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Buzz Bites (8/10/12): Watch Jay-Z And Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ Documentary

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Watch Kanye West and Jay-Z’s documentary from their final days making Watch The Throne.

+ Check out the Watch The Throne documentary filmed while Jay-Z and Kanye West were completing the album. “I was more interested in the smaller moments and the quietness of what they do and why they do it… I was striving to capture the little moments in their process,” says director Robert Lopuski. Beyoncé is also featured. (MTV News)

+ Speaking of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, the couple topped Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples” list. They climbed up a notch on the list from last year. (Idolator)

Skrillex revealed in an interview that he’s been working with Kanye West. “From what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album,” said Skrillex, although he didn’t specify if it was for G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer or Kanye’s sixth studio album. (Billboard)

+ Despite threats of violence, Madonna‘s show in St. Petersburg, Russia, still took place. Watch her impassioned speech for gay rights from the show. “The gay community here, and all around the world, have the same rights, to be treated with dignity, with respect, with compassion, with love,” she said after quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. (Billboard)

+ The late Adam Yauch, aka Beastie Boys‘ MCA, included a provision in his will that prohibits his “image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me” to be used in advertisements. (Rolling Stone)

Buzz Bites (8/10/12): Watch Jay-Z And Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’ Documentary

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Kim K and Bey Have Private Friendship Agreement

She is not allowed to blast to the world her business with Bey and Jay’   

*Since Kim Kardashian and her new friend Beyoncé have been hanging tough, not much but a few candid photos from fans have made it to the media.

According to a source, there won’t be much else coming out about their friendship.

Since Kim is a reality star with all her business out on the street and Bey is just the opposite, the two have an agreement to keep thing strictly between them.

“She is not allowed to blast to the world her business with Bey and Jay,” the insider told the New York Daily News. “She’s hung with them a few times already, but she isn’t saying peep about them.”

Besides, Beyoncé is Kim’s idol, so taking tweet pics and all that seems a bit desperate.

Kim K and Bey Have Private Friendship Agreement

Beyonce And Kim Kardashian Hang Out At Kanye West, Jay-Z Show

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So, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian are friends now? Kim K. and Kanye West successfully dodged questions about their relationship for a few weeks, and when it was finally obviousthat they were dating, the next question was: Will Kim Kardashian become friends with Beyonce? Well, Kim and Bey were spotted hanging out and sharing laughs while they watched the throne in Birmingham, England this weekend.

Ye is currently on tour with Jay-Z for their Watch the Throne European dates, and given their close relationship, it was likely that Kim and Queen Bey would have to mingle but given their, er, different backgrounds, there were doubts about a possible friendship. Now, it seems like we have an answer.

Concertgoers snapped photos of Beyonce and Kim in the crowd, having a good time and cheering on their men. This marks the first time that they’ve been spotted hanging out solo since “Kimye” became a phenomenon, and it doesn’t seem like everyone’s too happy with it. According to Necole Bitchie, the fan who first posted a photo of Kim and Beyonce together was accused of Photoshopping the image (since it didn’t seem like something Bey would do).

Over the past couple of weeks, Paris has been the place to be for Jay + Bey, and Kim + Kanye. Both couples have been spotted out and about in the city, with Kimye pushing an all-white Lambo, while the Carters teamed up for a nightclub duet, and enjoyed some time with Blue Ivy.

Beyonce And Kim Kardashian Hang Out At Kanye West, Jay-Z Show

‘Great Gatsby’ Trailer: Why Jay-Z, Kanye, Jack White Set The Tone

Baz Luhrmann’s musical choices for the period clip are surprising — but also spot-on.

By Brendan Dempsey

The new The new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” hit the Web on Tuesday night. And while the first look has already generated plenty of excitement, there’s more than a bit of curiosity, too, since the clip opens to lavish 1920s New York scenes set to … Jay-Z?

As Jay and Kanye’s Watch the Throne track “No Church in the Wild” plays in the background, a Toby Maguire voiceover explains that “the restlessness approached … hysteria.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Hov? OK, we’re in. In fact, this kind of thing is nothing new for Luhrmann, who’s penchant for setting period flicks to modern music has become one of his calling cards. In 1996’s “Romeo + Juliet,” Romeo (also DiCaprio) toted a pistol to the sound of Radiohead, while pop star Christina Aguilera provided some of the sounds for “Moulin Rouge,” which was set in the early 1900s. Luhrmann’s take on “Gatsby” will be true to the text but that doesn’t mean fans can’t expect real creativity as far as the soundtrack goes.

At first listen, the songs in the trailer appear to have been chosen because they both sound great and complement the tone. But on further examination, it seems safe to assume that Luhrmann chose each song methodically, each number there to serve a distinct purpose. Read on as we break down key tracks!

“No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z and Kanye West:
Jay and Kanye touch on status symbols, criminality, partying, and money in the Frank Ocean-featuring track, all of which factor into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. The 21st century lyrics, about the declining American Dream, closely parallel the excesses of the Roaring ’20s.

Notable Lyrics
“Rolling in the Rolls-Royce Corniche”: Gatsby’s yellow Rolls convertible is a key symbol in the story.

“Socrates asked,’ Whose bias do y’all seek?’ “: “The Great Gatsby” paints a picture of a man who did everything to gain respect and notice with the help of status symbols and wealth. Gatsby was constantly seeking approval — in all the wrong places.

“Let me buy you desire”: Gatsby, very literally, tried to purchase the desire of the upper class and his long lost love, to no avail.

“I’m hidin’ from police”: The film is set during the crime-filled Prohibition era and it’s inferred in the story that Gatsby amassed his fortune as a bootlegger.

