Alligator Boots is not Kanye West's crowning artistic achievement. It's not even really a complete achievement, considering that the Rhymefest-affiliated puppet show was canceled before it would have aired on Comedy Central. But this is the Internet, where not everything is made available but a lot sure is, and Konee Rok has posted about 10 minutes of behind-the-scenes footages of what might have been.
What might have been, in this case: Kanye West's "sci-fi musical" where he wears a Stormtrooper getup and a somehow-still-timely Kim Kardashian wears the one Princess Leia outfit Star Wars non-geeks can recognize, Kanye West generally being written as a diva, and lots of puppets making lots of NSFW jokes, some tied to assorted puppetized historical figures. If all that didn't seem coherent, it's because this is a behind-the-scenes video and probably would make a lot more sense had Alligator Boots ever aired. But hey, historical Kanye!
Lack of star power and corporate backing is causing the show to lose steam.
With the entire world stuck at home sheltering in place, musicians have had to resort to entertaining fans (and themselves) virtually.While some entertained the weary masses in the form of TikTok videos and Instagram challenges, others went as far as performing concerts and DJ sets from the comfort of their homes. But it would be the platform created by super producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland that would become the frontrunner in quarantine entertainment.
On March 24, Verzuz was born as a showdown between accomplished artists, songwriters, and producers playing their most popular songs against each other in the spirit of friendly competition. Instagram Live would act as the battleground for the clash of musical titans. Swizz and Timbaland would not only serve as the masterminds of the series but its inaugural battle participants.
Here's what to listen to this weekend.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.