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- Nope! This is The Telegraph on that scene where a guy crushes another guy's head until it explodes.
- Yes! This is The Hollywood Reporter on last night's Game of Thrones.
- Nope! This is i09 on the Jaime-Cersei rape scene from last season.
- Nope! This is The Globe and Mail on "The Rains of Castamere," a.k.a. The Red Wedding, a.k.a. the episode books fans were excited about for years.
- Yes! And -- surprise -- this is alsoThe Hollywood Reporter on last night's Game of Thrones.
- Yes! This is Entertainment Weekly on last night's Game of Thrones.
- Nope! This is Forbes on whether the show will move past the plot of the books, though it could also refer to the show's rape problem, its dynamic duo problem, or its peen problem.
- Yes! This is The New York Times on last night's Game of Thrones, though writer Gilbert Cruz at least notes that "the headline of this piece could really be the headline of any piece about Game of Thrones."
- Nope! This is The Daily Dot on Twitter reaction to The Red Wedding.
- Yes! Sort of? We just made that last one up. But it totally sounds like a real thing someone would write... right?
- 06/08/15--07:30: Ariana Grande Wants You to Fight the Patriarchy
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- 06/08/15--08:30: Drake is Wearing a Ridiculous Apple Letterman Jacket Right Now
- 06/08/15--09:30: The Best Celebrity BFFs (And Former BFFs) Of All Time
- 06/08/15--10:00: Happy Birthday Kanye, Welcome to Your New Life as a Celebrity
- 06/08/15--10:15: The 10 Best Things We Saw at Governors Ball
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Men's shoes often leave much to be desired. Classic silhouettes' and neutral colors have dominated the market for years and although these styles have longevity for a reason, it's always refreshing to see a designer putting a fresh spin on classic staples. Along those lines, that's why we're psyched Louis Leeman Paris is opening a flagship store in New York. The brand is the love child of couple Louis Leeman and Erica Pelosini, combining his shoe obsession and incredible attention to detail with her fashion acumen. With a creative combination of traditional Italian craftsmanship and quality fabrics with modern finishes Louis Leeman Paris caters to that guy who is looking for timeless elegance with a fun attitude. Whether you're looking for a colorful sneaker with metal plate detailing, a pair of blue camo loafers or a classic fashionable brogue a wide variety of options ensures that there is something for every man.The store itself, much like a jewelry box, has been developed with the same attention to detail as the product it contains. Located at 793 Madison Avenue on the corner of 67th street the store has been designed by Louis in conjunction with lead British design firm David Collins Studio to reflect a re-imagined Parisian salon. The exterior of the store is framed in antique brass and the doors to the boutique have been inspired by the Art Deco apartment buildings scattered throughout New York. An ornate fireplace serves as the centerpiece of the room, giving the space an intimate feel. The sophisticated ambiance is enhanced by comfy seating, mirror plated doors, and reclaimed parquet de Versailles flooring. A hidden room flanking the fireplace and lined in antique brass is a functioning cobbler's room that offers bespoke shoe services and customization. Bottom line? Run (don't walk) in your snazzy brogues to check out the boutique.
Wednesday night friends and fans of the late author and film producer Perry Moore gathered at Marble House in Tribeca for a fundraiser in support of the Perry Moore Hero Fund, which gives college scholarships to LGBT youth. THe fund was started by Moore's partner Hunter Hill, who co-hosted the event with Julianne Moore, Andy Cohen, Allison Sarofim and Stuart Parr. Moore was a popular and beloved figure and many of his close friends -- folks like Tatum O'Neal, Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers, Richard Phillips, Dean Winters, Francisco Costa, Kevin Sessums, David Kuhn and Sally Singer, amonger others -- came out in support. Take a look at photos from the evening, below.
