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Yeezy debuts his 'New Slaves' video on the side of buildings in 66 countries around the world on Friday night.By Rob Markman
Kanye West in his "New Slaves" video premiere being displayed in New York City
Photo: Rob Markman/MTV News
NEW YORK-- For Kanye West, presentation is everything and on Friday night (May 17), rap's reigning mad scientist conjured up a revolutionary way to premiere his "New Slaves" music video.
Instead of YouTube or MTV, Yeezy projected his latest clip on the sides of buildings in 66 different countries, giving fans little forewarning before the first premiere. He posted the viewing times and locations on his KanyeWest.com site and about 100 fans answered the call and gathered on the corner of 14th Street and 10th Avenue in New York City's Meatpacking District as many as 30 minutes before the scheduled 11:45 p.m. showing. The truck that drove around the city projecting the vid was an hour late, but the delay didn't seem to matter much to the dedicated flock who gasped as the stark black and white image of their rap hero shot up on a matte black wall.
"My mama was raised in the era when/ Clean water was only served to the fairer skin/ Threw on clothes, you would've thought I had help/ But they wasn't satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself," 'Ye spit, setting the tone.
From the video's first few moments it was clear that this was something different, even for a rapper who has made a career off of wearing pink polos and singing an entire album in auto-tune. At the same time there was something familiar as Kanye challenged materialistic habits and racial stereotypes like he did on his 2005 single "All Falls Down."
"What you want a Bentley, fur coat, a diamond chain/ All you blacks want all the same things," he rhymed, making for an uncomfortable, but necessary listen.
The visual was equally dislodging as West rhymes with a piercing look in his eye addressing each individual listener, but without ever really being there. He shouts out "new slaves" before staring silently as the thumping beat played.
When the almost four-minute presentation was over, the crowd stood strangely quiet for a moment before they realized that it was OK to cheer their revolutionary rap hero.
We'll have to wait and see if West performs "New Slaves" when he hits the "Saturday Night Live" stage with host Ben Affleck on Saturday.
20th Century Fox has scheduled a release date for Assassin's Creed: The Movie.
Box Office Mojo reports that the New Regency production, which has Michael Fassbender attached to produce and star, is slated to open May 22, 2015. Michael Lesslie is scripting the adaptation of the Ubisoft video game franchise.
That means the video game adaptation will opens just weeks after Marvel's The Avengers 2.
Grammy-winning DJ's explosive set gets the sweaty throngs dancing.By Elizabeth Lancaster
Afrojack performs at Hangout Fest
GULF SHORES, Alabama — When Afrojack took the stage Friday (May 17) at Hangout Music Fest 2013, he had the festival's complete attention replete with lights, smoke and Instagram.
Fresh off a flight, the EDM superstar alerted the audience via the photo-sharing site that he had arrived in Gulf Shores with only one hour of sleep. But the Dutch DJ assured his throngs of cheering fans that they were, in his words, the "best hangover he'd ever had."
These were words not to be taken lightly in the Deep South's heat and humidity. The Grammy-winning DJ would unleash an explosive set on the Boom Boom Tent's sweaty captives, further cementing his place as a modern-day dance-music icon.
The set was just one in a slew of festival performances for the 25-year-old producer, who is also set to perform at the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend in New York, among others, throughout the summer.
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Meanwhile, Afrojack recently announced that he and fellow DJ Steve Aoki — who also plays the Hangout Fest this weekend — will reunite on a track called "AFROKI," a follow-up to their wildly successful 2011 club banger "No Beef."
Passion Pit, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kings of Leon closed out day one of Hangout, now in its fourth year. Weekend performances are on tap from Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Stevie Wonder.
All weekend, check out interviews, behind-the-scenes access and on-demand performances from all your favorite artists on our Hangout Fest 2013 site and MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com and LogoTV.com. Highlights from Hangout 2013 will also air on MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, VH1 Classic and Palladia.
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