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dancer. She made an appearance on the debut episode of House of Glam on Oxygen. Pharrell Williams. Film Projects. released on April 22. No further releases from the band have since been mentioned. Ultimately. She purposefully hummed along with the tracks he played for her. From a Planet Called Harlem. including the Apollo Theater National All-Stars talent search.Teyana Taylor 1 Teyana Taylor Teyana Taylor Background information Birth name Born Origin Genres Occupations Years active Labels Associated acts Website Teyana Taylor December 10. rapper. In late 2010. this record was not released for unknown reasons. New York. Taylor had strong influences from Stevie Wonder.D."  While in the studio. She is of African-American and Afro-Trinidadian descent. "Google Me" was the first single from her debut album. She also appeared in a new movie by Tyler Perry. along with band mates Mijo. she officially signed to Kanye West's G. Def Jam Kanye West. rapper.Y.D. U. R&B.G.D.'s single "Wasted" was released early 2010. Taylor ventured into acting. Jadakiss." with "N. Hit-Boy. Fabolous.O. A snippet of U. Teyana was enrolled in many different talent competitions. and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Taylor appeared on MTV's My Super Sweet 16 in 2007. Pusha T. Braxton and Ethan.O.E.L. 1990 Harlem. Before it aired. At age 4. Chris Brown. R. which  was released in August 2010. John Legend. 2011.Y.O. Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill. 2007–2011: Interscope Records. just hours before Kanye West's fifth studio album. and actress. "Google Me" peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. She was a member of a band called U. titled Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming. Taylor had struck up a friendship with West and the G.com  Teyana Taylor (born December 10. appearing in the sequel of Stomp the Yard.S. Music family some time before. He eventually asked her to put vocals on some . Big Sean. she signed to Star Trak/Interscope Records. Taylor was determined to make an appearance on West's record. had be to turned in. and Rihanna.G. Soul Singer-songwriter.L. Kelly teyanatayloronline. Music label and The Island Def Jam Music Group. enough to get his attention. West called Taylor to the studio to look at some fashion pieces. Madea's Big Happy Family. actress 2007–present GOOD Music. In 2012.R. Cyhi the Prynce. D'Banj. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Common. first meeting West on his "Glow in the Dark Tour. Biography Early life and career Teyana was born and raised in Harlem. she picked up a microphone in front of a crowd and realized she wanted to become a singer/entertainer. 1990) is an American singer-songwriter. New York City. dancer.O. Kid Cudi.
illuminates in the electric-guitar heavy.D.O.D. 'Go'. Music collaborative album." Taylor came back with the "whole intro and chorus.O." with Kanye West and R." which also features John Legend. [she] felt like she couldn't do [anything].I. Jadakiss & Fabolous). She provides vocals for the opening track "To the World. family some time before her signing. Teyana mentioned that "when [she] was signed for six years. as well as how necessary it was for her to have a level of independence in the music industry for some time. In an interview with DJ Skee. The tape was released the tape in the first half of 2012. Blige.D." which was released on February 25. Erika Ramirez of Billboard." She remembers that West "put [her] in another room by [herself] and said.com notes that "Teyana Taylor's beautifully brash voice .Teyana Taylor tracks.D. and also duets with John Legend on a track called "Bliss. Music. to be released to her fans for free. particularly during the time she was asked to feature on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.. "Make Your Move (feat. Cyhi the Prynce.O.O.O. Friday tracks. and Travis Scott. saying that "[she] hadn’t been in the studio for so long. As part of G. to be released eventually through G.O. She credits him as a "big brother" and sees her early signing to Star Trak as a "blessing." Upon recalling the experience of recording "Dark Fantasy.  released September 18. she had begun preparing her first mixtape."  Towards the end of 2010. provides the hook and chorus for "Sin City. Teyana had established a relationship with the whole G.D.D. featuring Cyhi the Prynce and Kanye West.U..O.  .O. Teyana Taylor signed a joint deal with Kanye West's label G.O. Taylor was released from her contract with Interscope." In addition to featuring on Cruel Summer.O. though. 2010."  As an independent artist at the time of her release.O. (feat. saying that he hoped to "hear more soulful duets from [Taylor and Legend].O. Music In early 2012. Hudson Mohawke-produced 'Bliss'. entitled "Christmas In Harlem". The tape draws notable influences from 90s R&B/Soul legends like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. notably "Dark Fantasy" and "Hell of a Life. just verses. The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor." Taylor stated that "at the time it was pretty empty.O. just how necessary her release from the label was. 2012. Teyana is currently in the process of recording her first major label debut album.com also complimented the duet. After some time as an independent artist." and that she "couldn't prove to [her] fans that [she] had the talent" and "couldn't sing from [her] heart. Music's G. and taking time to find herself as an artist and represent herself correctly in an artistic way." Of Taylor and Legend's duet on the album. Kelly.  2 2012–present: G."  Trent Fitzgerald of Popcrush. Taylor appears on the G.O.D. Taylor contributed to one of G.O. 2012."  Taylor has stated on many occasions. Wale)"  and "D. Malik Yusef. Taylor admits that she and Star Trak referee Pharrell Williams have remained amiable since the formal end of their business relationship. while fellow New Yorkers Fabolous and Jadakiss ride shotgun". Music and The Island Def Jam Music Group." and "did all the scratches and the cuts [herself] with [her] voice. Music and The Island Def Jam Music Group on June 14." She admitted that she was "nervous" upon letting West hear her contributions to the tracks. 2012. Cruel Summer.O.D. The track was released in a shortened version to the iTunes Store on December 17. Reviews of the latter track noted that "The Harlem songstress channels Janet Jackson as she glides over the smooth Hit-Boy-produced beat with her airy vocals. and has spawned two singles thus far.
I." (featuring Jadakiss and Fabolous) 2008 2012 — — — US R&B 90 — — — — — From a Planet Called Harlem The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor "—" denotes a title that did not chart. Teyana Taylor. J." with John Legend "Want You Back" by Fabolous (feat.U. Teyana Taylor) "Rock Wit Me" by Jadakiss (feat. Kelly "Sin City. Fabolous & Lil Wayne) "24 Karats of Gold" by Big Sean (feat." with Kanye West and R. Busta Rhymes. or was not released in that territory. Cole & Teyana Taylor) "Never Let 'Em Stop Me" by K Smith (feat. Fabolous & Teyana Taylor) "Put It On Ya" by Missy Elliott (feat.Teyana Taylor 3 Discography Albums • From a Planet Called Harlem (2008) • The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor (2012) • Cruel Summer (2012) Singles Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album US "Google Me" "Make Your Move" (featuring Wale) "D. Malik Yusef. and Travis Scott "Bliss. Teyana Taylor) "Bottles & Rockin J's" by Game (Feat. Rick Ross." with John Legend. Cyhi Da Prynce & Teyana Taylor) "Dark Fantasy" by Kanye West "Hell of a Life" by Kanye West "I Need A Girl (Remix)" by Trey Songz (feat. Joe Budden & Teyana Taylor) "Hold You Down" by Red Café . As featured artist • • • • • • • • • • • • • • "Christmas in Harlem" by Kanye West (feat. Cyhi the Prynce. Meek Mill & Teyana Taylor) "To the World.
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 Critical reception "Christmas in Harlem" received positive reviews from critics. Originally released as a part of West's free music giveaway series GOOD Fridays. It also contains samples of "Strawberry Letter 23".' And gruff-rapping Atlanta Santa CyHi Da Prynce promises presents for non-Christian . 2010. I just kept sending him beats to try and get one on there. Vado. eventually slipping into the comfy melody from the Brothers Johnson's 'Strawberry Letter 23. both by soul musician Marvin Gaye. [. Shuggie Otis. Background "Christmas in Harlem" was produced by Hit-Boy. and "Strawberry Letter 23" by singer-songwriter Shuggie Otis. Before its official release. both of whom are signed to West's label GOOD Music. Produced by Hit-Boy. Kanye West. the song contains samples of "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)". Pusha  T and Big Sean as well as R&B singer Musiq Soulchild. The version of "Christmas in Harlem" released as a part of GOOD Fridays featured additional contributions from rappers Cam'ron. who complimented its lyrics and compared it favorably to other Christmas-themed hip-hop songs. a producer signed to West's label GOOD Music. as if he's preoccupied with the Xmas shopping spree he says he's planning. The track features a holiday theme. 2010. Cydell Young Producer Hit-Boy "Christmas in Harlem" is a song by hip-hop recording artist Kanye West. Giving the song a three-and-a-half star rating. The song received positive reviews from critics. 2010 Genre Length Label Writer Hip hop 3:56 Roc-A-Fella. Chauncey Hollis. Jim Jones. originally written and performed by singer-songwriter Shuggie Otis.] This was around the time when he started working on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." The song contains samples of two songs by soul musician Marvin Gaye: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)". on the night of Kanye's New York release party. Hit-Boy explained: "My boy Dala Roc hooked me up with Kanye’s cousin. "Christmas in Harlem" was later released as a part of West's free music giveaway series GOOD Fridays. the song was later released as a single onto iTunes on December 17. Both Gaye and Otis are given songwriting credits on "Christmas in Harlem" for use of the samples. Going into detail about how his connections with West began and how the track's beat ended up with West. But actual Harlem R&B hopeful Teyana Taylor offers warmth from the wind chill. Def Jam Marvin P. 2010. The track features rapper Cyhi the Prynce and R&B singer Teyana Taylor.Christmas in Harlem 5 Christmas in Harlem "Christmas in Harlem" "Christmas in Harlem" cover Promotional single by Kanye West featuring Cyhi the Prynce and Teyana Taylor Released December 17. CyHi the Prynce and Teyana Taylor was later released as a single to iTunes on December 17. The version of the track only featuring contributions from West. the track first leaked to the Internet on December 15. Ricky... the former being a collaboration with soul singer Tammi Terrell. Ricky called saying Kanye wanted to use one of my beats for a Christmas song. Then. Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone stated: "Kanye's tinsel-tinted stocking stuffer sounds uncharacteristically tossed-off. and features various references to Christmas and customs associated with the holiday. Gaye.
