LA is on new years celebrity gossip. Here we go:
Kim Kardashian is pregnant, and rapper Kanye West is the father.
“It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby,” Kardashian posted Monday on her blog. “We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family. Happy New Year!!! ” (more…)
A tornado hits Hobsonville… I am not surprised. Does Hobsonville have an actual real MP at all to assist the actual real citizens living there? Who is that person again exactly? I guess we’ll see them on the news in the electorate then, first time they would have been present in a while.
Four words: all of the lights.
Sadly three people died in the damaging gusts in excess of 110km incident. Batton down the hatches is what Whenuapai and Hobsonville residents are doing. Hold on.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.12.12~
KIM KARDASHIAN IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA & KANYE WEST’S ALBUM “CRUEL SUMMER” IS REVIEWED TRACK-BY-TRACK BY BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
One thing I’ve enjoyed living in NZ this year has been the local hip hop music artists sounds. They are very distinctive to the South Pacific. They are also not as in-your-face as say, USA’s hip hop names lyrics are known for in the world.
When I worked at 9000 Sunset doing spin for top American brands as a publicist, Ice Cube‘s office was one of a few record labels based in the building during those years. It was the most fun office building I’ve ever worked in. Hip central of LA. It made me conscious of the fact that hip hop is always looking out to the world, to bring it all back in to one hip hop music track, that defines the USA in that one moment. It’s very much like fashion. Fast moving.
Billboard Magazine, has done a track-by-track review of Kanye West (aka Kim Kardashian‘s buddy) and his songwriting as a hip hop artist in the new album Cruel Summer. Go here to read if a U.S hip hop music genre fan. The reviews are controversial and mixed. Typical Kanye then. :)
I like music from Opera to rock. Hip hop is in my likes of music I listen to as well. We don’t take hip hop music seriously enough in New Zealand. It is the no.1 selling music on the planet. China and India love it too.
[Kim's latest: Kim Kardashian and Mel B on the "Coco Noir" at Rose Bay in Sydney. Picture: Wharf Grey Wasp/Splash News. News.Com.Au].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
All of the Lights . . . this is how we do.
The BET AWARDS happened. Jay-Z, Kanye win big.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.7.12~
A latest tabloid cover.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.3.12~
We in the buildin’, but still keep it basement
We flyer than the parakeet, floatin’ wit’ no parachute
Can’t a young nigga get money anymore?
Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor.
–rapper Kanye West continues his materialistic-driven brand of smackin rap lyrics dropping a new single today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.4.12~
Kanye West, the rapper, really is designing clothes for ladies now. Who would have thought?
Attending his fashion show in Paris, was the lovely Ciara.
In New Zealand, we love her! Meanwhile, it has recently been announced announced that West will headline, The Big Day Out in New Zealand’s future of outdoor events entertainment. Wildness. West’s last big hit was Runaway. Remember that?!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.10.11~
Sometimes in life, we need to hold people up to the light to see exactly what they’re made of, and what’s in there. I’d like to think empathy still is as a humane and normal trait of community minded folks.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.6.11~
Katy Perry‘s music video with Kanye West has dropped. Press play to view.
Escapist Totally (distraction entertainment).
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~
PROJECTION AS A WISH OF DESIRE – E.T HOLDS THE No.2 MUSIC SPOT IN THE USA – KATY PERRY AND KANYE WEST – 3.26.11
“If you project upon a star”…. hey, wait a minute… that’s not the lyrics of a famous moonwalking man’s once classic hit song as a teenager.
Katy Perry & Kanye West‘s new music collaboration, of E.T sitting at the current no.2 spot on Billboard’s music charts in the USA at the time of writing has all the kids of America popping their best dance moves on the d-floors across America The Beautiful.
Alien fascination continues. Last week ‘Kiley’ a girl I see at cafes some weeks said, “Sam, I know that I’m really from another planet.” Kiley was serious. There were tears in her eyes when she was sharing.
I looked her in baby blue eyes and said, “Kiley, people obsess about being aliens, when their current world hurts so badly, they want to be on another planet all together.”
I added, “I’m sorry Kiley, but no aliens are interested in human beings being a part of another planet until this world starts looking after the people and resources more fairly on the one planet that people have been given authority to be the stewards of. Who wants a society of planet wreckers in their society? No what I mean?”
Kiley is a lovely person. She’s a good American girl. She’s also a CEO of a company here in the California territory. I like Kiley a lot. It surprised me that Kiley thinks a lot about aliens.