The evening's honorary host, Julianne Moore, congratulates scholarship recipient Christian Sanchez
The Perry Moore Hero Fund founder and Moore's partner, Hunter Hill, with Julianne Moore
Dean Winters, Stuart Parr and Julio Andreotti
Mary Wharton and Samantha Mathis
Kevin Sessums, Peter Davis and Cherika King
David Kuhn, Lucas Heigel and Yvonne Force Villareal
Real Housewife Dorinda Medley and boyfriend John Mahdessian
Stuart Parr, Parker Parr and Allison Sarofim
Andy Cohen, Allison Sarofim, Hunter Hill and Julianne Moore
Hahahaha Twitter just contacted me to see if I've been hacked LOL #JustPregnantKeeks-- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 2, 2015
Most Colorful Kicks: This week, Adidas Originals announced that they would be releasing a collection called the Originals Pride Pack in support of LGBT rights, with a portion of the proceeds from this line will go to New Avenues for Youth. -- Juliette Kang
Movie Event of the Week: the Sparrow Film Project, which returns to Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image this weekend (June 6-7th) for screenings of all 53 submitted films followed by a gala featuring selected nominees screenings and awards show on the 11th. Interested guests can get tickets HERE. -- Abby Schreiber
Most terrifying text: The "effective power text," also know as the "text of doom," has been crashing all iPhones that receive a specific string of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese characters with the words "effective" and "power." Kids, don't try this at home. -- S.W.
BBQ of the Week: Finger On the Pulse's next edition of their BBQ Blowout series with food by Birds & Bubbles/City Grit's Sarah Simmons and a DJ set by Sweet Pete & Domino, which returns this Tuesday (6/9). Get tix HERE. -- A.S.
Realest fake magazine cover: This satirical "Men Who Rock" issue of The Stranger shows what Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock" issue would look like if the genders were reversed, with cover stars who will "please your eyes and ears" plus "dish on their diet and workout tips!"-- S.W.
Best work bonus: Walmart has officially conceded to no longer playing Celine Dion and Justin Bieber on loop. It's okay, your heart will go on. -- S.S.
Best Invite of the Week: SHADE's cereal box invitation for their next rager happening on June 20th. -- A.S.
We are thrilled to announce our #BeMAKEUPFOREVER campaign that celebrates individuality & self-expression! We are partnering with 3 incredibly talented influencers: transwoman and supermodel @andrejapejic, actress and fashion blogger @jamiejchung, and #MAKEUPFOREVER Pro Consulting Artist, @melaniemakeup to live out loud: Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You. Double tap if you want to see exclusive campaign images!
Here is a man having a conversation with a goose. [TastefullyOffensive]
Us on Sunday nights. [FYouNoFMe]
True story. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
A moose family enjoys time with a sprinkler. [TastefullyOffensive]
Important bathroom art. [FYeahDementia]
Delete all Twitter accounts except for Cher's. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Maru the cat squeezes into two small empty beer boxes. [TastefullyOffensive]
Recursive cute. [SimonfromHarlow]
Life is way-chill suffering. [Mlkshk]
Please remember to tip your dog. [FYeahDementia]
"I'm 160 pounds and I can catch a dick whenever I want:" ICYMI, Amy Schumer's Glamour Awards speech was amazing.
Too far. [TastefullyOffensive]
Thanks very much, Jackie Chan! [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
John Waters could give a hilarious, withering, air-tight soundbite in his sleep (just peruse our Waters tag for years of deeply entertaining Q&As with him here), so who better to deliver a commencement speech to our nation's youth than the Prince of Puke? This weekend, Waters delivered the commencement at RISD, and though he was kicked out of college for a marijauana scandal, he's just the person to be sending out nation's creative youth out into the the dark, dark real world. Per Waters on his commencement-giving credentials: "Somehow, I've been able to make a living doing what I best for 50 years without ever having to get a real job." Listen to this man, kids. Watch above for more life advice and fabulous bon mots from Waters above.
Bushwick Open Studios wrapped up its 9th year this weekend with hundreds of events that included the namesake open studios (many in populous artist studio buildings, others in private homes or storefronts), art fairs, parties and performances. The fascinating byproduct of all this was a thriving street culture, especially near the Morgan and Jefferson L stops, where onlookers of all stripes mixed with pop-up performance artists, inebriated wanderers, and of course, the ever-vigilant NYPD. We sought out some studio performances and wandered the streets this weekend in hopes of capturing the essence of the colorful scenes and delightful interactions resulting from the festivities. Take a look at photos, below.