West paints a vivid and cheerful portrait of the season. Archived from the original (http:/ / www.  Greene. 2012. Retrieved July 5. .  "Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles – Issue Date: 2011-01-08" (http:/ / www." Becky Bain of Idolator wrote of the track: "Soulful. com/ article/ v-exclusive-christmas-harlem-producer-hit-boy-talks-finished-new-dipsetgood-music).Ace Title Search" (https:/ / www.  "Christmas In Harlem – Single by Kanye West. Billboard. Gawker Media. 2012. apple. 2010. 2011. com/ music/ pictures/ the-greatest-rock-and-roll-christmas-songs-20101216/ kanye-west-christmas-in-harlem-0008372).C. 2012. Becky (December 15. 2012. . Prometheus Global Media. Jim Jones and Pusha T. billboard.  Greene. com/ us/ album/ christmas-in-harlem-single/ id411137505). vibe. Cam'ron.Kanye West. Authors and Publishers. December 15. Idolator. Retrieved July 5. com/ 5718862/ kanye-west-christmas-in-harlem). a similarly themed Christmas song by hip-hop group Run-D. 2012. "Kanye West Wishes You A Merry “ Christmas In Harlem” " (http:/ / idolator. 2010).  Bain. Retrieved July 5. billboard.D. Billboard. Apple. . webcitation. 2012. enter the search parameter "Christmas in Harlem" and select "Search"). Musiq Soulchild & Teyana Taylor" (http:/ / www. .  "ASCAP . Cheri Media Group. Jim Jones.O.M. Retrieved July 5. Retrieved July 5. 2011.  Eddy. 13092/ title. Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 5. . Retrieved July 5.O. "Christmas in Harlem" (http:/ / www. rollingstone. "The Greatest Rock & Roll Christmas Songs Pictures . American Society of Composers. Cam'Ron. "Kanye's Holiday Song 'Christmas In Harlem' Leaks" (http:/ / www. HipHopDX. 2010). too — hauled in a Porsche-speed sleigh. Prince Cy Hi & Teyana Taylor" (http:/ / itunes.  "Kanye West f. 2010). . In his description of the track. Pusha T. . com/ index/ singles/ id.C. Rolling Stone. 2012. . Retrieved July 5. iTunes Store. Maybe even ever?" 6 Chart performance "Christmas in Harlem" peaked at numbers 13 and 3 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles charts respectively on the chart week of January 8. but Kanye West's follow-up to Run-D. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original (http:/ / www. com/ ace-title-search/ index. Chuck (December 16. org/ 602hcSy8I). aspx) (To access. CyHi Da Prynce. Big Sean. Andy. 2012. biz/ bbbiz/ charts/ chart-search-results/ singles/ 3141766) on July 9. . Vibe. Music Collaboration" (http:/ / www.  "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles – Issue Date: 2011-01-08" (http:/ / www. Retrieved July 5. 2012. biz/ bbbiz/ charts/ chart-search-results/ singles/ 3141765) on July 8. December 15.'s 'Christmas in Hollis' is already a classic. org/ 602eqyFMf).M. With help from Teyana Taylor. 2012. 2010. Andy Greene of Rolling Stone wrote: "It's only been out for a year. Andy (December 15.Christmas in Harlem kiddies. ascap. ." The magazine later included the song in its list of "The Greatest Rock & Roll Christmas Songs". describing it favorably as a follow-up to "Christmas in Hollis". Prometheus Global Media. com/ music/ news/ kanyes-holiday-song-christmas-in-harlem-leaks-20101215). hiphopdx. sweet and sprightly. it's one of the most joyful tracks we’ve heard from Kanye in awhile. Chart (2010)  US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)  US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard) Peak position 13 3 References  "V Exclusive: 'Christmas In Harlem' Producer Hit-Boy Talks Finished New Dipset/G. rollingstone. com/ music/ songreviews/ christmas-in-harlem-20101216). rollingstone. kanye-west-f-camron-jim-jones-cyhi-da-prynce-pusha-t-big-sean-musiq-soulchild-teyana-taylor-christmas-in-harlem). 2011. webcitation. Retrieved July 5. . 'Christmas In Harlem'" (http:/ / www.
Def Jam Hudson Mohawke. 4. Upon its release. West first announced plans for a GOOD Music album in October 2011 via his Twitter account. Later on May 23. who commended its hubristic style and the tracks featuring West. 2012 Cruel Summer is a compilation album by recording artists of GOOD Music. The Twilite Tone. 2012. released on September 14. The album was originally slated for release on August 7. Since the label's inception. 2012 Released: September 6. 3. . 2012.000 copies in its first week. first revealed plans for a label collaborative album in October 2011. 2012.THE ALBUM. Lifted. As of November 4. writing: "GOODMUSIC. Jeff Bhasker. but underwent several delays.000 copies. Tommy Brown. Illmind. "New God Flow". The album produced four singles—"Mercy". Switzerland. "Mercy" "Cold" Released: April 3.). American rapper Kanye West. but found it uneven as an album. by the record label and Def Jam Recordings. Canada.  Producer Kanye West (also exec. head of the label. Young Chop GOOD Music chronology Cruel Summer (2012) Cruel Winter (2013) Singles from Cruel Summer 1. Common. Mannie Fresh. Boogz & Tapez. according to Nielsen SoundScan. Hit-Boy. selling 205.). John Legend and Pusha T. "Cold". Andrew "Pop" Wansel. 2012 2011–12 Hip hop 54:31 GOOD Music. multiple acts have been signed to the label. the title was revealed in part with a film. Ken Lewis. 2. Cruel Summer. which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. Cruel Summer received generally lukewarm reviews from music critics. Dan Black.SPRING2012". 2012 Released: April 17. including close collaborators of West such as Big Sean. Background and recording Kanye West founded the GOOD Music label in 2004. and "Clique"—that charted on the US Billboard Hot 100. Travi$ Scott. Che Pope (also exec. Mano. Cruel Summer has sold 340. Mike Dean.Cruel Summer (GOOD Music album) 7 Cruel Summer (GOOD Music album) Cruel Summer Compilation album by GOOD Music Released Recorded Genre Length Label September 14. The album also reached the top 10 of charts in Australia. 2012 "New God Flow" "Clique" Released: July 21. 2012. Kid Cudi. and the United Kingdom. Anthony Kilhoffer. Mike Will.
2012. 2012. Club Robert Christgau The Guardian The Independent NME Pitchfork Media Rolling Stone Slant Magazine  7/10  6. The single peaked at numbers 89 and 69 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs singles charts. was released as the album's lead single on April 3. a collaboration between Kanye West. 2012. 2012. which had been on hiatus since December 2010.Cruel Summer (GOOD Music album) Pusha T said that he recorded over 20 verses for the album. was released onto iTunes as the album's third single on July 21. was released as the album's fourth single on September 7. The song peaked at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100. "New God Flow". 2012. revealing the lengths of each track. featuring DJ Khaled. with West performing an a cappella version of his verse. Critical reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic The A. The Kanye West track "Cold". Following its digital release.V. The release of the track continued West's GOOD Fridays. Jay-Z and Big Sean. a music giveaway that provided free MP3 downloads every week.5/10   C+ B+     Rating  . but her contributions did not make the album. Big Sean. "Clique". It first premiered at the 2012 BET Awards on July 2. and a song with Big Sean and Common called "Trash Bags" that was ultimately scrapped. 2012. Singles "Mercy". was released as the album's second single. the song impacted urban contemporary radio on May 8. a collaboration between Pusha T and Kanye West. Pusha T and 2 Chainz. The track was then released as a single onto iTunes on April 17. revealing the album's track listing as well as each track's respective performers. The single peaked at numbers 12 and 22 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs singles charts. 2012. 2012. 8 Release Cruel Summer was made available to pre-order on the website of the Japanese branch of retail chain HMV on September 1. The track was premiered by Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show and was released onto the Internet the following day onto West's official website. The song peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. a collaboration between Kanye West. The album was also made available to pre-order on Amazon on September 7. American rapper Azealia Banks also said that she recorded with West earlier in 2012.
self-serious verse here. but even as a high-pedigree compilation. Jonah Weiner of Rolling Stone called the album "occasionally exhilarating. uncomfortable missteps. costly. and stated. Club commented that it "feels like an unusually crowded solo album. but they bring a sinister." BBC Music's Marcus J. but West’s affiliates don’t share his gift for fusing self-aggrandizement with soul-searching reflection. Christopher R. and observed "no grand statements. "For every fiery. yet also flirts with the humdrum or the half-assed. it still falls flat. indicating "remarkable one way or another. mystery and menace in the contributions of collaborators". solipsistic mind in rap". In his consumer guide for MSN Music. Allmusic editor David Jeffries called it "mixtape-minded" and likened its "fireworks" aesthetic to "the best bottle service you ever had. Priya Elan of NME called the album "an essential purchase" as "a cross section of the most brilliant. based on 27 reviews. Moore also found it "largely unfocused" and called the album "a recording of flashy excess that ultimately sinks into its own lethargy. but plenty of hot lines". it never feels cohesive.V. Andy Gill of The Independent viewed it as less "ambitious" than West's own albums. Adam Fleischer of XXL cited the songs with West as the album's highlights and stated." Slant Magazine's Ted Scheinman observed no "concept or production value to hold" the album. "The rest of the G." Paul MacInnes of The Guardian commented that "West's penchant for superabundance is one of the most exhilirating [sic] things in pop music. but found GOOD Music's other rappers to be "a mixed bag". but plagued by a "Conspicuous Consumption Equals Authentic Negritude" philosophy. Weingarten of Spin commented that it is "not a cohesive crew album" and called it "a runway show of small. ultimately underwhelming". which he felt "isn't a Kanye album per se. who bum-rushes every song he's on like it's someone else's acceptance speech"." Although he found its production "uniformly great"." Nathan Rabin of The A.O. By contrast. David Amidon of PopMatters commented that the album "pretends to be nothing more than an experiment in grand hubris" and felt that each song "has a flaw worth pointing out. Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly felt that West "knows how to get the best from his guest list" and commended him for being "a benevolent host." Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe critiqued that. although he commented that the songs "may lack grandeur.. Robert Christgau gave the album a B+ rating. letting each squad member show off his skills". you'll find at least one maladroit dud. family.." He found the rapping to be clever. At Metacritic. is less adept at the practice—though there are glimpses". "The surprise is that the attention requires so little effort." . though.D." Jon Caramanica of The New York Times complimented the album's four singles for "show[ing] [West] at or near his best"." Although he found it "slight in comparison" to West's previous two albums. Consequence of Sound editor Mike Madden felt that the album lacks "focus" and stated. because there's always a musical touch to keep you alert". citing West as "the star . which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics.O. but they all make an argument why they’re worth listening to as well. which indicates "generally favorable reviews". stalking ambience that matches the blend of money.Cruel Summer (GOOD Music album) Spin  6/10 9 Cruel Summer received generally lukewarm reviews from contemporary music critics. "while every second of Cruel Summer sounds high quality. the album received an average score of 68.