Leonardo DiCaprio reclaims his matinee-idol status in "The Great Gatsby" The Throne's "No Church in the Wild" plays over this scene

“Love Is Blindness” (U2 Cover), Jack White:
Written by U2 for their 1991 album, Achtung Baby,the song got another life courtesy of White, who delivers it with his signature raw emotion.

Notable Lyrics
“Love is blindness, I don’t want to see/ Won’t you wrap the night around me?/ Oh, my heart; love is blindness” : The one lesson that Gatsby never managed to learn in the Fitzgerald classic is that “love is blindness.”

But the trailer isn’t the only place where Luhrmann enlisted the help of contemporary stars like Jay and Kanye.

“On my first day, he had Jay-Z pumped up full and we did the entire scene with, you know, Jay-Z in our ear on full blast while acting and it was just so liberating,” “Gatsby” star Isla Fisher said in a recent interview. “[ Luhrmann] really understands actors and how self-conscious we feel at times, and how exposed we are and how we never know where anything lands. Just the complexity of being vulnerable every minute when you’re acting, and he just makes you feel so safe.”

If the first trailer is any indication, we are in for a treat when the soundtrack for Gatsby is released in December.

Check out everything we’ve got on “The Great Gatsby.”

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American Mozart

Intense, emotional, and frequently out of control, the hip-hop superstar Kanye West allowed his antics to turn him into a national joke and to earn him the criticism of two American presidents. Would a massive concert tour with his friend and rival Jay-Z offer the troubled rapper a taste of redemption—or disaster?

By DAVID SAMUELS

SO HERE IS the president of the United States, enjoying canapés and small talk at Daniel, chef Daniel Boulud’s gourmet restaurant just off Park Avenue, with the right touch of upscale-whorehouse decor and enough Alice Waters in the kitchen to make it the place where every Wall Street guy takes his wife on bonus night. The drill for tonight is two fund-raisers at Daniel, to be followed by an even more intimate sit-down dinner at Spike Lee’s house, before the motorcade heads uptown to the Apollo, in Harlem, where Barack Obama once lived in a ratty student apartment, less than 50 blocks but light-years away from the perfumed dining room where he is answering questions and posing for pictures and name-checking Ralph Ellison and Saul Bellow. I get my chance to ask him the question of the moment, the question that everyone who has bought the album or spent $150 on a concert ticket wants answered. “I have a question I want to ask you, Mr. President,” I venture, once I catch his attention.

“Sure,” the president says.

“Kanye or Jay-Z?”

The president smiles. “Jay-Z,” he says, as if the answer should be obvious. When it comes to the most meaningful pop-cultural divide of the moment, the question of whether you prefer Kanye West or Jay-Z—the top two hip-hop artists in the world, who recently joined forces for a national mega-tour called Watch the Throne—Barack Obama is clearly a Jay-Z guy. Jay-Z is about control. Jay-Z is about success. He’s a natural-born leader. He is married to Beyoncé Knowles, the gorgeous, sugar-spun R&B star who recently joined with Michelle Obama in a public campaign against the epidemic of childhood obesity. Together, Jay and Beyoncé are worth something close to $1 billion. Jay-Z fills arenas and enunciates clearly—unlike Kanye West, who jumps onstage and interrupts during award ceremonies, cries on talk shows, and jets off to Rome to apprentice with the House of Fendi. Besides, the president’s smile says, we are at a fund-raiser in New York, which is Jay-Z’s hometown.

“Although I like Kanye,” Obama continues, with an easy smile. “He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.” He is displaying his larger awareness of the question, looking relaxed, cerebral but friendly, alive to the moment, waiting for me to get to the heart of the matter.

“Even though you called him a jackass?,” I ask.

“He is a jackass,” Obama says, in his likable and perfectly balanced modern-professorial voice. “But he’s talented.” The president gives a wink, poses for a few more pictures, and then glides away to meet with the rich Manhattan lawyers in the other room, leaving behind a verdict that he intended to be funny, and also entirely deliberate: even before an audience of one, the leader of the free world is still not letting Kanye West off the hook.

Whatever you think of the many controversies he has ignited, you must admit that Kanye West is at least some kind of musical genius, ranking among the top five producers and the top five rappers of the past decade. (His singing, by contrast, is kind of a joke.) Every one of his five solo albums has gone platinum, and he has sold 30 million digital downloads of his songs, to become one of the most downloaded musical artists of all time. He has won 18 Grammys—the most of any artist in the past 10 years—while serving as a backpack-wearing icon of black nerd chic. Kanye’s power resides in his wild creativity and expressiveness, his mastery of form, and his deep and uncompromising attachment to a self-made aesthetic that he expresses through means that are entirely of the moment: rap music, digital downloads, fashion, Twitter, blogs, live streaming video. He is the first true genius of the iPhone era, the Mozart of contemporary American music, intent on using his creative and emotional gifts to express the heartbreaks and fantasies of his audience.

In addition, though, Kanye West is, according to the president of the United States—the first blackpresident of the United States—a “jackass,” a narcissistic monster who tore a massive hole of self-regard in the American cultural quilt.

Worse even than the president’s epithet, which he first offered on September 14, 2009, is the near-universality of his verdict, which has been echoed for years on talk shows and gossip sites across America. Most painful of all, perhaps, was the classic “Fish Sticks” episode of South Park, which portrayed Kanye as a designer shades–wearing egomaniac who is so humorless and devoid of self-awareness that he can’t comprehend a simple joke about fish sticks. Being represented as the most humor-impaired man in America by the South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker may have actually hurt more than what the president said.

What did Kanye West do to deserve all this?

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