THE ORACLE OPEN STUDIO featuring a special performance with CULTTASTIC
A scene at the Bushwick Collective block party
An installation at 26 rock street, curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller, sponsored a Boar’s Head distributor
A pop-up musical performance near the Jefferson stop on Sat
Scene near the Morgan stop on Sunday
Painting the trash gold in Jefftown
Warm-up for a performance piece called "Control Quartz" at Feminist Thesaurus Results
"Control Quartz" at Feminist Thesaurus Results
Rockin’ Granny Love with Dr. Lisa Levy
The scene at the Bushwick Collective afterparty
The proprietor of MEATT, a tattoo gallery
At the Bushwick Collective Block Party
At the Bushwick Collective Block Party
A mobile performance artist
Vegan Taxidermy by Mother Pigeon
Go Push Pops and friends
A performance artist gives an onlooker a flower
Alex Drewchin at EyeBodega
The crowd at EyeBodega
The Wild Women of Planet Wongo
Street scene near Jefferson stop on Saturday
The NEWD fair
The NEWD fair
The crowds on Troutman St
The view from the 17-17 Troutman building Saturday night
The story, on newsstands June 22nd, focuses on Miley's inspiration behind the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit launched earlier this year to help homeless and LGBT kids. The unapologetic, shit-kicking Miley we know is there, but we see an engaged and compassionate side as well -- and a fluid sexual identification that connects her personal life with her social-justice dreams.
For the shoot, we got Miley together with creative director Diane Martel (who directed Cyrus'"We Can't Stop" video) and photographer Paola Kudacki. In addition to her shoot co-star, pet pig Bubba Sue, there was a glass pyramid, some body paint and very little clothing.
The issue, which we're calling Use Your Voice, also includes a conversation with Al Gore and Pharrell Williams about Live Earth 2015 and why "Happy" is a revolutionary song; we catch up with Charli XCX, Troye Sivan and Cody Simpson, and Mr. Mickey dines out with Betsey Johnson; we meet three out-and-proud gay country stars, who tell us about living authentically in their famously conservative genre; we dip a toe into the febrile dreamworld of French pop singer Petite Meller; and we celebrate nine living legends -- from Quincy Jones to Joan Jett to Dolly Parton -- who've used their voices to change the world. All this and more in our biggest summer music issue ever.
Come back tomorrow for the full cover story and more absolutely insane photos of Miley.
Last night, a Thrones happened, or something. I still have not seen the offending episode, "The Dance of Dragons," because I was on a plane. But landing to discover the internet in an uproar about Another Bad Thing The Thrones People Did without having seen the episode is a little uncanny if you're familiar with the show's patterns regarding wanton violence, sexual abuse, and cruelty -- some of which is dramatically effective, much of which is not -- but not with the specifics of what happened.
By now, the fact that the reaction to every single episode of Game of Thrones is basically the same should be telling about what, exactly, the show is up to; it's fine for a series to keep one-upping its own "insane,""shocking," or "brutal" moments, but let's not kid ourselves about it being great because of that, or even very good. It's a pretty enjoyable, often difficult to watch, highly soapy show (though that does a disservice to soap operas, honestly) that frequently has great moments but very little on its mind.
If that's not convincing, try taking this quiz with headlines from media outlets reacting to the "big thing" from last night's Thrones -- or not. Can you guess which ones refer to the events of "The Dance of Dragons"?
1. "Has Game of Thrones Gone Too Far?"
2. "Did Game of Thrones Go Too Far With Latest Death?"
3. "Did Game of Thrones Finally Go Too Far?"
4. "Did Bloody Game of Thrones Episode Go Too Far?"
5. "Game of Thrones: Surprise Move Leads to Jarring and Disturbing Death"
6. "Game of Thrones Showrunner Analyzes That Very Disturbing Death Scene"
7. "HBO and Game of Thrones Have a Huge Problem on Their Hands"
8. "Why Did That Horrible Thing Happen on Game of Thrones?"
9. "Fans React to Game of Thrones' Most Shocking Event"
10. "We Loved Game of Thrones, But Now We Can't Even"
Answers: Is the Headline About Last Night's Game of Thrones?
How did you do? Excited to play the game again next week? When you play the game of Thrones headlines, you don't get to live, you just die a little inside.
"I can't wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they're dating / married to / attached to, having sex with (or not) / seen with... but by their value as an individual."
"Being 'empowered'...is not the same as being a 'bitch'...and "HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY...is not the same as HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE."