T. Bhasker. Birchard. R. Levy. DJ Khaled) 7. W. C.) C. Scott. West. "To the World" (Kanye West. Smith. Taft. West. Smith. Ronald Bean. "Cold" (Kanye West.) P. Jones Producer(s) Andrew "Pop" Wansel. Thomas. J.) Tommy Brown.). Ridenhour. samples from the recording "Cu-Oonuh". Teyana Taylor. "The Morning" (Raekwon. Smith S. Anderson. Anderson. and performed by Super Beagle.). T. McCants Kanye West. Love Mannie Fresh (add. W. Anderson. L. West.). 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius) 9. and performed by Reggie Stepper. West.).) Hit-Boy Hit-Boy.). Kelly.000 copies. Young. Coles. Bean. S. Taylor. D. "Mercy" (Kanye West. "Sin City" (John Legend. Pusha T. The B. Fauntleroy Hit-Boy. Nash. Cyhi the Prynce and Malik Yusef) Sean.Cruel Summer (GOOD Music album) 10 Commercial performance The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. Black T.1" contains samples of the recording "Synthetic Substitution". Illmind.).). "Clique" (Kanye West. Chief Keef. H.). A. J. performed by YB. J.). T.) 4:53 5:26 Length 3:51 Kelly and Teyana Taylor) 2. R.) K. and performed by Melvin Bliss. Hollis. 3:36 4:34 4:28 Mase and Cocaine 80s) 8. Jones. Jeff Bhasker (co. Hudson Mohawke (co. Kid Cudi and D'banj) 5. Martin. H.). Kanye West (co. Jeremiah Probodanu T. and performed by Ghostface Killah. written by Denzie Beagle and Winston Riley. Anthony Kilhoffer (add. S. Phillips. Kanye West. Thornton.000 copies in its first week. written by Herb Rooney. Mescudi. "New God Flow" (Kanye West. F. Tone (add. J. Townsend. R. K. W. S. K.). Felder. "Bliss" (John Legend and Teyana 3:14 3:30 4:43 Taylor) 12. As of November 4. M. West. M. R. Travi$ Scott (co.000 copies in Canada. Thomas. Townsend. Stephens. T. Ken Lewis (add. Ambrosius.).) Epps. Hudson Mohawke (add. Travi$ Scott (add. Lifted. Travi$ Scott K. West. Common. Mike Dean (add. Wansel. Beagle. S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jones. J. C. and samples from the recording "Lambo". Anthony Kilhoffer (add. A. Hollis. Big Sean and Jadakiss) Total length: 54:31 Sample credits • "Mercy. "Creepers" (Kid Cudi) 11. It also entered at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. selling 205. Anthony Kilhoffer (co. V. D. T. Williams K. The Twilite J. Kanye West. J. Epps. S. Highleigh Crizoe and Dennis Coles. Lerner. Cruel Summer has sold 340. C. Betha.). B. Noah Goldstein (add. written by Reggie Williams and Winston Riley.) Dan Black Hudson Mohawke 5:44 10. T. Williams C. Travi$ Scott. Young Chop. Valle Kilhoffer (add. Stephens K. Jay-Z and Big Sean) 3. West. M. Lynn. D. C. Boxley. T. Ibanga. Kanye West (co. Pusha T. Woods. Hamilton. S.). Anderson. C. T. M. Travi$ Scott 4. Collins. Cozart. Young. Taylor. Thornton. Brown. Kanye West (co. Boogz & Tapez (co. Kanye West (co. Big K. Big Sean. Writer(s) K. "The One" (Kanye West.I. Track listing No. Noah Goldstein (add. Thornton. "Don't Like" (Kanye West. "Higher" (The-Dream. Loewe. Rooney. Mano (add. J. R. Lifted (add. T. Thornton. Kanye West (add. Mike Dean (add. J. C. Carter. Cyhi the Prynce. Pittman.). M.1" contains samples from the recording "Dust a Sound Boy". with first-week sales of 12. T. Young. R. D. M. samples from the G. Twilite Tone (co. Fauntleroy. Riley. Riley. Anthony Crizoe. M.). 2 Chainz. written by Herb Rooney. T. Cruel Summer debuted at number four on the Canadian Albums Chart. Epps. Title 1. T. J.). E. Hudson Mohawke (add. R. • "New God Flow. Fauntleroy. 5:57 4:35 Pusha T and Ghostface Killah) T. Barker. Pusha 6. West. samples of the recording "Mighty Healthy" (a capella). Thornton. R. 2012. Pusha T and 2 Chainz) K. . A. C. A. Hollis. J.).
Townsend recording "Sermon Fragment". "The One" contains samples of the recording "Public Enemy No. "The Morning" contains elements of "Get Me to the Church on Time". Smith and Marlon L. and samples from "Bôdas De Sangue". Williams. 1". Winston Riley. and samples of the recording "Double Barrel". also includes a sample from "Lookin' At Me" by Ma$e. showing country. and Ansell George Collins. Def Jam New Zealand Denmark   September 17. "Don't Like. 2012 United Kingdom  United States . written by James T.1" contains samples from the G. written by Barrington Levy and Paul Love.Cruel Summer (GOOD Music album) Townsend recording "Sermon Fragment". written by Carlton Ridenhour and James Boxley. written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. and record label Region Ireland   Date Label September 14. performed by Dave and Ansell Collins. 11 • • • • Charts Chart (2012)   Peak position 7 61 4 12 69 30 10 2 2  1 1 Australian Albums Chart Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) Canadian Albums Chart Danish Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart     French Albums Chart  Swiss Compilations Chart  UK Compilation Chart  US Billboard 200 US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums US Billboard Top Rap Albums  Release history List of release date. and interpolations of "Under Mi Sensi".I. "Cold. 2012 GOOD Music. written by Dave Barker. written by Townsend. 2012 September 18. written by Townsend.1" contains interpolations of "Illegal Search". and performed by Public Enemy. written and performed by Marcos Valle.
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 The film is inspired by the album of the same name by West's record label GOOD Music. which allowed the directors to capture multiple angles simultaneously.Cruel Summer (film) 14 Cruel Summer (film) Cruel Summer Promotional poster Directed by Kanye West  Alexandre Moors Kanye West Jonathan Lia Alex Rosenberg (Executive Producer) Amanda Palmer(Executive Producer) Kanye West  Elon Rutberg Kanye West  Elon Rutberg  Alexandre Moors Kid Cudi Sarah A. one on the ceiling and one on both the right and left side of the space. The theater featured seven screens . one on the floor. A custom pyramid-shaped screening pavilion was constructed for the film's debut. 2012 (Cannes)  35 minutes Cruel Summer is a short film by American musician Kanye West. It has been described as a "fusion of short film and art". and was shown out of competition. with the LA Times raving "Cruel Summer" has a " thumping surround-sound quality .three in the front. Ali Suliman Razane Jammal Kanye West Hayat Al Fahad Big Sean 2 Chainz D'banj Pusha T Hit-Boy Mr. an application which is the brainchild of Kanye West. OMA and 2x4. "Cruel Summer" was shot using a specialized camera rig. Hudson Teyana Taylor Cyhi da Prynce Aziz Ansari Kanye West  Produced by Written by Story by Starring Music by Distributed by DONDA Island Def Jam Doha Film Institute Release date(s) • Running time May 23. designed by conceptual firms DONDA. This style of filming and screening a movie has since become known as the "Seven Screen Experience". 2012. It premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on May 23.
 It later emerged that "Cruel Summer" would be exclusively shot in Doha. People want to go back and see it more and more because they missed something to their left or to their right. a member of Qatar's royal family and daughter of the ruling Emir.. Tarantino doing a movie like this or a horror movie like this.. 3-D . Sarah A. Reviews "Cruel Summer" received overwhelmingly positive reviews. just one month before the movie's premiere during Cannes Film Festival. I was very particular about having the screens separate. You know. West described the seven-screen project as an attempt to "change entertainment experiences. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.  The Hollywood Reporter called the film "groundbreaking" and exclaimed "It turns out Kanye West didn’t just want  to make a short film -.Cruel Summer (film) that makes a 3-D Michael Bay effort feel like an iPad short. I'm not the best director in the world. where we're always on our BlackBerry in a ball game or at the movies ." It related to a post-Steve Jobs.. falls in love with a blind Arabian princess whose father (Ali Suliman) will only allow them to wed if he can pass a series of three challenges. the capital city of Qatar. the way you put memories together.  ."  Rolling Stone commented the piece has "plenty of striking imagery" and praised West's "great visual sense".. They met with prominent government officials and private executives in each location to secure funding and shooting permits. "Cruel Summer" was shot with multiple cameras. Qatar in January 2012 to commence initial pre-production. a first time Qatari actress played the female lead in "Cruel Summer"." The LA Times wrote the film has "new music from West and a thumping surround-sound quality that makes a 3-D Michael Bay effort feel like an iPad short. Background Emissaries of West's team traveled to Dubai. Loosely based on old Arabian folk tales. and it feels more like the experience of life. Never before has a Qatari women starred in a movie in the country's history. Like if McQueen or Tarsem was to meet the entertainment value of Cirque du Soleil or Walt Disney. but I had an idea that I thought would be amazing to inspire people. a cultural and film financing organization chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. with each screen offering a different perspective on the action. post-Windows era. a high-end car thief. Production of the film took place in mid-April. Post-production and editing subsequently occurred in New York City.he wants to completely change the way movies are watched. Abu Dhabi and Doha. in this form that surrounds you.  15 Synopsis Rafi (Kid Cudi). like a dream of one day this being the way people watch movies. where your mind puts the screens back together. the story culminates in a final challenge where Rafi must cure the Princess of blindness in order to gain her companionship. animation. The project was produced in association with the Doha Film Institute..
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No I. a friend of West and the wife of his mentor. who didn't allow him to listen to rap music as a youth. also Bu Thiam's BuVision label. "So Appalled" as well as several tracks from West's GOOD Fridays series.com/) Cyhi the Prynce CyHi The Prynce Birth name Also known as Born Origin Genres Occupations Years active Labels Cydel Young Prynce CyHi September 15. He reports that the singer Beyoncé. Donnis.S. This culminated in Cydel's inclusion on the popular single to Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Def Jam Associated acts Akon. in addition to singing in school choirs and participating in school plays and dances.U. He has already recorded with Royal Flush II producer CPK. is an American hip hop recording artist from Stone Mountain.E. Yelawolf. and Kanye West. Pusha T. basketball.Cruel Summer (film) 17 External links • Official website (http://www. and plans to work further with previous collaborators the J. Konvict Muzik.A Hip hop Rapper. League. Jay-Z. Young cites his parents' methods as a foundation upon which he could build himself in character. 1984). 1984 Stone Mountain. as well as DJ Toomp. He was raised Baptist by strict parents.S. He is signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label. with the latest being Ivy League Club. The Alchemist and Just Blaze.I.D. His album Hardway Musical. Cydel played various sports including football. Georgia. Big Sean. better known by his stage name CyHi The Prynce (sometimes stylized as CyHi Da Prynce).cruelsummerfilm. Verse Simmonds Website Official Twitter  Cydel Young (born September 15. . convinced Kanye to sign him to the rapper/producer's GOOD Music label. Kanye West's GOOD Music label and Def Jam Recordings.C. and track and field. Career Cyhi first gained major buzz in 2010 when he received a co-sign from Kanye West. Early life Growing up in Georgia. BuVision. Cyhi has made appearances on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and has released five mixtapes. songwriter 2005–present GOOD Music. However. Kanye West. U.T. Georgia. which was announced on his Jack of All Trades mixtape is due out in 2012.
2012. Big Sean. Cole Kanye West. with other performing artists. showing year released and album name Title "Go Outside" "Pass Me the Rubbas" "I Wish" (Remix) "Ray Ban Vision" "Soulja" "Higher" "Take One for the Team" "Looking for Trouble" "Christmas in Harlem" "So Appalled" Kanye West. J." along with Raekwon.Cyhi the Prynce 18 2012-Present: Cruel Summer Cyhi the Prynce appeared on G. Teyana Taylor. Common. Jim Jones. and Travis Scott. released September 18. Pusha T Album Underground Atlanta The Sextape Chronicles Trunk Muzik Fool's Gold Vol. Playboy Tre. RZA Laws My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy N/A 2010 Year 2009 Other artist(s) Killer Mike Verse Simmonds. Pusha T. and "Sin City. Cruel Summer." along with John Legend. Swizz Beatz. Bun B Kanye West. Kid Cudi. Teyana Taylor. including: "The Morning. Discography Collaborative albums • Cruel Summer (with GOOD Music) (2012) Mixtapes • • • • Royal Flush (2010) Royal Flush II (2011) Jack Of All Trades (2011) Ivy League Club (2012) Guest appearances List of non-single guest appearances. Pusha T. 1 Coming to America No Genre GOOD Fridays "Honor" . Pusha T Kanye West. Keri Hilson. Big Sean. Young Capone Yelawolf. Cyhi is featured on two tracks. Musiq Soulchild. Pill A-Trak Selasi B. Cam'ron.O.O. Malik Yusef.o. and D'Banj. Vado. Music's collaborative album. Jay-Z. 2 Chainz.B.D.
Island Def Jam (2010-02-16). com/ 2010/ 02/ 15/ kanye-west-endorses-cyhi-da-prynce/ ). reverbnation. K-Young Shaun Boothe 2012 Truth Turner Chip tha Ripper. and Videos" (http:/ / www.com. Young Jeezy. Cory Gunz. Yo Gotti Knoc-turn'al. Vado. Big Sean. Pill.T. . Jody Breeze Big Hud. Retrieved on 2012-06-27. Wale. Songs. Trae.Cyhi the Prynce "Stand Still" 2011 Tity Boi Talib Kweli XV.  CyHi Da Prynce – What’s My Name? – Listen & Download Now (http:/ / www. aspx?nid=6210& artistID=7363). Waka Flocka Flame.o. com/ cyhidaprynce).  Kanye West Endorses CyHi Da Prynce (http:/ / rapradar. Curren$y A-Trak. com/ cyhitheprynce  "Rapper Prynce | Atlanta Artist of the Month | Sweet Georgia" (http:/ / www. aspx). . Wiz Khalifa. Big K. Yelawolf Lloyd Chubbie Baby. Bun B. Retrieved 2011-06-15. SpaceGhostPurrp Celeb Forever.. Good Weed" "Roaches" (Remix) "Celebration" "All I Know" "Summertime Ish" "Me & My Baby" "Know How To Hustle" References  http:/ / twitter. Erin Christine Terrace Martin.I. Teedra Moses. Danny Brown YC. Ace Hood. . Retrieved 2011-06-15. Rap Radar (2010-02-15). Malik Yusef Tez McClain. com/ artist/ news_single.B. Nikkiya Big Bang N/A ¡Mayday!. islanddefjam. Part 2 N/A Golden Nights Self Made Vol.  Kanye West Co-Signs Prynce Cy Hi | News | CyHi The Prince | Artists | Def Jam (http:/ / www. Twista. Maclyn Lucille Jacquees. com/ artists/ prynce. 1984-09-15. Wale. Djbooth. ReverbNation.net. djx-rated. Lyrics. Big Zak Make Believers Fan Affiliated The Long Way Home The Playboy Diaries 36 Oz. Donnis. Kendrick Lamar Bobby V Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective) N/A Zero Heroes N/A Fly on the Wall N/A Wes Fif. Djx-rated. B.R. 1 19 "I'm On One" (Remix) "All For Me" "Thirsty" "Outfit" "Gotta Get Dat Money" "Hometeam" "Rise" "Ray Ban Vision" (Remix) "Racks" (Remix) "If You Wanna" (Remix) "Let Me Go" (Remix) "Heater" "We Ain't Playin" "Luv Me" Knoc's Ville Waiting Room The Whole Truth Tell Ya Friends Wishful Thinking 2: Respect My Grind "Bad Bitches.  "Cyhi the Prynce | Atlanta. GA | Hip Hop / Rap / R&B | Music. Retrieved on 2012-06-27. net/ index/ tracks/ review/ cyhi-prynce-whats-my-name/ ). Nelly. djbooth. Retrieved on 2012-06-27. Dreamer (of Hollyweerd) Pill. Cory Mo.
and was written by West. net/ 2012/ 09/ kanye-wests-cruel-summer-tracklist-revealed/ ). Malik Jones.  Young.D. 16222/ title.net. Retrieved on 2012-06-27.  Ryon. Kanye West. 6. "Power" 4. Def Jam Kanye West. HipHop DX. com/ index/ news/ id. "Kanye West’s Cruel Summer tracklist revealed" (http:/ / consequenceofsound. 20 External links • Cyhi the Prynce (https://twitter. hiphopdx. "All of the Lights" "Monster" "So Appalled" "Devil in a New Dress" 9.D. Sean. Mike Oldfield. "Runaway" 10. Music | Get The Latest Hip Hop News. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010). Steven J. nancioradioshow. "Blame Game" 12. Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales (http:/ / www.nancioradioshow. No I. "Lost in the World" 13.reverbnation. "See Me Now" "Dark Fantasy" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West from his fifth studio album.Cyhi the Prynce  Horowitz. (2011-07-30) CyHi Da Prynce Talks Debut Album. G..D. cyhi-da-prynce-says-beyonce-told-kanye-west-to-sign-him-to-good-music).com/2011/02/cyhi-da-prynce-talks-royal-flush-video. Ernest Wilson. . "All of the Lights (Interlude)" 5. Jeff Bhasker.. Jeff Bhasker. hiphopdx.html) Dark Fantasy (song) "Dark Fantasy" Song by Kanye West from the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Recorded 2010 Genre Length Label Writer Hip hop 4:41 Roc-A-Fella. 7. The song serves as the opening track of the album. consequenceofsound. (2011-07-26) CyHi Da Prynce Says Beyonce Told Kanye West To Sign Him To G. "Gorgeous" 3. Ernest Wilson. 16153/ title. Alex. "Dark Fantasy" 2. It features an opening narrative delivered by rapper . Mike Dean and Robert Diggs. com/ index/ news/ id. Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales (http:/ / www. Jeff Bhasker. Mike Dean My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track listing 14 tracks 1. Retrieved 7 September 2012.O. cyhi-da-prynce-talks-debut-album-good-music-beef).com/cyhitheprynce) on Twitter • http://www. Mike Dean. Robert Diggs. 8.O. Retrieved on 2012-06-27. Music Beef | Get The Latest Hip Hop News. Jon Anderson Producer The RZA. "Who Will Survive in America" Bonus track 1.com – Nanci O Is Hip Hop Interview With CyHi The Prynce (http://www.com/cyhidaprynce • www.O. HipHop DX.O. "Hell of a Life" 11.
she purposely hummed loud enough for West to hear her. That’s not a DJ thing when you hear my voice go like that. West decided to record his next album in a reclusive manner only working with artists he considered himself familiar with. because of issues she was facing with her current label Star Trak Entertainment. The track is built around a sample of "In High Places" by Mike Oldfield. and asked her to do backing vocals on the album. 21 Background Like the majority of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 'Go. complimenting West's vocal delivery and the song's production. The song introduces several of the themes presented on the album and features numerous pop culture references. It was the opening song of West's 2011 setlist at the Coachella Music Festival. the hype generated by the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy caused the song to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at position 60. a musician who initially met West at his Glow in the Dark Tour tour in 2007. Forever Ago and invited him down to Hawaii to record with him. On the recording process of the song. He put me in another room the Wu-Tang Clan. just verses. West was so impressed with her performance that he signed her to his label GOOD Music. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Hawaii. during an extended scene with West driving down an atmospheric forest. who generally praised the song as a strong opener to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. West was impressed by her singing ability and by the fact she was signed to producer Pharrell Williams. who brought his brooding by myself and said. I was so  excited to be trying out for that song. The song features vocals delivered by singer Teyana Taylor.' At the time it "Dark Fantasy" was partly produced by RZA of was pretty empty. she commented: "So then he tells me to do 'Dark Fantasy. Vernon described the process as highly artistic in nature. and singers Teyana Taylor and Justin Vernon contribute to the song's hook and provide background vocals.Dark Fantasy (song) Nicki Minaj. Justin Vernon of the group Bon Iver appears on backing vocals of the track and is the first voice heard on the album. I was so nervous when I played it for Kanye. While working there. "Dark Fantasy" was utilized during the opening sequence of West's short film Runaway. the two became friends and reportedly produced 10 songs during their sessions together.' I came back with a whole intro production style to the track. stating that the fourteen hour day recording schedule allowed for a lot of fun and creativity. when the song was being recorded. While the initial reason for her being there was to look at some clothing for him." According to Taylor. . and the two frequently talked about clothing and designing. Despite not being released as a single. it was three hours before the album's deadline when it had to be turned into the record company. I hadn’t been in the studio for so long. West was a fan of Bon Iver's album For Emma. I did all the scratches and the cuts myself with my voice. and was performed with Taylor at the 'Vevo Presents GOOD Music' musical venue. While at the studio. and piano-driven composition. the song was recorded in Oahu. to the point when they eventually became friends. she was determined to appear on the album. a gospel-inspired production style. West called Taylor down to his recording studio in Hawaii under the pretense of checking out some pieces of clothing  designed by Pierre Balmain. Rihanna was there. and chorus. Following several media controversies. West was an admirer of her fashion sense.
 . the pain or the hangover?". a double entendre. The style of composition is deeply influenced by producer RZA. rapper Nas. a favor she was excited to perform because she was a fan of Jay-Z. fashion designer Phoebe Philo. a pop rock song from 1987. the Lamborghini Murciélago sports car. and stated that she was blessed to be working with them. According to him. The song samples a portion of "In High Places" by Mike Oldfield. The "Winslows" were the family Urkel lived with on the show Family Matters. According to him. he mused "then Nicki did the intro and it went crazy. over the brooding production style.”  22 Composition The song is introduced with a narrative by Minaj. The song contains the line "too many Urkels on your team / that's why your wins low". West raps in a highly melodic manner. just because of all the emotions that came with it. The production style has been defined as having several similarities with West's prior composition styles. Following that.D. His lyrics on the track contain numerous musical and cultural references. Producer No I. It introduces themes referenced on the majority of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Nicki Minaj was asked to open the song with a spoken word introduction. West begins his verse with the refrain "I fantasized ’bout this back in Chicago". including those to the song "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)". and felt that West embraced a "baroque instrumentation" on the track. West had a "stack of beats" and that he tried to be as productive as possible with so much material already recorded. spoke about the history of the beat. with West musing how "the plan was to drink until the pain was over / but what’s worse. almost singing some of his verses. another inquiry that is brought up during much of the proceeding album. AbsolutePunk's Drew Beringer stated felt that the song sounded like West was "sampling his own source material" on the song.Dark Fantasy (song) The song features production by RZA of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". including comments on decadence and hedonism. and noted that it was offered to both Drake and Jay-Z before West finally decided to use it himself. and television character Steve Urkel. Minaj described both Jay-Z and West as "icons". and that him and West recorded the chorus parts. who introduces his "bring-the-ruckus" aesthetic to the song production. speaking in an English accent. that serves as a retelling of writer Roald Dahl's poetic rework of "Cinderella". The chorus contains the line "can we get much higher?". producers RZA and Pete Rock had already recorded certain portions of the song. singers Celine Dion and Leona Lewis. That’s one of my favorite records. who commented that "Dark Fantasy" was one of the many compositions that West and him collaborated on. the song "Sex on Fire". a rapper who West was recording with at the time. with the alternative meaning touching upon how his opponents "wins are low".
