Kanye West Rumors

Kanye West turned 38 on Monday, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, helped him celebrate with a truly epic gift: she rented out the Staples Center in LA and brought all of the rapper’s friends along for a basketball game. Instead of watching the Los Angeles Lakers take the court, Kanye and his friends split themselves into two teams — East and West — for their own game. Kim’s sister Khloé shared an Instagram snap of the group in their jerseys, writing, “Kim rented out staples b*tch!!! Him and his boys are going to ball!!!! Happy birthday Yeezy!!!!” Kylie Jenner also posted a photo of herself with Khloé and her BFF Malika getting silly courtside.
But it’s almost always hip-hop. Some Drake, Kanye West, sometime’s it’s edgier stuff. Sometimes it’s throwbacks like Biggie, Tupac, DMX. And if it’s Jimmy Butler’s turn in the Chicago locker room, it’s some country too. “I get my own playlist in warmups sometimes,” Butler told ProBasketballTalk. “My teammates don’t like it very much because it’s country music, but they get over it.” Country? Yes. Starting with Taylor Swift. “I like Taylor Swift,” Butler said. “I like music as a whole, but her music is kinda catchy. I’m sure she’ll hear this interview now and be like ‘what’s going on?’”
You’ve got Jay Z involved with the Nets, you’ve got Drake with the Raptors, Lupe’s doing stuff with the World Cup. Most of us are young black dudes who sacrificed to provide for our families and do what we love, so that’s a deep bond we have-in music and in sports. I want to be a shot in the arm to DC basketball. My job is to provide a spark, at all costs. I’m not going to do anything corny, but I’m talking to Kanye about designing new uniforms.
On Wednesday night, the iconic rapper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to settle his beef with the show’s host, but along the way he revealed a little bit more about himself to the general public. West touched on his ongoing feuds with the paparazzi, his visions as an artist and his life as a celebrity, but the most interesting nugget for NBA fans came when West rattled off a list of his heroes, which surprisingly included the NBA Commissioner’s name among some pretty respected company: When I compare myself to Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, David Stern, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus or whatever it is, I’m saying these are my heroes. These are people I look up to. This is the type of impact I want to make on the Earth.
News has been out for a while that LeBron James was going to be on the cover of the newest installment of the NBA 2K series, his first video game cover. But not only is the reigning MVP on the cover, James is the music curator for the upcoming game. Basically, King James picked the soundtrack for the game, which features acts like Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, among others. The whole album can be streamed on Spotify, and the track listing can be found below via Spotify.
So, it appears that James is working on at least one track of rapping. In two short videos posted to Instagram on Tuesday, LeBron showed off his flow over the beat from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “N—– in Paris” (NSFW language) off their “Watch the Throne” album. Listen for yourself after the jump (via For The Win). First, here’s LeBron introducing himself as “the kid King James” and giving a “shout out to the Four Horsemen,” which could be a reference I am too uncool to place.
When Kim Kardashian first arrived to Cedars Sinai to deliver her baby, she didn’t get the fancy celebrity suite she had hoped for ’cause they were all in use … and one of the VIP occupants was Dwight Howard’s newest baby mama, TMZ has learned. Sources connected to the births tell us … before Kim went into labor, she had made arrangements to stay in one of the fancy suites at the L.A. hospital. But the baby came 5 weeks early, and the fancy suites were all booked. So Kim was placed in another unit. But while Kim was laid out in bed, Kanye roamed the maternity ward … and bumped into NBA superstar Dwight Howard, whose lady was giving birth to his child.
Deron and I have actually known each other for a little bit. We met at an All-Star Game a couple of years ago. I was out partying one night, and here he comes into the club with a whole crew of guys. It was a Nike party in L.A. two years ago, and so he comes with his crew, and there’s no room in the entire thing. We had a little room, and so his whole crew starts talking to us and shoves their way into our table. We had an awesome night that night. We had a blast. Kanye West was onstage — Kanyeezy! Was that the same party where your old friend Steve Nash got a lap dance from Nicki Minaj? [Laughs] Nah, that was at a different party. So I’ve had Deron’s number since then, and we were texting sometimes. And he knew I wanted him to come here. We talked when it was all in the process. I didn’t fly up on July 1. I wanted him to come. Cubes had to film freaking Shark Tank. I just watched that for the first time the other night. I still didn’t. I still refuse to watch it. It was actually not bad. I haven’t seen one episode and I probably won’t ever see one.
On the flip side, have you come to appreciate the other players’ music? JJ Redick: The funny thing about it is that I grew up around hip-hop, because basketball and hip-hop are so intertwined in pop culture. I was the only white kid on my teams growing up, and we used to travel all over the country, so I used to be really into hip-hop. I grew up listening to Tupac and Biggie and Nas, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, some independent rappers as well. I used to actually write lyrics and battle-rap in high school, so I can definitely appreciate it. I’m not a huge fan of what’s out right now — I think that’s partly why I don’t listen to it as much. I’ve been a huge Kanye fan and a huge Lil Wayne fan and a huge Rick Ross fan, so when they put an album out I usually get it that day, and I’ll listen to that for a while.
