Kanye West Teams Up With Jay Z’s Roc Nation

They have one more thing in common: both turning up late for Givenchy’s warehouse show. With music and fashion already under their belts, it’s reassuring that Rihanna and West are not also delving into movies. Just yet. GIVENCHY DESIGNER COMES OUT OF HIS COCOON The muse was the butterfly: in its http://www.kardashiansextaped.com cocoon, hard edged then fluttery. With this, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci took his foot slightly of the intellectual pedal to produce a highly feminine show. Styles from the 1940s heyday of Hollywood glamor, in furs and fluttery silk dresses, were the canvasses for this insectoid-musing.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/paris-kanye-rihanna-skip-oscars-givenchy-22741078

The 36-year-old rapper is firing back at a lawsuit that the family of David Pryor filed last year accusing him of stealing music for his hit Gold Digger, claiming he did not sample from Thunder & Lightnings Bumpin Bus Stop. Read the Documents Pryors family was seeking damages for the illegal use of the song and asked a judge to stop West from selling his hit single. But in the court documents obtained by Radar, West claims he didnt sample Pryors song and argues that the phrase, Get down girl, get down, get down is not something that can be copyrighted. Kim Kardashian s baby daddy also points to the statute of limitations, which prevents the family from filing the lawsuit even if he didsample from Bumpin Bus Stop because it caused no harm to Pryor. West is demanding the lawsuit be thrown out.
Source: http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/03/kanye-west-i-didnt-steal-your-dads-music/

Wagner AZ/AKM-GSI Kanye West ‘s creative house Donda is officially partnering up with Jay Z’s Roc Nation to manage its music division. The collaboration, which was announced today, will focus on West’s recording brand and worldwide touring ventures. There’s no doubt that it’s been a big year for Donda, and the company’s success doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time in the near future. The design company has launched two capsule collections for A.P.C., has been at the center of the Yeezus tour materials (including staging, merchandise, and the marketing campaign), and is gearing up for an anticipated line with Adidas . And Jay’s Roc Nation hasn’t been doing too shabby either.
Source: http://www.eonline.com/news/517126/kanye-west-s-donda-signs-with-jay-z-s-roc-nation-get-the-scoop

Wests minimalist YEEZUS album packaging and groundbreaking global launch, including a guerilla-marketing campaign, the New Slaves projections. DONDA is at the center of concept, design and production of Mr. Wests lauded concert experience, the YEEZUS TOUR. DONDA has designed and produced album packaging, staging, music videos and content for Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Pusha T and more. Founded in 2008, Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/03/roc-nation-good-music_n_4892635.html

And it’s more than just Pharrell’s fashion sense. The report states that while the pair are frequent music collaborators, West fears that any deal Williams might sign with adidas has the potential to outshine whatever plans he might have with his own deal with adidas. West’s first collection with adidas is reportedly set to drop in September. Back in December, West famously left Nike to sign with adidas after a long dispute that included disagreements over compensation, money and respect between the two. West signing an actual deal with adidas means that this could be a long-term production with multiple products that will be readily available to the public unlike the much-talked about Nike Air Yeezy 2. Williams has yet to announce anything official with adidas, although he has been seen wearing adidas gear almost exclusively for the past few months, including at this past Sunday’s Oscars when he wore a leather adidas jacket and an all-red adidas Originals sneakers.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/report-kanye-west-is-threatened-by-potential-pharrell-williams-deal-with-adidas

The partnership will focus on Wests international recording brand and his touring ventures. Donda, named after Wests late mother, was launched in 2009 when he collaborated with Louis Vuitton for a footwear collection. PHOTOS: Musician feuds: The dirt and the detials West officially branded the company in 2011 with the packaging and tour design for his joint collaboration with Jay Z, Watch the Throne. The creative house designed two versions of West’s Nike Air Yeezy sneakers, which were instant hot-sellers, and crafted two capsule lines with Parisian brand A.P.C. Donda will also work on Wests upcoming Adidas line set to debut this fall. Donda also took a seven-screen experience to Cannes to showcase a visual companion to Cruel Summer, the 2012 compilation album from Wests G.O.O.D.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-kanye-west-donda-partners-with-jay-z-roc-nation-20140303,0,4220437.story

By Nadeska Alexis (@neweryork) Kanye West and his creative team at DONDA have formed a new partnership with Roc Nation, to oversee his musical endeavors. On Monday (March 3), a press release confirmed that Jay Z’s Roc Nation would now manage DONDA Music, with a focus on Yeezy’s international tours and releases. Kanye launched the company back in 2009 when he collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a footwear collection, and in 2011 DONDA designed the packaging and tour for Jay and ‘Ye’s Watch the Throne album. The company, named after Kanye’s mother Donda West, also designed the latest Nike Air Yeezy sneakers, collaborated with A.P.C. on clothing last year and, of course, designed the artwork and marketing campaign for Yeezus. They will also be responsible for working on Kanye’s new Adidas line that will debut in the fall.
Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1723413/kanye-west-takes-donda-to-roc-nation.jhtml

West who has given Jay Z credit for being his mentor in the hip hop industry, and has worked with Jay Z musically in every sense of the word, is now moving to take over the design world. In addition Jay Z has been successful with his Roc Nation company for over a decade, so this move to partner with the Blueprint rapper is an extremely smart move. Although West is clearly educated, he doesnt have the reputation of being a good business man like Jay Z does. In terms of branding, West is still very much seen as a loose cannon, so this partnering could mellow his image a bit. Roc Nation released a statement on the official website about the new business venture.
Source: http://www.inquisitr.com/1157638/kanye-west-teams-up-with-jay-zs-roc-nation/

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