 36-year-old Chicagoan's last solo tour (the beautiful, campy Glow in the Dark tour), and West ensured - through a fully committed, sweat-soaked performance, striking stage design and his many, many words -  those in attendance of his “Yeezus” tour would not leave questioning his heart and passion.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
There's no such thing as sharing the spotlight with Kanye West. If you're on the same stage as the polarizing rapper, chances are you were relegated to second fiddle before any notes were even played. An exception is Charlie Wilson, the 60-year-old R&B singer and frequent West collaborator who performs Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. When West and Wilson performed their recent "Yeezus" collaboration "Bound 2" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "Later ... with Jools Holland," it was Wilson's impassioned baritone - and not the brooding Yeezus himself - that stole the show.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
Update: It looks like West was able to prevail, to an extent: At about 9 p.m., Def Jam Records tweeted that a projection would take place on the Walters Art Museum, 45 minutes earlier than the originally scheduled time in what appeared to be an attempt to buck the cancellation announced by city police earlier in the day. Twitter user @Milly_Esquire posted several pictures that appeared to show just that. "Attention Baltimore: Let's beat the cops," Deaf Jam then tweeted at 9:40.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
FRIDAY UPDATE:  "The concert is still on! We will see you tonight!" reads the message on Baltimore Arena's website regarding tonight's Kanye West concert. The Yeezus show is on; check back tomorrow for my review. --------------- For the past decade, it seems no one can resist labeling Kanye West. The hip-hop forefather Russell Simmons, along with countless critics, have said he is a “genius,” while President Barack Obama has called him a “jackass” on more than one occasion, surely causing many detractors to nod in agreement.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
Update: It looks like West was able to prevail, to an extent: At about 9 p.m., Def Jam Records tweeted that a projection would take place on the Walters Art Museum, 45 minutes earlier than the originally scheduled time in what appeared to be an attempt to buck the cancellation announced by city police earlier in the day. Twitter user @Milly_Esquire posted several pictures that appeared to show just that. "Attention Baltimore: Let's beat the cops," Deaf Jam then tweeted at 9:40.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
If you live around the BMA, the Walters or the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Kanye West is coming to a wall near you Sunday night. Or, at least his image, words and music are. West has been using public walls the last two weeks to promote the "New Slaves" song from his next release, which is expected to be released in June, according to Rolling Stone . Images of West along with his words and music were projected and broadcast last week...
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