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09.16.08 : Kanye West – Love Lockdown

my source tells me that the friday before the vma’s, employees at island def jam music group were informed kanye west would perform “love lockdown” on the awards show, and that the song would be released to radio the following tuesday. the track would serve as kanye’s first single for his forthcoming LP, “808’s and Heartbreaks” – due out sometime in november.

kanye performed the song sunday to rave reviews, however the following monday, pulled a 180 on idjmg, saying the song was too “out there” for a first single.

despite this, radio stations – including bht – are spinning the track anyways.

the debauchery in images via facebook album is here.

the following can be read this wednesday in the weekender.

Hold the opinions that you will, but you cannot deny that Kanye West knows how to get people chatting. Two weekends ago, the rapper/producer rescinded on his 2007 award-losing rant that he’d “never go back to MTV.” ‘Ye turned in a spectacle of a performance at this year’s Video Music Awards with a new song, “Love Lockdown.” The track features a “vocoded” West (ala T-Pain) – all singing, and no rapping.

“I’m not loving you, way I wanted to, see I had to go, see I had to move,” Kanye croons, seemingly about his ex-fiancé Alexis Phifer, who he parted ways with before heading out on last spring’s Glow In The Dark Tour. A few online media outlets reported last week that the two may have reconciled.

West will release a new CD before the end of the year – a rumored November release called, “808’s and Heartbreaks.” The emcee flew to Honolulu a few days after the VMA’s – as later said in a blog post, to work on the album.

But before boarding the plane, Kanye and his manager/road manager Don Crowley managed to snag a little more publicity. Angered by the aggressiveness of a paparazzo, the two men grabbed and damaged a camera worth thousands, en route to checking in. West’s manager then noticed that another photographer filmed the entire incident. Crowley immediately attacked that photographer as well, throwing his lens and microphone to the ground, breaking the camera in the tussle. 

To the misfortune of the rapper, the videographer was Erik – who films for TMZ. The footage survived the havoc, and instantaneously appeared on the celebrity news’ website, as well as television affiliates across the country.

Meanwhile, West and manager were booked at Los Angeles International Airport for vandalism, and released on $20,000 bail. ‘Ye, in typical fashion, took to his blog after arriving via private jet in Hawaii, saying that he’s cool with the paparazzi, and back “in the shop,” working on the aforementioned forthcoming LP.

Although two cameras worth thousands were destroyed, no members of the media were harmed as a result of the story.


Havertown’s Brendan Hansen should be counting his lucky stars, perhaps even playing the lottery at this hour. Earlier in the week – after his relay-mate Michael Phelps hosted Saturday Night Live – Hansen flew from Austin to Philadelphia, where he would make the media rounds and receive the Liberty Bell Award. The plane stopped in Nashville, and that’s when the gold medalist realized he couldn’t find his medal.

Hansen told officials he slept for two hours on the flight, and believed the prized possession scurried away during his nap.

Forget the terror threat rising to “Yellow” – the FBI felt the need to investigate. Thankfully for Hansen, as well as our country’s security resources, the gold turned up. A passenger who left the plane in Nashville found the missing medal and reported it to authorities.

Hansen won the medal in the 400-meter men’s relay of the Beijing Olympics. No word on if the International Olympic Committee will revoke it due to “incompetence.”

my second day of vacation – and the day i usually check in on-air with tmz, this all goes down… if you’ve been living under a rock, watch below.

kanye is due back in court oct. 2 – and will probably skate on the charges, to some degree.

live from the food court inside the philly airport.



Ralphie Aversa  —  09/13/2008 — Leave a comment


just thought i'd check in from the m-i-a real right quick. spent today beachside and poolside, in the midst watching my orange get embaressed by penn state. i mean, it was expected, but that doesnt nulify the pain.

tonight i'm currently en route to the hard rock hotel and casino in ft lauderdale, about 40 minutes north of miami. i'll be finding the lowest minimum black jack table and parking there til i have a reason to leave. hopefully that reason will not coincide with any loss of funds.

have a great rest-of-the-weekend. sunday and monday afternoons will be spent on the beach here, and i return to avoca late monday night.


weezy kills this…

please, make sure to take atleast a moment today to remember those who lost their lives on september 11, 2001. the innocent civilians – the first responders… we must always keep those who died on 9/11 in our thoughts and prayers.

everyone remembers where they were on september 11. you don’t remember what you ate for breakfast yesterday, but you can recollect your entire itinerary on that tuesday. for me – i was a junior in high school at niagara catholic in niagara falls, ny. i remember watching it all on television… those images will always remain engraved in my mind.
my senior year of high school – for the first anniversary – i edited together the following piece.

god bless.

top of the mornin’ to ya!

blogging live from gate 5 at the extravagent wilkes-barre scranton international airport. a.j. in the afternoon insisted i leave my wilkes-barre apartment by 6:20 for my 8a flight. however, judging by the traffic, check-in line, and security line – or the lackthereof for the aforementioned – i suppose i could’ve snagged a little extra sleep before my jaunt down the east coast.
i’m on my way to miami. my old college roommate from syracuse now attends grad school at the university of miami. i’ll be chillin’ beach side and finding ways to cause debauchery at night. after the past few weeks, i couldn’t have timed this vacation any better. 

c’mon, had to throw that one in there. and how coincidental that my next flight is from philly to the city where the heat is on… all night… til the break of dawn.

talk soon!