In any event, here’s some alien-themed music by America’s Katy Perry and Kanye West scorching up the music charts, thumping on ipods and on car stereos in drive time. I don’t agree with any of this song’s lyrics (they’re like distraction), but let’s run this post anyway to cover off the rise of alien culture in the world people enjoy escaping into in sci-fi fantasy themes of popular culture’s propagation in this fleeting minute.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.27.11~
What the kids of Hollywood are digging at the club right now: All of the Lights is all good in the hood. A catchy tune from Mr Kanye West feat Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Sir Elton John.
The documentary realism technique works a treat too in this music vid.
All of the lights (all of the lights)
All of the lights (all of the lights)
Turn up the lights in here baby
extra bright, I want y’all to see this
turn up the lights in here, baby
you know what I need
want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights
Kim Kardashian is set to go the J-Lo route of publicity. That meaning, ‘chic’ who can ‘sing’ and look good in music videos. Merchandizing then flies off the shelves of such stars backing products to people listening to their ‘music.’
With that in mind, Kanye West is pictured here in this pic arriving at a studio in L.A to appear in Kim Kardashian’s music video.
[Image via Bauer Griffon Online]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.29.10~
Sometimes, the most ridiculous rumors start between Los Angeles and NYC. The latest was Kim Kardashian is pregnant to Kanye West. ”The rumors are absolutely not true,” Kardashian told People magazine. “I’m not pregnant.”
The story was started by gossip site MediaTakeOut, which reported a “world exclusive” that Kardashian was having the rapper’s baby.
Another example of how stars get cashed in, all the time–for Media take out’s benefit, and also Kanye’s fan base too. Kim was analyzed as being bing.com’s no.1 trending celebrity of 2010.
Basically–that means that she is now a touchstone star celebrity-template. To enter the fame game in 2011–at least one thing that makes Kim Kardashian a star, must be in your star mix to cut it and break through. She’s the standard. One of them anyway. Kanye’s already started this trend, early.
Mine is: “In 2011, I will have at least one Middle Eastern friend more visible and represented as a friend on this blog.” The rumor is funny though.
[Image courtesy of WireImage]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.6.10~
Brotha Kanye West is fast becoming like Sarah Palin or Mel Gibson, all people who are either hated or loved as faces who appear a lot in the press.
Here’s some footage of Kanye get boo-ed by Taylor Swift fans at The Maceys Thanksgiving Day parade.
Although Kanye can be a little annoying, he was assigned the role of a returning George W. Bush to recent public promotional life–so doesn’t this brotha get a break from the American public? No! Watch this footage. And in Kanye’s own town of NYC too. A little bit harsh?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.26.10~
A REAL MUSIC PRODUCER KNOWS THEIR 16 WOODWINDS – QUINCY JONES ON KANYE WEST’S PERCEIVED PRODUCER VALUE
[Vintage image of Quincy Jones, courtesy of Lee Bailey's Electronic Urban Report]
Golly Guacamole! Don’t mess with Quincy Jones definition of a music producer. He’s too real.
When US Weekly Magzine insinuated to The Quincy, “Kanye West is similar to you in that he’s the producer everybody wants to work with in the last decade,” Jones wasn’t having a bar of it. Here’s what he said in reply:
“How man? No way. Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra? Come on, man. He’s just a rapper. There’s no comparison. I’m not putting him down or making a judgement or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet. I spent 28 years learning my first skill. I don’t rap. It’s not the same thing. A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It’s totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It’s a whole different mindset. No comparison. None.”
Um, good point. Kanye West is a pastiche producer. He does quick turn around music, and who really cares, as his fans accept it as music and buy it. He samples many other artists styles. Relying heavily on other artists work as ‘producer’ (this coming from a blogger, so I know!) is a lot different to original compositions and arrangements, like created from scratch (how Quincy creates with his collaborating music artists).
I guess Jones has a point if we’re talking authenticity as a music producer, for sure! A nice retort.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.23.1o~
Kanye West gives an interview about George W. Bush to talk show host Matt Lauer while President Obama is offshore, on The Today Show.
George mentioned Kanye in his new book. It’s kinda a unifying book narrative link into the current presidency, so a smart move from a past Texan president in re-entering the global political arena via a memoirs book, I reckon. But I’m not American, so let’s let the American people speak on that themselves. I must say, George’s plastic surgery touch ups look all good though. Amazing what time on your hands can engender. Love it!
