Wednesday, January 30, 2008

what better way to kick things off?

Damn. One of the things I love about Kanye is the conviction he puts into every single piece of art that he makes. He treats every release like it's a world event, and most of the time it is. He'll never just let something sneak it's way onto the blogs or the radio. He releases snippets of songs ("Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Stronger") with cover art (!), when he finishes a video he posts a screen shot, and now, before any tour dates have been announced, he hits us with this ill tour poster. No one has figured out this brave new world of Web hype like Kanye West. Maybe it's because everything he does is just so fresh. 

The look is consistent with his newfound adoration for Daft Punk, but this time with a Star Wars theme. It could have come off mad corny, but the dude pulls it off like the pro he is. (I wonder whose design this is? Murakami?) There's a fine line between ripping stuff off and using it as a jump-off point for your aesthetic and Ye has managed thus far to walk it like a tight rope, but let's just hope he can stay away from the pyramid for his stage show. 

Now, I wouldn't normally even bother with thinking about some new big-name, pop superstar tour. I don't think I've ever even been to a show like this. But this one is serious! Rihanna at this point could probably headline her own tour, and she's quickly becoming that one teen pop star who's cool to like. Her songs are actually good and she's gorgeous. Not to mention the return of N*E*R*D* which is both crazy exciting and kind of mind-boggling. Pharrell, who is not only both Kanye's production predecessor and homie but also his equal in the stadium-sized ego division, gets equal billing with Lupe. This tour is gonna be massive and awesome. Has there ever been a more hipster-friendly teenie bopper show???

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