Hip-hop icon and cultural lightning rod Kanye West has dispatched scouts to the United Arab Emirates and the surrounding area to scout locations for a planned 30-minute short film that will "showcase the beauty of the region," THR reports. The project, which boasts all the appeal of a tourism-commission promotional video, sounds like an unusual one, even for an artist as multifaceted and "complex" as West, until one catches a quote in one of the article's latter paragraphs:
"Kanye has performed in the UAE several times, including at the Abu Dhabi F1 in 2010. His most recent gig was in December last year, when he and Jay-Z apparently pocketed $6 million for a private party for one of the ruling sheikh’s family members."
THR reports that West conceived the story himself, and quotes a source as saying the film will be "a piece that’s culturally sensitive and embraces the customs and traditions of the region." Said "customs and traditions" include jailing people for kissing in public, importing sex workers en masse, and brutalizing a sprawling guest-worker underclass. Should make for quite an interesting film!
Apparently, a “pretty active bidding war” is in progress as to where the film will be made, which signals West's scheme for further soaking the sheiks is already meeting with success.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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It's the freakin' weekend baby, so what does that mean? It's time to unwind by getting wasted! This is the admirable message shown in Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink to That)" music video, which also features the singer's new BFF, Avril Lavigne (who knew?). And yes, those "Yeah, Yeah's" are Avril's musical contributions and they are crucial to the song. There's really nothing like watching people get crunk and making bad life decisions, but hey, as long as you had a blast, that's all that matters, right? Don't get me wrong, I'm all about letting losing after a hard work week, but there's a difference in drinking to get drunk and drinking to relax -- the video seems to promote one over the other. But I do like how they included footage from Rihanna's tours into the mix, and even Kanye West and Jay-Z make cameo appearances, so it's got that going for it. The song is definitely catchy in itself and certainly clubbing material. So, if you're feeling stressed out from a terrible work week, use this video for inspiration as to how to spend your weekend (this is how great ideas are born). Just remember, "Don't let the bastards get you down, turn it around with another round." Cheers -- and let the bad decisions roll! Check out the video below:
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Source: Buzz Sugar
Kanye West has bounced back from his stage-invading controversy at the MTV Video Music Awards by landing nine nominations for the upcoming BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The rapper might not be everyone's favorite hitmaker after wrecking Taylor Swift's big night on Sunday -- but cable network BET still loves him.
He leads all nominations for the Oct. 27 ceremony.
Jay-Z and Lil Wayne have seven nods apiece, while an incarcerated T.I. has received six.
Ice Cube will be honored at the event -- he'll pick up the I Am Hip-Hop icon award.
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