Kanye's getting into it about slavery, JAY-Z, racism, Obama, Trump, and whether people think he's fat

If there’s one throughline to Kanye West’s current interactions with the world—which are running the gamut this week, from a thoughtful, 105-minute sitdown with interviewer Charlamagne Tha God, to a volatile conversation with TMZ that ended in West confronting a staffer over his assertion that 400 years of slavery in…

Surgeon who operated on Kanye West's mom defends himself, asks not to be put on album cover

On Saturday, in the middle of his ongoing heel turn toward Trumperism, Kanye West dropped the surprise announcement that a photo of plastic surgeon Jan Adams—the man who performed the surgery on West’s mother, Donda West, that ultimately led to her death in 2008—would appear on the cover of his next album. Rather than…

Kanye wants to put the surgeon who performed his mother's fatal surgery on his next album cover

We’ve been through a number of KanyeStorms—the brief but exhaustingly energetic bouts of attention-seeking behaviors, new music, outright trolling, and occasional pure marketing savvy that rapper Kanye West shifts into whenever he’s got something big coming up to promote—at this point, enough to know they each have…

Kanye West's mind-expanding tweets are actually his philosophy book "in real time"

Over the last week, Kanye West has come roaring back into the public eye, first with an announcement that he’s writing a philosophy book called Break The Simulation that partly involves the weird artificiality of taking photographs and then with some proper brain-blowing tweets about how “some people have to work…

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What’s the strongest 3-song run on an album?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Let the cast of The Office walk you through the musical accomplishments of Kanye West

Straight out of Scranton, the employees of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company are here to offer up an emotional primer on the musical accomplishments of Kanye West, the needy, frequently brilliant Michael Scott of the modern rapping world. Said guidance comes courtesy of a video—originally posted to YouTube earlier this…

This is not a drill: Kanye West just taped an episode of Family Feud

We don’t normally rush to break hot “game show guest star casting” news here at The A.V. Club, but sometimes there’s a tidbit that’s just too good to pass up. Like, say, the fact that Kanye West—the mercurial, brilliant, frequently impulsive rap superstar known for more-or-less always saying the first thing that pops…