"If a woman has a lot of sex (or any sex for that matter)... she's a 'slut.'If a man has sex.... HE'S. A. STUD. A BOSSSSSS. a KING.If a woman even TALKS about sex openly... she is shamed!But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used 'bitches'/'hoes'...how lovely) he's had...he is regaled."
"I... do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you."
Alessandro Michele's resort show for Gucci on Thursday cemented his
place on the top of many fashion editor's obsessed lists. But as editors
we look at collections in a different way than consumers (I'm not sure I
could think of a bigger insult for a look than "It's SO wearable!") We
love clothes that look amazing and create iconic images and certainly
Michele's clothes do both.
The resort show built on Michele's runway debut for the brand in February. The clothes have a whimsy and a slouchy vintage fit that makes them refreshing and charming. These are not the in-your-face SEXY clothes of Tom Ford's Gucci. Michele showed a men's velvet suit -- classic Ford -- but made it his own with its relaxed fit and pairing it with an orange blousy shirt and a lavender flower neckpiece. It's the kind of high fashion you'd see in a Tim Walker fashion shoot or a Luchino Visconti movie. Soft not hard. And we can't get enough of it. The question is whether these clothes, that have fashion editors foaming at the mouth, will work the same magic with consumers worldwide. We think they will.
Kim Gordon and J Mascis have teamed up on a blistering new track, "Slow Boy," that appears on the newest release from Converse, CONS EP Vol. 3. Gordon growls and shouts amidst Mascis' eye-opening distortion, making for one cathartic summer jam. Listen to the single, below.
Because today is a day that ends in "y" and because the laws of physics appear to continue to apply to the world in the way they always have, Drake has managed to subtly (or not-so-subtly) continue to transform himself into a living meme. Today, Apple announced its new music service, Apple Music, at a conference about apps that seems primarily like an opportunity for the Silicon Valley writers to justify their more outlandish jokes. A hero emerged to help Apple with the launch, and his name is Aubrey. Here is the jacket Drake was wearing.
Now that he is a tech visionary in addition to all of the rest of the things that define Drake (look how many categories we had to tag this under!), we have to ask -- what does he see from the 6? What untold futures do Drake's piercing eyes discern? Will there be more jackets?
And now, for the fallen. Though these duos have never explicitly expressed ill will for each other to the press, things just aren't the same with these formerly inseparable buds:
Gwyneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder.
Theirs was a peak '90s cool-girl friendship, complete with matching platform flip-flops. It's rumored things went south when Paltrow "stole" her Shakepeare in Love role from Ryder, something she denies. It didn't exactly help the frenemy rumors, however, when Paltrow wrote a thinly-veiled 2009 piece for Goop about getting rid of a toxic friend, who many surmised to be Ryder.
Drake and Birdman
Drake, one of the most theoretically friendly humans in existence, was extremely close to one of his early business mentors -- Cash money's Birdman. But Birdman has a long history of shady practices, some of which led to a falling out between the two culminating in the middle-finger release of If You're Reading This, It's Too Late. Truly, it's too late for their friendship.
Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton
Things were never the same after fire-crotch-gate 2006.
Disney ride-or-dies til the end, Lovato unfollowed Gomez on Instagram last year, later telling Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, "I think its just one of those things where people change and people grow apart." This is an understandable, mature response and we see this all being smoothed over by Gomez and Lovato one day at the Ivy, clinking iced-teas and laughing about that time Justin Bieber was marketed as an underwear model.
Marc Maron and Louie CK
Noted cantankerous comedy elder statesmen Louis C.K. and Marc Maron were incredibly close friends struggling as stand-ups in the 1980s. But the two drifted apart, to the point where episodes of C.K.'s show Maron's WTF podcast dissected the dissolution and reformation of the relationship
It's Kanye's birthday! Ye is 38 years old today, an age that would be pretty unexciting if it were not also a marker of the first year of his life in which Kanye was definitively more celebrity than musician.
Kanye turned 37 just a couple of weeks after his wedding to Kim Kardashian (May 24, 2014), and just under a year after the release of Yeezus (June 13, 2013). So for the past year, Kanye's life has mostly been defined by his family roles and relationships (as a father and husband), to perhaps an even greater extent than it has for the rest of his career (as a son). He's made being a dad cool (thank god), and is getting ready to do the parenthood thing all over again. He made being an empathetic, thoughtful son-in-law cool by convincing Kim to embrace Caitlyn.
Even his fashion career, which has taken center stage in-between 37 and 38, relates to his celebrity-ness. Although his recent fall collection got less than stellar reviews, his show produced the most social media engagement across Twitter and Instagram during all of NYFW.
Kanye's next album -- whether it's called So Help Me God, SWISH, or something else entirely, might not be all that good. (Sorry, but... it might not be -- "All Day" is great, but there's nothing suggesting a coherent project along the lines of 808s and Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Yeezus.) Is that really such a problem? It would be great to have another Kanye record that holds up to... well... pretty much any of the others, but at this point it might not be necessary. Because, approaching 40, Kanye doesn't really want to do too much musically these days, and that's okay. In his own words:
It's just harder for me to do music now, period. It's easier for people who focus on it all day and who are younger in their concept of what they want to do with it. I am not what I would consider truly a musician.This makes sense. Over the course of the past few years, and this most recent one in particular, appearance has overtaken reality as the most important thing in Kanye's life -- not that appearance means anything less than reality. And, having reached the level of unbelievable mass scrutiny that means any single thing he does can generate a news story, Kanye is now more consciously living his life in the public eye -- a celebrity from 38 to infinity. Good luck, Mr. West.
1. Towards the end of her set, Sharon Van Etten, dressed head-to-toe in black (because that's what real rock stars do regardless of the heat), thanked her parents for making it out to her festival set, and then apologized for the song she was about to perform. After singing the line "people say I'm a one-hit wonder/But what happens when I have two?/I washed your dishes/but I shitted in your bathroom," from "Every Time the Sun Comes Up," she grimaced and said "sorry, mom." But hopefully her mom is proud of what a commanding stage presence her daughter has become, one capable of turning a festival field into a safe space for her and her fans to share some feelings. Also, it was very thoughtful of Sharon not to play "Leonard," as that song might make a certain reporter cry in public, regardless of how many people are around him.
2. After more than a decade in the game, UK dance-rock group Hot Chip have become experts at getting a crowd moving, but at the end of their Sunday night set they had a surprise for their fans: a cover of Bruce Springsteen's classic "Dancing in the Dark" that took the Boss' working man's lament to a futuristic disco, while losing none of the original's poignancy. And just for extra pathos, the band tacked on a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" at the very end, just to make sure the crowd's desire to dance through their woes was fully acknowledged.
3. Governors Ball still has some growing pains to work through. Though safety is obviously important, the security line on Saturday was a complete clusterfuck of confusing, slow-moving lines that took close to an hour to get through. As for the alcohol options, they were over-priced and paltry to begin with, and by the end of most nights the only option most stands had were large cans of watery Miller High Life. But credit where credit is due: there were plenty of easily accessible stands where one could get their water bottle refilled for free, and these stands were inevitably manned by some of the most cheerful people at the festivals.
4. Drake fans have been wondering for months who Mr. Worst Behavior would bring out on stage as a guest. Nicki Minaj? ILoveMakonnen? Tupac? Turns out he didn't feel the need to bring out anybody. Cue much Twitter grumbling. But maybe Drake knew there was no way he could top Chromeo's cameo move, as during their Friday mainstage afternoon set, Chromeo guitarist Dave 1 started noodling on the riff to Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa." Then VW frontman Ezra Koenig appeared. "Dave, I showed you the riff, man," he said. "It's really not that hard." Ezra, whose band headlined Governors Ball last year, proceeded to join them for a run through of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" and Chromeo's "Bonafied Lovin" that turned an already amped crowd into overdrive.
5. St. Vincent has long been one of the best guitarists of her generation, as evidenced by the set closing punch of "Your Lips Are Red," which saw her spray menacing feedback across the field. And ever since she started touring for last year's self-titled album, she's been one of the best dancers popular music has to offer, swaying around the stage like an art-damaged marionette. But she also stepped up her between-song banter game during her Friday night set, coming across at times like a surreal stand-up comedian. She claimed that New Yorkers assume that all babies have telepathic powers, and then said that every New Yorker has had the experience of roughing out a storm so terrible that it seems like the world might end, and that every New Yorker knows that when confronted with that situation, they need to grab three things: a Susan Sontag book, an Arthur Russell album and a Grandmaster Flash seven-inch. Actually, that sounds about right, Ms. Clark.
6. Shout out to the Deadmau5 cosplayers. What 75-degree heat?
7. Shortly after the release of last year's Lost in the Dream, it practically seemed as if Barack Obama had passed a Presidential mandate requiring that all music festivals book the War on Drugs to play a late afternoon golden hour set. Adam Granduciel and company took their official duties seriously on Sunday night, attacking some Dream cuts with a ferocity their recorded counterpoints can only hint at, while letting other cuts drift out and build slowly. At times, they combined the approaches. After a languid interlude, the crowd lost their mind when the echo-y piano line came back in at the end of "Under the Pressure." Clearly, echo-y piano lines are to modern classic rockers what drops are to EDM acts.
9. I'm not sure who Carl is, why his name was on a flag or why the guy with the flag spent the entire weekend waving said flag around while screaming "Carl! Carl! Carl!," and frankly, I'm glad I didn't ask. I'm sure the theories I created are much better than the reality of the situation.
10. No one is touching Ryan Adam's stage game at the moment. Flanked by two vintage arcade games (for Asteroid and Berzerk), a hair model with a '70s cop beard and glasses, a stuffed tiger, a vintage Dr. Pepper vending machine (we wouldn't want Ryan to get thirsty, would we?) two comically oversize amps, one of which had what looked to be a stuffed lemur on top (it was hard to tell exactly what was going on from a distance), Adams made it feel like the entire crowd was invited to his man cave. (Please keep in mind that it is someone's job to set all of this stuff up every night, and you know Adams is particular about placement.) Though he made headlines for taking a few shots at Deadmau5, who was playing at the same time and whose brutal drops often bled into the set, what is more important is that Adams and his band were absolutely on fire on Saturday night, running through songs new and old with the sort of vigor that compelled him to do the old "leaning back and thrusting the ax into the sky during a solo" move at several junctures. Shortly before capping the set with the immortal "Come Pick Me Up," Adams improvised a song about hot dogs, bowel problems and the security guards who protect him from insane fans, before telling us, "New York, you're going to be all right."
Set your Hazers to pun -- Chet is back, already. It's been a tumultuous couple of weeks for Tom Hanks' kid, as he first engaged in wanton use of slurs online and then aggressively defended himself by claiming that hip-hop isn't "about race."
Now, he's wanted by police in London for allegedly destroying a hotel room after a bender that reportedly included mistaking makeup for cocaine, asking several women to sleep with him in vain, and trying to be recognized (also in vain). According to The Mirror, Haze kept bellowing, "Do you know who I am?" in a gesture most commonly undertaken by people who are in not in fact worthy of widespread recognition.
But we care about you, Chet. Come home! (If you manage to avoid getting arrested.) We'll recognize you.
Creative direction by Diane Martel, body paint by Ben Jones, styling by Simone Harouche, makeup by Pati Dubroff using M.A.C Cosmetics, hair by Dylan Chavles for Salon Benjamin; digital tech: Matt Coats; 1st assistant: Daniel Savage; 2nd assistant: Jason Cook; 3rd assistant: Joseph Mitchell
Yesterday was Kanye's birthday. But what do you get the man who has everything he could ever want (except for all that other stuff people won't give him)? If you're Kim, you just rent out the entire Staples Center for a party, and invite everyone from Justin Bieber to John Legend to the rest of your own family. Not only is it a great opportunity for Kimye-style kurated attention, you also give Kanye the opportunity to sweetly blow out his candles and flash a rare smile. And that's to say nothing of the "West vs. East" basketball game that went down with the aformentioned Biebs, along with Tyga, Pusha T, and Russell Westbrook. 2 Chainz and James Harden coached the players, Legend sang the National Anthem, A-Trak DJ'd and former NBA player John Salley announced. (BuzzFeed has a full documentation of the party.)
So yeah, there is a lot of great stuff about Kanye's birthday party. But the most amazing thing about it isn't any of the specific trappings, or even just how silly and sweet it looked for the now 38-year-old. It's that it was a total Kim production.
Kanye's bday today is gonna be a major SWISH!!! I planned the craziest surprise! Will share later! Sooooo excited!!!!!!-- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 8, 2015