My whole thing with George’s opener with Matt Lauer in this interview is simply this: how can Kanye a black man, be the racist? Okay, whatevz! Too funny how America switches it up, when needs be. Makes me laugh.
Alright the hori in me, makes me say: Is this the same George W. that helped accelerate a George W. financial melt down, that Presient Obama’s face is now wearing? Same thing, different face… Yes, I do believe it is. So for George to call a singer/ songwriter Kanye a “racist” is kinda dumb with a political? segue back in to US cultural life. Kanye’s a pop star George. That’s all he’s ever claimed to be. Nice work though.
Any thoughts on this? Leave a comment if you care for American entertainment and are a Kanye fan.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.11.10~
Says Kanye: “I am like the rap version of George Bush. I became George Bush. The irony, poetic justice of that was just so amazing. Just for the caller to say “I lost respect for you” is just how a black person would completely say the same thing about George Bush.”
This year, Mr West is the designated center – of making other stars hot. Touch stone of celebrity for 2010. Mention Kanye’s name–and you’re off. He’s it. Was Beyonce last year. A guy this year. (more…)
Radar wasn’t kidding, when they said a Kanye West dick pic was gonna drop. It has. At the time of writing, the scandal hasn’t disturbed American office life too much – yet.
The top ten topics rating in America right now are: Charlie Sheen‘s piece on the side, Capri Anderson, The Giants have The Rangers on the ropes, Obama Stewart on The Daily Show, Home biz online, the idiot Clint McCance, Maura Kelly, Natalie Portman, limewire, time traveler and microsoft os.
The Obama Stewart TV interview is featured in these video clips. The number one man in the USA has accomplished a lot to date, as this interview reveals. He’s very real about the times we’re in. Like that.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10~
Hola, Kia ora. I’m writing this in Hollywood at the dawning of a new pop cultural super moment – here in America.
Everyone is buzzing about Kanye West‘s new film Runaway and what this could mean – not only for the US but a global world (shikes!) as an Arts text that’s captured the world’s cultural mileu even. If you drop a ballet dancer into anything, it conjurs up old world high cultural art. West was clever in doing his take on Swan Lake – the ballet.
Kanye is very matter of fact about it saying his favorite piece is when: “The ballerina’s are just still.” A symbol of youthful potential frozen in the world in economic times. Interesting. However MTV is doing way too much, so let’s let them break it down what the influences within the film text mean, and where they all come from. Here’s their thoughts borrowed from other people’s thoughts – the way of all bloggers and critics:
“So, from Yemi Akinyemi to Leonardo da Vinci, here’s our artful guide to Kanye West’s “Runaway”:
Akinyemi, Yemi: Czech-born choreographer responsible for the elaborate dance sequence in “Runaway.” Also runs the JAD Dance company in Prague.
Beecroft, Vanessa: Italian contemporary artist who specializes in large-scale performance-art pieces, most of which feature nude female models. The phoenix in “Runaway” is indebted to her work, as is the film’s dinner sequence, which is reminiscent of her controversial “Last Supper” piece, which featured African immigrants wearing suits and seated at a banquet table laden with chicken.
Breuning, Olaf: Swiss-born artist who works in several mediums. In “Runaway,” his photograph “Smoke Bombs” — which shows a series of smoke bombs emitting multi-hued plumes — is recalled in the scene of a child running toward the camera while holding a flare aloft.
Cirque Garuda: Czechoslovakian performance troupe specializing in acrobatics and pyrotechnics. Several of their members can be seen whirling around West and the phoenix in the lead-up to the “All of the Lights”/ Michael Jackson scene.
Corbijn, Anton: Famed Dutch photographer and director. His video for Joy Division’s “Atmosphere,” which features hooded figures prostrating themselves before images of late frontman Ian Curtis, clearly influenced the “Runaway” Michael Jackson parade scene. Or, if you prefer to call them Klansmen, well, Corbijn famously featured a little girl wearing a Klan robe in his iconic video for Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.”
[Cover Artwork -A young ballerina in her prime, poses against a back drop of an industrial building with a green overlay, symbolizing "Green Technologies, is the future of power fueling industry - the Runaway Train for super powers to focus on to remain sustainable and relevant players in the global market economy]
Crewdson, Gregory: American photographer famous for his elaborately staged, supremely surreal portraits of suburban life. Many scenes in “Runaway” — particularly those in which the phoenix sits contemplatively in West’s backyard — seem to have been taken directly from his portfolio.
