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What’s Next For Kanye West?

A whirlwind of Gap x Balenciaga, Julia Fox, and wrestling with the reality of Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian

Kanye West is always in the middle of a redemption arc, it seems.

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What’s Going on with Kanye West’s Yeezy LLC?

What's next for the Yeezy empire?

Kanye West wearing the new Yeezy x Gap Round Jacket

Update June 8 2021:

The first piece from Kanye West's Yeezy x Gap collaboration has just been released.

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Kanye West

Kanye West is officially the richest Black man in the United States.

According to multiple media outlets, the 43-year-old rapper-producer is worth an estimated $6.6 billion, with over half coming from his clothing and sneaker line Yeezy. West's billionaire status became public back in April of 2020.

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St. Vincent Drops Collaboration With Outdoor Voices, Because Indie Kids Need Exercise Too

The singer-songwriter marks one of the first indie artists to partner with an athletic wear brand.

It's nothing new for musicians to collaborate with athletic brands.

Jay-Z became the first rapper to do so in 2003 when he inked a deal with Reebok. Kanye West followed suit, releasing a shoe with Nike before taking the Yeezy to Adidas in 2013. Rihanna, Drake, and Pharrell Williams have all nabbed athletic-wear partnerships, a market that remains heavily saturated by major rappers and rap-adjacent pop artists. But the indie kids need to work out, too!

Annie Clark, the prolific guitarist and producer better known as St. Vincent, has teamed up with cult favorite athletic brand Outdoor Voices for an exclusive collection called STV.OV.

"It may come as a shock to some, but team sports and exercise have been a massive part of my life since I was young," Clark said in a statement. "I have tried every manner of exercise clothes and never found the perfect fit or design. So when OV, a Texas-based, female-founded-and-run-company, approached me about collaborating, I was thrilled! I hope you guys enjoy it. I think you will. If you don't, I'm sure I'll hear about that, too."

Clark's sleek rock music matches Outdoor Voices' polished aesthetic, so the pairing checks out. The line offers sports bras, bike shorts, leggings, hoodies, sweats, and weather-resistant trench coats in a handful of on-trend colors. Although the pieces seem pretty easy to mix and match, Clark also stars in a retro promotional clip where she teaches you how to put together an outfit from the collection. Watch it below, and shop the collection here.

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Certain musicians are blessed with the ability to hear, see, feel, or taste music, a variant of the neurological condition known as synesthesia.

While you don't need to have synesthesia in order to be a great musician, there seems to be a significant correlation between musicians capable of creating exceptionally impactful tunes and those who perceive sound in color. Here are some of the most noteworthy musicians with synesthesia:

Frank Ocean

Anyone who's heard Frank Ocean's Blonde knows that the album exists in more than one dimension, and this isn't an accident. Ocean sees colors associated with his music, and his album Channel Orange was inspired by the color he saw when he first fell in love (which was, obviously, orange).

Pink Matter www.youtube.com


Lorde

Extra Minutes | How Lorde sees sound as colour www.youtube.com

Lorde has described synesthesia as a driving force behind all her music, and like Ocean, she has sound-to-color synesthesia, which means all music has a color in her mind. "If a song's colors are too oppressive or ugly, sometimes I won't want to work on it," she once told MTV. "When we first started 'Tennis Court' we just had that pad playing the chords, and it was the worst textured tan colour, like really dated, and it made me feel sick, and then we figured out that prechorus and I started the lyric, and the song changed to all these incredible greens overnight!"

Lorde - Green Light www.youtube.com

Stevie Wonder

Even though he's blind, the musical legend and innovator Stevie Wonder can see the colors of his music in his head, which might explain why his music sounds so vast and rich.

Stevie Wonder - Moon Blue www.youtube.com

Billy Joel

The "Piano Man" singer can see the colors of the music that he plays, and it sounds like his perception is influenced by tempo and mood. "When I think of different types of melodies which are slower or softer, I think in terms of blues or greens," he said. "When I [see] a particularly vivid color, it is usually a strong melodic, strong rhythmic pattern which emerges at the same time," he said. "When I think of these songs, I think of vivid reds, oranges, and golds."

Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Official Audio) www.youtube.com


Kanye West

The brilliant musician and recently born-again Christian once said that all his music has a visual component. "Everything I sonically make is a painting," he said. "I see it. I see the importance and the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life."

Kanye West - All Of The Lights ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi www.youtube.com

For West, visuals need to be compatible with the colors he hears in his head. "I see music in color and shapes and all and it's very important for me when I'm performing or doing a video that the visuals match up with the music – the colors, y'know," he said. "A lot of times it's a lonely piano [that] can look like a black and white visual to fit that emotion, even though pianos are blue to me and bass and snares are white; bass lines are like dark brown, dark purple."

