We’re Giving Away Tickets to See Kanye’s Yeezus Tour
This month Kanye West is kicking off his first solo tour in five years, starting in Seattle on October 19 with 29 shows stretching across North America. Considering Yeezus is on our shortlist for album of the century and Mr. West is one of the most unpredictable figures in popular music today, there is no question on our mind that this is a tour for the history books. Not to mention, he’s bringing Kendrick Lamar along for the opening slot. The only downside is that tickets to see Yeezy and K-Dot do their thing at any one of the stops along this tour can costs as much $200—that’s a little rich for our blood, considering we’re still paying off our credit card from copping the Air Yeezy IIs.
To help folks like us, who don’t wipe their butts with twenty dollar bills, see the Louis Vuitton Don in IRL, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets that can be used for any ofthese selected dates on the Yeezus tour. To win a pair of tickets, send us a twitpic via Twitter to @VICE and make sure to include the hashtag #SENDITUP. Since anything goes when you’re dealing Kanye West, the picture you send us could be of anything—it could be one of your granny holding on to her 808 drum machine, your cat eating a damn croissant, or a picture of you snorting milk through a straw. There are no rules—just make us laugh, gross us out, or praise Yeezus. The contest starts now and we’ll be accepting pictures until midnight on Sunday, October 13. On Monday, October 14, we’ll announce the winners right here on VICE.com. Who knows, if we dig the pic, you might get a chance to finally see Yeezus ascend back to wherever the fuck he came from like the tour poster suggests.
Hip-hop in 2012 was defined by a series of ups and downs, but for the most part it was pretty… weird. For one, what the hell is the definition of hip-hop these days anyway? Is it singing, is it rapping, is it that sing-songy rap shit that Drake does when he’s crying on his bed with a velvet comforter? Who really knows? Gone are the days of sticking to the four elements as an indicator of what’s hip-hop, and 2012 is proof of that. So, here are a few moments in hip-hop from 2012 to remind you that your life isn’t nearly as interesting as that of a sing-songy rapper.
Cool Moment in Hip-Hop: The Rise of Black Hippy
Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock. While this quartet of badassness revealed that there probably wouldn’t be a Black Hippy album (despite being collectively signed to Top Dawg Entertainment), individually Black Hippy ran the Rap game. ScHoolboy Q dropped Habits & Contradictions in January and fucked our heads up by sampling guitar-toting Lissie’s cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” on his cut “Hands on the Wheel” with A$AP Rocky. Then In May, Ab-Soul did his crew proud with #controlsystem, where the family showed up on the “Black Lip Bastard” remix. Finally, after Section.80 made us cry real tears in 2011, Kendrick Lamar dropped good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in October, proving that we really don’t need Dr. Dre’s Detoxafter all.
Weird Moment in Hip-Hop: The Tupac Hologram
This is what happens when you invite rappers to headline Coachella: They start resurrecting legends. So Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg reached a part of Cali they probably never frequent for the Coachella Music Festival in April, and they brought ‘Pac with them. He emerged on stage to perform “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” with Snoop followed by a riveting rendition of “Hail Mary.” This was just strange. The “Tupac’s Alive” yahoos returned to say it really was Pac up there, and then T-Boz and Chilli were like, “Hey let’s get a Left Eye hologram and get that TLC tour going.” This can’t be a thing that shows up in 2013. Let’s kill the holograms, please.
Cool Moment in Hip-Hop: A$AP Rocky Proves He’s Still Awesome
In 2011, A$AP Rocky offered up LiveLoveA$AP to the weird rap gods, and they named him one of their leaders. He brought A$AP Mob with him, but 2012 was more about A$AP’s awesomeness and less about the music. We were teased for months that LongLiveA$AP would arrive before Halloween, and that never happened. A$AP played bizarro JFK in Lana Del Rey’s video for “Ridin’” which was cool, but then he goes and takes over again with “Fuckin Problem.” The 40-produced song had 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar, muddling over nymphomania and bringing enough girls back to the crib. It was another high point for A$AP Rocky, but it only made us ask, “OK, where the hell is your album though?” That Lords Never Worry mixtape was not enough.
Weird Moment in Hip-Hop: We Lost Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys
Why is this a weird moment? Because we always assumed certain architects of hip-hop would live forever. When hip-hop lost Yauch in May, it was a shock, despite knowing his battle with cancer. In 2009, cancer was found in his parotid gland that spread to a nearby lymph node. While it caused the Beasties’ Hot Sauce Committee to never release, 2011 saw Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, and that was the last project from the Beastie Boys. This year, Yauch was too ill to attend the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame awards, before passing weeks later. A part of hip-hop died on May 4, when Adam Yauch passed away at the age of 47. Fuck cancer.
When we were trying to name our new rap show a bunch of garbage ideas were tossed around around - stuff like “Rappy Land” and “Talking With The Rappers.” Thankfully, Das Racist was around to cut through the bullshit and name it RAP SHOW. Hima and Kool A.D. from DR will be trading off hosting duties for the show, conducting a series of conversations with the best rappers on the planet. Here’s the first episode, which features Hima talking to Compton MC Kendrick Lamar about black hippies, the big scary N-word, and whether or not Wilson from Home Improvement was the magical negro of the white sitcom world: