Kanye West shells out more news in a week than most bands do in a year. But between the announcement of his new album’s title, release date, and third single, plus guest spot on Lloyd Banks’ new single, this week has been even more busier than usual. And guess what? He’s only getting started.
Earlier tonight, West celebrated the London premiere of his new feature film, Runaway. Afterward, he took part in a lengthy Q & A session. Combining the tweets of attendees with the posted review on The Hip Hop Chronicle UK, we can garner the following information:
As previously reported, West says Runaway tells the story of a phoenix fallen to Earth, and I make her my girlfriend, and people discriminate against her and eventually she has to burn herself alive and go back to her world.” In addition to serving as the film’s director, West also plays the character “Griffin”, while new fling Selita Ebanks plays the phoenix.
Introducing the film West said: “Purple Rain, The Wall, Michael Jackson’s Thriller – I wanted to do a modern version of that.” He added the film was “an overall representation of what I dream”, inspired by artists like Picasso and Matisse.
The film itself features French subtitles, numerous tracks (8-9) from West’s My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy, and an ode to Michael Jackson. You can read the spoilers here.
According to the BBC, the film will receive a worldwide premiere within the next two weeks and will also be packaged with his new album.
During the Q&A session, West all but confirmed G.O.O.D. Music’s signing of rapper Mos Def, even noting that the two have already worked on five songs together.
As for his other upcoming release, the Watch the Throne EP with Jay-Z, West noted that he’ll resume working on it once he turns over My Beautiful Dark Twisted Life to Def Jam on October 14th. He added that the release will also feature a track that hears him and Jay-Z paired up with Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest.
And perhaps the most ambitious of West’s upcoming plans? He hopes to play a concert outside the pyramids. Like as in the Egyptian pyramids.
Good ass job, Ye.
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