No Church In The Wild www.youtube.com


Pharrell Williams

The "Happy" singer (a yellow song if there ever was one) has been open about his synesthesia, and he has a very in-depth way of perceiving musical color. "There are seven basic colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet," he said. And those also correspond with musical notes…White, believe it or not, which gives you an octave is the blending of all the colors…" So that means chords would be blends of different shades, and harmonies would likely involve the blending of compatible colors. For Pharrell, synesthesia is instrumental to his creative process and to his worldview at large. "It's my only reference for understanding," he said. "I don't think I would have what some people would call talent and what I would call a gift. The ability to see and feel [this way] was a gift given to me that I did not have to have. And if it was taken from me suddenly I'm not sure that I could make music. I wouldn't be able to keep up with it. I wouldn't have a measure to understand."

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

Duke Ellington

For the jazz great, individual notes also have different colors—but their exact shades depend on who's playing them, not the note itself. "I hear a note by one of the fellows in the band and it's one color. I hear the same note played by someone else and it's a different color," he said. In addition to associating music with colors, he also sees sound as texture. "When I hear sustained musical tones, I see just about the same colors that you do, but I see them in textures," he added. "If Harry Carney is playing, D is dark blue burlap. If Johnny Hodges is playing, G becomes light blue satin."

Duke Ellington - Blue Feeling www.youtube.com

Tori Amos

From the sound of things, Tori Amos experiences music in a very dreamlike and psychedelic way. The singer-songwriter and piano prodigy has said that songwriting feels like chasing after light. "The song appears as light filament once I've cracked it. As long as I've been doing this, which is more than 35 years, I've never seen a duplicated song structure. I've never seen the same light creature in my life. Obviously, similar chord progressions follow similar light patterns…try to imagine the best kaleidoscope ever."

16 Shades of Blue www.youtube.com


Dev Hynes

After hearing Blood Orange's saturated, vivid sonic craftsmanship, it's not hard to believe that its creator is synesthetic. However, for Dev Hynes, synesthesia isn't a walk in the park. "Imagine color streamers just bouncing around," he explained. "It's hard for me to focus at times because there's a lot of things floating around, pulling me away. Situations can become very overbearing and overwhelming."

Blood Orange - Dark & Handsome | A COLORS SHOW www.youtube.com


Charli XCX

Synesthesia helps Charli XCX curate and shape her songs, and apparently, the pop queen favors sweeter, brighter colors. "I see music in colors. I love music that's black, pink, purple or red - but I hate music that's green, yellow or brown," she said.

Charli XCX - Silver Cross [Official Audio] www.youtube.com


Mary J. Blige

"I have that condition, synesthesia. I see music in colors. That's how my synesthesia plays out," singer, rapper, actress, and legend Mary J. Blige explained succinctly.

Mary J. Blige - Be Without You (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


Marina Diamandis

The former star of Marina and the Diamonds (who now goes by only Marina) apparently can see sound as color, but she also associates certain colors with days of the week. Her synesthesia also sometimes causes her to associate music with scents. "Mine usually only expresses itself in color association but I do smell strange scents out of the blue for no reason," she's said.

MARINA - Orange Trees [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com


Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell

In Billie Eilish's technicolor universe, every sense bleeds into everything else, and things like numbers and days of the week have their own color palettes. "I think visually first with everything I do, and also I have synesthesia, so everything that I make I'm already thinking of what color it is, and what texture it is, and what day of the week it is, and what number it is, and what shape," she said in a YouTube Music video. "We both have it [she and brother, Finneas O'Connell], so we think about everything this way."

Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara thought that synesthesia was just something everybody had, until she realized not everyone could see sounds. "I didn't know that synesthesia was something that was, I guess, only a thing for some people," she said. "I thought that everybody kind of experienced it. So for me, it was just a natural pairing to my music. Everything audible was visual to me, and it still is. And so I think when I write, it's kind of cool to listen back and say, 'Well, this song feels kind of purple' — if a certain drum sound sounds purple and the song feels purple, then I know that they kind of match. It just really helps me figure out the whole package of a song." And like Kanye West, her synesthesia influences her visual content. "Even with videos — it helps me figure out what I want to do music video-wise," she added. "So it's definitely a strong aspect of my writing."

Alessia Cara - Ready (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com


Franz Liszt

Synesthesia isn't reserved for 20th and 21st century legends. Many classical musicians possessed synesthetic abilities, such as the composer Franz Liszt, who apparently used to ask orchestra members to make their tone qualities "bluer" and would say things like, "That is a deep violet, please, depend on it! Not so rose!" While orchestra members thought he was joking, they soon realized that the musician could actually see colors in the music he created.

Franz Liszt - Liebestraum - Love Dream www.youtube.com

CULTURE

Dumbest Celebrity Fashion Lines

Could any celebrity brand be dumber than Goop? Unfortunately, yes.

Paris Hilton x boohoo

Rihanna's Fenty luxury fashion line with LVMH is one of the best additions to the high fashion scene in quite a long time.

Just like her groundbreaking makeup line, Fenty Beauty, Rihanna's new fashion line is designed with diverse women in mind, instead of the pure White aesthetic that's usually so prevalent in high fashion. But sometimes it takes a great celebrity fashion line to really make you appreciate just how terrible so many other celebrity fashion lines really are. So we're counting down the top five dumbest celebrity fashion lines of recent years.

These are the Dumbest Celebrity Fashion Lines RANKED:

5. Paris Hilton - Paris Hilton x boohoo

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If a fashion scientist tried to distill the worst bubblegum aesthetic of the 2000s into one terrible clothing line, I'd still be shocked if the result was as bad as the Paris Hilton x boohoo collection. Oh, it's bad. We're talking bright pink zipper midriffs, bright pink not-really-sweatpants, and bright pink shirts that say "Diamond Baby" with chihuahua silhouettes. At least everything is under $100.

WORST-OF-THE-WORST:

Paris Hilton x boohoo

$20. That's all it costs to look just like Paris Hilton in an electric pink, low-cut one piece emblazoned with "That's Hot" in cursive. You might be able to pull it off at a 2000s-themed costume party, but that's only because it's so bad, it borders on parody.

4. Gwyneth Paltrow - Goop

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I realize I'm kind of cheating here. Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop isn't a fashion line so much as it's an entire lifestyle brand. But doesn't that make it worse? From overpriced outfits to overpriced "wellness" products, Gwyneth Paltrow seems hell-bent on making people ask, "WHO WOULD BUY THAT?" The craziest part is that I wholeheartedly believe the answer is always, "Gwyneth Paltrow."

WORST-OF-THE-WORST:

Goop

Of course it's the yoni egg, because what else could it possibly be? This is a "Jade Egg" that you put in your vagina. If that sounds dangerous, it's because yes, it is. Very much so. No, it will not "balance your hormones" or "regulate your menstrual cycles." It will just get stuck.

3. Kanye West - Yeezy

kanye west yeezy 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Inside Arrivals Kanye West Yeezy

Kanye West may be a super-talented musician, but his "hypebeast" fashion is pretty ugly. Yeezy sneakers look like souped-up slippers (of course, plenty of people would disagree), and the clothing is bland at best. But worst of all, Kanye West is a notoriously bad player in the fashion scene, mistreating models at shows and lashing out over industry-standard criticism.

WORST-OF-THE-WORST:

yeezy jumpsuit Kanye West Yeezy Supply

Yeezy's outfits for women seem like a major afterthought, which is especially bad when they're so absurdly priced. For a mere $760, you can buy this gross charcoal jumper, certain to make everyone wonder if you just escaped from an insane asylum. The answer might be yes, because why else would you ever buy this?

2. Victoria Beckham - Victoria

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Victoria Beckham's Victoria line is real high fashion with the price tag to match. Which would be fine if it didn't embody all the worst elements of the high fashion world. Not only is everything so clearly designed for one very specific body type (hint: it's Victoria Beckham's), but the super-high-end materials include very real animal skin products like Python skin, which is illegal in California due to endangered species status. Maybe that's why the Beckhams sold their mansion in Beverly Hills.

WORST-OF-THE-WORST:

victoria beckham python bag Victoria Beckham

If you're going to make a handbag from the skin of a probably tortured animal, you might as well make it look as gaudy as humanly possible. For $2,150, what can this stupid bag even hold? Your wallet and a few mints. The gold would look especially nice covered in red paint.

1. Justin Bieber - Drew House

drew house Justin Bieber Drew House

Justin Bieber's Drew House is a cautionary tale about the perils of surrounding yourself with yes-men. Named after his own middle name, Drew House wins the number one spot on this list by a mile. With this "fashion" line, Bieber seemed to take the old adage of "looking good in anything, even a burlap sack" all too literally, because everything looks like an actual burlap sack. Oh, except the super derivative smiley face logo, which also looks terrible.

WORST-OF-THE-WORST:

Honestly, all of it. It's all so stupid. These people look like couches.