Dia de los Muertos: Holiday celebrated in Mexico (and, in varying forms, throughout the rest of the world) to remember family members and friends who have died. Often, parades are held, featuring towering skeletons, marching bands and papier-mâché skulls (called calavera), all of which sort of remind us of the Michael Jackson parade in “Runaway.”
Guo-Qiang, Cai: Chinese contemporary artist famed for his gunpowder drawings and so-called “explosion events,” large-scale performance pieces in which stuff is blown up, usually in unison, leaving only smoke and charred earth in its wake. Since roughly one-third of “Runaway” is slow-motion shots of explosions and fireworks, the connection is easy.
Koons, Jeff: American artist and prankster famed for his garish reproductions of banal, household items and a series of life-size, porcelain-and-gold-leaf statues of Michael Jackson cuddling his pet chimp, Bubbles (one of which sold for $5.6 million in a Sotheby’s auction). The giant Jackson head in the “Runaway” parade scene looks strangely similar to the head of Koons’ sculptures.
Kubrick, Stanley: Hugely important American filmmaker who West himself cited as an influence on “Runaway.” Case in point, the languid tracking shots, slightly off-kilter framing or even the elaborate dinner sequence, all of which recall Kubrick films like “The Shining,” “Barry Lyndon” and “Eyes Wide Shut.”
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Arguably the greatest composer to ever live. A portion of his unfinished “Requiem” piece can be heard playing at the beginning of “Runaway.”
MTX Tatra V8: Czech-produced “supercar” with gull-wing doors and an engine positioned over the rear axle. Not surprisingly, they are incredibly fast and exceedingly rare.
The National Theatre: Vaunted Czechoslovakian institution that is home to three artistic ensembles: opera, drama and ballet. A handful of ballerinas in “Runaway” are also members of the National Theatre’s 2010 ensemble, including Jade Clayton and Ivanna Illeyenko.
Phoenix: Mythological firebird referenced in early works by the Persians, Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese. Known for its colorful plumage, the phoenix lives for anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years, at which time it builds a nest for itself and ignites. A new phoenix arises out of the ashes. Subsequently, it has become a symbol for rebirth, immortality and renewal. And the namesake of the capital of Arizona.
“Swan Lake”: Celebrated Russian ballet about a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. In the third act, said evil sorcerer tricks a kind-hearted prince into confessing his love for his daughter by dressing her as a black swan. Kind of like all the ballerinas in “Runaway.”
Tarsem: Indian director famous for his artfully abstract, hyper-detailed and lavishly staged productions, most notably R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religon” video, which seems to have influenced the cinematography — and some of the biblical body language of the dinner guests — in the “Runaway” dinner scene.
Von Trier, Lars: Danish filmmaker famous for his artful, oft-brutal films, perhaps none more artful (or brutal) than 2009′s “Antichrist,” which — much like “Runaway” — features a scene with a deer that doesn’t seem all that afraid of humans. Of course, unlike “Antichrist,” the deer in “Runaway” doesn’t have a dead fawn hanging halfway out of its womb.
Da Vinci, Leonardo: Italian-born painter, sculptor, architect, scientist and mathematician (to name just a few of his endeavors) who created famed works like “The Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.” The latter work is referenced in the “Runaway” dinner scene, most obviously in the hushed conversations of the guests and Kanye, who, of course, is seated at the very center, just like Jesus.
Did we miss anything? Share the high-culture references you noticed.
Horiwood: Yes. Kanye creating a brand new genre of cinema – that being Hip Hop Art House Cinema is a major achievement on an arts and cinematic cultural-media global landscape. Hot!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.25.10~
As Kanye depicts by being a cross-over music artist in cinema, with Runaway, his short film, Feathers will always be an important part of Hollywood cinema. Whether it be first nation Indigenous peoples’ feathers in The Western genre, or feathers of haute fashion, or birds themselves as subjects of the camera’s gaze in cinema, they are a motif of great auteurs of Hollywood town.
Birds have wings. They observe seasons. Many migrate. They are good metaphors for messages (film texts too) that travel.
[Image of Alfred Joseph Hitchcok's Hollywood star - the Maori Koru Version for Maori and Polynesian auteurs of Cinema and African-America one's too, courtesy of Horiwood.Com]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.25.10~
Artists of the world, will always respond to an auteur. The Arts are always created when we cross cultures, to the center and push back in creative response. In this moment, we are the center of the world’s pop culture creation too as artists. We are creating the future by speaking back in response to the present in expression with our unique worldviews and artistic reo (voices) and vision too. Let’s go Maori and Polynesian filmmakers, musicians, artists and entertainers – Horiwood
Who: Kanye West
What: Hip Hop Art House Cinema as a new genre of filmmaking.