NBA superstar LeBron James has promised Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and his teammates an unforgettable holiday in Las Vegas along with good friend and pop star Kanye West, but only if the Reds manage to win some silverware this season. The Miami Heat ace recalled a conversation with Gerrard in the summer about how he could reward a successful campaign. “I spent some time with Steven Gerrard and he is passionate about his team. Everybody in sport needs incentive and if the guys at Liverpool win something this year I will give them the best weekend of their life in Vegas. Kanye is in and trust me, nobody does Vegas like LeBron and Kanye,” the Sun quoted James, as saying. “We will take them to places in Vegas 99 per cent of people don’t even know exist. There is Vegas and then there is Vegas,” he added.
Kris Humphries may be knee deep in controversy but he is having the time of his life while looking good in the upcoming issue of WESTEAST Magazine. The New Jersey Nets player posed in a military themed photospread for the magazine and he looks great. Kris is done up in camouflage makeup and military themed clothing for that added touch of authenticity. Kris is also “packing” in another photo where he is seen reclining on a sunlounger wearing a leather jacket zipped halfway up his bare chest with a pair of briefs and combat boots.
The NBA All-Star Game has long been a music star-studded affair, and this year, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and Will.i.am will be among the artists heading to Orlando for the big game. The showdown between basketball all-star teams will air on Feb. 26 on TNT. Pitbull and Ne-Yo will team up for the All-Star Game halftime show to perform their former Hot 100 chart-topper, “Give Me Everything.” Rihanna rocked the halftime show at last year’s NBA All-Star Game, bringing out Drake and Kanye West during her performance, and more “special guest performers” are promised for this year as well.
The Miami Heat have released a 2011-2012 introduction video set to the tune of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights”. It’s pretty incredible and almost defies explanation, but we’ll give it a shot anyway. The one-minute spot features LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and company bouncing their hands and shaking their moneymakers as psychedelic graphics spin around them. Wade is dressed in a white suitcoat, James a green sweater, and Bosh dons a striped sweater. Things get cooky when Shane Battier shows up in double popped collars, James Jones in a scarf, Mike Miller in a jean jacket and cargo shorts. The Heat dancers also make a mandatory appearance. There are goofy faces, shoulders that are dusted off and some flexing. It ends with the tagline, “Let’s Go Heat.” This baby has it all.
Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen Most Unpopular Celebrities. At the other end of the spectrum, only two of the 100 celebrities asked about were viewed unfavorably by an outright majority of respondents: Paris Hilton (with 60% expressing an unfavorable opinion of her vs. only 12% a favorable one) and Charlie Sheen (52% vs. 22%). The next most unpopular personalities among those rated are: Britney Spears and Kanye West (each of whom is viewed unfavorably by 45%), Arnold Schwarzenegger (44%), Tiger Woods (42%), Kim Kardashian (38%), Mel Gibson (33%), Donald Trump (31%), and LeBron James (29%). Several of these 10 personalities – Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears – are more widely disliked by women than they are by men. The others show relatively comparable proportions of male and female detractors.
Dowley: [LeBron] arrived [Thursday] afternoon, maybe around 2 p.m., and he spent the next three-and-a-half to four hours at my house in Greenwich. I hired a cop and a security guard to sit on the road in front of my house so no one could get in just in case someone figured out where he was. But nobody knew. We had everybody from ESPN people, Boys & Girls Club people, sponsors and even a couple of my kids and their friends were there. And then Kanye West showed up. He and LeBron are pretty close friends. He called my office and just said he wanted to stop by. The office gave him my address, and he just stopped in. It was funny to watch — all the kids there thought LeBron was pretty cool, but apparently they think Kanye is really, really cool. They just flocked right to him.
Kanye West Will Crash Rihanna’s NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show On SundayHe had 2010’s best album, best album cover, and best tweets. And now, in the midst of a relatively silent period for Ye, an in-the-know tipster tells us he’ll make a surprise appearance during Rihanna’s halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday. And, yes, Rihanna will know about this surprise appearance beforehand. We think. Kanye is a Bulls fan, but he’s an even bigger Kobe fan. West sat courtside at last Friday’s Knicks-Lakers game, and our source also says the two will have some kind of star-studded event this weekend. Anyone have the energy for another bounty hunt? The weather will be nicer in Los Angeles.
Over the weekend, however, in a preview of a Nike commercial spot that will debut over the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend, West (in character) is shown at odds with Bryant in a campaign for the baller’s new sneaker. “Bring him to me!” ‘Ye screams in the clip, which was directed by Robert Rodriguez and also features Bruce Willis. “The Black Mamba ain’t nothing. I’m the boss!” The boss, apparently, wants Kobe’s kicks: In the first clip that ran a week ago, a voiceover opens the spot by saying the NBA champion thought he was on a road trip to Dallas but found himself fighting for his footwear. “Black Mamba, the boss wants your shoes,” veteran actor Danny Trejo tells the high-flying basketball superstar.