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Kanye West's Blacked-Out 'Blood On The Leaves' Haunts VMAs










Her reason was not coping with crushing embarrassment but, according to sources, she had a last minute date in the recording studio with Kanye West. It seems West was "in a creative mood" according to sources and "just decided to capture their creative engery and record right after the show. They decided that night." Miley Cyrus pre-catastrophic performance on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs. For West's sake, let's hope the decision came before he saw Cyrus perform! Cyrus' performance at the VMAs, in case anyone has been on the moon for the past few days, featured twerking; giant teddy-bears; a flesh coloured bikini; and Robin Thicke. <br>Source: http://www.contactmusic.com/article/miley-cyrus-twerks-then-collaborates-with-kanye-west_3840329







Walker Never one to play by a prescribed set of rules, Kanye West flipped the script on a TV audience of millions when he played "Blood on the Leaves" instead of "Black Skinhead" at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25. More than a mere act of defiance, the move was a poignant demonstration that West is just as capable of raising awareness about racism as he is of shaking up people's ideas of what hip-hop and popular music should entail sonically. The song samples Nina Simone's cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." That song, released in 1939, was based on a poem by Abel Meeropol about the lynching of African Americans in the days of Southern slavery. The sobering lyrics include the lines, "Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze/ Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees." West started the performance in near-darkness lit only by a small spotlight. When the skittering beats kicked in, strong backlighting silhouetted West dancing wildly in front of a backdrop of a huge tree. <br>Source: http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/stop-the-presses/kanye-west-surprise-mtv-vma-awards-performance-blood-205343950.html







Hey, it wasn't all twerking Teddy bears . Case in point, this genuinely sweet interaction between multiple-VMA winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the mercurial Kanye West, which occurred backstage following West's performance of "Blood on the Leaves" . It's just a quick conversation between artists, but it shows that, no matter how big Mack & Lewis have gotten, they're still fans, first and foremost. "Thank you for raising the bar as an artist, appreciate it" Macklemore tells Kanye. He then praised his performance, saying "You killed that sh--." And despite what you might think about Kanye, he was incredibly gracious, thanking Macklemore for his words, shaking hands with Lewis, and embracing "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert, who gives 'Ye a kiss on the cheek. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would win three Moonmen at Sunday's show, and performed their equality anthem "Same Love" on the VMA stage with an assist from special guest Jennifer Hudson onstage. <br>Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1713204/kanye-west-macklemore-vma-2013-backstage.jhtml







By Nadeska Alexis (@neweryork) Kanye West spares nothing when it comes to properly sharing his art, but for his Sunday night (August 25) performance at the 2013 Video Music Awards , Mr. West was all about making a big statement while keeping it very minimal for the first live rendition of "Blood on the Leaves." In contrast to his jolting performances of the Yeezus single "Black Skinhead," which came complete with threatening hooded figures and ferocious barking dogs, the controversial rapper, producer and self-proclaimed "Michael Jordan of music" which Jared Leto so graciously pointed out during his introduction turned down both the intensity and the lights for "Blood on the Leaves." The song began with a very dim light illuminating only 'Ye's face, with the rest of the set shrouded in black, as the haunting refrain of the "Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees" came through the speakers in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Not until the beat of the song dropped were viewers finally able to see that Steve McQueen's "Lynching Tree" was the only thing that Kanye had commissioned as his backdrop for the night. The painting depicts a tree outside of New Orleans where slaves were once hung, with their graves littered across the ground under the leaves. "Blood on the Leaves" samples Nina Simone's blog url 1965 jazz cover of Billie Holiday's 1939 recording "Strange Fruit," which was heavy with commentary on racism, slavery and the rise in the number of lynchings in the United States. As the eerie line "bodies swinging in the Southern breeze" (in other words the "strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees") played back, Kanye's completely blacked-out outline danced wildly to and fro in front of the painting. <br>Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1713026/kanye-west-blood-on-the-leaves-vma-2013.jhtml







Justin Timberlake VS. Kanye West! What Happened When The Two Came Face-To-Face At The VMAs?!?



Justin spoke about their peace accord yesterday, saying: "It was one of them things where I love it, in a way, because at the end of the day it's just music," he said. "I love the record, I love Suit & Tie. It reminds me of the music I grew up listening to. I respect his opinion because I think he's a genius. But I don't share that opinion. It's just not that big a deal." The two are burying the hatchet so deep, they might even collaborate together on a track in the near future! <br>Source: http://perezhilton.com/2013-08-28-justin-timberlake-kanye-west-feud-ended-at-vmas-possible-collaboration-coming



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