D. tanks of pianos and strings that sound as if West is marching into the  apocalypse. Dark Fantasy debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 60. describing it as a "psuedo-cockney-accented opening narration" and praised the song's arrangement as "spine-tingling". David Browne of Time wrote "tracks like 'Dark Fantasy' and 'So Appalled' are built on rumbling praised by several music critics. with her accent being cited as a highlight. and wrote "in 'Dark Fantasy." Chris Martins of Spin complimented West's lyricism and use of double entrendres. describing the track as powerful in nature. and cited the song as an example of his "his marvelous. Dan Vidal of URB stated that he enjoyed Minaj's verse. calling the production team of the song a "dream team". ." Andrew Martin of Prefix Magazine stated that the song restored his admiration for West. MTV News praised the delivery of Minaj's verse. Tinsley of The Smoking Section commented that the song served as a successful opener." "bravado" and "My chick in that new Phoebe Philo/So much head. I woke up in Sleepy Hollow.Dark Fantasy (song) 23 Reception Critical response The Washington Post's Chris Richards described the song as having "mutant gospel crescendos" and called it epic in nature. It's some genius stuff. Jonah Weiner Slate commented that West pulled off an impressive balancing act. charting at 67 on the Canadian Hot 100. a spurious Nicki Minaj English accent and an enormous chorus. and Runaway) "Dark Fantasy" was the only song off the album to chart. and by the third week it exited the chart." J. and mused that the track was the album's "beyond luxe opener". All of the Lights. musing that it "sets the tone for the song (which is intense and hallucinatory) and the album"." David Amidon of PopMatters felt that West's vocals were "layered a baker’s dozen different ways" and described the production as synthetic in nature. and at 189 the following week. Other than the four singles released from the album. without actually being released as a single. The second week it dropped to 83. (Power.' West rhymes "mercy. It also appeared at position 80 on the South Korean Gaon Chart. especially this track with its classic RZA production and assistance from No I. Monster. Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield praising the lyricism. hungry ear".. describing it as witty. writing "most of it is rather epic and damn good. Nicki Minaj's opening spoken word verse was Commercial performance Due to the hype generated by the anticipation of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. that Murcielago" with "diablo. Andrew Barber of Complex compared the impact of the beat to that of a cannon. viewing it as a "boisterous firestarter combining sharp lyrics. The song performed similarly in Canada. calling it structured like a nursery rhyme. The song debuted at position 10 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles as reported by Billboard. mercy me. and that the track lived up to the hype behind it.
Jayson (2010-05-25). The song was also featured as the opening track in Runaway. and Working On “ Watch The Throne” " (http:/ / www. MTV. West performed "Dark Fantasy" as the opening track. . mtv. uk/ arts-entertainment/ music/ reviews/ album-kanye-west-my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy-def-jam-2137791. the song was performed by both West and Taylor. Complex. and saw the trailer for Hangover II which featured the song. Vulture. com/ news/ articles/ 1685269/ teyana-taylor-good-music-brat. . Retrieved on 2010-11-30. com/ news/ articles/ 1640340/ kanye-wests-power-producer-explains-how-song-happened. Hollywood. jhtml). "Interview: The RZA Talks Headphones. The performance began with West's silhouette pressed against a glowing background. Kanye West: Project Runaway (http:/ / www. The song was used in advertisements for the film The Hangover Part II. Retrieved 2012-08-03. Review: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (http:/ / www. complex. co. scene which the track is played during features West driving his MTX Tatra V8 through the forest when he crashes into a meteorite. Kanye West's 'Power' Producer Explains How Song Happened (http:/ / www. independent. . html). paralleled West's car accident that was the inspiration for "Through the Wire". Complex. Taylor commented that she heard the song performed at a basketball game she was attending. Taylor joined the performance and sang her portion of the song. Retrieved on 2010-11-19. which according to GQ.  Rodriguez. The Independent.O. com/ album/ my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy-r2055009/ credits). com/ 2010/ 11/ bon_ivers_justin_vernon_on. complex. Retrieved 2011-12-05. Jayson (2012-05-16).  Rodriguez. Insanul (2012-03-18). Chart positions Chart (2010)  Canada (Canadian Hot 100) US Billboard Hot 100  Peak Position 67 60 10 80  US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard) South Korean Gaon Chart  References  Callahan-Bever. com/ CELEBRITIES/ Cover-Story/ kanye-west-project-runaway). complex.  Gill. "Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on Recording Kanye’s Dark Fantasy" (http:/ / www. She reported that she was very excited to see that the song was becoming popular. mtv.  Hill. Complex. Influencing Fashion & Being Doubted" (http:/ / www. Logan (2010-10-14). The West performing at Coachella in 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-27. New York Magazine.O. "Interview: Teyana Taylor Talks Joining G.  Ahmed. a 35 minute music video directed by West set to music from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Viacom Retrieved on 2012-07-30. Music's 'Spoiled Brat' (http:/ / www. Allmusic. Music. All Media Guide Retrieved 2010-11-21.O. vulture. Noah (2010-12-12). html).D. During his set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Viacom Retrieved on 2010-11-30. Wete (2012-03-18).D.  Credits: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (http:/ / www. . com/ music/ 2012/ 08/ interview-teyana-taylor-talks-joining-good-music-influencing-fashion-being-doubted). dressed in all black.  Brad. Andy (2010-11-19). jhtml). com/ music/ 2011/ 12/ interview-the-rza-talks-headphones-hollywood-and-working-on-watch-the-throne/ page/ 3).O. MTV.Dark Fantasy (song) 24 Marketing At the 'Vevo Presents GOOD Music' musical presentation. Teyana Taylor Is G. allmusic.
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2010  August 27. and the weekly tracks generally featured various rappers from his label.  Morris. Viacom. "'Hangover Part II' Trailer: Five Key Moments" (http:/ / www. All of the GOOD Friday tracks come with their own cover art.com/watch?v=Jg5wkZ-dJXA) on YouTube (34:33) GOOD Fridays GOOD Fridays were a weekly free music giveaway by rapper Kanye West. Gil (2010-10-07). MTV. 26 External links • "Runaway" full-length film (https://www. West initially announced that the free music program releases songs from August 20. Condé Nast Publications. "Kanye West Screens 'Runaway' In London" (http:/ / www. Eric (2010-04-01). MTV. Andy (2010-10-12). West announced that he was extending GOOD Fridays until the end of January. 15 GOOD Friday tracks have been released through the program and three tracks appeared on West's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. . 2010   "Monster" Old format . Retrieved 2010-10-23. uk/ entertainment/ articles/ 2010-10/ 11/ gq-music-kanye-west-runaway-review/ runaway-plot-details). jhtml). Mary (2011-05-10). com/ news/ articles/ 1661121/ hangover-2-trailer. Viacom. Retrieved 2011-12-03. mtv.  Ditzian. "100 things Kanye taught GQ: Everything that happens in Runaway" (http:/ / www. The intention was to release a free new song every Friday for a few months to promote his album. "Kanye West Slays Coachella Festival's Last Night" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 2011-02-26. . co. gq-magazine. GQ. Retrieved 2010-10-07. jhtml). However at the beginning of November. MTV.  Kaufman. . jhtml).Dark Fantasy (song)  DiMeglio. Viacom. GOOD Music. Songs Songs released as a part of GOOD Fridays Song "Power (Remix)" Other performer(s) Jay-Z Swizz Beatz Jay-Z Rick Ross Bon Iver Nicki Minaj Released Ref August 20. 2010 to Christmas 2010. . mtv. com/ news/ articles/ 1662043/ coachella-festival-kanye-west. com/ news/ articles/ 1649493/ 20101007/ west_kanye. mtv.youtube. and other artists he usually collaborated with. launched in support of his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010).
along with the still unreleased "Momma's Boyfriend". Jay-Z. Pusha T. Re-released 2 days later with a cleaner mix of  the track. Jay-Z. Had 2 covers. Pusha T. Big Sean and Charlie Wilson) "Lord Lord Lord" (featuring Mos Def. 2010 Cyhi the Prynce. in one of  the covers "Kanye West" name was not in it. it was re-released with a couple of musical changes and a different cover (only change from the original cover was the font sizes of the  artists). Cole) "Chain Heavy" (featuring Talib Kweli and Consequence) November 12.GOOD Fridays 27 Song "Power" (remix) (featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz) "Monster" (featuring Rick Ross. 2010 Kid Cudi.  Was released the week when West said he would temporarily suspend the GOOD Friday series. Cole's mixtape Friday Night Lights as a bonus track. — 2010 October 22. Swizz Beatz and RZA) "Christian Dior Denim Flow" October 1. The song was 2010 produced by Swizz Beatz and The Individualz. Pusha T. October 29. Big Sean and J. Produced by Pete Rock. 2010  After the release of this track. Also included on the J. . Swizz Beatz. Before being taken off. and lacks the guitar solo and Rick Ross' verse. Curtis Mayfield and Kid Cudi) "Looking for Trouble" (featuring Pusha T. which uses the original version's beat. The song was produced by Bink!. — "Good Friday" September (featuring Common. 2010 John Legend. Included as a bonus track on Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative effort 2010 Watch the Throne. Tells the story of a relationship with a phoenix. Mos Def confirmed his signing with GOOD Music The GOOD Friday release of this track is an unmastered version of what was later released on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. October 15. The release of this track is a shortened version of what was later released on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie) "Don't Stop!" (Child Rebel Soldier) "Take One for the Team" (featuring Keri Hilson. Cyhi the Prynce. Charlie Wilson.  Re-released with an extended verse by Ryan Leslie. 2010 — Notes Taken off the GOOD Friday website due to being released as an official single. Pusha T and Cyhi the Prynce) "Don't Look Down" (featuring Mos Def. Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean) "The Joy" (featuring Pete Rock. 24. Raekwon and Charlie Wilson) "So Appalled" September (featuring Jay-Z. 2010 August 27. "Runaway Love" (remix) (featuring Raekwon and Justin Bieber) "Devil in a New Dress" August 30. similar to Kanye West's Runaway film. This song was originally recorded with intent to be a bonus track on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy but was cut from the album. Also peaked at position #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2010 November 5. 2010 September 17.  Was recorded and produced more than a year prior. The song was produced by Q-Tip. 10. Later released on Never Say Never – The Remixes. Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) Released August 20. 2010 September 3. 2010 Replacement upload (because of the deletion of "Monster"). (featuring Kid Cudi. 2010 October 8.
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Music. who was signed in a joint venture with Akon's Konvict Muzik. John Legend confirmed the album and said he's made tracks for it in an interview .O. West signed longtime friend and hip hop legend Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. It was finally released late in the US on September 18 2012. In 2007. John Legend and Common were the first to have albums produced by GOOD Music and have received seven Grammy Award nominations between them. and Cyhi the Prynce. Later. Q-Tip hinted at a follow up album to Cruel Summer called Cruel Winter. Music is an American record label founded by rapper and producer Kanye West in 2004.S. In an interview with DJ Semtex. A Tale of Two Cities as well as Kid Cudi after hearing his respective work from Plain Pat. In 2010. 2008–11: Signing new talent In 2008. History 2004–07: Formation and beginnings Kanye West founded the label in 2004. New York G.O. Consequence was signed in 2005 through a deal with Columbia Records. with the departure of Tony Williams. Mos Def. Teyana Taylor and Travi$ Scott also hinted at it on twitter. Big Sean confirmed the album was coming and that he's worked on a track for it. Kanye West signed former Star Trak/Interscope Records artist Teyana Taylor to G.O. the label signed Pusha T. Big Sean's debut Finally Famous was the first album released by GOOD Music with distribution by Def Jam.) Hip hop. West signed Mr Hudson after hearing his debut album (as Mr.) Mercury (outside U. the signing of Nigerian artist D'banj and fellow producer Don Jazzy. Produced by West's design organization DONDA and shot in Qatar.D. and a distribution agreement made with Island Def Jam Music Group followed.S. Get Lifted (2004) with three and Be (2005) with four. followed by Consequence who left the label on bad terms.GOOD Music 29 GOOD Music GOOD Music Parent company Founded Founder Distributor(s) Island Def Jam 2004 Kanye West Def Jam (U.O.D. In late 2011.  In late 2012. R&B Genre Country of origin United States Location New York City. later announced as Cruel Summer. 2012-present: Cruel Summer and Cruel Winter In Mid-2012. It was to be accompanied by a short film. Hudson and the Library). In 2011. "GOOD" is an acronym for "Getting Out Our Dreams". Big Sean was also signed to the label. plans were announced for a Spring 2012 release of a GOOD Music collaborative studio album. the film premiered at Cannes Film Festival. In 2011.
D. Don Jazzy Hit-Boy Discography . 30 Artists Acts Act Year Releases signed under the label John Legend Malik Yusef Big Sean  2004 2005 2007 2008 4 1 1 1 2 2010 – – 1 2011 – – 2012 – – Mr Hudson Kid Cudi  CyHi the Prynce Mos Def Pusha T Q-Tip D'banj Teyana Taylor  Travi$ Scott Producers • • • • • • • • Kanye West Mannie Fresh The Abstract Devo Springsteen Keezo Kane No I.GOOD Music with Rolling Stone.
GOOD Music 31 Artist John Legend Album Get Lifted (released with Columbia) Be (released with Geffen) Once Again (released with Columbia) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Details Released: December 28. 2004 Chart position: 4 U.O. RIAA certification: Platinum Released: March 6. 2008 Chart position: 12 U. 2009 Chart position: 4 U.S.O. RIAA certification: Gold Released: June 28.S.S. RIAA certification: – Released: November 8.D. RIAA certification: – Released: July 31. 2007 Chart position: 1 U.Q1 2013 RIAA certification: N/A Common John Legend Consequence Don't Quit Your Day Job! (released with Columbia) Finding Forever (released with Geffen) Common John Legend Evolver (released with Columbia) Universal Mind Control (released with Geffen) Common Malik Yusef G. RIAA certification: – Released: June 2. 2005 Chart position: 2 U.O. G. RIAA certification: Gold Released: October 28. RIAA certification: N/A Released: Q4 2012.S. 2008 Chart position: 4 U. 2007 Chart position: 113 U. RIAA certification: – Released: September 18. RIAA certification: Gold Released: October 19. 2012 Chart position: 2 U.S. Night • • • Man on the Moon (released with Universal Motown) Straight No Chaser • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Kid Cudi Mr Hudson John Legend and The Roots Wake Up! (released with Columbia) Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II (released with Universal Motown) Big Sean Finally Famous Pusha T Fear of God II: Let Us Pray Various artists Cruel Summer Various artists Cruel Winter • • .D. RIAA certification: – Released: November 9. 2011 Chart position: 3 U. RIAA certification: Gold Released: October 24.S. 2010 Chart position: 3 U. RIAA certification: Gold Released: December 9. RIAA certification: 2× Platinum Released: May 24. 2009 Chart position: – RIAA certification: – Released: September 15.S.S.O.S. Morning. 2010 Chart position: 8 U. 2006 Chart position: 3 U.S.S. 2011 Chart position: 66 U. 2009 Chart position: 25 UK RIAA certification: – Released: September 21.S.S.
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It even caught the attention of Google. Ester Dean. The title of the single refers to the Google search engine. Track listing Promo single 1. the song eventually stalled at the bottom of those charts.2:49 . Reception "Google Me" received minor airplay on certain R&B and Hip-Hop oriented radio stations. The track peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Digital download Recorded 2007 Genre Length Label Hip hop 3:23 Star Trak/Interscope Writer(s) Cristyle Johnson.) CD single. 2.Google Me (song) 33 Google Me (song) "Google Me" Single by Teyana Taylor from the album From a Planet Called Harlem Released Format February 5. 5. "Google Me" (Main) .3:19 "Google Me" (Acapella) .3:20 "Google Me" (Main w/o intro) . The song enjoyed a certain degree of critical acclaim by the blogosphere. Rolling Stone magazine even listed it as one of the "Top 50 Singles of the Year". Jazza Pha Producer Jazze Pha Teyana Taylor singles chronology "Google Me" (2008) "Make Your Move" (2012) "Google Me" is the first single from rapper Teyana Taylor's debut album. 4.3:19 "Google Me" (Instrumental) . 3. 2008 (U. From a Planet Called Harlem. By the end of the year.S.3:02 "Google Me" (Acapella w/o Intro) . which praised its Google-related subject and commended its catchiness. Despite making a brief appearance on R&B charts provided by Billboard.
Mike Dean My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track listing 14 tracks 1. "Power" 4.Hot 100 . Terence Butler. "All of the Lights" "Monster" "So Appalled" "Devil in a New Dress" 9. Tony Joe White. Anthony Iommi.Music Genre Sales (http:/ / www. and is notably bombastic and aggressive in nature.B/ Hip-Hop+ Songs& ci=3093804& cdi=9740356& cid=04/ 26/ 2008) Hell of a Life (song) "Hell of a Life" Song by Kanye West from the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Recorded 2010 Genre Length Label Writer Hip hop 5:27 Roc-A-Fella. Music label.O. "Gorgeous" 3. signed to West's G. Wilson. "Lost in the World" 13. Mike Caren. "All of the Lights (Interlude)" 5. and contains backing vocals by Teyana Taylor. Def Jam Kanye West. "Hell of a Life" 11. The song features a number of samples.D. Dean. billboard. Sylvester Stewart. John Osbourne. "Blame Game" 12. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010). "Runaway" 10. The song expressive . most notably "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath. com/ bbcom/ esearch/ chart_display. 6. Ernest Wilson and Mike Dean.Google Me (song) 34 Charts Chart (2008) Peak position 90  US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs References  Top Music Charts . 8. The song features a production style with influence from rock and heavy metal music. William Ward Producer Kanye West. Mike Caren. "Who Will Survive in America" Bonus track 1. Mike Caren.O. Ernest Wilson. The song was produced by West. "See Me Now" "Hell of a Life" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West from his fifth studio album.Billboard 200 . "Dark Fantasy" 2. 7. jsp?cfi=367& cfgn=Singles& cfn=Hot+ R& amp.
writing that it resurrects familiar mythologies about women — that they're monsters. fallen angels — in language vibrant enough to fully revive these old stereotypes. The song was featured during West's Coachella Music Festival setlist and briefly appeared in his short film Runaway. Composition "Hell of a Life" tells the narrative between a marriage between West and a porn star. who chose to otherwise collaborate extensively on the project. Kanye justifies his dreams of not sleeping with but marrying a porn star.Hell of a Life (song) a narrative about West marrying pornographic film actor and the traumatic events that follow. a trait the song shares with the majority of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. and performed by The Mojo Men. Along with "Iron Man". and was inspired by West's relationship with model Amber Rose amongst other real-life events. "nightmarish". The couple had a dramatic break-up in 2010. a former stripper. The song expresses West's thoughts on relations and features highly sexual themes and imagery. sneering at people who judge him negatively. primarily within the last minute of the track.into a noble pursuit. Aesthetically the production of the song draws from both stoner rock and progressive rock. killers. West had first gotten into contact with Rose in 2008 and developed a romantic relationship with her. straying away from collaborating with artists he didn't consider himself personally familiar with. The song is unique among songs featured on My Beaufitul Dark Twisted Fantasy as it is the only song on the album featuring vocals solely provided by West. 'They live their life wrong?" before launching into the repeated refrain of "when you never fuck with the lights on?" The melodic. love and religion." by Sylvester Stewart. Music artist Teyana Taylor contributes backing vocals to the song.'no more drugs for me.' Inspired by his two-year relationship with salacious model Amber Rose." Ann Powers of Los Angeles Times described the song as a "porno fantasy". Lyrically the song draws from West's relationship with model Amber Rose.O." According to IGN's . It's a zonked nirvana with demons underneath. G. the song samples "She's My Baby. As a woofer-mulching synth line lurks.D. sex and romance. and features baroque braggadocio inspired rapping delivered by West. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics who noted the song for its sexual subject matter. During the song's climax. The track takes inspiration from "Iron Man"." Pitchfork Media's Ryan Dombal summarized the song. Another source of music influence that the track drew from was Kraftwerk. boasting about how "pussy and religion is all I need. The primarily bombastic production is littered with heavy synths and brooding. abrasive riffs. due to allegations of adultery. an influential electronic music project from the 1970s. It has been described as "feverish". The porn star in question has been interpreted as an allusion to Amber Rose. which is also sampled on the song. It is inspired by psychedelic rock. West muses "how could you say. Hawaii. and commented that the track reveals West's true feelings on women. riff-ridden chorus is sung by West. It implores highly sexual. the song blurs the line between fantasy and reality.O. writing: "'Hell of a Life' attempts to bend its central credo-. nightmarish imagery. pussy and religion is all I need'-. until no lines exist at all. Kanye West had faced various media controversies and expressed a desire to record his next album in a reclusive manner. 'How can you say they live they life wrong/ When you never fuck with the lights on. "grimy" and "grotesque" in nature. a song first recorded by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath from their second studio album Paranoid. It charted on the South Korean Gaon Chart at position 57. 35 Background "Hell of a Life" was recorded in Oahu. praising the performance provided by West and the aesthetically pleasing imagery created by the song. a fragile state that can't help but break apart on the very next song. peaking with the combative taunt. during a dinner sequence. and of "Stud-Spider" by Tony Joe White.
the track is fueled by "the fuzzed-out synth and melody borrowed from Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man'. a 35 minute music video directed by West set to music from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. the song "contains an underscore as ambitious as the beats upfront"." Andy Gill of The Independent cited the song as a highlight of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. describing the song as a "brutal rumination on West's sexual appetite" and stating that the track contained a "buzzy synth motif" and "racing minimalist keyboard flourishes". Baron Zach of The Village Voice praised the story and production of the song." 36 Reception David Amidon of PopMatters commented that much like every song on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. stating that the song contained a "great" sample. Tinsley The production of the song by West was of the Smoking Section described the track as an admirable effort by West. At a concert in New York. West performed the song with Justin Vernon of folk band Bon Iver. Gothic keyboards and a bender gone off the rails." stating that "Hell of a Life" plays like it was inspired by "the latest season of Entourage.Hell of a Life (song) Chad Grischow." Sean Highkin of the website Beats Per Minute cited the sampling of "Iron Man" as one of the album's most ambitious moments. Andrew Barber of Complex complimented the song for successfully providing an escapism fantasy. The song charted on South Korean Gaon Chart at position 57. a musician who West had extensively collaborated with on the album." J. widely cited as a highlight. AbsolutePunk's Drew Beringer stated that the track featured a "sleazy beat". but commented that it was one of the less tracks on the album ultimately. concluding that tracks "Hell of a Life" and "So Appalled" alone "carry enough auditory sugar to make listening to this album on any regular sort of listening device almost a fool's errand. writing that "any time Kanye has to make a choice between under and overdoing something. Marketing The song was also featured as in Runaway. The beginning of the song is featured at the end of the dinner sequence." Chicago Sun-Times writer Thomas Conner cited the song as one of the album's "temporary highs" describing it as a "mixture of metal strut. Vernon sang the chorus while West provided the rapping verses. as Kanye falls hard for a porn star and spins rapidly out of control as he plans their future. The song was featured during West's setlist during his 2012 performance at Coachella. . musing that "Kanye takes us on a spaced-out journey to a world where excess is the norm—a world most of us will never encounter. he always opts for the latter". noting that the song "takes us further into West's dark psyche.
