Kanye West is Getting, Like, Super Deep on Twitter (Oh & He Also Revealed Two Upcoming Albums & a Bunch of Unreleased Yeezy Gear)

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Kanye West is no stranger to well, strange, internet outbursts. But over the last 24 hours, the Pablo rapper has gotten super philosophical. Beginning yesterday, he started sharing gems like “Distraction is the enemy of vision,” “Sometimes you just have to get rid of everything” and a personal favorite, “Stop playing chess with life.”

 

 

Later, though, things started to get a bit more Tony Robbins.

 

 

The whole thing was pretty crazy. But what else do we expect from Kanye West at this point? And his explanation made perfect sense: it’s a book that he’s writing in real time. Duh.

 

 

West also took the opportunity to announce two upcoming albums, a seven-song solo drop due out June 1, and a collab album with Kid Cudi. He also revealed Teyana Taylor’s album release date (June 22) and that Pusha T will be dropping new music on May 25. Not sure how those two feel about that, though.

In addition to new music, Ye gave us a preview of his newest Yeezy season, including a photo of the color palette and a bunch of new shoes.

 

 

We’re sure his publicists (not to mention Teyana Taylor and Pusha T’s teams) aren’t super thrilled, but we are. It’s like a Very Yeezy Christmas came super early.

Keep your eye on his feed.

alexa BlackBook: IKEA Fever

 

IKEA has long been a staple for both bargain hunters and streamline-design lovers. Now, fashion kings like Virgil Abloh (just named Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer) are repurposing the store’s iconic blue-and-yellow logo on inventive streetwear. 
 In honor of the Swedish fever, we asked three creatives for their takes on Ikea’s iconic “Frakta” bag.

 

Brooklyn garden whiz Brook Klausing recycled his “Frakta” bag as a pretty planter.

 

Brook Klausing, a garden designer and owner of Brooklyn’s Brook Landscape, elected to use his “Frakta” bag as a flower planter, putting his own spin on eco-upscaling. “We drew inspiration from fast fashion and fast furniture to create our own version: fast foliage,” he tells Alexa.

 

LA artist Neil Raitt adorned the trusty tote with his own palm print.

 

Los Angeles-based artist Neil Raitt (who points to Bob Ross’ kitschy 1980s TV program “The Joy of Painting” as an inspiration for his repetitive landscapes — on exhibit at LA’s Anat Ebgi gallery and this year’s NYC Armory Show) also took a crack at the big blue bag. He inlaid a palm-tree print, which he originally created in 2016 for an exhibition at Mon Chéri gallery in Brussels, to create a portable piece of art.

“When you look at an Ikea bag, with its blue plastic and yellow lettering, it’s immediately recognizable,” he says. “So, I wanted to bring in something equally accessible, like a palm tree.”

 

Interior designer Ryan Korban stitched a kitschy pillow — complete with Ikea trim.

 

And finally, New York-based interior designer Ryan Korban (who’s created eye-catching spaces for all manner of high-end fashion labels, including Alexander Wang’s NYC flagship and Balenciaga stores across the globe) dreamed up a DIY Ikea throw pillow. It’s the perfect spot to rest your head after putting together all that furniture.

 

Photos by Lizzy Snaps Sullivan; Tamara Beckwith; Courtesy of Neil Raitt and Anat Ebgi.

 

Kanye West Dressed Social Media Stars (& Paris Hilton) As Kim For Yeezy Season 6

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Yeezy season 6 is here, and for the new campaign Kanye has enlisted the help of social media titans, not least of which was Paris Hilton, to pose for the shots.

Instead of opting for a studio portrait shoot, West dressed up the influencers to look like Kim Kardashian and mimic paparazzi shots, giving everyone a waist-length platinum blonde wig and Yeezy outfits (or lack thereof) that Kim herself has worn in the past.

Instagram heavyweights included Chinqpink, Babymeia, Balencizara, Yovanna Ventura, the Clermont twins, Jordyn Woods, Sami Miro, and Lela Star. The collection of identically-wigged women lends the campaign a creepy, plastic feel that adds an edge to his minimalist line of athleisurewear. Take a look at some of our favorite shots below.

First off, here’s Paris.

 

#YeezySeason6 #ParisHilton #ForeverTheOG YEEZYSUPPLY.COM

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Now here’s the Clermont twins – our personal favorite shots, because it looks like there’s an army of clones walking Los Angeles, except like a Kardashian instead of Storm Troopers.

 

#YEEZYSEASON6

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#YEEZYSEASON6

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And here’s Chinqpink.

 

#YEEZYSEASON6

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Kanye West’s Son Will Be Wearing Custom Baby Yeezys Straight Out of the Womb

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While you may not be able to get your hands on a pair of Yeezys—despite their hefty price tag, they sold out almost instantly—there’s one person who still can: Kanye West’s unborn son.

Yes, what’s sure to be America’s most famous spawn (Sorry North, Kanye’s male heir is about to dethrone you) just got his very own pair of custom baby Yeezys and he hasn’t even entered the world yet.

Kim Kardashian, who of course is carrying the golden child in her ever-expanding belly, Instagrammed the pint-sized kicks with the caption “Baby Ye, #1of1.” So not only does this kid get baby Yeezys, they’re the only pair on the planet. Go figure.

And in case you were worrying about little North getting jealous, don’t—she’s already got two toddler-sized pairs to go with all her custom baby Balmain.

Insta-Critic: Yeezy Debuts Spanx?

So, collective voice of the internet–how do we feel about Kanye’s show today? If you weren’t too distracted by the power couples sitting #frow (Kim + Nori, Bey + Jay, Anna + her fur coat) you might have noticed Yeezy debuted, in addition to all the shoez, a series of nude, monochrome looks reminiscent of Spanx…or a costume Sia might put Maddie Ziegler in (fitting, actually, given that ‘Ye also debuted a new song featuring the Aussie songstress). Let’s dive deep into the Kardashian-owned world of Instagram to explore.

My look for the Yeezy show!!!!!! Yeezy head to toe!!!!!

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#wifelife amirite.

Kanye West: Love him or hate him, at least you have an opinion on him? #NYFW A photo posted by Eva Chen (@evachen212) on

 

Only the Eva Chens and Anna Wintours of the world got the invites (ponchos)

So proud of you Yeezy!!!! #YeezySeason

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We should all have such supportive sister-in-laws. Remember that drunkie post Grammy interview? Khloe’s the best.

Kanye X Adidas. Thank u to Yé for believing in me A photo posted by Kylizzle (@kyliejenner) on

 

Kylie gets a moment in the sun.  

North was not having it… Bey is like, thats exactly why I left Blue Home and Anna is just as unbothered as ever…

NORI CAN’T.