Title Work: Runaway, a short film
Duration: 34 mins, 32 secs aprox.
Starring: Selita EBanks and Kanye West
Key Themes: A commentary on America’s nationhood, in Kanye’s lifetime. The rise and fall and what is the rise back up again of the USA. Decadence fused with decay of empire.
The Michael Jackson death of the King of Pop reference, is both respectful and a little spooky in the form of a military like national guard parade, and a blown up head of MJ. The golden phoenix references are powerful. Selita Ebanks is pure art in this role. Naive, beautiful, out of place, learning of a new world–a metaphor of a nation rebuilding, and representing a younger generation in it–as also reflected in a gaggle of strong, youthful ballet-swans, depicted as youthful potential turned statues with their economic? wings ripped off by resulting circumstances of unwise political/ banking leaders of the past. Selita plays the role, of someone being introduced to America now as shown by Kanye, an auteur. She asks: how is it possible to be authentic and survive in your world, when most are cast in stone of economics/ current politics?
Perhaps indicating, patriarchal culture, Kanye’s response is: just stay with me anyway and make love to me. An interesting political commentary, when no one really has an answer to this question Selita posits.
Anyway, it’s a little weird for me, but I love the fact that Kanye has created the Hip Hop Musical, Art House short film genre of cinema. Not enough can be written about that. It’s revolutionary in African-American cinema that he’s done this. Creative plus!!!
Enjoy. And in honor of Taika Cohen‘s artistic filmmaking abilities – who could do the same, for Maori down under, I post this Korowai cloak, as a challenge (or take in Maori) to pick up in future years and do the same as an artist. Maori Art House Cinema, let’s go, thinking outside of commercial, Hollywood narrative structures too – into more artistic expression of Maori cinematic arts. Artists should always respond across cultures to other artists. It’s cultural manners and is also what true artists are about if we hail from centuries-old traditions of artists – which we do as Maori. Any culture with authentic artist will respond from their nation as global artists.
As Maori we are not passive. American culture is boring if it’s monologue. What we need is dialogue for US culture to even be relevant in our Maori mix at all. We don’t just consume from America, we speak back like mature adults, and put our own spin on our own future – as teachers (not children) of America too. So, where’s our film texts (musicals on cinema, please).
Who in New Zealand wants to respond to this, in cinema? I ask. Taika is a good start, with Awanui Reader writing the film’s score and starring in the lead. Ainsley Gardiner, an award winning film producer and Oscar nominated producer, as producer of such a project, showing the strength of good female leadership from New Zealand – would be hot.
But let’s get back to Kanye West’s brilliance and budget spend here. His interweaving on a sound sonic-scape with international accents (German and European) as well as importing the class of Rihanna ‘s hip hop and r n’b proven sound globally via Barbados of the Commonwealth (UK tributes and associations) show’s an American artist seeking cross-cultural ties and connections with a place for Americans in the world. Amidst the American ego–that his nation expects in their pop culture to fuel their own sense of identity, Kanye shows humility too for other nations cultures he’s learned and gleaned from as one of the 30% of Americans who have traveled outside of US borders and dared to be an American minority in another nation’s cultural life–and position himself as a student of the world. I like it that he has and it reflects in this film, from what he’s borrowed and interwoven into his art.
In particular, Kanye uses the elements a lot, of the sky. Perhaps indicating a future where, manipulating the earth’s elements (whether in visual depiction via news footage) or for real, will be common. An oil spill, was the last example of this we witnessed by a multi-national corporation in Mexico’s gulf for example. Oil from depth in the earth’s crust became vapor that filled the sky like a column of smoke. The world had never seen that before, as elements burned from the sea.
Kanye’s film is a version of a vision of America today. Powerful as art and social commentary. He raises the bar of hip hop artists and most music artists too, with this contribution. It’s his version, of “I am King” of pop culture and the arts eg: Muhammad Ali via cinema. Or, his version of “Presidential vision” or “if I was President” in that The Thompson Twins 80′s kinda statement way. Smile America. It does get better, is what West says here. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.24.10~
Kanye West tweets on arrival in London town. With his trademark, caps lock on, of course!
What would twitter cultural diversity be, as a global community, without Kanye West tweeting in CAPS. Tumeke!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.23.10~