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He lent his voice to Kanye West's "All of the Lights". is an American singer-songwriter and actor. assisting in them reaching chart-topper hits. Other artists included Jay-Z's "Encore".com johnlegend.. after hearing his music in a Kanye West studio session at Record Plant Studios in Hollywood. Stephens added his voice to those of other artists. California. United States R&B. Ohio. on Slum Village's "Selfish" and Dilated Peoples' "This Way". Stephens played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". he received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. hip hop soul. and he sang backing vocals on Alicia Keys' 2003 song "You Don't Know My Name" and Fort Minor's "High Road". Frank Ocean. 1978 Springfield. It is rumoured that in 2001 Legend got his stage name from Grammy Award winning poet Carlyle. jazz fusion Singer-songwriter. soul. actor Vocals. Prior to the release of his debut album. 1978). piano.I. neo soul. Ludacris. He has won nine Grammy Awards. Andre 3000. Kid Cudi. . and in 2007. The Roots. T. Kanye West. Eminem Website [johnlegend. keyboards 2001–present GOOD.John Legend 39 John Legend John Legend John Legend. Stephens' career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. Lupe Fiasco. 2010 Background information Birth name Born Origin Genres Occupations Instruments Years active Labels John Roger Stephens December 28. better known by his stage name John Legend. Sony Music Associated acts Jay-Z.com] John Roger Stephens (born December 28.
After signing to West's label. he chose his stage name from an idea that was given to him by poet J. Stephens was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend. At age four. He graduated salutatorian." others quickly caught on. Throughout his childhood. Stephens' vocals can be heard on several tracks including Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name". After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group as president (1997–1998) and musical director (1998–1999). It has sold 850. his self-titled demo (2000) and Live at Jimmy's Uptown (2001). Ivy continued to call him by the new moniker "John Legend. It went on to sell 540. 2004–2005: Get Lifted Stephens released his debut album. he performed with his church choir. During this period. At the age of 12. Ivy. in December 2004. Get Lifted. was "Save Room". which he sold at his shows. He finished college in 1999. Ivy stated. where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature. In an interview with MTV. and the name stuck. entitled "Again". Stephens' lead vocals on the group's recording of Joan Osborne's "One of Us" received critical acclaim landing the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. a song from her album. that's what I'm going to call you from now on! I'm going to call you John Legend. Kanye West's "Never Let Me Down". peaking at 29 and "Used to Love U" which debuted at 45 and peaked at 30. Dilated Peoples' "This Way" and Slum Village's "Selfish". The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. 2006. When he was ten. Georgetown University and Morehouse College. He was student body president of Springfield North High School his senior year. a factory worker and former National Guardsman. eventually expanding his audience base to New York. J. According to Stephens. During this time. Hill hired him to play piano on  "Everything Is Everything". he was offered scholarships to Harvard University. He stated that the song was also the inspiration for the album's title. Once Again. While in college. Atlanta. He released two albums independently. In spite of John's reluctance to change his stage name from John Stephens to John Legend he eventually announced his new artist name as John Legend. D. and will. "I heard your music and it reminds me of that music from the old school. In 2001. and thereafter began producing. in Springfield. his parents divorced. The album produced two singles: "Ordinary People" which debuted at 39 on the hot 100. writing. Stephens was homeschooled on and off by his mother.John Legend 40 Career and life 1978–2003: 20th century Early life and career beginnings Stephens was born on December 28.000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number thirteen on the billboard 200. Raphael Saadiq. selling 12. Stephens began working as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He attended the University of Pennsylvania. and Washington. 2006–2007: Once Again The first single from his second album. also featuring Jay-Z and J. he began working on his demo and began sending his work to various record labels. Ohio. 1978.C. due to what he perceived as Stephens' "old-school sound". and recording his own music. he began playing the piano and at age seven. . Stephens attended North High School.000 copies worldwide. Boston. a seamstress. including Kanye West. Devo Springsteen introduced Stephens to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West. Stephens was hired to sing during the hooks of West's music." After J. Ivy. Jay-Z's "Encore". and boasts production from Kanye West.300 copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA. The album was released October 24.am. he helmed Counterparts. from which he graduated four years later. he said that this album contained his favorite song that he had written to date. Stephens was also a member of the prestigious Sphinx Senior Society while an undergraduate at Penn. While in college. As a matter of fact. He is the son of Phyllis. You sound like one of the legends. Stephens took time to hold a number of shows around Philadelphia. and Ronald Stephens.i. He said he came up with the idea for the song and wrote some of it while sitting on a subway.
he revealed the official title of the album to be Love In the Future. and speeches of everyday Americans. Stephens performed in The People Speak. He also performed during the pregame show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. In March 2011 Legend and the Roots won two NAACP Image Awards – one for Outstanding Album (Wake Up!) and one for Outstanding Duo. Group or Collaboration. In February 2011 John won three Grammy Awards (one by himself and two with The Roots) at the 53rd Annual Grammy Music Awards Ceremony. and he and The Roots won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album (Wake Up!) and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang On In There". because it is a lot more upbeat than John is — than people think John is. They expect you to kind of stay in the same place you were at when you started out. 2008. This is a cool John Legend song". May 12. 2012. 2011–present: Tour. I came up with the title 'Evolver'. I think people sometimes come to expect certain things from certain artists. diaries. via his official website. along with Kanye West and Dave Tozer. In the San Diego stop. 2010. and that I'm always gonna try new things and experiment. he explained his reasons for calling the album Evolver: "Well. and debuted part of a new track called "Caught Up". May 24. Legend's spot was originally for Lionel Richie but he had to leave the show due to a scheduling conflict. Duets debuted on Thursday. This same production team worked on Legend's previous albums Get Lifted and Once Again. 2012 at 8/7c. Duets TV show and Love In the Future Summer 2011. Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke.John Legend In August 2006 Stephens appeared in an episode of Sesame Street. . a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters. in October 2008. In 2009. Legend is currently a judge on the ABC music show Duets along with Kelly Clarkson. Legend completed a 50-date tour as a guest for British soul band Sade. 41 2008–2010: Evolver Stephens released his third studio album. based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Legend won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for "Shine"." John Legend interviewed on the Red Carpet during the Toronto International Film Festival. The album will be produced by Legend himself. Later. Legend confirmed that he is working on his next studio album and played a new song called "Dreams". He performed a song entitled "It Feels Good When You Sing a Song". Wake Up!." Andre insisted. as I think this album represents a manifestation of that.  Legend was granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Howard University at the 144th Commencement Exercises on Saturday. "It's going to be a surprise for a lot of John Legend fans. a duet with Hoots the Owl. So. "Hard Times" is the second single. Rapper Andre 3000 of OutKast is featured on the first single of the album on a song entitled "Green Light". "I was actually happy to hear it. a video for the song has been released. 2010: Wake Up! John Legend and The Roots teamed up to record a collaborative album. The first single released from the album was "Wake Up Everybody" featuring singer Melanie Fiona and rapper Common. which was released on September 21. Speaking in July 2008 to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul magazine. Evolver. The next single from Evolver was confirmed as "Everybody Knows". Whereas I feel I want my career to be defined by the fact that I'm NOT gonna stay in the same place.
and it was directed by music video director Gil Green. In 2007 he lent his vocals for the Rich Boy track "Ghetto Rich". was released under the title "Save Room (Let's Get Strictly Physical)". Blige on "King & Queen". 2009. He co-wrote (and played piano on) "Move on Me" by British singer-songwriter Fin Greenall (a. When asked about this collaboration in a Dutch interview with singer and host Tommy Parker.k. He sings in English and Spanish." the former of which failed to make the cut for the follow-up album. He collaborated with Mary J. I would never steal anyone's song.000 people took a TMZ.John Legend 42 Plagiarism lawsuit On July 5. He sang "The Girl is Mine" and the national anthem along with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. He collaborated with Japanese R&B duo CHEMISTRY on their 2006 single "Tōkage". A year later. Triple C's. songwriter Anthony Stokes filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against John Legend in United States District Court. Birdman. It was filmed at Gulfstream Park Racetrack in Hallandale Beach. In 2006 he collaborated with Jay-Z on the album Kingdom Come on the song "Do U Wanna Ride". The music video has cameo appearances from DJ Khaled saying and wearing "We the Best!!". called "No Importa" (It Doesn't Matter). featuring a video collage. In 2009 a duet version "Save Room" featuring German band Monrose. In 2008 he collaborated with Colombian Rock artist Juanes at the Latin Grammys. on the bilingual version of the song "Si tu estas ahi" also known as "If You Are Out There". telling E! Online. singing in Spanish along with Juanes. He has plans to collaborate with British-born talent Stefan Vitalis to produce a soulful and dynamic record.com poll that compared the two songs and 65% of voters believed that Legend's "Maxine's Interlude" is a rip-off of Stokes' "Where Are You Now". alleging that Legend's song "Maxine's Interlude" from his 2006 album Once Again derives from Stokes' demo "Where Are You Now". In the summer of 2009 he recorded a duet with ex-member of Sin Bandera. 2009.'s song "Slide Show" on his album Paper Trail. He collaborated with reggae legend Buju Banton on the track "Can't Be My Lover". Legend denied the allegations. and Special Ed. He is also featured in the song "Magnificent" by Rick Ross. In 2009 he recorded a duet with Brazilian singer Ana Carolina called "pt:Entreolhares (The Way You’re Looking at Me)". Collaborations • • • • • • • • In 2005 Legend was featured in the Fort Minor song "High Road". It was released on March 3. "I never heard of his song until he sued me. He sings in English. Stokes claimed he gave Legend a demo of the song in 2004 following a concert at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. it was never released as an official single. Noel Schajris. singing "Please Baby Don't". The two later collaborated on the songs "Sweet Life" and "Free Mason.I. and she sings in Portuguese. 2011. The song "Ordinary People" was originally meant to be for a Black Eyed Peas project.a. however. in the District of New Jersey. He featured on the sixth track ("Heartbreaker") of MSTRKRFT's second album Fist of God. nearly 60. Fink) from the album "Sort of Revolution" (2009). and the latter of which featured rapper Jay-Z as well. In 2006 he was featured in Sérgio Mendes's collaboration album Timeless. He tentatively worked with Michael Jackson on a future album. Featured in T. A music video for "Slide Show" was released on August 10. Legend's response was that he had written one song for the upcoming album but was unsure about whether Jackson would be using it. but they agreed the song fitted better sung by Legend and recorded the song after he had been signed to Columbia Records. Legend confirmed that he has now settled the lawsuit with Stokes. • • • • • • • • • • • • . He collaborated with Fergie for her song "Finally" on her 2006 debut album "The Dutchess". He featured in The Black Eyed Peas song "Like That". The track is one of the biggest mixes of R&B and Reggae/Dancehall in years." However. We will fight it in court and we will prevail. Florida. Ace Hood. Teflon Don.
co-written by him on her 2010 album Silver Pony. • He collaborated with Lupe Fiasco on the track "Never Forget You. singing a cover of "You Don't Know Me". features Alexandre Rodrigues and Alice Braga from the critically acclaimed film.D. • In September 2010 he collaborated with British dubstep trio Magnetic Man on a track entitled "Getting Nowhere". (We Just Don't Care)".O.O. The 2007 video for his single. PA. 43 Music videos and acting career His cover of Stevie Wonder's 1974 hit song "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" appeared in Will Smith/Eva Mendes' film Hitch and on the soundtrack album of the movie. where he plays the deceased lead singer of a fictitious soul group that includes Samuel L. singing-only role in the 2008 movie Soul Men. • He collaborated with Lil Wayne on the track "So Special" on Wayne's album Tha Carter IV. which featured on Hancock's album The Imagine Project. • He collaborated with Mariah Carey in 2011 on a duet version of her holiday track "When Christmas Comes" from her 2010 album Merry Christmas II You.John Legend • Recorded a cover of the U2 song "Pride (in the name of love)" • He collaborated with Nas for the title track on DJ Khaled's 2010 album Victory. He later appeared with Bailey Rae in several live performances. and Rick Ross on the track "Maybach Curtains" on Meek Mill's debut album Dreams & Nightmares • Legend contributes to two tracks to the G. He also appeared on an episode of the television series Las Vegas in February 2007. and Travis Scott. collaborating with fellow G. "P. Music collaborative album Cruel Summer (2012). • He collaborated with Meek Mill. he sings a song called "I'm Your Puppet" along with Jackson and Mac. • In 2007 performed with John Mayer and Corinne Bailey Rae at the Grammy Awards. • Appeared on the season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm.O. Malik Yusef. "Dare to Dream" is in the 2007 movie Pride. as follows: • • • • "Refuge" appears on the soundtrack to the 2006 film The Second Chance. .D.O. • In 2010 Legend collaborated with Pink and Herbie Hancock for a recording of Peter Gabriel's song "Don't Give Up". Songs attributed to John Legend have appeared in feature films. "Someday" is part of the soundtrack to the 2007 film August Rush. Endeavors Television appearances and commercials • Performed "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch at the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game in Pittsburgh." along with Cyhi the Prynce. performing his single "Save Room" solo at the end of the episode. Music artist Teyana Taylor on a track called "Bliss" and again with her on a track called "Sin City. • Legend sang a duet with jazz singer Cassandra Wilson. City of God. Jackson and Bernie Mac. • He collaborated with Tiziano Ferro on the track "Karma" from Tiziano Ferro's album L'amore è una cosa semplice. "Watch the Sunrise". Although he has no real dialogue in the film." • He collaborated with Kanye West on the song "Blame Game" on West's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "Shine" was written for the end credits of the 2010 film Waiting for Superman.D. Nas. He has a supporting.A.
served as commencement speaker for the University of Pennsylvania's 2009 graduation ceremonies. 2009. and was televised November 27. • Performed at the 2009 NBA All-Star Game halftime show on February 15. performed the American National Anthem for the 2010 World Series opener.John Legend • Appeared in a recent commercial for a Lexus SUV. 2009. John performed his song. with only a few lines in English. in Las Vegas. He sat in for Mike Golic. 1968. January 18. performed at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear with The Roots. 44 . • Appeared on CNN Heroes 2008. he was a guest and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Won That: The Returnification of the Ameri-Can-Do Troopscape. He later appeared in Colbert's Christmas special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All. on The Great Show LP) and describing his experience with the music. • On an episode of The Colbert Report which aired March 7. Legend appeared on the season 2 finale of Royal Pains. in Philadelphia. opening the show's week in Philadelphia. • Performed at the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Launch party at LAX in Las Vegas on February 12. singing James Taylor's "Shower the People" with James Taylor and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. 2008. May 19. 2009. when he performed a tribute to returning American troops in the second half of the two-part special Been There. • On June 12. 2009. • Performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver in September 2008. Returned to The Colbert Report on April 14. produced by will. 2008. He is also notable for performing closing music in many of Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs' keynote presentations. • Performed at the 81st Academy Awards on February 22. February 13. • In a 2008 Target commercial performed a piece of his song "Slow Dance" to pitch his new album "available exclusively at Target. 2010. 2010. He was a member of the panel and performed "If You're Out There" at the end of the show. co-hosted ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning on the ESPN2/ESPN Radio simulcast with Mike Greenberg. • In January 2008 sang in a video for Barack Obama. 2010." The commercial was shown during online streaming episodes of NBC programs. Evolver. • Appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on October 31. 2008. 2008 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.i. • In 2008 performed several numbers live in front of tens of thousands of fans during the "Welcome to America" July 4 celebration on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Evening Gown segment. PA. He sung "Coming Home" from his 2006 album Once Again. • On February 24. 2008. • Appeared to perform the song in duet with Colombian rock singer Juanes during the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Toyota Center in Houston. • Performed "America The Beautiful" at WrestleMania XXIV on March 30. Amy Goodman happened to be in the audience. • On Sunday. His fourth appearance aired September 9. 2008. which was taped November 22. Florida. It was a remake of the Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney hit. • On Sunday. 2010. singing "Down to Earth" nominated for Best  Original Song. "Everybody Knows" from his album. • On October 27. and she televised the speech the following  Tuesday. performed at the We Are One:The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. May 17. Texas on November 13.am called "Yes We Can". 2009. 2009 on Democracy Now!. • On October 30. performed "The Girl Is Mine" with Stephen Colbert. 2009. • On August 23. performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with Stephen Colbert. 2011. 2008. Nevada. where he performed an ode to nutmeg. 2009. performed at the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. The version they performed was sung mostly in Spanish by both singers. in which Legend is shown listening to Nina Simone's "Backlash Blues" (recorded live in Paris. • On Friday.
He spent a day folding laundry at the Tide "clean start" mobile laundromat and visited homes which Tide is helping to rebuild in that community. performing "Ordinary People". education.Arie. 2008.John Legend • Interviewed by host John Jacobsen as the third guest on the first season of PBS television's The Artist Toolbox. With this campaign. a retail clothing store chain in the United States. an initiative to raise support and awareness for five cornerstones essential to men: opportunity. with India. The Gap's contribution to their global fund from the sale of each (2 WEEKS) t-shirt is equivalent to the average cost of 2 weeks of anti-retroviral medicine in Africa. This is when he started his "Show Me Campaign" in 2007. LA) one of the most devastated areas hit by Hurricane Katrina. The End of Poverty. talking mostly about voting suppression in the run up to the United States presidential election. environment. and proceeds went to a scholarship fund set up in his name for  local high schoolers. The performance also featured a tribute to Jason Collier. In early 2008. On September 21. Tanzania. health. Bernard Parish. The performance featured several local talent from Springfield. Germany. On July 11. In May 2007 he partnered with Tide laundry detergent to raise awareness about the need of families in St. Legend and Jordin Sparks performed a tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. 2012. and justice. 2012. is another example of Stephens' charitable involvement. Ohio. Switzerland. which enables people living with HIV to lead healthy. prospects of victims of extreme poverty in Mbola. normal lives. who helped organize the concert. Stephens called on his fans to help him in his initiative for those who reside in Bossaso Village and non-profit organizations that the campaign partners with. 2007. Stephens was inspired to visit Ghana to learn more about making life better for the people who live under the poverty line. Ohio on Christmas Eve 2007 for a "Coming Home Christmas Benefit Concert" in the auditorium of North High School. he participated in the Live Earth concert in London. The Show Me Campaign google . • On May 20. He sang "Green Light" and "If You're Out There". with Amy Winehouse. to give a free benefit concert in support of . In 2007 Stephens was the spokesman for GQ Magazine's "Gentlemen's Fund". he participated in the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux. Through their "project red campaign" (also called "2 WEEKS"). Legend appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher. 2007. he also performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In October 2007 he became involved with a project sponsored by The Gap. including Legend's younger brother Vaughn Anthony Stephens. • On September 14. Colorado. UK in conjunction with the Peace One Day concert. 2007. Barack Obama Legend returns to his hometown of Springfield. Stephens returned to his hometown of Springfield. On July 8. After reading Professor Jeffrey Sachs' book. he began touring with Professor Jeff Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute to promote sustainable development as an achievable goal. he participated in the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart. through which his fans are Legend performs during the first night of the encouraged to donate funds toward improving the living situations and 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. 45 Charitable endeavors and philanthropy On July 7. 2012. (Slidell.
on behalf of the Barack Obama Presidential campaign in April 2008. Homeschool Records to his John Legend Network fans: Estelle. He later performed "If You're Out There" from the album Evolver and a duet of will. After the party. 2010.am's "Yes We Can" at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. 2010. at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. and for the active troops and the veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Also. the Harlem Village Academies. he performed "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon show. John Legend planned another annual private event for his fans who are members of the John Legend Network called "John Legend Unplugged". and Stand for Children. He also spoke on behalf of The Polka Dotz at Milwaukee's 2008 German Fest. Legend performed a 21-song set list. MLT is a national non-profit organization that has made ground-breaking progress assisting the next generation of African American. 2010. the University of Pennsylvania. 2007.  Arizona for a Black History Month event presented by the Undergraduate Student Government of ASU. John Legend joined the national board of Teach For America. he performed "Coming Home" on the Colbert Report as a tribute song for the end of combat operations in Iraq." Proceeds from the album sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues. This allowed John Legend Network members to be the first to hear the new songs. On July 25. including several songs from his Evolver album. 2008. concert at Madison Square Garden to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS. he contributed the track "Love I've Never Known" to the Red Hot Organization's most recent album "Red Hot+Rio 2. non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. He serves as co-chair (with Rupert Murdoch) of the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board." The album is a follow-up to the 1996 "Red Hot+Rio. Stephens claims to have contributed a share of the proceeds of some tickets for his August 13. On February 8. Hispanic and Native American leaders in major corporations. Legend performed and spoke at Arizona State University's Gammage Auditorium in Tempe. Stephens hosted a John Legend Network Members Only Party and Concert called "The Kings & Queens Bash" at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. On September 8.i. he performed a half-hour set list in support of Barack Obama in his hometown of Springfield. Harmonicist Frederic Yonnet performed as a special guest. his brother. 2011. Legend greeted each individual on their way out and took pictures with fans. as well as at The Ohio State University and Wright State University campuses on September 29. On January 22. Stephens is also the National spokesperson for and has performed benefit concerts for "Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). In 2011. There were 500 participants in attendance and he introduced the acts from his new label. Tuberculosis and Malaria. . "Fan Appreciation" events On July 26. 46 Endorsements Stephens is currently a spokesperson for the Baileys line of alcoholic beverages. Lucy Woodward and The James Gang. On September 9. 2009. 2012. Vaughn Anthony Stephens. He performed and spoke at his alma mater. Colorado. On March 6. John Legend was appointed by the World Economic Forum to the Forum of Young Global Leaders.John Legend In 2009 Stephens gave AIDS Service Center NYC permission to remix his song "If You're Out There" to create a music video promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and testing. Legend also sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project. 2008.
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